A folding mattress is one incredibly neat piece of furniture. Imagine you have unexpected overnight guests and no extra beds to settle them in. Or you may be an avid camper with a love for nature but no back to “back up” your passion?
What if you can have a neat & portable bedding solution you can easily fold, move away and store when you don’t need it anymore?
A portable mattress is capable of tackling all these demanding duties and at a very affordable price.
Wondering how to get one?
If the answer is „Yes", you're in for a treat.
In this article, we will breeze through most important properties that make a good foldable mattress, compare some of the best-rated models currently on the market and see which one of them offers the most value for the money.
But, if you are too impatient to wait for the more detailed break-up, here are the top three models you should take into account when making a final purchase decision.
Top five folding mattresses - The comparison
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What to pay attention to when buying a folding mattress
And now, let’s set the criteria we’ll use to rank them in more detail.
- The type – Foldable mattresses usually come in two varieties – bi-fold and tri-fold. Although they are both doing a great job as bedding units, a tri-fold mattress has a slight advantage of being able to quickly transform into a chair.
- The foam material – Some of the most common options you will find on the market are latex, memory foam, and polyurethane. Of them, memory foam is the most comfortable, and polyurethane the most affordable and the least enduring option. The latex stands somewhere in between these two alternatives.
- Dimension – Essentially, the bigger the better. But, you also need to think of the thickness. Although the common logic suggests that by default, thicker mattresses are a better option, if you are going to use yours for camping, you should give priority to mobility.
- Support and stability – The unit you are going to buy should provide sufficient support and stay in place during the night even if you are a restless sleeper.
- The cover – The ideal cover should be cozy, easy to clean and promote good air circulation. The options that manage to compile all these qualities are wool, cotton, and bamboo.
Another option you should take into consideration is polyester that scores some important points in the price and air-flow departments, but, unfortunately, somewhat falls from grace because it can’t be cleaned in a washing machine.
And now that we’ve covered the basics let’s check the five most popular competitors on the market and try to find out which one is the best foldable mattress of 2020.
My 5 Favorite Tri-Fold Mattresses
It doesn’t take more than a passing look at this mattress to see that we are talking about a truly premium product.
Second, the clever implementation of ultra-soft bamboo covers and anti-slip bottom allows for pleasant and careless sleeping.
Finally, its generous length of 78 inches (198cm) ensures that you’ll find enough room to stretch even if you are a tall person.
So it’s obvious this product has a lot of good things going for it. Now, let’s breeze through some of the key specs and see what customers have to say.
- Easy-to-unfold tri-fold build.
- Therapeutic memory foam filling.
- Removable jacquard ultra-soft, bamboo cover with an anti-slip bottom.
- Folded dimensions of 38in.x26in.x18in.
- Flat dimensions of 78in.x38in.x6in.
- CertiPUR-US premium certification.
- Built-in heat regulation.
What do the users say?
The general user consensus about this product is very positive. Most users are pointing out how, in spite of being quite spacious, the unit is still easy to fold and pack in regular SUV, with one reviewer going as far as to call this mattress a perfect camping bed.
Another common point of praise is the mattress’s support and overall comfort that allow pleasant sleeping even when placed on the floor. One customer points out that her husband who is six feet tall and suffers from hip and knee problems hasn’t had problems sleeping on the ground.
As a matter of fact, one of the rare causes of complaint was the unpleasant “wet paint” smell that lingers on the mattress for far longer than it should be.
But, such notions are very rare and don't ruin the otherwise solid impression Milliard's TWIN mattress initially makes.
A well rounded and extremely comfortable unit that is not the most affordable product on the market, but it still manages to earn the price through solid performance. If you are ready to bear with the unpleasant smell for a couple of days, you'll get an excellent unit you won't have any problem taking to road with you.
It doesn’t take more than a passing look at this mattress to see that we are talking about a truly premium product. First, the memory foam is known for its support and therapeutic qualities. The material used for this unit falls nothing short of its reputation.
This mattress may look somewhat streamlined and not that cozy. But, this time, the first impression may deceive you. Take another look and you will find a fine product that has no problem comforting bigger persons in spite of not so generous thickness of four inches.
Once again, we are greeted with a CertiPUR-US seal of quality, great temperature management system, and convenient tri-fold body designed with sofas in mind.
The product is rounded with pleasant polyurethane filling that, although not being the most pristine option on the market, in this case, offers very solid performance.
The build quality is excellent, but the springs used for the mattress are not at the same level as the ones we’ve seen in the previous product. Fortunately, you do get a nice pillow top layer for the added comfort
- High-density polyurethane foam.
- Portable tri-fold design with two handles built in for easier carrying.
- Removable, machine-washable cover for easy cleaning.
- Folded dimensions of 53in.x25in.x16in.
- Flat dimensions of 75in.x53in.x4in.
- CertiPUR-US standards for content, emissions, and durability.
What do the users say?
Most of the customers agree that this is a well-balanced product all-around. One reviewer recommends the futon to all the customers looking for a beautiful, well made, durable and well priced product. The same customer goes as far as to say that, considering what this piece of furniture has to offer, the demand for it should be considerably higher.
However, most buyers also agree that this is a great auxiliary unit and a nice place to sit, but not something you should spend too many nights on. One customer states that, in its couch mode, the unit looks and feels great and it’s very easy to fold and unfold.
Unfortunately, the reviewer also claims that trying to use it as a bed for too many nights in a row ought to cause you back pain.
Keep in mind that such impressions may be due to futon's unimpressive length. Taller people may find very hard to squeeze in the space built for a 5.75-foot man.
Overall, people are still impressed with the unit’s versatility. Almost all reviews unanimously claim that the unit is extremely easy to assemble and disassemble, and praise the option to keep the one side of the futon flat while the other is in seated position.
Also, another common praise is that the unit feels very firm, but not to the point where it becomes stiff.
DHP Westbury Linen Pillowtop Futon is a product that uses its adaptability as one of the major draws but unfortunately excels only as a sofa. Still, it is a very well-made, retro, good-looking couch packed with a pillow top layer that makes morning coffee even more pleasant. If you need an affordable place to spend long afternoon hours on, this might just be the futon for you.
With the price tag so appealing, this mattress ought to draw some curious looks. But the low price is only one of the product's numerous appeals. This attractive unit also packs portable tri-fold body, high-density therapeutic foam, and removable and easy to clean cover.
So, the question remains was the manufacturer forced to make some unpleasant concessions to reach such a popular price, or the product simply features incredible value for the money.
Let’s see what the buyers have to say about this.
- Convenient and comfortable tri-fold mattress.
- Inner high-density foam construction.
- A machine washable, easy-to-remove zippered cover.
- Folded dimensions of 31in.x26in.x12in.
- Flat dimensions of 78in.x31in.x4in.
What do the users say?
Most of the users that have bought this mattress agree that the product definitely lives up to the expectations set by the manufacturer’s name, and considering we are talking about the sleeping unit that’s probably the best compliment a product can get.
One customer states that several nights in a row spent on the mattress didn't cause any pain in the back, shoulders, and neck. Other users have praised the unit’s light weight, portability, and overall versatility, with one customer calling it “a perfect solution for quick power naps.”
On the downside, several customers have agreed that the quality of the used materials is far from being premium, and one user pointed out that the package would strongly benefit from the inclusion of a carrying bag.
Also, one review claims the choice of the bamboo for the mattress's bottom is very poor because it's hard to clean and provides poor traction. The quality of the zip locker didn't get too much praise either.
This product definitely over-performs for what it’s worth. But, it also asks its users to bear with a couple of unpleasant drawbacks along the way. Considering the mattress performs its core duty (being a comfortable bedding unit) more than adequately, we say it’s more than worth giving a look.
Speaking of small compromises here’s a product that features similar quirks like the previous one, and asks its buyers to actively ignore the problems to get the best enjoyment – this time, though, at a considerably higher price.
This bump is not coming out of nowhere, and there are some noticeable improvements that can be found in the package, but, will they suffice to bridge this gap in price/value ratio?
Let’s 'tri' to find out.
What do the users say?
This product makes some welcome upgrades over the previous one and these improvements are reflected in the positive user reviews. Once again, the very mattress pieces are very solid and offer great support. One customer says her grandchildren called the product “extremely comfortable” and praises the inclusion of the neat carrying bag.
Other common praise concerns the soft bamboo cover, that’s very pleasant to spend the time on. One reviewer says that he even tried using the mattress as a futon topper and hasn’t felt the metal bars bellow or run out of space for sleeping.
Unfortunately, this otherwise solid performance is undermined by the poor folding that creates even bigger gaps than the second product on this list.
Also, a couple of reviews have pointed out that the mattress tried too vigorously to offer support becoming sturdy in the process. This may be a personal opinion but it’s still worth noting.
This product does a lot of things right but these noble efforts are largely undermined by the ill-advised folding that causes the mattress pieces to spread and reduces its comfort. Given that comfort is a mattress’s most important property, this flaw is something to take into consideration when making a purchase.
Finally, we have an entry coming from Giantex, a manufacturer with a stake in a very wide piece of the market that covers products ranging from tablecloths to bath towels.
With the things as they are one could assume that their foray into the world of foldable mattresses is simply an afterthought or another way to diversify the offer.
The first impression falls awfully close to this statement, but that doesn’t mean this mattress is without its merits.
- Versatile tri-fold body with two handles.
- Mesh fabric and slim rebound sponge build.
- Innovative design that allows several different folding positions.
- Removable cover for convenient cleaning.
- Flat dimensions of 80in. x 60in. x4in.
What do the users say?
Most of the users that have reviewed the product agree that the mattress definitely rises above the expectations and offers a pretty solid performance that doesn't lag far behind the other competitors on this list. Some of them have pointed out the mattress remains very comfortable even when used on a hard surface like a wooden floor.
Also, customers have highly praised the unit's versatility finding it suitable both as camping and as an ancillary bedding unit. The mattress's pretty generous dimensions definitely play into this story.
Unfortunately, Giantex’s mattress suffers from a line of small problems that coupled together drag this, otherwise very solid product, behind the competition we dealt with above.
Some of the most common complaints are the poor choice of build materials that cause the mattress to rip apart sooner than later, a lingering odor that stays with the mattress several days after unpacking, and a couple of faulty units that never expanded to their intended four-inch thickness.
Giantex’s foray into the world of foldable mattresses definitely has a potential for greatness, but it's plagued by too many faults to seriously compete with other entries on this list. If the manufacturer addresses some of the user complaints in the next iteration of this lineup, we could get one extremely appealing bedding unit.
With the things as they are it’s easy to see, why Milliard’s TWIN six inch stands on the top of our list. Yes, its price tag definitely sits up the ladder and the mattress is not the most versatile option on the market.
But, its overall build quality is top notch and performance uncontested. As a matter of fact, the only drawback the customers bothered to point out was the slight odor not unusual for this type of units upon unpacking.
This time, paying slightly more to get the premium product is more than justified.