Choosing the Right Type of Mattress

Which Type of Mattress Should I Choose?

Don't lose sleep over buying a new mattress.

The average person spends a third of their life in bed. Because of this, your mattress has a significant impact on your health, so choosing the right one is a decision that affects many aspects of your life. 

With hundreds of models, materials, and brands to choose from, mattress shopping can be exhausting and intimidating. To make matters even more complicated, the ideal mattress is an extremely personal decision. What works for one person, may be a backache waiting to happen for someone else. 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 on the market today. So many, in fact, that sorting through them all can be overwhelming. However, most of them 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 number 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 the lifespan of your mattress.

    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, and want a "bouncy" bed. Also good for people looking for 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 performs just like latex without the negative environmental effects.

    Good for: people who like a firm mattress, 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 conform to the contours of your body, relieving pressure and providing support where it's needed. When memory foam heats up, it gets more flexible so it hugs the shape of your body when you lay on it. As a result, they are very popular with people who struggle with back pain. 

    Because, 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.