Top 5 Reviewed Mattresses For Couples

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Choosing the right mattress for you and your partner can have a tremendous impact on the quality of your sleep.  We always caution that there is never one “best” mattress, and that certainly applies for couples as well as people that sleep alone, but there are certain things that couples may need to prioritize when mattress shopping.

Particularly, couples who are significantly different weights or have different sleeping preferences should be aware of mattresses that allow customization on each side of the bed.  What I’m trying to do is make sure relationships don’t go south because they didn’t do the proper research into what mattress they should get.  Hopefully this article will prevent that from happening.

Top Picks

My top mattress picks for couples include mattresses that are high quality, durable, and great value – but also prioritize motion isolation and customization. My three favorites are:

Read below for more details on these mattresses to help decide on which one may be best for you.


Layla is an innovative memory foam mattress that is one of the most comfortable mattresses you could ever sleep on.  The memory foam really melts away any pressure points that you might otherwise feel.  The memory foam is copper-infused, which can potentially provide for a cooler sleeping surface and bring you certain health benefits as well.  The cover is infused with Thermogel, making it cool to the touch

The mattress is flippable, meaning you get two firmness levels in one mattress.  The firm side is quite firm, so I believe most people will want to check out the soft side.  I think the soft side is an excellent choice for back and side sleepers.

The memory foam on both sides of the mattress does an excellent job at isolating motion, making it a great option for couples who don’t want to be bothered by the movements of the partner at night.

What Makes Layla Stand Out?

  • The mattress is one of the most comfortable mattresses on the market
  • At its price, it is also on the best values you can find on the market too
  • The memory foam isolates motion extremely well, meaning you won’t be bothered by the movement of your partner at night
  • It is one of the best memory foam mattresses at sleeping cool


Helix is a bed-in-a-box company that is sold only online (providing good value), but the real story with them is their customization options.

When ordering a Helix mattress, you first take a quiz that asks you about your sleep preferences.  They will ask you about your firmness preference, sleeping hot/cool preferences, and a few other factors.  Then they will personalize your mattress based on your responses.

What’s lesser known about Helix is that you can personalize each side of the bed – meaning you and your partner can both take the quiz and then have each side of the bed customized to each of your preferences.  Read HERE to learn more about how this is such a great option for couples.  No other mattress at this price point offers anything close to this, making Helix our top mattress for couples pick.  Learn more about Helix in our full Helix review.

What Makes Helix Stand Out?

  • The company customizes its mattresses based on answers you provide to a sleep quiz.
  • Couples can take two separate quizzes and customize each half of the mattress or create a mattress that blends the answers together.  This is especially good for couples who have very different sleep preferences.
  • This mattress can be especially good for people who just aren’t sure what type of mattress they want to get.

Loom & Leaf

Loom and Leaf is one of our top reviewed mattresses in general and one of our best mattress for side sleepers winners, but we also recommend it for couples because of its outstanding performance in motion isolation.

Loom & Leaf is a very high quality memory foam mattress (think Tempur-pedic), but it follows an online-only business model, making it significantly more affordable than other mattresses in the market with different specs.

I like this mattress for couples because the motion transfer is simply non-existent.  If your partner is kicking and tossing on the other side of the bed, you may not even notice.  Learn more about Loom and Leaf in our full Loom and Leaf review.

What Makes The Loom & Leaf Stand Out?

  • The top layers are high-density memory foam, which do an excellent job of isolating motion.
  • The mattress is a great fit for all sleeping positions.  It is slightly firmer than average, making it supportive enough for back and stomach sleeping.  However, the high-density memory foam also melts away pressure when you sleep on your side.
  • The mattress does an excellent job of addressing the issue of sleeping hot.
  • The mattress is an excellent value.  Comparable memory foam mattresses found in retail stores would typically cost 2-2.5 times what the Loom & leaf retails for.

Sleep Number

Sleep Number makes the list because it also allows personalization on each side of the mattress.  They have unique air-mattress technology that some people really love.

The downside with Sleep Number is that it tends to be polarizing, with reviews showing that some people love it and some people hate it.  The price is also on the high end as well.  There are some more affordable models, but overall the brand can be pricey for a lot of people.

If Sleep Number is interesting for you and your partner, I recommend going to a local spot and testing it out – this is not one you want to buy online to see if you like it.

What Makes Sleep Number Stand Out?

  • You are able to adjust the firmness level of the mattress at any time.  If you feel like sleeping on your side, for example, then you can adjust the mattress to be softer.  If you want to flip over on your back or stomach, then you can adjust the mattress to be firmer whenever you want.
  • Couples can have two different firmness levels for each side of the mattress.  If one person likes a firmer mattress while the other likes a softer mattress, then Sleep Number provides a great solution where both sleepers can be happy.

Read our Sleep Number Bed Review


Nectar is out top budget picks for couples.  The mattress is very affordable (you can get a Queen for about $700 and there are financing options available).  The mattress uses a very comfortable memory foam that also isolates motion very well.  It’s one of our top budget picks overall because it costs less than almost all of its online foam mattress competitors yet is still an awesome mattress.

What Makes Nectar Stand Out?

  • The mattress has a couple of memory foam layers on top that isolate motion very well, making it a great choice for couples who might toss and turn at night.
  • The mattress is priced lower than almost all of its all-foam mattress competitors online, making it one of the very best values that you can find.
  • The mattress is very comfortable and can be an excellent choice for both side and back sleepers
  • The mattress comes with the most friendly sleep trial and warranty that you can find online.

Best For Couples With Different Preferences

One of the biggest problems couples have with sleep is when they have different preferences.  One person may like a really firm bed while the other may like something that is softer.  What should that couple do?  They could just compromise and get something in between both of their preferences.  While compromise can be a good thing, luckily in the mattress world both parties can win without having to compromise.

The Helix mattress is the best choice for couples with different preferences.  This is simply because you can customize two sides of the mattress to the choices of each sleeping partner.  This completely eliminates the issue of each partner liking different things.  Check out our full review of the Helix here.

Best For Couples Who Toss And Turn

If someone in a relationship tosses and turns at night, then that can create problems because the other person may wake up when it happens.  If that is the case more often than not, the relationship can become strained.  In this particular case, you will want to make sure your mattress isolates motion very well.  We think that high-density memory foam can be a great option for isolating motion.  Because of its chemical nature, the foam keeps any sort of motion confined to a small surface area.

That’s why we like the Loom & Leaf for couples who might toss and turn at night.  They use high-density memory foam in the top two layers and from my personal experience, the mattress simply does an excellent job of keeping motion isolated.  It’s a very good mattress overall as well.  You can see our full Loom and Leaf review here.

What Other Mattresses to Consider?

Use the three recommendations above as a starting point, but you may want to branch out. What are the key features that I look for when considering a mattress for a couple?

  • High-Density Memory Foam– Memory foam is known for its great motion isolation.  The higher the density of the foam, the better the mattress is for this.
  • Some Latex Foams– Latex mattresses can be fairly decent with motion transfer/isolation.  It just depends on the specific mattress in question.
  • Pocketed Coil Innerspring– A lot of innerspring mattresses aren’t very good with motion transfer.  However, if the mattress uses pocketed coils, they tend to be pretty good with isolation.

Getting The Right Feel

Having great motion isolation is a nice thing to have for couples, but what’s probably most important is that the mattress is a great fit for both of the individuals.  This can be tough if one person is a side sleeper and is on the heavier side, for example, and the other is a back sleeper who is much lighter.  There are a lot of factors that determine whether someone will like a particular mattress.  That makes it especially difficult to find a great mattress when there are two different sleepers to consider.

Option 1: Find The Right Compromise– You should really dig into the characteristics, sleeping styles, and preferences of both sleepers.  See where there is common ground, and potentially there can be a mattress that is a good compromise.

Option 2: If Compromise Just Isn’t Possible, Consider Customized or Adjustable Mattresses– If the sleeping style and preferences of you and your partner are so different that compromise just isn’t possible, then there are still a few options for you.  Sleep Number provides adjustable beds where each side of the mattress can have its firmness adjusted.  A mattress like that could be an intriguing option.

Best Mattress Overall

More On Motion Transfer

If you sleep with someone else in the bed, you don’t want their movements to disturb you.  The best way to address this is by finding a mattress with good motion isolation.  That essentially means if you put pressure on one part of the bed, the other parts don’t feel anything. If you’re in a showroom, try putting an object on the other side of the bed while you’re on it to see if it’s disturbed. Below is a video of me completing the test on the Lull mattress, which performs well.

Final Recommendation

You don’t necessarily need a special mattress if you are a couple, but it really comes into play if you have different firmness preferences or different weights. Helix is my top recommendation for couples looking to personalize each side of the mattress, but there are a number of different options that will work for each pair depending on what they need.

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Joe Auer

Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 100 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 4 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and playing classical piano. He enjoys traveling as well, and not just to test out hotel mattresses!Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.

18 thoughts on “Top 5 Reviewed Mattresses For Couples”

  1. Thanks for the tips! Do you have any recommendations for how tto minimize motion transfer? My husband has restless legs and even our Tempurpedic king won’t prevent me from feeling it. I’d like to go euro style and get two mattresses (like a split king). Or maybe there’s another god option out there?

  2. Hi Joe, I was wondering why you did not recommend one of the Amerisleep mattresses for couples. I thought they were good for motion transfer. We both sleep on our sides mostly, but some on our backs, get hot and I really need something that has very little motion transfer. What do you think meets those requirements the best?

  3. Impressive website! A huge help… My husband and I currently have a Tempur-pedic. I love it and he hates it (from Day 1 it was way too hot for him). We’ve had it about 5 or 6 years– long enough that I don’t feel quite so guilty getting rid of it and moving on. My only problem with it is that it weighs a ton!! I’m 70 years old and even though in good shape, it’s a struggle to lift this mattress when I’m changing the sheets. I thought I’d go to a latex but just read that it, too, is heavy. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • Hey Jan – latex is going to be even heavier than memory foam, so stay away from that! Unfortunately the higher the density (aka weight) of the mattress, the higher the quality, so with a good mattress like Tempurpedic you’re always going to have this issue!

  4. what do you think about a Wink Bed…they also customize for couples – Helix vs Wink – Helix is much less expensve – but if you are a heavier person would you be better off with the extra cost of the Wink because of total mattress thickness.

    • Hi Roxane – WinkBeds feels more like a traditional innerspring, while Helix really feels like a foam mattress. If you are very heavy, I think WinkBeds would probably offer better support – though I haven’t tested the “heavier” adjusted Helix options so I can’t be sure.

  5. Hi Joe. Love your website, have spent many hours reading and learning! I am wondering if you have had a chance to check out the new Luxi, that has split Q and K mattresses and allows the owner to change firmness at anytime on either side. Would love to see you review it, great option for couples I would think. Thks.

  6. My fiance and I are trying to figure out which type of mattress that we should have when we get married. However, we have very different sleeping habits and so I think that it would be hard for us to come up with one that we could both love. What do we do if one of us sleeps better on a Helix while the other prefers the Sleep Number?

    • If you are both preferring different mattresses, looks like you will need two! Hopefully you can identify what you like about each one and make a compromise.

  7. Excellent post, Joe! I’m glad that I stumbled upon it because I’ve been thinking about getting a new mattress. I think you’re absolutely right: it’s important that you’re finding the right compromise. I’ll be sure to follow your suggestion by considering customized mattresses. Thanks for the enlightening tips; they’ve been very helpful!

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