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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of things you can sit on — including the best leather recliners, the best love seats, and the best massage chairs — here, we’ve rounded up the best futons, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
“This is the most comfortable futon I’ve ever sat and slept on,” one reviewer writes, echoing the more than 50 percent of five-star reviewers who use “comfortable” in their reviews. “I don’t feel any coils, or any of the metal frame,” one says. Another thinks it so comfortable that they “meant to lie down for a few minutes and fell asleep for five hours.” And one reviewer goes so far as to call it “almost as comfortable as my Serta (relatively high-end) mattress that I use for my bed.” The thickness of the futon is a welcome surprise for some as well, and one calls the eight-inch depth “perfect padding for couch or bed.”
Best-rated (less expensive) futon
About 10 percent of all five-star reviewers have taken this folding mattress camping, and according to one, “Everyone I’ve camped with has said they slept great — maybe not as well as in their bed at home, but far better than they would have in a tent.” Another says that this folding mattress is “firm enough so you don’t feel the hard ground and provides support for a comfortable sleep.” And many think the comfort is owed to the memory-foam top. One says it has “1.5 inches of gel memory foam over 2.5 inches of regular foam totaling 4 inches,” making it thicker than most comparable futons. The trifold design also gets called out for being easy to store and transport.
Best futon with frame
Lots of reviewers complain about having to find a separate frame for their futon, but this Kodiak Furniture comes with both pieces. “I’ve seen some futons priced the same, or more, that do not even have arms, or the descriptions trick you, making you think it’s the frame AND mattress, when it’s not,” one customer complains. So far, she’s “extremely pleased” with this option. One shopped “for a while” to find a “well-made, sturdy futon for an extra sleeping space” in her vacation cottage. She calls this one a “quality futon,” explaining, “There’s a lot of pieces to put together, best with two people for assembly; it’s heavy duty. Beautiful frame and very nice mattress.” And after one more customer bought and returned “probably the worst futon on the planet,” she thought maybe a futon wasn’t for her, but she took a risk and ordered this one. She reports, “It is solid wood, very well made and just about as comfortable as a bed.” She even disagrees that two people need to assemble this: “I put it together by myself in one hour and 45 minutes. Directions were clear and all went smoothly.”
Best cotton futon
“This is NOT a foam or spring mattress. The interior is a cotton-based cushion material,” explains one customer who calls it “thick and worth it.” Another customer tried a spring futon mattress before and says it “was just really uncomfortable.” The only reason she kept it was because it was free, but she decided to finally upgrade and reports, “This futon is sooooooooo much nicer. The compressed cotton idea is just better all around. It’s like lying on a firm but comfortable giant pillow.” She says she “can’t feel the boards of the futon frame underneath the mattress at all,” and for the price, it’s a great deal. “Makes for a great night’s sleep,” she adds. Some warn that it looks so much flatter in pictures than it actually is, so don’t let the pictures fool you. And if you’re still not convinced, take it from this reviewer who calls it a “big puffy mattress that’s really soft and comfy.”
Best easy-to-fold futon
“If you can’t fold it up, it isn’t really a futon,” one reviewer writes, and dozens of reviewers say this one makes folding easy. “It folds easily to give us the sofa we wanted, while still providing a good base for sleeping when guests arrive. We are very happy with this mattress and the way it helped us meet needs for both sofa and bed,” one says. Other reviewers praise this futon for getting the support right. “It’s firm which is great for him and soft enough to where he can sleep soundly,” one reviewer writes, though one warns, “If you’re expecting it to be like memory foam, you’ll be disappointed.”
Best futon with arms
“Absolutely the perfect futon for a small space,” one reviewer writes. Nearly a third of reviewers agree saying this small sofa is great for their dorm, studio, or one-bedroom apartment. “I live in an itty, bitty, apartment,” one reviewer writes. “This couch is perfect for the space. It’s great for sitting on while watching a movie, it’s great as a chaise longue for reclining and reading (I love that the arms are adjustable beyond just up and down), and our guests say it is comfortable to sleep on.” Another who says they are “impressed with the quality of this inexpensive futon,” writes, “It goes perfectly in my daughters’ room and has been used when one of their friends spends the night.” They add, “It’s comfortable to sleep on and easy to convert from sofa to bed.” According to reviewers it is small but strong. One reviewer writes, “After checking all else to especially support my husbands height (6’5”) and weight (290 pounds) plus me (110 pounds) and the look it’ll give our new tiny home — it perfectly fits right in both budget and space.”