What is a flippable mattress — and do you really need one?

A happy couple flip their Layla Hybrid Mattress
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While most mattresses made today are not designed to be flipped, an increasing number of top-rated sleep brands are introducing double-sided mattresses to their lineup of beds. But what is a flippable mattress? These double-sided mattresses have different firmness levels on each side, meaning that one side is softer than the other. 

Double-sided beds are some of the best mattresses for customizable comfort and support, but are they actually worth your investment? Or are they just a unnecessary gimmick that won't offer the support and comfort of traditional hybrid beds? 

Here, we'll discuss what a double-sided mattress is and explore the the pros and cons. Plus, we've also rounded up the best mattress deals on double-sided beds, so you can buy a flippable mattress for less, should you decide that it's the right type of bed for you. Let's get started. 

What is a flippable mattress?

A flippable mattresses is a double-sided mattress with a design that allows you to sleep on either side. Each side has a different level of firmness, so one side will be softer than the other. For example, one side may be medium soft for comfort, which the other medium-firm for more support. 

The best firm mattress for most people, The Plank

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Double-sided mattresses are much different to a lot of modern mattresses, which can't be flipped. The best hybrid mattresses of today usually have a design which features multiple layers that must be placed on your bed foundation in the correct order. For instance, the top side will feature gel-infused memory foam or pillow top for a soft, comforting surface, while the bottom side will be sturdy and supportive as a base layer. If the mattress is upside down, then you won't get the comfort that the top layers offer. 

What are the benefits of a flippable mattress?

  • Good for combination sleepers 
  • Can be good value for money 
  • Make great guest beds

The most obvious benefit of a flippable mattress is the customization it offers. Adjustable firmness can be great for combination sleepers or those who frequently change their dominant sleep position. Double-sided beds are also great for those who may need different levels of support from time to time, such as pregnant women, active people who are prone to injuries, those with reoccurring aches and pains, and children and adolescents.

Being able to change your mattress with any changes in your body can also mean flippable mattresses are good value for money. What's more, flipping your mattress regularly can also prolong its life, preventing one side from becoming overused and prone to sagging. 

Flippable mattresses can also accommodate different sleepers, meaning they can make great guestroom beds. Simply the flip the double-sided mattress to whichever side according to the guest's sleep needs. 

Close-up of flippable Layla Hybrid Mattress

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What are the drawbacks of a flippable mattress?

  • Most people only need one firmness level
  • Flippable design may be less supportive than a traditional hybrid design
  • Can be difficult to flip  

However, there are some cons to the double-sided mattress. First of all, who really needs a mattress with two different firmness levels? This is especially true for flippable mattresses with comfort levels on either side of the  firmness spectrum. It's unlikely that you'll need a marshmallow-soft mattress one day and a rock-hard firm bed the next. 

There's also the question of how supportive comfortable their structure is. Hybrid beds designed to have a sturdy supportive base on the bottom and a comfortable, pillow-soft sleep surface on top. Flippable mattresses, however, don't have that structure, meaning their support is often called into question when the plusher side sits on the bottom. 

Finally, depending on the size of your bed, flipping a mattress can be an arduous task. Flipping a double-sided mattress is often a two-person job, and solo sleepers may find it difficult to adjust the firmness themselves, especially if they have an injury or aches and pains. 

3 of best flippable mattresses to shop today

Best for: ease of use

Layla Hybrid Mattress: $1,299 $1,099 at Layla Sleep 

Layla Hybrid Mattress: <a href="https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1410674&u=1338591&m=63899&afftrack=hawk-custom-tracking&urllink=https%3A%2F%2Flaylasleep.com%2Fproduct%2Fhybrid-mattress%2F" data-link-merchant="laylasleep.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">from $1,299 $1,099 at Layla Sleep 
Our positive <a href="https://shareasale-analytics.com/r.cfm?b=1410674&u=1338591&m=63899&afftrack=hawk-custom-tracking&urllink=https%3A%2F%2Flaylasleep.com%2Fproduct%2Flayla-hybrid-mattress%2F&shrsl_analytics_sscid=31k8%5Fo6e23&shrsl_analytics_sstid=b1k7%5Fetzff" data-link-merchant="shareasale-analytics.com"" data-link-merchant="laylasleep.com"">Layla Hybrid Mattress review found that this flippable mattress accommodates most sleepers and preferences, with a medium-soft side and a medium-firm side. Its zippable mattress cover has two handles on each side, so we found this mattress easy to flip. Right now, you can get $200 of all sizes, with a queen down to $1,499.

Best for: Customizable support

The Plank Firm$749 $561.80 at Plank Mattres

The Plank Firm: <a href="https://plankmattress.pxf.io/c/221109/1172836/14794?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fplankmattress.com%2Fproducts%2Fplank" data-link-merchant="plankmattress.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">from $749 $561.80 at Plank Mattres
The Plank Firm is a very firm flippable mattress designed for optimal back support for those who sleep on their stomach or back, and we also recommend it as one of the<a href="https://www.tomsguide.com/buying-guide/best-mattress-for-heavy-people" data-link-merchant="tomsguide.com"" data-link-merchant="plankmattress.com""> best mattresses for heavy people. One side is firm (8/10), while the other side is ultra-frim (10/10), making it great for those who want a mattress that offers strong lumbar support and back pain relief. There's currently a 25% off sale for spring, so queen is now $999.

Best for: Guest rooms

Sweetnight Sunkiss 10 inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress: $262.80 $438 at Amazon

Sweetnight Sunkiss 10 inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress: <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=45724&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FSweetnight-Mattress-Queen-CertiPUR-US-Certified-Isolation%2Fdp%2FB07QF5FZWY%3Fth%3D1%26tag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">from $262.80 $438 at Amazon
This is a budget-friendly double-sided mattress that can offer guests a universally pleasing medium-firm or a plusher medium-soft. It's also available in both 10" and 12" models. Thanks to the Amazon spring sale, a queen is now 40% off at $262.80, while a full size is 20% off and down to $318.10.

Frances Daniels
Sleep Staff Writer

Frances Daniels recently joined the Tom's Guide team as Sleep Staff Writer, and her role includes covering all sleep and mattress news, in addition to mattress reviews and buyer's guides. Frances is a PPA-accredited journalist and is hugely interested in the relationship between good sleep and overall health. When not writing about sleep and mattresses for Tom's Guide, Frances enjoys writing about women's issues, health and wellbeing, the environment, and her native Wales.