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unbiased Mattress Type Comparisons

Based on 22,439 Consumer Experiences Gathered From 967 Sources

May 12, 2016

The comparisons below evaluate each mattress type overall; individual brands and models may perform somewhat different.

Pros and Cons

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Innerspring Widely available.
Initial comfort and support.
Many models affordable.
Many firmness options.
Often regarded as sex friendly.
Consumer familiarity.
Below average owner satisfaction.
Below average durability / lifespan.
Below average conforming ability.
Poor motion isolation possible.
Noise possible.
Memory Foam Widely available.
Above average conforming ability.
Motion isolation.
Several models affordable.
No noise.
Initial odor / off gassing possible.
Heat retention possible.
High-density types difficult to move on.
Not sex friendly for some.
Effective conforming / support combo.
Many firmness options.
Motion isolation.
Durability / lifespan questionable.
Somewhat pricey.
Heat retention possible.
Often heavy.
Air Adjustable support / firmness.
Each side has own adjustment.
Above average pain-relief potential.
Above average longevity.
Difficulty of (initial) use.
Above average cost esp long term.
Breakdown / malfunction possible.
Uneven sleep surface possible.
Some noise.
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.
Often inexpensive.
Largely dust-mite free.
Can be punctured.
Very heavy.
Extensive set up / assembly.
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.
Initial odor possible.

Detailed 21-Point Comparison

Select a mattress attribute or mattress type for details.

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

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