The Best RV Mattresses and a Buying Guide
There’s nothing as thrilling as the open road – but even the most adventurous travelers have to call it a night eventually! While some are happy to use whatever mattress fits in their RV, most campers realize they need the same comfort on the road as they would at home…especially if their RV is their home.
Recharging from your wanderlust isn’t easy, though. When you find a mattress that fits your bunk or bed, you’re faced with another dilemma: is it comfortable? Will it net you some quality sleep or leave you tossing and turning, too sore and exhausted for tomorrow’s adventure?
Our buyer’s guide will answer some common questions about shopping for an RV mattress and evaluate a few of the best models on today’s market.
Bamboo 13 Brentwood Home
Zinus Sleep Master Deluxe is a high-quality sleep aid.
Serenia Sleep No. 6
InnerSpace RV Mattress
10th Dynasty Mattress
Why do I need a particular mattress for my RV?
Most RV’s don’t accommodate full-length mattresses because they’re short on space; others have pre-built bunks that will only fit more temporary beds. Additionally, certain bunks or lofts have limited height, so some mattresses might be too thick to work in these spots, while the thinnest options probably won’t be as comfortable. It’s a puzzle!
If you use your RV for short trips and vacations, you don’t have to be as finicky; a few nights on a less-than-ideal bed won’t affect most of us too much. But if you plan on doing a longer RV-cation—or if you’re looking to live in it full-time – you need to choose a mattress that suits your needs and space.
Some larger RVs do have room for standard beds, so you might not need a particular mattress; after all, you could move your current one in if it will fit and is still in good shape. However, most RVs have strange mattress length requirements, so measure your bunk/bed before you decide.
For reference, RV-sized mattresses have the following dimensions:
There are also short twins and fulls, usually seen in double bunks or kids’ areas. Three-quarter queens are 48 inches wide and 75 inches long. You’ll find the RV world; you’ll find many variations in width, length, and thickness because every vehicle is built differently. But, generally speaking, short queens are the standard for “master bedrooms,” and short or standard twins are the typical size for bunks.
Besides length or thickness, are RV mattresses that different from normal ones?
In terms of basic construction, no: manufacturers use the same materials and processes as their standard mattresses. However, you might notice fewer features (cooling gels, intricate ticking, etc.) on some companies’ RV models since that will not be one of its broadest sellers.
Memory foam is the most common material for RV mattresses: they’re comfortable, lightweight, and pretty inexpensive overall. They also come in lower thicknesses (6″ to 10″) than many innerspring or hybrid models.
Bamboo 13 Brentwood Home
Although it is heavier, latex is another option – the past struggle of getting it inside might be worth it. Latex retains less heat than memory foam and provides firmer support than memory foam overall.
Does price matter when it comes to mattresses like these?
How much you should spend comes down to the same factors as if you were buying a regular mattress: what you can comfortably afford, what type of mattress you need for a good night’s sleep, and how often you’ll be using it overall; even in traditional homes, some people sit to watch television, read, or work in their beds, which requires a more durable mattress.
That said, most RV mattresses shouldn’t cost you much more than traditional models – they might be harder to find.
I live in my RV full-time. Do I need to look for specific features?
Spring 10 Zinus Sleep Master Deluxe
Overall, full-timers will have twice the work in front of them as someone buying a traditional mattress or those purchasing an RV mattress for occasional use: you have to find a bed that will fit not only your RV itself but also your lifestyle, unique needs, and preferences. Consider the same factors you would if you were purchasing a mattress for a house.
Do you sleep hot?
If you tend to overheat quickly or wake up in a pool of sweat, steer clear of memory foam. Even gel infusions and perforated designs can only do so much—and because RV mattresses tend to be thinner, the compression and density will be more significant when you lie down…which means more heat will be trapped inside. Instead, look for latex foam, hybrids, or innerspring models.
Do you sleep on your back, stomach, side, or a combination?
Most back and stomach sleepers need a medium to firm mattress, while side sleepers need something softer to conform to their shoulders and hips, so their spine aligns appropriately.
How does your partner sleep?
If you sleep on your back, but your partner sleeps on their side, a very firm or soft mattress is going to leave one of you sore come morning. Consider a compromise with medium-firm models, which will provide both of you with adequate support and pressure relief.
Serenia Sleep No. 6
Will this mattress need to be moved frequently?
Perhaps your bunk has storage underneath or is a pullout Murphy or sofa bed. If so, a lighter-weight mattress will be the easiest option to lift and reposition as needed.
Do you have any back or joint problems?
It would help if you chose a mattress with adequate support. Most people with back problems need firmer mattresses, such as innerspring; those with sore knees might prefer the comfort of memory foam. Latex and hybrids are good middle-ground choices, as well.
Reviews of the Best RV Mattresses
1. Brentwood Home Bamboo 13 “Mattress, RV Queen Review
At just over 50 lbs. (and shipped in a compressed roll), the Brentwood Home Bamboo RV mattress will be pretty straightforward in terms of set-up—but how will it sleep?
This memory foam mattress is affordable for any home, especially for an RV (where multiple bunks often need to be outfitted at once). Even better is the fact that this model comes in various sizes and thicknesses so that you can deck out every low-headroom loft and oddly shaped corner of your home on wheels.
2. Serenia Sleep 6 “RV Mattress, Brief Full Review
At under $200, the Serenia Sleep sounds too good to be true, and for some buyers, it will be. The design features only one layer, a solid 6-inch core of high-density foam. We expect it will sleep rather warmly overall but might work well in guest bunks or kids’ beds if nothing else.
We don’t recommend the Serenia to those living in their RV full-time or even those who plan on traveling for a while (a summer road trip, for example): the solid 6″ of foam can’t sleep most people comfortably for that long, and you’ll probably find yourself replacing the whole thing pretty soon. But, for buyers who only plan to use their RV a few times a year.
3.InnerSpace RV Mattress Evaluation
If we’re honest, this three-quarter mattress looks pretty odd – kind of like a square pancake, but it comes at an excellent price for such a uniquely shaped bed. The company also sells twin, complete, and king-sized mattresses and a short queen and narrow king.
If you’ve got a wonky space and severe cash shortage, this model from InnerSpace might provide a sound solution to both problems – otherwise, skip this one. We can’t see it being comfortable for any weight or sleeping position for more than a few nights, so don’t hit the Buy button if you’re thinking of transitioning to full-time RV life relatively soon.
4.DynastyMattress 10 “CoolBreeze Gel Memory Foam Mattress, Queen Short Review
If you’ve got the headroom in your RV’s bunk or loft, consider the 10″ CoolBreeze from DynastyMattress. It boasts four specialized layers for contouring comfort and support, along with a medium-firmness that should suit all sleeping positions well.
Other than its tendency to overheat (even with ventilation and gel, memory foam retains a decent amount of body heat), the perhaps ironically-named CoolBreeze is an excellent choice. We will concede that it seems to sleep more relaxed than other memory foam models – just not as much so as hybrids or innerspring. It offers optimized pressure relief and support to keep your spine and joints happy come morning.
5. Zinus Sleep Master Deluxe Spring 10 “Pillow Top, Short Queen Review
There’s a reason innerspring still exist, and that’s because they distribute weight in an even way memory foam can’t do. What’s more, innerspring sleep is much more relaxed than foam (memory, latex, or polyurethane) because they aren’t as dense. Unfortunately, they can’t relieve pressure points or contour to your body the way foam can – which is where hybrids, like the Zinus Sleep Master Deluxe, come into play.
Can one mattress deliver it all? In the case of this hybrid, we think the answer is yes. Overall, it will feel on the firmer side but should prove comfortable for every sleeping position; side sleepers could add a pillow top or mattress pad if desired since this model’s definitely under most shoppers’ budgets.
The RV life isn’t for everyone, but for those who love the idea of packing up and heading out—whether it’s for a few weeks, months, or the rest of their lives – it’s pure heaven on wheels. Picking the best mattress for your RV is every bit as important as choosing one for a standard house. We hope our buyer’s guide has been informative and helpful in your search for the best mattress to outfit your RV.