The Zenhaven variety of mattress, from Saatva, is at the higher end of the price spectrum, but you are paying for quality. It comes with a 20-year warranty, and you can try it and return it for up to 120 days if you are not fully satisfied. It’s made from the highest quality materials, and it has two different firmness levels on each side. The Gentle-Firm option seems best for most low back pain sufferers. This one stands out with the “5-Zone” layer of Talalay latex. It has pinholes in the zones that adds ergonomic support, so your shoulders, torso, neck, and head will all be cradled.
You may have seen adds for the Casper on TV or elsewhere. Their Zoned Support system was built for the best possible spine alignment. The mattress adjusts to each zone of your body so that there is firmness in your shoulder region, hips, and core area. This mattress seems good for stomach sleepers because it’s medium-firm and won’t throw their posture out of alignment. For side sleepers, your shoulder will sink further into the mattress, but your hip will be held firmly in position, giving the full support that’s needed so you won’t feel stiff and sore in the mornings.
Layla mattresses are all about relieving pressure with their memory foam. On either side you get a Medium-Soft and a Firm area. Medium-Soft seems to work well for those with persistent back pain. This is for those who like to sink in a little further and like a slower response time for the mattress to adjust to your contours. This one also gets very high points from side sleepers. They like the three inches of memory foam over the two inches of convoluted Air Flow foam. There is a pleasant feeling of give to it, yet your body remains cradled and safely aligned.
Your best bet with any of these is to try them and see how they feel. You might find it difficult to fully get an idea of whether you’ll like a mattress when you’re lying on it in the store. The good news is that virtually all of these companies will let you return the mattress within the first three-four months if it’s not working for you. You need a restful night of sleep, and you shouldn’t let back pain get in the way of that. Good luck, and happy hunting.