Before you can even begin to consider shopping for a mattress, you first need to determine what type of mattress will make you the most comfortable.
The only way to do that is to learn about the different types of mattresses that exist on the market on the pros and cons that each of them offers. This way, you can make an informed decision about what sort of mattress may be the most comfortable option for you and which may provide you with the most optimum levels of complete sleep that you need to stay healthy.
Here are all of the types of mattresses that exist and some pros and cons of each of them:
Innerspring mattresses, or beds with coils, are some of the most popular mattress types on the market. These mattresses typically have steel coils inside of them to provide proper support for your spine and for the rest of your body as you sleep.
You can buy an innerspring mattress with various types of upholstery. Some of them only have the flat mattress base by themselves, while others take a more comfortable approach, donning a pillow top for added comfort and a better night’s sleep. Innerspring mattresses typically make up about 80% of the current bed market. These mattresses are also available in a wide variety of firmness, from rock hard to fluffy like a cloud.
- Come in a variety of sizes and firmness levels so you can be as comfortable as you wish
- Great for relieving back and neck pain
- Varying price ranges to suit people on a budget or with an unlimited amount of money
- It can be rather challenging to comparison shop for an innerspring mattress, because many of them are designed to be quite similar
- You might have to purchase a box spring if you don’t already have one or if your current one is too large or too small
- These mattresses don’t necessarily last as long as other types do
Memory Foam Mattress
Another type of mattress is the memory foam mattress, constructed primarily of foam layers, though there are some types of memory foam mattresses that combine the use of both inner coils and foam in order to provide a bit more support to their users. These are nice mattresses that contour to your body as soon as they feel heat. Most of the time, they even absorb motion, so if your partner tosses and turns a lot, you won’t wake up due to the amount of motion he or she is creating.
- Created of different densities and layers of foam in order to provide you with optimum levels of comfort
- Absorbs movement, so if you have a partner, the bed won’t wake you up because of his or her constant moving
- Sensitive to heat, so the foam begins to adjust to your body type as soon as it senses your body heat
- Pressure-sensitive to relieve pain and go back to its original shape without leaving a feeling of being in a hole when you sleep in the bed
- May not be the most comfortable choice of bed for every user
- May get a bit hotter than other types of mattresses, so you may have to invest in a memory foam model that has cooling options built into it
Latex mattresses are similar in design to memory foam mattresses in that they can press down to absorb the weight of your body, conform to all your curves and help support your spine and pressure points accordingly. However, they don’t conform nearly with the depth of a memory foam mattress, but they have a faster recovery time when you get up from them. Latex mattresses are quite durable and will provide you with just as much support as your standard memory foam would.
- Traditionally as supportive if not more supportive than a memory foam mattress
- Great for relieving any sort of pain you may experience while you sleep
- Keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer months
- Changing position won’t make the bed hotter than it should be
- May be a bit bouncy in design, which some people might not like
- Not as soft as memory foam
Air mattresses are similar in design to that of an innerspring mattress, but these mattresses use air to deliver support and comfort. You can adjust the air in the mattress to a specified amount in order to make the bed as hard or as soft as you would like.
- Can provide you the same levels of comfort as an innerspring mattress if you adjust the bed accordingly
- You can manually adjust the comfort levels at your own discretion
- Good portable bed that can easily be stored or transported
- Can pop if you aren’t careful
- May not be the best option to choose if you suffer from back pain
Waterbeds are similar in design to that of an innerspring mattress as well, but they use water to provide you with support as you sleep instead of coils at the core. They often have several layers and types of padding to be able to support people who like a variety of comfort levels.
- Designed to look similar to and be as comfortable as an innerspring mattress
- Gives you several layers of upholstery to keep you comfortable and warm
- Can pop if you aren’t careful
We have explored the most popular types of mattresses that currently exist on the market. While each of these offers its own array of pros and cons, it is important to consider carefully how each mattress type may benefit you, and then purchase accordingly.