Today, investing in a good mattress is as good as investing in any other movable asset. A lot of thought needs to go into knowing different types of mattresses available in the market and the one that would suit us the best, considering, a good night’s sleep is what determines our mental well-being through-out the day.

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Selecting the ideal mattress depends on many factors such as –
  • Sleeping position (stomach sleeper, back sleeper or a side sleeper)
  • Body type & body weight
  • The room temperature
  • Stress levels and physical exhaustion (by the end of the day)
  • Health ailments (if any)
  • Budget

Having an understanding of all the above-mentioned factors, selecting a mattress would become much easier and worth the time and effort invested in the process. Now that you know the factors to be taken into account, it’s time to know the range of mattresses available in the market (listed below) -

Innerspring Mattress: This mattress is made of a steel coil support system. There are many types of systems that are based on a variety of spring shapes, designs, coil gauge, number of coils, etc. All of these will matter when it comes to providing the required support to the sleeper. More the springs, more the support to the sleeper, which is ideal for someone suffering from a back ache, while the mattress can contour as per the sleeper’s position.

Pillow-top Mattress: This kind of mattress has an additional layer of upholstery sewn onto the top of the mattress giving the appearance of a pillow. The extra layer on top is made from different types of foam and a variety of fibers. This mattress, however, cannot be rotated or turned around.

Specialty Foam Mattress: This is a type of foam mattress made from viscoelastic, latex, polyurethane and gel-filled foams. The foam used for this type of mattress is generally manufactured in a variety of densities and shapes, offering a mattress with a different feel, comfort and heat dissipation features.

Hybrid Mattress: This type of mattress has a steel coil support system that is combined with one or many types of foam, such as viscoelastic, latex, polyurethane and even foams made from gel and other types of materials.

Gel Mattress: As the name suggests, this type of mattress is made with gel-filled foam, made with a different technology, in the support system and/or in the upholstery. This mattress offers a different feel, comfort and heat dissipation features to the consumers.

Latex Mattress: This mattress contains latex foam, made from plant- or petroleum-based materials, either in the support system or upholstery or both. This is a more firm mattress providing more support to the back; however, not meant for someone who does not like to sleep on a hard mattress.

Memory Foam Mattress: This mattress is made from high-density polyurethane foam used in the support system and/or upholstery layer. This mattress tends to contour the sleeper, giving a snug feel and ideal for someone who tosses and turns a lot while sleeping, as the mattress tends to absorb the sleeper’s movements. However, on the negative side, this mattress is temperature-sensitive, thus, absorbing the body heat of the sleeper and in the process increasing the heat of the room, making it uncomfortable.

Airbed: The support system of this conventional looking bed uses an adjustable air chamber, which is covered with padding and/or upholstery material and can also include fiber and a variety of foams. The airbed can be adjusted for firmness independently on either side of the bed, thus, matching the sleeper’s need. It is also good for people suffering from spinal cord injuries. However, if the mattress is not firm enough, it can cause back aches on waking up. Ideal for partners with different sleeping needs.

Waterbed: As the name suggests, this bed uses a water chamber for the support system, which is “free-flow.” Hard-sided and soft-sided are the two types of waterbeds, wherein, the hard-sided waterbed contains a water chamber that is placed inside a rectangular wood frame and the soft-sided waterbed has a water chamber inside a rectangular rigid foam frame. Both types of waterbeds, which have a conventional bed appearance, are generally placed on a platform. This type of bed contours the sleeper’s shape.

Sofa Bed: This bed is ideal only in case guests stay overnight. The mattress is thin, flexible and foldable, thus, taking up lesser space. However, it is not a very comfortable bed to sleep on. Hence, not recommended on a regular basis.

Having understood the various types of mattresses available in the market, you can now make an informed choice, based on your need.

Just remember, the ideal mattress is one that gives you a feeling of floating in air and not aches all over. Therefore, try them out (by lying down on them for a brief time and see how they feel) before zeroing on THE one for you.

Here’s wishing you happy mattressing!