Having a good mattress can be the difference between a good night’s sleep and a night full of tossing and turning. Finding the right mattress requires plenty of research because there are so many factors to consider like the price, type, material, and even firmness. Before buying a mattress, it is important that you consider all of these factors first and remember that a mattress requires a big investment – a major purchase that will (or should) last you a lifetime.
Here, we lay out the different types of mattresses, the different advantages and disadvantages that come with each type, as well as the expected price change for each type of mattress to help you choose what’s best for you.
Innerspring mattresses are perhaps the most traditional type of mattress. It is made of a series of metal wires coiled into numerous springs embedded within the mattress itself. Border wires provide structure and shape to the mattress. They are one of the most popular mattresses to buy because of their affordability and the variety of options available in terms of firmness and comfort level.Advantages
- Easy to transport as they are often lightweight
- Very affordable and budget-friendly
- Plenty of firmness options to choose from
- They are widely available
- Open spaces between and within the spring area provide cooling effect
- Gives out the classic squeaking sound when beginning to wear
- Lacks quality in the ability to counteract pain
- Has a low lifespan and tends to wear-out easily
Average price range: $700 to $2,000
Ideal for: Guest bedrooms, children’s bedrooms, and people who want a great bounce and cooling
Latex mattresses are filled with latex foam, an especially breathable material that provides fantastic cooling and comfort. They provide a good level of bounce and responsiveness, better than most mattresses. Latex mattresses come with two different types namely the natural and the synthetic type, where the natural type is made from authentic latex extracted from the Heyea brasilenis tree and the synthetic type is made from a mix of synthetic polymers.
- Provides good bounciness and responsiveness
- Does not emit any odors compared to other types of foams
- Breathable material creates a cooling effect
- Very durable
- Heavy versions are difficult to turn while lighter versions are prone to developing lumps and dents.
- Feels firm and solid, may be too solid for some
Ideal for: Those who love cool and responsive beds minus the squeaking and those who prefer firm beds.
Average price range: $600 to $1400
Memory foam has gained popularity over the years due to the high level of comfort it provides as it conforms to the body. It was originally developed by NASA as a way to protect pilots as it has the ability to absorb energy. This quality of the memory foam has been one of the reasons for its popularity especially for couples as the tossing and turning of one would not be felt by the other.
- It encourages spine realignment due to its form-conforming qualities
- Helps in pain relief and prevention as it relieves pressure from joints
- High durability
- Some find that the way it clings to the body feels irritating
- Can get too warm as it retains heat
Ideal for: Those who prefer warmth during sleep, and those who would like good support
Average price range: $800 to $4,000
Hybrid mattresses provide the combined qualities of other mattress types – from the firmness of innerspring mattresses to the body-conforming quality of memory foam. These provide a variety of combinations, depending on the type of firmness one desires.
- Provides a combination of qualities of different types of mattresses
- Available in many different combinations
- Can provide additional support with the presence of springs
- Highly durable
- May also be prone to squeaking after a couple of years
- Can be expensive
Ideal for: Those who would like an all-around product
Average price range: $1,200 to $4,000
One of the oldest types of beds/mattresses as waterbeds were used as early as the 1800s. Waterbeds are fairly straightforward – they’re beds that are filled with water. They are not like large water balloons, however, as they come with a high support system with reinforced corners to make the bed more durable. And it’s fun, too.
- Encourages back health and can relieve joint pain
- Temperature adjustment can be expensive electricity-bill-wise
- Susceptible to damage due to puncture and leaking
- Difficult to set-up
Ideal for: Those suffering from lower back pain and arthritis, and those who enjoy jiggling
Average price range: $300 to $1800