Know Your Mattress Options

Posted on: 6 October 2020

If you are in the market for a mattress, it's easy to be overwhelmed by all the options available. Knowing the common types of mattresses along with their main benefits can help you make an informed choice.

Innerspring

An innerspring mattress is also sometimes called a coil mattress. Until recent years, this was the most common type of mattress on the market. Generally, innerspring mattresses are the most budget-friendly, and a well-made model can last much longer than the other options. On the other hand, poorly-made models can be damaged easily and have a short lifespan. Other than cost, the biggest benefits of an innerspring mattress are the extra back support and the fact that they are cooler thanks to the air spaces between the springs.

Memory Foam

A memory foam mattress is made from high-density synthetic foam. Its main draw is the way it conforms to the body, thus creating a very comfortable place for a night's sleep. Although it forms to your body, it doesn't break down, so the mattress regains its previous shape after you get up in the morning. The main issues with memory foam are off-gassing, which can be solved by using a sealed mattress cover, and heat, as air doesn't circulate well through the mattress. Memory foam is ideal for those that need some extra support but also need relief from pressure on the hips or other areas of the body.

Latex

Latex mattresses help solve one of the main issues with memory foam, namely the heat that can get trapped in the mattress. Latex mattresses consist of a memory foam layer topped by the natural or synthetic latex layer. You still get the comfort and support of memory foam, but the cooler latex is much more comfortable to sleep on, especially for those that live in warm climates or tend to sleep hot. Another benefit of natural latex is that it doesn't off-gas like memory foam, which can be useful for those that are sensitive.

Pillowtop

A pillowtop mattress consists of a base mattress made of innerspring, memory foam, or latex. The difference in this mattress is the extra top layer of cushioning attached that creates a softer bed. If you like firm support but a softer surface, a pillowtop could be the answer. Further, the top helps make memory foam mattresses cooler.

Hybrid

Hybrid mattresses have an innerspring layer topped by memory foam. This type of mattress is one of the more expensive options, but you get the benefits of the spring support along with the pressure relief provided by the foam.

Contact a mattress store to learn more about your options or about local mattress sales.

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