Our Guide to the Best Non-Adjustable and Adjustable Beds for the Elderly
High profile mattresses (12-15” in height) may be luxurious and comfortable, but they can be a nightmare for seniors to get in and out of. For this reason, many sleep experts recommend low beds for the elderly. But buying a mattress can be complicate as-is – having to add an extra required feature can make it even more daunting.
Perfect Cloud UltraPlush Gel-Max 10 Inch Memory Foam Mattress
Our favorite for 2017
Resort Sleep Queen 10-Inch Cooling Memory Foam Mattress and Pillow
A fantastic mattress set
Signature Sleep Contour 8-Inch Independently Encased Coil Mattress with CertiPUR-US Certified Foam
Here are some things to consider when you’re comparing models:
- Mattress Height: When we say low profile, we mean a mattress with a height of 8-10 inches. Anything higher than this may be too difficult for an elderly person to get in and out of without a step stool.
- Mattress Type: Memory foam mattresses are more affordable than ever, and they deliver exceptional support without sacrificing comfort. While you can go with a traditional spring mattress, memory foam will give seniors pressure point relief and allow for a restful night of sleep.
- Quality: The quality of the mattress is what’s most important, especially for seniors. A poor quality mattress will leave you waking up feeling tired, groggy and in pain. It’s always worth it to pay more for a higher quality mattress. Check out user reviews to get an idea of the quality of the mattress.
We’ve hand-selected five of the best low-profile mattresses for seniors, so you can find the right one for your needs.
The Best Mattress for Seniors Reviews
Sleep Master Ultima® Comfort – The Ultima Comfort from Sleep Master is just 8 inches high and features three comforting layers of foam: 2” pressure-relieving comfort foam, 2” memory foam and a 4” high-density foam base.
One thing that sets the Ultima apart is its use of BioFoam. BioFoam replaces some of the petroleum used to make traditional memory foam with natural plant oil. Plus, all of the foam used to construct this mattress is CertiPUR-US, so you know it meets stringent quality and performance standards.
The Ultima arrives compressed, so it goes from box to bed with ease. All it takes is 48 hours for this mattress to expand to its original shape.
Zinus Memory Foam 10 Inch Green Tea Mattress – The Zinus memory foam mattress features a 10” profile and a unique selling point: green tea extract in the memory foam.
Made with three layers of foam, this mattress offers exceptional comfort while relieving pressure points for a restful night of sleep. The three layers include: 2” pressure relieving comfort foam, 2.5” memory foam and a 5.5” airflow HD (high density) foam base.
While slightly higher than the previous two mattresses, this model’s 10” profile is still low enough for seniors to comfortably sleep on.
All of the foam used in this mattress is CertiPUR-US, and Zinus includes green tea extract to maintain freshness.
Perfect Cloud UltraPlush Gel-Max 10” Memory Foam Mattress – The UltraPlush mattress from Perfect Cloud features gel-infused foam for a breathable mattress that keeps you cool at night. The slightly higher 10” profile is ideal for taller users.
Like most other memory foam mattresses, this model features three layers of foam: a 1.5” top layer of air-infused memory foam, a 2” layer of gel-max memory foam and a 6.5” layer of HD foam. All three layers work together to maximize breathability, comfort and support.
For added protection, the mattress comes with a stretch knit cover that’s removable for easy care. Made with the brand’s air-transfer technology, the cover allows for even more breathability, so you stay comfortable all night long.
Best Price Mattress 8” Memory Foam Mattress – Best Price Mattress offers just the right blend of value and comfort with their 8” memory foam mattress. Ideal for elderly sleepers, this mattress features body-conforming foam that eliminates pressure points for a comfortable sleep all night long.
The 8-inch thickness provides just enough comfort and support for a restful night of sleep without being too high for elderly sleepers to climb onto.
In total, this mattress has three layers: 2” soft foam with pressure relieving properties, 2” memory foam and a 4” high density foam base for added support.
This mattress is made with CertiPUR-US foam, and comes at an affordable price.
Signature Sleep Memoir 8” Memory Foam Mattress – The Memoir is one of Signature Sleep’s best-selling memory foam mattresses, and it comes at a very interesting budget level. With a low 8” profile, this bed is a smart choice for seniors looking to get the most value out of their mattress.
The primary difference between this mattress and the others on our list is that it only features two layers: a 2” top layer of memory foam and a 6” base layer of high-density foam.
Not only is the Memoir low VOC, but it’s also free of toxic chemicals, like flame retardants, mercury and heavy metals.
All foam is CertiPUR-US certified for exceptional quality.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Best Beds for Old People
- Mobility: How much mobility does the user have? Arthritis and other similar conditions can make it difficult to get in and out of high beds. Users with impaired mobility may want to choose a mattress with the lowest-possible profile that doesn’t sacrifice comfort and support. An eight-inch profile seems to be ideal for this purpose.
- Firmness: What level of firmness does the user require? It’s difficult to judge firmness with a memory foam mattress, but generally, models with more layers tend to be on the firmer side.
- The Foam Quality: This factor goes along with the quality pointer we mentioned earlier. Look for mattresses with CertiPUR-US certification, which requires foam to meet stringent quality and performance standards.
- Breathability: The breathability of the mattress is important, especially if the user has difficulty staying cool at night. Gel-infused foam is a great option, but high density foam will also help to keep you comfortable and cool throughout the night. Both help to draw heat away from the body, which would otherwise leave you waking up in a sweat.
- Price: Finally, don’t forget to consider the cost of the mattress. It’s hard to put a price on quality, restful sleep, but everyone has a budget they need to stick to. Choose the best quality mattress that you can afford. And if you can, consider waiting and saving up for a better mattress.