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The Best Mattresses For Sex

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Did you know that the average British couple has sex once a week? Depending on your preferences, that might seem like a lot, or not enough, but we can all agree that when it comes to your sex life there are a lot of factors to take into account. One key component that you might be forgetting about is your bed, specifically your mattress. It might seem like an excuse, but the right mattress can really make a difference in your performance.

Once a week
is how often British couples have sex, on average

So, we've pooled our expertise together to reveal the best mattresses for your intimate moments, taking into account bounce, durability, support, comfort and, of course, how easy it is to clean after a night of romance.

Young couple in bed in an intimate moment. On the best mattress for sex.

This is the ultimate mattress to satisfy you between the sheets

There are plenty of things to think about when it comes to the best type of mattress for sex. If it’s too soft, your knees can sink in which restricts your ability to try different positions. If it’s not supportive enough, you could end up with an injury or bad back. And, if the mattress has the tell-tale squeak, you might have an interesting encounter with your neighbours the next morning.

You might think we're being crude, but since we're dedicated to helping with ALL sleeping and bedroom problems, the best mattresses for sex definitely comes under our jurisdiction.

What is the best mattress for sex?

We've analysed over 413 of the mattresses on our site, scoring each one between 1 and 5 (the higher the number, the better) on a range of categories - bounce, durability, support, comfort, even how easy it is to clean. Our product experts know our mattresses inside and out, and have analysed their specs intently - but just in case you were wondering, they didn't take them home to test.

The Silentnight Lift Replenish 2000 Pocket Latex Mattress scores top marks, taking 24 points out of a maximum of 25. The mattress scored well in each category, making it the best for sex. Pocket springs provide support in either a soft or medium firm tension - you can choose - and it's available up to a king size for maximum room for activities. It also features an EcoMemory™ Fibre layer that promotes airflow for a more hygienic environment. Plus, the surface is hypoallergenic, so it prevents the buildup of bacteria. Ideal.

In fact, the key thing about pocket springs is that they target support as you move, so no matter what sleeping or ...other position you find yourself in, you'll be properly supported. So, the best type of mattress for sex is definitely a pocket sprung one.

The top 5 best mattresses for sex

MattressBounceDurabilitySupportComfortEasiness to cleanTotal
Silentnight Lift Replenish 2000 Pocket Latex Mattress4555524
Coolflex® Hybrid ICE Mattress4555423
Tuft & Springs™ Enchantment 1500 Mattress5445321
SleepSoul Heaven 1000 Pocket Gel Pillow Top Mattress4445320
Sealy Ortho Plus Silver Memory Mattress3444318

A close second is the Coolflex® Hybrid ICE Mattress, which features a layer of cool gel foam, preventing you from getting too hot and sweaty.

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Find your best mattress for sex

We've taken these best mattresses for sex and gone a step further, explaining which mattress is best for a range of even more categories, including noise and firmness.

Best mattress for firmness during romance

If you're looking to spice things up or generally enjoy being quite adventurous in the bedroom, a firmer mattress will benefit you. A soft mattress will have you sinking in too much - instead, opt for a more rigid surface, like the Sealy Ortho Plus Silver Memory Mattress. With a medium firm tension, you'll be able to manoeuvre on top of the mattress easily, without excess cushioning absorbing your efforts to move.

This mattress will also offer exceptional support and comfort for when you go to sleep afterwards.

Since Brits spend what adds up to seven and a half years tired (which is also one of the top excuses for not having sex), it's important to consider your actual sleep.

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Best mattress to keep you cool during sex

Impress your partner(s) by having the best bed for sex with the Coolflex Hybrid ICE Mattress - the best for keeping you cool during sex. You no longer need to worry about getting too hot and sweaty to have fun, as a layer of cool gel memory foam actively draws heat away from your body, offering a continuously cooling bed surface.

Medium firm support also makes this mattress good for trying different positions, and no roll together technology means that when you settle down for sleep afterwards, you can enjoy your own personal 'sleeping zone'.

You can try this mattress with one of our 100 Night Sleep Trials, but please remember to use a mattress protector...

Image of a divan bed with the coolflex ice mattress on it, in a bedroom setting.

Best mattress to clean after a romantic night

If you think things are likely to get messy, we'd recommend investing in a waterproof mattress protector to keep your bed as clean as possible after sex. Did you know, however, that it's advised you properly wash your mattress every six months. It can gather dirt, dust and skin cells, so you need to keep on top of it - especially if you're getting on top of it with your partner.

Rated 5/5 in our 'easiness to clean' category is the Silentnight Lift Replenish 2000 Pocket Latex Mattress. Latex itself is naturally hypoallegeric, which prevents the build up of allergens, making it ideal for allergy sufferers - there's nothing worse than a sneezing fit when you're trying to be passionate.

This Silentnight mattress is also incredibly breathable, with a special knitted cover that encourages airflow for a much more hygienic sleeping (and other business) environment.

If you end up with any accidental spills or stains, our guides on How To Clean A Mattress will help you out.

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Best mattress for noise control during sex

A study found that 66% of people moan just to speed up their partner’s orgasm, while a further 87% actually make noise to pretend they are reaching their peak. So, if you are one of those couples who make a lot of noise during sex, you should make sure your mattress isn't making even more of a racket. The TEMPUR® ONE Firm Mattress will help to keep your intimate moments quiet.

of people moan to help their partner climax

Completely memory foam, you won't have to worry about noisy springs giving your neightbours an idea of what you're up to.

It's also firm, so you won't sink in and have to exert even more effort moving around.

Image on tempur one firm mattress on dark divan base with headboard.

Of course, you'll also want a sturdy bed frame to ensure there's no squeaking telling on you - a divan base is an excellent choice as they're known for their sturdiness and reliability. Our Divan Bed Assembly Guide will help you ensure you set it up properly to prevent accidental squeaks.

Most durable mattress for intimacy

The most durable type of mattress - and arguably the best type of mattress for sex - is one with latex, as this is a high-density foam that springs back quicker than regular memory foam. High density foam, like latex, lasts a lot longer than low density foam - you can learn more about that in our Memory Foam Thickness And Density Guide.

One of our favourite latex mattresses is the Silentnight Lift Replenish 2000 Pocket Latex Mattress - which also scored 5/5 in our durability test.

Available in two firmness options, this mattress will ensure any compression is reolved by springing back to shape once pressure is removed.

Close up corner image of the silentnight lift replenish mattress.

Bounciest mattress for sex

If there’s one thing you need for a good sex life, it’s bounce. Most of Britain's favourite sex positions require a lot of bounce, which is where the Tuft & Springs™ Enchantment 1500 Mattress comes into play. Taking top place on our bounceability scale, this softer mattress is complete with layers of luxury silk, wool, cotton and cashmere, making it a premium surface for love making.

With up to 1500 specially engineered pocket springs, you can certainly enjoy enough bounce to keep your partner happy.

It also features hand tufting, which is a traditional technique used to keep all fillings in place, which means your mattress will stay at the optimum comfort and support levels no matter how much you wiggle around on it.

Image of the luxury mattress tuft and springs enchantment on a grey divan base.

The most comfortable mattress for sex

With most of Britain preferring missionary as their sex position of choice, comfort is absolutely key for the best mattress for sex. Although most of our mattresses score super high for comfort levels, the top spot has to go to the SleepSoul Heaven 1000 Pocket Gel Pillow Top Mattress.

A pillow top of cool gel memory foam provides a temperature regulating comfort experience that cushions your entire body.

The foam contours to your body shape, keeping you supported and relieving your pressure points.

Cropped corner image of the sleepsoul heaven mattress, most comfortable mattress for sex.

With a medium tension, this mattress will keep you supported and blissfully comforted no matter what position you end up in.

Best mattress for supportive sex

45% of men and women have said they've fallen out of bed during sex, so it's important to ensure you're getting the right support from your mattress to prevent this.

of people have fallen out of bed during sex

Also our top rated for firmness, the Sealy Ortho Plus Silver Memory Mattress is the best for support during sex.

It features reinforced edges, which prevent the sides of the mattress from sagging and lets you use the maximum amount of bed surface.

Close up of the bottom of the sealy ortho plus silver on a taupe divan base.

This added support is due to EdgeGuard support strips, ingeniously placed right to the very edges of the mattress - thank you Sealy.

Why do you need to consider if your mattress is good for sex?

Martin Seeley, our CEO and Senior Sleep Expert, explains:

When you’re shopping for a new mattress, you may focus on one that suits your sleep needs, but it’s just as important to think about how the mattress may impact your sex life, too. 

For example, if your mattress is too soft, your knees can sink into it which will restrict your ability to try different positions. On the other hand, if it’s not supportive enough, then you could end up with an injury – which is why 45% of Brits have fallen off their bed whilst having sex with their partner. 

There are lots of important factors to consider but luckily for those on the lookout for a new mattress to spice up their sex life, we’ve done the hard work for you. 

After analysing over 400 mattresses, we’ve discovered the Silentnight Lift Replenish 2000 Pocket Latex Mattress to come out on top – scoring 24/25. The double mattress costs £639 and comes with a five-year guarantee, giving you peace of mind. However, it’s great value too - with the average couple having sex once per week, over the five-year period, this also means that each time you have sex with your partner, it costs just £2.45 to have the best sex.

Although, you can’t put a price on good sex, as it positively impacts other aspects of your life too - 

From lowering your blood pressure, improving your physical health, reducing your stress levels and, of course, strengthening your relationship with your partner.

Couple cuddling in boho themed bed bedroom.

5 tips on improving your sex life in bed

If you’ve got the new mattress and are still looking to breathe a little life into you and your partner’s relationship, we’ve got you covered.

  1. Try different positions as developing a repertoire of positions not only ignites interest, but can actually help ease problems within your relationship.
  2. Write down any fantasies if you are struggling to say them and then share your notes to start the conversation with your partner. You could keep these by the side of your bed and chat with your partner openly about them.
  3. Prioritise relaxation and romance by spending some other types of intimate moments together, such as lying in bed and making time for talking to strengthen your bond.
  4. Maintain your physical connection. Try and hug and kiss each day - such as in the morning when you wake up in bed - and embrace the romance.
  5. Don’t focus on sex but build your physical intimacy by trying to spend more time together and taking the pressure off sex. You can chat in bed, play board games or just sit with one another.

If you still need help deciding which mattress to buy, we have plenty of guides that cover all factors - start with our Mattress Buying Guide if you're not sure.

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