Making recommendations in general is difficult, but RV mattress reviews in particular are even more hit or miss. We don’t know your situation, vehicle, or preferences, but we do know what most people are looking for. With that in mind, we compiled our list of the best mattresses for someone with an RV. All of these beds are available in the standard sizes: twin, full, queen, and king.
Whether you own a Winnebago, Airstream, or a high end RV, getting the right mattress is key. Sizes can be tricky because they completely depend on your vehicle, but if you’re looking for a standard twin, queen or king mattress your options are plentiful. That said, short queen mattresses are in somewhat—no pun intended—short supply from the big-name brands. As such, if you do need a specific size, you’re better off going straight to RV mattress brands such as PlushBeds. In any case, since we don’t know your situation—and we can only guess—here are our picks for the best RV mattresses:
As we often say in our best lists, we are trying to be helpful and can only base our selections on search trends. If you didn’t quite see the right mattress for you, keep in mind that we’ve tested well over 100 beds and have an entire mattress reviews page that you can peruse.
Many times when you buy a mail order mattress online you will most likely get a few policies by default regardless of the brand and product you choose. For instance, you can expect the following: free shipping, free returns, and at least a 10-year warranty. If you get a mattress that’s terribly low-priced, you might not get free returns or a full 10-year warranty, but most of the other brands do still follow the industry norm.
Now, let’s take a second to unpack returns with an online RV mattress. Most of the time, even if you get a queen or king size mattress, you can try the bed for the 100 nights before you have to give it a thumbs up or down. Three months is more than enough time to come to a final conclusion, especially with a mattress for your RV. The brands stand behind their products so much that they will allow to get your money back if you don’t like the bed. Having said that, Amazon mattresses are a little tricky and do not always come with free returns. The return policy will differ brand to brand. You can learn more about the policies for each of the beds on this list in our respective mattress review.
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Soft Foam Mattress
|Bowery is an inexpensive mattress that's perfect for just about every sleeper type. And, as it relates to an RV, it's the type of bed that most people agree is comfortable.|
Queen Short Mattress
|Get PlushBeds Deal||PlushBeds makes several RV mattresses that are compatible with nearly all major RV brands. The most popular model from the company is the MobilePlush Original, which is available as a queen short mattress.|
Memory Foam Mattress
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|Nectar is perhaps the most popular memory foam mattress online. It's a no-frills mattress that's comfy for most sleep styles, and typically comes with free pillows to completely outfit your RV.|
Best For Back Pain
|The Allswell is fast becoming the best rated medium firm mattress in the budget tier. It has coils for support—which is rare to see at this price point—and comes with a 100-night test window. If you're looking for an RV mattress for back pain, The Allswell is a smart place to start given the support it provides.|
Easy To Clean
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|Puffy is a soft foam mattress with an inkling of memory foam thrown in. It's not a divisive mattress, and most people will enjoy their sleep on it. In all likely hood, however, the best thing about Puffy—and the reason it's a great mattress for an RV—is that it's easy to clean with a "stain-resistant" cover that happens to also be machine-washable.|
Cheap Amazon Mattress
|See on Amazon||The Tuft & Needle Nod is one of the most popular mattress available online, especially on Amazon. It’s comfortable, very affordable, and—at under 10" thick—makes for the perfect mattress for an RV if you can take a queen, or another standard size bed.|
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If you’re looking to upgrade your RV mattress, there are a few key things you should know before pulling the trigger on an expensive purchase. For starters, you’ll want to measure your RV’s mattress surface, a.k.a the wooden board or frame you place your mattress on. You could technically measure your old RV mattress, but you’ll get a more accurate number from the surface because beds can shrink or expand due to change in temperature.
Some RV’s may be able to fit a standard size mattress, and for others, you’ll need a special RV size.
You probably won’t find any RV mattresses at your local Bed Bath and Beyond or Ashley Furniture, but large camping supply stores nearby will probably have them. You can also look online for RV mattress retailers near you, or check out an online RV mattress retailer (which there are plenty of). If you can’t find a mattress with your required dimensions, you can spend extra money to have an RV mattress custom made for you. Keep in mind, however, this can get a little pricey.
Why Bowery is a a good RV mattress — We selected Bowery for this list mostly because it’s really affordable and very comfortable. Considering the bed is made in the USA and sells for around $600 after-discount (queen size), we think it makes a lot of sense for budget shoppers out there. It might not fit in every RV, but it does come in the standard mattress sizes—hopefully you have room for a twin, full, or queen size bed because Bowery is quite nice.
Feel — Bowery feels like a general, soft foam bed. In fact, it doesn’t really have a signature feel. It really just is like laying on a soft slab of foam. It’s responsive and comfortable, but doesn’t feel at all like memory foam. We’d consider it a safe pick, and would wager that about 70% of people would be just fine on Bowery. It’s not technically a mattress for heavy people, but if it’s just used every so often it should be just fine.
Firmness — Bowery is about a medium in terms of firmness, though, the heavier you are, the softer the bed will appear. We think it has enough pressure relief for side sleepers, but still enough support for some back and stomach sleepers. Most people like Bowery and give it great reviews.
Why it’s a great RV mattress — The PlushBeds 6″ Original RV Mattress made this list because it’s a comfy, simple bed that sells at reasonable prices, and still comes with free returns. Even more, it’s specifically made in a queen short to fit most RV brands as well as an “RV Special.”
About the bed — This is the definition of a simple mattress. It’s 6″ thick and includes just one layer—a softer neutral foam. That said, the simple design of this mattress is what makes it such a natural fit for an RV. Interestingly, the bed carries the coveted GREENGUARD Gold certification that means it has passed rigorous health safety tests. It’s rare to see such an affordable mattress with such a difficult-to-achieve certification.
Compatible RV brands — According to the PlushBeds website, this mattress is compatible with the following RV brands: Country Coach, Fleetwood, Winnebago, Safari, Monaco, Teton, Gulf Stream, and about ten others. Again, MobilePlush is made specifically with RV owners in mind.
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Reasons Nectar is a good RV mattress — In recent years, Nectar has emerged as the cheap memory foam bed, with thousands of 4-5 star reviews. Not only is it affordable (i.e. under $1K for a queen), but also it has an accomodating feel for those that love memory foam. For these reasons, and others, we see Nectar as a natural fit as an RV mattress—that is, if you can accommodate a standard size bed.
Feel and firmness — In general, all memory foams will feel firmer in cold rooms and softer in warmer rooms, so keep that in mind as you go through this post. In terms of what Nectar feels like, it has a more typical memory foam feel. It has the sink-in feel and it does contour nicely to the shape of your body. When you lay down, it takes a few seconds for the materials to soften around you, but from there on you should get a nice amount of pressure relief. And, since the bed is about a medium or medium-firm, it should be just fine for all sleepers, unless you had your heart set on an extra-soft bed.
Price point — Excluding, Amazon mattresses, Nectar is among the most affordable bed-in-a-box mattresses out there. As mentioned above, you can get a queen size Nectar mattress for under $1K, after discount. You can check the current offers on NectarSleep.com.
Bundle deal — Part of what makes Nectar so affordable is the fact that almost always you will get two pillows with your purchase of a mattress. They aren’t the fanciest pillows in the world, but for someone that’s concerned with price and sticking to a budget, they don’t hurt.
Why Allswell is good for back pain — The main reason we selected Allswell is that we consider it a nice mattress for back pain sufferers, particularly as it relates to your RV. We say this because it’s (a) supportive and (b) firmer. It’s a really nice option for back and stomach sleepers, and yet side sleepers will be fine on it as well, so long as it’s not your everyday mattress.
Most of the time, however, people with back pain are working with an unsupportive mattress and spend most of the night on their back or stomach. Allswell is a good fit if this is the case for you.
What it feels like — Allswell is like laying on a very thick bed of grass with a little bounce. It’s actually more comfortable than you’d think, and, again, offers plenty of support for people sleeping in your RV. The bed technically has memory foam, but you won’t feel it like you will with the Nectar mattress.
Other models offered — In addition to The Allswell, the company sells two other beds: The Supreme and The Luxe. These are thicker and softer than The Allswell, but might be worth your consideration if you want more cushioning and you can fit normal size mattresses in your RV. You can see all the beds on AllswellHome.com.
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Why Puffy made the list — Puffy is one of those beds that you can safely assume the majority of people will find comfortable. It might not be for everyone, but it has an accomodating feel that we think a lot of people will really enjoy. That’s good news for RV owners.
Even more, however, Puffy comes with a removable, washable cover, which is great for people that like to thoroughly clean their RV. To be frank, we’ve tested other beds with covers that are easier to remove, but Puffy is among a small group of mattresses with a “washable” cover.
Lifetime warranty — Most bed-in-a-box companies offer a 10-year warranty, which is fine, but Puffy has the full lifetime warranty, which you can read about on Puffy’s website.
What Puffy feels like — Puffy is about a medium on the firmness scale and will be ideal for all types of sleepers, so long as they weigh under about 230 lb. As mentioned above, it has a fluffy foam feel—almost like the memory foam has little air pockets built-in. It’s unique and comfortable, but won’t feel like a standard memory foam.
Ellen — Puffy has been endorsed by perhaps the biggest celebrity out there. That being Ellen. Not sure if she sleeps on a Puffy mattress, but fans of Ellen might be intrigued either way.
Why you’ll like T&N Nod — The Tuft & Needle Nod mattress is an affordable, all-foam bed with a softer, neutral feel. It is a budget-tier bed, but happens to be one of the best selling mattresses on the market. It’s very comfortable, but doesn’t feel like a prototypical memory foam, latex foam, or innerspring bed. And that’s because it mostly uses polyurethane foam—a material that’s extremely affordable to manufacture—which is clearly how they keep the price of the mattress down.
Overall firmness — It is slightly on the firmer side from the get-go, but will soften over time (as is the case with all mattresses). So, while it’s best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers to start, it will eventually be able to accommodate side sleepers, as well. It’s not a glamorous bed, but it definitely gets the job done.
Amazon exclusive — Nod is one of very few Amazon-exclusive mattresses that we actually like. But why? For starters, as you’ve read, we like the feel and firmness of the mattress. Beyond that, however, we trust the brand (T&N is owned by Serta-Simmons) and we think it’s the type of cheaper mattress that the vast majority of people like.
In the context of an RV mattress, it should be the perfect fit if you can accept a standard size, such as a queen or full, since it’s only 8.5″ thick. It could also work for a bunk bed or drop-down mattress if you need the twin size. You can learn more about and check the price of the bed on Amazon.
Most RV and campers have accommodations for two to three sizes of mattresses. For the most part, you will see twin, full, and perhaps a queen if there’s a larger room. For the twin, you can go thin and cheap because it’s typically a mattress for kids. For the full size, you can pretty much get anything you want since it will either be a mattress for teenagers or adults. The queen mattress, however, should be a little nicer since it will like be a bed for couples.
Next, you’ll want to consider the most ideal mattress type that fits your lifestyle. Memory foam mattresses are known to retain heat, so it might not be ideal for those who live or camp in hot regions. Latex foam beds can be expensive, but they’re antimicrobial which comes in handy when you camp in coastal areas, or areas prone to rain and mildew is a big problem.
All-foam beds are usually more comfy than innerspring mattresses, but innerspring beds are better for those who are close to reaching their maximum weight capacity because they’re lighter than the alternative. On the down side, they are capable of rusting — so an innerspring bed might not be the best option for people who camp in humid areas.
Overall, you’ll want to find a mattress you find really comfortable. Whether you use your RV for camping, road trips, or as your full-time home, you don’t want to sacrifice your sleep with a low quality bed. So do your research, and choose something that’ll best compliment you and your environment.