Can You Get a Mattress with Two Different Firmness Levels?

Last Updated on August 9, 2022

by Marc Werner, Founder - GhostBed

People say that opposites attract, and nowhere is this more true than when it comes to bedtime preferences. If you prefer a plusher mattress while your sweetie likes a firmer sleeping surface, there’s no need to compromise if you don’t want to. You’ve got a few options that can meet both your and your partner’s needs.

Top Mattress Options for Couples

Couples already have a lot of things to think about when shopping for a mattress. You’ll need to find a mattress size that accommodates the two of you, and you’ll probably want something with minimal motion transfer. But what can you do if you have different comfort preferences?

Dual-Core Mattresses

As the name suggests, a dual-core mattress has two memory foam cores on each side. This allows you to choose between a firmer and a softer side, depending on your preferences. To adjust the firmness of a dual-core bed, simply unzip the cover and flip one side of the mattress over.

However, this option has a few drawbacks. Most dual-core models are pretty expensive, especially for a king-size bed. Additionally, they are almost always memory foam. So if you prefer the sturdy support of a hybrid, you're out of luck.

Smart Beds

Ghost SmartBed - 3D Matrix® in king size

If mismatched sleep styles are making you toss and turn, consider a biometric sensor mattress, or smart bed. These mattresses come equipped with sensors that collect pressure data in real time. They automatically adjust to your position as you sleep!

Smart beds have all the bells and whistles. They typically include accompaniment apps so you can customize your comfort right at your fingertips. As such, this bed may not be financially accessible for all families.

Split King Sets

A couple sleeps on their GhostBed Split King Set.

A final option for couples with different firmness preferences is purchasing a split king mattress. The “split king” size actually consists of two twin XL mattresses placed side-by-side. While some couples opt for the same mattress on each side, you can also purchase two individual twin XL mattresses and get the same effect. So if one of you wants a medium-plush, all-foam mattress, but the other loves a good hybrid, both of you can get what you like.

Tip: We recommend upgrading to our Split King Adjustable Set, which includes our award-winning power base. Not only will you have your own comfortable “side” of the mattress, you can personalize even further with custom elevation options.

Bonus Option: Mattress Toppers

Woman lifting up GhostBed’s Memory Foam Topper

An inexpensive way to change the feel of one side of your existing mattress is with a mattress topper. If you have a king-size bed, one partner can use a twin XL mattress topper to make their side of the bed a little plusher. The twin XL size will be exactly half of the mattress.


Marc Werner - Founder, GhostBed

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Founder - GhostBed

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After undergoing three neck surgeries, Marc knew what it was like to live and sleep in constant pain. In 2001, after searching fruitlessly for a comfortable pillow and mattress that supported his neck and back ... Learn More

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