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By Brenda Bostwick / September 16, 2017

Best Mattress for a Guest Bedroom: Our Top 5 Picks Explained

When company comes to call, it’s nice to be able to offer a place for them to crash. If you have the space, setting up a guest room provides privacy for visitors, as well as a dual purpose room for you to use for storage, or even as an office.

Bed set-ups are surprisingly affordable as well. Platform bed choices are a budget friendly way to provide a place to sleep, and with the influx of online mattress companies, you can easily find a comfortable surface that doesn’t break the bank.

Your guest’s sleeping comfort should be important to you, but it’s important to remember that a guest mattress isn’t often going to see much use. It is going to hold up a lot longer than one you sleep on every night, and so spending a lot of money on a brand name might not be your best investment, especially with the many quality mattresses currently available on the market. We’ve reviewed many mattresses here at Sleep Buffs, and below I’m going to provide you with our top 5 choices to consider for your guest bedrooms.

Best Mattress for a Guest Bedroom Comparisons

Product

Material

Warranty

Our Ratings

PacBed Original

Tuft and Needle Mattress

Foam

100 day/10-year warranty

Saatva Mattress

Saatva Mattress

Hybrid

120 days/15-year warranty

Leesa Mattress

Leesa Mattress

Foam

100 day/10-year warranty

Loom and Leaf Firm Mattress

Loom and Leaf Mattress

Foam

120 days/15-year warranty

Amerisleep Revere Mattress

Amerisleep Revere Mattress

Foam

100 days/20-year warranty

Comfort

Obviously you can’t anticipate the comfort needs of all your guests according to their sleep preferences. Buying a mattress that falls in a middle ground comfort range of firmness truly is your best bet in order to better meet the needs of everyone who may come to visit. Remember, most guests don’t visit for very extended lengths of time, and so meeting their short term needs is what your goal should be.

Side sleepers need a more conforming, plush surface to allow their hips and shoulders to sink into the mattress for better spinal alignment. Back and stomach sleepers need a more firm, uplifting support to keep their hips and shoulders from sinking, and so a medium to medium firm surface is often a popular guest room choice. This is especially true if you also take into account the mattress construction and materials being used.

Materials

Almost every mattress company boasts about their mattress construction and material use. Therefore it’s important to take note of material quality and differences so you know exactly what you are paying for. To make it simple, there are pretty much two types of construction material used in the mattress industry: Foam and Innerspring.

Foam mattresses are comprised of multiple layers of varying types of foams to create a supportive, but contouring sleeping surface. Memory and latex foam use is amongst the most popular foams in use. Mattresses made from these foams use them within the first few layers for surface comfort, and then are supported by more general poly foams for a base comfort and support.



Materials

Innerspring mattresses allow for a more uplifting support and more often than not provide weight distribution through pocket coils systems that move independently from one another. Many innersprings are hybridized and include a foam surface layer to provide contouring comfort without sacrificing overall support.

Size

Even if you have some space restrictions, you should have at least a full size mattress for your visiting guests. This provides a spacious sleeping space for a single guest, and plenty of room for a couple, or even multiple children. It also allows you to be flexible with sleeping arrangements if you need to. For example, if something happens to your bed and you and your partner need an alternate arrangement. Or if you want to provide your bed to a guest, then you have a comfortable place to reside as well.

If a full sized or larger bed frame is problematic, you can always consider a Murphy Bed, or something similar that takes up very little space, but still allows for the needs of your guests. You may also want to consider an air mattress that you can store away when not in use but which also provides supportive comfort for short term visits.

Casper Mattress Sizes

Showroom Brands Verse Online

As mentioned, guest mattresses get much less wear than your personal mattress, and so investing a lot of money into one to ensure longevity may not be the best use of your money. There are many mattresses on the market that are both considered good quality and comfortable that may not be what you stumble across on a showroom floor. Most showroom mattresses are proven brand names that have been around for awhile, but which also often carry the additional cost of middlemen, stocking, and commissioned markups.

The sleep industry has seen an influx of online, factory to front porch businesses that offer affordable, quality mattresses worth checking out. These mattresses often come with a sleep trial as well, so if you are concerned about comfort you can try them out to ensure you are providing your guests with a decent sleep surface.

How to Choose the Best Guest Mattress

When you are on the hunt for guest room comfort, it’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed with the many choices you are faced with, as well as trying to anticipate the needs of your visitors. Ask yourself the following to help narrow down your choices:

Do you have space constraints?

If you have a small guest room you may be looking at choices such as Murphy beds, fold up beds, trundles, and bunk beds as well as more traditional frames. If so, then you need to consider the types of mattresses you but for each choice. Platform and bunk beds do not need a box spring, which lowers your cost, but bunk beds may need a lower profile mattress for the correct fit.Many Murphy beds may have a mattress thickness constraint as well, and if you have a fold up bed, then you need to consider if your mattress is capable of that type of usage.

Will more than just your guests be using this bed?

Having a guest room setup can be helpful for more than when visitors come calling. Perhaps somebody has been ill and needs a different spot to rest and recovery, or simply due to cleaning purposes. Maybe you have considered taking on a housemate in the past as well, so this could become a more permanent sleeping space. It also may work well for those nights where you don’t want to disturb your partner after a late night of work.

What sort of visitor flow do you expect?

Your mattress choices may be affected by how much company you expect. If you have only guest sporadically, then choosing a mattress may not be that big of a deal. But if you have a steady stream of visitors throughout the year, choosing something that is sure to hold up to varying body types through the years may be a better choice.

Is the room you are using have a dual purpose?

Does your guest room double as an office or playroom? If so, the type of bed you choose may, as mention, play into your product choices. Dual purpose guest rooms are the perfect solution for smaller houses, but you want to ensure that your choices allow for both uses to occur without one overwhelming the other. This is when air mattresses or even futons can become a good choice for visitors.

Do you have budget constraints?

Don’t feel that creating a guest space is an impossibility due to budget constraints. Often the bed choices you have considered are affordable, but the mattress is what creates havoc with the finances. The important thing to remember is that you have many varied choices and taking your time to shop around and research what you are looking for will help you yield the results you need.

Top Rated Guest Mattresses We’ve Reviewed

We have reviewed many mattresses here at Sleep Buffs, and although there are many to choose from, our top five rated choices that fit the above mentioned considerations are listed below:

Tuft and Needle Mattress


PacBed Original
  • Material: Foam
  • Platform Compatible: yes
  • Thickness: 10 inches
  • Sleep Trial: 100 day
  • Warranty: 10 year

This all foam, 2 layered mattress consists of a 3 inch comfort layer supported by a 7 inch support. The foam used is a company created and owned construction process, but is considered to be a choice other than popular memory and latex foams, and unique in feel. It is also said to be a cool sleep, meaning it breathes well and doesn't completely envelop you in contouring softness which often keeps heat trapped against your skin.

Considered a medium-firm comfort feel, this mattress is created with all sleeping types in mind, with enough give for side sleepers, yet enough support for back and stomach positions. The top layer of foam works to dissipate weight and relieve common pressure points, and the supportive base help provide increased airflow as well as overall uplifting support to keep sagging from occurring.

Pros

  • Foam construction is proprietary
  • Cool sleep surface
  • Supportive of all sleep positions
  • Cons
  • Weight limitations exist
  • May be firm for some sleepers
This is a good choice for guest rooms due to how it can accommodate a wide range of sleepers, plus still provides a more plush, foam contouring surface for various body types. The buying process is easy as it is the only type of mattress offered by the company- which keeps it simple and avoids multiple choices which can become confusing.

Saatva Mattress


Saatva Mattress
  • Material: Hybrid
  • Platform Compatible: yes
  • Thickness: 11.5 or 14.5
  • Sleep Trial: 120 days
  • Warranty: 15 year

This hybrid mattress combines the best of the pocketed innerspring coils to adjust to varying weights across your body, memory foam for pressure point reduction, and if you wish, a pillow top for added comfort. Overall there are 5 separate layers that make up this mattress that all work to help distribute weight, provide support where needed, and increase airflow for a comfortable night’s sleep.

You can also choose between an 11.5 and 14.5 inch profile, as well as from three separate surface comforts ranging from plush to firm feel, although for a guest room you may want to choose a luxury firm that better accommodates all sleeping types.

Pros

  • Two different thickness choices
  • Memory foam and coil hybrid
  • Great motion isolation

Cons

  • Warranty restrictions
As a guest room choice this is one of the more luxurious mattresses we’ve reviewed due to its varying options and obvious high quality construction. This is a good pick especially if you know you will have a high incidence of visitors throughout the year. The delivery of the product includes a removal of your old mattress as well if you have one.

Leesa Mattress


Leesa Mattress
  • Material: Foam
  • Platform Compatible: yes
  • Thickness: 10 inches
  • Sleep Trial: 100 day
  • Warranty: 10 year

The Leesa Mattress is yet another one-size-fits all mattress that is gaining in popularity due to its overall attention to quality construction and simplicity of design. This mattress is considered a medium, to medium firm choice due to the unique give and bounce of the initial surface area. There are a total of 3 separate foam layers in this 10 inch mattress that create a cool, comfortable sleep surface that is supportive of all sleep positions.

The first layer of foam is a poly foam that increases airflow and allows for a light contouring for weight distribution and joint comfort, ut also provides a bit of bounce. This is further supported by a memory foam to provide for an increase in surface comfort and body contouring. The remaining layer is a foam foundational base for airflow and overall mattress structure.

Pros

  • Cooler sleep
  • Adaptable support
  • Good motion isolation

Cons

  • Light degassing
  • No surface comfort choices
Guests may rejoice in the comfort of this bed due to the unique surface and combination support it provides. Although low in profile, the layered construction provides support and comfort where needed without a deep contouring which can be problematic to some people.

Loom and Leaf Mattress


Loom and Leaf Firm Mattress
  • Material: foam
  • Platform Compatible: yes
  • Thickness: 12 inch
  • Sleep Trial: 120 days
  • Warranty: 15 year

The Loom and Leaf Mattress is a full 12 inches of layered foam and gel on gel technology to provide body contouring, medium firm support, and a cool sleeping surface for your overall comfort. The 5 layer foam and gel process provides an increase in air flow as well, and provides support is all the right places so all sleep types can find their position comfortable, and restful.

The initial layer is a thin foam pillow top that rests upon a gel infused foam layer, and then a memory foam support that also provides a deep, contouring transition. The remaining layers help with increased airflow as well as structural support and body weight distribution. Plus, the foam is eco friendly, made with plant based materials with eco friendly construction.

Pros

  • Gel on gel layered construction
  • Firm support combined with foam contouring
  • Eco friendly

Cons

  • May be firm for lighter weights
  • Only one surface comfort option
As guest mattresses go, this is a perfect choice for all sleeping types, as well as a simple purchase due to the uniform, all-in-one construction that provides firmer support, but a contouring memory foam sink. This helps cradle joints while allowing the spine to stay in alignment throughout the night.

Amerisleep Revere Mattress


Amerisleep Revere Mattress
  • Material: Foam
  • Platform Compatible: yes
  • Thickness: 12 inch
  • Sleep Trial: 100
  • Warranty: 20 year

The Amerisleep company offers a variety of mattress company choices, but the Revere in particular fits the profile for a good guest bed as it is constructed to meet the needs of a variety of sleepers. This thick, 12 inch firm mattress has a soft top supported by stable cushioning.

Layered construction gives way to a moisture wicking cover under which a biopur memory foam product rests to provide pressure point relief and weight distribution. The second layer of foam provides support to avoid sagging,as well as foundational mattress shaping. Although geared towards back and stomach sleepers, the cushioning comfort layer also provides a 4 second bounceback contouring that helps conform to combo sleepers as well. Heavier weighted bodies will definitely reap the benefits of this no matter what sleep position they naturally fall into.

Pros

  • Excellent motion isolation
  • Good back and stomach sleeper support
  • Initial contouring layer

Cons

  • May be too firm for some sleepers
  • Slight offgassing
Although more firm, this is a good mattress for use in a guest room, especially since you can always add the option of a mattress pad that provides a softer surface if needed. Firmer mattresses support a wider variety of sleepers, both in preference and weight. Softer mattresses can rarely be firmed up, but fiormer mattresses are generally easy to add to.

Conclusion

When looking for a guest room mattress, you truly have a wide variety to choose from. But if you want a longer lasting, quality made product that won’t break the bank, these suggestions are amongst the best we have. Remember in your search for the best choice that the mattress most likely won’t see as much wear as your mattress, but does serve as more than just a guest bed when needed.

Of all the suggestions we’ve provided, my personal favorite is the Saatva Mattress due to the simple choices it provides, as well as the deep mattress and hybridization that brings in the best of memory foam and spring coiled action. Which would you prefer? Let us know in the comments below, as well as any questions you may have.

About the author

Brenda Bostwick

Brenda has over a decade of experience in the industry and is the lead editor for Sleep Buffs. She’s also a sleep enthusiast and loves to weed out the good from the bad when it comes to sleep products, and she’s seen her fair share of bad ones! Brenda knows how important sleep health is and through Sleep Buffs she hopes to share that passion with visitors so they can find the products that are right for them and rest assured they are making the right choice.

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