By Bryce GruberUpdated May 19, 2023
When out-of-town guests visit or you have a camping trip on the horizon, there's always the question of where to sleep. Sure, the couch is an option, but a supportive, foldable mattress is really the best option of all.
These make excellent kids mattress alternatives and are easily comfortable enough for most adults., especially because toddler travel beds are only good for a few years. And the best foldable mattress models last for years at a time.
Think of a foldable mattress as a portable, easy-to-store bed you can take anywhere. These are typically made from cozy memory foam or soft materials to help you or your guests get a good night's sleep.
There are a few things to consider if you want the best foldable mattress possible.
The Milliard Memory Foam Tri-fold Mattress is the next best thing to your bed at home. Made from three pounds of soft yet supportive memory foam (a medium-firm feel), this foldable mattress is ventilated for airflow over a 4.5 foam base, this bed won't lost shape and is made for long stretches of use, camping or extra guest bed.
With more than 8,300 reviews and an impressive 4.7-star average, this mattress promises a restful night of sleep. A moderate price point means money is well spent. Make sure you invest in a properly-sized mattress cover though—especially if you plan to use this folding mattress for little ones.
For those in need of a foldable mattress on a budget, the American Furniture Alliance's Hide-A-Mat does the job at a great price. This mattress is made from soft poly sleep surface and pro fiber with non-slip mesh slides.
It's breathable, comfortable and portable—all under $80. We love how easy it is to stack and store just about anywhere—under your favorite Walmart twin mattress and bed, in the attic, a guest closet or RV. It's perfect for overnight guests and beats and air mattress any day of the week.
"I bought this awesome Hide-a-Mat for when my daughter has friends spend the night or when we have relatives staying overnight," writes verified Amazon reviewer, Olivia Stabler. "It's rather large so even my 6-foot tall husband can fit on it comfortably with some room to spare. The mat measures 30 x 75 inches and is 3.5-inches thick. The thickness was a huge selling point for me because many of the sleeping mats on Amazon were so thin you might as well sleep on the floor. I've slept on this a few times and it's very comfortable and firm, so you don't sink down to the floor on it."
If you're looking for support and quality with six inches of foam, the Moldblly Tri-Folding Mattress is it. Featuring one-inch gel memory foam and two inches of high-density support foam, this model offers a perfect night's rest with just the right amount of firmness.
This impressive mattress folds into a stacked bed on the go, giving you and the fam the freedom to go anywhere. The modest price range puts it within reach for just about every budget, too.
"I bought this foldable mattress to replace the issue I constantly have of filling an air mattress for guests, only to find there’s a hole in it," writes verified Amazon purchaser, Ashley, of a very relatable issue. "This mattress seemed like a good alternative. It arrived exactly as I expected and I set it up that night to try. It’s a little firmer than I thought it would be, but it’s not uncomfortable."
Some parents want a little more luxury when purchasing a foldable mattress. The Inofia queen trifold mattress is designed with support yet plush comfort in mind. It's robust enough to offer guests staying for several days at a time, but also compact enough to fit in just about any decent storage space in your home.
Complete with a removable jacquard ultra-soft bamboo fiber surface, breathable grey mesh sides, and non-slip bottom, this mattress is made from a 1.5-inch memory foam and a 4.5-inch support foam base for a premium feel.
This clever sleep solution also comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty to assure your best night's sleep ever. Prices range from $98 for a 4-inch cot to $260 for a six-inch queen size.
Calling all campers! This foldable mattress is made up of three separate pads that you can break up to use individually, or together. It's ideal for big kids, adults and even camping with a baby.
Fold it up to lounge on the makeshift 'couch' or lay your head down beneath the stars on the 100% hypoallergenic high-density foam. The four-inch thickness provides the right amount of support you need inside your tent. Put a sheet over it or a sleeping bag on top—it's up to you.
Each of the three mattress pads unzip for easy washing. The ends also have handles to move the mattress. Need more options? We love that it also comes in a popular twin size and full-size option.
"This folding mattress is exactly what we needed for unexpected guests at our lake cabin," shares verified Amazonr reviewer, JDM. "It's perfect as an extra guest bed, or for people who want to sleep in the gazebo."
While grabbing your groceries and dog food from Walmart, you can also grab some of the best foldable mattresses out today. One of which is the Best Choice Products 4-inch Foldable Mattress. The multi-fold design won us over thanks to a clever design and comfortable snoozing options for a variety of sleep positions.
This supportive foam folding mattress is easily portable for all tired parents. It comes with an included carrying case to make life a little bit easier—especially when the kids are old enough for sleepovers. Comes in twin, full, and queen sizes.
We love the modest prices ranging from about $100 to $170, depending on size and thickness.
Cleaning even the best foldable mattress can be tricky unless it has a removable cover. These removable covers can usually be thrown right into your best washer and dryers without worry—much like sheets.
If you already have one of these brilliant travel mattresses without a cover and need to clean it, don't worry. Most foam-based folding mattresses are easy to spot clean with soapy, warm water and a blotting cloth. Remember, foam can change when it gets too cold or too hot, so keeping the water temperature tepid is important.
After you've spot-cleaned and allowed several hours of drying time, do yourself a favor and cover it with a folding mattress cover. You can thank us later.
That depends on your lifestyle, but we suggest storing all folding mattresses in dedicated storage bags to prevent dust, critters and debris from causing you to lose sleep. Once inside a storage bag or cover, under a bed, inside a closet or even in the garage is great. Just make sure your preferred storage spot is clean, dry and doesn't experience extreme temperature fluctuations.
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