The 5 Best Hospital Bed Mattresses - [Updated for 2020]

Hospital bed mattresses, also commonly referred to as medical mattresses or therapeutic mattresses, are one of the most crucial factors when providing comfort and support to a patient recovering while in a bed. 

Hospital bed mattresses are understandably a very diverse and eclectic field of medical equipment, with many designed to target the most specific of ailments. 

Most hospital bed mattresses are composed of one or more of the following: foam, innerspring coils, air, or gel. 

While their commonalities might be limited, these mattresses can be subcategorized into several distinct fields (some of which have been known to overlap): innerspring mattresses, foam mattresses, low air loss mattresses, alternating pressure mattresses, lateral rotation mattresses, and bariatric mattresses. 

Top 5 Best Hospital Bed Mattress Summary

The Top 5:

Solace Prevention Therapeutic Foam Mattress by Invacare5) Solace Prevention Therapeutic Foam Mattress by InvacareView Price
Vinyl Innerspring Mattresses by Medline4) Vinyl Innerspring Mattresses by MedlineView Price
Advantage 300 Therapeutic Foam Mattress by Medline3) Advantage 300 Therapeutic Foam Mattress by MedlineView Price
Invacare Solace Performance Therapeutic Support Mattress2) Invacare Solace Performance Therapeutic Support MattressView Price
Drive Medical Therapeutic 5 Zone Support Mattress1) Drive Medical Therapeutic 5 Zone Support MattressView Price

5. Invacare Solace Performance Therapeutic Support Mattress

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Delivering exceptional support and comfort, the Invacare Solace Performance Therapeutic Support Mattress makes our list at number five. Specially formulated with 1.8-pound density foam patterned in a fortress style to provide more surface area, this mattress is popular with users requiring varying levels of pressure relief to reduce the risk of decubitus ulcer formation.

Three different zones provide precise support, with the foot and head sections softer for body areas where pressure ulcers are more likely to form, and a firmer middle section to facilitate better spinal alignment. The fortress-cut foam ensures even weight distribution and the utmost in user comfort.

The single-layer, fluid-resistant Solace Performance comes in either an 80- or 84-inch length to provide a convenient fit for both the user and the hospital bed frame and will accommodate up to 300 pounds. It’s recommended for use by individuals with medium to high risk for pressure/decubitus ulcers. 

Features and Benefits

  • Fortress cut foam delivers enhanced pressure relief by providing more surface area
  • Single layered, 1.8-pound density foam provides unparalleled comfort and support
  • Softer support for the head and feet to prevent ulcer formation
  • Firm middle support to support and align the spine
  • Two different lengths to accommodate taller users and longer hospital bed frames

Customer Feedback

Pros

  • The included cover combined with the mattress’s resistance to fluids makes it easy to clean and maintain
  • Exceptionally comfortable, and highly effective at preventing pressure ulcers
  • The 84-inch length selection is much appreciated by taller users, as is the higher 300-pound weight capacity

Cons

  • Might get too warm for some users

4. Medline Advantage 300 Foam Mattress

The first of two foam mattresses featured in this Top Five list, Medline’s Advantage 300 Foam Mattress is to foam mattresses what the Drive Medical Innerspring Mattress is to innerspring mattresses: a no-nonsense, effective baseline that serves as a standard for comparison. 

Thanks to its latex-free foam construction and triple-zoned pressure distribution, customers praise the mattresses’ comfort above all else.

The Advantage 300 also makes use of a nylon-based top cover that helps make cleaning easier. 

Perhaps the most consistently mentioned issue that customers faced with the 300 was its lack of sizing options. Offered in only one size—80 inches in length and 36 inches wide—this mattress will only fit with bed frames that meet these dimensions.

In addition, because of the specific layout of the foam in the mattress, it is not able to be flipped or rotated the way many innerspring mattresses are.

Features and Benefits 

  • Exceptionally comfortable mattress 
  • Three strategically laid out sections of foam redistribute and relieve pressure
  • Foam construction is exceptionally durable and lasts longer than most innerspring mattresses 
  • Nylon-based covering helps to make cleaning a breeze 

Customer Feedback

Pros:

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Outlasted most innerspring mattresses customers had previously used 
  • Very effective at relieving pressure on areas not usually supported by other mattresses 

Cons:

  • Only available in one size, meaning the frame must match it - most other mattresses are available in multiple sizes to avoid this problem 
  • While the nylon covering makes cleaning easier, some of the covers on other mattresses are a bit more effective in this regard 
  • The layout of the mattress keeps it from being able to be flipped to last longer

3. Medline Vinyl Innerspring Mattress

Cooling and comfortable, the Medline Vinyl Innerspring Mattress, promotes better rest with its host of innovative design attributes. It easily takes the number three position on our list with its exceptional affordability, as well. 

This mattress is latex-free with foam around coiled innersprings and has inverted seams for greater comfort. It will safely support up to 250 pounds and measures 80 inches in length with a depth of 7 inches. Its included vinyl cover is anti-static, antibacterial, and waterproof to protect the mattress, conform to safety and sanitation protocols, and to reduce wear and tear.

Features and Benefits

  • Metal inner springs provide strong, dependable, and comfortable support
  • An inch of firm high-density foam on both sides enables the mattress to be used reversibly
  • Anti-static, water-resistant, and antibacterial vinyl cover protects the mattress
  • The most affordable mattress on our list

Customer Feedback

Pros:

  • Cooling aspect from the vents is a well-loved feature for users who tend to get too hot while sleeping
  • Very comfortable support, and helps to prevent pressure ulcers for some users
  • Reversible option extends the life of the mattress, making it an even better cost-effective choice over other mattresses

Cons

  • Only available in 80-inch length
  • Its firm comfort may not be soft enough for some users who prefer a cushier surface

2. Invacare Solace Prevention Therapeutic Foam Mattress

Coming in at number two on our list is Invacare’s Solace Prevention Therapeutic Foam Mattress. The range of features and high quality make this mattress an exceptional choice for nearly any user.

Customers praise the mattresses’ quality, especially its ability to provide cushioned, comfortable support without being too firm. The mattress is also noted by customers for its ability to promote airflow, which reduces heat and moisture — thereby helping prevent pressure ulcers and bedsores. 

Another area that really sets this mattress apart is the wide range of customization options that this mattress provides. It’s offered in three lengths with built-in side supports on the 76” and 80” models, and the option to add a raised side rail support system on the 80” length.

Features and Benefits:

  • Offered in three lengths — 76", 80", and 84"
  • Multiple customization options, including built-in side supports and side rails

Customer Feedback 

Pros:

  • Noted as being extremely comfortable and long-lasting
  • Designed to promote airflow, helping prevent bedsores and pressure ulcers
  • Available in three lengths, customers can choose the appropriate size for the patient
  • Foam construction is protective, comfortable, and provides support and relief to pressure points along the body

Cons:

  • Fairly expensive in comparison to other mattresses in our rankings

1. Therapeutic 5 Zone Support Mattress by Drive Medical

The number one mattress included in our rankings is the Therapeutic 5 Zone Support Mattress by Drive Medical. This ultra-comfortable mattress is designed with five unique therapeutic zones to ensure maximum comfort and support. 

This supportive mattress features a firm foam core, providing an even base of support, while the convoluted cross-cut top surface helps to reduce pressure on bony prominences. The top surface includes five unique zones to perfectly redistribute the sleeper's weight evenly for ultimate comfort. It is also water-resistant and vapor-permeable, helping to protect the skin from damage.

The deluxe nylon cover provides a waterproof and anti-microbial surface that maintains hygiene extremely well, making it an excellent and reliable option for hospital beds both in healthcare settings and homecare settings.

Features and Benefits: 

  • Five zones redistribute pressure for maximum comfort and relief
  • Water-resistant, vapor-permeable construction helps reduce skin damage
  • Waterproof antimicrobial mattress cover helps ensure sanitation protection
  • Product Dimensions: 35" W x 80" D x 5.5" H

Customer Feedback

Pros:

  • Convoluted top layer reduces pressure, making it more comfortable.

  • Waterproof and anti-microbial cover makes cleaning a breeze.

  • Nylon cover reduces skin shear and friction.

Cons:

  • Available in only one size, making it less versatile than other choices.

Conclusion 

Thanks to its ultra-effective five-zone system, the Drive Medical Therapeutic Support Mattress is ranked as the number one best hospital mattress at RehabMart.

The support, price, and comfort combine to make this mattress an exceptional choice for patients with all sorts of needs.

Want to learn even more? Find dozens of videos featuring products and caregiver tips like these at Rehabmart’s YouTube channel!

Author:

Co-Founder of Rehabmart and an Occupational Therapist since 1993. Mike has spent his professional career working in multiple areas of Occupational Therapy, including pediatrics, geriatrics, hand therapy, ergonomics and inpatient / outpatient rehabilitation. Mike enjoys writing articles that help people solve complex therapeutic problems and make better product choices.

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