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unbiased Mattress Type Comparisons

Based on 22,584 Consumer Experiences Gathered From 974 Sources

March 27, 2017

The comparisons below evaluate each mattress type overall; the performance and specifications of individual brands / models may differ somewhat.

Pros and Cons Comparison

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Innerspring Widely available
Many models affordable
Many firmness options
Often bouncy
Consumer familiarity
Below average owner satisfaction
Below average durability / lifespan
Below average conforming ability
Poor motion isolation possible
Noise possible
Memory Foam Widely available
Conforming ability
Motion isolation
Several models affordable
No noise
Initial odor / off gassing possible
Heat retention possible
Little if any bounce
High-density types difficult to move on
Effective conforming / support combo
Many firmness options
Motion isolation
Durability / lifespan questionable
Somewhat pricey
Heat retention possible
Often heavy
Foam Often affordable
Limited heat retention
Motion isolation
No noise
Strong return policies
Firmness options limited
Below-average edge support
Too firm for some
Relatively thin
Usually available only online
Air Adjustable support / firmness
Each half of bed has own adjustment
Above average pain-relief potential
Above average longevity
Difficulty of (initial) use
Above average cost esp long term
Breakdown / malfunction possible
Some noise
Assembly often required
Latex Customizable in some cases
Many firmness / price options
Often appeals to "green" buyers
No noise
Heat retention possible
Initial odor possible
All-latex varieties heavy
Limited availability
Futon Often inexpensive
Dual-use potential (sofa and bed)
Variety of styles / colors
Below average longevity
Too thin / firm for some
Initial odor possible
Water Temperature control
Contours to body
Extended longevity possible
Often inexpensive
Largely dust-mite free
Can be punctured
Very heavy
Extensive set up / assembly
Noise and initial odor possible

Detailed 20-Point Comparison

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  Inner Spring Memory Foam Hybrid Foam Air Latex Futon
Owner satisfaction D+ B c B b- b C+
Consumer familiarity A B C- C C- D C-
Many Models affordable a- B+ d A- c- D+ A
Longevity D+ B- c C+ A- b C-
support potential B c+ B- B a- C+ C
Conforming, Adaptive C- A- B B- b- B D+
(Back) pain relief C- b C+ C+ b+ b C-
No Initial odor C+ d D+ B C+ c C-
Motion isolation c A B B C+ b- C
No noise c- A B- A d+ a C+
No sleeping Hot B- d+ d+ B- c+ c- B
Easy to move on B- d+ C- B- b c+ B-
Short break in b- d+ D+ C b- c B-
Sex Friendly C+ c b- B- c b C
Adjustable firmness d- d d- D a B- D-
Easy to lift, move c c- d B- b D+ A-
Low maintenance c+ C+ C- B- d c C-
Customizable d d d C- d B D
No assembly a a a A d C+ A
In-store Availability a a- b D+ D+ d C-

Construction Comparison

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Innerspring Regular foam
Less than 2" of memory foam (select models)
Innerspring coils
Memory Foam Memory foam Regular foam
2" or more of memory foam
Regular foam (most models)
Innerspring coils
Foam Regular foam (most models)
Various materials (select models)
Regular foam
Air Regular foam (most models)
Memory foam (select models)
Air chamber(s)
High-density regular foam (select models)
Latex Latex
Memory foam (select models)
Regular foam (select models)
Innerspring coils (select models)
Futon Fiber (most models)
Regular foam (select models)
Innerspring coils (most models)
Regular foam (select models)
Fiber (select models)
Water Water chamber(s)
Regular foam (select models)
Water chamber(s)

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