A lot of us do not take the time to carefully research and choose the right mattresses, especially considering how much time we spend using it. 1/3 of our lives are spent sleeping and mattresses has a lot to do with the quality of sleep, in turn influencing how we feel during the day.
So give some thought and attention to the types of mattress you buy to ensure it fits your budget and needs. Below are the 8 type of mattresses that comes in different sizes, firmness and material used.
- Open Coil / Bonnell Coil
This is the most common type of mattress in the world, supported by hundreds of connected fixed wire coils. They were adapted from a design used in buggy seats in the 19th century. This hourglass-shaped wire coil is joined to adjacent coils by small wire spirals called helicals (corkscrew-shaped wires that run over the tops and bottoms of the coils).
- The noise may appear annoying to some.
- Because the springs are linked, movement is felt easily from any area.
- Fatigue quicker than more technically advanced coil constructions.
The continuous coil is exactly what it says; each row of coils is made of a single wire attached to the next row by helicals (corkscrew-shaped wires that run over the tops and bottoms of the coils). This type of coil is often made into a lattice of coils rather than rows, allowing more coils per mattress than other constructions.
- Weight is deflected to more springs, resulting in less stress on each coil.
- Softer with smaller coils than open coil, making the mattress more responsive.
- As springs move together in a single unit, motion is transmitted easily between two people sharing a mattress.
The most expensive type of spring mattress because each individual coil is sewn into its own fabric pocket. Each pocket coil absorbs the weight placed on it without distributing the load to other coils.
- Reacts individually to pressure, without affecting the springs around it.
- Less motion transmitted, making it the better choice for couples.
- Side sleepers benefit from different amounts of pressure on different parts of the spine.
- Coils experiencing the most contact with pressure will wear off faster than coils with less pressure.
The offset design is hourglass shaped, a lot like most open coils. However, the circles at the top and bottom of each coil are flattened to create a hinging action within the mattress core.
- Conforms to your body.
- More durable than open coils.
- Less noisy compared to open coils.
- Coils are also connected to each other via helicals (corkscrew-shaped wires that run over the tops and bottoms of the coils) to prevent them from moving sideways when compressed.
- One of the most expensive type of coil mattresses.
Memory foam beds are made of viscoelastic, a polyurethane based foam that molds itself to the shape of the sleeper’s body. Memory foam pillows are pretty popular particularly in North America.
- Conforms to the entire body’s shape.
- Totally relief joint pains as a result of zero pressure points.
- Partners sleeping together are hardly disturbed when the other rotates.
- Elasticity may decrease during colder weather.
- New mattresses have an odor that may be off putting to some.
- May hinder smooth movement when the bed conforms to the current shape.
- Body heat is retained as a result, making it uncomfortable in warmer climates.
Latex foam in mattresses is generally a blend of the sap of the rubber tree and synthetic latex. It is produced using either the Talalay or the Dunlop process. Each provides a different feel. Dunlop is generally a firmer foam, Talalay is softer. While the Dunlop process produces a foam that is more dense, the Talalay process produces a lighter foam that has more air in it. If you were to weigh each as latex cores, the Dunlop foam would be heavier because it has more latex in it. Talalay is more expensive as its production is more resource intensive.
- Springier than memory foam.
- Provides excellent joint support.
- Naturally resistant to mold and dust mites.
- Eco friendly as latex is a renewable resource.
- Does not retain much body heat compared to memory foam so they are actually better in warmer weather.
- Really expensive.
- New mattress odor may be off putting to some.
- Not appropriate for people allergic to latex.
Basically, an air mattress is an inflatable mattress. The kind found in bedrooms are much more expensive than the ones found in pool for obvious reasons. Modern air mattresses allows each side to be adjusted independently to allow for different level of firmness.
- Highly adjustable.
- Dual chambers in modern models.
- Parts replaceable individually, prolonging lifespan.
- Not comfortable for everyone.
- Mold may appear over time if not taken care of properly.
- Sides are too soft to sit on.
A futon is a flat mattress with a fabric exterior stuffed with cotton, wool, or synthetic batting that makes up a Japanese bed. It’s actually a term generally referring to the traditional style of Japanese bedding consisting of padded mattresses and quilts pliable enough to be folded and stored away during the day.
- You will never fall out of bed.
- Floors are cooler in the summer.
- No bouncy squeaky bedspring noises.
- Your bed is wherever you want it to be.
- You can stretch out as much as you need.
- Saves space as you only use it when needed.
- You can visit friends without inconveniencing them.
- Easy to move as there is no bed frame, box springs, etc.
- Not so convenient for sex.
- It could collect dust and dirt from the floor.
- Getting out of the ground might seem like a hassle especially for older people.
- Durability as even higher quality futons can be broken when overused or moved incorrectly.