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When shopping for a mattress, most people look for material, comfort, price, and size. However, one of the most important characteristics of a mattress that is often overlooked is its thickness. For mattresses, the thickness is how deep or tall the mattress is.
Ultimately, when it comes to mattresses, there is no type, size, or thickness that is set in stone as “the best” or “most comfortable”. Whatever you find comfortable is up to you and your own personal preferences. However, if you’re looking for a thinner mattress, this guide will help you determine the best 10-inch mattress.
Many modern mattresses are thicker than older models. For example, a luxury hybrid, latex, or memory foam mattress have so many layers that they are too tall. If a mattress is too tall, shorter people, those with chronic pain, chronic injuries, or physical limitations tend to have trouble getting in and out of bed. This is why mattress manufacturers have models available in different heights and thickness levels.
Here, we will discuss the types of mattresses that measure 10 inches, the best 10 inch mattresses, and answer some FAQs.
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A 10-inch mattress is exactly what the name implies—a mattress that is 10 inches tall or thick. The standard mattress thickness is about 6 to 10 inches. More supportive mattresses and those with extra comfort layers are much taller and can measure up to a whopping 18 inches! A mattress measuring 10 inches is the perfect size for most people; it’s not too big or too small, or too thick or too thin.
There are no regulations or set mattress thickness requirements. Each mattress thickness level is determined by the manufacturer. The majority of high-quality mattresses are 8 to 14 inches thick. The table below shows how mattresses are classified according to their thickness.
2 to 5 inches
5 to 8 inches
8 to 12 inches
12 to 16 inches
Thick, deep, or tall
16 inches and above
Extra thick, extra deep, or extra tall
Blow-up air mattresses, cribs, and fold-away beds are all examples of low-profile mattresses. Low-profile mattresses are ideal for toddlers and smaller children. Slim mattresses have layers of foam for added comfort and durability. These mattresses are more comfortable for adults and are an excellent alternative for those with restricted mobility who want to avoid thick, heavy, and bulky mattresses.
Almost every type of mattress is available in 10 inches. Since 10 inches can be on the thinner side, a good portion of 10-inch mattresses are memory foam. It’s still possible to find other types of 10-inch mattresses.
Here’s our pick for the best 10-inch mattresses.
One of SleePare’s top-selling products, the original Puffy mattress offers the right balance of comfort and support. This all-foam mattress is recommended for back and side sleepers and provides superb contouring, comfort, and support. Along with comfort and pressure-relieving memory foam, the Puffy is equipped with the brand’s trademarked Cloud Cooling Foam that dissipates heat away from the body to keep you cool. The Puffy also has additional cooling layers and a Core Support Foam that enhances ventilation and support.
The Layla is one of SleePare’s picks for the best mattress for hot sleepers. This hybrid mattress is flippable with dual-sided firmness levels. The soft side provides a plush feel, recommended for side sleepers, while the firm side provides more support, which is the best for back sleepers. The Layla Hybrid is constructed with Variable Support memory foam, which provides more compression and support than memory foam. Along with the Variable Support Foam, the Layla has two layers of cooling, antibacterial copper-infused memory foam, and a washable gel-infused polyester cover.
Leesa, one of the top online bed-in-a-box companies, features high-quality products that appeal to a broad range of sleepers. The Leesa Original mattress has a 10-inch profile of Leesa’s own memory foams, including LSA200 Proprietary Foam, which has a responsive and soft feel, making it a great choice for side sleepers.
The Original Mattress from Tuft & Needle is a 10-inch thick mattress with two-layered foam. It contains non-toxic foam and innovative cooling capabilities, making it a great option for hot sleepers. Its graphite layer draws heat away from your body, while ceramic cooling beads keep the mattress cold and give support. The Original Tuft & Needle mattress has graphite and open-cell foam for better ventilation and cooling.
The Signature Sleep Memory Foam is a lower cost mattress that doesn’t skimp on quality and provides customization options. A layer of high-density foam is included in every mattress, regardless of size, to give even more support and height. Signature Sleep allows customers to choose from either regular memory foam or charcoal-infused gel-based memory foam for the additional layer. The memory foam layers are available in sizes from six to twelve inches. Signature Sleep’s memory foam adapts to the body’s natural shape to evenly distribute weight, ease strain on joints, and reduce back pain.
The thickness of your mattress will determine the overall comfort of the mattress. The difference between a 10-inch mattress or one that is slightly thicker, like a 12 inch, doesn’t seem like it would make much of a difference. However, those extra inches may be the difference between a great night’s sleep or hours spent tossing and turning.
Mattresses 10 inches thick or more are good for enhanced comfort and support. In most cases, the thicker mattresses are softer than thinner mattresses. Thicker mattresses have more materials in their comfort and base layers, so they are more likely to be comfortable. For example, a 10-inch memory foam mattress is going to feel much better than a flimsy futon mattress.
The thickness of your mattress may either result in the greatest mattress for you with the best sleep every night, or a horrible mattress for your body that will leave you drowsy and feeling miserable. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to buy a 10-inch mattress.
Your body weight may have an impact on the thickness you choose. You will sink deeper into the mattress the more you weigh. For lighter weight sleepers, a 10 inch mattress should provide ample support depending on the type of mattress. For heavier people, a 10 inch mattress should work fine as long as it has enough support from the comfort and base layers.
The thickness of your mattress should be determined by your preferred sleeping position. The way you sleep puts pressure on certain regions of your body and determines how much cushioning you need in a mattress. The correct mattress thickness might help relieve pressure so you can get a better night’s sleep and be more comfortable.
Here’s what you should know about sleep position and mattress thickness.
Those who sleep on their back will find a mattress that maintains a neutral spine posture is the most comfortable. A standard mattress measuring 10 inches should do this. However, if you are a heavier back sleeper and weigh over 225 pounds, a thicker mattress might be more comfortable. Back sleepers also will sleep better on a firmer mattress versus a soft one.
Side sleepers need the most support for their shoulders and hips, so a softer 10-inch mattress may be preferable. A soft mattress is best because side sleepers sink into the mattress. This helps relieve pressure points on the body like the shoulders, hips, neck, and back.
Stomach sleepers put a lot of strain on their spine, so a firmer, thicker mattress of at least 10 inches will help them.
Height of your bed
A thicker mattress will result in a thicker bed. A taller mattress might make the bed too tall. If you want a shorter bed that is easier to get in and out of, it’s best to get a mattress that is 10 inches or even shorter. If, on the other hand, you feel that your bed isn’t tall enough, it’s best to purchase a taller mattress or add a box spring.
If you sleep with a partner or even children and/or pets, you’ll want a thicker mattress. Extra pressure from added weight will cause a mattress to wear out quicker. A thicker mattress, like one over 10-inches, will be more comfortable and last longer than a thinner one. However, if you sleep alone, a 10-inch mattress should suffice.
Mobility and Health Issues
A tall mattress might be too much for people who have mobility and health issues. The pain from certain conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis can make a taller mattress uncomfortable or impossible for some people to get in and out of. Consider these, or any other conditions or limitations when shopping for a mattress.
The depth of a regular mattress varies between eight and twelve inches. Any mattress in these size ranges is considered thick.
A 10-inch mattress will measure 10 inches thick. There is no standard measurement for mattresses, so every manufacturer will have slightly different sizes.
Mattress comfort is entirely subjective—what you find comfortable isn’t necessarily what the next person will find comfortable. If you want extra support and comfort, choose a mattress that is 10 inches or thicker.
This depends on your personal preference and how tall and thick you want a mattress. Memory foam mattresses of 10 to 14 inches will provide the most comfort and contouring. Thinner memory foam mattresses may not be as supportive or long-lasting and are more likely to sag and lose support sooner.
A memory foam mattress, on average, will last about 10 to 15 years. A lower quality memory foam mattress might not last as long.
Now that you know the best 10-inch mattresses and think one might work for you, visit your local SleePare store to test it out in person! The only way to know for sure if a mattress is right for you is to try it out. Looking for more information about mattresses? Visit our sleep blogs to learn more like the differences between a queen and a full mattress.