The Mattress Type Comparisons You Can Actually Trust – 2019

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The comparisons below evaluate each mattress type overall; the performance and specifications of individual brands / models may differ somewhat.

Pros and Cons Comparison

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  PROS CONS
Inner spring Widely available
Many models affordable
Many firmness options
Often sex friendly due to bounce
Consumer familiarity
Below-average owner satisfaction
Below-average durability / lifespan
Below-average conforming ability
Poor motion isolation possible
Noise possible
Memory Foam Good variety
Widely available
Conforming ability
Motion isolation
Several models affordable
No noise
Initial odor / off gassing possible
Heat retention possible
Little or no bounce
Questionable edge support
Below-average ease of body movement
Hybrid
Conforming / support combo
Many firmness options
Motion isolation
Durability / lifespan questionable
Somewhat pricey
Heat retention possible
Often heavy
Air Adjustable support / firmness
Each half of bed has own adjustment
Above-average pain-relief potential
Above-average longevity potential
Difficulty of (initial) use
Above-average cost esp long term
Breakdown / malfunction possible
Some noise
Assembly often required
Latex Customizable in some cases
Many firmness / price options
Often appeals to "green" buyers
No noise
Heat retention possible
Initial odor possible
All-latex varieties heavy
Limited availability
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 22-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 Models affordable a- B d+ c- D+
Longevity potential D+ B- c A b
support potential B c+ B- a- C+
Conforming / Adaptive C- A- B b- C+
(Back) pain relief C- b- C+ b+ b-
No Initial odor C+ d+ D+ C+ c
Motion isolation c A- B C+ b-
No noise c- A B- d+ a
No sleeping Hot B- C- d+ c+ c-
Easy to move on B- C- C- b c+
Short break in C+ C- D+ b- c
Sex Friendly B- c b- c b-
Adjustable firmness d- d d- a B-
Easy to lift, move c c- d b D+
Easy to maintain c+ C+ C- d c
Custom- izable d d d d B
No assembly a a a d C+
In-store Availability a a- b D+ d
Return policy C B- C+ C- B-

Construction Comparison

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  COMFORT MATERIAL SUPPORT / BASE MATERIAL
Inner spring Regular foam
Less than 1.5" of memory foam (select models)
Innerspring coils
Memory Foam Memory foam
Regular foam (some models)
Regular foam
Hybrid
1.5" or more of memory foam
Regular foam (most models)
Innerspring coils
Air Regular foam (most models)
Memory foam (select models)
Air chamber(s)
Regular foam (select models)
Latex Latex
Memory foam (select models)
Latex
Regular foam (select models)
Innerspring coils (select models)


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