Best Mattresses for Couples (2022)

By Andrea Pisani Babich

Nov 22nd, 2022

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Compromise is one of the keys to a healthy relationship. But when it comes to the mattress you and your partner spend one-third of your lives on, compromising on quality can be anything but healthy.

Let our sleep experts play matchmaker and help you find one of today’s best mattresses for couples. We’ve selected our list of best mattresses for couples that can make your bedroom more blissful, and we also offer advice and shopping tips in our buyer’s guide.

Best Mattress for Couples: Our Top Picks

(If you’re looking for a mattress that works well for the side sleeper and for hot sleepers, as well as couples with pets or kids, Serta has a new product worth a look: Check out our Serta Arctic review.)

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Helix Midnight

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Helix Midnight

Best Foam/Innerspring Hybrid

  • Balanced hybrid design
  • Great at isolating motion
  • Superior edge support
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Firm: 7/10

trial period

100 days

The Helix Midnight is a hybrid mattress that uses a combination of two different types of foams and hundreds of small, individually wrapped coils. Helix Sleep’s Helix Dynamic Foam is designed to deliver the best features of memory foam and latex without the drawbacks (like retaining heat or being excessively bouncy).

A look inside the Helix Midnight reveals:

  • Memory foam Comfort Layer for pressure relief
  • Transition Layer of high-grade polyfoam
  • Body Shape Layer of innerspring coils for consistent support
  • DuraDense foam base layer to anchor the entire bed

The Helix Midnight’s 7/10 feel is on the lower end of the firm range—great for back sleepers and stomach sleepers, but maybe too firm for average-weight side sleepers. You can add an optional cooling cover, although it will cost an extra $199 for a queen size.

Helix offers a 100-night risk-free trial period, a 10-year limited warranty, free shipping, and free returns.

Read our full Helix Midnight mattress review.


The WinkBed

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WinkBeds Luxury Firm

Best Mattress for Firmness Options

  • Four options from soft to extra-firm
  • Near-perfect edge support
  • High durability
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

8.6/10

firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

trial period

120 days

WinkBed offers four firmness options covering a wide range of the 1-10 firmness scale: Soft (4.5), Luxury Firm (6.5), Firm (7.5), and Plus (8). Just choose the firmness option that best fits you and your sleep partner based on sleeping position, body type, or personal preference. Note: The Plus option is designed specifically for sleepers weighing 250 lbs or more.

In the Mattress Advisor sleep lab, scoring highlights for the WinkBed  include:

  • Spine alignment (8.5/10), a good sign for people with aches and pains who need their spine to stay in a neutral alignment during sleep
  • Responsiveness (8/10), which helps ensure a springy feel that responds easily to your movements
  • Durability (10/10), a sign that you can get many years of service from the mattress

However, restless sleepers should note the motion transfer score (5.6/10). They might find that the WinkBed falls short in preventing the sensation of movements from rippling to other parts of the mattress surface.

The WinkBed comes with a 120-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty, plus free shipping and returns.Near-

Read our full WinkBed mattress review.


Saatva Classic

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Saatva Classic

Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers

  • Superior cooling for night sweats
  • Comes with free white glove delivery and old mattress removal
  • Great for spine alignment and pain relief
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

9/10

firmness

Customizable

trial period

365 days

Two people sharing a mattress means more body heat, which can also mean less comfortable sleep. The Saatva Classic, which has a 9/10 Mattress Advisor cooling score, offers an answer to overheating. Part of the credit goes to the bed’s hybrid design, which features the extra airflow of two coil layers.

This top hybrid mattress also offers the springy support of coil-on-coil construction. The Saatva Classic comes in multiple firmness levels so you can customize your mattress to meet your comfort preferences. Other highlights include:

  • A memory foam layer on top of the coils offers superior lumbar support for back sleepers, keeping the spine naturally curved.
  • The plush euro pillow top adds comfort by relieving pressure points and cradling shoulders and hips.
  • Edge support helps ensure you and your sleep partner can make use of the entire mattress surface.

One drawback for couples is the Saatva Classic’s 7.5/10 motion transfer score. It tested about average for isolating motion to one part of the mattress, which could be a red flag for restless sleepers.

Saatva offers a 365-night trial period and a lifetime warranty. Its free white-glove delivery service includes set-up of your new mattress and removal of your old one.

Read our full Saatva Classic mattress review.


DreamCloud Premier

DreamCloud Premier
DreamCloud Premier

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

  • Couple who sleep on their sides
  • Restless sleepers
  • Combination sleepers
customer rating

4.7/5

our score

8.9/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6.5/10

trial period

365 days

When you and your partner are side sleepers, you both need a mattress that provides good pressure relief to cradle and contour to your neck, shoulders and hips. The DreamCloud Premier has the materials and design to help keep those pressure-sensitive areas well supported.

The deluxe hybrid scores an impressive 9/10 for pressure relief in Mattress Advisor testing. In spine alignment, another important category for side sleepers, it earns a solid 8/10 score. The 9/10 score for motion transfer is especially good news for couples, since keeping motion isolated helps you avoid disturbing your partner’s sleep if you toss and turn.

The DreamCloud Premier’s towering 14″ profile includes:

  • Two Euro top layers
  • Multiple layers of memory foam and polyfoam
  • A targeted-support coil system

Couples on tight budgets should note the regular price for a queen-size is about $1,600, so you might want to take advantage of special promotions or holiday sales. Still, DreamCloud offers a 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty. Keep those considerations in mind as you weigh the long-term value, along with the DreamCloud Premier’s overall Mattress Advisor score of 8.9/10.

Read our full DreamCloud Premier mattress review. Also, see our roundup of best mattresses for side sleepers.

Emma CliMax Hybrid

Emma CliMax Hybrid Mattress
Emma CliMax Hybrid

Best Mattress for Plus-Size Couples

Best for:

  • Sleepers weighing more than 250 lbs
  • Intimate sleep partners
  • Back sleepers and stomach sleepers
customer rating

4.7/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Firm: 7.5/10

trial period

365 days

If people come in all shapes and sizes, doesn’t the same apply to couples? The newest mattress from Emma Sleep aims to answer that question with a hybrid designed for plus-sized couples and their intimate bedroom moments: the Emma CliMax Hybrid.

The CliMax Hybrid is a six-layer bed that combines open-cell soft foam, high-density support foam, and a pocketed coil system designed to provide bouncy responsiveness and make it a good mattress for sex. Made for people weighing 250 lbs or more, it has sufficient firmness (7.5/10) for heavier people and back sleepers and supports up to 1,000 lbs in total.

Here are some pros and cons from the Mattress Advisor sleep lab:

  • The Emma CliMax Hybrid earns 9/10 scores for edge support and responsiveness, as well as an 8/10 motion transfer score—all reliable indicators of a good mattress for couples and sex
  • The 9/10 set-up score is among the best you’ll find in the bed-in-a-box mattress class.
  • The 7/10 pressure relief score is a potential red flag for mattress shoppers with shoulder pain or back pain.

The Emma CliMax Hybrid comes with a 10-year limited warranty (standard for the mattress industry) but also offers an outstanding 365-night sleep trial.

Read our full Emma CliMax Hybrid mattress review.


Nectar

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Nectar

Best for Lifetime Warranty

  • 1-year trial period
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Edge support
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 5.5-6/10

trial period

365 days

Couples know all about commitment, but Nectar doesn’t rush you into making a commitment to your mattress. Nectar’s 365-night trial period, much longer than the typical 100- or 120-night sleep trial, gives you a whole year to decide whether the mattress is right for you. 

One factor that will probably play a big part in your decision is how the all-foam Nectar keeps motion isolated. It has an 8.5/10 Mattress Advisor score for motion transfer, so you and your partner are less likely to disturb each other as you shift around in your sleep. Another potential benefit is Nectar’s edge support (9/10 score), which helps ensure you’ll feel supported if you spread out toward the edge of the mattress. It should accommodate most sleeping positions, with solid pressure relief (8.5/10) for side sleepers in particular.

At the same time, Nectar’s 7.75/10 cooling score is a common drawback among all-foam mattresses. Couples who prioritize staying their coolest might consider another option with more breathability and airflow.

In addition to the 365-night sleep trial, which begins 30 days after delivery, Nectar backs its mattresses with a lifetime warranty. Like the sleep trial, warranty is an area where Nectar surpasses the industry standard.

Read our full Nectar mattress review.


Mattress Shopping Tips for Couples

A mattress is a big purchase that requires a lot of thought. When you try to make a selection with a partner, the decision becomes even more complicated.

Before you begin shopping for a mattress, each of you should decide what you’re looking for in a bed. Ask questions like:

  • What level of comfort do you prefer?
  • Do you like your mattress to have a firm feel?
  • Do you like to feel a “hug” from your mattress?
  • Do you sleep hot?
  • How much are you willing to pay?
  • Do you have a certain material preference? (Memory foam, innerspring, etc.)

Make note of what’s a deal breaker versus what’s just “nice to have” for each of you. This will help you start narrowing down the hundreds of options.

What Type of Mattress is Best for Couples?

Whatever your preferences, there are certain features that couples should look for in a mattress. The best mattress for couples should be supportive, isolate motion, and be durable.

Keep reading to learn more about all of these factors and more.

Spine Alignment

Research shows that proper spine alignment is the most important factor determining the quality of your sleep. A sagging mattress or one that does not provide enough support for your weight and preferred sleep position will not provide you with the restorative sleep you need to wake up to the best version of yourself.

  • In a good mattress for back sleepers, proper alignment allows for the natural curve of the spine. The mattress should yield to the extra weight of hips and shoulders while supporting the lower back and neck.
  • In a good mattress for side sleepers, a fully supportive mattress will keep your spine straight while still accommodating the extra width at the shoulders and the hips.
  • In a good mattress for stomach sleepers, a firmer mattress will keep your spine from arching unnaturally, which can cause lower back pain and headaches.

You really won’t know if a mattress is going to offer you the right support until you sleep on it for at least a few weeks. So while you can research things like support and spine alignment, you and your sleeping partner might respond differently to different types of mattresses.

If you’re unsure, our best recommendation is to choose a mattress that has a generous trial period and hassle-free returns.

Motion Transfer

You love your partner dearly, but night after night they toss and turn and sleep right through it. You? You wake up feeling every move all… night… long.

That’s probably because your current mattress doesn’t absorb movements; it merely transfers the motion from the other side of the bed to your side, disturbing your sleep. A mattress for couples should isolate motion so each of you can sleep soundly regardless of how much activity there is on the other side of the bed.

Foam mattresses and mattresses filled with individually wrapped coils are the best bets for motion isolation.

Durability

A mattress for two people is going to wear more than one with a single sleeper. As a couple, you may find you spend more time in bed, which means there’s more weight for the mattress to support and more activity to sustain.

A mattress that may be durable for one person may not be the best for couples. Couples need mattresses that are able to withstand the additional wear and tear that comes from couples’ activities and sleep habits. A good mattress will retain its original shape and support over its lifetime—about 7 to 10 years.

Sagging in the center will draw both of you into the middle of the mattress and make it difficult to get out of the swale. Poor support will result in back pain, headaches, and stiff necks for both of you. And that’s a good recipe for relationship rifts.

Sex

Yeah, we went there. For most couples, sleeping is not the only activity that happens on your mattress. (And we’re not talking about pillow fights.) So, when you’re shopping for a mattress, you’ll want to consider all the ways you plan to use your mattress.

Here are some of the features you should look for when considering the best mattress for sex:

  • Mattresses with too much hug will make it difficult to change positions and move around. You may find your amorous activities rather sluggish and less energetic because you are expending so much energy simply trying to change positions.
  • Can you say “mother-in-law visits”? Sometimes, you’re not the only ones in the house, and no one else needs to know what you are doing in the bedroom. A mattress well-suited for couples to share will absorb motion and vibrations to minimize noise no matter what you are doing in bed.
  • Edge support. You’ll want to make sure that the mattress edge doesn’t collapse under the weight of one or both of you. Activity near the edge of a collapsed edge could land both of you on the floor. After that, you’d be inclined to restrict your activity to the center of the bed, limiting your space.

Size

Remember, you’re not sleeping alone anymore. Two adults can share a full-size mattress, but it’s not the ideal size for a couple. Your mattress needs to be big enough for both of you, with room to spare.

You should strongly consider a queen-size or king-size. Split king mattresses work great for couples who have different needs in a mattress, and they work especially well with adjustable bases.

Return Policy

When buying online, you’ll want the assurance of a generous return policy—after all, you’re making a big investment without ever having touched the item you will be entrusting with your sleep.

Industry experts claim it takes your body about 30 days to adjust fully to a new mattress, so a 30-day trial period is a minimum requirement. Many companies offer 100 days or more, which is even better.


Recap: Best Mattresses for Couples

As a reminder, here’s a recap of our top picks for mattresses that you and your significant other will love sharing:

Mattress Our Score Award
Helix Midnight 8.7/10 Best Foam/Innerspring Hybrid
The WinkBed 8.6/10 Best for Firmness Options
Saatva Classic 9.0/10 Best Mattress for Hot Sleepers
DreamCloud Premier 8.9/10 Best Mattress for Side Sleepers
Emma CliMax Hybrid 8.7/10 Best for Plus-Size Couples
Nectar 8.7/10 Best for Lifetime Warranty

Buying a mattress for the two of you is a big decision. The quality of your sleep affects every aspect of your life, so it’s worth taking the time to talk with your partner about their sleep preferences and finding a mattress that’s going to meet both of your needs, without breaking the bank.

Best Mattresses for Couples FAQs

A queen-size mattress is the best pick for many couples based on size and cost. Queen-size beds are the smallest size that’s wide enough to comfortably fit two adults. This smaller size means that queen beds fit well in most bedrooms. Additionally, queen beds are more affordable than king or California king mattresses.

However, you might consider a king or California king mattress if you like to spread out or if you also sleep with pets or kids. King mattresses are the widest, suiting couples who want their own space or who have a child in bed with them. California king beds aren’t as wide as a king mattress, but they’re longer. This size works well if you have a pet that curls up at your feet.

Yes, some companies—including Brooklyn Bedding and Naturepedic—offer mattresses with different firmnesses on each side of the bed. These mattresses are called split queen or split king beds and have two mattresses within one cover. However, custom firmness mattresses can be expensive, and not every brand offers this option.

For a more affordable and versatile strategy, consider pushing two twin XL mattresses together. Pushed together, two twin XL beds are the same size as a standard king mattress. Using this strategy, you and your partner can each choose your preferred mattress—even if that’s a different brand and different firmness. But if you opt for different brands or models, be sure to check that the heights and dimensions are the same.

The best mattress for heavy couples is a durable hybrid mattress. Our top pick for heavyweight couples is the WinkBeds Plus, a hybrid bed designed for bigger bodies. With a weight capacity of 900 pounds, two plus-size people can share this mattress and receive adequate support and comfort. And with a medium-firm firmness, the WinkBeds Plus works well for all sleeping positions.

Hybrid mattresses combine the durability and support of innerspring coils with the cushioning pressure relief of foam. Look for a hybrid bed designed for bigger bodies. These beds have stronger coils and higher-density foams that resist sagging and support more weight than your traditional hybrid mattress.

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