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unbiased Mattress Type Comparison

Based on 21,500+ Actual Consumer Experiences

August 11, 2015

The advantages and disadvantages below are true for each mattress type overall as a group; individual brands and mattresses may have somewhat different pros and cons. Select a mattress type for details and brand ratings.

  PROS CONS
INNER
SPRING
Widely available.
Initial comfort and support.
Many models inexpensive.
Many firmness options.
Consumer familiarity.
Below average owner satisfaction.
Below average durability / lifespan.
Below average conforming ability.
Motion isolation can be limited.
Some noise possible.
MEMORY FOAM Widely available.
Above average conforming ability.
Motion isolation.
Several brands / models affordable.
No noise.
Initial odor / off gassing possible.
Heat retention possible.
High-density types difficult to move on.
Not romance friendly for some.
Hybrid Effective comfort / support combo.
Many firmness options.
Motion isolation.
Durability / lifespan questionable.
Somewhat pricey.
Heat retention possible.
Often heavy.
AIR Adjustable support / firmness.
Each side can have own setting.
Above average long-term pain relief.
Above average longevity.
Long-term cost can be high.
Mechanical in nature.
Uneven sleep surface possible.
Somewhat limited availability.
Some noise from air pumps.
LATEX Customizable in some cases.
Often appeals to green buyers.
No noise.
Limited availability.
Heat retention possible.
Initial odor possible.
Often heavy.
WATER Temperature control.
Contours to body.
Extended longevity possible.
Fairly inexpensive.
Largely dust-mite free.
Can be punctured.
Very heavy.
Extensive set up / assembly.
Maintenance.
Noise and initial odor possible.
FUTON Often inexpensive.
Dual-use potential (sofa and bed)
Variety of styles / colors.
Below average longevity.
Too thin / firm for some people.
Initial odor possible.

More Mattress Type Comparisons

Each link below provides a comparison of the mattress types (innerspring, memory foam, air, latex, water, futon) for that particular issue.

Mattress type satisfaction ratings

Price ranges and affordability

Longevity / lifespan

(Back) pain reduction

Initial odor / off gassing

Heat retention / sleeping hot

Motion isolation

Flipping / rotating requirements

Weight

Noise

Sex friendly

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