Best Mattresses for Sex

Best Mattresses for Sex

Quick glance at the best mattresses for sex

A bad mattress can really kill the mood. 

We’ve gathered up some of the best mattresses for sex so you can save your energy. 

Plus, we chatted with Julie Jeske, a sex and relationship therapist, to learn more about what makes a mattress great for sex. Plus, she shares tips on additional ways to make your bedroom more sex-friendly.

How we chose the best mattresses for sex

When it comes to mattresses that are ideal for getting busy, we looked for ones that aren’t noisy, have more bounce (rather than a “sinking in” effect), and have good temperature regulating properties. We also looked at:

  • Company policies. We checkout out warranties, in-home trials, shipping, and return policies.
  • Company reputation and transparency. Each of the brands we selected has a positive reputation, transparent business practices, good customer reviews, and meets federal flammability requirements.
  • Quality. We chose mattresses with good materials certifications and included brands that sell a range of sizes.

Pricing guide

Prices vary depending on the size of the mattress you choose. We based our pricing guide on standard queen-size mattresses. 

  • $ = under $800
  • $$ = $800–$1,200
  • $$$ = over $1,200

Best mattress for sex and sleep

Saatva Classic Mattress

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: Hybrid
  • Height: 11.5 or 14.5 inches

Jeske says that poor sleep may lead to less desire or energy for sex. “So choosing a bed that promotes good sleep is also good for your sex life,” she adds.

This mattress — made with CertiPUR-US certified materials — boasts the best of both worlds. It features both individually wrapped steel coils and memory foam. Plus, it also has a base layer of interconnected coils made to provide the fullest bounce.

Saatva says the foam is designed for healthy spinal alignment to reduce lower back pressure, making this a strong choice for restful sleep.

When you make your purchase, you can choose the firmness level you prefer: plush soft, luxury firm, or firm.

This mattress comes with a 180-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.

Saatva says the foam is designed for healthy spinal alignment to reduce lower back pressure, making this a strong choice for restful sleep.

When you make your purchase, you can choose the firmness level you prefer: plush soft, luxury firm, or firm.

This mattress comes with a 180-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.

Best organic mattress for sex

Saatva Loom & Leaf Mattress

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: Memory foam
  • Height: 12 inches

The last thing you want during sex is an allergic reaction to your mattress. This mattress is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, and it’s made from organic and CertiPUR-US certified materials.

This pick is also a good choice for hot sleepers, which the company says is thanks to its cooling gel memory foam. It has that bounce you want, since its memory foam is said to be responsive.

As an added bonus, you get to select whether you want firm or relaxed firm as your comfort level.

This mattress comes with a 180-night sleep trial and a 15-year warranty.

Buy the Saatva Loom & Leaf Mattress online.

Best cooling mattress for sex

Brooklyn Bedding Brooklyn Aurora Hybrid

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: Hybrid 
  • Height: 13.5 inches 

This mattress is praised for its cooling abilities, so extra sweat is one thing you can keep off your mind when things are heating up.

The Brooklyn Aurora Hybrid’s base is made of dense, supportive foam. On top of that, there’s a layer of individually wrapped coils (perfect for quality bounce and airflow). 

Next up, there’s an elastic memory foam layer for body contouring, and a layer of responsive foam for a nice bounce. Finally, at the top is a layer of more foam. This layer contains copper, which Brooklyn Bedding says offers an extra boost of cooling help.

This mattress comes with a 120-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty.

Buy the Brooklyn Bedding Brooklyn AuroraHybrid online.

Best memory foam mattress for sex

Nectar Memory Foam Mattress

  • Price: $$
  • Type: Foam
  • Height: 11 inches 

This memory foam mattress is made with three types of memory foam, including a gel layer designed to keep you cool throughout the night. It’s a reactive pick, meaning it has that bounce that’s great for good sex.

This mattress is also known to keep all sleeping types happy. It’s ideal for those who love the soft coziness of a foam mattress, but without the “sinking in” effect.

This brand also offers one of the longest mattress trials at 365 nights along with a forever warranty.

Buy the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress online.

Best breathable mattress for sex

Casper Original Mattress

  • Price: $$
  • Type: Foam
  • Height: 11 inches

Casper’s original all-foam mattress is responsive and gives a gentle bounce (which helps when switching positions).

There are three “zones” of support that help with spinal alignment. And, thanks to its all-foam base, noise is reduced. This mattress is also a good choice for reducing heat thanks to its top layer of perforated breathable foam.

With just under 19,000 Google reviews, this mattress is largely a hit. Those who have regrets find themselves wishing they picked something more traditionally supportive (like an innerspring mattress).

This mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial, free shipping and returns, and a 10-year limited warranty.

Buy the Casper Original Mattress online.

Best bouncy mattress for sex

Helix Midnight Luxe

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: Hybrid
  • Height: 14 inches

We’ve already mentioned bounce a few times, and there’s a good reason for it. Without good bounce, it’s easy to get “stuck” in the mattress. 

This thick mattress  measuring a whopping 14 inches tall  is celebrated for its responsiveness. This may be thanks to the individually wrapped coils and three layers of foam. 

This mattress also deserves a nod for its pillow top layer made for cooling and its high-density gel memory foam layer.

Reviewers are largely happy. Less than glowing reviews mention it’s “not pillow-y enough” or it’s “too pillow-y.”

This mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 15-year limited warranty.

Buy the Helix Midnight Luxe online.

Best mattress under $600 for sex

Tuft & Needle Original Mattress

  • Price: $
  • Type: Foam
  • Height: 10 inches

This medium-firm foam mattress has a good deal of bounce — without all the noise spring mattresses risk.

This pick may be made with just two layers of foam, but it’s infused with graphite and cooling gel that the brand says maintain comfortable temps throughout the night.

It’s also durable and said to be a solid choice for all sleeping types. However, some reviewers complain about the edges, noting that they could be more supportive.

Not only is this pick a budget-friendly option, but it also comes with a 10-year limited warranty, a 100-night sleep trial, and free returns.

Bonus: This mattress is certified by both Greenguard and CertiPUR-US. That means it’s third-party tested and certified to be free of certain hazardous chemicals, materials, or substances.

Buy the Tuft & Needle Original Mattress online.

Best quiet mattress for sex

Layla Memory Foam Mattress

  • Price: $$
  • Type: Foam 
  • Height: 10 inches 

Noisy mattress springs can keep your neighbors up all night and keep you off your best game. This mattress is made entirely of memory foam, so you won’t hear any squeaking.

Another perk is that this mattress has two firmness levels and is flippable, meaning you can sleep on either the firmer or softer side. The firm side is rated a 7 on a 10-point firmness scale, so it shouldn’t give a “sinking in” feeling like some other memory foam mattresses.

Reviewers are overwhelmingly satisfied. However, some give critical feedback, like wishing it had a plusher feel and experiencing sagging in the middle.

This mattress comes with a 120-night sleep trial, a lifetime warranty, and free shipping.

Buy the Layla Memory Foam Mattress online.

Best latex mattress for sex

Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: Hybrid
  • Height: 13 inches

This organic mattress is thick — 13 inches to be exact — and it’s made of natural latex that the company says comes from rubber trees. 

It’s also made without the use of formaldehyde and phthalates. To top things off, it features an extra 2 inches of contouring support made from 100 percent organic New Zealand wool. 

The mattress is Rainforest Alliance certified, made with water-based adhesives, and free from chemical flame retardants.

Where does the sex part come in? This mattress is praised for its durability. Reviewers also say it’s supportive without feeling hard.

It comes with a 365-night sleep trial and a forever warranty.

Buy the Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress online.

Best customized mattress for sex

Helix Mattress

  • Price: $$$
  • Type: Hybrid or foam
  • Height: 12 inches for a standard or 14 inches for Luxe

Helix graces our list twice: once for the bounce-ability of their extra thick Luxe mattress and again here for the level of customization they offer.

To decide which Helix mattress is best for you and your sleeping partner, start by taking their sleep quiz. Here, you answer questions about your sleeping position, weight, and other preferences.

You’ll select the ideal firmness level you’re looking for. Keep in mind that, when it comes to sex, it’s a good idea to choose a mattress that’s not too soft. Helix offers plenty of medium-firm and firm mattresses.

These mattresses are praised for their coils that give leading edge support, meaning you can make use of the full mattress surface.

Helix mattresses come with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Take the Helix Sleep quiz online.

Mattress shopping tips

Jeske agrees that bounce along with temperature and noise control are important features to look for in a good mattress for sex. But these tips aren’t one-size-fits-all.

“Some folks who have chronic pain or chronic injuries may want something firmer with less bounce,” Jeske says. “Too much bounce can jostle joints and limbs.”

Here’s what else to consider. 

  • Lifestyle and needs. How much space do you have? Do you prefer soft and comfy foam, or do you like the extra support that comes from springs?
  • Sleeping position. Do you sleep on your side, back, stomach, or do you tend to toss and turn? Some mattresses showcase which sleep position they’re best suited for. In general, it’s best to go for something firmer if you’re a back or stomach sleeper and something softer if you’re a side sleeper.
  • Materials. You may want to think about material certifications like CertiPUR-US, Greenguard Gold, Global Organic Textile Standard, or Global Organic Latex Standard. 

The best way to mull over a mattress is to try it out in person on a showroom floor if you can do so safely. 

If you can’t try one out prior to buying, consider buying from a company that offers an in-home sleep trial and a reasonable return policy. Remember to check out what the warranty covers as well. 

Other tips for setting the mood in your room

Keep in mind that it’s not all about the mattress. There are other things Jeske says to take into consideration as well. 

Get the vibe right

Jeske suggests exploring things that “energetically support your relationship and your sex life.”

So, if your bedroom is filled with furniture or decor from your previous relationship, Jeske says you may want to change that. 

“Having sex on a bed that you shared with your ex (or covered in sheets that you bought with your ex) might distract you from the passion you want to experience in this relationship,” Jeske explains. 

Awaken your senses 

Anything that affects your senses Jeske says can create a more sensual and even sexy environment. Think about what do you want to see, smell, hear, or feel. 

Jeske suggests investing in sheets, candles, and art to enhance your experience and remove items that may interrupt your experience. “Do you really want to get down with a picture of your grandma looking down at you?” Jeske asks.

Lighting is another investment that, as Jeske explains, feels good and makes you feel confident about being seen by your partner.

Security and accessibility

Jeske adds that privacy can be crucial: a door that locks, curtains on the windows, and, if you’re worried about sound, a white noise machine or something to play music on can help. 

Having a place (like a bedside table drawer) that’s easily accessible for things that enhance your sexual experience or safety (lubricant, toys, condoms, etc.) is also essential, according to Jeske. “You don’t want to have to get up to find these things when you are already sexually excited,” she explains. 

Comfort is key

“At the very least,” Jeske says, “make sure your bedroom is clean and comfortable — raggedy sheets, a saggy mattress, piles of dust bunnies or dog hair, and lots of clutter can distract you and make it harder to enjoy your experience.”

Jeske encourages us to consider that everything in the room can either enhance a sexual experience or inhibit it. Knowing this can easily help us decide what to keep or replace in the bedroom.

Bottom Line:

Some of the best mattresses for sex have bounce (with little to no sinking) and they reduce noise and heat.

Do your research and consider your needs and lifestyle before purchasing. It’s also important to make careful note of company trial periods and return policies. 

Be sure to also create an environment in your bedroom that’s comfortable and distraction-free

Written by Breanna Mona on January 22, 2021
Jeske J. (2021). Personal interview.
Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez

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