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The Best Futons on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing ones.

We’ve sat with countless chairs and sofas, plopping ourselves onto start-up couches, highly-rated massage chairs and office chairs, and designer-approved couches that aren’t a total splurge. Here, we’ve found the best futons — no longer strictly relegated to dorm rooms — available on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best leatherette futon

DHP Emily Futon Sofa Bed

“I love this! I live in a small, one-bedroom apartment, so I wanted a couch that could turn into a bed for guests. I couldn’t have picked a better, cheaper option. I feel so good about this purchase! It’s firm but comfortable. The back is adjustable, and the great thing is it looks like it’s worth hundreds of dollars! If you’re debating on going with this one, GO FOR IT!”

[Editor’s note: We’ve spotlighted this futon before in our round-up of dorm-room décor.]

Best linen futon

Novogratz Brittany Sofa Futon

“Fan-freaking-tastic. For this affordable price to get a new piece of furniture that looks classy and mid-century modern style. Two things, there are zippers in the back to hold the support legs for when you lay the backs down. For that reason, probably needs to go against a wall instead of in the middle of a room. Also, there are support legs in the middle underneath, can’t see them with our coffee table in front though. The color is amazing. The fabric is soft. It is way more comfy than our last futon couch. It just totally classes up our living room, while still having a good place for guests to sleep. Yay!”

Best wood-frame futon

Nirvana Futons Stanford Futon Set

“The futon arrived in three separate boxes. Opened them up and thought I was in for jigsaw-puzzle-style trouble. I was wrong. Between a good design, decent instructions, and the “packing order” of the parts, assembly was relatively easy (just take your time!). Ended up with a much nicer piece of furniture than the futon I nearly bought from a local furniture store. The frame is solid, works very well, and the mattress is lovely. A VERY nice futon, and the price is good too!”

Best lounge-chair futon

Kodiak Best Futon Lounger

“My house has an awkward little room upstairs that’s a guest room/bunny room/reading nook, and we spent a long time searching for the perfect piece of furniture to fill it out. This futon is my new favorite spot in the house. It’s comfortable and feels supportive. The arms adjust to a few different angles between 90 degrees vertical and flat, so you can adjust it however you like it, making it the perfect napping couch.”

Best love seat futon

DHP Euro Sofa Futon Loveseat With Chrome Legs and Adjustable Armrests

“It’s been a few months now since I bought it, and I’m still very pleased with my couch. It’s a good solid design and after a few months of on and off use it still looks brand new and there aren’t any signs of denting in the cushions yet! Spilled water on it the other day and it soaked right out with no evidence or fading.”

Best affordable futon

Mainstay Memory Foam Futon, Black PU

“I was looking for a futon for my den that wasn’t incredibly bulky and was also a good price. This was perfect! It took about ten minutes to assemble and it seems quite sturdy. It feels very comfortable, and I like that the sides pull up to give it a less futon-y look. (It is a tad shorter than your traditional futon though, so you may need to add an additional ottoman or something like it at the end for tall individuals).”

Best floor futon

Rolling Bed DDFR33080 Traditional Japanese Floor Futon Mattress

“I’ve been sleeping on this futon for about eight months now. This bed has RUINED me for a traditional mattress. Nothing is firm enough anymore and I always wake up feeling well-rested. Great for back pain, and definitely great for someone who rolls around. This little futon keeps me snug in one solid position throughout the night, so no tossing and turning like on larger beds. It’s also great for travel! I never have to worry about where I’m going to sleep as long as I have a nice empty bit of floor to roll my futon out on.”

Best futon frame

KD Frames Studio Bifold Futon

“After getting an expensive futon frame at a mattress store that needed to be replaced TWICE, I ordered this one rather than getting another of the same shoddy frame. This one is solid pieces of wood, comes with good directions, and works very well with our existing thick futon mattress. Feels solid, doesn’t creak. Hoping it lasts for years.”

Best tri-fold futon

Milliard Tri-Fold Foam Folding Mattress

“I needed a bed that would fit in a very small area of a travel trailer. I had no problem with the zippers or the temporary (20 minutes) chemical smell that came from the mattress as it expanded. The directions say to give it 24 hours to expand, but I couldn’t help myself. I wanted to try it out so I laid down on it about 20 minutes after it was exposed to the air. It is very firm, but I like my mattress firm so that doesn’t bother me. I was surprised that I didn’t feel the seams between the sections where it folds at all (I was looking for them). The bed is low to the floor, but that’s what I needed because the trailer wall curves inward at that location and anything higher off the floor would have caused a head to blinds collision. I’m definitely happy with it all around.”

Best bunk bed futon

DHP Twin-Over-Futon Convertible Couch and Bed

“Got this for my two kids, aged 7 and 3. This ultrastrong metal frame bunk bed is more than perfect. I love that the top bunk rail is also high enough that my son will not roll off when he sleeps. On the bottom bunk, there is enough room for a full size bed. Also, I was trying to hang some clothes on it, and realized that there are no sharp edges anywhere. Everything is round and smooth. Again, I LOVE this bunk bed. Such a reasonable, inexpensive price for such a premium-quality product.”

Best futon with trundle

DHP Lubin Full Daybed, Gold

“We recently moved and my daughter wanted a daybed for her new room, so decided on this DHP metal daybed with the trundle. We noticed our son really liked his sister’s bed, so we asked him if he wanted one like her … it was an immediate yes! So we bought a second one! It came just as fast as the first one and, again, we were not disappointed. My kids now both have their beds in their rooms and they are perfect! This bed is lightweight, yet very sturdy. It’s perfect for a girl or a boy. The price is amazing. Easy to move around the room if you’re so inclined.”

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The Best Futons, According to Amazon Reviews