Best Bed For Couples Review
Finding a mattress that perfectly accommodates one person is already a struggle enough, so it can be overwhelming to find one for a couple, especially if the two individuals have different sleeping preferences. With that said, after a little research and some help from us (we consider ourselves mattress experts here), you can get one step closer to having a better night’s rest.
Since couples’ needs vary based on their size, weight, sleep style, and more, we think the mattresses on this list held up to be some of the most accommodating beds for those who co-sleep. We’ve chosen some of our favorites our of the 150+ that we’ve tested, and consider these beds among the best of the best for couples.
Now, let’s not waste any more time, let’s take a look at what we’ll be covering in our guide of the best mattresses for co-sleepers. Click on any of the links below to jump to any section of this review:
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Read on below to learn more about these beds and what is important to consider for buying a bed for couples.
Top 5 Couples Beds
Helix Sleep – Best Bed For Couples With Different Preferences
If you and your partner want to be 100% sure you will both be comfortable at night–and are interested in a semi-custom bed–look into Helix. You can even take a Sleep Quiz on HelixSleep.com, and the company will pair you with one of their beds according to the answers you provide.
Though, regardless of what you end up with, Helix mattresses combine pocketed coils and several different types of foams, making them ideal for all body types. They also have a wide range of firmness levels, giving several levers to pull in order to find a way to accommodate all sleepers.
Most of the beds have a fairly neutral feel, but they will have either more or less memory foam depending on the specific model that you select. Helix Midnight is their most popular, but you can also purchase a Helix Luxe model or a Helix Plus Mattress for those who are heavyweights.
Why we picked Helix – They seemingly have an option for every kind of sleeper: soft, firm, or neutral for couples who have different sleeping preferences. They are also suitable for any body type, so neither you nor your partner have to compromise support or pressure relief. We think couples will love it especially because it is one of the best mattresses for snoring! And for the price, we think they offer a great value.
WinkBeds – Best Bed For Couples With Different Weights
WinkBed makes some of the best mail order mattresses, full stop. They all have two layers of coils for maximum support, and a big, fluffy pillow top; regardless of whether you get the Softer, Luxury Firm, Firmer, or Plus model.
WinkBed—and WinkBed Plus in particular—is a fantastic option for plus size couples that need extra support. They’re also accommodating for all sleeper types, thanks to its range in firmness levels (they give you three choices from soft to firm). This is truly a great bed for combination sleepers.
The overall feel of the beds is pretty neutral and inviting as well, which means the majority of people will find it comfortable. We also think it offers impressive edge support, and the beds do a solid job of isolating motion given that there are two layers of coils inside.
Why we chose WinkBed – The big reason that we included WinkBed on the list is that it checks a heck of a lot of boxes for couples. For example, all four models are highly durable and well constructed, not to mention really comfortable. Additionally, they give you the opportunity to choose which firmness level is right for you (i.e. Softer model for side sleepers).
Layla Sleep – Best Flippable Mattress For Couples
Layla is one of the best gel memory foam beds online, and it comes with the added plus of having two firmness levels in one! It has a “Soft” side and a “Firm” side so you get two bites at the apple with this mattress and it accommodates a wide range of sleeper types.
Because this is essentially two mattresses in one, let’s dissect both sides individually, starting with the “Soft” side. We consider this side to be about a medium-soft to medium on the firmness scale.
If you flip the bed over, you will have the exact same, soft-to-the-touch cover as on the “Soft” side, only in a dark grey/black colorway. We rate the “Firm” side at about a medium to medium-firm, which means it will be suitable for all sleeping positions if you weigh under 230/250 lb.
We we added Layla – At under $1,000 for a queen size, Layla is the best double-sided mattress for couples. Not many beds offer this type of comfort and versatility, so we give them brownie points for that sentiment. While it isn’t great for heavy individuals, it’s perfect for sleepers who love a pressure relieving, light memory foam bed.
Nest Alexander Hybrid – Best Pillow Top Mattress For Couples
If you love the feel of a an ultra soft and plush mattress, Nest Alexander Hybrid is a nice option. Not only does it have a comfortable pillow top feel, but it’s also built to be supportive for petite, moderate, and heavy body types. Not to mention it’s available in three different firmness levels, so couples can opt for the mattress that’s most accommodating for them.
We could go on and on about how comfortable the bed is, but one of the main reasons it cracked the list is that, like Helix, Nest Bedding offers split models where you can get two different firmness levels on one bed. As such, co-sleepers can customize their side of the bed to perfectly accommodate their sleeper type.
Why we picked this bed – While it’s not the biggest budget mattress on the block, we think it offers a good value for the premium design and accommodating split firmness level options. Rather than finding a compromise, couples can make their side soft or firm without worrying about their partner’s quality of sleep.
Muse – Best Soft Foam Mattress For Couples
Some of the mattresses on our list are borderline 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 an ultra comfortable bed for two, we recommend Muse.
This is made of a responsive memory foam, which most people will enjoy, especially given that you have your choice of three different firmness levels. If you and your partner have different sleeping preferences, you might want to opt for the Medium model because it will be able to accommodate all sleep styles. That said, if you need something softer or firmer, they have that.
Muse also has fairly 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.
Why we picked this bed – we see it as a pretty good mattress for co-sleeping for a number of reasons. Firstly, we’ve acknowledged that it has a neutral, accommodating feel—a good feature for couples. Secondly, we wanted to include an affordable, good mattress for the money. And third, we were pleasantly surprised by its edge support and motion isolating abilities.
How We Decided On The Best Mattress For Couples
Our goal is to provide honest, helpful, and concise content that helps consumers make a purchase decision, because buying a mattress is a big decision. Partners typically don’t have the same body type or sleeping style, so we often see partners who have the opposite preferences. As such, when we put together this list, we tried to include beds that accommodate many different sleep preferences, body types, and offer good motion isolation and edge support. We also tried to include beds within a large price range, including cheap mattresses and high-end options.
Start With A Coil Bed
If you or your partner have a heavier body type, or want something that will be extra long lasting under the weight of two people, you should go for a coil bed. This makes the mattress a little more responsive, supportive, and also better for sex. Both of the aforementioned mattresses (WinkBed and Big Fig) will work, but there are plenty of others as well. For instance, Saatva and Brentwood Home both make mattresses with dual coil layers. The Bear Hybrid mattress uses 8″ pocketed coils. And there are even cheaper beds like Allswell Hybrid that have coils despite being extremely affordable. Bottom line: if you’re plus size or just large, you need a different class of mattress—fortunately, plenty of them exist.
Best Mattress Firmness For Couples
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, 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.
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.
Heavier individuals (250 lb or more), on the other hand, 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.
To find a happy medium, couples can literally go for a bed with a medium firmness, or one that offers a two-in-one firmness design.
Best Mattress Size For Couples
Of course not all couples require the same size mattress, but our opinion is that the best mattress size for couples is the king size mattress. In order of comfort, we like the following beds for couples:
- King (76 x 80 inches) – quite large; suffices for most any couple
- California King (72 x 84 inches) – slightly longer; good for tall couples
- Split Mattress (Can be king or queen)
- Queen (60 x 80 inches)
- Full Size (a little bit of a tight squeeze)
Here’s a detailed post about the different mattress sizes.
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 and create temperature regulation. 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. Check them out in this list for Best Cooling Mattresses for Hot & Sweaty Sleepers.
Other Areas That Are Important 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.
Here’s a common situation most couples face: one person rolls over in the middle of the night, taking up the majority of the mattress and leaving the other only a bit near the edge. As such, it’s crucial that the perimeter of the mattress is constructed to properly support the person. No one likes that “about to roll off” feeling.
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.
This is perhaps the first feature that comes to mind when talking about couples. Motion transfer, or motion isolation, 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.
If one partner is lightweight and the other is heavy, you want a supportive coil mattress. You need to pay more attention to getting a bed for the heavier individual.
You either want a king mattress or California king mattress. If you absolutely have to, the queen size will suffice, but nothing smaller.
Almost all of the online mattress brands offer completely free shipping and 100-night risk free trial period. If you don’t like the bed inside those first 100 nights, you can return the bed for a full refund!
We typically say that a good mattress should last you about 8-10 years.
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