The 5 Basic Mattress Types Explained

Most people don't put that much thought into a mattress. I mean, it's just something you sleep on, right? Aren't' they're all the same? This is a common misconception.

For starters, the fact that you sleep on a mattress makes it incredibly important. If it is uncomfortable, you don't get a good nights sleep. Unrestful sleep has been led to numerous issues. In the short term, it can leave you groggy, irritable, and achy. If you don't get an adequate amount of restful sleep for an extended period of time, however, it can led to weight gain, diabetes, heart issues, anxiety, and put you at a much greater risk of an accident  - In the car, at work, or around the home.

Plus, all mattresses aren't the same. There are actually five basic types of mattresses, which we will explain here today. Each one is very different from the other, and comes with it's own set of pros and cons. Deciding which one is right for you depends on the amount of flexibility you need, the firmness levels, the size, the cost, any health issues you may have, and may other things.

Type 1: Innerspring

An innerspring mattress is the most commonly used type, and the most traditional. It tends to be firmer than the other four types, and is entirely nonadjustable. Whatever the firmness level is, that's what it is going to stay at. As the name suggests, an innerspring mattress is made up of springs placed inside the cloth exterior.

Type 2: Foam

A foam mattress is made up of either memory foam or visco foam, along with latex, and polyurethane. It offers a high level of comfort, low level of firmness, and molds to the shape of your body while you sleep. Foam mattresses often use multiple types of foam in one model, layered to create slightly varying levels of firmness.

Type 3: Air

An air mattress is one which is filled with air. They are usually inflated with a pump, are portable, and offer adjustable firmness at any given time. If you want an air mattress to be firmer, you simply pump it up with more air. If you want it to be softer, let some air out.

Type 4: Water

This is the least commonly used of the five mattress types. A water mattress is a mattress made up of thick plastic which is then filled with water. Like with air, you add more water for extra firmness, less for a softer feel. Water beds are often prescribed to people with certain types of chronic pain, as the feeling of the water (especially when heated) is thought to be therapeutic.

Type 5: Hybrid

A hybrid mattress is any mattress which combines one of the four types above. For example, a foam mattress with an air top, or an innerspring mattress with a foam top. There are a wide variety of options when it comes to hybrid mattresses, so the possibilities of firmness and comfort levels are nearly inexhaustible.