Choosing the best mattress can be confusing in face of the myriad of available choices. There are innerspring mattresses, memory foam, and many more. Understanding each type of mattress, and deciding which features and materials are best suited to your specific needs will help you choose the best mattress for you.
Could Innerspring Be The Best Mattress?
If you prefer a “bouncy” mattress with a springier feel, innerspring may be the style for you. The metal coils that make up an innerspring mattress vary in gauge from about 12 to 18, with 12 being a thicker, heavier spring, and 18 being thinner and most compressible. Pocketed coils offer less movement, but interconnected coils are more durable. Typically, innerspring mattresses are covered with a quilted “pillow top.” The best pillow tops are heavily quilted and thick, rather than fluffy. Fluffy pillow tops may compress over time, losing their cushion. A firmer pillow-top can be softened with a replaceable foam pad if necessary.
Memory Foam Mattress
Typically, memory foam mattresses are an individual piece of foam. The weight of the foam determines the quality of the mattress. Generally, 5lbs per cubic foot is a high-quality mattress, while 3lbs per cubic foot is the lower end of average. The price, of course, will reflect the quality of a memory foam mattress. Some memory foam mattresses are made in multiple layers to offer more support and to add features like “cooling gel,” which reduces the amount of body heat memory foam mattresses tend to absorb and retain. Latex mattresses are a type of memory foam that is resistant to dust mites and microbes. It is more expensive than traditional memory foam, but also more durable, lasting up to 20 years.
Similar to older water beds, air chamber mattresses offer more firmness customization options. Many beds even offer side-by-side chambers, with remotes that allow customization for each side of the bed. Like innerspring mattresses, they typically have a fiber fill or foam topper. This is a good choice for people with back problems or couples who have different preferences in firmness levels.