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Find the Best Mattress for Couples


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Many people sleep with a partner at night. This means when you’re shopping for a new mattress, you need to please not one but two people. It also means you need to keep a few key elements in mind.

When you have a large family, you shop for a new car based on the need to carry more than four people comfortably and safely. When you’re planning a vacation with a group, you choose a destination that will please everyone. When you sleep with another person in bed, you need to shop for a new mattress enabling you both to sleep well, each and every night. Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind so you can achieve this:

Finding the Best Mattresses for Couples

Reducing Motion Transfer

Sleeping next to someone else often leads to one person waking the other up. If one partner needs to get up to use the restroom or wake up for work before the other, all of the movement and getting out of bed shakes the other. It doesn’t have to be this way! Some modern mattresses are made with technology and materials to reduce motion transfer. The result is a new mattress that allows one person to stay in deep sleep while the other gets up.

Temperature Regulation

Some people say the worst part of sleeping next to someone else is how hot you get. The mattress industry has heard this complaint and been working on temperature regulating solutions for the past few years. There are options made specifically to fix this problem, like the mattresses within the Tempur-Pedic Breeze Collection. 

King or California King Size

For many, the problem is that there simply isn’t enough space to sleep comfortably. This solution is easy- buy a larger mattress! If you’re currently sleeping on a Queen mattress, an upgrade to a King size could be the key to having all the room you need. Say goodbye to feeling stuck in one position because the other person is taking up so much room!

Our Top Picks for the Best Mattress for Couples

With our extensive experience in the sleep industry, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite mattresses that we feel are ideal for those sleeping in a pair:

Stearns & Foster Rockwell Luxury Firm Mattress

Don’t be put off by the fact that this is a Firm mattress; that doesn’t mean it will feel “hard.” This luxury firm option is far from it! It initially contours with a solid overall feel, making it excellent for back and stomach sleepers. Stearns & Foster’s attention to detail is apparent through the Tencel-infused quilt and memory foam layer. In addition to a thermal-neutral sleeping surface, the following ranges of high-grade foam are blended with gel to relieve pressure points and lend substantially supported comfort. Reducing motion transfer, isolating movement, and maintaining durability, the PrecisionEdge™ perimeter and IntelliCoil innerspring system are there to ensure both you and your partner sleep well every night.

Simmons Beautyrest Black Hybrid X Class Medium Mattress

The Hybrid X-Class Medium is not too firm and not too plush, making it the most comfortable mattress for many. This means both of you will be satisfied with the comfort feel. The exclusive patented T3 Pocketed Coil, the world's premier support system, keeps you comfortably supported. These are three steel strands wound into one to absorb energy, reduce motion, and provide exceptional support and durability. That’s what you’re looking for! The RightTemp™ Memory Foam helps keep your body temperature regulated, meaning sleeping right up next to someone else won’t make you too hot.

PranaSleep Vinyasa Plush Mattress

All mattresses within the PranaSleep flagship collection were specifically designed with temperature regulation in mind. This is thanks to the UltraQuilt Top Layer, a breathable top layer woven with Outlast® temperature regulatory technology. Keeping you cool isn’t the only reason this is often considered the best mattress for couples. PranaSleep® Performance Talalay Comfort Layer is made from the luxury brand’s signature Talalay latex for contouring comfort that means you are in your own little “cocoon,” and not woken by their movements. Plus, there is the PranaSleep Patented Perimeter Wrap, a unique core and comfort layer wrapping for internal stabilization that means you can take advantage of sleeping on the entire sleep surface. You won’t feel like you’re falling out of bed if you’re right on the edge.

Tempur-Pedic ProBreeze Medium Mattress

This mattress features unmatched motion cancellation. TEMPUR® material isolates motion unlike most mattresses instead of transferring it over to you or your partner. This helps you sleep undisturbed from any movements from your partner, or kids and pets climbing into bed. It isn’t just the motion cancellation that makes it so great. PureCool+™ Phase Change Material is an exclusive material that absorbs heat while contouring, relieving pressure, and enhancing cooling capabilities as you fall asleep. You can actually sleep up to 8 degrees cooler than you would otherwise!

What if You Can’t Agree?

Your desired sleep comfort is something that’s unique to you. What if you simply cannot agree with your partner? Buying a mattress as a couple can be quite the task! One person needs an Extra Firm mattress and the other prefers the cloud-like feeling of a Pillow Top mattress. Is there anything that can be done? Yes! Our Sleep Experts recommend instead of buying one mattress, you purchase a Split King. Essentially, you are buying two Twin XL mattresses instead of one large one. This allows you to sleep next to each other, but on the exact mattress you each love. If you buy a Split King Adjustable Bed Base, you can even raise and lower your head and legs separately from one another. If one person snores and the other sleeps on their stomach, this is perfect!

Data tells us that over 150 million American adults live and sleep with someone every night. For these millions of people, finding a great mattress to share with a partner is critical to good sleep and a happy morning. Combined body heat, disruptive movements, and limited space can hinder your ability to achieve healthy sleep when you sleep with a partner. It is possible to wake refreshed, though, if you buy the best mattress for couples. Perhaps you need to buy a larger mattress that reduces motion transfer and keeps you both cool. For others, the solution may be two Twin XL mattresses instead of sharing a King mattress. We recommend you visit your nearest City Mattress store and let our Sleep Experts work with you to find out what your ideal situation is.