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Best Mattress For Couples & Co-Sleeping

Do you sleep with a partner? Here’s a list of our top picks for the best beds for you and your partner.

Research has shown that sleep is directly linked to happiness. Obviously, a bed that is comfortable for both partners is incredibly important! We’ve picked out some top mattresses sure to satisfy couples and those that are co-sleeping.
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The Wave is Casper’s high-end mattress that is very comfortable and able to handle a variety of sleep styles (back, stomach, etc.)
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The Nolah Signature 12 is a flippable bed with a Soft and Firm side, which gives you two options in terms of finding your preferred firmness level.
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This is one of the best beds on the market today in terms of edge support, which is really important for couples sharing a smaller size mattress.
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The TEMPUR-Adapt Hybrid combines dense memory foam and coils to make a bed with ample support and pressure relief.It also has a cooling textile in the cover to actively cool you down at night.
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Tulo is extremely affordable and comes in three different firmness levels.

HOW WE DECIDED

  • Mattresses Considered100+

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The Criteria Used When Selecting This List

We placed no price restrictions (minimum or maximum) as criteria when putting together this list. We tried to include beds that accommodate a variety of different sleepers because, at the end of the day, that’s what couples need.

More often than not, partners do not have the exact same body type or sleeping preferences. In fact, we often see partners that have opposite preferences. For example, one person is a petite female that primarily sleeps on her side and sleeps cool. The other person is a much larger male that sleeps on his back and tends to heat up at night.

In this instance, a side sleeper bed wouldn’t be ideal. Neither would a firm back sleeper bed. Given this, there are really two options for couples who share a bed. One is to get a bed that accommodates all kinds of sleepers and body types. More than likely this will be a bed that is near the middle of the firmness scale.

The second option is to get a customized bed or a split bed, so each side has a different feel and firmness. That’s primarily what we had in mind when putting together this list, but we also paid special attention to things like edge support and motion transfer, which we discuss in more detail below.

Casper Wave

BEST FOR:

  • Anyone intrigued with Casper's Zoned Support System for targeted support
  • All body types thanks to the thick all-foam construction
  • People who want a bed from a big name brand
  • Folks who like a soft, neutral-foam feel
  • All sleeper types (back, stomach, and side)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Especially heavy individuals (300+ lb)
  • Price-sensitive buyers
  • Especially hot sleepers looking for a cooling mattress

If you and your partner are looking for a bed that can accommodate different weights and sleeping positions, you may want to look into the Casper Wave. The Wave is made with a combination of poly foam, memory foam, latex foam, and a proprietary Flo Foam, which is unique to the Wave.

What makes this mattress interesting is that it uses a Zoned Support Framework to provide more support under your trunk and hips, where you carry the majority of your weight. On the top and bottom third, the bed offers more pressure relief.

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A closer look at the Zoned Support System on the Casper Wave

The Wave is a thick, all-foam bed that will be comfortable for people who sleep on their side, back, stomach, and switch positions throughout the night. This mattress is quite durable, but may not be ideal for an exceptionally heavy individual, as it is still an all-foam bed. If you want a comfortable mattress from a big name name brand, Casper Wave is hard to beat.

Nolah Signature 12"

BEST FOR:

  • People who want a flippable bed with a softer and firmer side
  • People who want a lifetime warranty
  • Individuals who want an organic cotton cover
  • All sleep styles (back, stomach, side, and combo)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • People who want a hybrid/coil mattress
  • Individuals weighing over 300 lb

The Nolah Signature 12” bed is a good fit for couples who want a flippable, accommodating mattress. Not only is this bed double-sided, but each side comes with its own firmness level. Having one firmer and one softer side makes the mattress more versatile and able to accommodate multiple types of sleepers.

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The Slumber Yard team flipping the Nolah Signature 12″ mattress

This bed–with a height of 12”–is thicker than a lot of other all-foam mattresses, which allows it to better handle various types and sleep styles. As with the other beds on our list, this mattress has good edge support (so you don’t feel like you’re about to fall off the bed) and has good motion isolation (so you don’t wake up every time your partner moves). And for peace of mind, this mattress comes with a lifetime warranty, which is actually relatively rare for online mattresses.

Stearns & Foster Estate Line

BEST FOR:

  • People who want to be able to choose from multiple firmness levels
  • Couples sharing a smaller mattress (great edge support with this bed)
  • Heavier individuals that require a very supportive mattress
  • Combo sleepers (no stuck-in-the-mud feeling)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Budget shoppers
  • Memory foam lovers

People who either prefer sleeping on smaller beds or just don’t have the room for a king will likely want to look at the Stearns & Foster Estate mattress. We think this is a great bed for couples for a multitude of reasons.

First and foremost, it’s one of the best beds out there in terms of edge support. That means on hot summer nights, you and your partner can literally sleep as far away from each other as possible, and not feel like you’re about to fall off the bed.

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There are several different models to choose from within the Stearns & Foster Estate line

The Stearns & Foster Estate line, with its hybrid coil and foam construction, is able to accommodate all types of sleepers, including heavier individuals. One other thing that’s nice with the Estate mattress is that it comes in a few different firmness levels, including Luxury-Plush and Luxury-Firm.

Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Adapt Hybrid

BEST FOR:

  • Anyone who loves memory foam
  • Individuals who sleep hot (this bed is actually cool to the touch)
  • All body types, including heavy people
  • People who sleep with a partner who moves a lot at night

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Budget shoppers
  • Strict side sleepers (dense memory foam could simply be too firm for some people)

People who know their better half regularly moves around in their sleep may want to take a look at the Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Adapt Hybrid. This mattress is one of the best beds out there when it comes to dampening motion, given that it uses a lot of memory foam.

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The TEMPUR-Adapt Hybrid is literally cool to the touch

However, it also uses coils to help with support and airflow. This may not be the best bed if either you or your partner are a strict side sleeper, though, as it’s a little on the firmer end. If you or your partner tend to sleep hot, you will appreciate that the mattress is cool to the touch and will actively cool you down throughout the night.

Tulo

BEST FOR:

  • People who want to choose how firm their mattress is
  • People on a budget
  • All types of sleepers
  • People who want a smaller bed (great edge support for an all-foam bed)
  • Folks who like a soft, neutral-foam feel

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Those who prefer a true memory foam feel
  • Heavy people (all-foam bed might not have the support that you want long term)

Some of the mattresses on our list are quite expensive, and we recognize that not everyone wants to drop a huge chunk of change on a mattress. If you fall in that category, but still want a comfortable bed for two, we recommend Tulo.

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The Tulo mattress comes in three different firmness options

This is a comfortable bed made of a responsive memory foam, which most people will enjoy, especially given that you have your choice of three different firmness levels. This bed also has solid edge support for an all-foam bed. This means you can get a smaller sized mattress, and not feel like your partner is pushing you off the bed. All in all, Tulo is a great value for the price.

Review Team

Kaite

Kaite Johnston

Combo Sleeper

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Kelsie Longerbeam

Stomach Sleeper

Owen

Owen Poole

Side Sleeper

Why Listen To Us

There’s a few different reasons why you should trust us. First, we know a lot about mattresses and we’ve reviewed a lot of mattresses, even including  cheap mattresses. That’s pretty much all we focus on. We spend the majority of our day and all night working with mattresses. And we’ve been doing it for awhile now. We’ve tested pretty much all the mattresses from the big brands out there. We’ve tested 6” thick foam mattresses all the way up to 15” thick luxury hybrid mattresses. By this point, we have a good idea of what a good bed is and what a sub-par bed is. We also stay informed on industry trends. We regularly hold calls with industry experts, R&D teams, and recent customers to receive their feedback on new mattresses.

We are not backed by any mattress brand or mattress-related entity. We can say whatever we want. We don’t answer to anybody, which is something a lot of mattress review sites can’t say. Additionally, we don’t accept payment for reviews or videos. We retain full editorial control over the content we produce and are not swayed by money to provide a positive or negative review. Our goal is to provide honest, helpful, and concise content that helps consumers make a purchase decision. Let’s face it, buying a mattress is a big decision and you want to be able to compare several mattresses. We’re talking about a product that should last you 8-10 years. That’s why we take this point so seriously. We tell it like it is. If we don’t like a bed or don’t think it’s good for certain sleepers, we’ll say so. That’s the kind of honesty you deserve and that’s what you’ll get from the Slumber Yard team.

Lastly, we have a diverse testing team. It’s not just a one-man band. We like to get input and feedback from all our team members. That’s super important when it comes to mattresses because everyone is different. There’s no one size fits all mattress. There are many factors at play when trying to choose the right mattress. For example, weight, body type, and sleeping position preference all make a big difference in which mattress suits you best. That’s why we are so proud of our testing team. We get feedback from petite females that weigh less than 100 lb all the way up to 240 lb males. This allows us to interpret the mattress for a variety of people.

Mattress Construction

There are a few different factors that come into play in terms of mattress construction. The first has to do with coils. Beds that have coils (innerspring or hybrid mattresses) tend to have a lot more bounce than all-foam mattresses. This makes the mattress a little more responsive and also better for sex. However, there are plenty of people out there that don’t like a bouncy type feel to their mattress. They like to sort of sink into their mattress instead. Next is the overall weight and thickness of the mattress. Thicker and heavier mattresses tend to be more durable and hold up longer. This is especially important for heavier couples given the extra stress they exert on the mattress. Or even if just one person in the partnership is on the heavier side, you might want to think about going with a thicker, more durable mattress. If you’re a lighter couple, though, the thickness and weight of a mattress isn’t as big of a deal. In fact, this is a small point, but some couples may actually dislike having a super thick mattress because they can be hard to lift, move, and make.

Feel

This is pretty self explanatory and quite possibly the feature couples disagree about the most. The feel of a mattress can vary quite a bit. Like we stated earlier, there’s no one size fits all mattress. There’s no one mattress available that every single person thinks is just right. It can be tough to find a mattress that both partners agree on. At the end of the day, both people will have to compromise a little, but there are enough choices out there that you’ll be able to find one mattress that provides most of what both people want.

There’s all-foam mattresses that can feel quite different depending on what type of foam is used. Memory foam has a very dense, soft foam feel. It slowly contours to your body and sort of hugs you. Some people hate that feeling, some people love it. Latex and proprietary foams have a more a neutral-foam feel. They tend to be a little lighter and a little more responsive than memory foam. If both people love memory foam, great, go with an all-foam memory foam bed or a hybrid bed with a memory foam top layer. If one person dislikes memory foam, it’s probably a better idea to go with a bed that has a thick top layer of proprietary foam or latex foam. Or you could always go with a super unique bed like Purple, which utilizes a patented material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer that has a gel-like feel.

The other popular type of a bed is an innerspring mattress. This is the type of mattress that most people grew up on, with a thick layer of steel coils. These type of beds tend to have a more rigid, firm feel. I’ve heard some people compare it to laying on a thick bed of grass (i.e. it’s somewhat soft, but you can definitely feel the dense earth below). Then there’s hybrid mattresses that have coils, but also incorporate multiple layers of foam on top. These types of beds tend to have a soft foam feel, but also a lot more bounce than all-foam mattresses.

Firmness

This is another subject in which a lot of couples disagree. One person likes a soft bed while the other prefers a firm one. It can be a dividing topic. However, there are a couple other factors at play here. The first being weight. Your weight plays a role in how firm you perceive a mattress to be. Generally, a lighter person (150 lb or less) will feel like most mattresses are on the firmer side of the spectrum. That’s because they place a minimal amount of pressure on the bed. There’s virtually no sinkage. On the other hand, heavier individuals (250 lb or more) will generally feel like most mattresses are on the softer side of the spectrum. That’s because they exert quite more pressure and stress on the bed. Often, heavier individuals will sort of sink right through the first layer of the bed.

This perceived firmness discrepancy can sometimes be a positive for partners with big weight differences. For example, say the lighter sleeper of the pair prefers a firmer bed while the heavier person in the pair prefers a soft bed. In this case, the couple would probably want to go with a mattress in the medium-firm range because it would feel firm for the lighter sleeper, yet also feel soft for the heavier sleeper due to his or her extra weight. One thing to keep in mind about firmness is that support and firmness are not one in the same. A lot of people make the mistake of bundling those two terms together. Yes, most of the time, a firm mattress will generally provide good support, but there are exceptions. It’s entirely possible to have a soft feeling mattress that also provides the necessary support. Likewise, it is possible to have a firm feeling mattress that doesn’t provide much support (e.g. a bed that has a lot of sag around your hips, leaving your lower back exposed). Support to us means the bed is able to keep your spine properly aligned no matter what position you sleep in. Generally, anyone with lower back or sciatic pain will gravitate toward firmer beds.

Sleeper Type

The position in which you sleep also makes a big difference as to which mattress is best for you. As such, this is another area where couples tend to have different preferences. Generally, back sleepers and stomach sleepers will want a mattress that is on the firmer side that provides a little extra lumbar support. Side sleepers, on the other hand, will most likely want a softer mattress that provides more pressure relief for their hips and shoulders. As you can see, it can be tough to find a mattress that will accommodate a couple that sleeps in different positions. If you do fall into this category, you’re most likely going to want to get a mattress that falls near the medium range on the firmness scale. Most of the mattresses in this range have a good balance between the pressure relief and support.

Temperature Regulation

Different body types also mean different sleeping temperatures. Typically heavier individuals tend to heat up during the night more so than lighter individuals. A lot of that is due to the fact that heavier body types sink further into a mattress creating more of a hugging friction with the bed. But then there’s people who just naturally sleep hot or cool (e.g. the person who always wears a sweatshirt and sweatpants to bed or the person who refuses to wear anything but underwear). Construction also plays into how warm or cool a mattress sleeps. Certain materials, like memory foam, tend to retain heat more than other materials. To combat overheating at night, a lot of mattress companies these days are using special materials in their beds to help disperse heat. Some common materials we’ve seen used are graphite, copper, gel, and phase change material, among others. In fact, some of these companies do such a good job that their beds are actually cool to the touch. It’s pretty amazing. As a heads up, we’ve published a review of the Best Cooling Mattresses for Hot & Sweaty Sleepers.

Other Important Considerations For Couples

Above, we discussed some of the main topics couples tend to disagree about when choosing a mattress. Most of the those topics were on the subjective side. These next few topics are a little more concrete. Couples will generally want to get a bed that excels in the three categories below.

Edge Support

Here’s a common situation most couples face: one person rolls over in the middle of the night, hogging most of the bed and leaving the other person only a little bit of room near the edge of the mattress. This happens more than you think, especially with couples who share a smaller bed, like a full or queen. As such, it’s crucial the perimeter of the bed is able to properly support the person and they don’t feel like they are going to roll right off. We’ve noticed that some all-foam beds don’t perform well in this department. As you get near the edge, the bed will start to compress quite a bit and you’ll get that roll-off sensation. To avoid this, make sure you pay special attention to our reviews. We always make sure to discuss edge support in detail. In short, innerspring and hybrid beds tend to offer better edge support than all-foam beds due to the coils.

Sinkage

Not only is sinkage a dangerous topic in terms of individual spine alignment, it’s also a concern for couples. When we talk about sinkage, we’re talking about how far the mattress dips below the surface when pressure is applied. In practical terms, we’re talking about how far the mattress sinks down under the heavier parts of your body (hips and trunk). Generally, you want a mattress that doesn’t have much too much sinkage. A little bit of sinkage is normal, but too much can throw your spine out of alignment. For couples, too much sinkage means the two people will be sort of drawn together throughout the night. Think about it—a heavier partner lays down on their back and a big crater is formed under their trunk. That crater will naturally start to pull the other person towards their partner. So try to get a mattress that doesn’t have too much sinkage.

Motion Transfer

This is perhaps the first feature that comes to mind when talking about couples. Motion transfer refers to the amount of movement one person feels when the other person rolls over, switches positions, or gets up off the mattress. The less motion or movement the better. No one wants to be bothered in the middle of the night when they’re sleeping. The more times you wake up, the more restless you become and the more tired you are the next day. Generally, all-foam mattresses are able to deaden movement a little better than innerspring or hybrid mattresses because of the lack of bounce from the coils. We’ve also posted a list of the best mattresses for motion isolation and light sleepers.

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