Buying a mattress can be extremely stressful, since it’s a major investment and is one of the objects in the home that has the most influence on the quality of your daily and nightly life. Especially since there are so many different types of mattress, trying to narrow down your options by comfort, quality, and cost can feel overwhelming.
The first thing you need to determine is whether you want a spring mattress or a foam mattress (or both, also known as a hybrid mattress).
The most traditional type of mattress, the spring mattress is made up of a layer of coils surrounded by layers of comfort material that can consist of materials like latex, natural fibers, or foam.
Offer solid back support
Available in a wide range of firmnesses
Budget-friendly options available
Can wear out more quickly than foam
Older springs can become noisy
Foam mattresses rely on different combinations of different-density foams to provide softness and support. Though memory foam is the most well-known type of foam mattress, there are several different types that provide different benefits.
Softer on side sleepers and those with joint pain
Absorbs motion of restless sleepers
Lack of springs eliminates noise
More durable than spring mattresses long-term
Certain foams trap body heat
Softness can cause “sinking” feeling
Insufficient support for certain types of sleeper
More expensive than spring mattresses
Foam mattresses are often the best choice for side sleepers and those who experience joint pain and discomfort.
Some mattresses offer a hybrid composition that includes layers of both springs and foam.
Softer than springs without the “sinking” feeling of foam
Offers pressure point relief without compromising on back support
Typically quieter than spring mattress alternatives
Regulates temperature better than pure foam mattresses
Can work for couples with different firmness preferences
Higher-quality hybrid mattresses can be expensive
Doesn’t absorb motion as well as foam