Choosing the Best Type of Mattress

Memory foam, pocket coil, latex, open coil, continuous coil... not sure which type of mattress is best for you? We look at the pros and cons of the main types of mattresses to help you find the best.

There are four main mattress types to choose from. Most mattress manufacturers make more than one type - different varieties go through a different manufacturing process and cost different amounts. Price isn't everything, though, as what is most important is what you as an individual find comfortable.

Pocket coil mattress

Individually wrapped coils are the most popular coil support system on the market. They offer a weightless, buoyant feel, but with all of the pressure relieving, motion separating benefits of an all foam core. Many people prefer the feel of a wrapped coil support system because it offers bi-directional support by both absorbing weight and pushing back to instantly conform to your body and relieve pressure across your entire body.
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What is Latex?

Latex is a natural material that comes from the sap of the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) and possesses elasticity. It is this elasticity which allows the mattress to conform pleasantly to your body shape. Those who have slept on a latex mattress report that it feels wonderfully soft at first touch, but 'firms up' as your body settles deeper, giving the body full support. It is no surprise then that many people with musculoskeletal ailments such as back pain find relief with a latex mattress.

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Continuous coil mattress and open coil mattress

These mattresses are less expensive than other types of bed mattress.

  • Continuous coil mattresses are made from a single looped wire
  • Open coil mattresses are made of single springs fixed together by one wire.

Because the springs move as one unit, you're more likely to be disturbed by your partner moving around during the night. The coils in these mattresses wear out more quickly than pocket springs, so you’re likely to end up rolling together eventually. The industry is finding consumers moving to pocket coil mattresses and specialty mattresses (below).

Pocket coil mattress

Pocket coil mattress

Individually wrapped coils are the most popular coil support system on the market. They offer a weightless, buoyant feel, but with all of the pressure relieving, motion separating benefits of an all foam core. Many people prefer the feel of a wrapped coil support system because it offers bi-directional support by both absorbing weight and pushing back to instantly conform to your body and relieve pressure across your entire body.
What is Latex?

What is Latex?

Latex is a natural material that comes from the sap of the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) and possesses elasticity. It is this elasticity which allows the mattress to conform pleasantly to your body shape. Those who have slept on a latex mattress report that it feels wonderfully soft at first touch, but 'firms up' as your body settles deeper, giving the body full support. It is no surprise then that many people with musculoskeletal ailments such as back pain find relief with a latex mattress

Memory foam mattress/memory mattress

Supportive—People suffering from back problems especially appreciate memory foam because it provides the support that is needed to relieve the body of stress and tension while you sleep. One of the greatest advantages of this material is its ability to conform to your body and keep your spine in natural alignment, rather than forcing it to assume a linear shape.

No Motion Transfer—Many couples find memory foam to be ideal because they can finally sleep soundly with their partner. If one person moves or gets out of bed, that motion will not disturb the other. (This was the principle demonstrated by the classic wine glass test).

First designed in the mid-1960s for NASA airplane seats, memory foam is made from a substance called viscoelastic. It is both highly energy absorbent and soft.

Memory foam molds to the body in response to heat and pressure, evenly distributing body weight. It then returns to its original shape once you remove the pressure.

Pressure Relief —Memory foam provides even support for your body by distributing weight across the surface. In many other types of beds, pressure points are created as the heaviest parts of the body like shoulders and hips support a majority of the sleeper’s weight. By eliminating pressure points, you will toss and turn less at night reduce daytime pain as well.

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