best mattress for motion isolation

Best Mattress for Motion Isolation & Light Sleepers

Looking for a bed that limits motion transfer? Here’s our list of the top rated mattresses.

If you’re a particularly light sleeper or just someone that's worried about motion isolation, the good news is that there are plenty of great beds to choose from. We’ve posted dozens of individual mattress reviews and sifted through each of them to put together this list.
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HOW WE DECIDED

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Overview (Motion Transfer Isolation & Light Sleepers)

Finding a mattress that’s effective at limiting motion transfer is critical for couples and light sleepers in particular. Once you fall asleep, the last thing you want is your partner waking you up every time they switch sleeping positions. Here at the Slumber Yard, we’ve reviewed dozens of mattress, including some that are great in terms of motion isolation and others that are just dreadful in that department.

In creating this list, we went back through all of the beds that we’ve tested and hand-picked only those that are the best for light sleepers, couples, and folks seriously interested in finding a bed that limits motion transfer. Keep in mind, however, that we’re constantly posting new mattress reviews and as we get new information we will update this list, along with plenty of our other mattress comparisons and buyer guides.

Before we dig into each bed, let’s cover a few common policies such as shipping, returns, etc.. Most online brands will offer completely free shipping and returns. And with that they will typically have some sort of risk-free trial period where you can sleep on their bed for a number of months to see if you love it. Usually, at any time during that trial period, you can get a 100% refund and the brand will even dispatch someone to your house to pickup the bed, free of charge. This usually excludes Amazon mattresses, but if you purchase through the brand, the return policies are typically very consumer-friendly.

As for warranties, you should expect a 10-year warranty with your new bed. We see beds with longer warranties, but around 10 years is the average.

Brentwood Oceano

BEST FOR:

  • People looking for an extremely comfortable bed
  • Anyone that needs the extra support provided by the 10.5” of coils within the bed
  • Those who want an eco-friendly, non-toxic mattress
  • Side and combo sleepers

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Anyone that sleeps really hot at night
  • People looking for a firm mattress
  • College students or anyone on a very restrictive budget

The Oceano mattress is one of those beds that you lay on and say “OMG this is comfortable.” It’s possibly too comfortable. You could very easily sleep through your alarm clock on this bed.

In terms of construction, it actually uses coils, but they’re individually-wrapped—as opposed to typical interconnected innersprings—which allows the bed to isolate motion much better than you’d expect.

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The Brentwood Oceano mattress is extremely comfortable

We usually say that all-foam beds are more ideal in terms of limiting motion transfer (and that is true on average), but the Oceano mattress is still quite good here. And for the record, a lot of these beds that use pocketed coils versus innersprings are really good at limiting motion transfer, as well. But getting back to the Oceano, it is on the softer end of the firmness spectrum, which makes it mostly ideal for side sleepers and combo sleepers. If you want a particularly firm bed, this isn’t the one for you. Overall, though, it’s a supremely comfortable bed at a fair price (even if that price isn’t exactly cheap).

Tomorrow Sleep Memory Foam

BEST FOR:

  • Anyone on a budget
  • People that like memory foam
  • Medium and petite sleepers
  • Shoppers who want a bed that’s backed by Serta-Simmons

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Hot sleepers
  • Heavy people (250 lb or more)
  • Memory foam haters

The Tomorrow Sleep Memory Foam mattress is very similar to their hybrid mattress in that it feels like a medium memory foam bed. It’s very comfortable, but not particularly soft or firm.

If you’re looking for an affordable memory foam bed, this is certainly going to be one of your best options. While it doesn’t have coils, it does do a great job of isolating motion, which is great news for light sleepers.

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The Tomorrow Sleep Memory Foam mattress is a great choice for people on a budget

If you’re a heavier individual (above 250 lb) you might want to look into the Tomorrow Sleep Hybrid mattress, which comes in two different firmness options and would probably be a better bed for you over the long run.

And keep in mind that although Tomorrow Sleep is a newer brand in the online mattress space, it’s actually backed by Serta-Simmons, which is one of the world’s largest (and oldest) mattress companies.

GhostBed Luxe

BEST FOR:

  • Hot sleepers
  • Memory foam lovers
  • Active sleepers that need great motion isolation
  • Those who want a bed that comes with a 25-year warranty

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Anyone that doesn’t want a cooling mattress
  • People who want a bed that has coils
  • Memory foam haters

GhostBed Luxe is touted as “The Coolest Bed in the World.” It probably isn’t, but it does sleep notably cool.

Nature’s Sleep, the company behind GhostBed, combines layers of various foams with a cooling fabric in the cover to make a cool-to-the-touch mattress. If you are indeed looking for a cool memory foam bed, GhostBed Luxe is one of the best options available today.

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GhostBed Luxe is a great bed for stomach and back sleepers

It has a medium-firm firmness, making it ideal for back and stomach sleepers, as well as combination sleepers that rotate positions at night. Also, since it’s on the firmer end of the spectrum, there is no stuck-in-the-mud feeling.

Layla

BEST FOR:

  • People that want a flippable mattress with two different firmness levels
  • Anyone that wants a memory foam mattress
  • People that want next to no motion transfer with their bed

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Heavy individuals that need extra support
  • Those who want a really firm mattress

Layla is a younger mattress brand. However, they do back their mattress with a lifetime warranty and their bed is very affordable.

What truly makes this bed interesting, however, is that it’s flippable with a Soft and Firm side. If you want a medium-soft mattress, check out the Soft side. If you want a bed that’s somewhere between medium and medium-firm in terms of firmness, you can check out what they call the Firm side.

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The Layla mattress is flippable with a Soft side and a Firm side

The Soft side is best for side and combo sleepers, while the Firm side can accomodate all sleep styles. Layla has a memory foam feel, but it’s not overwhelming. We actually think the bed is extremely comfortable and accomodating.

Tuft & Needle Mint

BEST FOR:

  • Anyone that wants a softer, foam mattress
  • Side sleepers that want extra pressure relief
  • Those who want a bed that's backed by Serta-Simmons

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Someone that needs the extra support from coils
  • Really hot sleepers
  • Sleepers who want a firm mattress

Mint is Tuft & Needle’s second mattress. The flagship Tuft & Needle mattress was (and still is) incredibly popular, but it is slightly firmer than your average bed-in-a-box mattress. It is also only 10” thick, which alienated certain heavier individuals. T&N Mint adds an extra layer and an additional 2” of support.

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The Tuft & Needle Mint mattress is ideal for side sleepers

It also happens to be quite soft (much softer than the original) and is therefore mostly ideal for side sleepers. And since it’s an all-foam bed with mostly softer poly foam, it does a pretty good job of limiting motion transfer.

Review Team

Kaite

Kaite Johnston

Combo Sleeper

Kelsie Longerbeam

Stomach Sleeper

Tharon Green

Stomach Sleeper

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Dillon Lopez

Combo Sleeper

What Is Motion Transfer And Why Is It Important?

When we say motion transfer or motion isolation, we are referring to how well a bed deadens motion. For example, if you were to roll on a bed, how much will your motion affect points on the other side of the bed. Motion isolation is particularly important for couples. If you’re a light sleeper or sleep with someone that moves around a lot in their sleep, motion isolation is something that you should definitely investigate before you get a new bed.

How About Edge Support?

Since we’re already discussing elements that are important to couples in particular, edge support is another factor that you should think about. Edge support refers to how well the bed keeps you on the bed. If you’re sharing a smaller bed (queen or full, usually) space will be tight and you’ll probably find yourself along the edges of the mattress sometimes. If a bed has poor edge support it will compress a lot along the perimeter, giving you a roll-off sensation, which can be uncomfortable and unnerving. Luckily, there are a lot of beds that are now designed to have less motion transfer and great edge support. Usually, this involves adding a perimeter edge of dense foam. Also, in general, foam beds tend to have worse edge support than their coil counterparts. That doesn’t always hold true, but for the most part, coil beds will be better here.

Material Preferences

When it comes to motion transfer specifically, all-foam beds are usually the king. Having said that, some hybrid mattresses with pocketed coils or micro-coils do a great job of limiting motion transfer, as well. That’s because the coils are individually-wrapped rather than being part of a larger innerspring system. Pocketed coils tend to do a much better job (than innersprings) of localizing pressure relief and support, while also isolating motion. Therefore, if you see that a bed has coils, don’t run for the hills. If it has pocketed coils, it will still likely be very good in terms of deadening motion.

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