Best Mattresses for Sex

Last updated on

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.
    • Innersprings have a Tuck customer satisfaction rating of 65%, which is significantly below-average compared to the average rating for all mattress types (72.8%)

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.
    • Foam mattresses have a Tuck.com customer satisfaction rating of 72.5%, which is on par with the average rating for all mattress types (72.8%)
  • 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.
    • Latex mattresses have a Tuck.com customer satisfaction rating of 76.4%, which is slightly above-average compared to the average rating for all mattress types (72.8%)
  • 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.
    • Hybrid mattresses have a Tuck.com customer satisfaction rating of 71%, which is slightly below-average compared to the average rating for all mattress types (72.8%)

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.
    • Airbed mattresses have a Tuck.com customer satisfaction rating of 79.3%, which is significantly above-average compared to the average rating for all mattress types (72.8%)
  • 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.

CategoryInnerspringFoamLatexHybridAirbed
ConstructionFoam 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
ResponsivenessVery Good to ExcellentPoor to FairFair to GoodGood to Very GoodGood to Very Good
BouncinessVery Good to ExcellentPoor to FairFair to GoodFair to GoodFair to Good
ComfortFair to GoodGood to Very GoodVery Good to ExcellentVery Good to ExcellentFair to Good
ConformingGood to Very GoodFair to GoodFair to GoodGood to Very GoodFair to Good
NoisePoor to FairVery Good to ExcellentGood to Very GoodGood to Very GoodPoor to Fair
Temperature NeutralityGood to Very GoodPoor to FairFair to GoodFair to GoodFair to Good
DurabilityPoor to FairGood to Very GoodVery Good to ExcellentFair to GoodPoor to Fair
Edge SupportGood to Very GoodPoor to FairPoor to FairGood to Very GoodFair to Good
Easy to CleanPoor to FairPoor to FairPoor to FairPoor to FairGood to Very Good
Overall Sex RatingGoodFair to GoodFair to GoodGood to Very GoodFair to Good
Average Price (Approx.)$950$900$2,000$1,650$2,250
Customer Satisfaction Rating65%72.5%76.4%71%79.3%
 

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.

 
Popular Reads
Stages of Sleep and Sleep Cycles

Usually sleepers pass through five stages: 1, 2, 3, 4 ...

Parent’s Guide to Healthy Sleep

Every child needs good sleep for healthy development, growth, and ...

Mattress Reviews and Comparisons 2017 – Unbiased Sleep Product Database

The research team at Tuck has put together the most ...