Best Reviewed Mattress For Sex

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I wrote about the best mattress for couples, but that was really focused on sleeping, not sex.  People asked me about the best mattress for sex after foam mattresses became more popular – which can end up being really bad for sex (though good for sleeping).

Of course, you don’t want to pick a mattress solely based on how it is during sex, but it is an important factor for some.  Below, I recommend 3 mattresses that are great for sex and are amongst my top reviewed mattresses overall (weight other factors like comfort, support, durability, value, etc).  Again, this isn’t the most important factor for a lot of people, but if you’re buying a mattress as a couple, I’d recommend at least giving this a read.

My Top 3 Mattresses For Sex Recommendations

These are all high-quality mattresses that also have good bounce, lack of noise, ease of movement, edge support, and comfort.  My top picks are:

Saatva

Saatva Mattress ReviewsPersonally I think innerspring mattresses are best for sex (most bounce, best edge support, thighs and knees don’t sink in really far), and Saatva is my top innerspring mattress recommendation.

Saatva is one of the few online-only coil mattress options, so they are one of the best values (in terms of quality vs price) on the market (learn more HERE).  They have three firmness options as well (soft, luxury firm, and firm), all which should be good options for sex.  To learn more about the mattress in general read my Saatva mattress review.

Love & Sleep

The Love & Sleep mattress is a great value and has a lot of characteristics that make it a great choice for sex.  It has great bounce to it because of the use of Energex foam.  It doesn’t make a ton of noise and it doesn’t get too hot.  It’s also an amazing value and a mattress that I generally recommend overall.

See our Love and Sleep overall review

Leesa

Leesa is neither spring nor memory foam; rather it’s a polyurethane foam mattress that is designed to have more bounce.

Leesa would not be my first choice if your mattress is only going to be used for sex, but it is an overall great option that is better-than-average for sex compared to other online mattresses. If you like the memory foam comfort/support tradeoff, but also want more responsive foam, Leesa is perhaps the best compromise.  It’s not quite the support level of an innerspring, but it doesn’t sink in as far (and stay that way) compared to memory foam.

Leesa is also one of the few mattresses I recommend for all sleeping positions, including side and stomach sleepers.  Learn more in my full Leesa review.

What Makes a Top Mattress for Sex?

  • Bounce– Most people agree that a bouncier mattress is better for sex.  It can help people get into a rhythm that makes sex more enjoyable.  It’s fair to say that generally, the bouncier the better.
  • Lack Of Noise– Depending on your home situation, this may be a very big criteria or it might not be a big deal at all.  If you live with just your partner in an isolated house, you probably don’t care too much if the mattress makes noise.  If you live with a couple of roommates, you probably care a lot about the noise the mattress makes.
  • Ease Of Movement– Having a mattress that is easy to move around in is preferable.  This will allow you to quickly change positions and it overall makes for a much better experience.
  • Edge Support– A mattress with poor edge support can be limiting and can mean certain parts of the bed are off limits in order to have an enjoyable experience.  Good edge support is a good thing in general, but it is especially so in terms of sexual activity.
  • Comfort– This is a fairly obvious one.  No matter what position you are in, you are going to want your mattress to be as comfortable as possible.  An uncomfortable mattress can really get in the way of having a good experience.

Now that you know what to look for to find a great mattress for sexual activity, how do the three major types (latex, memory foam, and innerspring) stack up?  Let’s go through them here.

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How The Major Types Stack Up

  • Memory Foam– Memory foam is not very bouncy.  Some memory foam is constructed to be bouncier than other memory foam, but generally this type of mattress performs worse than other types in this category.  Memory foam, however, is not noisy at all, which is a huge plus.  Depending on the brand, it’s a bit harder to move around a memory foam mattress because it tends not to be very responsive.  Edge support can also be spotty depending on the density and other factors.  Leesa is the mattress we recommended that is (loosely) in this category.
  • Latex– Latex is very bouncy, and that’s one of the main things people love about it.  It also doesn’t make much noise.  Because it is very responsive, it’s fairly easy to move around.  Edge support can be good, but it really depends on the brand and model in question.  Latex is also very comfortable.
  • Innerspring– Innerspring mattresses do have great bounce, and that’s a big reason why people like them.  However, they are very noisy, as they make that creaking sound people are very familiar with.  It is fairly easy to move around an innerspring bed, so there are no concerns there really.  Edge support is generally strong as well.   We recommend Saatva from this category for sex.

So Which Type Is The Best For Sex?

I’ve made some recommendations based on the assumption that your mattress will not be used only for sex.  I picked a mattress from the three major categories (innerspring, latex, and memory foam) so that you can choose a mattress that is both great for sex and aligns with your sleeping preferences.

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Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site. He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 100 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 4 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications. When he isn't testing sleep products, he enjoys working out, reading both fiction and non-fiction, and playing classical piano. He enjoys traveling as well, and not just to test out hotel mattresses! Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.

8 thoughts on “Best Reviewed Mattress For Sex

  1. Omg!!!
    I so wish that I would have done my research in this Category. For someone that has many sex partners, a few a week, this would have been a great category to look up. Which I did as far as height of bed (including box spring, floor to top of mattress) for one partner being out the bed either standing or kneeling performing sexual acts with their partner that s laying in the bed. I recently bought an all foam mattress based on reviews of sleep, 11” Memory foam mattress. This includes 7” high density foam as the base, 2” Transition foam, and 2” Open cell memory Foam. Just after 2 weeks and 5 partners this is the worst mattress for Sex, which I live my life around. It is hard to move around in, partner slides out the bed when on the edge, real recoil or bounce back in hard thrusting, and is absolutely traumatizing to my quadriceps ( front of thighs), calf’s when performing on feet when standing or crouching in bed, and nerve wrecking to my partners knees when performing from behind. This all foam mattress in the Category of Sexual performance receives a F and not a 68 but a 20. This is a huge disappointment that i want Sex and amazing Sex with multiple partners. When it comes to sleep A+ 100%. Every night I have feel asleep and have been in a comma, refresh and ready to go. Thank God for alarm Clocks to wake up for work. I’m thinking of giving the mattress away and buying a hybrid foam inner spring which i had in the past and great for sex and moderate for sleep. Hope this review was powerfully helpful.

  2. If I were looking for an all natural organic alternative, would you recommend Avocado? I sleep on side, stomach and back, hot sleeper, 123 lbs

  3. Hi my husband and I currently have a very firm mattress. (Heavy and dense too)Although it has a pillowtop and memory foam in it somewhere it is very uncomfortable. I deal with it because I bought it before we were married. But now that he’s here, he is grouchy and complains about back pain every day and well frankly it is the worst bed ever to have sex in. Neither one of us sleep well either as we are constantly waking up throughout the night. So our sex life suffered greatly. I need some advice. We are both overweight and 5 months ago I had a spinal fusion complete with 6 screws, rods down both sides of my lower spine, and through my hips. people say you need a firm bed if you have a bad back because you need the support. Well, I can no longer tolerate this bed either because it causes me even more pain now. It’s too hard. So overweight, yet need a practical bed for a good sex life (something his knees don’t sink into like quicksand and we can move in it easier) yet a bed that is not rock hard as he is a back sleeper for the most part and I rotate from side and back because I’m constantly in pain and my hips get sore. It needs to be supportive for sex and sleep with my back issues, yet definitely softer than what we have now. Do you have a specific suggestion for us? Everywhere I seem to look online I get turned off immediately because all I see is firm firm firm. We would also like something that can be flipped from time to time. Please help and thanks for any suggestions.

  4. Do you think the Purple bed could fit under this “good for sex” category? I have been considering it vs the Amerisleep brand and hadn’t thought about sex on them until I started going from one review of yours to another. That said, firm or bouncy doesn’t really matter, sometimes it’s just nice to have both and I agree with edge support!

  5. Hi Joe,

    Thanks for all of your mattress reviews; very helpful when online shopping. I especially appreciate the video part where you press into the bed and release in order to show the response time, springiness, etc. I find that this is one of the most helpful things, when I cant actually feel the bed for myself.

    As to the best mattresses for sex, I am glad you address this, as it is VERY important to me. However, I just have to say that I feel the opposite regarding the bounce factor. I personally HATE making love on a bouncy bed – whether innerspring or bouncy foam. I find that it mostly interferes with my, and my partner’s, own rhythm and becomes quite annoying! Also, there are many times where I need the bed to SUPPORT, rather than spring in, when I press…

    Just wanted to put it out there that some of us find bouncy-ness of a mattress an absolute no-go for lovemaking. Which is why I prefer memory foam in general…soft and comfortable, but supportive! Cheers.

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