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How to choose a mattress for you and your mate, according to the experts at Consumer Reports.

How to Choose a Mattress That Works for Any Couple

Consumer Reports' new and improved ratings will help you find the best beds for people of all sizes

Buying a comfortable mattress for yourself is hard enough, but buying one for a couple can be more than twice the challenge.

Say you’re a beefy 6 feet 2 inches tall and your partner barely clears 5 feet and tips the scales at double digits. You sleep on your back and your mate is a side sleeper. Then there’s the matter of tossing and turning. If one of you is a restless sleeper, you’ll want a mattress that minimizes the bounciness when someone changes positions.

We feel your pain. That’s why we revamped our mattress ratings to make it easier to find a mattress that works for you and your mate. In our tests of more than 120 mattresses, we determine which offer the best support for small, average, and large people, whether you sleep on your side—like most folks—or on your back.

“Now you can simply look for models that score well in support for each of you,” says Chris Regan, who oversees our mattress tests.

After identifying a mattress that scores well in support for your respective sizes and sleep styles, pay special attention to the stabilization score, which tells you how easy it is to change positions without bothering your mate.

How We Test Mattresses

When Consumer Reports tests mattresses, we use human subjects and high-tech machinery. Our test subjects represent the lower and upper 5 percent of the population by size. Our petite women range from 4 feet 11 1⁄2 inches to 5 feet 1 1⁄2 inches tall and 110 to 127.5 pounds, and our large men range from 6 feet 2 inches to 6 feet 4 inches tall and 220 to 242 pounds. Our score for average-size people is just that—an average of petite and large.

For side sleepers, we measure how well a queen-size mattress keeps the alignment of the spine of our test subjects parallel to the bed. For back sleepers, we measure how well it maintains the natural curvature of the spine.

Then we turn to our scientific equipment to test for durability, firmness, and stabilization. Of those tests, couples should pay special attention to the stabilization score, which is essentially a gauge of bounciness.

We test mattresses from all major brands including Sealy, Beautyrest, Stearns & Foster, Tempur-Pedic, and Sleep Number, as well as some lesser known names, some of which have bounced up in our mattress ratings including Casper, Essentia, Reverie, Sleep on Latex and Tuft & Needle to name a few.

Below are the best mattresses for couples. They're the top-performing innerspring, foam, and adjustable air models from CR's ratings that score either a Very Good or an Excellent for support for sleepers of all sizes, and a Very Good or an Excellent for stabilization. For more choices, check CR's full mattress ratings and recommendations.

Best Innerspring Mattresses for Couples

Charles P. Rogers Powercore Estate 5000
Price: $1,500
Overall score: 80
Ranking: 1
CR’s Take: Excellent for anyone who sleeps on their back and Very Good for all side sleepers. Stabilization score is a Very Good.

Stearns & Foster Lux Estate Middletown
Price: $2,300
Overall score: 78
Ranking: 3
CR’s Take: Very Good for all sleepers and excellent for petite people who sleep on their back. Stabilization score is a Very Good.

Voila 11" Hybrid
Price: $1,200
Overall score: 77
Ranking: 5
CR’s Take: Very Good for sleepers of all sizes with a Very Good stabilization score.

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