Finding The Best Mattress For Sex

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’re searching for a mattress that’s going to perform as well as you do during sex. Let’s face it, not all mattresses are up to par in this department. I’ve been on some pretty terrible mattresses that made “doing the deed” almost impossible and extremely uncomfortable.

If you’re mattress is putting a damper on your sex life, I’m going to help you pick one that meets all of the criteria there is that makes a bed better or worse for sex. This article isn’t going to exactly be talking about how well the bed does for sleeping, but it’s still important to weigh those options as well. Unless you have separate rooms where you sleep and where you have sex, you should definitely consider a mattress that performs well in both categories, that is unless sleep isn’t all that important to you.

Top 5 Mattresses For Sex Comparisons

Product

Material

Warranty

Our Ratings

PacBed Original

Alexander Hybrid

Hybrid

101 night trial/20-year warranty

Tranquility

Saatva

Hybrid

120 night trial/15-year warranty

Serenity

Brooklyn Bedding

Memory foam
w/cooling gel

4 month trial/20-year warranty

Adagio Hybrid

Leesa

Innerspring memory foam hybrid

4 month trial/20-year warranty

Silk Symphony

Purple

Memory foam
w/cooling gel

4 month trial/20-year warranty

What Makes A Mattress Great For Sex?

While you’re making love, you certainly don’t want to feel like you’re being squished into the bed or bouncing too much to the point of getting whiplash. Sex is supposed to be enjoyable and beneficial, not land you in the hospital with broken bones or concussions. With that being said, let’s check out some of the different types of mattresses and how they perform with both sex and sleep.

Innerspring

Innerspring mattresses are one of the oldest types of beds out there. Men and women have been having sex on these mattresses for many years. Generally, they are very good for this because they are rather bouncy due to the coils. It’s great for building up momentum and rhythm. Let’s face it, if you don’t have rhythm, it can feel really out of sync and just, well, bad. Not only that, but they are also fun to move around on because of the sheer fact that you aren’t getting stuck in impressions from bodies. This makes changing positions a lot easier, but as with everything, it has its downfalls.

Spring mattresses aren’t overly durable, especially if sex is a daily activity. Those springs tend to wear rather quickly and it can become uncomfortable to sleep on after tiring yourself out. Not only that, but they can be noisy. If you’re one who cares about being discrete while having sex, innerspring may not be the right choice for you. Sex on innerspring mattresses does tend to create some awkward noises, trust me on this. It’s not good when you have guests staying over.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is great for sleeping if you have the proper support. If you’re sleeping on a memory foam bed that isn’t supporting your back the right way, how do you think sex is going to feel in the missionary position? Your spine is probably going to bend and you may end up feeling a little bit of pain the next morning. Personally, I would rather have sex on a memory foam mattress as opposed to any other mattress out there. If you’re one for quick sex, or quickies, then you may have better luck with a firm mattress. Memory foam beds that are more firm offer better traction, which can lead to a quicker orgasm with minimal effort. Sometimes, you just want to get it done and over with, I understand that.

Unfortunately, mattresses that are too firm can eliminate bounce, making momentum and tempo something hard to achieve. It’s not a bad thing, unless that’s what your sex life is all about. Like I said earlier, the firmness will create better traction. The other great thing about memory foam mattresses and sex is that the noise is virtually eliminated, unless you have a squeaky or loose headboard.

If you’re looking for something that is going to be both comfortable to sleep on while allowing your to enjoy sex, I suggest a medium-firm mattress. It won’t give you a quicksand feel, making changing positions difficult, and it won’t be too firm to the point of being uncomfortable to sleep on. It will offer you both good spine support and sex.

Latex
Natural Latex Foam

No, I’m not talking about a costume here. If you’re all about the bounce and rhythm, latex is where it’s at. With these, you get the benefits of innerspring with the comfort and noise discretion of memory foam. Latex is also hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. This means that as you’re rolling around between the sheets, there’s less of a chance of you collecting germs and bacteria during your sessions.

Latex mattresses are also the most durable out of the categories thanks to their high densities. The higher the density, the more durable and long lasting the foams are going to be. Generally, you want a density of more than 1.8pcf. You can still find a mattress between 1.5-1.8pcf that will still remain durable, but not as well as the above 1.8pcf. You can have as much sex on these mattresses as you want and they won’t wear out as fast as other mattresses will.

Air Mattress

I have to throw this one in here because I know a lot of couples who still have an active sex life while out on a camping adventure or while they’re waiting for their new bed to arrive. Personally, I’m not a fan of sex on air mattresses. They’re noisy, bouncy, and they tend to lose air. Although, if you enjoy bounce and don’t care about noise, this would make a good bed specifically for sex while out camping.

Hygiene

No, it’s not a type of mattress, but it’s something that should be mentioned. We all know how messy sex can get sometimes between the sweat and other bodily fluids. There are a few options here for protecting your mattress from stains and moisture. First, a mattress protector will do the job wonderfully. These completely protect your bed against all kinds of liquids, stains, rips, and other mishaps. If you aren’t a fan of the protectors, look for a mattress that has a removable cover that can be washed. This will keep your bed fresh and clean for round two, three, or maybe four, depending on your level.

Reviews Of The Top 5 Mattresses for Sex

Alexander Hybrid


PacBed Original
  • Hybrid
  • Not Washable
  • Medium Firm (5/10) or Luxury Firm (7.5/10)
  • 20-year warranty
  • 101 night trial

The Alexander Hybrid by Nest Bedding is one of their most luxurious beds they offer. It’s a hybrid between innerspring and memory foam. It features 4 layers that includes a 2” 1.5 lb/cu.ft density soft quilted foam that is covered by an attractive stretch fabric for cooler sleeping, 2” 3.5 lb/cu.ft copper infused gel foam, 2” 1.8 lb/cu.ft, and 7” 5 zoned edge support pocketed coils.

This is probably one of the better beds for both sleeping and sex alike. It offers a fantastic combination of bounce, comfort, and edge support. The edge support is a huge deal for those who utilize every single inch of the bed. Sex may not be fun if you’re constantly sliding off of the edge. The bounce is great for those who are looking for rhythm and the comfort is best for sleeping after you’re all worn out.

This mattress also has cooling benefits which may be ideal for those who tend to overheat while having sex. It doesn’t take much for that to happen, especially during those warm summer months. The cooling technology will help cool your body temperature down so that you can sleep comfortably or go for round two, whichever you prefer.

Pros

  • Good bounce
  • Good cooling factor
  • Great warranty
  • No odor
  • Great for sex
  • Great edge support

Cons

  • May produce some noise
  • Cover isn’t washable
  • Pricey

Saatva


PacBed Original
  • Hybrid
  • Not Washable
  • Plush(3/10), Luxury Firm(6.5/10), Firm(8/10)
  • 15-year warranty
  • 120 night trial

The Saatva is another innerspring mattress that makes this list. It is one of the few beds that still use traditional innersprings, but don’t be fooled, it’s not your ordinary spring bed. It features a coil-on-coil construction that offers you and your partner optimal durability, support, and bounce. It also features a euro-style pillow top for added comfort and softness.

The top layer of this bed is that cover and euro-style pillow top. The cover is all organic, making it breathable and soft. It’s very unlikely that you or your partner will overheat on this mattress. The second layer is made from memory foam for lumbar support. This is perfect for those positions that involves laying on the back. The next layer is for comfort and support, which are contour coils wrapped in foam. These help eliminate motion transfer and contour to your body like memory foam would. The fourth layer is for support and is made from high profile steel coils. This is the support base and it helps you sleep in any position you would like.

Again, this is another mattress with an edge support system. It has a layer of foam that wraps the coil layers for protection. The edge supports both sleeping and sitting, making it perfect for utilizing the entire surface of the bed during sex. The only downside to this bed is that the cover cannot be washed, so you’ll have to invest in a protector if you want to keep the mattress’ warranty in tact.

Pros

  • Very comfortable
  • Great edge support
  • Eased back pain
  • Accommodates all sexual positions
  • No noticeable odor
  • Multiple firmness levels

Cons

  • Cover isn’t washable
  • May produce noise
  • Some users slept hot

Brooklyn Bedding


PacBed Original
  • Latex/Polyfoam
  • Not Washable
  • Soft(4/10), Medium(6/10), Firm(7/10)
  • 10-year warranty
  • 120 night trial

The Brooklyn Bedding mattress is a Latex/Polyfoam bed that offers you and your partner optimal bounce, durability, and support. It features 2” of cool and responsive Talalay latex, 2” of Dunlop latex, and 6” of high-density 2lb polyfoam. The Talalay is ideal for comfort and for contouring the shape of your body for fantastic support. The Dunlop is great for eliminating that “bottoming out” feeling that some memory foam mattresses give you, and the high-density polyfoam gives you a durable foam core that resists sagging for multiple weight ranges.

This mattress features something we call “push back”. It helps to improve the enjoyment of sex on the mattress because it acts like an innerspring without the noise. It doesn’t have the same level of edge support that the innerspring kinds do, but it’s not completely terrible and can be classified as better than average.

The cover of the Brooklyn Bedding mattress is quilted with a ¾ inch thick layer of polyfoam to give it a pillow-top feel. It is soft to touch, which could make sex even more enjoyable, and it allows the mattress to breathe. This would be great for couples who last longer than average and may be subjected to overheating. The air flows both in and out of the cover, so it’s kind of like having a burst of cool air with each motion.

Pros

  • Reduced back pain
  • Good edge support
  • Great bounce for sex
  • Soft yet supportive
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Medium feels too firm

Leesa


PacBed Original
  • Memory Foam
  • Not washable
  • Medium(6/10)
  • 10-year full replacement warranty
  • 100 night trial

The Leesa seems to be a favorite for both sleeping and sex. The reason being that it offers a great balanced touch in almost every part of the bed. It has great bounce for rhythm and responsiveness, making sex even more enjoyable rather than painful and uncoordinated.

The Leesa is made from three layers of high quality memory foam covered by an attractive one piece fabric. Under the cover is the cooling Avena foam. This two inch top layer allows air to flow through the mattress while providing you with enough bounce for movement freedom. So go ahead and switch positions as frequently as you would like on this mattress, it won’t change your momentum. The second layer is 2” of pressure relieving memory foam. This layer contours to your body and gives you pressure relief after you’re all said and done with your deed. The last layer is 6” of dense core support for durability and structure to accommodate sleepers of all sizes.

Unfortunately, the Leesa doesn’t perform well in the edge support department. This may cause an issue for those who like to utilize the edge of their mattress during their sexcapades. Personally, edge support is a huge deal breaker for me. Overall, if you can get past the edge support issue, the Leesa is definitely a top contender when it comes to sex and sleeping comfort.

Pros

  • Great support
  • Good amount of bounce
  • Sex positions are easily changed
  • Comfortable
  • Affordable
  • Reports of back and neck pain being reduced

Cons

  • Lacks edge support
  • Slight chemical odor

Purple


PacBed Original
  • Elastic Polymer/Memory foam
  • Washable only if absolutely necessary
  • Medium (6-6.5/10)
  • 10-year warranty
  • 100 night trial

This is the mattress that you may have seen on the commercials where they do the egg test to see if it breaks or not. The Purple mattress is a highly breathable bed with a stretchy and soft cover. It’s made of 2” of hyper-elastic polymer, 3.5” 1.8 lb/cu.ft of polyurethane foam, and another 4” 2.0 lb/cu.ft layer of polyurethane foam for support.

The top layer of the Purple mattress is specifically for cooling and comfort. It gives you an extremely cool sleeping environment as well as relieving pressure points that your body may create, especially after a night of vigorous sex. The middle layer works in tandem with the top layer to create a good transitional support and deep compression support, which is ideal for those who may be heavier.

The polymer material in the Purple creates a great deal of bounce, instant response, balanced sinkage, and good edge support, making it ideal for sex in all positions. Don’t let the amount of bounce scare you if you’re also looking for a bed with minimal motion transfer. There’s almost no motion transfer between partners thanks to the polymer material and design grid. This helps to keep motion energy isolated.

Pros

  • Helps ease back pain
  • Great bounce for sex
  • No overheating
  • No pressure in unwanted areas
  • Comfortable
  • Little to no motion transfer

Cons

  • Lacks edge support
  • Complaints of more pain
  • Complaints of high wait time for arrival of mattress

Which Is Best For Sex?

A new mattress may be just what you need for a great sex life. Toss out that old junky one that’s worn out and gross. In my honest opinion, and as somebody who takes sex very seriously, I would suggest the Brooklyn Bedding Mattress. I would go with this one because of the fact that the only complaint was that the medium felt too firm. The upside to this is that there are three firmness levels to choose from, so if the medium feels too firm, choose the plush. This bed also had better than average edge support, so edge of the bed sex may not be so farfetched.

Overall, it meets all of the expectations that I would look for in a bed that would be best for sex and it’s also rather affordable. If you know anybody who is looking to improve their sex life with a new mattress, send them this way and have them read this article.

About the author

Brenda Bostwick

Brenda has over a decade of experience in the industry and is the lead editor for Sleep Buffs. She’s also a sleep enthusiast and loves to weed out the good from the bad when it comes to sleep products, and she’s seen her fair share of bad ones! Brenda knows how important sleep health is and through Sleep Buffs she hopes to share that passion with visitors so they can find the products that are right for them and rest assured they are making the right choice.

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