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Of All The Different Mattresses - Which Is The Best Mattress For You?

There are many things you need to keep in mind before buying a mattress, and the sheer amount of options might be overwhelming. Read in this article the most important things you should know about the following mattress types. Keep scrolling or click below on the type of mattress that interests you most.

  • Memory Foam Mattresses
  • Latex Mattresses
  • Innerspring Mattresses
  • Hybrid Mattresses
  • Pillowtop Mattresses
  • Adjustable Beds
  • Waterbeds
  • Air Beds
  • Gel Mattresses

Memory Foam Mattresses

First invented by NASA in 1966, memory foam has since grown very popular for personal uses. It was originally intended for safety measures, as it’s soft and energy-absorbent properties offered pilots protection against high impact collisions. Shortly after being used in the aerospace industry, it was also used in safety helmets, shoes, prosthetics, and seating pads for the disabled. Today, many customers find themselves satisfied with their memory foam mattresses. You can check out our collection of memory foam mattresses here.

Pros

  • Ideal for side sleepers as it offers hip and shoulder support
  • Offers pressure relief, making it a good choice for people who have painful conditions and need extra softness
  • Memory foam adjusts to your body and slowly bounces back to its original shape after the weight is removed
  • Motion isolation, you won’t feel your partner’s tossing and turning as much
  • Resistant to dust mites and allergens
  • Encourages proper spine alignment

Cons

  • Might have an unpleasant smell if new
  • Tends to contain heat, however, advancements in technology have battled that to ensure you get a cool sleep
  • Can be pricy, depending on the brand

Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses and memory foam mattresses are very similar to each other, as they are both made of foam. The main component of latex mattresses is derived from the sap of a rubber tree. There are two different types of latex beds, depending on the process that was used.

Dunlop: Latex is poured into a mold in one single pour. These kinds of mattresses are denser on the bottom and softer on the top.

Talalay: Latex if poured into a mold, after which a vacuum sucks out all the air. Next, the material is frozen to stabilize the overall structure. These kinds of mattresses feel more consistent on all sides when sleeping.

Pros

  • Can come in varying levels of firmness
  • Can accommodate all sleeping positions, especially people experiencing lower back pain and plus-sized sleepers
  • Offers pressure relief and contouring (not as much as memory foam)
  • Latex provides more “bounce” and does not sink in as deep
  • Eco friendly
  • Temperature neutral

Cons

  • Tends to be expensive
  • Not all latex is the same quality
  • Some people are allergic to latex
  • Can be heavier and more difficult to move

Innerspring Mattresses

These are some of the oldest mattress types, with its technology dating back to the 1800s. Generally speaking, these are mattresses springs internally for support with a comfortable top layer made of foam or fibers. You can judge the quality by how many coils there are, as the number and distribution will conform differently to your body. As these mattresses are very versatile, all types of sleepers can feel comfortable, if they find the right mattress type for themselves.

Here are some of the different springs you might encounter while looking at spring mattresses. Note, you sometimes will stumble over the term “coil gauge”. Higher numbers mean the gauge is thinner, making the mattress softer. Lower numbers mean the gauge is thicker, providing a firmer experience as well as being more durable.

Continuous coils: These mattresses use a single wire to support the entire system. The coils are in an S-Shape, and since everything is made up of a single, interlinked wire, this kind of mattress should be very durable. However, because there is only one wire, there is very little to no motion transfer, so you will notice it whenever your partner moves. These are the most affordable spring mattresses.

Bonnel coils: These coils are the first to have been invented, and they are still some of the most common coils you will find on the market. Shaped like an hourglass, they look like a helix when all put together. These tend to be more mid-range when it comes to price.

Offset coils: Shaped like an hourglass, they look like Bonnel coils, however, the edges on the top and bottom are flattened. This makes them more sturdy, durable, supportive, quiet and conforms better to the shape of your body.

Marshall or Pocketed Coil: This is the most expensive option you will encounter. They are not wired together but work independently of each other so there is some motion isolation.

Pros

  • A big variety of firmness options
  • Widely available
  • Affordable
  • Very breathable thanks to the air between coils

Cons

  • Lacking when it comes to pressure relief
  • Little to no motion-isolation
  • Limited durability due to sagging
  • Can be noisy

Hybrid Mattresses

What is a hybrid mattress? To sum it up, this type of mattress combines two or three different mattress types are combined into one, making them very versatile. You can get the support of an innerspring mattress combined with the softness of either latex or memory foam. 

Pros

  • Highly customizable and adjustable
  • Balances support and comfort
  • Contours the body better than a spring mattresses

Cons

  • Might have structmkjn bhvnjh  vcural weaknesses due to the combination
  • Choice options can be overwhelming

Pillowtop Mattresses

These mattresses can be spring mattresses or memory foam mattresses – what makes them so interesting is their surface. The top layer can be several inches thick and resembles a pillow. This added layer makes your mattress feel soft, allowing your hip and shoulder to “sink” into the mattress without misaligning your back.

Pros

  • Extra level of comfort
  • Can relieve pains and aches for side sleepers
  • Less likely to release chemicals
  • Adjustable level of softness

Cons

  • Tend to be more costly
  • Harder to find on the market
  • Can be pricey

Adjustable Beds

These kinds of mattresses are the most flexible, as they offer relief and support right where and when you need it. They come with a base that can be lowered or raised, typically your head or your feet. 

Pros

  • Good for people suffering from sinus pressure, back pain, or snoring
  • Activities in bed such as watching TV, reading or breastfeeding will become easier
  • Partners can adjust their side of the bed to fit themselves

Cons

  • Price tends to be higher than average
  • If used incorrectly could worsen back pain
  • Since there are more mechanical, with components such as motors, joints and more, there is a higher risk of malfunction with added maintenance costs
  • Feel heavier and tend to be more difficult to clean

Waterbed Mattresses

Invented by the Scottish physical, Dr. Neil Arnott, these mattresses were intended to help patients with bedsores. Since then, they became popular in the 80s until today. They are water-filled and made from polyvinyl material with a stretchy top. The water can be in a free-flow chamber or a limited-flow “waveless” chamber. In each case, the water chamber is padded with foam or fibers. Your choice should depend on the amount of support and flexibility you prefer, and how distracting it would be for you to feel the water moving beneath you.

Pros

  • High level of comfort
  • Relaxes the spine, provides relief for back pain, decreases pressure on the joints
  • Can be heated during winter months
  • Good for allergies, as there are no fibers which can accumulate dirt or dust

Cons

  • Poor support, little body contouring
  • Punctures can cause leaks
  • Can be difficult to move, as you need to disassemble, reassemble, and refill it every time
  • Time-consuming to set up

Air Beds

An air bed is not the same as an air mattress. Like waterbeds, an air bed used a chamber filled with air for support. It is also padded with foam or fiber. As their chamber is adjustable, you can adjust the firmness of the mattress. They are easy to fold up and put away, or to set up again.

Pros

  • No sagging, as it can be refilled
  • Easily adjustable firmness levels

Cons

  • Can be expensive
  • Often come with lower-quality warranties
  • Assembly can take a while
  • Often requires a loud pump

Gel Mattresses

A common complaint with memory foam is that it traps heat. To counter this, gel is added to the foam in the support system or upholstery layer to make it cooler to sleep on. 

Pros

  • You can enjoy the benefits of a memory foam mattress while feeling cooler

Cons

  • It has a different feel to it, so you will have to test it out to see which you prefer

Can a mattress last 20 years?

Whichever mattress you end up choosing, most will last an average of 7 to 10 years. Although some mattresses are claimed to last 20 years, this is very rare. When buying a mattress, you always need to check it’s quality and then take care of it properly to make sure it lasts. Make sure to do your research about how to care for your mattress properly, as some can require more attention than others.

So, what mattress is best for me?

There is no such thing as a perfect bed. To find out which mattress is best for you, you will have to compare mattresses and decide on your individual sleep preferences and weigh the possible downsides of each choice. Whether you want a firm or soft mattress, the size of your budget, what kind of sleeper you are, whether you experience back pain, share your bed... there are many factors to take into account. And if you feel overwhelmed by the choice, just take a step back. Making a thought-out decision will be worth it for you in the long run.

Read here all about mattress sizes, or check out our collection of mattress toppers if you don’t feel ready to completely replace your mattress.

You can also use the discount code SweetSleep15 on your next order to receive a 15% discount.

Of All The Different Mattresses - Which Is The Best Mattress For You?

There are many things you need to keep in mind before buying a mattress, and the sheer amount of options might be overwhelming. Read in this article the most important things you should know about the following mattress types. Keep scrolling or click below on the type of mattress that interests you most.

  • Memory Foam Mattresses
  • Latex Mattresses
  • Innerspring Mattresses
  • Hybrid Mattresses
  • Pillowtop Mattresses
  • Adjustable Beds
  • Waterbeds
  • Air Beds
  • Gel Mattresses

Memory Foam Mattresses

First invented by NASA in 1966, memory foam has since grown very popular for personal uses. It was originally intended for safety measures, as it’s soft and energy-absorbent properties offered pilots protection against high impact collisions. Shortly after being used in the aerospace industry, it was also used in safety helmets, shoes, prosthetics, and seating pads for the disabled. Today, many customers find themselves satisfied with their memory foam mattresses. You can check out our collection of memory foam mattresses here.

Pros

  • Ideal for side sleepers as it offers hip and shoulder support
  • Offers pressure relief, making it a good choice for people who have painful conditions and need extra softness
  • Memory foam adjusts to your body and slowly bounces back to its original shape after the weight is removed
  • Motion isolation, you won’t feel your partner’s tossing and turning as much
  • Resistant to dust mites and allergens
  • Encourages proper spine alignment

Cons

  • Might have an unpleasant smell if new
  • Tends to contain heat, however, advancements in technology have battled that to ensure you get a cool sleep
  • Can be pricy, depending on the brand

Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses and memory foam mattresses are very similar to each other, as they are both made of foam. The main component of latex mattresses is derived from the sap of a rubber tree. There are two different types of latex beds, depending on the process that was used.

Dunlop: Latex is poured into a mold in one single pour. These kinds of mattresses are denser on the bottom and softer on the top.

Talalay: Latex if poured into a mold, after which a vacuum sucks out all the air. Next, the material is frozen to stabilize the overall structure. These kinds of mattresses feel more consistent on all sides when sleeping.

Pros

  • Can come in varying levels of firmness
  • Can accommodate all sleeping positions, especially people experiencing lower back pain and plus-sized sleepers
  • Offers pressure relief and contouring (not as much as memory foam)
  • Latex provides more “bounce” and does not sink in as deep
  • Eco friendly
  • Temperature neutral

Cons

  • Tends to be expensive
  • Not all latex is the same quality
  • Some people are allergic to latex
  • Can be heavier and more difficult to move

Innerspring Mattresses

These are some of the oldest mattress types, with its technology dating back to the 1800s. Generally speaking, these are mattresses springs internally for support with a comfortable top layer made of foam or fibers. You can judge the quality by how many coils there are, as the number and distribution will conform differently to your body. As these mattresses are very versatile, all types of sleepers can feel comfortable, if they find the right mattress type for themselves.

Here are some of the different springs you might encounter while looking at spring mattresses. Note, you sometimes will stumble over the term “coil gauge”. Higher numbers mean the gauge is thinner, making the mattress softer. Lower numbers mean the gauge is thicker, providing a firmer experience as well as being more durable.

Continuous coils: These mattresses use a single wire to support the entire system. The coils are in an S-Shape, and since everything is made up of a single, interlinked wire, this kind of mattress should be very durable. However, because there is only one wire, there is very little to no motion transfer, so you will notice it whenever your partner moves. These are the most affordable spring mattresses.

Bonnel coils: These coils are the first to have been invented, and they are still some of the most common coils you will find on the market. Shaped like an hourglass, they look like a helix when all put together. These tend to be more mid-range when it comes to price.

Offset coils: Shaped like an hourglass, they look like Bonnel coils, however, the edges on the top and bottom are flattened. This makes them more sturdy, durable, supportive, quiet and conforms better to the shape of your body.

Marshall or Pocketed Coil: This is the most expensive option you will encounter. They are not wired together but work independently of each other so there is some motion isolation.

Pros

  • A big variety of firmness options
  • Widely available
  • Affordable
  • Very breathable thanks to the air between coils

Cons

  • Lacking when it comes to pressure relief
  • Little to no motion-isolation
  • Limited durability due to sagging
  • Can be noisy

Hybrid Mattresses

What is a hybrid mattress? To sum it up, this type of mattress combines two or three different mattress types are combined into one, making them very versatile. You can get the support of an innerspring mattress combined with the softness of either latex or memory foam. 

Pros

  • Highly customizable and adjustable
  • Balances support and comfort
  • Contours the body better than a spring mattresses

Cons

  • Might have structural weaknesses due to the combination
  • Choice options can be overwhelming

Pillowtop Mattresses

These mattresses can be spring mattresses or memory foam mattresses – what makes them so interesting is their surface. The top layer can be several inches thick and resembles a pillow. This added layer makes your mattress feel soft, allowing your hip and shoulder to “sink” into the mattress without misaligning your back.

Pros

  • Extra level of comfort
  • Can relieve pains and aches for side sleepers
  • Less likely to release chemicals
  • Adjustable level of softness

Cons

  • Tend to be more costly
  • Harder to find on the market
  • Can be pricey

Adjustable Beds

These kinds of mattresses are the most flexible, as they offer relief and support right where and when you need it. They come with a base that can be lowered or raised, typically your head or your feet. 

Pros

  • Good for people suffering from sinus pressure, back pain, or snoring
  • Activities in bed such as watching TV, reading or breastfeeding will become easier
  • Partners can adjust their side of the bed to fit themselves

Cons

  • Price tends to be higher than average
  • If used incorrectly could worsen back pain
  • Since there are more mechanical, with components such as motors, joints and more, there is a higher risk of malfunction with added maintenance costs
  • Feel heavier and tend to be more difficult to clean

Waterbed Mattresses

Invented by the Scottish physical, Dr. Neil Arnott, these mattresses were intended to help patients with bedsores. Since then, they became popular in the 80s until today. They are water-filled and made from polyvinyl material with a stretchy top. The water can be in a free-flow chamber or a limited-flow “waveless” chamber. In each case, the water chamber is padded with foam or fibers. Your choice should depend on the amount of support and flexibility you prefer, and how distracting it would be for you to feel the water moving beneath you.

Pros

  • High level of comfort
  • Relaxes the spine, provides relief for back pain, decreases pressure on the joints
  • Can be heated during winter months
  • Good for allergies, as there are no fibers which can accumulate dirt or dust

Cons

  • Poor support, little body contouring
  • Punctures can cause leaks
  • Can be difficult to move, as you need to disassemble, reassemble, and refill it every time
  • Time-consuming to set up

Air Beds

An air bed is not the same as an air mattress. Like waterbeds, an air bed used a chamber filled with air for support. It is also padded with foam or fiber. As their chamber is adjustable, you can adjust the firmness of the mattress. They are easy to fold up and put away, or to set up again.

Pros

  • No sagging, as it can be refilled
  • Easily adjustable firmness levels

Cons

  • Can be expensive
  • Often come with lower-quality warranties
  • Assembly can take a while
  • Often requires a loud pump

Gel Mattresses

A common complaint with memory foam is that it traps heat. To counter this, gel is added to the foam in the support system or upholstery layer to make it cooler to sleep on. 

Pros

  • You can enjoy the benefits of a memory foam mattress while feeling cooler

Cons

  • It has a different feel to it, so you will have to test it out to see which you prefer

Can a mattress last 20 years?

Whichever mattress you end up choosing, most will last an average of 7 to 10 years. Although some mattresses are claimed to last 20 years, this is very rare. When buying a mattress, you always need to check it’s quality and then take care of it properly to make sure it lasts. Make sure to do your research about how to care for your mattress properly, as some can require more attention than others.

So, what mattress is best for me?

There is no such thing as a perfect bed. To find out which mattress is best for you, you will have to compare mattresses and decide on your individual sleep preferences and weigh the possible downsides of each choice. Whether you want a firm or soft mattress, the size of your budget, what kind of sleeper you are, whether you experience back pain, share your bed... there are many factors to take into account. And if you feel overwhelmed by the choice, just take a step back. Making a thought-out decision will be worth it for you in the long run.

Read here all about mattress sizes, or check out our collection of mattress toppers if you don’t feel ready to completely replace your mattress.

You can also use the discount code SweetSleep15 on your next order to receive a 15% discount.