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 (innerspring mattress)
- Casper (foam hybrid)
- Bear Hybrid (spring hybrid)
- Leesa (proprietary foam mattress)
Personally 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.
The Casper mattress is a great value and has a lot of characteristics that make it a great choice for sex. It has a balanced foam feel that mixes in latex and memory foam qualities. It is breathable, so you won’t overheat during sex. It has some bounce to it, but not so much that you will fly off the mattress. The mattress won’t make any noise either, which is always great.
The mattress has an innovative zoned construction, which means it will be firmer and more supportive when you are on your back or stomach. It will be softer and have great pressure relief when you are on your side. There is a lot to like about the mattress overall.
Bear Hybrid features premium foams in the comfort layers and pocketed coils in the support layers. The foams are responsive, meaning that the mattress is easy to move around. They also don’t make very much noise. Lastly, they are breathable foams, so you won’t overheat during sex. Overall, there are a lot of reasons why this mattress is a good fit for sexual activity.
There is a lot to like about the Bear Hybrid mattress in general. It is both comfortable and supportive. As a result, it’s a great fit for multiple sleeping positions and people of really any weight. If you switch positions at night, then I think you will really like this mattress. It also has a celliant cover, which can potentially bring you certain health benefits.
If you are interested, definitely make sure to check out our full Bear Hybrid mattress review.
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.
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.
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 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 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.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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