Mattress Types: What’s Inside The Mattress?
As you very well know, there are all kinds of different mattress types, almost to the point of confusion. In fact, mattress manufacturer’s purposely make comparing mattresses confusing. By learning the different mattress types before you go shopping, you’ll be better equipped to ask the right questions.
Below are the main mattress types available: innerspring or spring coil, pocketed coil or encased coil, memory foam, or latex foam. You’ll find mixes or hybrids of these types but for the most part understanding these will give you a good grasp of whatever you find. Click through to learn more about each.
Innerspring or Spring Coil
The innerspring mattress developed from what was originally the box spring foundation. One of the first mattresses was made up of straight cotton fibers with a set of springs as the foundation. Things have changed. Now the coils are wired together into a spring system of coils which give when your body weight is pushed on the mattress. It also give that traditional bouncy feel.
You’re probably very familiar with the innerspring mattress. It’s one of the most popular mattresses mostly because it’s one of the cheapest and widely used. You’ll want to find out how many coils, what gage wire, and how much foam is used in the mattress.
Pocketed Coil or Encased Coil
In order to fix the deficiencies in the innerspring coil system, the pocketed coil or encase coil mattress was created. There are many different variations but basically, each coil is independent of each other. They are held together by being encased in cloth and then glued together. When you lay on an encased coil mattress you’ll notice that it contours much better to your body. That makes it, in our opinion superior over the regular spring coil mattress.
Memory Foam mattresses has become a smash hit. You’ve probably talked to someone who absolutely loves their memory foam mattress. It features pressure relieving and body conforming properties that have made it the focal point of many marketing campaigns. Rather than being merely a supportive surface to sleep on, memory foam’s unique pressure relieving properties allow the bed to conform perfectly to your body’s shape. Memory foam mattresses aids those that have back pain and also increases overall blood flow and circulation.
Latex and memory foam are in the same category of quality foams. The main difference is the feel of the foams. Memory foam has a slow sinking or enveloping feel. Latex has a springier and soft feel. Either will last a long time but it’s up to you which feels right. You should also know that latex comes in different types with minor differences in how they are manufactured.
We’re not talking about your camping air mattress, we’re talking about your foam encased, multiple air chamber adjustable mattress. You may have a certain brand that comes to mind when you think of a mattress adjustable through air. There are actually multiple types and brands. However, you’ll want to understand what’s inside them before you buy.