Best mattress for back pain

Today I’m going to show you exactly what to look for in a mattress for back pain.

Approximately 1 in 6 people in England have back pain and it’s proven a mattress with pressure relieving qualities helps. 

But I should point something out:

Most mattresses say they are great for back pain so we’re going to cover what to look out for and what really helps. 

Let’s jump in.

What mattress is good for back pain?

The best mattress for back pain is one that supports the problem areas and relieves pressure. This tends to make memory foam mattresses the best. However, a hybrid mattress with a memory foam top works just as well, sometimes better for people. 

It’s not just one solution for everybody, if you like a harder mattress then maybe a latex mattress would be better for you. 

Sometimes instead of getting a new mattress you could try adding a new top layer to your existing mattress and this could do wonders for you. Here’s our list of the best mattress toppers if that’s the case for you. 

If you are struggling to sleep with back pain, consider speaking to a chiropractor or a back doctor to address the issue. Also, if you have neck and back pain it could be because of your sleeping position. 

If you sleep on your front it will cause spinal issues. Consider looking at orthopaedic pillows to help address this! 

How to relieve back pain

The methods in this post will help. However, the NHS also advises you to remain active as much as possible and to continue your daily activities, as long periods of rest are likely to worsen your pain.

And to take anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen. When in doubt, ask a pharmacist if the medicine is safe for you to take

Can memory foam hurt your back?

Does memory foam cause back pain? If you don’t find the perfect firmness level for you, a memory foam mattress can cause back pain. You should choose a medium-firm mattress that keeps your spine in neutral alignment while relieving your pressure points.

If you are on the heavier side, it’s better to pick a firmer or a hybrid mattress for further support. 

Why does my back hurt after sleeping on a new mattress?

The body often needs some time to adjust to a new sleep surface. You are likely to experience lower back pain after switching to a new mattress if you experience back discomfort. You just need to give your body some time to adjust.

Luckily the mattresses on our list give you free trials to make sure you properly adjust and make sure the mattress is right for you. 


nectar mattress review - best boxed mattress

High-quality foams and memory foam make up this mattress, these help take the pressure off your pressure points like your shoulder, hips, back, and legs. 

A pro tip when picking a mattress that has memory foam is to check the mattress warranty. This is because the company stands behind the quality of the product and doesn’t use low-density foam that will deteriorate over time. 

Nectar has a forever warranty and a 365-day trial. 

If you pick a mattress that has a year warranty chances are you won’t get the support or it will begin to sag and alleviate the issue. 

Furthermore, the top cover has a quilted surface which adds to the feeling of relief as soon as you lay down on the mattress.

Simba hybrid

Simba hybrid pro mattress review

If our first option doesn’t tick your boxes. This might be because it’s a foam mattress and you want a hybrid, which is understandable. Well, you can’t get much better than the Simba range. You have the Simba hybrid, the Pro, and the Luxe.  

Depending on your budget will help you decide which one is best for you. 

However, the original Simba hybrid packs a punch and is a quality mattress. It consists of 4 layers encased in a breathable hypoallergenic knitted cover.

The unique patented spring layer has up to 2,500 25mm conical pocket Aerocoil™ springs, made with titanium alloy and manufactured in Leeds, enclosed in a 100% polyester pocket.

The pressure relief is next to none with this mattress, but if you really want to go all-out check out the Luxe that has two of those layers of springs and an extra 1000 40mm conical pocket Aerocoil springs. 


Ergoflex mattress

Thick high density visco-elastic memory foam makes up this orthopaedic specialist mattress. It is also recommended by Dr Mark Craig The back Doctor.

On their website they say it’s ideal for sufferers of back pain, fibromyalgia, circulation problems or joint complaints.

This mattress in a box has been around since 2006 with positive reviews. Another plus is that all the foams are CertiPur-US® & OKEO-TEX® 100 certified. Which means there aren’t any nasty chemicals. 

The Tencel cover encasing the mattress is hypoallergenic and naturally antibacterial. On the negative side, you only get a 30 night trial. This might be enough time to decide if it helps your back problems but it also might not be enough time to fully know.