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Best Mattress for Couples

Keith Cushner

Written by

Keith Cushner, Sleep Product Expert

Jenny Iyo

Medically Reviewed by

Jenny Iyo, Physical Therapist

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In light of some recent tests, we've updated this page to feature the Layla Hybrid as our best cooling pick, and the Emma CliMax Hybrid as our best mattress for sex. The WinkBed remains our best overall mattress for couples.

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Data shows that more than 132 million U.S. adults are married, while more than 18 million unmarried people cohabit with a partner. Finding the right mattress to share with a partner is critical for enabling high-quality sleep. However, identifying a mattress that suits the comfort preferences and support needs of both sleepers can pose a number of challenges. The best mattresses for couples should also isolate motion to reduce sleep disturbances, produce little to no noise, and be conducive for sexual activity.

We’ve personally tested hundreds of mattresses over the years, and many of the metrics we evaluate these beds for are relevant to couples. Our testing team includes people with varying body types, sleep positions, and firmness preferences, which allows us to make mattress recommendations for a wide range of individuals. The mattresses listed below stood out during our tests, particularly in performance areas like motion isolation, noise, and responsiveness for sex.

Below, you’ll find product profiles for all of our top selections. Each mattress has earned a unique accolade based on one of its major strengths. Scroll down further to find our buying guide, where we’ll outline all of the important concerns for couples in the market for a new mattress. This guide includes an overview of mattress types and their average price-points, key considerations for couples, and information about shipping options, sleep trials, and warranty coverage.

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Product Details

Best Overall

WinkBed

WinkBed
Price Range: $1,149 - $2,049
Mattress Type: Innerspring
Firmness: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7), Firm (8)
Trial length: 120 nights (30 night requirement)
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Hot sleepers
  • People who carry extra weight around the midsection
  • Those who are unsure about their ideal firmness level
Highlights:
  • Dense foam layers and sturdy coils create a highly supportive hybrid design
  • Four firmness options to accommodate different body types and sleep positions
  • Steady airflow and a cooling cover ensure excellent temperature control
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The WinkBed is a versatile hybrid mattress that offers even body-contouring and strong overall support. Four firmness levels are available. During our hands-on tests, each member of our team found at least one firmness option that provided enough cushioning without sinking too much beneath their weight. A generous return and exchange policy further incentivizes couples who aren’t sure whether a softer or firmer mattress is best for them.

What It’s Made of

All WinkBed mattresses feature a Euro-top surface padded with adaptive polyfoam. This material conforms to the body without hugging too closely, making the mattress a good alternative for people who don’t like sleeping on memory foam. A transitional polyfoam layer adds extra cushioning while maintaining an even sleep surface. The support core contains pocketed coils with a zoned configuration to ensure a stable perimeter and extra reinforcement around the torso and hips. A cover made of breathable Tencel encases the entire mattress.

We found each firmness level distinct and well suited to certain types of sleepers. Those who prefer plush sleep surfaces should opt for the medium soft (4) feel, which provides deep contouring to alleviate pressure points along the spine – a common issue for side sleepers. The back and stomach sleepers on our team preferred the enhanced support of the medium firm (6) and firm (7) feels. People who weigh more than 230 pounds should consider the WinkBed Plus, a firm (8) model specifically designed for sleepers in this weight group. The Plus swaps out the adaptive polyfoam for a comfort layer of zoned latex that feels highly supportive and responsive.

How It Performed

The WinkBed earned excellent ratings during our temperature control tests. Air circulates freely throughout the coil system and the Tencel cover is both breathable and moisture-wicking, so the mattress should be comfortable for people who tend to sleep hot or sweat in bed. Edge support is another major strength of the WinkBed. Our testers noticed generous pushback when lying near or sitting along the perimeter of the mattress. This was particularly true for the firm and Plus models.

Other performance ratings varied by firmness level. Ease of movement was an area where the firmer models excelled. Our testers were able to scoot across the surface of these beds without feeling trapped or stuck. The medium soft model earned the highest marks for motion isolation, so people who are easily awakened by their partner’s movements may want to consider this firmness level.

The WinkBed is competitively priced for a hybrid and ground delivery is free for all customers in the contiguous U.S. Each mattress comes with a 120-night sleep trial. If you are dissatisfied with your initial choice, you may exchange the mattress for a model with a different firmness level at no extra cost. Return shipping is free and your replacement also comes with a trial period. You’ll also receive a lifetime warranty that covers structural defects for as long as you retain original ownership of the mattress.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought

“We tested all four firmness levels of the WinkBed, and each one earned praise from members of our team. As a side sleeper between 130 to 230 pounds, I preferred the medium firm model.”

Best Value

Nectar Mattress

Nectar Mattress
Price Range: $399 - $1,138
Mattress Type: Foam
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 365 nights
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Who it's best for:
  • Couples seeking motion isolation
  • People who weigh up to 230 pounds
  • Value seekers
Highlights:
  • Lifetime warranty and a full year-long sleep trial
  • Above-average firmness for a foam bed provides even balance of support and contouring
  • All-foam construction helps minimize motion transfer
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The feel of the Nectar mattress strikes a balance that is extremely compelling for couples, all at a competitive price-point. Its thick comfort system with memory foam provides motion isolation without sagging or sinking into the bed.

What It’s Made of

Pressure relief and motion isolation are strengths of the Nectar. Its top layer is composed of memory foam that deeply contours to the body to help alleviate pain in pressure-prone areas. Next is a transitional layer of high-density polyfoam that reduces sagging and evenly distributes weight. The support core is also constructed from high-density polyfoam. This layer limits sinkage in the midsection to promote spinal alignment. The cover is a breathable polyester and polyethylene blend.

How It Performed

The Nectar has a medium firm (6) feel, offering cushioning without the sense of sleeping “in” the mattress. This firmness level has broad appeal but is especially well-suited for side sleepers. The more moderate contouring means the mattress retains less heat and poses fewer barriers to sexual activity than traditional memory foam.

The balanced feel of the Nectar and its ability to offer both support and motion isolation makes it an intriguing option for couples. Its value is enhanced by its price-point that comes in far lower than many other memory foam beds. Nectar ships free to customers in the contiguous U.S. Mattress purchases are backed by a lifetime warranty as well as a 1-year sleep trial.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought

“The Nectar may be the solution for couples who want the pressure relief of a memory foam mattress without too much overheating or sinkage during sex. This is a true medium firm model.”

Most Comfortable

DreamCloud Mattress

DreamCloud Mattress
Price Range: $799 - $1,499
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 365 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: Lifetime, limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • People who weigh at least 130 pounds
  • Hot sleepers
  • Shoppers looking for a mattress with a long trial period
Highlights:
  • Balanced hybrid design includes deep foam layers and a supportive coil system
  • Excellent temperature control thanks to steady airflow and a breathable cashmere-blend cover
  • Sleep trial spans 365 nights in length
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The DreamCloud Mattress is one of the most balanced hybrids on the market today. The mattress features a deep comfort system with three foam layers and a robust pocketed coil system. These components ensure even contouring and sturdy support, while a medium firm (6) feel means most people who weigh at least 130 pounds can rest comfortably without sinking too much.

What It’s Made of

The DreamCloud begins with a layer of adaptive polyfoam quilted into its cover, followed by a memory foam comfort layer. Although the mattress is on the firmer side, these components give the surface a plush feel when you get into bed. A dense polyfoam transitional layer, pocketed coil system, and foam base layer stabilize the mattress and reinforce the edges against deep sinkage. Cashmere-blend fabric encases the entire mattress. The DreamCloud Mattress is considered a high-profile model.

How It Performed

The DreamCloud Mattress outperforms many of its hybrid competitors in terms of pressure relief and motion isolation. This can be attributed to its triple-layer comfort system, which helps the mattress contour closely without sacrificing support. Cooling is another key strength. Air circulates freely throughout the coil system to help the mattress maintain a reasonable internal temperature, while the cashmere-blend cover is breathable and also has moisture-wicking properties.

Among our testing team, the DreamCloud Mattress earned the most favorable ratings from side sleepers weighing between 130 and 230 pounds. Back and stomach sleepers up to 230 pounds also found the mattress comfortable and didn’t report any excessive sinkage.

The DreamCloud Mattress has a below-average price-point for a hybrid and ground shipping is free for all customers in the contiguous U.S. The company’s 365-night sleep trial is one of the longest in the industry, and those who choose to keep the mattress also receive a lifetime warranty against structural defects.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought

“The DreamCloud’s contouring is quite close for a hybrid. The coils create a strong support system, but I felt plenty of cushioning from the foam layers.”

Helix Midnight

Best for Side Sleepers

Helix Midnight

Helix Midnight
Price Range: $799 - $1,549
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 100 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: 10 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Side and back sleepers
  • People who weigh up to 230 pounds
  • Budget-conscious shoppers
Highlights:
  • Medium firm hybrid design combines adaptive foams with supportive pocketed coils
  • Perimeter reinforcement reduces sinkage
  • Free shipping to all 50 states and two free pillows with each order
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Helix’s mattress selection includes more than a dozen hybrid models, each geared toward certain weight groups and sleep positions. Thanks to its balanced medium firm (6) feel and approachable price-point, the Helix Midnight is one of the brand’s most popular models. This mattress was designed specifically for side sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds, but our testing shows the Midnight should appeal to a wide range of sleepers — as well as couples.

What It’s Made of

The Midnight’s comfort layer is composed of open-cell memory foam, a breathable material that adapts to your body’s unique curves, promotes spinal alignment, and relieves pressure in the shoulders, lower back, and hips. Transitional polyfoam provides additional cushioning while pushing back against your weight to keep you on an even plane.

The support core contains pocketed coils over high-density base foam. Perimeter reinforcement stabilizes the edges when you sleep near the edges or get in and out of bed, so excessive sinkage and feelings of “roll-off” shouldn’t be an issue. The standard cover is made of soft knit polyester, but you can upgrade to a GlacioTex phase change material (PCM) cover if you want extra cooling.

How It Performed

During our hands-on tests, the Midnight’s most favorable ratings came from our side sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds and back and stomach sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds. That said, most of our testers weighing up to 230 pounds found the mattress comfortable and sufficiently supportive.

We were also impressed with the Midnight’s motion isolation. The top foam layers absorb movement well, and our testers noticed very little motion transfer when lying next to one another on the mattress. Temperature control was another testing highlight. Due to the combination of breathable foam layers and steady airflow through the coils, our thermal sensors detected minimal heat buildup. For exceptional cooling, we recommend the GlacioTex cover.

The Midnight’s sticker price falls well below average for a hybrid model, and shipping is free to all 50 states. You’ll also receive two free pillows with your purchase. The Midnight is backed by a 100-night trial period and a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought

“The Helix Midnight is one of the most balanced hybrids we’ve tested in our lab. We also noticed a low amount of transfer during our motion isolation tests, but the coils should make the surface feel bouncy enough for sex.”

Layla Hybrid

Best Cooling

Layla Hybrid

Layla Hybrid
Price Range: $1,299 - $1,899
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Reversible: Medium Soft (4), Firm (7)
Trial length: 120 nights
Warranty: 10 year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Hot sleepers
  • Couples who usually find hybrids too bouncy and disruptive
  • Those who carry extra weight in their torso and hips
Highlights:
  • Reversible design features a distinct feel on each side
  • Zoned coils support the midsection and protect the edges from deep sinkage
  • Zip-and-wash cover helps you keep the mattress clean and hygienic
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If you and your partner both tend to overheat in bed, a cooling mattress can be a solid investment. During numerous rounds of testing, the Layla Hybrid has consistently displayed standout temperature control. We attribute this to open-cell foam layers, a coil system that promotes steady airflow, and a breathable cover. Both sides of this flippable mattress sleep fairly cool, but our team was particularly impressed with the firmer surface.

What It’s Made of

The Layla Hybrid’s medium soft (4) side contains 2.5 inches of memory foam, followed by a 2-inch polyfoam transitional layer. This surface contours closely to promote even alignment and cushion sore spots along the spine. Copper infused into the top layer helps offset the foam’s heat-retaining properties, allowing you to stay cool despite the deep hug. The firm (7) side also features these materials, but the layers are thinner to create a more supportive feel.

Shared pocketed coils in the middle of the mattress provide reinforcement and stability to both sides. The coils are zoned to push back against your midsection without feeling too stiff beneath your head and legs. A stretchy poly-viscose cover encases the mattress. Carrying handles on both sides help you and a partner flip the mattress with relative ease. You can unzip, remove, and machine wash the cover to keep your sleep surface hygienic without spot cleaning.

How It Performed

Our team personally tested both sides of the Layla Hybrid. Due to its close conforming and ample padding, the medium soft side was most comfortable for our side sleepers weighing up to 230 pounds. Back and stomach sleepers under 130 pounds also received adequate support from this surface. The firm side earned favorable ratings from our back and stomach sleepers across all weight groups but those weighing at least 130 pounds were particularly impressed. The same was true for our side sleepers of at least 130 pounds.

During our temperature control tests, thermal sensors revealed little to no heat buildup on the Layla Hybrid’s firm side. We noticed slightly more heat on the medium soft side, but not enough to make any of our testers uncomfortable. The softer surface provided better motion isolation for our testers, while the firmer side felt firmer and more stable along the perimeter.

Layla offers free ground shipping throughout the contiguous U.S. Your purchase comes with a sleep trial spanning 120 nights in length. If you choose to keep your Layla Hybrid, the mattress is further backed by a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought

“The flippable Layla Hybrid is a great option for couples who want above-average motion isolation without sacrificing temperature control or coil support. With two sides to choose from, the mattress should offer at least one surface that feels comfortable for you and your partner.”

Emma CliMax Hybrid

Best for Sex

Emma CliMax Hybrid

Emma CliMax Hybrid
Price Range: $1,089 - $2,589
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 365 nights (4-week try-out request)
Warranty: 10 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Side and back sleepers
  • Those seeking a mattress with zoned support
  • Anyone who frequently wakes up due to their partner’s movements in bed
Highlights:
  • Zoned transitional foam feels firmer around the midsection and gently cradles lighter areas of the body
  • Above-average motion isolation and pressure relief for a hybrid
  • All orders include two free pillows and a year-long sleep trial
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When it comes to sex, most couples prefer mattresses that provide light cushioning while pushing back against weight and minimizing sinkage. The Emma CliMax Hybrid is a medium firm (6) mattress with a zoned transitional layer to reinforce the heaviest areas of your body without making the entire surface feel overly stiff. Pocketed coils over dense base foam generate some springiness, but not enough to generate disruptive transfer while you’re asleep. Sturdy edge support helps ensure you and your partner can use the entire mattress for sex.

What It’s Made of

The CliMax Hybrid’s topmost layer is composed of adaptive polyfoam, adding a bit of plushness to the surface. Zoned, transitional memory foam feels firmer and more supportive beneath your torso and hips, so deep sinkage shouldn’t be an issue — even if you and your partner carry extra weight in your midsections.

The support core contains pocketed 4.7-inch coils and a thick, high-density polyfoam base. You’ll notice some springiness from the coils, but probably not enough to generate disruptive motion transfer for your partner when you move around in bed, and vice versa. The coils are encased in dense foam rails to prevent the edges from sinking too much. A breathable polyester cover encases the mattress. You can remove and machine wash the cover to maintain a hygienic sleep surface.

How It Performed

Since the CliMax Hybrid is softer and more adaptive than many competing hybrid models, the most favorable ratings came from our side and back sleepers weighing up to 230 pounds. Stomach sleepers under 130 pounds also felt comfortable lying on the mattress. If you weigh more than 230 pounds, you may need a mattress with a thicker, sturdier coil system.

Our testers noticed minimal motion transfer when lying side by side on the CliMax Hybrid and the mattress didn’t produce much noise, so we don’t anticipate any sleep disruptions or loud creaks during sex. The internal components also promote enough airflow to help the mattress sleep cool. Pressure relief was another strong performance area during our tests. This is largely due to the relatively firm feel and zoned transitional layer.

Emma ships the CliMax Hybrid free of charge throughout the contiguous U.S. The company’s 365-night sleep trial is one of the longest in the online mattress industry. If you choose to keep the mattress, you’ll also receive a 10-year warranty against structural defects.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought

“Emma’s CliMax Hybrid takes a unique approach to hybrid construction with a relatively thinner 4.7-inch coil layer over a thick base of high-density foam. The result is a coil mattress that feels stable, won’t produce too much motion transfer, alleviates pressure, and sleeps cool.”

Birch Luxe

Best Luxury

Birch Luxe

Birch Luxe
Price Range: $1,849 - $3,249
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 100 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: 25 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Hot sleepers and people who tend to sweat in bed
  • Those who prefer the feel of an exceptionally bouncy mattress
  • Animal-conscious consumers
Highlights:
  • Latex hybrid design is durable and responsive
  • Naturally breathable components ensure excellent cooling and moisture control
  • Materials hold GOTS, Rainforest Alliance, and Wool Integrity NZ certifications
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If you and your partner are in the market for a luxury mattress, the Birch Luxe delivers premium materials and high-end design without carrying an exorbitant price tag. The mattress should also appeal to anyone who is conscious of animal welfare and the environment, as it holds a handful of certifications that indicate sustainable and ethical sourcing.

What It’s Made of

The Birch Luxe begins with a layer of wool batting blended with rayon fibers, which acts as a natural fire barrier for the mattress, followed by three layers of wool and cashmere batting. These materials are not only soft but also naturally breathable and moisture-wicking, resulting in a cloud-like surface for your body that won’t retain too much heat. Proprietary Pulse latex makes up the main comfort layer. This material conforms gently to the body and produces a light bounce, which can help you move across the surface without sinking.

The support core contains pocketed coils and a wool-rayon base layer for additional fire protection. Thicker coils rest beneath your lower back and provide extra pushback for your lumbar region, while thinner coils cradle lighter areas of the body. The organic cotton cover holds certification from the Global Organic Textile Standard. Additionally, a Rainforest Alliance certification ensures the rubber trees used to produce the latex are sustainably grown, while a Wool Integrity NZ certification indicates humane treatment of all sheep and goats.

How It Performed

While the Luxe earned stellar sleeper ratings across all weight and position categories, the highest marks came from our side sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds and our back and stomach sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds. The medium firm (6) feel should appeal to anyone who needs gentle contouring and strong support to sleep comfortably.

Our temperature control tests have revealed the Luxe excels at cooling and moisture control. Little to no heat buildup and steady airflow throughout the interior make this mattress a solid pick for any hot sleeper. Since latex is naturally responsive, we also encountered minimal sinkage when testing the mattress for ease of movement and edge support.

In addition to its relatively low sticker price, the Luxe ships free of charge and each customer receives two complimentary pillows with their purchase. Birch offers a sleep trial running 100 nights in length. If you decide to keep the mattress, you’ll also receive a 25-year warranty.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought

“We’ve tested many luxury mattresses in our lab, and few can match the next-level cooling — or affordable price — of the Birch Luxe. The latex should provide enough bounce to help you easily move across the mattress, and the batting layers beneath the surface feel exceptionally soft.”

Nectar Premier Copper

Best Motion Isolation

Nectar Premier Copper

Nectar Premier Copper
Price Range: $1,199 - $2,498
Mattress Type: Foam
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 365 nights
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Who it's best for:
  • Side sleepers
  • Couples with different sleep schedules
  • People who feel pressure points
Highlights:
  • Cover includes copper and other heat-wicking technology
  • Gel-infused memory foam has top-notch pressure relief
  • All-foam construction isolates motion successfully
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The all-foam Nectar Premier Copper is a luxe model that blends pressure relief and support. Its medium firm (6) feel and contouring memory foam is most comfortable for side sleepers, though back sleepers under 130 pounds also found it appealing. While this model has an above-average price-point for an all-foam mattress, it’s full of features that are attractive to many sleepers.

What It’s Made of

This model’s cover blends polyester with materials like copper and polyethylene, which aim to wick away heat and moisture to help you stay cool. The 4-inch memory foam layer that tops the comfort system has gel and phase change material to further regulate temperature. This layer compresses with your weight, cradling your hips and shoulders to absorb impact and alleviate pressure point discomfort.

One inch of polyfoam rests between the gel-infused memory foam and support core, keeping you situated comfortably on top of the mattress. The support core features 9 inches of polyfoam that anchors the mattress and keeps your spine evenly aligned. A no-slip base ensures that your mattress stays put.

How It Performed

All-foam mattresses often excel at isolating motion and the Nectar Premier Copper is no exception. When sleeping on an innerspring or exceptionally responsive model, you may be able to feel your partner move on their side of the bed. On the Nectar Premier Copper, you can switch sleeping positions without waking your partner. The foam layers absorb movement where it occurs rather than allowing it to transfer across the bed.

Nectar ships its mattress for free within the contiguous U.S. and offers customers a generous 365-night sleep trial. A lifetime limited warranty covers impressions deeper than 1.5 inches and manufacturer defects.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought

“The Nectar Copper Premier is a great pick for couples who wake each other up. Virtually no movement is transferred across the mattress’ surface, thanks to its thick foam layers.”

Leesa Sapira Hybrid

Best for Combination Sleepers

Leesa Sapira Hybrid

Leesa Sapira Hybrid
Price Range: $1,349 - $2,299
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium Firm (6)
Trial length: 100 nights (30 night requirement)
Warranty: 10 Year, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Hot sleepers
  • People who frequently change sleep positions
  • Shoppers with limited budgets
Highlights:
  • Thick foam layers cushion the body and reduce pressure along the spine
  • Reinforced perimeter coils enable you and your partner to use the entire surface for sleep and sex
  • Steady airflow throughout the interior helps you sleep cool
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Softer mattresses are often best suited to side sleepers who need extra cushioning for their shoulders and hips, whereas firmer models provide the strong support needed for back and stomach sleeping. If you regularly use more than one position, you should consider a mattress that falls in the middle of the firmness spectrum. The Leesa Sapira Hybrid is one such mattress. With a medium firm (6) feel and thick foam layers over sturdy coils, this mattress should appeal to any combination sleeper.

What It’s Made of

The Sapira Hybrid’s topmost polyfoam layer is ventilated with small holes to promote airflow near the surface. Subsequent memory foam and transitional polyfoam layers provide additional cushioning, but these materials are denser and help minimize sinkage beneath your torso and hips. All three layers have an open-cell composition, so none should trap excessive amounts of heat.

The support core contains pocketed coils over dense base polyfoam. Perimeter coils are doubled up to push back against your weight and reduce sinkage along the edges. This allows you and your partner to use the entire mattress surface rather than feeling confined to the middle. A stretch-polyester cover with Leesa’s signature stripe design encases the entire mattress.

How It Performed

During our tests, the Sapira Hybrid earned high marks from our side sleepers weighing at least 130 pounds and our back and stomach sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds. These findings are consistent with other medium firm foam hybrids we’ve tested. Side sleepers enjoy the close yet even contouring and pressure relief in sensitive areas along the spine. Meanwhile, back and stomach sleepers can lie comfortably without sinking too deeply around the midsection.

Steady airflow through the comfort and support systems helped the Sapira Hybrid excel during our temperature control tests, as did the open-cell foam layers and breathable cover. The responsiveness should provide enough bounce for sex, but the foam layers absorbed a good deal of movement when we tested the mattress for motion isolation.

The Sapira Hybrid’s sticker price is slightly below average compared to other hybrids, and Leesa offers free shipping to all 50 states. You’ll also receive two complimentary down alternative pillows with your purchase. The mattress comes with a 100-night trial period, and Leesa further backs it with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought

“Leesa’s Sapira Hybrid is a true crowd-pleaser thanks to its medium firm feel, thick foam layers, and supportive coils. Most side, back, and stomach sleepers on our team gave positive ratings to the mattress.”

Nolah Evolution 15

Best for Back Pain

Nolah Evolution 15

Nolah Evolution 15
Price Range: $999 - $1,699
Mattress Type: Hybrid
Firmness: Medium (5), Medium Firm (6), Firm (8)
Trial length: 120 nights (30-night requirement)
Warranty: Lifetime, Limited
Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Who it's best for:
  • Side and back sleepers
  • Hot sleepers
  • Those with pressure-induced pain in the hips or shoulders
Highlights:
  • Three firmness options
  • Foam layers made with properietary cooling materials to promote temperature neutrality
  • Polyfoam rails reinforce the mattress perimeter
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The Nolah Evolution 15 is a foam hybrid that comes in three firmness options. Each firmness has a distinct feel to support a wide range of sleepers. Proprietary polyfoam comfort layers are engineered to relieve pressure, great for side sleepers who are prone to pressure buildup in their joints.

What It’s Made of

A cover made with ArcticTex cooling fibers encases the Evolution. These fibers are meant to keep the surface cool to the touch. Cooling polyfoam is also quilted into the cover to help enhance temperature neutrality. The comfort layers start with proprietary AirFoamICE polyfoam. This foam is infused with graphite, engineered to conduct heat away from the body and dissipate it. Next is another layer of polyfoam to deepen contouring and relieve pressure.

A transitional layer of high-density polyfoam acts as a cushion between the comfort layers and the support core. Pocketed coils make up the support core, surrounded by a polyfoam rail to reinforce the edges of the mattress. The coils rest on a base layer made from plant fiber for extra stability.

How It Performed

The Evolution’s three firmnesses – medium (5), medium firm (6), and firm (8) – appeal to a variety of sleepers. Side and back sleepers across all weight categories should find a firmness that suits their support needs. Those under 130 pounds and sleepers with pressure-induced pain in their hips or shoulders may prefer the extra contour from the medium feel. Sleepers who are at least 130 pounds may appreciate the medium firm or firm feels. The two firmer feels also rank highly among hot sleepers, since they provide less body hug and thus trap less heat. Enhanced airflow through the pocketed coils also helps to regulate temperature.

Nolah ships free to the contiguous U.S. and offers a 120-night sleep trial. Nolah Evolution 15 purchases come with a 15-year warranty.

Lab Notes – What Our Testers Thought

“The Nolah Evolution 15’s thick foam comfort layers are paired with supportive coils and edge reinforcement. The combination results in an equally pressure-relieving and supportive mattress.”

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Our testing methodology incorporates many factors relevant to couples, such as motion isolation, noise, temperature control, and responsiveness for sex. The testers on our team differ in terms of body weight and sleep position, helping us gauge experiences for a wide range of sleepers. The picks listed above earned exemplary ratings during our evaluations for couple-friendly mattresses.

How We Evaluated These Mattresses

For this guide, we asked two testers to lie side by side throughout the evaluation process. We also took factors like pricing, quality of construction, and sleep trial length into account. Ultimately, these mattresses made our final cut, but we’ll continue to test different beds and revisit our original picks to keep this list as helpful and well-rounded as possible.

For more information, read our product research methodology below:

  • Motion Isolation: Motion isolation refers to a mattress’ ability to absorb movement and prevent it from transferring across the surface. This criteria is important for couples, especially those extremely sensitive to their partner’s movement.
  • Temperature Control: Sharing a bed with another person can sometimes cause a mattress to trap more heat. Mattresses made with breathable materials and coil support cores allow more air circulation to keep sleepers cool.
  • Pressure Relief: Pressure relief is especially important for side sleepers and those with joint pain. Mattresses made with memory foam or latex comfort layers tend to perform well in this category.
  • Off-Gassing: Off-gassing is a temporary issue for new mattresses, but the resulting odors can be annoying for many sleepers. Emissions from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other material smells typically cause these odors.
  • Ease of Movement: Ease of movement is important for couples in both sex and sleep. Mattresses made with responsive comfort materials like latex tend to facilitate easier movement across the surface.
  • Edge Support: Mattresses with better edge support increase the overall usability of the bed, allowing couples to use the entire surface. Those with less perimeter support cause sleepers to sleep toward the center.
  • Sex: A mattress’ performance during sex is a priority for many couples. Generally, responsive mattresses with higher marks in ease of movement and edge support also rank well for sex.
  • Body Weight: Body weight is a major determining factor for firmness and support needs. Our recommendations based on body weight are subjective, so we encourage sleepers to test out multiple firmness levels.

How to Buy a Mattress as a Couple


Finding a mattress just for yourself can be complicated, but buying a mattress for two people takes on an added degree of difficulty. Every individual sleeper has their own needs and preferences, and couples need to find a mattress that has something to offer for both people.

Other aspects of mattress performance, including isolating motion, limiting noise, and facilitating sex, tend to be important for couples as well. Understanding your priorities is crucial, and the following sections outline key steps in the mattress buying process for couples.

Determine Your Individual Needs

A good starting point is for each person to identify their “must-haves” and “want-to-haves” in a new mattress. These preferences should account for each individual’s body weight, sleeping position, and ideal firmness.

After each person has made their list, compare them and see how much they coincide. If there are differences, it’s important to talk through which priorities are most important and which are open to compromise.

If you need more detail about what items to focus on in determining your priorities, the next section has you covered.

What Should You Look for in a Mattress?

It’s easy to get confused or overwhelmed when shopping for a mattress. Knowing what’s really important as opposed to what’s just marketing hype can be tricky, especially if you’re a couple buying a new mattress together for the first time.

When it comes to couples specifically, there are three main factors you should strongly consider: motion isolation, ease of movement/sex, and firmness. We’ll delve into these factors below, and cover other mattress features you should take into account when shopping for a bed.

  • Motion Isolation: Motion isolation is a huge factor for couples because it prevents one person’s movements from disrupting the other. It’s especially important if one person is easily awoken and/or moves frequently in their sleep. Among mattress materials, memory foam stands out for preventing motion transfer.
  • Ease of Movement / Sex: Moving effortlessly on top of the mattress can enable an active sex life, making ease of movement a key consideration for couples. Latex and hybrid mattresses tend to be easiest to move on while memory foam can restrict movement.
  • Firmness Level: Your mattress should be an inviting and relaxing place to doze off, which demands that it be comfortable. The right firmness is crucial for comfort, and couples may need to compromise to find a feel that works for both people.

In addition to the above attributes, there are a range of other factors to consider when buying a mattress. Couple or not, the following attributes are crucial in determining the best bed for you.

  • Price: Every couple has to shop within their budget, so it’s important to discuss your price range upfront. A higher price doesn’t always equate to higher quality, and discounts and promos help make even top-notch beds available at solid values, especially when you shop online.
  • Sleeping Position: Your support needs depend in large part on how you sleep. Most side sleepers do well with mattresses that are medium to medium firm, back sleepers with medium firm to firm, and stomach sleepers with firm. Couples need a mattress that suits the sleeping position of each person.
  • Contouring: Contouring is how a mattress can compress to fit your body. Contouring can help with pressure relief and spinal support, but the right amount is key. Insufficient conforming can be bothersome to some sleepers, while excess contouring can reduce airflow around the body, raising the risk of heat retention.
  • Quality Materials: If you want a mattress that serves your needs night after night for many years, then you should look for quality materials. High-end components perform better and last longer, especially when supporting two people instead of one.
  • Edge Support: With two people on a mattress, it’s helpful to be able to use every inch of the surface of the bed, and this requires solid edge support. Hybrid and latex mattresses usually offer better edge support than foam beds, which can compress significantly around the perimeter.
  • Temperature Neutrality: Some mattresses collect heat, particularly when they are absorbing the body heat of two sleepers. Sleeping hot can cause discomfort and nighttime disruptions, so couples with concerns about temperature regulation should look for materials, like latex and innerspring coils, that resist heat retention.
  • Noise: Squeaks from a mattress can interrupt a good night’s sleep, and they can also be unwelcome for couples who want to discreetly engage in intimate activities. For this reason, couples benefit from a quiet mattress. Most modern mattresses are relatively quiet, but latex and all-foam beds tend to generate the least noise.

Be Willing to Compromise

As with so many aspects of living with a partner, buying a new mattress often requires compromise. Understanding what’s most important to each person and then being flexible and reasonable can make mattress shopping more pleasant and improve the odds of finding a great mattress that works for both people.

infographic of reasons why people buy new mattresses

infographic of reasons why people buy new mattresses

Which Type of Mattress is Best for Couples?

Most couples find that it’s helpful to become familiar with the types of mattresses on the market. Knowing the benefits and downsides of these types can guide them to their best option.

There are five types of mattresses described below. Keep in mind that mattresses within each category will share some traits, but how any specific model performs can vary depending on its exact design and components.

Foam

Definition: All of the layers of these mattresses are made with foam. This construction almost always involves a mixture of foams, such as a high-density polyfoam support core and memory foam and/or polyfoam in the comfort system. Foam beds never include an innerspring layer.

Top-Notch Motion Isolation: Foams that are used in mattresses, especially memory foams, have unique properties that allow them to compress only where weight is applied. This keeps the movement of one person from being felt on other parts of the mattress, and this motion isolation is a big plus for couples.

Innerspring

Definition: The central component of an innerspring mattress is a coil-based system to support the body. The compression of coils is what drives the feel of an innerspring, which has little or no comfort system for extra cushioning.

Economical and Modifiable: Innersprings often come with a low price tag, but they normally can’t deliver the motion isolation or pressure relief that couples need. To remedy this, couples can buy an affordable mattress topper that suits their preferences and place it on top of the innerspring.

Hybrid

Definition: Hybrids have a two-part construction. The bottom is a support core of innerspring coils. Above the support core is the comfort system, which can be composed of one or more layers. Those layers can be made with materials like memory foam, polyfoam, micro-coils, latex, polyester, wool, and cotton.

A Solid Middle Ground: Because they are a blend of different materials, hybrids can be a great compromise for couples. They usually provide above-average bounce and edge support from the support core while simultaneously isolating motion and relieving pressure thanks to the comfort system.

Latex

Definition: Latex is the central component in the layers of a latex mattress. This rubber material can be made with natural or chemical inputs. Natural latex, which is derived from the sap of rubber trees, is used more frequently in quality latex beds that are sold online.

Responsive and Cool: The bounce that comes from latex makes it a leading option for couples that want to move easily on top of their mattress. It has a notable but not excessive hug, allowing it to cushion the body without retaining significant heat.

Airbed

Definition: The defining feature of an airbed is its support core made of air chambers. The amount of air, and thus the firmness of the bed, can be adjusted using a remote or smartphone that controls an attached pump. Layers of foam, latex, or fabric may be used to form a comfort system above the support core.

Firmness For Each Side: A huge selling point is that airbeds have separate chambers on each side, letting each half of the mattress have a different firmness. For partners who don’t agree on the optimal firmness level, an airbed offers a straightforward solution.

What Else Should Couples Think About?

We’ve covered some key factors that couples should keep in mind when looking for a mattress, but below are a few more considerations.

Mattress Size

To comfortably accommodate two people, couples should opt for a full mattress or larger. Many couples prefer a queen or king to have more space, especially if one or more of them have a larger body size. A bigger mattress provides roominess in bed but has a higher price and takes up more floor space, potentially crowding the bedroom.

Consider a Dual Firmness Mattress

A mattress with dual firmness allows each side to have a different feel and is most useful when a couple has a major divergence in preferences. There are two main ways to get a mattress with dual firmness:

  • Purchase an airbed, such as the well-known Sleep Number beds. Each side has its own adjustable air chamber that determines the firmness.
  • Buy a split king mattress, which is the same total size as a king but composed of two separate twin XL mattresses that can have a distinct feel.

Rarely, manufacturers may allow you to customize the firmness on each side of the bed, but even when available, this comes at a significant price premium.

Sleep Trial Period

A sleep trial lets you use a mattress in your own bedroom with the ability to make a return if you aren’t satisfied. A no-risk sleep trial is especially helpful for couples because they have more complex mattress needs. We advise couples to look for a sleep trial of at least 100 nights that ideally has no restocking or return shipping fees.

Shipping

Almost all online mattresses come with free ground shipping. The mattress should arrive within 10 business days in a box delivered to your doorstep. Also known as a “mattress in a box,” the compressed mattress will expand to full size after you remove it from the packaging.

White Glove delivery includes installation of a new mattress and removal of an old one. A few companies provide this service for free, some offer it for an extra charge, and many do not offer it at all.

If you live outside the contiguous United States, shipping options may be limited and come with additional charges.

Warranty

A mattress warranty offers a repair or a replacement if a defect arises in the mattress. Warranties don’t cover normal wear-and-tear, so they only apply when there is a serious and abnormal problem.

It is important to read a warranty closely and examine its key details, including:

  • The total length of the warranty
  • What types of defects are covered
  • Whether it is prorated (providing less coverage the longer you own the mattress) or non-prorated
  • Whether the company or customer covers shipping costs related to a warranty claim
  • Any special terms of use or conditions that could void the warranty

Almost all mattresses will come with a warranty, but one that is longer and non-prorated tends to offer better customer protection.

Outfitting the Bedroom

Buying a new mattress can be an ideal opportunity for couples to update their bedroom to make it more cozy, comfortable, and conducive to a good night’s sleep.

While a mattress plays a central role in setting up your bedroom, some other elements to consider include sheets, pillows, bed frames, and mattress toppers.

Sheets

Sheets can make a bed more comfortable in multiple ways. They can add softness, crispness, or even a weighty feel. Some sheets are moisture-wicking and breathable to keep you cool, and others are thicker and hold in heat for winter. In this way, sheets can complement your mattress and address many common issues related to temperature regulation

Pillows

A pillow is vital to support the head and neck, and as a result, it plays a part in overall spinal alignment. Choosing an appropriate loft level can keep the body aligned, reducing the risk of neck and back pain. The right loft can combat snoring, and certain pillow materials can help with temperature regulation as well.

The best pillow for any person depends on their sleeping position, body size, and mattress firmness. For a couple, there’s no need for compromise; each person can pick their favorite pillow and use it on their side of the bed.

Bed Frames

Placing your mattress on a quality base can assure that your mattress is more stable and lasts longer. In fact, using a mattress on an unsupportive base can often void the mattress warranty.

Some types of bed frames add extra functionality. For example, an adjustable base allows the upper and lower sections to be elevated, which can be a boon for people who struggle with back or hip pain. A split adjustable bed lets each side of the bed be adjusted to different positions.

The bed frame can also contribute to the aesthetics of your bedroom based on its material and design elements such as whether it has a headboard or footboard.

Mattress Topper

A mattress topper is an alternative to buying a whole new mattress. It is a layer of material, typically between 1 and 4 inches thick, that sits on top of an existing mattress. Memory foam, polyfoam, latex, down, and cotton all may be used in toppers, and they can give a new feel to a bed at a lower price than a new mattress.

Toppers are worth considering for couples who want to upgrade their bed but have a limited budget. It can also be useful for couples that can’t find a compromise on a new mattress and want to test out a smaller change. If you have a king mattress, two twin XL toppers can be used to create a dual firmness feel.

While toppers have their uses, they can’t save a mattress that is in poor condition and starting to wear out. On a sagging mattress, even a new topper will quickly start to sag as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What type of mattress is best for couples?

    Every mattress caters to different types of sleepers. The “best” mattress for you and your partner could differ considerably from the best mattress for another couple. That said, some mattress types perform better than others in certain areas related to couples, such as motion isolation, ease of movement, and sex.

    If you and your partner tend to wake each other up when changing positions or getting in and out of bed, then you should make motion isolation a top priority when picking out a mattress. Models with strong motion isolation will absorb your movement and prevent it from transferring across the surface. Motion transfer may lead to frequent sleep disruptions. All-foam mattresses and hybrids with thick foam layers usually provide the best motion isolation, while traditional innersprings and latex hybrids are the most responsive mattress types and tend to cause the most transfer.

    When it comes to ease of movement and suitability for sex, the opposite is usually true. Mattresses that feel exceptionally responsive and springy are usually the easiest to move across without sinking excessively – especially for people who weigh more than 230 pounds. Many couples also prefer these mattresses for sex. On less responsive beds, you and your partner may sink too deeply during sex. Many equate this feeling to “fighting with the mattress.”

    There are other factors to consider when couples pick out a new mattress. If you reside in a warm or humid area, you may want to consider a mattress that contains breathable components and doesn’t trap too much heat. If you or your partner feel achy after waking up, then a mattress that contours around the spine to alleviate pressure may be the best option. Other factors include firmness level, price, and size.

    Every couple should browse a wide range of brands and models to learn more about different mattress options. You and your partner can also read customer reviews to learn about the pros and cons of each mattress type. Many online mattress brands offer sleep trials after you complete your purchase. These trial periods – which usually span at least 3 months and can extend beyond 1 year – give you ample time to test out the mattress and decide if it’s a good fit for both of you. If you choose not to keep the mattress, most brands will cover return shipping costs and issue a full refund.

  • What is the best kind of mattress for heavy couples?

    People who weigh more than 230 pounds generally need more support from their mattress than lighter individuals. Otherwise they’ll sink too deeply into the mattress, increasing the likelihood of aches, pains, and pressure points in areas like the shoulders and hips. This is especially true for back and stomach sleepers.

    The best mattresses for people in this weight group tend to be on the firmer side. A 6 or higher on the 1-10 firmness scale will suffice in most cases. The support system is another important consideration. Even on firm mattresses, base layers with coils or solid latex will probably provide better reinforcement than foam. Many leading brands sell mattresses specifically designed for people who weigh at least 230 pounds.

    For couples with one person who weighs 230 pounds and another who weighs less, a mattress with dual firmness may be the best bet. These mattresses are designed to feel softer on one side and firmer on the other, ensuring both people receive the right balance of contouring and support for their bodies.

  • What size mattress should couples buy?

    Every couple should take factors like budget and bedroom dimensions into consideration before settling on one of the six standard mattress sizes. However, some sizes are more comfortable for two people than others.

    The general rule-of-thumb is that twin, twin XL, and full sizes are best suited to single sleepers because they’re too narrow for two people. The next largest size is a queen mattress, which measures 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. Queen size mattresses offer adequate space for many couples. Those who want a roomier sleep surface – as well as couples with small children or pets who share their bed – may want to consider a king mattress (76 inches wide by 80 inches long) or California king (72 inches wide by 84 inches long).

    Split sizes are a great investment for couples who use adjustable beds. As their name suggests, these mattresses are divided lengthwise down the middle. Splits allow both sleepers to elevate or lower their heads and feet to their preferred angles without affecting their partner’s side. Split kings and split California kings are most common, but some manufacturers also offer split queens.

  • What mattress firmness is best for couples sharing a bed?

    Your firmness preference will likely depend on factors such as body weight and primary sleep position. People who weigh less than 130 pounds tend to favor soft to medium soft mattresses that contour closely and alleviate pressure, while those who weigh more than 230 pounds typically need a firm feel with less cushioning and more support. Most sleepers weighing 130 to 230 pounds fall right in the middle of the spectrum and will prefer a medium to medium firm mattress.

    Side sleeping generally requires more conforming and a softer feel to ensure even spinal alignment. Back and stomach sleeping promotes proper alignment, so people who use these positions usually need a mattress that will keep their bodies on an even plane and won’t sag around the midsection.

    If you and your partner share similar body types and/or sleep positions, then you can probably find a firmness level that will be sufficiently comfortable for both of you. Couples who belong to different weight or position groups may also be able to compromise on a firmness level. Medium soft to medium firm are the most balanced feels in terms of cushioning and support.

    Another option is to purchase a dual-firmness mattress constructed with a different feel on each side. This is a standard feature of adjustable airbeds, but in recent years mattress manufacturers have also released foam, coil, and latex mattresses with dual-firmness designs.

Still have questions?

Our product experts have extensive experience testing just about every sleep product on the market. Send an email to [email protected] or call us at (877) 672-8966 with your questions and we’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

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About Our Editorial Team

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Keith Cushner

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Keith is a sleep product expert with nearly a decade of experience researching, developing, and testing sleep products.

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Jenny Iyo

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Dr. Iyo is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at an orthopedic clinic in Seattle. She specializes in hands-on therapy and tailored exercise programs.