The Five Mattress Types

Buying a mattress isn’t as simple as it sounds. For starters, there isn’t just one type of mattress. There are five main types of mattresses that people can choose from, each one providing different pros and cons over the others. There are five main types to choose from: innerspring mattresses, latex mattresses, foam mattresses, hybrid mattresses, and airbed mattresses. Innerspring mattresses are perhaps the most well known mattresses, the “classic” type of mattress whose back support springs from, well, metal springs. 


The coils inside innerspring mattresses are matted by several layers to insulate the hard metal from the soft mattress, and are known for being bouncy. Innerspring mattresses provide low motion insulation, but are often much cheaper than other types of mattresses, making them a good fit for the budget-conscientious shopper. 


When all the layers of a mattress are composed of latex, it is called a latex mattress. Latex mattresses are durable, low maintenance, and eco-friendly. Unlike most modern day products, latex mattresses actually encourage the planting of more trees, as latex rubber is produced from a sap secreted by rubber trees. The tree does not need to be cut down in order for the sap to be harvested, so a rubber tree planted for the sake of a latex mattress is a tree that stays around for a long time (like the mattress it’s made of). 


Mattresses composed of a central innerspring support system surrounded by substantial amounts of latex or foam are called hybrid mattresses. Hybrid mattresses have a good amount of bounce to them, contour to the body, and also possess a quality of low heat-retentiveness. If you’re someone who finds yourself pushing the covers off more often than not, a hybrid mattress could be a good fit for you. 


If a mattress is made with foam, but no latex or innerspring coils, it is known as a foam mattress. Foam mattresses contour to the body well, provide pressure relief, and isolate motion to the spot someone lays on. Foam mattresses are a popular pick among couples for its ability to allow one partner to get out of bed without easily waking the other. 


Another mattress type that’s popular among couples is the airbed. Airbed mattresses are unusual in that they are supported by air, not physical materials. Airbeds often come with a remote setting, such as one found in a remote or smartphone app, that governs the level of compression within the air chamber, making them the most flexible types of mattress when it comes to firmness. Airbeds can be customized differently for each side of the bed, making it a great pick for couples with specific back support needs.

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