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Some mattresses are quieter than others. A quiet mattress is preferred as it will not make noise which can interfere with restfulness and sleep.
The chart below shows how mattress types compare on this issue based on owner experiences. Keep in mind that this represents what is often, but not always, the case. A particular brand, model or individual mattress may go against these findings somewhat.
Air beds are inflated, deflated and their firmness adjusted through the use of electric air pumps. These pumps make noise when in use. Consequently, using a pump in the night to adjust the bed's firmness may disturb one's partner. Pumps may also work automatically on occasion to maintain firmness settings, and this may also disturb sleep. Especially loud air pump operation may indicate a faulty air pump.
Although air pump noise is a top complaint from air bed owners, most owners do not regard their air pump to be excessively noisy as the chart below shows.
These beds are capable of squeaking, creaking and clunking because of their innerspring coils. Those beds with sophisticated coils, such as pocket and offset, are less likely to make noise than those with less sophisticated coils, such as bonnell and continuous.
Waterbeds can make noise if air is trapped in the water chamber(s).
Futon mattresses that are filled with cotton / fiber or cotton / foam are silent, but those with innersprings can squeak and creak.
Memory foam mattresses and latex mattresses are silent under all conditions.
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