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Some mattresses are simply better for sex than others. The best mattresses for sex are typically the most responsive, meaning their surfaces are bouncy and will respond to motion. Less responsive mattresses may be problematic for sex because they cause the individuals to sink too deeply, creating a sensation that some couples liken to ‘fighting the mattress.’
There are other sex-related factors to consider when choosing a mattress. One is noise; mattresses that are too loud can lead to embarrassing situations, particularly with people in nearby rooms. Another factor is temperature neutrality. Some mattresses will absorb more body heat and feel warmer, which can lead to discomfort during sex. Traction, durability, and edge support are all important variables, too.
Read on to learn about which mattresses are best for sex. We review the best mattresses for sex that you can buy today. All of our picks are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis. Then, in our Buyer’s Guide, we share everything you need to know about finding the best mattress for sex.
Hop down to our Buyer’s Guide for a crash course on finding the best mattress for sex.
As a highly responsive hybrid mattress with a moderately high degree of body-contouring, the Casper Hybrid is an ideal mattress for sex. The two most important factors in telling whether a mattress is conducive to sex are responsiveness, or spingyness, and traction. A responsive bed provides bounce to make upward motion and position changes easy, while a bed that conforms a bit provides traction that will prevent slipping and allow greater control.
With a quality pocketed coil support system, the Casper Hybrid has a bouncy surface that quickly responds when weight is applied to it. In addition to its sex-related benefits, pocketed coil support systems are known to help with spinal alignment, temperature neutrality, and the durability of the mattress.
In its comfort layers, the Casper Hybrid features layers of open-cell polyfoam and memory foam to create a firmness level of ‘Medium’ (5.5). This provides a moderate degree of conforming that provides traction to those engaging in intercourse, preventing slippage and enhancing control over one’s movement. This comfort system also provides superior pressure relief, making it a great choice for people with chronic pain or those who simply prefer a classic memory foam feel.
Casper ships free to anywhere in the contiguous U.S. Additionally, they offer a 100-night sleep trial and a 10 year non-prorated warranty.
The Casper Hybrid does everything a mattress should, and more. It offers comfortable support for a wide range of sleepers, provide relief for those with chronic pain, and sleeps quite cool. As for sex, this mattress delivers that ideal mix of responsiveness and traction that makes intercourse enjoyable.
Our Best Value pick is the Allswell, a hybrid mattress with a very low price-point compared to most similarly constructed models. The Allswell features a memory foam comfort layer, which has a medium-firm feel, and a 7-inch pocketed coil support core that provides great stability for the entire bed.
The result is a balanced feel for sex. The coils make the mattress very responsive and springy, allowing couples to change positions easily and utilize the entire surface of the bed, but the foam conforms closely enough to provide decent traction for sex. The pocketed coil support system offers responsive bounce without the noise, making the mattress fairly discrete during amorous activity. That coil support system also ensures steady airflow throughout the mattress core, while comfort layers infused with copper and graphite keep the surface cool, too.
In addition to its low price-point, the Allswell also ships for free anywhere in the U.S. and full-service White Glove delivery is available at a reasonable cost. The mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
The Allswell offers everything one looks for in a mattress suitable for sex: an optimal balance of responsiveness and traction, on a surface that stays quiet and cool. Best of all, itd offers all this for a low price-point, along with a great sleep trial and warranty period.
The WinkBed is a hybrid mattress constructed with a thick comfort system featuring layers of polyfoam, gel memory foam, and pocketed minicoils, as well as a compressed-cotton ‘lumbar pad’ to help minimize lower back and hip pain. These comfort layers combined with the pocketed coil support core create a sleep surface that is responsive enough for sex and comfortable enough for pressure-free sleep.
The WinkBed is available in three firmness options – ‘Medium Soft’ (4.5), ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5), and ‘Firm’ (7.5) – so sleepers of any size can find a model that works for them. Additionally, the WinkBed Plus is a ‘Firm’ option specifically designed to support heavier individuals; the memory foam and minicoil layers are replaced with latex, which provides the same responsiveness and temperature neutrality without sacrificing conforming ability or pressure relief.
All versions of the WinkBed offer great edge support, which helps minimize sinkage around the perimeter where owners tend to sit. Additionally, the mattress lifespan is above-average.
The WinkBed’s price-point is higher than that of the average mattress, making it a good pick for shoppers with bigger budgets, but it’s important to note that the WinkBed still costs less than the average hybrid model. The mattress will ship for free anywhere in the contiguous U.S.; it is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty.
The WinkBed stands out for offering a mattress that’s great for both sleep and sex, and is great no matter your size or sleep position. With four models to choose from, shoppers can easily find a mattress that accommodates their sleep preferences.
Memory foam mattresses can be problematic for sex, largely due to the ‘fighting sensation’ described above and high levels of body heat retention. Many foam beds also lack the responsiveness of other mattress types. The Loom & Leaf by Saatva is a notable exception that addresses all of these issues well.
The Loom & Leaf is available in two firmness options, ‘Medium’ (5.5) and ‘Firm’ (8). Both are suitable for sex, but the latter is among the most responsive memory foam options available. The mattress is constructed with comfort layers of gel memory foam and standard memory foam that hug bodies without sinking; this helps minimize the fighting sensation.
Plus, the mattress is virtually silent when bearing weight, making it discreet enough for sex. And thanks to the organic cotton cover, the Loom & Leaf sleeps cooler than many other foam options.
Like other mattresses made by Saatva, the Loom & Leaf is available with free White Glove delivery. The mattress comes with a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.
The firmer feel of the Loom & Leaf mattress, particularly with the ‘Firm’ model, allows sleepers to enjoy a mattress that’s great for sex, without having to sacrifice the comfort of a memory foam bed. As a result, the Loom & Leaf sleeps cooler and offers significantly more responsiveness than the typical memory foam bed.
The DreamCloud is a hybrid mattress that debuted in 2018. It is constructed with comfort layers of standard, quilted, and gel-infused memory foams, as well as a natural latex layer that gives the comfort system some extra bounce. The foam layers also provide moderate body conforming and consistent support to all areas of the sleeper’s body, resulting in good levels of pressure relief and improved spinal alignment for sleepers.
In terms of firmness, the DreamCloud is considered ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5) and is fairly responsive. A thick foam layer encases the pocketed coils to give the bed exceptional edge support, which cuts down on sinkage around the perimeter where people tend to sit.
The DreamCloud also isolates motion transfer to a noticeable extent and produces minimal noise, both of which can benefit couples that experience sleep disruptions due to movement or noise. This quality also facilitates a quieter, more discreet surface for sex.
The DreamCloud has a low price-point compared to other hybrids, making it a top-value pick. The company offers free shipping anywhere in the contiguous U.S., as well as White Glove delivery for an extra charge. The DreamCloud is backed by a 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty, both of which are significantly longer than average.
The DreamCloud’s thick construction packs in six layers of foams, pocketed coils, and latex. This mattress is impressive in appearance, and fortunately, the sleep (and sex) experience are just as impressive. The bed offers a luxurious mix of bounce, support, and comfort, all while staying cool and quiet.
A firmer mattress is often a better mattress for sex, as sleepers can easily move without feeling like they’re “fighting” the mattress. However, a mattress that is too firm can also be problematic, as sleepers need some cushion to prevent creating pressure or pain on their joints.
The Awara Mattress rises to the challenge. This eco-friendly latex hybrid has a ‘Medium Firm’ (6) feel that’s both bouncy and comfortable for sex. The Awara Mattress also offers targeted sleeper support with zoned pocketed coils; thicker springs bolster areas where the sleeper’s weight is most concentrated, such as the shoulders and hips, while thinner coils offer sufficient support to the head, legs, and other lower-mass areas. This configuration should help cut down on aches and pains for sleepers too.
The bed is also built with an organic-cotton and natural wool cover, which provides year-round temperature neutrality and helps sleepers stay cool. Additional temperature regulation comes from the thick comfort layer of organic Dunlop latex, which provides moderate yet consistent body conforming and resists heat retention. Other benefits include the bed’s great motion isolation and minimal noise potential. This creates a quiet surface for couples to enjoy sex discretely, with the added bonus of reducing their chances of being woken up from their partner moving during the night.
Free shipping is available to Awara customers in all 50 states. The mattress comes with a 365-night sleep trial, which is one of the longest sleep trials offered anywhere, as well as a lifetime warranty.
As a latex hybrid, the Awara Mattress features a construction that’s basically perfect for sex. It’s bouncy and responsive, but it stays cool and quiet, too.
Sex is a major consideration most couples face while shopping for a new mattress — but due to varying preferences, the ‘right’ mattress model will vary significantly from couple to couple.
This guide looks at some of the factors you can use to evaluate how a mattress will feel and perform during sex. We also provide an overview of the various mattress types, including our ratings of their suitability for sex, all based on actual customer feedback and in-house testing. Read on to learn everything you need to consider when buying a mattress for sex.
This is a misleading question, as the ‘best’ mattress for sex will depend on your particular preferences. For many, the right choice will come down to mattress type. Let’s look at some sexual advantages and disadvantages associated with each of the five most popular mattress types.
The term foam mattress refers to any model with layers of polyfoam and/or memory foam in the comfort system, and a polyfoam support core. Mattresses with specialty foams, such as gel or copper-infused memory foam, are also available.
Latex is a natural liquid extracted from rubber trees. The latex used in mattresses has been baked and cooled to create a soft, solid substance. Latex mattresses feature at least one layer of latex in the comfort system, and possibly layers of polyfoam and/or memory foam as well; the support core is made of either polyfoam or high-density latex.
In order to be considered a true hybrid, a mattress must feature at least two inches of memory foam and/or latex in the comfort system and a pocketed coil support core. Some hybrids feature layers of microcoils and/or polyfoam in the comfort system, as well. Many mattresses sold as hybrids do not meet the criteria for a ‘true hybrid’, such as models with latex and memory foam layers in the comfort system and foam-based support cores.
Innersprings are usually constructed with polyfoam comfort layers and open-coil support cores; some models also feature one or more layers of memory foam in the comfort system.
Airbeds are constructed with individualized air chambers in the support core; they are typically equipped with controls that allow users to manually or remotely adjust the chamber settings. Comfort system compositions differ; most have foam layers, while some high-end models may feature latex and microcoils, as well.
The table below features a summary comparison of the five main mattress types and their suitability for sex, based on the performance factors above. All mattress ratings are generated through authentic customer reviews based on experiences with different mattress brands.
|Construction||Foam comfort layer
Open coil support core
|Polyfoam and/or memory foam comfort layer
Polyfoam support core
|Latex (and possibly foam) comfort layer
Polyfoam support core
|Latex, foam and/or microcoil comfort layer
Pocketed coil support core
|Latex and/or foam comfort layer
Adjustable air chamber support core
|Responsiveness||Very Good to Excellent||Poor to Fair||Fair to Good||Good to Very Good||Good to Very Good|
|Bounciness||Very Good to Excellent||Poor to Fair||Fair to Good||Fair to Good||Fair to Good|
|Comfort||Fair to Good||Good to Very Good||Very Good to Excellent||Very Good to Excellent||Fair to Good|
|Traction||Good to Very Good||Fair to Good||Fair to Good||Good to Very Good||Fair to Good|
|Noise||Poor to Fair||Very Good to Excellent||Good to Very Good||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair|
|Heat Retention||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair||Fair to Good||Fair to Good||Fair to Good|
|Durability||Poor to Fair||Good to Very Good||Very Good to Excellent||Fair to Good||Poor to Fair|
|Edge Support||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair||Poor to Fair||Good to Very Good||Fair to Good|
|Surface Materials||Poor to Fair||Poor to Fair||Poor to Fair||Poor to Fair||Good to Very Good|
|Overall Sex Rating||Good||Fair to Good||Good||Good to Very Good||Fair to Good|
|Average Price (Approx.)||$1,038||$1,044||$1,970||$2,077||$2,283|
Our customer feedback indicates that hybrid mattresses are the best type for sex, followed by innersprings; foam, latex, and airbed mattresses are not as good for sex, say owners. However, each couple should look at all of the performance factors listed above when deciding which mattress is best for them.
Before you can buy a mattress, you need to know the ideal firmness rating for your body type and sleep position. Most mattresses today range from ‘Extra Soft’ to ‘Extra Firm’, or between a 2 to 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. All of the mattress types we outlined above are available in this same range of firmness levels, so it’s simply a matter of finding a brand with a model that suits your firmness needs.
The firmness of a mattress affects how well it supports healthy spinal alignment while you sleep, and consequently how comfortable it feels to sleep on night after night. Since you’ll be using your mattress for sleep in addition to sex, this is an important consideration.
Generally, you can determine your ideal firmness rating based on your body weight and sleep position.
Above, we visualized mattress firmness as having a 1-to-10 scale. Your body weight roughly corresponds to that same scale.
Depending on your sleep position, you may require more or less “give” from your mattress, in order to keep your spine straight while you sleep. For example, side sleepers typically need their hips and shoulders to sink deeper into their mattress to sleep comfortably. Softer mattresses are more suitable for them.
Stomach sleepers, on the other hand, need a much firmer mattress surface, in order to prevent heavier parts of their body, such as their hips and pelvis, from sinking deeper into the mattress surface and pulling their spine out of alignment.
Back sleepers require some give in the pelvis area, but not too much, or they can experience the same issue as stomach sleepers. Mattresses with zoned support systems, such as The WinkBed and Awara Mattress, can be ideal.
The chart below summarizes the preferred firmness ratings for sleepers, based on their sleep position and weight group:
|Weight Group||Preferred Firmness for Most Side Sleepers||Preferred Firmness for Most Back Sleepers||Preferred Firmness for Most Stomach Sleepers|
|Below-average (Less than 130 pounds)||3 (Soft) to 5 (Medium)||4 (Medium Soft) to 6 (Medium Firm)||4 (Medium Soft) to 6 (Medium Firm)|
|Average (130 to 230 Pounds)||4 (Medium Soft) to 6 (Medium Firm)||5 (Medium) to 7 or 8 (Firm)||6 (Medium Firm) to 7 or 8 (Firm)|
|Above-average (More than 230 Pounds)||5 (Medium) to 6 (Medium Firm)||6 (Medium Firm) to 7 or 8 (Firm)||6 (Medium Firm) to 7 or 8 (Firm)|
Here are a few questions to ask yourself when comparing mattresses based on sex:
Responsiveness refers to how quickly or slowly the mattress ‘responds’, or adjusts, your body. Mattresses that respond quickly provide a stable surface. Less responsive mattresses are not as stable, and may create an uncomfortable, sinking sensation.
Bouncy mattresses produce a rebounding effect that is conducive to consistent rhythm and sexual satisfaction, say many couples. Innerspring mattresses tend to be the most bouncy.
Some mattresses are designed to isolate motion and minimize its effects on the rest of the surface. Appropriately, this is referred to as motion isolation. While this quality can be beneficial for some individuals (such as those that wake up easily due to noise or movement), motion isolation also makes the surface less bouncy.
Some couples prefer a mix of motion isolation and bounce, which can often be found in a hybrid mattress like The Allswell or Casper Hybrid. These isolate motion fairly well, so nighttime disruptions are minimal and sex remains discreet, but still have sufficient bounce to make sex enjoyable.
Along the same lines, a mattress with better motion isolation tends to be quieter, too. Mattresses with springs, coils, and other metal components may produce squeaking noises during sex. Mattresses made of foam or latex, on the other hand, are virtually silent, and allow for more discreet sex.
Some mattresses provide traction by conforming to your figure and forming a tight impression, which can elevate sexual pleasure during climax. Surfaces that do not provide traction may be too slick or smooth, which can reduce pleasurable sensations.
Some mattresses retain high levels of body heat. As a result, the surface may be uncomfortably warm or hot whenever it comes into contact with human skin during sex. Mattresses that retain less body heat tend to be more temperature-neutral and, as a result, more comfortable for sex.
The average mattress will perform for six to seven years, and sexual activity should not affect its lifespan. The ideal mattress will not deteriorate due to consistent, prolonged use during sex. Foam and latex models, especially those made from higher-density materials, tend to boast the longest lifespans.
Some mattresses are designed for minimal sinkage at the edges to where people tend to lay or sit. Certain features can improve edge support, including foam encasements around the support core and low-gauge steel coils in innersprings and hybrids. Other mattresses offer little to no support, and sexual activity may contribute to premature sinkage at the edges — particularly when couples change their sexual positions.
Most mattresses have covers that are not stain-resistant, which can create a hassle during post-sex cleanup; it’s important to note that most mattress warranties do not cover stains. Fluids may also seep through the comfort layer and compromise the internal components.
Although mattress price is not directly linked to sexual satisfaction, the cost of a new mattress is typically one of the most — if not the most — important considerations for mattress shoppers. Certain mattress types have average price-points that are significantly lower than others. Innerspring and foam models, like the Loom & Leaf, tend to have more affordable price-points. Hybrid and latex models are typically more expensive, although our Best Value pick, The Allswell, is a notable exception.
Couples who are unsure which mattress is best for them should take the opportunity to test out as many mattresses as possible. Many brands offer mattress sleep trials; customers can test out the mattress for a pre-agreed length of time (typically 30 to 90 days), and return it before the trial period ends in exchange for a partial or full refund. It’s important to note, however, that most companies will not accept returns for mattresses that have been stained, soiled, or damaged.
Another key thing to pay attention to, when buying a new mattress, is the warranty. Most mattress warranties span 10 to 25 years in length. Of our top picks, the WinkBed, DreamCloud, and Awara mattresses stand out for their extensive lifetime warranties.
As part of most warranties, mattress companies will repair or replace any mattress with defects like sagging, indentations, or protruding wires. The warranty will not, however, cover damage caused directly by the owner; this includes stains, cuts, tears, and structural damage that may occur during sex. In some cases, this type of damage will void the mattress warranty.