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The 10 Best Mattresses for Couples (Even If You & Your Partner Can't Agree on Firmness Levels)

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Aside from in-laws and dirty dishes, there’s one other thing that can part a couple like the red sea: their mattress. More specifically, a mattress that works for only one partner—and is a total nightmare for the other. One partner prefers to sleep on a slab of concrete, the other likes to sink into a Jet-Puffed marshmallow, and in the end, no one wins. Then on the flip side, you have the issue of motion transfer, where one lightweight sleeper can barely get five minutes of REM before being awoken by the other’s tossing and turning. 

Whatever the case, one thing’s clear: Each couple needs a mattress that’s going to work for both of them (before the fights *really* escalate from exhaustion the next day). So below, we’ve outlined 10 mattresses for couples, whether you’re looking for ones with different firmness levels to ones that feature everything from cooling foam to back pain relief.

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THE BEST MATTRESSES FOR COUPLES, AT A GLANCE 

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tempur-pedic
  • Materials: Viscoelastic polyurethane foam
  • Thickness: 12 inches
  • Return Policy: Tempur-Pedic offers a 90-day trial period, and if you don't love your new mattress, they’ll refund your money after 30 days (shipping charges not included). 
  • Warranty: 10 years

With a 4.5-star rating and more than 6,500 reviews, this Tempur-Pedic model has amassed critical acclaim for four reasons: its proprietary foam material (developed by NASA, no less), pressure relief, motion cancellation and cooling technology. Basically, what makes this hybrid so unique is that it combines Tempur-Pedic’s famous, body-conforming foam with 1,000+ premium spring coils—so you don’t have to choose between the support of a spring mattress and the plushness of a memory foam. “The top layer feels like you're sinking down on a cloud but then there's a very firm layer that provides exceptional support. My husband is a back sleeper and I'm a side sleeper, and this mattress works well for both of us,” one reviewer explains. 

Plus, as if its layer of TEMPUR foam wasn’t supportive enough, this mattress features an extra layer of TEMPUR-ES foam—which stands for “extra soft,” providing an ultra-plush finish. “The medium hybrid was the perfect fit for my preference for hard mattresses and my husband's preference for soft mattresses! My back pain troubles have disappeared, and [I love] how the mattress transfers little movement…now neither one of us wakes up when the other gets up in the middle of the night,” another reviewer raves. Oh, and did we mention it’s also cooling? On top of all that supportive goodness, the mattress features a washable cover with cooling yarns that allows heat to escape (you’re welcome, sweaty sleepers). 

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Nest bedding

Editor’s Pick

2. Nest Sparrow Signature Medium Hybrid Mattress

Nest Bedding

  • Mattress Materials: gel memory foam, Pocketed coils and thermic phase-change cooling cover 
  • Mattress Thickness: 12 inches
  • Return Policy: Nest offers a 365-night trial, where you can return or exchange the mattress if you don't like it. However, the brand recommends using it for a full 30 days before returning it to give your body a full chance to adjust to it.
  • Warranty: Lifetime 

Here, a 4.7 out of 5 star-rated mattress that’s unlike anything else on this list. It’s a pillow-top-hybrid, where it combines individually wrapped coils to isolate motion and responsive “Energex” foam that feels like memory foam—without leaving a lasting imprint on the mattress. And it has a “dual split” option (which allows you to choose a different firmness level for each side of the mattress), but that’s not even the most impressive feature: Its zipper, which allows you to add/remove the foam layers at any time.

Take it from editor Candace Davison, who raves in a review: “We love the ease of having a mattress delivered to our door, but we’ve been burned by too-stiff—or worse, pancake-y—ones in the past. That’s why we were pleasantly surprised by Nest’s pillow-top Sparrow mattress. (And, [nearly a year] later, continue to be impressed.) It’s designed for couples, featuring individual coils that isolate movement, so when your partner tosses, you feel nothing—truly. What’s more, you can swap out the inner layer of foam to adjust its firmness. And you can replace that layer over time, extending the mattress’s overall lifespan, making it an eco-friendlier option too. It’s pricey, but so far, it’s proven to be worth every penny.” Psst: It’s also available in three firmness levels (plush, medium and firm).

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nectar sleep

Best Value

3. Nectar The Memory Foam Mattress

Nectar Sleep

  • Materials: gel memory foam, polyfoam and polyethylene
  • Thickness: 12 inches
  • Return Policy: All of Nectar's mattresses come with a 365-day trial period, and offer free in-home returns that are processed within 24 hours.
  • Warranty: Lifetime 

Aside from the fact that this mattress scored 93 points out of 100 in a PureWow100 review, it’s also the best bang you’ll get for your buck (considering pricing starts at $359). The mattress features five foam layers that, according to former editor Kara Cuzzone, “relieve common pressure points for a difference that I can actually feel when I lay down after a long day.” On top of providing ample support, the foam layers were designed to reduce motion transfer and keep light sleepers snoozing.

“I am 120 pounds and my s/o is 275 pounds. When he would get in bed or move while sleeping, I would literally pop out of bed and wake up. With this mattress there is little to no movement when he gets in [or] rolls around,” writes one reviewer. Plus, another mentions: “It feels firm when you first lay down on it, but then you slowly feel yourself sinking [while] the foam layers encase your every curve.” Sounds cozy, no?

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sleep number
  • Materials: dual air chambers, memory foam, hypersoft quilting foam, polyester/polypropylene fabric
  • Thickness: Adjustable
  • Return Policy: Sleep Number offers a 100-day trial period, and after the first full 30 days, if you’re dissatisfied with your sleep, they’ll arrange the return of your bed or base at no extra cost. 
  • Warranty: 15 years

With layers of memory foam construction and a firmness level that can be continuously customized on each side, this mattress is basically the crème de la crème of couple’s slumber. First, you have the mattress itself, which is an “air bed” that senses individual movements and inflates/deflates its dual air chambers automatically. Oh, and the comfort level on each side of the mattress can be manually adjusted through a SleepIQ app on your phone. On top of all its high-tech air chambers, the mattress is constructed seven different types of foam, plus a plush pillowtop surface that uses smart 3D fabric for up to 50 percent more breathability (according to the manufacturer). AND we haven’t even gotten to the Flexfit adjustable base, which allows you to raise the head and foot of each side with a remote control (which is a major win for anyone who can’t stand their partner’s snoring). 

One reviewer raves: “I love the responsive air feature that adjusts as I move in the night (I'm a toss & turner). I love that I can have my bed setup the way I want through my phone before I even go upstairs. The ambient lighting feature is great for a quick midnight trip to the bathroom. The gentle foot warmer gets me all nice and cozy.” However, it’s worth mentioning this warning from a reviewer: “Downfall is when it comes time to shag you have to decide which side. It’s like sharing a twin bed.”

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dreamcloud

Best for Different Sleep Styles

5. DreamCloud Luxury Firm Hybrid Mattress

Dreamcloud

  • Materials: gel memory foam, individually encased coils and cashmere
  • Thickness: 14 inches
  • Return Policy: DreamCloud offers a 365-night trial period and your purchase is eligible for a free return within 365 days of purchase. Plus, returned mattresses are donated and repurposed through local organizations within your community.
  • Warranty: Lifetime 

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: This is *the* go-to mattress for couples who need something plush yet firm. While the base is constructed with individually encased coils and a foam foundation—giving it a firm-solid feel—it’s balanced with five layers of cushy memory foam for soft, contoured body support. Not to mention that it’s available in three models—including the hybrid, the premier hybrid and the premier rest hybrid—so you can upgrade the hybrid with a plush pillowtop and extra layers of pressure-relieving technology. 

“My husband (stomach sleeper) and I (side and back sleeper) are LOVING our DreamCloud Premiere mattress,” one reviewer raves. “I have lower back issues [and] when ’'m laying down, it feels really supportive [without] feeling like I am sleeping on top of a wood table. There is definitely some of that ‘sinking in’ that you’'d get with an all-[foam] mattress, but the [innersprings] catch you so you’'re not in too deep.” It’s worth noting, though, a “warning to all that this is a VERY tall mattress. Make sure you have some deep sheets and a short frame, otherwise you might be jumping to get onto it,” another reviewer says. 

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Saatva

Best Adjustable Firmness

6. Saatva Solaire Upper-Flex Mattress

Saatva

  • Materials: dual air chambers, gel-infused memory foam, organic cotton pillow top
  • Thickness: Adjustable 
  • Return Policy: Saatva offers a 365-night trial, and for the first 2 years, the retailer will replace your mattress with a new one at no extra charge. Otherwise, if you're not completely happy with your purchase, the company charges a $99 processing fee for return pickups.
  • Warranty: Lifetime 

If you’re looking for a more affordable (albeit, still pricey) alternative to Sleep Number’s smart bed, this mattress is the ticket. Not only does Saatva’s airbed include the same dual-chamber design—which allows you to increase or decrease the firmness on each side with a 50-level remote control—but it’s topped with six layers of adaptable foam, along with a plush pillowtop, for unprecedented comfort and breathability. Plus, while the foam layers and innovative chambers work overtime to provide support and pressure relief, the heat-dispersing pillow top and gel-infused memory foam helps wick away moisture and ensure you sleep cooler. 

“I just received my Saatva Solaire mattress, and I am speechless,” writes one reviewer. “There are 2 remotes (at least for the king size), which allow both people to set their own respective firmness preference/level for each side of the bed. I imagine this is what it feels like to sleep on a cloud(?) I only wish I had added the adjustable base!” Indeed, this one also comes with the option to add an adjustable base (which just so happens to include a full-body massage feature). 

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Casper

Best for Back Pain

7. Casper Wave Hybrid Mattress

Casper

  • Materials: pocketed microcoils, foam layers and gel-filled pods
  • Thickness: 13 inches
  • Return Policy: Shipping and returns are free. Plus you get a 100-night trial, and if you opt to send it back, many returned mattresses are donated to charity.
  • Warranty: 10-year limited warranty

If you and your S.O are in need of a miracle remedy for back pain, this PureWow100-reviewed mattress should be at the top of your list. “I’m a die-hard side and back sleeper, constantly switching between the two positions, (depending on what’s most comfortable for my dog, of course), so I personally need a mattress that’s soft enough to not cause pressure on my hips and shoulders, but firm enough to offer support under my lower back,” explains former editor Brianna Lapolla in a review. “[With] pocketed microcoils, layers of targeted foam and gel-filled pods, what makes Casper’s [wave hybrid] so great is that it pays particular focus to spine alignment and how it’s affected in every sleep position,” she continues. “Because I’m a semi-petite 5’4” [I] had to scoot down a few inches toward the bottom of my mattress (nothing an extra pillow didn’t solve) to really feel the support of the gel pods beneath my lower back. [And] once I did, I knew I was going to have trouble getting out of bed in the morning—this time, from pure comfort. I noticed a difference from the very first night, when I didn’t wake up at 5 a.m. with the sudden urge to lay on my hardwood floor to get some pain relief.”

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Winkbeds

Best for Different Weights

8. The WinkBed 'Plus' Mattress

Winkbeds

  • Materials: gel-infused foams, innerspring coils and a Eucalyptus-derived tencel cover
  • Thickness: 13.5 inches
  • Return Policy: Winkbed offers a 120-night trial period, where they’ll accept returns of the mattress after 30-days and provide a full refund—along with a pick-up service—at no extra charge. 
  • Warranty: Lifetime 

Specially designed for people who weigh 250 pounds and up, this mattress is basically the poster child of durability. First and foremost, it’s essentially sag-proof, where the mattress is constructed with high-density foam cushioning that’s more than 50 percent denser than the foam in standard innerspring mattresses (according to the manufacturer). Then, it has a 2.5-inch layer of pure latex—which is known to maintain its firmness/shape better than any other foam on the market—and it has an open-cell design that maximizes airflow and transfers heat away from the body. However, the real showstopper of this mattress is that it’s been tested by a third party for durability: “In a simulation of 20 years of bed use by a 350-pound sleeper, the Plus by WinkBeds retained both its loft and firmness over the simulated timeframe. We repeat this test periodically to ensure long term consistency and reliability,” according to the website. 

It also features a patented, individually wrapped coil design that was built to support heavier weights. “[My partner and I] are both on the heavier side, and we are usually joined by 200+ pounds of canine...so we needed a mattress that could stand up to that type of abuse. We are delighted to report that we absolutely LOVE [this] mattress! It is on the firmer side of the spectrum, but we're both side sleepers and love the support—especially at the edges. [There’s been] absolutely no ‘hammock’ experience, and we feel well supported without any pressure points and/or sagging spots,” attests one reviewer. 

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Layla sleep

Best Motion Transfer Control

9. Layla Memory Foam Mattress

Layla Sleep

  • Materials: copper memory foam, cooling polyester cover
  • Thickness: 10.5 inches
  • Return Policy: Layla offers a 120-night trial period, where you can return the mattress for a 100 percent refund with no return/shipping fees. However, the company requires that you sleep on the mattress for at least 14 days before requesting a return.
  • Warranty: Lifetime 

Let’s just get one thing out of the way: This mattress is one of a kind for its unique, flippable design. On one side, you have a soft mattress that ranks as a four on the firmness scale (out of ten), while the other side ranks as a firm seven out of ten. Yet, what really makes this guy great for people who toss and turn is its dense, copper-gel foam layers, which react to increased pressure with a firming response. Basically, the mattress stays soft and huggy overall while providing ample support around deep compression areas to reduce sinking or sagging in other areas of the mattress. 

One reviewer backs this up, writing: “Literally zero noise and almost no movement detected when you or your partner moves around. We even have our dog sleep with us and it’s the best sleep for all of us.” Plus, another reviewer says, “My only complaint is that there is literally no motion transfer, so sometimes I wake up in the night in a panic about where my dog is since I can’t feel him moving around anymore. And that’s not even a real complaint!” 

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Sealy

Best Cooling

10. Cocoon by Sealy Chill Mattress

Cocoon

  • Materials: Cooling memory foam with coil technology
  • Thickness: 12 inches
  • Return Policy: Sealy offers a 100-night trial, and if you’re not happy, they’ll refund your money, pick it up for free, and donate the mattress to a local charity—no questions asked. 
  • Warranty: 10 years 

Behold, a tried-and-true mattress from Sealy that’s just as cooling as it is comfortable. The mattress is constructed to be every sweaty-sleeper’s dream, where its legendary “phase-change material”—a proprietary cooling technology that dissipates heat—has been added to its foam and cover. Plus, there are also three layers of memory foam, coiling and support, making for a Goldilocks feel that’s firm yet adaptable. So, while its pressure-relieving memory foam and premium coils offer improved airflow, the premium knit cover is infused with a cool-to-touch surface that can regulate your temperature as you sleep.

One reviewer writes: “I’m a hot sleeper—as in, my sheets turn yellowish because I sweat—[and] I was frustrated because I couldn't use white sheets…I've [slept on this mattress] now for over a month and I can honestly say, I don't think I've sweat even once. Thank the mattress Gods! And a bonus, I like my mattresses on the firmer side, but not hard as a rock. This mattress is a six [out of] ten on the firmness scale in my opinion. Perfect for most people.”

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