RV-ing around the county during the lazy summer season is definitely fun. The only thing most people aren't fond of was when it’s time to hit the sack. RV mattresses tend to be hard and uncomfortable - a recipe for sleepless nights and stiff necks.
Hence, we took the job of finding the best RV mattresses that will ensure sleeping comfort, pleasure, and can give you the ultimate rest you deserve.
Before we go any further into this discussion, you first need to know that RV mattresses differ from home beds concerning size and frame since RVs have limited space and accessibility.
So, if you’re here reading this because you’re planning on buying a new mattress, you have to make sure that the mattress of your choice will fit correctly and is compatible with your camper.
Product Reviews: Our Top 5 Picks for the Best RV Mattress
Sleep Master Ultima Comfort
LUCID 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress
DynastyMattress New RV King
Live & Sleep Resort Classic
Zinus 8 Inch Gel-Infused
Let's now review each mattress individually:
1. Zinus Sleep Master Ultima Comfort
Nestled in the top spot of our little list of the best RV mattresses is Zinus Sleep’s Memory Foam Mattress. You can rest easy and comfortably with this 8” memory foam mattress that molds to your body’s natural shape.
This mattress’ layers includes a 2” memory foam, 2” comfort foam for relieving pressure, and a 4” high-density support foam for lasting durability.
Overall, it provides the perfect cocktail of durability and comfort, ensuring a good sleep as you travel along.
Furthermore, this foam makes use of the more advanced “Bio Foam” which utilizes natural plant oil to keep the mattress fresh, unlike traditional foams which still stick to petroleum.
After about three months of usage, we’re still blown away by this mattress’ exceptional quality. It’s indeed one of the most incredible beds we’ve ever slept on! We love how it stays in the same position we fell asleep in always.
We may roll over once or twice, but we usually wake up in the same position, not to mention how it makes you feel like you’re the only one sleeping in bed because you honestly can’t feel any body motion from other sleepers.
However, It took several hours to uncompress – about 24 hours in our case, and it smelled funny during the unboxing too. Also, we think the foam’s too firm, but you can actually soften it by walking around it until you get your desired softness.
2. Lucid 10” Gel Memory Foam Mattress
Lucid’s 10” Gel memory Foam Mattress, our runner-up for the best RV mattress, features a dual-layer foam which combines a 2.5" gel-infused, ventilated memory foam surface and a 7.5" high-density foam base.
You may ask, “What’s the difference between gel memory foam and memory foam?” The distinction lies entirely in the materials used to construct both foam kinds. Viscoelastic, the material used for memory foams, was infused with gel to create the gel memory foam.
Actually, you’ll experience great comfort with both foam types. However, the gel foam doesn’t offer spaces to let body heat escape, resulting in uncomfortable temperatures during the sleep cycle. The way we see it, that’s the only con of gel memory foams.
To compensate for the potential temperature discomfort, Lucid came up with a moisture-controlling ventilated fabric to create a comfortable air layer to regulate temperature flow.
The things we admired about this RV mattress include its solid foam support, medium-firm feeling (some people may prefer softer foams, the ability to expand even up to 10”, and its quick re-expansion response.
Moreover, we also loved how this mattress has just the right amount of "sink" where it feels soft but gives plenty of support. However, it seems to get a little hot at night (as expected) and it's less breathable than a typical mattress.
3. DynastyMattress New RV Short King
Featuring a 3-layer foam construction, DynastyMattress’ Cool Breeze has got to be one of the softest beds ever that can assure you a refreshing morning. With 3” of gel foam and 5” of support base, this mattress will surely give you comfort and value for money.
Aside from the foam’s quality, you’ll definitely fall in love with this mattress’ aesthetics.
The foam is wrapped in a luxurious-looking white cover stitched with brown suede on corners. It also has a fire barrier and a washable zipper cover for easy laundering.
So far we find this mattress good enough. This foam’s particularly ideal for side sleepers who don’t want to wake up feeling sore or achy from sleeping on the sides for too long. Also, it’s a firm mattress, but not uncomfortably so.
With regards to the temperature, we haven’t felt any hotness during the night on this mattress. It was a concern of ours since it's’ gel type so we assumed it wouldn't "breathe" well. However, the cooling technology they've infused in this model seems to be worth it really.
But one thing we’ve observed is that the foam has started to form hollows on each side where we slept, and that does mean a rounded ridge in the middle. Disappointing that it's so soon in the mattress’ life!
4. Live And Sleep Resort Sleep
Like any other memory foam mattress, this particular foam will help you relax and cool down after a long day.
The 2.5” memory foam and 7.5” support foam is guaranteed to reduce stress and offer deep sleep to prepare our bodies for the tough day ahead.
You’ll perhaps love the soft knit cover of this mattress. It’s removable, washable & suits any bedroom furniture bedframe.
It’s removable, washable & suits any bedroom furniture bedframe. Additionally, it has a good ventilation to keep the bed always fresh and crisp.
Admittedly, this mattress is quite nice especially if you are looking for something to sleep in without putting any pressure on the joints and will keep you sweat-free throughout the night, unlike gel memory foams.
It also lacks any chemical odor and expands well to full size after releasing it from its vacuum case.
Our only complaint is that the free pillows the mattress comes with are rather cheap and nothing like the memory foam. They’re simply like bits of foam, and they aren't even a full standard size.
5. Zinus 8” Gel Green Tea Memory
When it comes to eco-friendly mattresses, green tea-infused foams top the list.
Zinus’ 8” Gel Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress is soft and cushiony, yet firm enough to provide body support.
Uniquely, this mattress contains green tea and castor seed oil extracts to naturally fight odor and bacteria that infest most foams, causing owners to discard them though they’re still totally usable.
Like all other gel memory foams, this one will also conform to your body shape, but you should also expect your body temperature to rise through the night since gel layers lack air spaces to let air flow freely.
We like that this mattress expands pretty fast right out of the box. Also, it’s firmer than we thought though it may get softer as time goes by.
With regards to sensing movement, we can’t tell for the most part because it’s so conforming that someone may get out of bed and you still won’t feel a thing.
The only thing we hate about this product is it smells. We expected the odor to fade after a few days, but no, it still lingered and smelled funny after months of use.
Choosing An RV Mattress
Common RV Mattress Sizes
The greatest determinant when choosing the best RV mattress for your camper is your camper’s bed space, specifically the mattress’ type and size.
RV mattresses come in various sizes and dimensions. The most common ones include the following:
1. Twin-sized mattress
A twin-sized RV mattress has the same dimensions as your twin beds at home which are at 38 x 75 inches. Some are a tad slimmer at 28 x75 whereas some are designed broadly at 40 x 80 inches.
Twin beds can be arranged side by side or as bunk beds. This mattress type is common in small campers and pop up’s. Ideally, twin beds may be used to replace those cushions that turn into tables.
2. Bunk beds
RV bunk mattresses typically require twin beds but not all bunk beds are created equally. Some may feature a twin on top and a futon for the bottom bunk or even a twin on a fold-out couch – it all depends on the camper’s layout.
Family-friendly RVs commonly utilize bunk beds. You just have to measure your bed’s dimensions and find the appropriate bunk mattress for it.
3. Full mattress
Standard full RV mattresses measure 53 x 75 inches, similar to your double bed at home. The only difference is that full RV mattresses are an inch wider. Most RV models sport this bed type and a lot of them come equipped with fold-out couches.
4. Queen mattress
The Queen camper beds are slightly larger than full mattresses. They have a dimension of 60 x 80 inches, same as that of a domestic bed. Most campers use Queen mattresses, specifically in main bedrooms.
There are even pop up campers which accept queen beds on each end. It gives you enough space if you and your partner don’t like being too close to each other when sleeping.
5. Short and Olympic Queen mattresses
Short Queen’s have a dimension of 60 x 75 inches, 5 inches shorter than a regular Queen while Olympic Queen’s measure 66 x 80 inches, 6 inches wider than the normal.
Short Queen’s are usually utilized by smaller motor homes which characteristically have more width than length in each room.
On the other hand, Olympic Queen’s can be found in rooms with more width than length.
Short Queen’s are an ideal choice for campers who need more moving room while Olympic Queen’s offer both moving and foot room.
6. King mattress
King beds are the biggest of all RV beds. They can range from 72 x 75 inches to 72 x 80 inches, depending on the RV’s width. This type can accommodate two adults and maybe two kids.
7. Truck mattress
Truck mattresses, as the name implies, are commonly found in truck beds that may double as campers. Alternatively, truck mattresses are the choice of individuals having campers with odd-sized beds.
They measure anywhere between 35 x 79 inches and 42 x 80 inches. These beds are lengthy enough and ideal for those who want to sleep at the end of beds.
Standard RV Mattress Types
To further narrow down your RV mattress selection, you might want to know the different mattress types that will suit your needs. Among which are:
1. Foam mattress
The foam mattress type is the most common of all due to its durability and price point. This type usually measures 5-6 inches thick and is relatively dense. Hence it’s prized for its ability to withstand more weight.
2. Memory foam mattress
Living out in your RV? Memory foam mattresses are your best bet for getting the most comfortable sleep of your life. This kind may be a little pricey, but they’re thicker, more durable, and breathable.
You probably always hear memory foam pillows, mattresses, and beddings but have you ever wondered what makes it so trendy?
Unlike other foam types, memory foam consists mainly of high-density polyurethane that cradles the body in response to body heat.
For instance, when you lay your head in a memory foam pillow, the foam retains the shape of your head, allowing for a snuggly sleeping position.
When the foam hugs the body, the body’s weight against the foam is reduced, thereby relieving pressure points and helping sleepers wake up without a stiff or sore feeling.
3. Latex mattress
Latex mattresses are as popular as memory foam mattresses. They’re constructed with a latex top and polyurethane bottom support. If you’re opting for a latex mattress replacement, make sure they're naturally made.
We prefer natural latex because it’s hypo-allergenic, dust-resistant, and features anti-bacterial properties.
4. Air mattress
Air mattresses are the high-end option. They’re typically made of either polyurethane, memory foam, and latex layers. A great thing about air mattresses is you can adjust the foam’s firmness according to your preference.
However, you should know that air mattresses are prone to air leakage. If you had owned an air mattress before, you know how irritating it is to wake up to a saggy and deflated mattress.
Finding the best RV mattress is not an easy task because of all the considerations you have to take into account and of course, bedding manufacturers churn out various mattress models almost every year.
Of all the top-rated RV mattresses we’ve reviewed, Zinus’ Sleep Master Ultima Comfort Memory Foam Mattress is perhaps the best.
It molds according to the body’s shape and it’s thick enough to provide support and pressure relief when sleeping. Also, it’s very durable and plant-derived compounds make it fresh and odor-free.
We also loved the foam’s softness -- neither too firm nor too soft that your entire body sinks in. Indeed, it will make you sleep like a baby!
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