Finding the perfect mattress means figuring out what the best mattress type for your sleep needs and comfort preferences is. The right mattress construction can make all the difference. Here are just some of the types you’ll find:
This is one of the oldest and most popular technologies available in the mattress industry. Innerspring mattresses use a core support system made of metal springs or coils.
- Offers the widest variety of comfort options.
- Is available at almost every price point to meet any budget.
- The overall firmer feel may not be right for those seeking softness.
- Not all innerspring mattresses are adjustable base compatible.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory foam is designed to soften and conform to the shape of the body when pressure or heat is applied. Memory foam mattresses are popular because they help provide pressure relief, support and increased motion separation.
- Particularly great for partners who share a bed because of the low motion transfer.
- They come in all mattress comfort levels, from ultra-plush to extra firm.
- For some, the adaptive properties of memory foam that help it conform to pressure may feel too soft.
- Warm sleepers may want to consider cooling memory foam mattresses or gel memory foam over memory foam.
Hybrid mattresses combine the classic benefits of an innerspring coil support system with the added benefits of memory foam in order to provide enhanced support and appeal to more comfort preferences. Hybrid mattresses are a newer category in the mattress industry and offer the best of both worlds.
- Best mattress for side sleepers, back sleepers and stomach sleepers.
- Great option for partners looking for a compromise on mattress feel and firmness to fit their combined sleep needs.
- Can be more expensive due to the combination of mattress construction technologies.
- May be too soft for some sleepers.
All-foam beds offer a unique feel that many have described as a “sinking in” sensation, in comparison to the familiar bounce of an innerspring bed. An all-foam mattress has a highly durable foam core topped by additional foam layers for comfort.
- Provides enhanced pressure relief by not “pushing back” against the body, which minimizes the number of pressure points and helps to alleviate associated pain.
- Majority of all-foam beds have expensive price points.
Commonly created with an all-foam construction, Beds in a Box differ from traditional all-foam mattresses in that they are compressed and rolled into a compact box rather than shipped flat. All you have to do is simply unpack your mattress in a box, roll it out and allow it to reach its full shape and comfort.
- Box beds make maneuvering tight spaces like stairways and corners painless since they arrive straight to your door in a compact shipping size.
- Offer convenience and simplicity at affordable prices.
- When first taken out of the box, the mattress may give a strong off-gassing odour that can take up to a few days to fully go away.
Whether it be for camping, travelling, guests or sleepovers, air mattresses offer comfort, support and convenience at a moment’s notice.
- Easy to inflate and deflate fast with an electric pump.
- Comes with a short warranty.
- Subject to punctures.