TYPES OF MATTRESSES EXPLAINED!
There are a ton of different types of mattresses. Each mattress type affects how we sleep.
Here are the most common types of mattresses:
- RV Mattress
- Waterbed Mattress
- Air Mattress
- Bonnell Coil Inner-Spring Mattress (coil mattress type)
- Continuous Coil Inner-Spring Mattress
- Offset Coil Inner-Spring Mattress
- Pocket Coil Inner-Spring Mattress
- Memory Foam Mattress
- Gel and Graphite Infused Memory Foam Mattress
- Latex Foam Mattress
- Natural Latex Mattress
- Synthetic Latex Mattress
- Blended Latex Mattress
Camping doesn’t have to mean restless sleeps on a uncomfortable mattress. If your RV or holiday trailer has a shorter queen mattress we carry a 60″ x 74.5″ Queen RV mattress. It’s not technically a different kind of mattress, but it is a size you can only get at custom retailers.
Waterbeds are largely considered a gimmick that got too popular. They’re comfortable, but sport a large number of drawbacks that really aren’t worth it for most people. The need for a heater, the rubber, the damage done should it burst, the sheer weight of the mattress; not many find it worth it to have this novelty bed in their room.
They don’t offer anything that other types of mattresses do, other than the fun feeling of wiggling on a water balloon.
Sleeping on air can be nerve wracking, and isn’t generally recommended for daily use. They don’t tend to provide very much support, and one leak will ruin the night. For occasional use while camping, or perhaps for sleepovers, there’s no harm in spending a night on a pocket of air; though it’s not great for everyone’s back. Their pros mostly lie in how portable they are, and it’s certainly better than the hard ground.
Bonnell Coils were originally used in carriage seats in the 19th century, where the springs helped ease the bounce of the wagon.
From there they migrated to mattresses, where the springs cushion the body evenly and without so much wear. Many of us grew up sleeping on Bonnell Coil mattresses, they dominated the market for a long time.
It’s a fine mattress to sleep on, or set up in the spare room, but with the options available on today’s market it’s definitely not the best deal you can get.
Check out our foam or spring mattress blog article!
Mattresses with continuous coil inner-springs are excellent at distributing body weight throughout the mattress. Their superior ability to distribute weight can help to improve circulation, resulting in a more comfortable sleep.
These mattresses can provide some relief for health issues like arthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, sciatica and tingling of the hands and feet.
A step up from the Bonnell coil, it’s still not as good as most foam mattresses on the market.
The offset coil inner-springs mattress offers an inventive approach to the simplistic Bonnell coil inner-springs mattress. Their design allows them to better withstand pressure from body weight. This can improve sleep quality by increasing circulation and relieving pressure from elbows, hips, ribs, and shoulders.
A sleep partner’s tossing and turning can result in sleep disruptions. A pocket coil inner-spring mattress provides superior singular support on both sides of a mattress. As pocket coils are individually encased and joined at the center, they move independently of one another. Therefore, motion on one side of the mattress is not transferred to the other side.
Pocket coils also conform to the shape of your body, which takes pressure off the lower back. And by taking pressure off your shoulder, rib, elbow, hip and knee pressure points, they improve circulation and provide relief from arthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, sciatica and tingling of the hands and feet.
For those that prefer an inner-spring mattress over specialty foam, we highly recommend a pocket coil mattress. There’s very little cost difference between pocket-coil inner-spring mattresses and other inner-spring mattresses, and the benefits of pocket-coils easily outweigh the price difference.
The cradling experience of a memory foam mattress is unlike anything else. The support provided by memory from is exemplary in pressure point relief. NASA is to thank for the invention of memory foam, originally created for their capsules as a softer and more malleable seat, better for long periods of immovability.
Shortly after, memory foam began to be used by commercial airlines for pilot seats, and eventually in burn units in hospitals, where it’s soft conformity helped ease things.
The introduction of memory foam into mattresses in 1992 was extremely influential in how we sleep today. When making the decision if memory foam is right for you, the best option is to lie down on a memory foam mattress for a few minutes. You’ll know almost instantly if it is something you’re looking for in a mattress.
There are many benefits to a memory foam mattress. Memory foam mattresses cradle, which is great for those that like this feeling, and it’s great for proper spinal alignment as you sleep. They’re also able to provide exceptional pressure point pain relief. By taking pressure off shoulder, rib, elbow, hip and knee pressure points, they greatly improve circulation. This can provide relief to those suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, sciatica and tingling of the hands and feet, or to pain from sports related or accident injuries.
Memory foam also reduces motion transfer in mattresses that can cause sleep interruptions and therefore restless nights. Memory foam is naturally dust mite resistant and anti-microbial, which prevents the growth of mould and mildew, and it’s also hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites.
Despite having many benefits there are some common objections when it comes to memory foam mattresses. Due to their cradling ability it can be difficult to turn and get out of bed. Memory foam is also affected by temperature which can affect it’s feel and firmness, and it generally sleeps warm. If room temperatures are cool, memory foam or if they are warm, memory foam can soften.
Thanks to technological advancements, gel and graphite can now be added to memory foam mattresses. These two materials cause memory foam to last longer.
Together these materials provide a two times cooler and healthier sleep environment, which is a big deal considering how warm memory foam can get throughout the night. It’s a better mattress for more sensitive sleepers.
Latex foam mattresses offer countless benefits, and provide a unique sleep experience that far outweighs the benefits of conventional foam bedding or inner-springs. There are two types of latex foam mattresses, natural and synthetic.
Latex mattresses are highly durable and resilient. They do not require rotating or flipping. Their average shelf life can easily exceed 15 years. They conform to body shape, which provides support for the body, pressure point relief, and reduced motion transfer that can cause restless nights.
By taking pressure off shoulder, rib, elbow, hip and knee pressure points, they improve circulation. This can provide relief to those suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, sciatica and tingling of the hands and feet, or to pain from sports related or accident injuries.
Latex does not react to changes in temperature and is highly breathable. Natural and synthetic latex mattresses are dust mite resistant and anti-microbial which prevents the growth of bacteria. Synthetic latex mattresses and high quality natural latex mattresses can be hypoallergenic if cleaned properly during manufacturing.
Latex is an environmentally friendly product (contains no formaldehyde, carcinogens, petroleum fillers, artificial additives, or harsh chemicals).
Latex is very similar to memory foam in it’s benefits, but at a significantly higher cost compared to foam mattresses which very few people are allergic to.
Natural latex mattresses are produced from sap taken from rubber trees. In order to create a natural latex mattress only natural, organic, biodegradable ingredients are used. No harmful solvents are used or emissions created during the production process. Natural latex prevents the growth of allergens, making it a good choice for people with respiratory difficulties. So unless you have a latex allergy, it’s lovely for the sensitive.
Synthetic latex mattresses are produced by using a molecular copy of natural latex. A process called Talalay is used to create both natural and synthetic latex. This process relies on renewable resources and water based materials to create the latex. Due to this procedure, the sleep industry has been able to create the most breathable, resilient, durable, and consistent material for mattresses.
Blended latex mattresses are produced using a combination of natural and synthetic latex materials. By conjoining these two materials together consumers receive a mattress that has the look and feel of a natural latex mattress that also has the durability of a synthetic mattress.
Despite latex mattresses being considered a hypoallergenic option, it is always encouraged to discuss any concerns with an allergy specialist before making a decision on which mattress is right for you. For more information about latex visit www.latexinternational.com
THERE YOU HAVE THE MANY BED TYPES EXPLAINED!
There are other minor mattress types, like those that use buckwheat hulls to fill their sets instead of foam, but those are quite specialized and hard to source.
That all said, if you’d like to learn more about what we offer, see our OMG Mattress!
To protect your loved ones and yourself, consider a waterproof mattress protector with antimicrobial silver chloride agents which inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses, and greatly reduce allergens which helps those with allergies or Asthma.