How to Know Which Mattress Style Is Best for You

Why aren’t you sleeping well? The culprit may very well be your mattress! This guide will show you the best mattress types for your individual needs.

By Tina Jepson


There’s no denying that mattresses are expensive but necessary. If you want a quality bed that’s going to stand up to weight, dirt, sweat, and more, it’s important to give a lot of thought to your search and find the right mattress for your needs. After all, a mattress isn’t just a place to sleep, it’s an investment in a decade’s worth of good rest.


Just a century ago, mattress styles were fairly limited. Almost everyone used some sort of steel coil spring. Since then, mattress materials have included everything from latex to foam. With so many choices, you may be wondering which mattress style is for you?


Here’s a breakdown of some different mattress styles and how they may help you get a better night’s rest.


Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses are the most common type of mattress sold. Although the technology is old, advances in the strength, durability, and comfort of those tiny steel coils have improved immensely over the years.




In innerspring mattresses, all those small steel coils of various sizes (sometimes there are upwards of 1000 or more in a mattress) are covered with foam and other comfy materials to provide a soft sleeping experience.


Although the coils of older mattresses have a tendency to make creaking noises, newer innerspring mattresses typically don’t have this problem.


Are you worried that an innerspring mattress won’t be as plush and a foam mattress? Think again. Many puffy mattresses are made with innersprings!


Foam Mattresses

If you’re looking to purchase types of mattresses used in hotels, head straight to the foam-mattress section of the mattress store. Here, you’ll find several foam mattresses at a variety of price points.


There are two main types of foam mattresses: memory foam and latex foam. Weighing the pros and cons of memory foam mattresses and latex foam mattresses is important if you’re interested in a foam mattress.


Memory foam mattresses are known to work well at motion isolation, meaning that when you or your sleeping partner move, the other shouldn’t be able to feel the shift in weight. However, many memory foam mattresses are made with chemicals, meaning it’s not the healthiest mattress option.




On the other hand, latex foam mattresses are made of healthier materials and fewer chemicals, but these mattresses don’t offer the same comfort as memory foam.


Extra Features You’ll Love

Regardless of the type of mattress you choose, it’s important to also factor in these extra features that can also drastically improve your sleeping situation.



Most types of mattresses are available in three firmness levels: soft, medium, and firm. If you don’t know what firmness level you prefer, try them out yourself at your nearest mattress store.




Research has found that the best type of mattress for side sleepers is a soft one, whereas back sleepers may prefer a medium firmness. Do you sleep on your stomach? Then a firm mattress is for you.



Your ideal firmness level may not be the same as your partner’s. To appease everyone, mattress manufacturers have begun to add innovative customization options.


Adjustable beds don’t just change your bed’s firmness. Some adjustable beds are also capable of angling to contour to your body. Sometimes, the customizations are split down the middle of the bed to accommodate two sleepers, while other models change the settings of the entire bed.




If you (and your partner) have completely different sleeping needs, then a customizable adjustable bed is likely your best mattress solution.


Pillow Top

Just as it sounds, a pillow top is added to any type of mattress (both innerspring and foam) to provide a soft, cloud-like cushion. The foam and fabric “pillow top” is usually attached directly to the mattress.




While most mattress manufacturers recommend flipping a mattress every 6 months, you can’t do this with a pillow top. Pillowtop mattresses are only designed to be used on one side, so you’ll have to stick with rotating the mattress regularly.



While you sleep, do you have a tendency to get really warm? Is there nothing better to you than the cool side of the pillow? If so, then gel is a good feature for you.




Most often, gel is added to both the inside of the mattress and the upholstery to provide an all-around cooling effect.


Hopefully, these mattress type comparisons have helped guide you in the right direction. Whether your budget is $100 or $5,000, it’s important to know which mattress style will work for you.


Once you make your investment, remember to take good care of it by keeping your mattress clean.


Images used with permission, courtesy of Tina Jepson and

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