The Different Types of Mattress
There are several types of bedding on the market today, Latex, Tempur-material, Memory foam, Gel foam, Innerspring, Air, Water, Pillowtops, etc.. Finding the right one for you, means assessing your needs. Here is brief summary of the different types of mattresses.
Tempur-material is the proprietary foam used only in Tempur-pedic mattresses. Tempur-material is considered by many to be the very best foam type in the market place today. Tempur material has an open cell structure vs. memory foam which has a closed cell structure. This allows the foam to contour better and remain cool. Tempur-material is known for its exceptional durability support, and pressure relieving properties.
Memory foam or visco elastic foam is heat sensitive, and reactive. There are many different quality levels of memory foam products out there. Memory foam ranges in density from a low of 2 lbs. to a high of over 7 lbs. When choosing a Memory foam remember the higher the density the foam is the better. A density of at least 4 lbs. is where the better memory foams begin. High quality memory foam offers great support and pressure relief.
Latex foam Natural Latex is derived from the rubber tree. Top quality latex is generally considered to be the among the longest lasting mattresses foams. Top quality Latex mattresses offer great support and exceptional durability. Latex mattresses are hypo-allergenic. Allergies reported are actually due to inferior quality processing of inferior quality Latex. A top quality Latex mattress will give you many quality years of use.
Innerspring coils are made in a range of sizes, gauges, shapes and heights. Coil counts (the number of coils in the mattress) can be deceiving. The higher the coil count in a mattress, the smaller actual individual coils are. The coil sizes are designated numerically according to the total number that are used in a double size innerspring or boxspring. As an example, when there are 312 coils in a double size innerspring, there will be fewer in a twin size made with the same coils and more in the king and queen sizes. The number of coils is not indicative of how long the mattress will last.
Foundations/Boxsprings are the base of the mattress set. Foundations are made primarily of steel or wood. Both can offer good support for your new mattress. Beware of inferior constriction techniques used in some inexpensive foundations, as sagging and squeaking may occur. To few or to small slats can cause problems down the road. A sagging foundation can cause the mattress to breakdown prematurely. Make sure your mattress is on a quality foundation.