What type of mattress do I need?
Latex mattresses are made from either natural or synthetic rubber and are known for providing a very firm, bouncy support that is uniform throughout the bed.
Pros: One of the best materials is latex. It is because they are very firm, but also for providing comfort like memory foam, which makes these mattresses a good choice for back pain.
Cons: If you don't like the feel of a firm mattress and/or its bounce, latex is probably not the right choice for you.
Best For: Sleepers who want great bounce, cooling, and responsiveness. Additionally, good for sleepers who want foam, but want to stay away from the pronounced hug and contour that often comes with memory foam mattresses.
Memory foam mattresses are known for their great support, pressure relief, and body contouring. Historically, memory foam has had a bad reputation as “sleeping hot.” However, many newer and more advanced memory foams have been designed with superior cooling properties, creating a much cooler mattress than the traditional memory foams.
Memory foam mattresses are made of layers of different densities of foam that respond to weight and temperature and are known for comfort because they contour to the specific shape of your body.
Pros: By molding to the shape of your body as your weight shifts through the night, memory foam reduces pressure points, and relieves pain. Memory foam also absorbs movement, so if you sleep with a partner, you're not likely to be disturbed by his tossing and turning.
Cons: One of the biggest complaints with memory foam mattresses is that these mattresses are temperature sensitive. They soften and mold with your body heat, making you feel extremely hot during the night.
Best For: Sleepers who want a great hug, body shaping, contour, pressure relief, and support. There is a wide spectrum of foams classified as “memory foam”. A good option for sleepers who want a more pronounced hug than many hybrid or latex mattresses offer.
A combination of latex, memory, polyurethane foams, coils, and/or other materials, these mattresses usually are designed to maximize certain benefits, while also minimizing certain cons. For example, a latex + memory foam hybrid is able to deliver great bounce, cooling, and responsiveness via the latex, but also provide great pressure relief and support from the memory foam.
Best for: Sleepers who want the best of all worlds. Great bounce, support, comfort, and cooling. This is a good all-around option that is a very good choice for the majority of sleepers.
Innerspring mattresses are still by far the most widely used. They support you with coil springs, and today, most of them have individually enclosed coils, which prevents the coils from popping out of the mattress. On top of the coils are a wide variety of materials added for comfort, from pillow to latex to memory foam. It's all a matter of preference.
Pros: There are plenty of innerspring mattresses on the market from which to choose. They range in firmness, the fluffiness of the pillow top, and in price to fit nearly every preference and pocketbook.
Cons: There's no direct relationship in most cases between price and comfort. If there aren't enough springs and cushion to offer you proper support, you'll likely wake up with an aching back.
Best for: Sleepers who want a more traditional coil / spring feel, great bounce, cooling, and strong edge support.
These higher-end air beds look like a standard innerspring mattress, but use air-filled chambers instead of coils, and are covered by a foam layer on top.
Pros: Couples who have dramatic differences in their individual preference for comfort and firmness levels might do very well with an air mattress. The reason is that the firmness of each side of the bed can be altered.
Cons: People sometimes fail to make their air bed firm enough and wake up with backaches. Less sophisticated air mattresses also pop up on one side when you sit on the opposite end. For that reason, chose multiple chambers, so that doesn't occur.Best for: Couples with different preferences ranging from plush to firm. Some air mattresses feature a dual zone technology. You can sleep soundly in soft, plush comfort while your partner enjoys a firm night of sleep.