Best Mattresses for Sex – Top 7 Beds and Buyer’s Guide

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Quick Summary

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.’

Additionally, 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 important variables, as well.

Read on to learn about which mattresses are best/worst for sex. We’ve also included a list of the best mattresses for sex that are currently available for purchase. Our picks are based on verified customer and owner experiences, as well as intensive product research and analysis.

Best Mattresses for Sex

Editor’s Pick – Saatva

Best Value Mattress – Brooklyn Signature

Best Luxury Mattress – The WinkBed

Best Memory Foam Mattress – Loom & Leaf

Best Mixed Foam Mattress – Leesa

Best Hybrid Mattress – Sapira Mattress

Best Latex Mattress – PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Collection

How We Decided

 

147 mattresses considered –– 150 hours of research –– 15 mattress executives interviewed –– 3 sleep experts consulted

Best Mattresses for Sex – Tuck's Top 7 Beds

Saatva – Editor's Pick

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (4, 6, 7.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 15-year warranty
  • Strong, durable support
  • Very responsive and bouncy

The Saatva is an innerspring mattress that offers exceptional responsiveness. This is due to a pocketed coil layer in the comfort system, which complements the bonnell spring support core to create a bouncy surface with minimal sinking during sex.

The dual coil layers also provide good airflow throughout the bed and prevent the mattress from absorbing too much body heat, allowing it to remain cool and comfortable. The pocketed coils also muffle noise to a noticeable extent. The Saatva also offers sturdy edge support, and its durability is considered above-average compared to other innersprings.

The mattress is comfortable for sleeping, as well. The bed is available in three firmness settings – ‘Medium Soft’ (4), ‘Medium Firm’ (6), and ‘Firm’ (7.5) – to accommodate sleepers with different preferences. Comfort layers of memory foam and polyfoam conform closely to help align the sleeper’s spine and alleviate pressure points throughout the body.

Saatva offers free White Glove mattress delivery anywhere in the contiguous U.S. This service includes in-home mattress assembly and old mattress removal; most competing manufacturers charge an extra fee of at least $100 for White Glove delivery. The mattress is also backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty, both longer than average.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • Those who tend to sleep hot

Check Price | Read Our Full Saatva Mattress Review

Brooklyn Signature – Best Value Mattress

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (3, 6, 8)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Thick, pressure-relieving foam layers
  • Cool, breathable cover

The Signature mattress from Brooklyn Bedding – also known as the #BestMattressEver – is a hybrid model that offers a good balance of responsiveness for sex and pressure-relieving comfort. The mattress is available in ‘Soft’ (3), ‘Medium Firm’ (6), and ‘Firm’ (8) settings; the two firmer settings offer the best responsiveness, though the ‘Soft’ option may be suitable for people in the light weight group (less than 130 pounds).

In addition to good responsiveness, the Signature is made with gel-infused polyfoam and standard polyfoam comfort layers that conform closely to sleepers’ bodies. This makes the bed a good choice for people with chronic back or hip pain. The mattress sleeps quite cool, as well, due to both its cotton cover – which is lighter and more breathable than synthetic fabric covers – and good air circulation throughout the pocketed coil support core.

The Signature’s price-point is well below that of the average hybrid, making it a top-value mattress choice. Brooklyn Bedding offers free shipping for the Signature anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The mattress comes with a longer-than-average 120-night sleep trial, as well as a nonprorated 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Back pain sufferers

Check Price | Read Our Full Brooklyn Signature Mattress Review

The WinkBed – Best Luxury Mattress

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (4.5, 6.5, 7.5)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Above-average responsiveness
  • Good pain and pressure relief

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). Additionally, the WinkBed Plus is a ‘Medium 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 geat edge support, which helps minimize sinkage around the perimeter where owners tend to sit, and 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 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.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Back and hip pain sufferers

Check Price | Read Our Full WinkBed Mattress Review

Loom & Leaf – Best Memory Foam Mattress

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (5.5, 8)
  • 120-night sleep trial
  • 15-year warranty
  • Sleeps cooler than other foam beds
  • Free White Glove delivery

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 mattress 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. The mattress is virtually silent, as well, 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.

Good for:

  • Side and back sleepers
  • Sleepers in the average and heavy weight groups
  • Back pain sufferers

Check Price | Read Our Full Loom & Leaf Mattress Review

Leesa – Best Mixed Foam Mattress

Highlights
  • Medium (5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Body-cushioning pressure relief
  • Sleeps cooler than other foam beds

Like memory foam mattresses, mixed-foam beds tend to be overly soft and lacking in responsiveness. However, the Leesa is another exception. It is ‘Medium’ in terms of firmness, with comfort layers of polyfoam and soft memory foam; sleepers experience moderate conforming but the mattress does not hug their body too closely, making it more responsive than many of its all-foam competitors. The Leesa also has a high-density foam support core that reinforces the bed and keeps the sleep surface feeling even and comfortable.

Temperature neutrality is another strength of the Leesa. It absorbs less body heat than most other all-foam beds, allowing it to sleep cool for most. The mattress also isolates motion transfer very well and is virtually silent when bearing weight, making it suitable for couples who awaken easily due to noise or movement. And at 71 pounds in a Queen size, the Leesa is light and easy to move/rotate even by foam mattress standards.

The Leesa’s price-point is much lower than the average cost of a memory foam mattress, making it a top-value pick. Leesa also offers free shipping anywhere in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. The mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers in the light and average weight groups
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Value seekers

Check Price | Read Our Full Leesa Mattress Review

Sapira Mattress – Best Hybrid Mattress

Highlights
  • Medium Firm (6.5)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Great motion isolation and close conforming
  • Good responsiveness for sex

The Sapira hybrid mattress from Leesa offers a highly responsive surface that should be sufficient for most couples. It is considered ‘Medium Firm’ and provides moderate conforming, which helps reduce the sinking/fighting sensation during sex that is often attributed to beds with memory foam comfort layers. The pocketed coil layer gives the Sapira some springiness, as well.

Apart from sex, the Sapira offers other advantages for sleepers. One is temperature neutrality. Good airflow throughout the coil layer helps cool down the mattress, which can be beneficial for sleepers who tend to get hot during the night. The Sapira also isolates motion transfer fairly well, largely due to its thick, dual-layer comfort system, making it a good option for couples. It produces minimal noise compared to other hybrids and innersprings, as well. Like many hybrids, the Sapira also provides great edge support with minimal sinkage around the perimeter of the bed.

The Sapira qualifies for free shipping anywhere in the U.S, including Alaska and Hawaii. It is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Good for:

  • Every type of sleeper (side, back, stomach, combination) in all weight groups (light, average, heavy)
  • Back pain sufferers
  • Couples
  • Those who prefer more responsive surfaces

Check Price | Read Our Full Sapira Mattress Review

PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Collection – Best Latex Mattress

Highlights
  • Multiple firmness options (3.5, 5.5, 6.5, 9)
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 25-year warranty
  • Sleeps cool for most
  • Longer than average lifespan

Another durable, eco-friendly option is a mattress from the PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Collection. These latex mattresses come in three thickness profiles – 9″, 10″, and 12″ – and each thickness is available in ‘Soft’ (3.5), ‘Medium’ (5.5), ‘Medium Firm’ (6.5), and ‘Extra Firm’ (9) options. This wide selection gives couples the chance to find a thickness and firmness that best works for them.

Comfort layers of organic wool and organic Dunlop latex provide a cool, comfortable surface that conforms and aligns the spine without sinking too deeply. This allows Botanical Bliss mattresses to feel more responsive and bouncy than most competing latex models. The materials are also highly durable, giving Botanical Bliss mattresses a longer-than-average lifespan. Additionally, the mattresses are virtually silent at all times.

All Botanical Bliss mattress orders in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free shipping; White Glove delivery is available free-of-charge. Botanical Bliss models come with 25-year warranties, which are among the longest mattress warranties offered anywhere.

Good for:

  • Side and back sleepers
  • Every weight group (light, average, heavy)
  • Eco-friendly shoppers with a bigger budget

Check Price | Read Our Full PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress Review

Best Mattresses for Sex Buying Guide

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 used to determine how a mattress feels and performs during sex, and also includes our ratings for different mattress types based on actual customer feedback.

Mattresses and Sex: Key Factors

Here are a few metrics to look at when comparing mattresses based on sex:

  • Responsiveness: 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.
  • Bounciness: Bouncy mattresses produce a rebounding effect that is conducive to consistent rhythm and sexual satisfaction, say many couples. Some mattresses are designed to isolate motion and minimize its effects on the rest of the surface. 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.
  • Comfort: Comfort is particularly important to couples when one or both people experiences back pressure. Some mattresses conform to bodies to target pressure points at the neck, shoulders, hips, legs, and other sensitive areas. Mattresses that conform less do not offer the same level of pressure-relieving comfort.
  • Conforming: 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.
  • Noise: 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.
  • Temperature Neutrality: 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.
  • Durability: 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.
  • Edge Support: 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.
  • Easy to Clean: 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.
  • Price: 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.
  • Overall Customer Satisfaction: In all likelihood, a customer’s experience with a mattress will depend on several factors in addition to sex. Overall satisfaction ratings vary by mattress type.

Which Mattress Type Is Best for Sex?

This is a misleading question, as the ‘best’ mattress will depend on the couple. For many, the right choice for each couple 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.

Innersprings

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.

  • Advantages for sex:
    • Innersprings offer above-average responsiveness, allowing users to move and switch positions easily.
    • The surface of most innersprings is bouncier and better for sex than most.
    • Though innersprings don’t usually conform closely, they provide decent traction that heightens the sensation of sex during climax.
    • Most innersprings offer above-average edge support.
    • Innerspring mattresses retain relatively little body heat, and are more temperature-neutral as a result.
    • Innersprings have below-average price-points compared to other mattress types.
  • Disadvantages for sex:
    • Comfort is spotty with innersprings; most owners say their mattress offers little to no conforming or pressure relief.
    • Innersprings can be quite noisy compared to other mattress types, due to the springs, wires, and other metal parts.
    • Innersprings have below-average durability ratings; the average model performs for six years.
    • Most innerspring mattress covers/comfort layers cannot be removed when stained, and are at risk of internal fluid damage.

Foam Mattresses

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.

  • Advantages for sex:
    • Foam mattresses conform to your body and target pressure points, which may make them more comfortable during sex.
    • Most foam mattresses produce little to noise, allowing for more discreet sex.
    • Foam mattresses, on average, perform for seven to eight years, which is on par with the industry average.
    • The average price-point for a foam mattress is less than $1,000, which is relatively low compared to most other mattress types.
  • Disadvantages for sex:
    • Foam mattresses — particularly those made with high-density foams — are slow to respond, and may not be as enjoyable for sex as more responsive options.
    • Most foam mattresses have little to no bounce.
    • Foam mattresses conform but offer little traction compared to innersprings or hybrids.
    • Heat retention is a chief complaint among foam mattress owners; many claim their mattress retains high levels of body heat and feels uncomfortably warm during sex.
    • Foam mattresses are not usually reinforced at the edges, and provide little to no edge support.
    • Most foam mattress covers/comfort layers cannot be removed when stained, and are at risk of internal fluid damage.

Latex Mattresses

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.

  • Advantages during sex:
    • Latex is designed to conform to one’s figure and relieve pressure, often making sex on latex mattresses more comfortable.
    • Latex mattresses are virtually silent, and ideal for discreet sexual activity.
    • Latex mattresses are among the most durable mattresses on the market; the average latex model performs longer than eight years.
  • Disadvantages during sex:
    • Latex mattresses are slightly more responsive than foam models, but they lack the rapid response time of innerspring, hybrid, and airbed mattresses.
    • Latex mattresses are usually not very bouncy, since the material is designed to isolate motion to some extent.
    • Most latex mattresses conform to some degree, but offer minimal traction.
    • Latex retains less body heat than foam, but the material may still be too warm for some users.
    • Due to their foam-based support cores, latex mattresses typically offer little to no edge support.
    • Most latex mattress covers/comfort layers cannot be removed when stained, and are at risk of internal fluid damage.
    • The average price-point of a latex mattress is $2,000, which is significantly above-average compared to other mattress types.

Hybrid Mattresses

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.

  • Advantages for sex:
    • Hybrids are fairly responsive, creating a stable surface for easy movement and position adjustment.
    • Though it depends on the comfort system, most hybrids conform and relieve pressure to a significant extent, and are usually comfortable enough for sex.
    • Hybrids provide above-average conforming and traction, which can heighten the pleasurability of sex.
    • Though they produce some light creaking from time to time, most hybrids are fairly silent and discreet during sex.
    • Many (but not all) hybrids feature support cores encased in foam, strengthening their edge support.
  • Disadvantages for sex:
    • Most hybrids are not as bouncy as innersprings, though microcoil layers in the comfort system lend some extra bounce.
    • Hybrids tend to retain body heat, and some owners complain of warmth and discomfort during sex.
    • Most hybrids last six to seven years, which is slightly below the industry average.
    • Most hybrid mattress covers/comfort layers cannot be removed when stained, and are at risk of internal fluid damage.
    • Hybrid mattresses typically have above-average price-points.

Airbeds

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.

  • Advantages for sex:
    • Most airbeds are responsive enough for sex, according to our customer reports.
    • Many airbeds feature removable covers and comfort layers, and fluids cause little to no damage to the air chambers.
  • Disadvantages for sex:
    • Airbeds offer minimal bounciness, particularly in models with motion-isolating comfort layer materials.
    • Most airbeds conform to a fair extent and alleviate some pressure, but comfort during sex is so-so according to owners.
    • Conforming and traction in airbeds depends on the comfort materials, but most are below-average.
    • Airbeds are relatively noise compared to other mattress types.
    • Some airbed owners complain of high heat retention, which can make sex uncomfortably warm.
    • Airbeds have below-average durability compared to other mattress types; models often break down due to equipment malfunctions.
    • According to customer reports, airbeds deteriorate somewhat quickly at the edges.
    • Airbed have the highest average price-point among all mattress types: $2,250 per model.

The table below features a summary comparison of the five main mattress types based on the performance factors above. All grades are generated through authentic customer reviews based on experiences with different mattress brands.

Category Innerspring Foam Latex Hybrid Airbed
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

Sleep Trial and Warranty Considerations

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.

Most mattress warranties span 10 to 25 years in length. 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.

Conclusion

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.

To compare different mattress brands based on sex and other performance factors, please visit our Sleep Product Database.