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unbiased Mattress Types and Sex Suitability: Ratings and Comparisons

Based on 502 Mattress Owner Experiences

April 19, 2015


The different mattress types tend to have their own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to sex.

Based on data gathered from over 500 actual mattress owners, the different mattress types are rated and compared in regard to their suitability for sex.

Keep in mind that the information below represents what is often, but not always, the case; a particular brand, model or individual mattress may go against these findings.

Contents

Mattress Type Sex Comparison
Innerspring Mattress Sex Ratings
Memory Foam Mattress Sex Ratings
Airbed Mattress Sex Ratings
Latex Mattress Sex Ratings
Waterbed Sex Ratings

Mattress Type Sex Comparison

  Spring Memory foam Air Latex Water
Active sex friendly b d+ c+ B- c-
Bouncy b D- c d+ d-
Allows discretion c- A- d+ A- b
Durable C b d+ b- B
position Variety b C+ c B- D+
Easy to Perform B- D+ B- C+ C-
Comfortable c B+ B- B C+
Allows fast climax c b+ c B- c+
Whole bed suitable B- B D+ B- D+
fluid, Stain cleanup D D B C- A-

GLOSSARY

Active sex friendly

"Active sex friendly" means the mattress is easy to move around on and sex positions can be changed with little effort. Active sex tends to be prevented by mattresses that are highly pressure sensitive and conforming or that don't always have or maintain a flat, level surface.

Bouncy

"Bouncy" means the mattress can have a bouncing effect, as opposed to being solid and motion absorbing. Most people included in our research say that bouncing can help them get into a rhythm for certain sexual positions and thus increase enjoyment.

Allows discretion

"Allows discretion" means sex can take place on the mattress with no one in the next room being aware because the mattress is energy absorbing, heavy and silent.

Durable

"Durable" means the bed can withstand repeated and "passionate" use without breaking or coming apart in some way.

Position Variety

"Position variety" means the mattress is well suited for many sexual positions. Those mattresses that are supportive from edge to edge, easy to move on, and keep pressure points minimized tend to allow for the greatest position variety.

Easy to Perform

"Easy to perform" means that having sex on the mattress requires minimal energy expenditure. Those mattresses that tend to be easy to move on often rate highest on this issue.

Comfortable

"Comfortable" means that the mattress puts minimal strain or pressure on knees, elbows, hands, buttocks, etc. Those mattress types that rate best on this issue often allow a position to be held for an extended amount of time without discomfort.

Allows fast Climax

"Allows for fast climax" means the mattress provides "traction," namely a sinking-in, molding-to-the-body effect, which allows for more efficiency of movement. This traction can result in faster and easier climax.

Whole bed suitable

"Whole bed suitable" means the entire top surface of the mattress is sex friendly. In other words, the entire surface is and remains flat, level, supportive, comfortable and easy to move on. A partition or gap in the middle of the mattress, mattress sagging, hard sides, or lack of edge support can limit the area that is suitable for sex.

Fluid, Stain Cleanup

"Fluid, stain cleanup" means that fluid penetration, staining or soiling of the mattress can be effectively dealt with either through replacement or flipping of the top comfort layer or through manual cleaning.


INNERSPRING MATTRESSES

About 74% of innerspring mattress owners who commented on the subject report their mattress to be average or better for sex. The remaining 26% believe it to be poor or below average.

spring mattress sex

TOP ADVANTAGES of sex on an Innerspring mattress

1. BOUNCE. Nearly all innerspring mattresses have at least some bounce. This can help partners get into a rhythm which can increase enjoyment.

spring bounce

2. EASE OF MOVEMENT / ACTIVE SEX FRIENDLY. Innerspring beds are often easy to move on and change positions on unless they have a thick pillow top / foam comfort layer or have significantly sagged.

spring movement

3. POSITION VARIETY. Innerspring beds are often suited for a variety of positions given that they tend to have above-average edge support and that the entire surface is often usable.

airbed variety

TOP DISADVANTAGES of sex on an Innerspring mattress

1. LACKS DISCRETION. Innerspring mattresses, especially cheaper models, may not be as solid, stable, silent or energy absorbing as other bed types. Consequently, it is possible that love making may be heard by others in a nearby room.

spring discreet

2. DIFFICULT CLEANUP. If no mattress protector is used, fluids or soiling may penetrate the mattress. Cleaning and removing such problems may be difficult. Such problems may also void the warranty.

innerspring bed cleanup

3. LACKS COMFORT. Some innerspring mattresses, especially firmer models or those with comfort layers that have compressed, can lack pressure-relieving ability. This may result in an inability to comfortably hold a certain sexual position for an extended amount of time.

spring comfort

4. LACKS DURABILITY. Innerspring mattresses are more likely than most other mattress types to develop problems with use and wear, such as collapsed or protruding springs.

spring durability


MEMORY FOAM MATTRESSES

About 61% of memory foam mattress owners who commented on the subject report their mattress to be average or better for sex. The remaining 39% believe it to be poor or below average. It is important to note that low- and medium-density memory foam mattresses tend to be viewed as somewhat more suitable for sex than high-density memory foam mattresses, such as certain Tempur-Pedic models. (What is memory foam density?)

memory foam discreet

Some memory foam bed owners love their bed for sex but hate it for sleep, and vice versa. In addition, it seems that people who are willing to adjust their sexual practices to suit the bed, as opposed to fighting it, are more happy with its suitability for sex.

TOP ADVANTAGES of sex on a memory foam mattress

1. DISCREET. Because memory foam mattresses are motion absorbing, solid and often heavy, they tend to be stable and silent during sex. This may allow sex to take place with no one in the next room being aware of it.

memory foam discreet

2. COMFORTABLE. The mattresses often have enough cushion so that knees, butt, elbows, hands, etc. don't get uncomfortable from pressure. This may allow a person to stay in certain positions longer without fatigue or discomfort.

memory foam comfort

3. FASTER CLIMAX. The molding-to-the-body and sinking-in effect of memory foam mattresses may allow for more efficiency of movement and traction, resulting in faster and easier climax for some.

memory foam climax

TOP DISADVANTAGES of sex on a memory foam mattress

1. LITTLE OR NO BOUNCE. Because a memory foam mattress is motion absorbing, it has little or no bounce. Some owners say this makes it difficult to get into a rhythm and can cause sex to seem awkward. Some newer models however, such as the Tempur-Pedic Weightless, provide some bounce effect.

memory foam bounce

2. DIFFICULT CLEANUP. If no mattress protector is used, fluids or soiling may penetrate the mattress. Cleaning and removing such problems may be difficult. Such problems may also void the warranty.

memory foam cleanup

3. IMPEDES ACTIVE SEX. Some owners say that the way a person sinks into the foam provides too much "traction" which can discourage partners from moving around and changing positions often. Lower-density memory foam mattresses, however, tend to be easier to move on than higher-density varieties.

memory foam active

4. REQUIRES MORE ENERGY / STRENGTH. Similar to the above point, because of the molding-to-the-body or sinking-in effect of the mattress, a person can tire and exert themselves more quickly. Some people report cramping and pulled muscles. Again, most complaints on this issue are for higher-density memory foam mattresses.

memory foam energy

5. LACK OF EDGE SUPPORT. Many memory foam mattresses, including Tempur-Pedic, may lack adequate support along the edges of the bed. Making love near an edge, therefore, may result in one or both persons sliding or rolling off the bed. Those mattresses that feature "edge support" typically do not have this problem.

memory foam edge support


AIRBEDS

About 60% of airbed owners who commented on the subject report their mattress to be average or better for sex. The remaining 40% believe it to be poor or below average. (The clear majority of owners who commented on the subject are Sleep Number bed owners.)

airbed sex rating

TOP ADVANTAGES of sex on an airbed

1. SUPPORTIVE. With proper adjustment, airbeds can offer a high degree of support which can make it easy to move and change positions.

airbed support

2. COMFORTABLE. The beds often to an above-average extent provide enough cushion so that knees, butt, elbows, hands, etc. don't get uncomfortable from pressure. This may allow a person to stay in certain positions longer without fatigue or discomfort.

airbed comfort

3. CLEANUP. In the case of fluid penetration, staining or soiling, the top comfort layer can often be removed. This allows for it to be thoroughly cleaned, replaced or flipped. Also, fluids and soiling cannot penetrate the air chambers.

airbed cleanup

TOP DISADVANTAGES of sex on an airbed

1. WHOLE BED MAY NOT BE SUITABLE. Airbed owners, especially Sleep Number Bed owners, say the beds have a partition, trench or intrusion in the middle where the two air chambers meet. This, they say, makes it difficult and uncomfortable to be in the middle of the bed and causes them to have sex on one side or the other which may not leave enough room. However, the partition / trench / intrusion in the middle can be minimized by having each side of the bed set with the same firmness level. Other owners, while not directly mentioning sex, say that the middle does not allow them to spoon or cuddle with their partner comfortably.

airbed whole bed

2. LACKS DISCRETION. Airbeds are often lightweight, relatively speaking, and can lack the solidity, stability and motion absorption of other mattress types. Consequently, it may be possible for love making to be heard by others in a nearby room.

spring discreet

3. LACKS DURABILITY. Unlike most other mattress types, airbeds are not fully integrated in that they can be disassembled into separate, individual components. As a result, with use and wear the components may need occasional adjustment and reintegration.

airbed durability


LATEX MATTRESSES

About 72% of latex mattress owners who commented on the subject report their mattress to be average or better for sex. The remaining believe it to be poor or below average.

latex bed sex rating

TOP ADVANTAGES of sex on a latex mattress

1. DISCREET. Because latex mattresses are often motion absorbing, solid and heavy, they tend to be stable and silent during sex. This may allow sex to take place with no one in the next room being aware of it.

latex discreet

2. COMFORTABLE. Latex mattresses often have enough cushion so that knees, butt, elbows, hands, etc. don't get uncomfortable from pressure. This allows a person to stay in certain positions longer without fatigue or discomfort.

latex comfort

3. EASE OF MOVEMENT. Unlike memory foam, latex tends to not be difficult to move on and is more "active" sex friendly as a result. The development of deep body impressions, however, can undermine ease of movement.

latex movement

TOP DISADVANTAGES of sex on a latex mattress

1. LIMITED BOUNCE. Latex often absorbs motion to a significant extent and, consequently, tends to have limited bounce. Some say this makes it difficult to get into a rhythm and can make sex seem awkward.

latex bounce

2. BODY IMPRESSIONS. As many as 17% of latex mattress owners report that their bed develops body impressions where they sleep resulting in at least a somewhat uneven mattress surface. The lack of a flat, level surface can potentially make sex difficult and uncomfortable to perform.

latex impressions


WATERBEDS

About 70% of waterbed owners who commented on the subject report their mattress to be average or better for sex. The remaining believe it to be poor or below average.

waterbed sex rating

TOP ADVANTAGES of sex on a waterbed

1. CLEANUP. Fluids or soiling cannot penetrate the vinyl water chamber. On a hardside waterbed especially, this makes clean up relatively simple and easy.

waterbed cleanup

2. DISCREET. Waterbeds are heavy and do not move during sex, nor do they tend to make significant noise. This may allow sex to take place with no one in the next room being aware.

waterbed discreet

TOP DISADVANTAGES of sex on a waterbed

1. NO BOUNCE. Waterbeds have no bounce (but have at least some wave action). Some owners say this makes it hard to get into a rhythm.

waterbed bounce

2. MAY LACK POSITION VARIETY. The sides of a hardside waterbed can be uncomfortable to lay or move on. This may limit positions performed at the side of the bed.

waterbed variety

3. DIFFICULT TO MOVE ON. Poorly baffled waterbeds may be somewhat difficult to move on and can impede active sex.

waterbed ease of movement

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