Based on Data From 25,581 Actual Owners
Updated April 7, 2017
Some mattresses are quieter than others. A quiet mattress is preferred as it will not make noise to 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.
Airbeds are inflated, deflated and their firmness / support adjusted through the use of electric air pumps. While pump operation has generally become quieter in recent years, noise remains a complaint for about 6% of owners. Using a pump in the night to adjust the bed may disturb the sleep of one's partner, especially if the pump is faulty or improperly installed.
In addition, about 7% of owners report that their airbed produces a rustling, crunching, or squeaking noise when moved on.
Although airbed noise is a significant owner complaint, most owners do not regard their airbed to be excessively noisy (as the chart below shows).
Noise is no longer a significant complaint from innerspring mattress owners due to the increasing use of pocket / encased coils which tend to be mostly quiet. However, models that use less sophisticated coils, such as bonnell / open and continuous, are capable of squeaking, creaking and clunking regularly. It is also possible for noise to come from, not the mattress itself, but a poorly assembled or broken foundation or frame.
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 mostly silent, but those with innersprings may squeak and creak.
Hybrid mattresses consist of both memory foam and innersprings. Most hybrids use sophisticated and mostly quiet spring systems, such as pocket / encased coils. Nevertheless, some squeaking, creaking and clunking from the springs is possible.
Memory foam mattresses and foam mattresses do not make noise when compressed and are silent under all conditions. It is possible for noise to come from, not the mattress itself, but a poorly assembled or broken foundation or frame or a mattress protector.
Latex mattresses, like memory foam mattresses, are silent under all conditions. Any noise coming from the bed likely originates from a poorly assembled or broken foundation or frame.