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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.’
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 Bedding Bowery
Best Luxury Mattress – The WinkBed
Best Memory Foam Mattress – Loom & Leaf
Best Hybrid Mattress – DreamCloud Mattress
Best Latex Mattress – Awara Mattress
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 offers sturdy edge support, and its durability is considered above-average compared to other innersprings.
The mattress is very 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.
Many all-foam mattresses are not very responsive, which can affect how they feel during sex; excessively soft mattresses that conform closely can create a sinking sensation that some couples have likened to fighting with the mattress. The Bowery from Brooklyn Bedding is a notable exception; it contains two polyfoam comfort layers that provide more responsiveness than other mattress materials such as memory foam. However, the Bowery is ‘Medium’ (5) in terms of firmness and won’t feel excessively firm or hard when it’s time to sleep.
A thick support core made of high-density polyfoam also ensures the sleep surface won’t sag excessively. It also helps minimize sinkage around the edges of the bed where people normally sit. Another benefit of the Bowery is that it sleeps fairly cool compared to other all-foam beds. This is due in part to a breathable cover made of 100% cotton. Additionally, the Bowery isolates motion transfer very well and does not make any noise when bearing weight. These two attributes can help couples cut down on sleep disruptions.
The Bowery has a price-point that is significantly below-average and Brooklyn Bedding offers free shipping to customers in the contiguous U.S. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.
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 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 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.
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.
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 side 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.
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 much longer than average.
People who are considered heavier than average (more than 230 pounds) often feel most comfortable on firmer mattress. This is true for both sleep and sex. Our pick for couples in this weight group is the Awara Mattress, an eco-friendly latex hybrid with a ‘Medium Firm’ (6) feel that should accommodate most larger people and prevent excessive sagging in the sleep surface. 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, and a thick organic Dunlop latex comfort layer that provides moderate yet consistent body conforming. Other benefits for couples include great motion isolation and minimal noise potential.
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.
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.
Here are a few metrics to look at when comparing mattresses based on 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 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.
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.
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 based on the performance factors above. All grades 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|
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.
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.