Types of mattresses
Posted on July 12, 2011
As mattresses are increasingly made from a mix of materials, you have a number of options to choose from. There are six main mattress options available and most mattress manufacturers make more than one type:
Continuous coil mattress
This mattress is made from a single looped wire and is the cheapest type available. One disadvantage of it is that the springs move as one unit, so you.re more likely to be disturbed by your partner moving around in the night. Also, the coils in these mattresses wear out more quickly than pocket springs, so you.re likely to end up rolling together eventually.
Open coil mattress
A step up from continuous coil, and also widely available, open-coil mattresses are made of single springs fixed together by wire.
Pocket sprung mattress
Here, the springs are sewn into individual fabric pockets, so they provide better support for your body, as each coil absorbs the weight individually. Also pocket sprung mattresses are good if you sleep on your side, which puts different pressures on your spine. And finally if you move around a lot in your sleep, your partner is less likely to feel it.
In fact, the higher the coil count, the better the support for your back. A minimum of 600 coil count for a full-sized mattress would be the best.
Memory foam mattress/ memory mattress
Memory foam mattresses, also called as memory mattresses, are topped with a layer of temperature-sensitive viscoelastic material (memory foam). While this type of mattress is good at relieving pressure on painful joints, it is usually pricier than sprung mattresses.
Memory foam is affected by temperature, so while you might find the memory mattress cold and hard when you first go to bed, as it reacts to body heat, it moulds to your shape. It also reduces air circulation around your body, which makes the memory mattress feel warmer.
Pure foam mattress/ latex mattress
The latex mattress is a hypo-allergenic rubber product, formed into a sponge-like mattress core that supports the contours of the body as it moulds around them. Foam or latex mattresses can be a good option if you.re allergic to house dust mites.
These add a layer of memory foam or extra padding to your existing bed mattress. But they can be as expensive as buying a new mattress in some cases, and won.t provide more support if your old mattress is already sagging.