Types of Mattresses

Mattresses are designed to provide the support and comfort you need to relax and rest. If you have had your mattress for a while, you may be wondering if it is time to buy a new one. Research shows that people sleep better, suffer less back pain and experience fewer symptoms of stress when sleeping on newer beds. In general, your sleep quality improves if your sleep surface relieves pressure on joints and other areas of the body. Matching your specific comfort needs with the right product is a very subjective process. Mattresses are made with a variety of materials and technologies to deliver support systems that meet the broad array of consumers’ needs, tastes, and budgets.

Mattresses should be evaluated every seven years for quality and support. If you haven’t shopped for a new mattress recently, there are many options to choose from. The following provides basic information on the different types of mattresses available today so that you are better equipped to choose a mattress that meets your needs.

Innerspring Mattress

An innerspring mattress uses a steel coil support system. Manufacturers offer several different types of spring systems, including units with springs connected into a single unit and individually wrapped pocketed coils. Spring shapes, designs, coil gauge, and number of coils in a mattress can vary. The innerspring is covered by padding or upholstery materials, which can include various foams, fiber, and additional layers of smaller steel springs. Coil count can be more arbitrary, but the idea is that the greater the number of coils, the more points of support and greater distribution, thus the better the bed can contour and support the sleeper.

Hybrid Mattress

A hybrid mattress combines a steel coil support system with one or more types of foam, such as polyurethane foam, memory (or visco elastic) foam, or latex foam, as well as foams that contain gel or other materials

Memory Foam (Visco) Mattress

Memory foam (or visco elastic foam) mattresses use a high density polyurethane foam as the support system, in the upholstery layer, or both.  This foam has properties that allow it to contour closely to the shape of the sleeper.

Gel Mattress

Gel mattresses use a type of foam that contains gel in the product’s support system, upholstery layers, or both. The gel is added to the foam using deferent types of technology. The gel foam can offer consumers different comfort, feel and heat dissipation features.

Latex Mattress

Latex mattresses use latex foam as the support system, in the upholstery layers, or both. Latex may be made from plant or petroleum-based materials.

All Things Mattresses

Mattress Basics

  • Mattress Sizes
  • Types of Mattresses
  • Support vs. Comfort
  • Importance of A Pillow
  • Mattress Technologies
  • Bed Bases Explained


Mattress Shopping

  • Buying a Mattress
  • Mattress Shopping Tips
  • Common Mattress Terms
  • When to Buy a New Mattress
  • How to Choose the Right Mattress

Mattress Care

  • How to Clean and Care for Your Mattress
  • Mattress Protection
  • All About Warranty’s
  • Mattress Flipping and Rotating


Mattress FAQs

  • How long should my new mattress last?
  • What is the “breal-in” period of a mattress?
  • Does my mattress need special sheets?
  • How to I avoid body impressions?

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Sleep Health

  • Importance of Sleep
  • Recommended Hours of Sleep
  • Common Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep Posture and Spine Health
  • Stages of Sleep


Sleep Tips

  • How to Sleep Better
  • Don’t Sleep Like A Baby
  • Good Sleep Habits
  • Sleep Myths Debunked
  • Sleep Tips for Couples

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