The Best Mattresses For AirBnB & Beyond

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Updated: June 4, 2020

Author: Benjamin Harty

Hi, I'm Benjamin, Digital Media Strategist for Skyline STR. I have been involved in content creation for over a decade and love helping people develop strategies to grow their business. My wife and I are AirBnB photographers that are experienced in rental arbitrage and hosting on the platform.

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Have you ever stayed in an AirBnB that had a mattress so comfortable that you pulled off the sheets so you can find out what brand it was?

That’s the kind of experience you want your guests to have.

Before we listed our property, we made sleeping arrangements the top priority and searched for the best mattress for AirBnB that we could afford – and it paid off! Almost all of our guests, both young and old, mentioned how comfortable our beds were.

As if our guests never had a great night’s rest before!

In this article, we are going to cover the best mattresses you can get for your AirBnB, as well as reveal our top secret for transforming your current mattress into a sleeping powerhouse.


Summary

  • The comfort-ability of your AirBnB can make or break your listing by the reviews you get, so make sure you provide a comfortable mattress.
  • There are many different firmness levels for the different sleeping positions, so choose a well rounded mattress that will work for most guests.
  • Choose a King size bed when possible, and stay with thicknesses above 10″.
  • The Layla mattress is the most versatile, and the Lucid mattress is a great alternative for short term rentals.

Sleep: The Single Best Experience for AirBnB Guests

With all things being equal, the experience your guests have regarding their sleep can earn you a positive review, or a negative one.

And since we all know that 4-star reviews can knock you out of Superhost status, anything less than 5-stars should be considered negative.

As a result, make sure you only use the best mattress for Airbnb to deliver a great sleep experience, which will lead to more repeat bookings as well. The best way to go about that is to put yourself in the shoes of your potential guests by testing out the mattress for yourself.

It surprises me how many hosts set up their properties with the cheapest accommodations possible and wonder why they aren’t getting returning customers or have lower reviews. Remember, this is an investment property and you aren’t a slumlord – and all of this stuff is tax deductible (check out our post on the books every host should read).

So when selecting the right mattress for your property, there are a few things to consider.

Ensuring Mattress Comfort

With so many different types of people, it seems like an impossible task. And to be honest, you can do your best to find the perfect solution but there will always be someone who will complain.

Always.

So the best way to go about selecting a mattress to is spend a few nights using it for yourself, and ask yourself if you would rave about the bed in a hypothetical review.

If the answer is “no,” then you have more work to do.

Ultimately, you’re going to want to settle on a mattress that knocks your socks off and makes you want to replace your own. Something you find so comfortable that you talk about it to strangers in the check-out line.

This is going to be different for each host, because we all have our own sleeping preferences.

The Different Needs & Sleeping Types

Stomach sleepers, side sleepers, back sleepers, oh my! These different types of sleepers have different needs in the firmness levels of your mattress.

For instance, if you sleep with your back or stomach resting on the bed, you’ll need a firmer mattress for the right support for the alignment in your spine.

The variances between sleepers becomes even greater when you consider the size of your guest, body weight, shape, etc.

Firmness LevelSleeping Position
SoftSide Sleepers
MediumBack Sleepers
Medium-HardBack & Stomach Sleepers
HardStomach Sleepers

The good news for you, though, is that you don’t have to worry about the different types of sleepers if you get the right mattress. Which is why we’ve included the most well rounded types of mattresses in this list, otherwise this could be an extremely challenging task.

The Best Mattress Size For AirBnB

While it may be tempting to save some money and fit more beds into your property with smaller mattress sizes, King sized mattresses tend to be sought after by travelers willing to pay a premium.

The only caveat to that is: there are some property types that tend to do better when they sleep more heads. So definitely do the research in your market to see if you should have more beds, or bigger ones (check out our in-depth AirDNA review).

At a bare minimum, each room should have a Queen sized bed for the best bang for your buck in size and price. If you’re targeting families with children, then definitely throw in some Full sized beds or air mattresses.

When it comes down to it, the size of your bed isn’t as important as the mattress thickness, and I would take a thicker Queen sized bed over a slimmer King sized, any night.

Why Is A 10-12 Inch Mattress The Best?

The heavier your guests are, the more they will sink into the mattress. And thinner mattresses tend to be lighter (which means they move around more) and are less tolerant to movement.

A 10-12 inch mattress offers a great balance between cost and comfort, and they just feel more luxurious than their thinner counterparts.

You will also see longer life out of the thicker mattresses.

How Long Can Your Mattress Last?

Assuming we’re talking about real beds (and not an inflatable mattress), you can expect between 4-10 years of useful life out of the following types of mattresses.

But this also assumes that you’re taking proper care of the mattress as well, which we will talk about in a bit.

For now, different types of mattresses can have different life expectancy:

Type of MattressLife Expectancy
Innerspring4-5 Years
Hybrid5-8 Years
Latex6-8 Years
Coil7 Years
Memory Foam8-10 Years
All-natural Latex10 Years

How To Make Your Mattress Last Longer

Great, so now you have to take proper care of your mattress like doing maintenance on a car?! Yes, but it’s not as bad as you think.

Your guests have their sleeping preferences and will tend to choose certain areas of the bed to sleep on. Some people sleep on top of the comforter, others on the floor, and who knows where else.

After a while, the mattress will begin to wear out and start sagging in the areas that get the most use.

The solution? Flip your mattress over 180 degrees regularly, so that the bottom replaces the top side. Also flip it around horizontally too.

How often should you do this? It depends on how many guests you service, but once per month is a good routine.

It’s like an oil change, but for your mattress.

The Best Mattresses for Your Airbnb Rental

Leesa Mattress

If you have a luxury property, then this is the luxury hybrid mattress equivalent. This bed is made up of three-layer foam construction, which feels firmer and contours to each individual body-type. It also has individually-wrapped pocket springs for edge to edge support.

Being that it is a firmer mattress, it is ideal for back and stomach sleepers.

Layla Mattress

The Layla is medium-soft on one side and firm on the other so you get two firmness levels in one mattress, which makes this one a very versatile bed. You can simply ask your guests what level of firmness they prefer and be sure the bed is ready for their arrival.

The copper infused memory foam disperses heat and makes sleeping in all positions more comfortable.

12″ Lucid Mattress

Many people, including hotels, prefer this mattress brand because of its high-density foam base. The bamboo charcoal eliminates odors and gel-infused memory foam layers provide a sleeping experience that is cool and unforgettable.

If you want a sleeping surface that supports the right spinal alignment and a friend to back pain sufferer, then use this mattress brand.

Tuft & Needle Mattress

The Tuft and Needle mattress is one of the most popular mattresses to date, primarily because of its suitability for all types of sleepers.

The mattress comes with a proprietary foam that delivers plenty of bounce and functional mobility, and has cooling gel that draws heat away from your guests. The base also employs the use of high-density poly-foam which gives it a sturdy, supportive vibe.

Casper Mattress

Casper was the original “bed in a box” brand and changed the game back in 2014 by providing an exceptional mattress that you could order online and have delivered to your home.

Their 2020 Casper Original bed has a multi-layer foam construction with different firmness levels for your shoulders and hips, and has similar cooling features as all the other brands mentioned. You can’t go wrong with a Casper.

The Best Bang For The Buck Mattress For Your AirBnB

As you can tell, there are many great mattress options for your AirBnB and deciding which one we recommend has been extremely difficult.

However, knowing that versatility is one of the most important traits a host can have, we have concluded that the Layla mattress gives you the most flexibility. The fact that you can flip it over for different firmness levels almost makes it two beds for the price of one, and your guests will love you when you go this extra mile and set it up for them.

But we also know that you might not want to hassle with flipping the bedding over for each guest, should they prefer one firmness over the other.

Then the next best mattress for AirBnB, in our opinion, would be the Lucid due to its cooling features and odor elimination.

How To Transform Your Current Mattress

Say you have a guest checking in just a few hours from now and you don’t have time to wait for a new mattress – what can you do RIGHT NOW that will have the biggest impact on comfort and transform your current bed?

Memory foam mattress topper!

These types of toppers can totally change the way your bed “sleeps” and can enhance any mattress, especially if you pair them with one of the mattresses listed above.

Be careful to not skimp out on the topper, though.

We had originally purchased a 3″ topper from a cheap brand that was nowhere near as good as a higher quality option – and we could tell the difference. So check this one out:

Final Thoughts

Let’s face it, there are hundreds/thousands of different brands out there at all kinds of price points.

There’s going to be a few of you who read this and will go for the most luxurious/expensive one you can find, and some of you will find that all of the mattresses on this list are out of your price point.

What’s important is selecting a mattress that is going to work for the majority of your guests and has well rounded support for different sleeping positions.

Have your guests been raving about the bedding in your AirBnB? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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