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Waterbed Sex: Is it Really a Better Experience?

Like most things related to sex, personal preferences are highly subjective, and in this article, we will attempt to answer the question: Is waterbed sex really better or…?

Being that each person’s experiences and inclinations are unique, we’ve relied heavily on anecdotal evidence to summarize our findings. Below are some pros and cons about waterbed sex that can help you decide if this is something you want to try out for yourself.

Looking to explore further? See our top picks for the best mattresses for sex.

Pros to Waterbed Sex

  • It’s easy to clean. As adults, we’re aware that sometimes the aftermath of a sexual encounter can be messy. However, when having sex on a water bed, especially directly on the vinyl as opposed to on sheets, the cleanup takes as little as a few minutes.
  • It’s bouncy, and couples often love that. Many people have found that, while having sex on this type of bed, it’s easier to find their rhythm as opposed to doing so on a traditional mattress or memory foam bed. This is because the water moves easily with your body rather than pushing back against it.
  • It’s more discrete. Being that this bed doesn’t employ traditional metal springs that can be noisy, waterbeds are great when you need to exercise discretion. Because it’s just made with water and vinyl, it makes hardly any noise during sexual intercourse.
  • It’s perfect for variety. Because they allow for equal weight distribution, the functionality of it increases. Rather than lovemaking on beds with rough edges, uneven corners, or sagging middles, this bed is equally easy to utilize from any part of it. Plus, the fact that it allows for equal distribution of body weight lends to the fact that you can have sex in a variety of different positions. Moving around on the bed is made easy so you can feel free to enjoy your private time however you’d like.

See Our Guide: Best Waterbed Mattresses

Cons to Waterbed Sex

  • The mattress is bouncy. I know, we just discussed this aspect as a pro. However, as we previously stated, all this information is based on user preference. Some have a harder time finding their rhythm than others. Consider the movement of water. If you feel that this flow would throw off your groove, then the waterbed may not be the best choice for you.
  • It moves with you. For some folks, this is a pro, but the constant movement of the bed can be distracting. The water freely flows beneath your body, making it difficult to just focus on the other person involved.
  • May impact sleep after. Many couples enjoy cuddling and eventually falling asleep together after sex. However, the natural buoyancy of waterbeds can make it harder to get an uninterrupted night’s rest. More specifically, if your partner tosses and turns in their sleep, you’re more likely to feel it on your side, which may wake you up or make it harder to doze off. In this case, a traditional bed that’s bouncy but still keeps movement isolated would probably be the better route.

Sex on a Waterbed FAQs

Are waterbeds good for sex?

Waterbeds can be good for sex and have a lot going for them in this regard. They are naturally bouncy, which many sexually active partners like in a bed. Some additional positives are that they make little to no noise, offer good weight distribution, and are easy to clean up post-sex.

Final Thoughts

Waterbeds offer some appealing qualities for intimacy, but they also have their drawbacks, so you’ll need to weigh these in your decision-making process. 

Ultimately, if you’re with the right partner, you can have a good time virtually anywhere you deem fit, but the right mattress can certainly enhance the experience. Will it be a waterbed? Obviously, there’s only one way to really know, so if you’re still interested, it may be worth a shot to see if waterbed sex is something you and your partner enjoy.

Jill Zwarensteyn

Jill Zwarensteyn


About Author

Jill Zwarensteyn is the Editor for Sleep Advisor and a Certified Sleep Science Coach. She is enthusiastic about providing helpful and engaging information on all things sleep and wellness.

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