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unbiased Mattress Type Comparison

Based on 19,300+ Actual Consumer Experiences

December 9, 2014

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.

Widely available.
Good initial comfort and support.
Many models inexpensive.
Firmness variety.
Consumer familiarity.
Below average owner satisfaction.
Below average durability / lifespan.
Below average pain relief.
Motion isolation can be limited.
Some noise possible.
MEMORY FOAM Often widely available.
Above average pressure / pain relief.
Good 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.
AIR Adjustable support / firmness.
Each side can have own setting.
Above average 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 Above average pain relief.
No noise.
Often appeals to "green" buyers.
Customizable in some cases.
Limited availability.
Heat retention possible.
Initial odor possible.
WATER Temperature control.
Contours to body.
Good longevity possible.
Fairly inexpensive.
Largely dust-mite free.
Can be punctured.
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 people.
Initial odor possible.
What about hybrids?

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

Pain reduction

Initial odor / off gassing

Heat retention / sleeping hot

Motion isolation

Flipping / rotating requirements



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