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Best Mattresses for Couples

Options from Casper, Charles P. Rogers, and Stearns & Foster

A healthy person shifts positions 40 to 60 times per night. If that person happens to be sleeping beside you, those shifts could be disruptive.

That’s why Consumer Reports tests stabilization for all the mattresses it rates. With innerspring mattresses, this test—essentially a gauge of bounciness—is a good indicator of whether your movements will disturb your partner or vice versa. And with foam mattresses—which aren’t generally bouncy but can be difficult to roll around on—our stabilization tests determine how easy it is to change positions.

Of course, a mattress works for a couple only when it offers support for the body type of each person. In our labs we look at how well each mattress maintains support for sleepers of different statures and sleeping styles.

We use test subjects that represent the lower and upper 5 percent of the population by size. Our petite subjects are about 5 feet tall and weigh 110 to 127.5 pounds; our large subjects are 6 feet, 3 inches tall, give or take an inch, and weigh 220 to 242 pounds. We measure support while subjects (from both size categories) are on their sides and on their back. (We average the two sets of scores to get results for a midsized person.)

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For side sleepers, we look to see how well a mattress can keep the alignment of the spine parallel to the floor. For back sleepers, we measure how well a mattress maintains the natural curvature of the spine in a prone position. All this data informs our extensive ratings, available to Consumer Reports members.

“When shopping for a mattress with your partner, make sure you’ve tried out the bed while lying on it together,” says Chris Regan, the project leader for CR’s mattress testing. Move around and shift positions. Take turns so that one person can feel the effects of the other person’s shifts. You want to determine if movements are transmitted across the mattress to the point where they’d bother you.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of seven mattresses whose attributes make them particularly good for couples. All rated high in our tests for support and stabilization. They’re organized by category (innerspring or foam) and listed according to rank in our ratings.

Best Innerspring Mattresses for Couples

These traditional mattresses use steel coils for support. The most widely sold, they tend to be less expensive than foam mattresses.

Charles P. Rogers Powercore Estate 5000
Price: $1,500
Overall Score: 80
Ranking: 2 out of 79 innerspring mattresses
CR’s Take: The Powercore Estate 5000 is one of the best mattresses in our ratings overall, and it's also one of the best for couples. With a stabilization rating of Very Good, this model's springs don't jolt sleepers around. It also rates Very Good for petite, average, and large/tall side sleepers, and Excellent for petite, average, and large/tall back sleepers. This means the Powercore Estate 5000 is a terrific choice for back-sleeping couples of all sizes. And you’d also fare very well if either or both of you happens to be a side sleeper of any size.

Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Elite Kelburn
Price: $1,350
Ranking: 4 out of 79 innerspring mattresses
CR’s Take: You should be able to try out the Hybrid Elite Kelburn with your partner at your nearest Mattress Firm store, which might make it more appealing than bed-in-a-box models that can be difficult to test before you buy. It earns a rating of Excellent for stabilization, meaning you shouldn’t feel much movement at all from your partner. It also earns a Very Good rating for petite, average, and large/tall side support, and petite and average back support. It earns a Good support rating for large/tall back sleepers, or an average support score. It might not be the best choice for those looking for large/tall back support.

Stearns & Foster Lux Estate Middletown
Price: $2,300
Overall Score: 78
Ranking: 7 out of 79 innerspring mattresses
CR’s Take: Stearns & Foster is Tempur Sealy’s higher-end line, and these mattresses tend to score within our top 10 for innersprings. If cachet is one of your requirements in a mattress—but also a solid rating of Very Good for stabilization—here you go. This bed has a rating of Very Good support for all sizes of side sleepers and average and large/tall back sleepers, and a rating of Excellent for petite back support. 

Voila Hybrid
Price: $1,200
Overall Score: 77
Ranking: 10 out of 79 innerspring mattresses
CR’s Take: The Voila Hybrid is a well-priced bed-in-a-box innerspring. Across the board it rates Very Good for support for side and back sleepers of all sizes, meaning a couple with any mix of body size and sleep style should find reasonable support. It also has a rating of Very Good for stability. There isn’t a place to test out the Voila mattress with your partner, but like many bed-in-a-box companies, this one offers free shipping, free returns, and a 100-night trial period. If you’re not happy with this mattress in the first 100 days and you’ve tried it out for at least 30, you should be able to ship it back for a full refund.

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