Choosing the Right Type of Mattress

Which Type of Mattress Should I Choose?

Losing sleep over the idea of choosing a new mattress? You're not alone! With hundreds of models, materials, and brands to choose from, replacing your old mattress can be downright exhausting - not to mention intimidating! Your mattress is arguably the single most important piece of furniture in your entire home. The average person spends a full third of their life in bed, and your choice of mattress will have a significant impact on your health, well-being, and yes... your wallet. It's totally normal to want to make the right choice!

To make matters even more complicated, the ideal mattress is an extremely personal decision. One person's luxurious bed of clouds is someone else's backache waiting to happen! That's why we put together this list of the most common mattress types (and their pros and cons) to help you decide.

What Are the Main Types of Mattresses?

There are dozens of types of mattresses out there in a wide variety of materials - so many, in fact, that sorting through them all can feel pretty overwhelming! However, most of the mattresses on the market today will fall into one of four categories:

  1. Innerspring

    Innerspring mattresses are the most common type sold, and the one you're probably most familiar with. Metal coils form the main support system in these types of mattresses, though the amount of coils and the strength they carry can vary a lot from model to model. Generally speaking, the more coils the bed has, the more support it will give you. You should look for springs that are individually wrapped to prolong your mattress' lifespan.

    Unfortunately, innerspring-only mattresses with a pillow top tend to wear out more quickly than other types, and can have issues with sagging after just a couple of years.

    Good for: people who like the traditional feel of coils, people who want a "bouncy" bed, and people who want an affordable option that will help them stay cool at night.

  2. Latex

    Latex mattresses are firmer than memory foam and very durable. Latex mattresses are the longest-lasting mattresses on the market today, but they can come with a hefty price tag. Known for their cooling and comforting qualities, latex mattresses are available in a variety of levels of firmness.

    However, latex mattresses can feel very firm even in their softest versions, and can be quite heavy making them difficult to turn. As a result, they can develop lumps and sags over time due to your sleeping patterns. Another major drawback to a latex mattress is that the latex foam is not environmentally friendly. Recently, soy-based foams (like LunaZen's EcoTex foam) have entered the market which perform just like latex without the negative environmental effects.

    Good for: people who like a firm mattress, people who want foam without the typical "hug" found in memory foam, and people who struggle with their temperature at night.

  3. Memory Foam

    Memory foam mattresses are designed to bend to the contours of your body, relieving pressure and providing support where it's needed. Memory foam is an interesting material - as it heats up, it gets more flexible so it conforms to your body when you lay on it. As a result, they are very popular with people who struggle with back pain!

    However, memory foam tends to "hug" your body when you lay on it, which unfortunately can trap hot air beside your body, leading to a difficult sleep in temperature-sensitive people. Additionally, many full memory foam mattresses are shipped rolled up and compressed, which can compromise the mattress' quality before it ever reaches your home.

    Good for: people with back pain, people who like their bed to "hug" them, and people who share a bed with a partner or pets.

  4. Hybrid

    Hybrid mattresses are made from a combination of coils, foams, and other materials to maximize the benefits of each type of mattress and eliminate the drawbacks. By combining the best qualities of each type of mattress, the materials can work together to create the ideal sleeping environment.

    The LunaZen mattress is a great example of a well-constructed hybrid style. It is made of a combination of Canadian steel pocket coils, soy-based foam, and gel-infused Zen-M memory foam. It is designed to combine the great bounce and structural support of pocket coils with the cooling and responsiveness of latex, and the pressure relief and comfort of memory foam.

    Our mattress is designed to circumvent the temperature problems that can come with memory foam, is more cost-efficient than a full latex mattress, and has enough support with the coils underneath to keep you from sinking in too much. As an added bonus, because there is a layer of foam protecting the coils, it doesn't suffer from the durability issues of a typical innerspring mattress!

    Good for:
    people who want the best of both worlds without shelling out an arm and a leg, people who want a good all-around mattress for different sleeping styles, and people who have had negative experiences with full foam mattresses.