Mattress Type Comparison

Introduction

There are eight main mattress types on the market to choose from including innerspring, memory foam, latex, airbed, waterbed, memory foam hybrid and latex hybrid. Many manufacturers make more than one mattress type to suit consumers' needs better.

Different mattress type involves a different manufacturing process with an outcome of different performance and price.

It's obvious that different mattress brands and models of the same type may perform differently, but here we put the focus on commonality and review each type of mattress as a group.

The tables below give a thorough comparison and ratings of all eight types of mattresses from different perspectives including product specifications, user experience, pros, and cons.

Pros and Cons of All Matrress Types

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Innerspring Pros Sex friendly Many firmness options Widely available with affordable prices Cons Noise possible Poor motion isolation possible Below average durability lifespan
Memory Foam Pros Adjust firmness of different body parts by varied temperature Slow recovery and motion isolation Relax spine and joints for no counterforce Cons Not suitable for summer due to heat accumulation Too firm in cold weather Chemicals contained may cause allergy
Latex Pros Customizable in some cases All-natural materials which is good for health and the environment Various models in different firmness levels are provided Cons Heavy Mostly expensive Limited availability in stores
Air Pros Above averagedurability Above average pain-relief performance Adjustable firmness on each side Cons Difficulty of initial use Noise possible Above average maintennance cost
Memory Foam Hybrid Pros Effective conforming / support combo Many firmness options Good motion isolation Cons Questionable lifespan Heat retention possible Often heavy
Latex Hybrid Pros Little initial odor / off gassing No noise Cons Superior edge support Limited thickness options
Water Pros Better control of temperature Affordable price Long lifespan Good conforming ability Cons High maintenance need Extensive assembly Possible noise and odor Considerably heavy
Futon Pros Often affordable Dual used for sofa and bed Variety of styles and colors Cons Below average longevity Too thin or firm Initial odor possible

Specifications Comparison

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Price Range Lifespan Firmness Options
Innerspring $80 to $7000+ about 6 years soft to firm
Memory Foam $100 - $4000+ about 7 years soft to firm
Latex $1000 to $6000+ about 8 years x-soft to x-firm
Air $500 to $4000+ at least 8.5 years adjustable firmness
Memory Foam Hybrid $500 to $4000 about 7 years soft to firm
Latex Hybrid $200 to $1095+ about 6.5 years soft to x-firm
Water $50 to $440
(hard-side models)
$800 to $1800
(soft-side models)
about 5-10 years soft to firm
Futon $65 to $370 about 2-5 years medium to firm

Construction Comparison

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Comfort Layer Base Layer
Innerspring regular foam/
less than 2" memory foam
innerspring coils
Memory Foam memory foam high-density regular foam
Latex latex latex
Air regular/
memory foam
air chamber/
high-density regular foam
Memory Foam Hybrid 2" or more of memory foam/
regular foam
Innerspring coils
Latex Hybrid latex/
memory foam
latex/regular foam/
innerspring coils
Water water chamber/
regular foam
water chamber
Futon fiber/regular foam innerspring coils/
regular foam/fiber

User Experience Ratings

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Innerspring Memory Foam Latex Air Memory Foam Hybrid Latex Hybrid Water Futon
Durability
2
7
8
3
4
7
5
3
Models options
8
9
8
7
6
5
3
4
Affordable price
8
8
2
3
1
9
9
10
Conforming ability
3
9
7
6
7
6
6
2
Motion isolation
5
9
6
7
7
5
5
4
Back pain relief
3
8
6
8
6
7
5
5
Adjustable firmness
1
2
6
9
1
5
6
1
Edge support
7
1
2
5
6
2
1
2
Short break in
6
2
4
6
3
4
7
6
Sex Friendly
6
3
7
3
6
7
5
4
Easy to move on
6
2
4
7
3
4
4
6
No odor
5
1
4
5
2
4
6
2
No noise
5
1
4
5
2
4
6
2
No sleeping hot
6
2
3
5
2
3
6
7
No need of topper
2
6
9
4
5
8
5
1
Low maintenance
5
6
4
1
3
3
6
3
Easy to lift, transport
4
4
2
7
1
4
5
7

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