Long the standard of the mattress
industry, representing over 80% of the market,
innerspring mattresses are distinguished from other types of beds by their use of
coil springs for support. On top of the coils, various types of
upholstery lend the mattress
its comfortable feel. See our Innerspring Mattress Guide for more information
on how to distinguish one innerspring bed from another, including details
on each component of the innerspring mattress.
Though relatively new,
foam mattresses have been rapidly growing in prominence since the mid-'90's.
Memory foam mattresses are distinguished by their delayed, form-fitting
responsiveness, which creates the sensation that you are "melting" into
the bed while it slowly forms itself to the shape of your body, leaving
a delayed impression of your contours even after you get up. See our
Memory Foam Mattress Guide and
Memory Foam vs. Innerspring sections for more information on memory foam
mattresses and how they compare to
Believed by some to be the "next big thing" in
the mattress industry,
mattresses have been available for many decades but are currently
experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Relative to
foam, latex offers equivalent support and durability, but is less conforming
and has a faster recovery time, making it less "hot" and easier
to change positions.
See our Latex Mattress Guide for more information on the different types
of latex mattresses.
Once reserved for holidays and houseguests,
beds look similar to innerspring mattresses but use
air in lieu of coils.
By adjusting the amount of air in the mattress, these mattresses can be
configured to a precise level of desired firmness, or even different levels
of firmness on
each side of the mattress. Of course, if you are merely seeking a storable
sleep accommodation for friends and relatives, you may be well served by
a more basic, portable air mattress.
See our Air Mattress Guide for more information on high-end air beds,
and our Portable Air Mattress Guide for additional information on portable
declined in popularity since their peak in the 1970's,
they continue to improve and retain a core following. Waterbeds are still
distinguished by their use of liquid, rather than coils,
for support. However, modern waterbeds, sometimes referred to as "hybrids," have
experienced a series of upgrades and now tend to closely resemble innerspring
mattresses in their padding and comfort layers. Altogether, these upgrades
have addressed many of the drawbacks associated with previous generations
of waterbeds, while maintaining many of the benefits.
See our Waterbed Guide for more information on the evolution of the waterbed.
beds are known for their ability to bend
and elevate into upright or other positions. Naturally, their unique flexing
characteristics have made adjustable beds very popular with back pain sufferers,
as well as others who enjoy sitting upright in bed. Adjustable bed mattresses
are available in a variety of materials, including
as well as various combinations thereof.
See our Adjustable Bed
Guide for more information on the various features
and benefits of adjustable beds.
Dual-purpose beds, of which sofa
beds and futons are the most common, are distinguished by their ability
to transform from a sitting surface to a sleeping surface, making them
an ideal sleeping accommodation for guests. Due to their need to fold and
collapse, futons and sofa beds require different types of mattresses with
unique, flexible construction. Such mattresses are typically sold together
with their respective frames to ensure that the units function properly.