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What Is the Difference Between Types of Mattresses?

This article will explain to you the different types of mattresses and their advantages and disadvantages so that you can choose the one that suits you.

When it comes to mattresses, many people think that it is a simple product, and some people may even think that all mattresses are the same. However, the fact is much more complicated. Under the bed cover, the mattress can be made of many different designs and materials. This internal structure is the most important factor that affects the feel and use time of the mattress. These internal fillings define the main types of mattresses. Although not all mattresses of a certain type have the same function, some common features can be derived from the way the bed is constructed. For this reason, understanding these types can be of great help to how you choose a mattress. Every sleeper has his own set of preferences and needs, which means there is no perfect mattress for everyone. 

Eight Common Types of Mattresses You Should Know

1. Memory Foam Mattresses

If you are a person who is used to sleeping on the side, memory foam is a good choice, it can provide excellent support and comfort. Memory foam is very popular because it gradually conforms to your body while you sleep. If you sleep on your side, your shoulders and hips will be well supported. The memory foam fits your body, allowing you to feel partially surrounded by the mattress when being supported. Other benefits of memory foam mattresses are that they contain multiple layers of foam to prevent sinking in the middle, and there is no need to flip the mattress frequently.

2. Gel Mattresses

In gel mattresses, the gel is usually added to the support system or the inner foam mattress. It feels slightly different from memory foam, so you may need to test it to determine which feel you prefer. Gel mattresses can also dissipate heat more efficiently, so if you don't like the way certain foam mattresses absorb body heat, gel mattresses may help.

3. Pillow Top Mattresses

Side sleepers who choose not to use memory foam or gel may also prefer pillow-top mattresses or mattresses with "pillow topper." The pillow top is basically an extra layer of decoration that you add to the top of the mattress. They are very soft and supple, providing a "sinking" sensation similar to memory foam, allowing your hips and shoulders to "sink" onto the top of the pillow, and keep your back in a comfortable alignment. You can choose the softness of the top of the pillow, and they are usually used with built-in spring or coil mattresses.

4. Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring (also called coil) mattresses use the internal support of metal springs. The support quality of a spring mattress can be measured by the number of coils in the design. The number and distribution of coils determines how closely the mattress fits your body. Innerspring beds may also have different spring shapes and coil specifications, which will affect the quality of the back support. People who sleep on their backs, sides, and tummy can feel comfortable on the correct type of spring mattress.

5. Water Bed Mattresses

A water bed mattress is best for people lying on their backs because it uses water as the main support system. The water bed consists of a rectangular water chamber filled with decorative materials such as foam or fibers. Water can be in a free-flow chamber or a "waveless" chamber with limited flow. In free flow, the water moves from one end of the mattress to the other without any obstacles. In a waveless water bed, fibers restrict the movement of water. Whether this mattress is right for you depends on the support and flexibility you like, and whether you will be distracted by the movement of water.

6. Air bed Mattresses

Like the waterbed, the air bed uses an air-filled chamber as the main support. The air chamber is filled with foam or fiber. The air chamber is also adjustable, allowing you to adjust the tightness of the mattress. Some mattresses allow you to adjust one side of the mattress individually. The air bed is very suitable for people lying on their backs and couples with different firmness needs.

7. Adjustable Bases Mattresses

An adjustable base mattress is one of the most flexible mattress types, providing relief and support wherever you need it. You can adjust the base according to your actual needs to raise your head, raise your feet or provide more back support. They are very suitable for solving sleep-related problems such as muscle soreness, back pain, acid reflux, heartburn, sleep apnea, etc.

8. Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid mattresses are a combination of foam mattresses and innerspring mattresses, which are becoming more and more popular. You can get the support and bounce of a innerspring mattress, as well as the comfort and softness of latex or memory foam. If you want flexibility, stress relief, and you want to stay cool all night, then you can look for a mattress with coils on the bottom and memory foam on the top.

There are many types of mattresses to choose from. Everyone can find what suits them, so the most important thing to consider is what makes you most comfortable!

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