mattress types

Mattress Types

Buying a mattress can be a difficult and complicated decision. It’s understandable as there are so many mattress sellers out there. In this post I would like to talk about the different mattress types and what are the differences between them. The are four main types of mattresses so let’t talk about each one individually.

Pocket Sprung Mattress

This type of mattress is one of the most common types available in stores. It’s a realatively old technology but that doesn’t mean there are no good pocket sprung mattresses. The individual springs are sewn into fabric pockets. With this type of mattress you won’t get this ‘hugging’ feeling that you would get from memory foam mattresses but if the springs are well designed, you will get good support. The higher the number of springs, the better the quality of the mattress so yes, numbers matter! Finally, pocket sprung mattresses usually stay cool during sleep as their construction allows airflow.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam is a very commonly used material these days and it is used to make mattresses, pillows etc. It is a “viscoelastic” polyurethane foam which has the ability to mould around your body or head and it is great to provide pressure relief. Old school memory foams were ‘accused’ that they get warm too easily but modern memory foams are much better so you won’t face this issue. Of course, make sure you get a good quality memory foam mattress to get the best of this technology.

Latex Mattress

Latex is another material used to make mattresses. I would personally suggest only mattresses that use natural latex. The main benefit of natural latex is that is hypo-alergenic so it’s good for both adults and children. Moreover natural latex is a breathbale material which guarantees airflow. High quality latex is usually an expensive material but if used properly it can make a really good mattress. Compared to memory foam it adapts quicker as it doesn’t need to cool down before it adapts to your body. It is also a bit more bouncy than memory foam so it’s really down to your needs when choosing between the two.

Hybrid Mattress

This type of mattress combines two technologies in one. Hybrid mattresses feature a memory foam layer on top combined with a layer of pocket springs. These mattresses are the latest trend as they offer the best from both worlds. If properly done, the result can be great and personally I have found some great hybrid mattresses.

To summarise, there is no right or wrong when choosing a mattress. Make sure you understand your needs and you choose accordingly. For more help with your choice, check our mattress reviews section.