The mattresses available today in the market are many. The range of mattress types also leads to a lot of confusion. Making a wrong choice can be painful to live with.
One of the main reasons that people put off buying a new mattress is that they’re afraid to making a mistake. And for a good reason; mattresses are expensive and if you do make a mistake you have to live with it for a long time.
Research your mattress and mattress types well before you make a purchase. If you share a bed make sure you decide together. What suits you might not be ideal for your partner. Choosing the correct mattress types suited to both you and your partner is very important.
Memory foam mattresses tend to be a better choice for couples who can’t agree on firm or soft. Memory foam cradles the body with emphasis on firm/soft.
A mattress is an investment. You will be spending approximately three to seven years of your life on one mattress. Therefore, keep this in mind and allocate as much money as you can afford. Remember, like most things in life, you get what you pay for.
The life of a mattress depends on its composition. Eg: Spring mattresses last for an average of eight to ten years. Memory foam mattresses last for fifteen to twenty.
Most importantly, don’t rush it. Getting a good night’s sleep is important for health and well being.
Here is a complete guide to checkout which mattress types suits you and your needs the best.
Common Mattress Types
Different people have different choices when it comes to buying a mattress. Some prefer pocket spring mattress; some go in for open spring mattresses. Still others choose memory foam mattresses. Still others will opt for rubberised coir.
Each of these mattress types comes with different features. We will discuss some of the common types of mattresses available in the market today.
Spring mattresses have that nice bouncy feel. When layers of foam are combined with spring mattresses, they provide additional support and that cushy feel. Still better, you can choose how springy you want it to be. Look at the gauge of the metal coils to decide the springiness.
Typically, gauges are anywhere from 12 (the thickest and firmest) to 18 (the thinnest and most compressible). Heavier folks tend to prefer a thicker gauge’s support.
- Looking for something extra-durable? You should go in for Bonnell Springs as they have interconnected coils.
- Individual “pocketed” coils, each covered with fabric, called Pocket Springs, reduce the ripple effect that happens when someone on one side of the bed moves.
- Some mattress have one long continuous wire looped to form springs which are arranged in rows through the length and breadth of the mattress (called Continuous Spring).
Bonnell Spring Mattress
We can understand Bonnell Spring mattresses by looking at its construction.
- The springs are self-tied hour-glass shaped columns with narrow coils sandwiched between wider peripheral coils on either end.
- Smaller spring wires are used to hold these columns together. These are attached to a rigid border wire to promote shape retention.
- They are generally supportive but may have below-average longevity and motion isolation.
- They are almost always used on low-priced and durable mattresses.
Pocket Spring Mattress
Pocket spring mattresses come in a wide variety of price ranges depending on the gauge of the spring and the number of layers used in the construction of the mattress.
- Pocketed Spring mattresses have discreet columns of springs wrapped in individual fabric cases.
- The fabric pockets are then attached to each other to provide shape.
- This arrangement permits individual or area wise movement of the spring in response to pressure or motion and thus prevents ripples from forming that can disturb your partner when you turn or shift position.
- Pricier mattresses often feature a more advanced pocket coil design.
- Consumers seeking a highly “bouncy” mattress may want to avoid this coil.
Continuous Spring Mattress
Continuous Coil mattresses are durable and responsive.
- The many coils are literally one piece of connected metal and provide firm support to mattresses for any size person.
- By keeping each coil connected, every spring is able to draw support from the adjacent coils and combine comfort with durability.
- While it is durable because each coil gets support from ones next to it, the system tends not to be especially supportive.
- Continuous coil mattresses are almost always used on low-priced mattresses. They are generally supportive but may have below-average durability/longevity and motion isolation.
Negative of Spring Mattresses
All said, there are some negatives that we have to consider when choosing a spring mattress.
Loss Of Support – Spring mattresses usually begin to sag after 1-2 years.
Poor Back Support – Inner springs have poor back support and do not address spinal alignment. So people with back problems should not consider spring mattresses.
Painful – Spring mattresses do not distribute your body weight evenly. Because each spring pushes back with the same force, pressure points are inevitable.
If you are looking for a cushy feel to your mattress, then Foam mattresses should be your choice. Foam mattresses are often firm and become supple when you lie down on them. Hence, good foam mattresses provide a cushy feel right from head to toe with a touch of firmness beneath.
- Foam mattresses are incredibly comfortable and distribute body weight evenly.
- Tossing and turning while sleeping on a foam mattress will not wake up a partner.
- There are different types of foam available in the market. One type of foam is combined with other types of foam to provide a good support system.
- The foam may be Polyurethane Foam, Memory (or Visco elastic) Foam, Latex Foam or Bonded Foam can contain get or other materials.
Memory Foam Mattress
- Memory foam mattresses (which have a polyurethane core) have much less spring but they provide good pressure relief and comfort.
- You should be able to sit on it and feel only the top most layer adjusting to your contours.
- Thickness of the top layer can typically vary from 1 to 2 inches, which will determine how deep you will sink into the mattress.
- A greater quantity/thickness of memory foam present means a greater likelihood of noticeable and potentially bothersome off-gassing (the chemical-like odor given off by the mattress). This may be bothersome for people with respiratory problems or sensitivity.
- In addition, a mattress with memory foam, especially high density memory foam, is two or three times more likely to act as a heat trap than a mattress without memory foam.
- One of the biggest disadvantage of memory foam mattresses is that they are temperature sensitive. They take time to adjust to room and body temperature. If the surroundings are extremely cold, the foam is rock hard, whereas with high temperatures the opposite is found.
Polyurethane Foam Mattress
- PU foam mattresses / Polyurethane foam mattresses are completely synthetic.
- Its durability tends to be questionable; those mattresses with a thick layer of regular polyurethane foam tend to have an above-average number of sagging/compression complaints.
- This foam can also off-gas, that is, release a chemical-like odor when it is new.
- A greater quantity/thickness of foam present on the mattress means a greater likelihood of noticeable and potentially bothersome off-gassing (similar to memory foam mattress).
Latex Foam Mattress
- Rubber/Latex foam mattresses are generally, completely natural, healthy and durable.
- Latex or Rubber may be made from plant (from the milk of rubber trees) or petroleum-based materials. Depending on the latex used the mattress can feel more dense or softer.
- These mattress are similar to memory foam models in terms of firmness and pressure relief, but have a bit more spring-back.
- The latex may also off-gas and act as a heat trap.
- Latex mattresses provide about the same comfort level as a spring mattress but with extended durability.
- Natural latex (some mattresses are synthetic) is also hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and resistant to mold and dust mites. These mattresses can be expensive, but can last up to 10 years or more. They are good for people prone to allergies.
- Latex that is often used in innerspring mattresses is less durable as it can develop body impressions.
Bonded Foam Mattress
- Bonded foam has a hard surface and is good for back support.
- This type of foam does not sag easily and is more durable.
- Bonded foam is termed as regenerated material. Processing bonded foam involves re-compressing different kinds of PU foam material stuck together under pressure.
Rubberised Coir Mattress
- Manufacturing Rubberised Coir mattresses involves processing coconut coir fiber by curling them to give it a spring and then made into a sheet by spraying it with compounded latex solution.
- Moisture is removed from coir fiber by curling it into rolls and storing for a period of time. This helps set the curl in the coir. This makes coir springs giving a springy effect to the mattress.
- Coating the coir springs with natural latex and allowing it to dry gives us Rubberised coir sheets.
- Rubberised Coir mattresses provide that extra firm base and help you remain cool in summer and warm in winter.
- There are also a completely natural product for those who prefer organic mattresses.
- On a relative scale Rubberised Coir feels much firmer compared to the other alternatives including Latex and Memory foam.
Note: Remember to read about the various features of different mattress types. Before making your decision, research the mattresses available in the market. Consult your partner before deciding on the mattress types best suited to you.
Hopefully this guide will give you a clearer picture to selecting the mattress types best suited yo you, allowing you to make an informed decision. You can also read up on when to buy a new mattress.