Top Mattress Features for Couples

Purchasing a brand-new mattress is an important investment for the overall health of you and your significant other. Though they can run you a pretty penny, researching and investing in the right mattress for your bedroom will directly impact your overall well-being for its roughly 10-year lifespan.

Just as important as upgrading your mattress is considering the wants and needs of both people that plan on using it. Today, we’re going to take a look at the most important features that you and your better half should look for in a new mattress.

Noise

A small but meaningful aspect of buying a mattress is the noise it makes when you toss, turn, and shift around during the night. Especially if you or your SO is a light sleeper.

The base of the bed, the composition of the springs, and the connection to the headboard can all contribute to the overall noise of your bed. Granted, most beds don’t start squeaking until they’re nearing the end of their lifecycle and most brand-new mattresses are designed to limit noise.

Dual Firmness

Not all sleepers are created equally. The various mattress firmness levels on offer should be all the proof that you need.

You may like the same pizza toppings and all the same movies, but sleep preferences are different. Thankfully, the mattress industry has come up with a solution — dual firmness.

Dual firmness, or dual comfort, mattresses allow couples to customize the firmness level of their side of the bed. This level of customization allows for maximum comfort for both sleepers.

Temperature

Just like firmness and softness, the temperature is a common consideration when shopping for a new mattress. If you find yourself tossing away the covers to cool down in the middle of the night, then keep an eye out for a mattress that incorporates a “cooling layer” in its design.

Just like firmness, a lot of mattresses offer dual-temperature options. Some even allow you to control and adjust the temperature of your mattress as you see fit.

Weight Limit

The collective weight of you and your SO can affect the effectiveness of your mattress dramatically. For example, a heavier couple may not be able to fully benefit from the support of a firm mattress in the same way that a couple of average weight would.

If you and your SO are on the larger side, then it’s important to keep that in mind when shopping for a new mattress, so you can fully enjoy the support and comfort just like everyone else.

Motion Isolation

In the past, a light sleeper sharing a bed with a restless sleeper was a recipe for disaster. Thankfully the mattress industry has made the adjustment, much to the delight of couples around the world.

Some memory foam and innerspring mattresses isolate movement in order to limit disturbances throughout the night. If this is a concern for you or your partner, then it may be smart to invest in a mattress that takes motion isolation as seriously as you do.

Edge Support

A mattress with great edge support can effectively increase the surface area of your mattress. Larger individuals can certainly understand the value of that.

A mattress that prioritizes edge support offers a reasonable amount of resistance right around the edges of the mattress. Edge support will provide you with stable support when sitting on the edge of the bed. Over time, it will limit sagging and falling towards the edge of the bed.

Durability

Mattresses are supposed to last you a long time. Roughly seven to 10 years on average. Most people certainly don’t want to replace one after it loses firmness or succumbs to wear and tear after only a couple of years.

These days, most big-time mattress companies sell their products alongside a 10-year warranty. Having said that, you’ll still want to do some online sleuthing to determine which mattress is the most durable. If only to protect your investment.

Customizability

The days of stock-built mattresses aren’t gone, but they most certainly have a lot more competition. Granted, some mattress shoppers prefer the walk-in walk-out model of picking a mattress off the showroom floor and moving on with their life. Other mattress shoppers love the ability to tweak, adjust, modify and tailor-make their sleep experience from the ground up.

Both options are available to you. So, if customizable mattress settings are a top priority for you and your SO, take some time online or in-store to customize your ideal bed.

Preference

You can read all the articles you want or peruse the user reviews, but there’s no substitute for good old-fashioned experience. Think about all of the mattresses that you’ve ever slept on, subtract the bad ones and focus on the good ones. Think specifically about what was so pleasant about that experience and use that information to inform your purchase.

It really is that simple! After all, everyone is completely different. Lean in on your preferences, shop around, customize, and talk it out until you find the right mattress for you and your SO.

Conclusion

There’s only so much time in the day to devote to mattress shopping. We get that, but it’s also important to appreciate the significance of your mattress buying decision.

An uncomfortable sleeping experience due to a sorry mattress purchase can impact your life for upwards of 10 years! Therefore, it requires thorough research, testing, and honest conversation. The more informed your decision, the more satisfying your sleep will be.

And, don’t forget that most mattress companies these days offer a 30-night, risk-free trial. So, don’t be afraid to use it. If, for whatever reason, you regret purchasing a specific mattress, exchange it for one better suited to your body types.

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Jul 12, 2019