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You can go through your entire life without knowing what a folding mattress is, but when you need one, you’ll be glad someone invented them.
I didn’t know that folding beds even existed and now I can’t live without one! They are so convenient and multi-purposeful – a bed, couch or meditation mat. You can take it on-the-go or store it at home.
Intrigued? Maybe you need one too.
Keep reading to find out more!
- 1 Folding Mattress Comparison
- 2 Top 5 Folding Mattreses
- 3 What are the Benefits of a Folding Mattress?
- 4 What to Look For in a Folding Bed?
- 5 Sleep Savvy Favorite
Folding Mattress Comparison
BCP Folding Mattress
CertiPUR-US Certified Foam
Twin, Full, Queen
LUCID Rollaway Bed
Cot, Twin, Twin XL
iBed Folding Mattress
Milliard Trifold Mattress
Twin, Full, Queen
Cozzzi Folding Mattress
One Size: Twin
Top 5 Folding Mattreses
After spending some time researching and tough deliberation, I finally narrowed down to the top 5!
Best Choice Products 4" Folding Portable Full Mattress
Best Choice Products (BCP) is a US-based online store that sells high-quality and family-friendly items that have been vetted by their trusted team. Since they get their products directly from the manufacturers, they claim their prices are lower than competitors.
Starting from 15 lbs, this 4″ tri-fold mattress is available in three different sizes: Twin (75″ x 39″ x 4″), Full (75″ x 54″ x 4″) and Queen (80″ x 60″ 4″). Untested but could support over 200 lbs comfortably.
LUCID 4” Memory Foam Rollaway Bed
Lucid and Linenspa are part of the same family – the Malouf family. A luxury bedding company based in Logan, Utah with 15+ years of industry experience.
As light as 44 lbs, this 4″ memory foam bi-fold bed offers a 10-year warranty, is available in three sizes Cot (31″ x 74″), Twin ( 36″ x 74″) and Twin XL (36″ x 78″) and comes with a bed frame. Tested for maximum weight, this fold-and-roll bed can withstand up to 350 lbs!
Looking at a proper bed? Check out my Lucid Mattress Memory Foam Mattress review.
iBed 2" Foam Folding Mattress
Based in NY, SpaceMaster is an online manufacturer and e-retailer of household furniture items designed for people who want to maximize their space. Since their first product – the iBED – they now have over 30 items in their product offerings.
At 26 lbs, the 2” memory foam bi-fold iBED can withstand up to 275 lbs and only comes in one size (74.5″L x 31.5″W x 16″H). However, replacement parts are available and it requires no assembly – making it ideal for apartment living.
Milliard 6" Memory Foam Trifold Mattress
Millions of nights made better by Milliard.
Milliard has been around since 2009 and is an online store that sells bedding products. They design and test their products in their New Jersey head office, but outsource the manufacturing to overseas to keep the retail price down.
Not only are all their foam products CertiPUR-US certified, but all products must pass their own internal evaluations before being released for public purchase.
Weighing from 28 to 40 lbs, this 6” tri-fold mattress comes in three sizes: Twin (78” x 38” x 6”), Full (73” x 52” x 6”) and Queen (78” x 58” x 6”). Untested but could hold up to 250 lbs comfortably.
Cozzzi 4" Trifold Foam Folding Mattress
A smaller player on the market, Cozzzi only offers a tri-fold mattress in one size.
The twin measures 78” x 31” x 4” when flattened and 26″ x 31″ x 12″ when folded up. Weighing less than 10 lbs, this featherweight ships compressed for convenience, has a removable, machine-washable cover and can withstand up to 200 lbs comfortably though untested.
Keep an eye on this up-and-comer!
What are the Benefits of a Folding Mattress?
Lightweight in nature, a folding mattress is usually made of foam material. This allows just about any self-functioning person to easily transport it from place to place – from home to the car to the gym or work!
Notes that while it is light, it may too bulky for smaller people to move it around.
No Assembly Required
Usually vacuum-sealed and shipped out in a compact box, you’ll have to let it inflate after you open it. It may take as little as a few hours to a few days. And, that’s all that’s needed before you can use it.
Some may come with a bed frame, which will require some assembly. However, it should come with instructions as well as all the nuts and bolts to save you a trip to the hardware store. Most are relatively simple and straightforward to set up.
Compared to an air mattress, a folding mattress is much faster to set up, take down and won’t deflate either.
Easy to Store
When not in use, you can easily fold up the mattress and store them in any pocket of space within your home. Underneath the bed, in the garage or maybe in your closet.
Each company manufactures different sizes, so take note of their dimension. Think about where you can store it and measure that space BEFORE you take out your credit card. Doing some preparation up front can save you headaches in the future.
A folding mattress can be utilized in many different ways.
Other than serving as a bed for overnight guests, you can also fold it into a comfortable floor seat. You can use it for your children’s sleepover parties, play dates, nap time and wrestling matches. Exercising, camping and RV life are other ideas too.
A Temporary Fix
A folding mattress is not, I repeat, NOT meant for daily use.
As a bed, it’s a good temporary solution for overnight, out-of-town visitors or a few days on the road in your trailer.
If you’re looking for a bed for long-term use, consider investing in a proper mattress instead. Your future-self will thank you!
What to Look For in a Folding Bed?
This depends on how many people you want to fit on the mattress at one time.
A folding mattress typically comes in Twin, Full and, sometimes if you’re lucky, a Queen.
Will it only be kept at home for overnight guests, or will you be bringing it with you as you travel across the country?
How much a folding mattress weighs is important.
If kept at home, then a heavier one is completely acceptable. If you’ll be moving it every month to a different location, then perhaps a lighter one is best-suited for your needs.
Is it just the folding bed, or does it also come with a storage bag and/or a portable bed frame?
Not to get your hopes up, but most folding mattresses won’t include a bed frame. If it does, the price will reflect that.
Some have a storage bag as part of the product, but it’s not 100% necessary. If you want to keep the dust at bay while stored away, cover it with some fabric material or buy a separate storage bag.
Some companies only make the folding mattress and don’t sell replacement parts.
If the zipper on the cover breaks or you get a stubborn stain on the storage bag, then that might be a problem.
It’s important to do your research beforehand.
Most covers are removable and machine-washable.
Perhaps, dryer-friendly too.
If not, then treat it like a proper mattress and spot clean with mild detergent.
Type of Foam
Most, if not all, folding mattresses are 100% foam. However, there is a difference in the type of foam.
Here are the main four:
1) Polyurethane Foam – the most common foam material out there. It does the job but doesn’t offer the same benefits as other higher-quality foam.
CertiPUR-US Certified – Most environmental and health-conscious companies will seek out this approval.
Having this certification means that the product is safe to use. The foam in the product has met rigorous testing standards, has low chemical emission for indoor air quality and doesn’t contain heavy metals that are harmful to users among other checkpoints.
2) Memory Foam – Originally invented by NASA to cushion astronauts’ buttocks, this foam has many benefits. From contouring to your shape to relieving pressure points to ventilating air flow to regular body temperature and more.
If the folding mattress has any amount of memory foam, the price tag will probably be a bit higher.
3) Latex Foam – True latex foam is 100% natural and expensive. Made from the sap of the Rubber Tree, latex lasts the longest, instantly conforms to your body and prevents dust mites or mould from forming. Making it great for humid climates!
4) Hybrid – A mix between memory or latex and polyurethane foam. A hybrid brings the benefits of either memory foam or latex without the high price tag. This material is also not typically seen in a folding mattress.
The thickness can span anywhere from 2” to 6” or more, with 4” being the average.
I wouldn’t recommend most folding mattresses for:
a) daily use,
b) senior citizens,
c) people who are extremely tall or hefty, or
d) those with injuries.
If the company tested their mattress for weight capacity, the maximum limit should be on their product description.
If not, most will probably say their folding bed can withstand a reasonable amount of weight. You’ll have to use your judgement on what is ‘reasonable’.
For example, if you buy a twin size folding mattress, it won’t fit or hold up the weight of two fully-grown adults.
This depends on how often you use it.
The more frequent or more weight or more abuse the mattress takes, the faster it’ll start to lose its form. If properly taken care of and not used daily, a folding mattress can last years!
Number of Folds
The amount of folds a mattress has is important if you have a sensitive body or mind feeling the divots or creases of the bed. You probably can’t get away from it but you can lessen the feeling with the smallest number of folds possible.
A folding mattress can have anywhere from 0 to 3+ folds. The common one is a tri-fold, meaning that there are 2 divots.
If you’re using a folding mattress more often as a chair or couch, then perhaps a higher number of folds is better. The more folds, the higher the seat can become, making it easier for people to sit on and get up.
Some come with a warranty and some don’t.
Most of the time, there is a trial period where you can return the folding mattress within a certain number of days. However, due to the lower price point of the product, warranties are not as common.
If the company does offer a warranty, remember to read the fine print! Most warranties only cover manufacturer defect and not normal wear-and-tear. Also, the number of years of the warranty does not equate to how long the product will last for.
Unlike a proper bed, folding mattresses are not offered in different firmness options.
A general rule of thumb is: the thicker the mattress, the softer it feels. For example, if you opt for a 2” mattress, it’ll typically feel harder than a 4”. The less material there is, the less give it can possibly have.
If you need it to be even softer, consider using a mattress topper.
Sleep Savvy Favorite
Although all five folding mattresses are contenders in their own right, there is only ONE that can take the top spot.
And the winner is…
…the LUCID 4” Memory Foam Rollaway Bed!
Let’s start with some “flaws”.
It’s actually a rollaway, not a folding bed and it’s not the most lightweight at 44 lbs.
BUT these are not dealbreakers for me.
You can still fold it in half and store it upright. The weight of it doesn’t really matter because you don’t need to lift it – you roll it into place.
If you’re like me and value convenience over space-saving, then go with this one.
LUCID makes their rollaway in 3 different sizes – Cot, Twin & Twin XL – so you can choose the perfect size for your specific need.
Made of mesh and springs, the bed frame it comes with has no uncomfortable bars that will poke you while you sleep.
Sitting at 11” off the ground, you can smoothly get in and out of bed. This is especially needed for elderly people, like your aging parents, or those with a bad back or hips.
Firm, supportive and 4″ thick…I’m talking about the mattress.
The top inch is memory foam, which molds to your body’s curves, and the lower 3” is certiPUR-US certified support foam. You can sleep well knowing that the foam is certified for minimal off-gassing.
The breathable rayon bamboo cover can be unzipped and conveniently thrown in the wash when it’s laundry time.
This rollaway was tested for maximum weight – it can withstand up to 300 lbs – for one person is more than enough.
As the only one in this list with a 10-year warranty, how can you go wrong with LUCID?