When it comes to online shopping, the best way to vet a product is to hear from real people who have also purchased that item. But between rumors of altered reviews and endless retailers with product overlap, sometimes the reviews just can't be trusted — which is why we're going straight to the source: Reddit. That's right, we went into the depths of subreddits to get the skinny on the tried-and-true best mattresses for back pain. Whether you have constantly sore shoulders or lower back flare-ups, here are the best mattresses according to the real people of Reddit.
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1new_username jumped in right away with a favorable review of Purple's bestselling mattress: "We got one of those Purple mattresses and it was awesome for my lower back. I loved it." And miseri6325 seconded: "I'll have to second the Purple Mattress. My wife and I had a Tempur-Pedic. My wife is disabled with lower back/pelvic issues and I would wake up every day with a sore back and shoulders. After a week of using the Purple, my shoulders are awesome when I wake up and my back doesn't hurt nearly as much. On top of all that, my wife loves this mattress. Would definitely recommend to anyone."
Tempur-Pedic often tops the list of best mattresses, but the Medium Firm is especially loved on Reddit. One user, dbill333, adamantly wrote: "Don't waste money on imitations. It's worth it. You'll thank me ... unless you're allergic to polyurethane." And user Jp2585 reiterated the medium-firm sentiment: "Agree wholeheartedly. Bought one in May this year, the climate cool one I think, and it's incredible. Within a week my wife stopped having a sore back — I also never had aches after a long sleep — and we both fell asleep quicker and felt more rested. It's much pricier than your typical mattress, but the lifespan is 20+ years, plus it's the only mattress that can be doctor-prescribed, so if you can get a doctor to sign off on it you can claim it on your taxes."
When u/umphreak1 wrote about chronic back pain, Redditors were quick to suggest the Snuggle-Pedic. EverydayApe explained that it was great for support due to the dual-layers: "The top layer is made from memory foam, which relieves pressure on your back and neck by giving great cushioning and pressure relief, while the base layer provides excellent spinal support."
A now-deleted user threw Tuft & Needle into the ring, and 81 upvotes and dozens of comments agree: "Three years sleeping on a queen Tuft & Needle mattress here. Still love it just as much as the first night I had it. My husband, who had back pain, also loves it. Super easy process/delivery, affordable and comfortable. 10/10 would sleep again." User phillibl chimed in agreement: "10/10 for my wife and I as well. We've had ours [for] three years" and Tateochip confirmed it's "wonderful, I've had it almost two years and it has resolved a lot of my lower back issues. People also tell me how wonderful my bed is and I've convinced three people to buy one."
Katie is a Los Angeles-based writer who covers shopping trends, deals, and product reviews for Hunker. She's written for PureWow, Food Network, and Well+Good. When not online shopping, you can find her collecting vintage glassware or rewatching Nancy Meyers' movies for design inspo.