Best Mattresses for Petite Sleepers

Haniya Rae

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Mattresses are typically designed to accommodate all body types—but that doesn't mean they actually deliver. That's why in CR’s mattress tests, we evaluate how well each mattress supports three distinct groups of people: petite, average, and big or large/tall. If you're about 5 feet, 1 inch and weigh 120 pounds or less, you fall into CR’s petite support ratings category.

“Don't assume the mattress that your linebacker brother finds comfortable will also work for your petite frame,” says Christopher Regan, who oversees CR’s mattress tests. “Try to test out a mattress for at least 15 minutes before making a final decision to see if it is comfortable to you—you’ll likely notice whether the firmness or the mattress’ stability is to your liking."

How We Test Mattresses
At CR, we buy and test queen-size mattresses because that’s the most widely sold size. Using lab equipment and human subjects, we evaluate how well a mattress supports the body for both back and side sleepers of various sizes, how easily sleepers can shift their weight without disturbing their partner, and how well the mattress keeps its shape over time.

To mimic the typical eight- to 10-year useful life span of a mattress, we conduct a mechanical test in which a 308-pound roller is passed over each model 30,000 times. For firmness, rather than take a manufacturer’s word for it, we apply a load of up to 1,000 newtons (4.4 newtons equal a pound) to each mattress, then plot the results on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the firmest.

We test mattresses from the big names, such as Sealy, Serta, Stearns and Foster, and Tempur-Pedic. We also evaluate direct-to-consumer brands, such as Casper and Tuft & Needle, and bring in mattresses with innovative construction, such as the Reverie, which consists of foam springs you can rearrange to adjust firmness, and the Purple, which has a rubberlike grid as a top layer to promote airflow.

CR members with digital access can read on for ratings and reviews of seven mattresses that are great for petite people. The list is organized to show our overall top performer, followed by mattresses that are great for back sleepers, and then by beds that are best for side sleepers.

Check our mattress ratings to dive into the details on all the mattresses we test.

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