The 8 Most Popular Types of Mattresses
Because every person has a different sleeping style and body, not everyone will sleep well on the same mattress. Each person prefers a different level of support and will sleep in a different position. This means that a mattress that works for one person will logically not work well for another person. If you are in the market for a new mattress, it can be helpful to learn about the different types of mattresses that are available to you, so you can pick the one that is best for your sleeping style and needs. Here are the eight most popular types of mattresses.
1. Innerspring Mattresses
These mattresses are very common and are still very popular with buyers. They use a system of steel coils, topped with padding, to provide support for the person using the mattress. There are different types of springs used in different types of innersprings. Some are wrapped in fabric, some are springier, some are less springy, some are topped with a thin layer of padding, others with a very thick layer. Some have more coils, some have fewer. The more coils that there are, the more support you are going to have.
2. Hybrid Mattresses
A hybrid mattress will make use of both springs and foam. Sometimes the foam will just top of coils, other times, the coils will be embedded in the foam. The idea with these mattresses is that the coils provide the support, while the foam provides the softness that the body needs. Sometimes, the foam will be infused with latex or gel. Often you can find advanced versions that are “memory” foam, which are supposed to better contour to and shape around the body.
3. Two Sided Mattress
Most people have not heard of a two-sided mattress, but it is exactly what it sounds like—a mattress that is two sided. Unlike traditional box springs and even many foam or gel mattresses, this is a mattress that can easily be flipped over and will be just as comfortable, no matter which side you use. You already know that it is recommended that you switch your mattress lengthwise at least once every six months, but with a two sided mattress, you can also flip it over entirely. This means that once one side of the mattress has started to give out, you can just flip it over and use the other side. You essentially get two mattresses for the price of one.
4. Foam Mattresses
Foam has become more and more popular over the last couple of years, as more and more advanced types of foam have been created and implemented. It is very easy to create different densities of foam, and to infuse the foam with materials that keep it cooler or warmer, depending on what the sleeper prefer. Denser foam will be more supportive, while less dense foam will be softer and allow the sleeper to sink into the surface.
5. Gel Mattresses
Gel mattresses will usually use a combination of gel and latex foam to create the support system. Some may also contain other types of padding, but how exactly the gel is injected into the foam or even how it is attached to the top will dictate how comfortable the mattress is for you. One of the main benefits of choosing gel over other types of mattresses is that it dissipates heat very quickly and easily. If you often find yourself getting too hot as you sleep, gel can be a great option for you.
6. Air Mattresses
There are a wide variety of air mattresses, providing a variety of different firmness levels and types of support. While most people are familiar with air mattresses that are used in camping or as guest beds, there are air mattresses that are actually designed for everyday usage. There are even some kinds of air mattresses that come with separate chambers for each side of the bed, so two people can choose their own firmness levels. This is great for two people who share a bed, and one person wants to have a softer mattress and one wants a firmer mattress.
7. Memory Foam Mattresses
Like foam mattresses, a memory foam mattress is made of latex or polyurethane foam. The main benefit of choosing memory foam over other types of mattresses is that it is usually much denser, and therefore more supportive, than other types of foam mattresses. Unlike spring mattresses that can be very unforgiving when they are supportive, a memory foam mattress is designed to be both soft and supportive, so you neither have to worry about sinking into the bed, nor not being able to find a comfortable spot.
8. Adjustable Mattresses
The most expensive type of mattress is usually going to be an adjustable mattress. This type of mattress will allow the user to adjust the softness or firmness of the mattress, depending on what their body prefers. When you buy this type of mattress, you generally do not have to worry about how hard or how soft it is, as you know that you can make it as firm or as forgiving as you desire. Some of these mattresses might even give you the option of adjusting the angle of the mattress, so if you prefer to sleep in the upright position, you have the possibility of doing just that.
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