The Top 16 Best Mattresses for Platform Beds – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide 2020

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Last Updated on October 1, 2020

If you have a platform bed, or you’re considering buying one, you might be wondering which type of mattress you should look for – in which case, our guide to the top 16 best mattresses for platform beds can point you in the right direction.

Platform beds are great for a sleek, minimal look – but they’re also versatile, as they are compatible with most types of mattresses.

But with such a huge range out there, how can you figure out which one is right for you and your specific needs?

We’ll explain what you should be looking for in a mattress for a platform bed. We’ll also give you a comprehensive guide to 16 of the best mattresses out there that work really well with platform beds – covering a range of budgets and styles. 

We’ll look at what we like and dislike about each one, and we’ll tell you whether we think they represent good value for money.

Hopefully, we can help you find your new mattress – so you can get a good night’s sleep, every night.

Contents

Buying Guide - How to Choose the Best Mattress for a Platform Bed

There are a few factors to consider when buying a mattress for a platform bed - let’s take a quick look at the main things to look out for.

Design and Materials

Foam

Foam mattresses have multiple layers – a layer of support foam, and multiple layers of comfort foam. They contour to your body, which can reduce pressure points. They may not be great for hot sleepers, as the foam can constrict air circulation (if you’re a particularly hot sleeper, you might find our ChiliPad review useful).

They work with platform beds, as long as your bed isn’t composed of slats that are very far apart, as they can sink into the gaps – a 3-4-inch gap is fine.

Foam mattresses can sometimes be rolled or folded up, which makes them a little more portable.

Innerspring

These are composed of coil springs. They don’t ‘trap’ body heat, which is a plus. However, they’re not so good for motion transfer, so you may risk waking up your partner if you move in your sleep.

Innerspring mattresses work well with platform beds.

Gel

Composed of a mixture of gel and foam, these mattresses tend to come in layers, with a layer of support foam, and layers of comfort foam mixed with cooling gel. This helps with overheating, but the effect can wear off eventually.

Gel mattresses work in the same way as foam mattresses - they won’t work with a bed with slats that are far apart.

Latex

Made from rubber, these give a good amount of support. Latex has a quicker response time compared to memory foam, which means it will bounce back quickly.

They can be heavy, so it’s worth checking the weight of your mattress and the person/people sleeping on it, to ensure you don’t go over the recommended weight.

Hybrid

Hybrid mattresses are made from multiple layers – for example, they might have an innerspring base followed by layers of comfort foam on top. Hybrid mattresses may cost a little more than regular mattresses.

This video, by Consumer Reports, may give you more ideas on how to choose the right type for you:

Also, something else to consider – Back sleepers may prefer a firmer mattress, while side sleepers may prefer a softer foam mattress. Stomach sleepers may require something firmer to stop them from sinking too far into the bed.

Mattress Covers

Some mattresses come with a cover, which may be quilted for comfort. They can sometimes be removed and washed.

Certifications

You might see a mattress with third-party certifications (like CertiPUR-US or Oeko-Tex). 

CertiPUR-US Certification shows that the foams used are made without certain flame retardants, mercury, lead, or other heavy metals. 

Oeko-Tex certification shows that materials used don’t include heavy metals.

Firmness and Comfort

You may see firmness measured on a scale, with 1 being extremely soft, and 10 being very firm. 

Sleeping positions will play a part in your decision making, too.

If you’re a back sleeper, you may prefer a firmer mattress for good back support. Stomach sleepers need firmness to stop them from sinking into the bed. 

Side sleepers may prefer a softer mattress, as this helps to cushion the shoulders and hips.

Value

In terms of value for money, what should you be looking for?

Price

There’s a huge price range out there when it comes to mattresses, with good quality mattresses available for different budgets.

Quality

The quality should reflect the price in terms of materials. Are there layers in the mattress, and what are they made from? Do the materials have third-party certification?

Durability

How durable is your mattress? Innerspring and foam mattresses tend to last 8-10 years.

Sleep Trial 

Some companies offer a sleep trial, which allows you to test out the mattress before you commit to keeping it.

Warranty

Warranties can range from 1 year all the way through to 10 years (or even more).

Other Features

There are a couple more things to consider when buying a mattress for your platform bed. Platform beds vary in style, some have a flat base, whereas others have slats.

You’ll need to check the manufacturer’s guidelines for your bed frame, then consider the weight of the mattress and the weight of the people sleeping on it. Slats on a platform bed can break if put under too much pressure.

The other main thing to consider is the thickness of the mattress. If you want to use a box spring, it will increase the height. Platform beds are designed to work without a box spring, but if you do want to use one, you may consider using a thinner mattress to offset this.

Without a box spring, a 10-12-inch mattress is ideal for comfort and support.

Best Mattresses for Platform Beds Compared

Product 

Highlight

Size 

L x W x H
(inches)

Other Sizes Available

Type

Value

Good for Pressure Relief

Twin

75 x 39 x 12

Full, Queen, King, California King

Foam

Good price, durable

Good for Allergies

Twin

75 x 39 x 12

Full, Queen, King, California King

Foam

Durable, good warranty

Good for Hot Sleepers

Twin

75 x 39 x 12

Full, Queen

Hybrid

Durable, low cost, 101-night sleep trial

A Slimmer Option

Twin

75 x 39 x 10

Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Foam

Low price, good warranty

Good for Back Pain

Twin

75 x 39 x 12

Twin XL, Full, Queen, California King

Hybrid

100-night sleep trial, durable

Durable

Twin

75 x 39 x 12

Full, Queen, King, California King

Hybrid

Durable, great warranty

Motion Isolating

Twin

75 x 39 x 10

Full, Queen, King

Hybrid

Low price, durable materials, great warranty

Budget option

Twin

75 x 39 x 12

Twin XL, Full, Queen, California King

Foam

Low price, long warranty

Freshness

Twin

75 x 39 x 12 

Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Hybrid

Great price, sleep trial

Good value for hot sleepers

Twin

75 x 39 x 10

Full, Queen, King, California King

Foam

Good price, durable, good warranty

Good for Use with a Box Spring

Twin

75 x 39 x 14

Twin XL, Full, King, California King

Foam

Low price, durable, great warranty

Good for Side Sleepers

Twin

75 x 39 x 10

Full, Queen, King

Foam

Durable, long warranty, sleep trial

Good for All Sleeping Positions

Twin

75 x 39 x 10

Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Foam

Durable, long warranty

Great Hybrid Option

Twin

75 x 39 x 12

Full, Queen, King

Hybrid

Durable, low price, long warranty

Great Softer Option

Twin

75 x 39 x 10

Full, Queen, King, California King

Foam

Long warranty, sleep trial, durable

Soft and Durable

Twin 75 x 39 x 12

Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King

Hybrid

Durable, sleep trial, long warranty

16 Best Mattresses for Platform Beds Reviews

Now, let’s take a look at 16 of the best mattresses for platform beds:

Good for Pressure Relief: 
Design and Materials

The Zinus 12-Inch Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress is composed of 4 layers. It has 7 inches of durable, high-density support foam, 2 inches of airflow enhancing comfort foam, and 3 inches of conforming memory foam (good for pressure relief). 


The top layer is infused with green tea and charcoal, to help keep the mattress fresh. The foam used has CertiPUR-US certification. It has a cover that is not designed to be removed.


Firmness and Comfort

This is advertised as a medium-firm mattress, which seems about right according to users. The cover is soft and comfortable, and users say that they find it to be very comfortable to sleep on, especially for side sleepers, as it helps to relieve pressure points. 


Users suffering from lower back pain also found it nice to sleep on, as it’s firm enough to provide a good amount of support.


Some hot sleepers struggled with this mattress, despite the airflow-enhancing foam. If you’re using this on a bed without slats (which improve airflow), and you’re a hot sleeper, this may not be the one for you.

This is designed for ‘petite to average’ sleepers – heavier sleepers might not find this gives them the support that they need to sleep comfortably.


Value

We think this mattress represents good value for money. It holds up well and doesn’t sag quickly, which is great. The price is great considering the quality, and it comes with a 10-year warranty. It doesn’t come with a sleep trial.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 39.62 lbs (for the twin size), which isn’t too bad in terms of weight – you should be able to sleep on it on a platform bed without any problems.


The 12-inch height means that it will be comfortable on a platform bed, even without a box spring underneath. Bear in mind that it’s a foam mattress, so you won’t be able to use it on a bed with slats that are more than 4-inch apart.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Great for pressure relief and lower back pain
  • Charcoal and green tea infused foam helps keep mattress hygienic
  • Durable
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • No sleep trial
  • Not great for hot sleepers
  • Not enough support for heavier sleepers
Design and Materials

The Ashley Furniture Signature Design 12-Inch Memory Foam Mattress is composed of 3 layers of foam – 8 inches of core support foam, 2 inches of comfort foam, and 2 inches of contouring memory foam. It also has a stretch knit cover which is not removable. 


It’s not CertiPUR-US certified or OEKO-Tex certified at the time of writing.


It’s good for those suffering with allergies as the materials used are hypoallergenic.


Firmness and Comfort

This is a firm mattress, which users agree with – so despite the word ‘plush’ being used in the description, it’s a truly firm mattress. 


Users who are used to a firm mattress find it comfortable to sleep on, and some found that it helped to relieve their back pain caused by previously sleeping on a softer mattress. However, some users found it to be too firm for them to get comfortable.


This is another one which isn’t suited for hot sleepers – there’s no cooling gel layer or airflow-enhancing foam, meaning you could get hot quickly.


Users suffering from allergies reported that the materials are truly hypoallergenic and that this mattress helped improve their runny noses and sneezing at night.


Value

We think this is a good mattress in terms of value for money. It’s durable, with users reporting no premature sagging or sinking. It comes with a 10-year warranty, but no sleep trial.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 43 lbs for the twin size. A little more weighty than some of the others on this list, but not so heavy that it can’t be used on a slatted platform bed.


The 12-inch height is great for platform beds, as it’s a decent enough height to sleep comfortably without needing to use a box spring. Again, it’s not suitable for a bed with wide gaps between slats.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Truly firm, so can be good for some types of lower back pain
  • Durable
  • Hypoallergenic
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • No sleep trial
  • Not good for hot sleepers
  • Materials are not certified (at time of writing)
Design and Materials

The Inofia 12-Inch Hybrid Mattress is made from a whopping 7 layers. 


From bottom to top, it has a high-density support foam base, individually pocketed springs, a cooling fiber layer, an open-cell airflow-enhancing foam layer, pressure-relieving comfort foam, an anti-fire foam layer, and a cooling-sleep layer with open-cell foam. 


The top foam layers are CertiPUR-US Certified. The cover is made from soft, breathable knit fabric, which is not removable.


Firmness and Comfort

It’s described as a medium-firm mattress, but most users seem to think it edges closer to ‘firm’ than ‘medium’. It’s comfortable, thanks to the individually encased coils – they create contouring zones at the head, shoulders, and knees.


It’s pretty good for hot sleepers, with many users finding it to be quite cooling and refreshing to sleep on.


Value

We think this mattress is great value for money. For a hybrid mattress, the price is great. It comes with a 101-night sleep trial, which is a generous amount of time. Plus, it comes with a 10-year limited warranty. 


It’s pretty durable, too – users like the materials used on the cover, and they don’t report any premature sagging or dips.


Other Features

This mattress is definitely on the heavier side, at 51.9 lbs. This is something to consider when you’re looking at the manufacturer’s guidelines for your platform bed.


At 12 inches, this mattress is a good height for a platform bed, with or without a box spring.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Great for hot sleepers
  • Generous sleep trial
  • Fairly durable
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • On the heavier side
  • Seems to be firmer than the description states
Design and Materials

The Classic Brands Cool Gel Memory Foam Mattress is made from 3 layers – a 6.5-inch layer of high-density support foam, two separate 1-inch layers of poly-gel supportive foam, and a 2-inch layer of cool gel-infused foam on top. It has a removable, soft knit cover that can be hand-washed. 


The foams used are CertiPUR-US certified.


Firmness and Comfort

This is a medium-firm mattress, leaning more towards the ‘firm’ side. Users report that it’s very comfortable to sleep on, and the cooling gel foam helps to prevent overheating – in fact, even hot sleepers reported that they felt cool all night.


Value

In terms of value for money, this mattress is good. It has a decent price, so it’s suitable for those on a tight budget, and it has a 10-year warranty. However, it’s not as durable as some of the others on this list, with some users reporting a bit of sagging after a couple of years of use.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 39.7 lbs, which is pretty good – it’s not too heavy to use on a platform bed with slats.


It’s a thinner mattress at 10 inches. If you prefer a thinner mattress or you want to use a box spring too, this could work well.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Great for hot sleepers who want a thinner mattress
  • Good value
  • Leans more towards firm, but still comfortable
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Not as durable as some of the others on this list
Design and Materials

The LUCID 12-Inch Latex Hybrid Mattress combines three different layers – a layer of individually encased springs (6.5 inches), a layer of memory foam (2.5 inches), and a latex and memory foam blend on top (3.5 inches). It has a non-removable cover. 


The foam used is CertiPUR-US certified.


Firmness and Comfort

This mattress is advertised as medium-firm, but it definitely leans more toward ‘firm’ – if you’re used to softer mattresses, you may take a while to get used to this one. 


However, it offers excellent spinal support, and many users with different types of chronic pain reported that they felt comfortable and supported when sleeping on this mattress.


It doesn’t offer much in terms of cooling properties, so if you’re a hot sleeper, you may be able to find a mattress that better suits you elsewhere.


Value

We think this mattress represents great value for money. On the one hand, it’s more expensive than quite a few of the others on this list. On the other, it’s very durable. 


Users report no issues with sagging or wear and tear, and it seems to hold up well after years of use. It also comes with a 10-year warranty and a 100-night sleep trial.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 64.9 lbs (for the twin size). This is a heavy mattress, so you’re going to have to check out the manufacturer’s instructions on your bed frame before you purchase.


The 12-inch height is good for a platform bed. Because of the innersprings, you won’t have the same issues with sinkage through the slats as you would with a foam mattress.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Great for spinal support and back pain
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Generous sleep trial
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Not particularly good for hot sleepers
  • Heavier than most of the other mattresses on this list
Design and Materials

The Signature Design by Ashley 12-Inch Chime Express Innerspring Mattress is made from a 9-inch layer of individually pocketed springs, 1 inch of upholstery grade foam, fire retardant polyester, a ¼-inch layer of high-density lumbar support foam, and a ¾-inch high-density supportive, quilted cover (which is not removable).


The materials used are hypoallergenic, and the foam is CertiPUR-US certified.


Firmness and Comfort

This is advertised as a medium-firm mattress, leaning more towards ‘medium’ than ‘firm.’ Users report that it is very comfortable, even after years of use. For hot sleepers, it’s a great choice, as it doesn’t get too hot overnight.


Value

We think this mattress represents great value for money. It’s a little higher in terms of price, but we think it’s worth it – users report that it’s really durable, holding up well after years of use, with great quality materials. It has a 10-year limited warranty, but no sleep trial.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 57.7 lbs (for the Twin size). This is one of the heaviest mattresses on this list, so it’s worth checking if the weight of the mattress plus the people sleeping on it is going to be under the maximum weight for your bed frame.


It’s a good height at 12 inches, great for use with or without a box frame.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Durable
  • Good for hot sleepers
  • Comfortable even after years of use
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • No sleep trial
  • Heavy – so may not work for some bed frames
Design and Materials

The Zinus 10-Inch Support Plus Pocket Spring Hybrid Mattress is made from individually pocketed springs (7.5 inches), high-density support foam (1 inch) and soft comfort foam (1.5 inches). It has a quilted jacquard cover which is not removable. 


The foams used are CertiPUR-US certified.


Firmness and Comfort

This is described as a medium-firm mattress, but it leans slightly more towards the firm. It’s comfortable, with users reporting it to be great to sleep on, even after years of use. 


It’s also great for motion isolation, with users saying that it reduced the number of times they woke from their partners tossing and turning. It also doesn’t sleep hot, so it’s a decent choice for hot sleepers.


Value

We think this mattress is good value for money. Its cost is reasonable and it’s durable – even after years of use, it holds up well. It doesn’t have a sleep trial, but it does have a 10-year warranty.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 51.12 lbs, so on the heavier side – again, it’s worth checking your bed’s instruction manual to see what the max total weight should be.


It’s thinner at 12 inches, but still comfortable, even on a platform bed without a box spring.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Good motion isolation for couples
  • Good for hot sleepers
  • Comfortable even after years of use
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • No sleep trial
  • Heavier
Design and Materials

The Olee Sleep 10-Inch Gel-Infused Memory Foam Mattress is made from 2 layers – high-density base support foam (8 inches), and a layer of gel-infused cooling memory foam (2 inches). It has a blue cover which is not removable. 


The foams used are not certified at the time of writing.


Firmness and Comfort

This is described as a medium-firm mattress, and it seems to be right in the middle. It does sink a little when you lie down, so may not be ideal for back or stomach sleepers. 


It’s comfortable on different types of bed, including platform beds. It is fairly durable, with users reporting it still to be comfortable after a year or so of use.


The bad thing is that the effects of the gel layer, although good initially, does wear off after a while - users found that it stopped feeling as cool to sleep on after a year or so of use. So hot sleepers might struggle with this bed.


Value

We think this bed is okay value for money. On the one hand, it doesn’t have a sleep trial, and the cooling gel will wear off after a while. On the other hand, it comes at a low cost and has a 10-year warranty. If you’re on a tight budget, you may be tempted to give it a shot.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 35.3 lbs, so it’s a nice light option – great for platform beds. Due to the foam, you’ll have to be careful of slats, but it should be comfortable with or without a box spring.


It’s thinner at 10 inches, so you could use it with a box spring if you wanted a bit more height.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Inexpensive
  • Comfortable
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • No sleep trial
  • Foams are not certified at time of writing
  • Cooling gel layer wears off after a while
Design and Materials

The LUCID 12-Inch Hybrid Mattress is made from 3 layers – 6.5 inches of individually encased steel coils, 2 inches of support foam, and 3.5 inches of bamboo charcoal and aloe-vera infused comfort foam. It comes with a soft cover that is not removable. 


The foams used are CertiPUR-US certified.


Firmness and Comfort

This is described as a medium-firm mattress, which seems accurate. Users report that it is very comfortable and that it remains comfortable even after years of use. Hot sleepers found it to be too warm for them, however, which is something to consider.


The bamboo and aloe-vera help to keep things hygienic, which is good considering the above point about hot sleepers.


Value

We think this mattress is good value for money. It has a 10-year warranty and a 30-night sleep trial, which is great. Plus, it’s durable – it doesn’t develop dips or sags prematurely, and it holds up well after years of use. The price is great, too.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 59 lbs – so it’s a heavier option. This is something to think about if you have a platform bed with a lower max weight capacity. 


Because of the innerspring bottom layer, it suits platform beds well (with or without a box spring) – and you won’t have to worry about it sinking between the slats.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Good value
  • Freshness promoting materials
  • Sleep trial included
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Not good for hot sleepers
  • Heavier
Design and Materials

The Modway Aveline 10-Inch Gel-Infused Memory Foam Mattress is made from 2 layers – supportive base foam (7 inches), and a top layer of cooling gel-infused comfort foam (3 inches). It has a stretch-knit diamond-patterned cover that is not removable. 


The foams used are CertiPUR-US certified.


Firmness and Comfort

This is a firm mattress, and users describe it as being truly firm. It’s a comfortable mattress, which seems to hold up well after a lot of use. Most users found that the gel works really well to keep them cool at night, which is also great.


Value

We think this mattress is good value for money. The price point is good, it remains comfortable after a lot of use, and it comes with a 10-year warranty. It doesn’t come with a sleep trial, but the cost is low enough that you may feel it’s worth the risk.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 37 pounds, so it’s one of the lighter mattresses on this list – good for slatted platform beds, as you won’t have to worry about putting extra pressure on the slats. Like all foam mattresses, you do have to be careful about the size of the gap between slats.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Affordable mattress for hot sleepers
  • Durable
  • Comfortable if you like a firm mattress
  • Fairly light
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • No sleep trial
Design and Materials

The LUCID 14-Inch Memory Foam Mattress is made from 3 layers – a 10-inch layer of base support foam, a 3-inch layer of medium-plush gel-infused memory foam, and a 1-inch layer of bamboo charcoal memory foam which is quilted into a soft cover (not removable).


The foams used are CertiPUR-US certified.


Firmness and Comfort

We think this mattress is good value for money. It has a 10-year warranty, but no sleep trial. It’s durable though, so it should stay comfortable even after a lot of use. It is decently priced, too.


Value

We think this mattress is good value for money. The price point is good, it remains comfortable after a lot of use, and it comes with a 10-year warranty. It doesn’t come with a sleep trial, but the cost is low enough that you may feel it’s worth the risk.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 58.2 lbs, which is to be expected given the thickness – it’s definitely one of the heavier mattresses on this list. If you’ve got a low platform bed, this plus the box spring should give you a good amount of extra height if that’s what you’re looking for.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Very comfortable
  • Lower price
  • Good choice for using with a box spring
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • No sleep trial
  • Sleeps hot for some
Design and Materials

The Sweetnight 10-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress is made from 4 layers – 3 inches of supportive high-density base foam, 4 inches of 3-zoned air-flow open-cell foam, 1 inch of ventilated comfort foam, and 2 inches of cooling gel-infused memory foam. It has a cotton cover that is not removable. 


The foams used are CertiPUR-US certified.


Firmness and Comfort

This mattress is flippable – it has a firm side and a softer side. Users report that the firm side is truly firm (a bit too firm for some people), but the softer side is actually medium in firmness. 


It’s a very comfortable mattress and having the option of flipping it is a nice touch. Some users found it to be too hot despite the cooling gel, but others found the gel worked well for them.


It’s great for side sleepers, as it has three targeted support zones to ease pressure points.


Value

We think this is a good mattress in terms of value for money. It comes with a 10-year warranty and a 30-night sleep trial. It’s durable, holding up well after a lot of use. It’s a little more expensive than some of the others on this list, but the sleep trial helps to mitigate the risk a little – if you don’t like it, you can return it.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 39.6 lbs, so not too heavy – good for platform beds with slats (again, as long as the slats aren’t too far apart). It can be used with or without a box spring, and users report it’s comfortable either way.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Flippable firmness option
  • Good for side sleepers
  • Sleep trial included
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Some people find it sleeps hot despite cooling gel
Design and Materials

The Tuft & Needle Original 10-inch Adaptive Foam Mattress is made from 2 layers – a firm base layer of foam (5.5 inches), and 2.5 inches of Tuft & Needle adaptive foam (this is open-cell foam with graphite and gel beads to help draw heat away from you). 


It has a cover that is supposed to be removable, but users report it can be tricky to remove it. The foams used are CertiPUR-US certified and Greenguard Gold Certified (this means it has low levels of harmful emissions from the materials used).

Firmness and Comfort

It’s a medium-firm mattress, leaning slightly more towards ‘firm’ than ‘medium.’ It’s comfortable to sleep on – users report that they sleep really well on this mattress, even in different sleeping positions. Despite the gel beads and open-cell foam, it’s still too warm for some hot sleepers, who felt that it didn’t draw enough heat away from them to keep cool at night.


Value

We think this is a pretty good mattress in terms of value for money. It’s more expensive than some of the others on this list, but it does come with a 10-year warranty and a 100-night sleep trial, so you have plenty of time to test it out if you’re not sure. It’s durable and seems to last well with a lot of use.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 45.7 lbs. It can be used on a platform bed with or without a box spring (and users report it’s comfortable either way). As with all foam mattresses, it can sink between the slats if the gaps are too far apart. It’s 10 inches thick, so a thinner mattress, which means it won’t feel too high if you place it on top of a box spring.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Good for all sleeping positions
  • Durable
  • 100-night sleep trial included
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Sleeps hot
  • Cover is difficult to remove
Design and Materials
The Olee Sleep 10-Inch Omega Hybrid Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress is made from a layer of firm base support foam, a layer of innerspring coils, a layer of Duraflex foam (which improves elasticity), a layer of high-density foam, and a layer of soft memory foam.

 It has a soft quilted cover, which is not removable. The foams used are CertiPUR-US and Oeko-Tex 100 certified.

Firmness and Comfort

It’s a medium-firm mattress, leaning more towards ‘firm.’ It’s comfortable, with users reporting it to still be comfortable even after a lot of use. Users describe it as a ‘cozy’ mattress, with some hot sleepers finding it to be a bit too warm for them.


Value

We think this mattress represents good value for money. It has a 10-year warranty, but no sleep trial. It’s durable though, remaining comfortable over time. Another plus point is that the price is low – so it might be worth the risk to give it a shot, even without a sleep trial.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 52.5 lbs, so a little on the heavier side. It suits a platform bed really well, with many users reporting that it works perfectly on a platform bed without a box spring. You can still use it with a box spring if you prefer. Because of the innersprings, you don’t have to worry about the mattress sinking between the slats.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Great hybrid mattress option
  • Good value
  • Durable
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Sleeps hot for some
  • No sleep trial
Design and Materials
The Perfect Cloud Elegance 10-Inch Ultra Plush Mattress is made from gel-infused memory foam (2 inches), air-infused memory foam (1.5 inches), and a base layer of firm support foam (6.5 inches). It has a soft knit cover with mesh accents to improve airflow – this is not meant to be removed.

The foams used are CertiPUR-US certified.

Firmness and Comfort

This is a soft mattress. Softer mattresses don’t suit everyone, but for those who do enjoy using them, this is a good choice – it feels plush, cozy, and comfortable, but still provides support. You can sink into it slightly, but this presents an issue for some hot sleepers, who find that it gets too hot for them to get comfortable.


Value

We think this mattress represents good value for money. It has a slightly higher price than some of the others on this list, but it has a 30-day sleep trial, so you can test it out to see if you like it. It has a 10-year warranty, and it’s durable, too.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 38.9 lbs, so one of the lighter mattresses on this list. It works really well on platform beds with or without a box spring, even on platform beds with slats (although the gap issue still applies). At 12 inches, it’s a nice thickness for a platform bed.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Soft and cozy
  • 30-day sleep trial included
  • Durable
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Sleeps hot
Design and Materials
The LINENSPA 12-Inch Memory Hybrid Plush Mattress is made from heavy-gauge individually encased coils (8 inches), gel-infused memory foam (2 inches), transition foam (1 inch), and a quilted layer of soft memory foam (1 inch - this forms the cover, which cannot be removed).

The foams used are CertiPUR-US Certified.

Firmness and Comfort

This is a soft mattress, one of the softest that Linenspa offers. This means it’s not suited for everyone – if you’re a side sleeper, you may find that this is just too soft for you. If you do like a soft mattress, it’s comfortable. 


It seems to hold up well despite being very soft, and the cover is cozy. As you can imagine, because this is a soft bed and despite the gel-infused foam, hot sleepers won’t get on well with this one, as it will make them feel too hot when they sink into it.


Value

We think this mattress represents good value for money. The price is good, and it has a 30-night sleep trial. It also has a 10-year warranty, and it’s durable – so it’s good all-round in terms of value.


Other Features

The mattress weighs 50.8 lbs – one of the heavier mattresses on this list. It’s worth checking out the max weight for your particular bed frame to make sure you won’t put pressure on the base or slats. 


If you are using a slatted bed, it can work, but because it’s so soft, it could sink between the gaps (which, again, is why narrow gaps are important). It can be used with or without a box spring, and users found it comfortable on both.

WHAT WE LIKED
  • Soft with a cozy cover
  • Durable
  • Sleep trial included
WHAT COULD BE IMPROVED
  • Not good for hot sleepers
  • Heavier

What Else Do I Need to Know About Mattresses for Platform Beds?

Shopping for a platform bed mattress is not that different from shopping for a regular mattress – as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions about weight capacity, and you bear in mind the issue with slats and memory foam. There’s a lot of choice out there, but hopefully, we’ve helped you to narrow down the search a little.

Here are some commonly asked questions about platform beds and mattresses:

How are platform beds different from regular beds?

There are a few differences between platform beds and regular beds. Platform beds can be used without a box spring, whereas regular beds need a box spring for support. 

Regular bed frames have more of a ‘traditional’ look and tend to be bulkier. Platform beds look a little more modern, as they tend to have a very simple, minimal design.

Platform beds can be quite low to the ground. This contributes to the minimal look but may be an issue for those with limited mobility.

Are platform beds more prone to breakage?

Platform beds with slats can be prone to breakage, but this is usually because too much pressure is being put on them – for example, if you go over the max weight capacity. The good thing is that individual slats can usually be repaired or replaced, so it’s not the end of the world if a slat does break.

Do platform beds need slats?

They don’t necessarily need slats - some have a flat surface. The slats shouldn’t be spaced more than 3 to 4 inches apart, otherwise you risk the mattress sinking through the gaps. You can find out more about bed foundations in this article from Amerisleep.

Which type of mattress is best suited for a platform bed?

Platform beds are designed to be used with any type of mattress. If you have a preference for a certain type, go for it – hybrid, innerspring, foam, and latex mattresses work just fine on platform beds.

Are platform beds bad for mattresses?

No, they’re not. Platform beds are designed to be used with all types of mattresses – the only things to watch out for (as we’ve already mentioned) are the slats because they can cause issues for memory foam mattresses.

Can I use an air mattress on a platform bed?

It’s not recommended, especially if you have a platform bed with slats - air mattresses won’t give you the right support in that case, and you might wake up with a back ache. With a box spring or a flat base, it may work better as a short-term solution, but other types of mattresses may be more comfortable for long-term use.

Do I need a box spring with a platform bed?

A box spring is a bed base, sometimes consisting of springs encased in a wooden frame. Platform beds are typically designed to be used without a box spring, but you can still use one if you prefer.

Here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons of using a box spring with a platform bed, in case you can’t decide:

Pros

  • It can give more support to your mattress, stopping it from sinking through the slats
  • Using a box spring can give you more of a ‘traditional’ look for a bed, as it raises it higher from the ground (this can be particularly useful if you find it difficult to climb in and out of a low bed)
  • It can absorb a bit of shock and wear-and-tear on your mattress

Cons

  • It makes it look bulkier - if you wanted a modern, minimal look, a box spring may hinder that
  • If you have a slightly higher platform bed and you wanted to store things underneath, then you won’t have room

If you want more opinions, this video by ABC7 News covers the topic of whether box springs are necessary.

How can I stop my mattress from sliding around on my platform bed?

Sometimes, you might find that your mattress doesn’t fit perfectly on your bed, and therefore it may slide around a bit. There are ways you can fix this. 

Buying a roll of non-slip material, or a non-slip pad, can give enough friction to help your mattress stay in place. 

You could also use Velcro straps – carefully attaching them to the bottom of your mattress and looping them around the slats can help it to stay in place. (Bear in mind that this may invalidate your mattress warranty – it’s best to check beforehand!)

I’m a hot sleeper - is there anything I need to know about platform beds?

Platform beds are great for hot sleepers, as they’re designed to increase airflow. However, there are a few things you can do to make your experience even better. Avoid a box spring, as this can hinder the airflow from under your bed, making you warmer.

If you’re going to go for a foam mattress, choose one with cooling properties (like open-cell foam to increase airflow, or cooling gel) – this can help you to feel more comfortable.

An innerspring mattress could work well for you, as you’re less likely to sink into it, which can cause you to overheat. Air can travel more easily through the springs, too, which is good for dispersing heat.

Can I use a very thin mattress for a platform bed?

Thin mattresses (anything under 10 inches) may not be suited for platform beds, particularly beds that are very low to the ground. This is because it may not give you the support you need to hold your weight (especially for a bed with slats) and can make climbing in and out of bed a bit more difficult, which can be a problem for seniors or those with mobility issues.

Hopefully, this has helped you to find the right mattress for your platform bed – with so many comfortable options out there in a variety of budgets, you should find one on this list that suits you perfectly!

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