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Types of Mattress

December 19, 2021

Types of Mattress

The #1 thing we think you should look for in a new mattress is how well it supports you. You wouldn’t buy a house if you found out its foundation was shaky — no matter how nice it was. And the same thing is true for mattresses. The materials that a mattress uses to support you will have the largest impact on your comfort. Most modern mattresses use one of three main materials:

1. Inner-springs

These mattresses use metal springs to support you. More comfortable models will use a larger number of springs and put them in separate “pockets.” But compared to memory foam, innerspring score 20 percentage points lower in customer satisfaction.

Pressure points and motion transfer are the biggest complaints about innerspring mattresses. The springs push upon you as you sleep, forcing your spine out of alignment and possibly causing pain. The springs also transfer motion, so if you sleep with a partner, one person’s movement can disturb the other.

2. Memory foam

Memory foam mattresses get the highest customer satisfaction scores. This soft foam compresses and cradles you as you sleep under strain. That’s how it prevents pressure points and keeps your body in alignment. Older memory foams had problems with overheating and responsiveness. People would complain they felt “stuck“ when trying to move because the foam didn’t bounce back. But new methods for creating memory foam have largely fixed these problems.

“Open-cell“ foam bounces back in seconds and doesn’t trap warm air, so you stay cool. And plant-based foam, like RestoFit, is even more cooling and responsive. Plus, it’s better for the environment, since it comes from renewable sources. The familiar off-gassing odor accompanying many memory foam mattresses has been eliminated by more Eco-friendly manufacturing and plant-based foams.

3. Latex foam

Latex foam mattresses have more “bounce” than memory foam and can be made with 100% organic sources. Natural latex is high-quality and can last for years. However, latex mattresses are much more expensive than typical beds. Most consumers opt for innerspring and memory foam mattresses instead. It may be challenging to find a decent latex mattress too because only a few reliable companies sell them.

4. Hybrid mattresses

Hybrid mattresses combine contouring foam layers and responsive innerspring coils to offer sleepers a cushioning but bouncy sleep experience. Some also feature plush Euro or pillow tops for extra comfort. Hybrids were designed to highlight the benefits of both foam and innerspring mattresses while minimizing their drawbacks—these beds are more breathable than all-foam beds, but don’t transfer motion like a standard innerspring. We recommend hybrid mattresses to sleepers who prefer a bouncier bed but still want or need the pressure relief of foam layers.

“little background about my self, I’m an active person who frequently does 40-50km cycling or 10km in running. In addition to this new mattress I’m reviewing, I also have a Kurl-On Mermaid memory foam mattress that is nearly 3x more expensive. Based on my use for the past 1 months, following is my experience so far. The Restfit Ortho is not as soft as my old Kurl-on mattress, but I do get a very comfortable sleep. In the past I use to wake up with mild back pain after days of very long cycle ride or running, but with the Restfit I always wake up fresh in the morning and so far not experienced any back pain in 1 months.

A couple of my friends, who came and stayed in my house for few days also confirmed the same when they used the new mattress. Overall, I highly recommend this for anyone who does not mind a slightly firm, but comfortable mattress.”

– Prem Jha

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