When it comes to choosing the perfect mattress for couples, there are a number of important factors to consider. From size and firmness to motion isolation and temperature regulation, the right mattress can make all the difference when it comes to getting a restful night's sleep for both partners.
One of the most important considerations for couples when choosing a mattress is size. While a twin or full-size bed may be adequate for an individual, a queen or king-size bed is often the best option for couples who want to ensure they have enough space to stretch out and move around without disturbing their partner.
Queen-size mattresses measure 60 inches wide by 80 inches long, while king-size mattresses measure 76 inches wide by 80 inches long. A California king-size mattress is also an option, measuring 72 inches wide by 84 inches long. The key is to find a mattress that provides enough space for both partners to move around comfortably. Sleepology created this handy mattress size chart to help visualize the differences between mattress sizes.
Motion isolation is another key consideration for couples when selecting a mattress. If one partner tends to be a restless sleeper, a mattress with good motion isolation can minimize sleep disturbances for both partners. Memory foam mattresses are often the best for motion isolation because they absorb and disperse movement effectively. Our sleepologists recommend Tempur-Pedic for maximum motion isolation.
Hybrid mattresses, which combine memory foam with innerspring coils, can also provide good motion isolation while still offering the support and bounce of an innerspring mattress. Latex mattresses can also be a good option for couples who want a mattress that provides good motion isolation. Sealy Posturepedic makes great hybrid mattresses.
The ideal firmness of the mattress will depend on the weight and sleeping position of each partner. A medium-firm mattress is typically the best option for couples because it can accommodate a range of sleeping styles and body types. A firmer mattress may be better for back sleepers, while a softer mattress may be better for side sleepers.
If you and your partner have different firmness preferences, a mattress with dual firmness or customizable firmness may be the best option. Dual firmness mattresses have different firmness levels on each side of the bed, while customizable firmness mattresses allow each partner to adjust the firmness to their individual preference. If you are shopping for a king size, you also have the option of two Twin Long mattresses, each measuring 38 inches wide and 80 inches wide. The combined width (and length) is the same size as a king size mattress and will fit inside any king size bed frame. This would allow each side to have their choice of comfort. If you choose this option, just make sure to agree on mattresses that are the same height to prevent one side from being higher than the other.
Temperature regulation is also a crucial factor for couples who sleep hot or cold. Memory foam mattresses can sometimes trap heat, making them less suitable for hot sleepers. In contrast, hybrid mattresses that combine memory foam with innerspring coils can provide better airflow and cooling. Mattresses with gel-infused foam or breathable covers can also help regulate temperature.
Additionally, some mattresses come with cooling technology, such as Phase Change Material (PCM), which helps regulate temperature by absorbing and releasing heat as needed. If you or your partner tend to sleep hot, consider a mattress with cooling technology to ensure a comfortable night's sleep.
The Tempur-Pedic Breeze mattress collection is the pinnacle of cooling mattress technology and is what we sleep on ourselves.
Edge support is important for couples who tend to sleep near the edge of the bed. A mattress with strong edge support will feel stable and supportive even when sleeping close to the edge. Innerspring mattresses are often best for edge support, but foam mattresses with reinforced edges can also provide good support.
When testing a mattress for edge support, sit or lie near the edge and see how much it compresses. If the edge feels unstable or unsupported, it may not be the best option for couples who sleep near the edge. Our Sleepology sleepologists recommend the Stearns & Foster collection for those who prefer strong edge support.
Other Factors to Consider
In addition to the key factors mentioned above, there are a number of other factors to consider when choosing a mattress for couples. These may include:
- Durability: Look for a mattress that is built to last with high-quality materials and construction.
- Pressure relief: A mattress that provides good pressure relief can help reduce pain and discomfort, particularly for couples who suffer from joint or back pain.
- Noise: If one partner is a light sleeper, a mattress that produces minimal noise can help prevent disturbances from a restless partner.
- Price: Mattresses can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. While a more expensive mattress may offer more features and benefits, it's important to find a mattress that fits your budget without sacrificing quality.
Ultimately, the best mattress for couples is one that meets both partners' individual needs and preferences. By finding a mattress that provides enough space, motion isolation, and temperature regulation, couples can rest easy knowing they've made the right choice for a comfortable and restful night's sleep.