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unbiased Mattress Types and Sex Suitability: Ratings and Comparisons

Based on 628 Mattress Owner Experiences

August 1, 2016


Based on data gathered from over 600 actual mattress owners, the different mattress types are rated and compared in regard to their suitability for sex.

The findings show what is often – but not always – true. A particular brand, model, individual mattress or individual person's experience may go against these findings somewhat.

Mattress Type Sex Comparison

  Spring Memory foam Hybrid Air Latex Water
Easy to move on A- d+ C B B- c-
Bouncy A- D C- c B d-
Comfortable c- B A- C+ B+ C+
Allows discretion C- A B+ d+ B b-
Durable C A- B- d A- C+
position Variety B+ C- A- c+ B- D+
Whole bed suitable C C- B+ D+ B- D+
Allows fast climax C b B- c C+ c
fluid, Stain cleanup D D D B C A-
Overall Rating B- C- B C- B- C-

GLOSSARY

Easy to move on

The mattress is easy to move around on and sex can be performed with minimal effort. Ease of movement tends to be prevented by dense mattresses that are highly pressure sensitive and conforming or that don't always have or maintain a flat, level surface.

Bouncy

The mattress has a bouncing effect – as opposed to being motion absorbing. Most people say that a mattress bounce can help them get into a rhythm for many sexual positions and thus increase enjoyment.

Comfortable

The mattress puts minimal pressure on knees, elbows, hands, buttocks, etc. and does not restrict movement resulting in strained muscles.

Allows discretion

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

The mattress can withstand repeated and passionate use without breaking or coming apart in some way.

Position Variety

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.

Whole bed suitable

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.

Allows fast Climax

The mattress provides "traction," namely a sinking-in, molding-to-the-body effect, which allows for more efficiency of movement and potentially faster and easier climax.

Fluid, Stain Cleanup

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

74% of innerspring mattress owners who commented on the subject say their mattress is 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. EASY TO MOVE ON. Innerspring beds are often easy to move on and change positions on unless they have a thick, dense 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 at least average edge support and that the entire surface is often usable.

innerspring 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 sex 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 become compressed, can lack pressure-relieving ability. This may result in an inability to comfortably hold a certain sexual position for an extended 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 and a compressed comfort layer.

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 sex ratings

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 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.

memory foam discreet

2. COMFORTABLE. The mattresses tend to have adequate cushion so that knees, butt, elbows, hands, etc. don't get uncomfortable from pressure.

memory foam comfort

3. FASTER CLIMAX. The conforming properties and minimal bounce of memory foam may allow for more efficiency of movement, 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 – depending on its materials and construction – little to no bounce. Some owners say that limited bounce makes it difficult to get into a rhythm and can cause sex to seem awkward.

memory foam bounce

2. DIFFICULTY OF MOVEMENT. Some owners say that the foam's conforming properties can make moving on the mattress somewhat difficult thereby discouraging partners from changing positions easily and often. A person may also tire and exert themselves more quickly. It should be noted that lower-density memory foam mattresses tend to be easier to move on than higher-density varieties.

memory foam active

3. 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

4. LACK OF EDGE SUPPORT. Many memory foam mattresses, especially lower-priced ones, lack edge support. This means that having sex near an edge, especially for larger people, may result in one or both persons sliding or rolling off the bed.

memory foam edge support


HYBRID MATTRESSES

About 78% of hybrid mattress owners who commented on the subject report their mattress to be average or better for sex. The remaining 22% believe it to be poor or below average.

hybrid mattress sex

TOP ADVANTAGES of sex on a Hybrid mattress

1. COMFORTABLE. The mattresses often have enough cushion and pressure relief from their memory foam content to ensure that knees, butt, elbows, hands, etc. are comfortable.

hybrid comfort

2. POSITION VARIETY. Hybrid mattresses tend to allow for good position variety given that they are supportive from edge to edge, usually not overly difficult to move on, and keep pressure points minimized.

hybrid variety

3. DISCREET. Because hybrid mattresses are 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.

hybrid discreet

TOP DISADVANTAGES of sex on a Hybrid mattress

1. 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.

hybrid bed cleanup

2. LIMITED BOUNCE. While hybrids provide more bounce than memory foam mattresses, they still may not provide the degree of bounce preferred by some.

hybrid bounce


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 on the beds 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. (The middle problem can often be minimized by having both sides of the bed set with a high 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 relatively lightweight, and can lack the solidity, stability and motion absorption of other mattress types. Consequently, it may be possible for sex to be heard by others in a nearby room.

airbed 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 tend to have above average solidity and weight, they are usually stable and silent during sex. This may allow sex to take place with no one in the next room being aware.

latex discreet

2. COMFORTABLE. Latex mattresses often provide enough cushion and pressure relief to keep knees, butt, elbows, and hands comfortable. 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. 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. The degree of bounce that a latex mattress has tends to depend mainly on whether it is Talalay- or Dunlop-processed latex. Talalay tends to provide significant bounce while Dunlop does not. Overall, however, latex mattresses perform similar to the average mattress on this issue.

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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