Why You Should Trust Us
We want all of our readers to enjoy the best possible sleep. That’s why we employ a team of sleep product specialists with decades of combined experience in the sleep industry.
Our testers have different body types and position preferences so that we can gather a broader range of feedback. When evaluating the best mattresses for couples, we paid special attention to the performance characteristics that typically matter most to those sharing a bed, including motion isolation, edge support, and noise rating.
What to Know When Buying a Mattress as a Couple
Searching for a mattress to share requires extra consideration. We’ll explain how to choose a bed that meets the needs of two sleepers.
Before shopping, we recommend assessing what you need from a mattress. Comfort isn’t universal. Consider your body weight, height, preferred sleep position, and other personal comfort preferences. These factors can help determine what firmness and type of bed are best for you.
Your Partner’s Needs
Your partner should also determine what they need from a mattress. If your partner has different comfort preferences, you may need to compromise on a bed that works for both of you.
What Size Mattress Is Right for Couples?
Couples need a mattress size that fits in their bedroom while providing enough sleeping space for both partners. For two average-sized adults, a queen mattress is a practical option that balances price and size.
If you have more space in your bedroom and your budget, a king or California king mattress provides extra room to stretch out. A larger size may also better accommodate children or pets. While a full size mattress is an inexpensive option, it is usually not spacious enough for regular use by two adult co-sleepers.
Sleep Trials, Warranties, and Return Policies
Customer service policies add value to your purchase and provide options if the mattress doesn’t meet your expectations. Most reputable mattress brands include a sleep trial and warranty.
Sleep trials allow you to use the bed for a set length of time and return it if you’re not satisfied. Most mattress companies either send a team to remove your unwanted mattress or ask that you donate it locally. In some cases, shipping or service charges may apply.
Warranties protect your mattress should a qualifying defect arise. Companies set the terms and conditions, including eligible defects, the length of the warranty period, associated costs to owners, whether the mattress is eligible for repair or replacement, and actions that void the policy.
What Mattress Type Is Best for Couples?
The style of mattress has significant performance implications, making some better suited to couples than others. If one partner wakes up easily or has a different sleep routine, you may prefer a quiet bed with above-average motion isolation to reduce disturbances.
Couples often prefer models with supportive edges so that they have a larger usable area. Otherwise, partners may inch closer to the center of the bed, which can make the surface feel more cramped.
Since a mattress generally does double duty as a surface for sleep and sex, it’s important to assess its suitability for both purposes. The best mattresses for sex are usually quiet and responsive, with just enough contouring to provide comfort without hindering motion.
All-foam mattresses consist of one or more foam layers. We recommend foam models to couples primarily due to their exceptional motion isolation and whisper-quiet construction. These traits can help reduce sleep disruptions when one partner moves during the night. Foam mattresses also tend to offer superior contouring, which can help prevent pressure points for side sleepers. As an added bonus for couples on a budget, many foam models are more affordable than competing designs.
That said, some foam mattresses trap body heat. This is more common in models that use thick layers of traditional memory foam without temperature-regulating components. Many sleepers over 230 pounds also find all-foam beds lack support, especially around the edges.
Traditional innerspring mattresses consist of a metal coil core wrapped in a fabric cover. This style of bed lacks the substantial comfort system of a hybrid mattress, leading to more noise and motion transfer than most couples prefer. Because innersprings do not provide much contouring, side sleepers may experience pressure points. However, couples looking for a breathable, bouncy, budget-friendly sleep surface might want to consider an innerspring model.
Hybrid mattresses aim to combine the best features of foam and innerspring models. They typically contain a thick comfort system with one or more layers of foam or latex and a support core of pocketed coils.
This complex construction tends to come with a higher price tag, but it may be worth it for couples seeking a balanced performance. The coil core lends to a bouncy feel that enhances ease of movement during sex. At the same time, the comfort system muffles vibrations and sound to promote a restful night’s sleep.
Hybrids also frequently provide greater support, which may be particularly important for back sleepers, stomach sleepers, and individuals over 230 pounds.
Although airbeds are not as common as the other major mattress categories, they’re often ideal for couples due to their customizability.
Most airbeds have a foam or latex comfort system with a support core of adjustable air-filled chambers. The firmness level can be modified by filling or emptying the air chambers using a remote or smartphone app. Most airbeds that are queen size or larger contain separate chambers on each side so that each sleeper can customize their comfort level.
Latex beds use latex in their comfort and support systems. Most contain natural latex made from the sap of rubber trees, but some manufacturers use synthetic or blended latex.
Since latex models generally combine responsiveness, breathability, durability, and subtle contouring, we often suggest them for couples. Many natural latex mattresses also use exclusively natural materials to appeal to eco-conscious shoppers.
What Mattress Firmness Is Best for Couples?
No single firmness level is ideal for everyone, which can make it especially difficult for couples to find the right balance. Comfort is subjective, but we standardize our assessments by describing firmness using a scale from 1 through 10, in which 1 is extra soft and 10 is extra firm.
We’ve found that the majority of sleepers prefer a mattress between medium soft (4) and firm (7). Side sleepers and individuals under 130 pounds usually favor a model on the softer end of this range, while stomach sleepers and those over 230 pounds typically like a firmer option. Depending on your body types and position preferences, you and your partner may be able to agree on a feel. Otherwise, a medium (5) or medium firm (6) mattress is often a good compromise.
Dual Firmness Mattresses
If you and your partner cannot reconcile your differing comfort preferences, we suggest that you consider a dual firmness mattress, which allows each sleeper to independently select the comfort level of their half of the bed.
Adjustable airbeds frequently feature dual firmness options, meaning that each partner can change how their side feels to fit their needs, preferences, or moods. Many mattress brands offer split queen or split king designs that allow you to choose a different firmness for each side.
Compromise With a Mattress Topper
A mattress topper is placed between the mattress cover and fitted sheet to provide an extra comfort layer. Toppers can serve as a budget-friendly way to satisfy sleepers with different firmness preferences. You can purchase a firmer mattress to accommodate one partner and use a topper on one side of the bed to soften the other partner’s side.