Mattress Types: The Pros & Cons 

The Pros & Cons of Popular Mattress Types

Buying a mattress can be an overwhelming experience. How are you supposed to know the benefits and pitfalls of different mattress types?! We get it. To simplify things, we’ve compiled this quick and easy glossary. With the major pros and cons of popular mattress types in one brief list you’ll be able to compare and assess which one sounds like it might be for you. Just remember, reading about a mattress online is great but how will you know for sure unless you give it a go first? Try before you buy… You can thank us later.

Single sided mattresses

  • A single sided mattress only has a comfort layer on one side of the mattress
  • These mattresses will not last as long as a double sided mattress, which can be flipped
  • Easier to move around as they are lighter
  • They are also generally more cost effective

Double sided mattresses

  • Double sided mattresses have a comfort layer on both sides
  • For this reason they can be flipped to extend the life of the mattress noticeably
  • They are generally heavier and therefore harder to flip and manoeuvre around
  • These mattresses can offer seasonal variation: a side for winter and a side for summer
  • Generally a more expensive option than a single sided mattresses

Box-Spring Mattresses

  • Box Spring Mattresses are typically referred to as orthopaedic, chiropractic or posture-pedic mattresses
  • These mattresses generally have a firm spring
  • For that reason they are better suited to medium or robust body types
  • They can cause shoulder and hip soreness due to firmness
  • Partner disturbance can be an issue
  • They don’t distribute body weight or provide contoured support

Pocket Spring Mattresses

  • Pocket Spring Mattresses have individual springs; each encased in fabric, creating a pocket
  • Generally you’ll find they have a softer spring
  • Better for light to medium body types
  • The pocketing of each spring makes them a great choice for people looking to reduce partner disturbance
  • They can cause back soreness due to the “hammocking” effect
  • They don’t provide contoured support

Latex Mattresses

  • Latex Mattresses are produced from natural rubber
  • They can be soft, medium or firm
  • Suitable for all body types
  • Great for reducing partner disturbance
  • They can include chemical compounds to change feel
  • In terms of comparative support, latex provides better support than many other mattress types
  • It’s important to note that support isn’t contoured support though

Foam Mattresses

  • Foam Mattresses are man made using synthetic materials
  • These mattresses can be soft, medium or firm
  • They are cost effective but can also have a shorter lifespan
  • Often made with chemical compounds that may cause allergies or reactions
  • No contoured support

Memory Foam Mattresses

  • Memory Foam Mattresses are man made using synthetic materials
  • Visco, Memory foam and Tempur are all the same product.
  • They can be soft, medium or firm
  • Capable of reducing partner disturbance
  • May include chemical compounds that cause allergies or reactions
  • Memory foam mattresses offer no contoured support for your body

If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep and ultimate comfort, the one thing all of these mattress types lack is contoured support for your natural shape. Adjustable Ergonomic mattresses can be easily personalised to cradle the contours of your body so you can say goodbye to soreness and sleepless nights! Are you ready to wake up refreshed and well-rested every day?

See our range of ergonomic mattresses, adjustable beds and sleep accessories here.