Birds do it, bees do it, and when you do it, you want to have the best possible mattress.
Mattresses are often measured by a number of things. For sleep, the ability to support one or two people (especially two people of significantly different sizes) makes a big difference.
The ability to help support you if you have a back problem, arthritis or another issue can also be an important factor. But for some, the most important idea of all is to find a mattress that enhances your sexual experiences.
So what makes the best mattress for sex?
We have looked at ten mattresses with great ratings in the naked fun time department and offer our thoughts on each.
Scroll down further to find the winner.
The Zinus 10-inch Performance Plus Extra Firm Mattress offers all of the support of a traditional coil spring bed topped by a 2.5-inch layer of high density and memory foamsRead Our Review
Not too hard, not too soft, the Modway Aveline 8 Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam King Mattress offers all the support you will need to try out different love-making routines and maneuversRead Our Review
The Gel Memory Foam 10 Inch Mattress from eLuxury Supply is designed to automatically contour your body as you get into the mood of a splendid night of lovemakingRead Our Review
Best Mattress for Sex Rating Criteria
- Body Support
The extent to which a bed supports you when you are sleeping is important. It is equally important to consider how a bed supports you when you have twice the body weight in a space.
Is it adjustable? Firm? Does it cut off circulation to body parts?
When you are twenty, this may or may not be important to you. When you are 40 and above, it will become more critical.
The response time of a mattress is measured by the rate at which it adjusts to your body weight as you move around. Mattresses that have slower response times don’t offer much spring back and can feel like you’re sinking into the bed. This can be both good and bad.
A mattress that is ideal for sex will have a responsiveness rate that is able to rapidly adjust to your changes in movement, both during the act and while changing positions. You should feel as if you are well supported on a stable surface but not sunk into a block of clay.
While the noises that you make may be a fun part of sex, the noise that your bed makes can be a joy killer in many situations.
Parents who are trying to get precious alone time with children in the house, apartment dwellers with thin walls, and others who like their privacy will appreciate a quiet mattress that doesn’t squeak when you move. In all cases, the highest scores for noise will be with quiet mattresses.
This is the no-brainer of all of the criteria and one of the main reasons that beds are so popular for sex. Bounce allows you to have assistance during sex– it can enhance your movements or support your movements if you have physical restrictions.
Bounce should be a support factor for most, but not an invitation for acrobatic trampoline-like effects (though for some, there can be fun to be had like this).
The best bed in the world does you little to no good if it doesn’t last. A durable mattress saves you from having to make love in a deep hole in the middle of the bed a few years, or even months, down the line.
Because you will also be sleeping on your mattress, durability is one of the most important factors that we consider. It tells us how long all of these other sex-enhancing categories will enhance the value of your mattress.
- Edge Support
A strong, stable edge can support a surprising number of sexual positions. The last thing you want is to be on the edge of the bed, only to have it collapse and dump you on the floor. Strong edge support is not always present in a supportive mattress, but it is a bonus if you are interested in creativity and diversity of sexual positions.
Mattresses won’t win or lose the contest by edge support alone, but it is definitely the whipped cream on your… well, you get the picture.
Finally, the level of comfort you feel when you have sex can make a big difference. If you are aging or injured, you will want to be supported well in similar ways to sleep. Your size and weight will need to be able to fit on the bed (and on top of your partner) without creating a position that crushes them.
The other aspect of comfort is what you will be doing with your mattress the rest of the time. Can you get a good night’s sleep spooning? Both these factors are considered when judging a mattress for comfort.
The Types of Mattresses
What’s the best category of bed for sex?
There are a few major types of mattress, each of which has a few pros and cons when it comes to sex. Here is a look at each and what they have to offer in terms of the rating criteria.
Fun with wave action!
If you’re into a seventies-style love nest, the waterbed is probably a staple concept in your idea of a mattress for sex. While the waterbed offers some interesting and unpredictable bounce, it’s not one for creating a stable structure for your more yoga-inspired pages from the Karma Sutra.
Edge support is great, but it comes in the form of a frame, so consider padding it or be aware of hard, sharp edges. Rebound is instant, but it comes with a ripple effect and a back-slosh.
Comfort is great if you’re in good shape, but the older you get, the more likely it is to sleep in some pretty uncomfortable positions. It can be filled to firmer, but there will be a point where you have to decide between the risk of popping and level of support.
One remote, two zones of fun!
Air beds, made famous by the sleep number, have inflatable chambers that you can use to customize your support. Many of them come with remote controls that allow you to inflate to different points through the night.
Dual-sided airbeds allow you to customize two different levels of inflation and comfort. This has a downside for sex in that you may have to choose between a comfortable inflation level that is relatively equal on both sides if you don’t want to feel like you’re rolling downhill when in the middle of the bed.
These beds offer good bounce, but it is a whole-mattress kind of bounce, not isolated. This can up the noise potential if your bed is not well-supported, as the bed is relatively likely to move and bang.
Side support varies, but many run the same way as foam since they often include foam toppers. Like with waterbeds, vigorous activity comes with some risk of popping.
- Foam Mattresses
This new favorite bed material has a lot going for it!
Foam is a good choice for support, and it offers some good, solid points to plant your hands, knees, elbows, or whatever else. It is a natural extension of a yoga mat and good for response, comfort, and structure.
Vibration is minimized, noise is dampened, and there is no risk of popping. Side support is the single downside for these mattresses. It is not great on foam, and if you want it for attempting certain positions, you will need to look into a bed with padded side supports.
- Inner Springs
A classic shouldn’t be overlooked!
Box springs, like waterbeds, tend to amplify vibrations.This is the classic, original bed style. It has a series of springs that may or may not be coated. It offers superior bounce, but it may come with noise, particularly a squeak while you are in the throes of passion. That noise tends to be amplified by a box spring.
This means quick response (especially when it’s newer- less so as the springs age and start to lose their rebound) but it means that it is not as good as foam for trying unique positions without finding yourself shaken loose.
Which Type Is The Best For Sex?
It may not be a coincidence that there has been more mainstreaming of adventurous and acrobatic sex as foam mattresses have become more popular. It definitely offers the best support for this. It will offer the best overall sleep when you are ready for a rest. It performs very well in every category except side support.
However, there are ways to get creative without it, including choosing a bed frame with a low foot and working with the structure of that foot, rotating your activities by 90 degrees.
Airbeds VS Waterbeds
Motion transfer is less on an airbed than a waterbed, though the slosh of a waterbed can be fun, provided you don’t make yourself seasick.
The most important thing that both have in common is the ability to leak. While this can cause a lot more problems to your home if the waterbed leaks, the airbed that leaks can make it difficult to pinpoint the problem area and repair it. Both are at risk to popping by overly vigorous activity.
But it still might be fun trying to get there…
The thing to remember about the warranty on any bed is that it’s typically limited. Here are a few things to consider when you look at the different warranties being offered:
What condition must the mattress be in?
If you’re reading this article, you’re probably planning to have sex on your new mattress. Be certain to have a waterproof cover on the mattress in order to save any risk of staining. This can void your warranty in many, many cases.
What does the warranty cover?
Sinkage of a spot on the bed by more than an inch to three inches is typically what is covered in a warranty.
Do you get a replacement mattress, money back, or something else?
It’s important to note that you may be able to get some more help with a defective purchase beyond the warranty. Certain credit cards and stores stand by their purchases and you can get help through them when the warranty isn’t enough on its own.
A good tip for the savvy shopper.
Overall, most of the foam mattresses were the best combination of features. Of the foam mattresses, the LUCID 10-inch Latex Foam Mattress just barely squeaked out a victory thanks to its combination of a warranty two and a half times longer than anyone else’s, green-certified foam, and a price that was significantly cheaper than just about everybody else. While it’s not the fanciest mattress in the lot, it definitely offers the best opportunity for the most people to have a great time.
Thanks for reading! Wishing you long nights of fun followed by restful sleep.