Mattresses make a great investment in your proper sleep health, but sometimes we are put off by the variety available in the market.

In this guide, we aim to simplify the most common foam mattresses available, to help you determine the right mattress for your unique sleep needs.

We have covered your usual innerspring mattresses and the types of polyurethane foams; provided a quick in-depth study of mattress royalties: latex and memory foam; and we have even thrown in the real benefits of using air (or water) instead of regular foams.

So scroll down, a study in comfort awaits you!


The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep on a Good Mattress

These days people often neglect the importance of a good night’s sleep. We are so caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives that we sometimes forget about the many benefits that a good night’s sleep gives provides our bodies with.

However, the length of sleep is often confused with the quality of sleep. While reasonable amounts of rest are fine, it also helps to have a decent quality of sleep. This means ensuring that your “sleep equipment” is up to a certain standard.

From your choices to pillows and mattresses, knowing what you are purchasing will help your overall sleep health in the long run, and in turn, promote better health and vitality.

The Different Types of Mattresses

There are different kinds of mattresses available in the market, and this guide will help you pick the one that is best suited to your sleep needs.


Innerspring and Hybrid Mattresses

The innerspring mattress is probably the mattress that most of us grew up with due to its increased popularity. It is basically a foam mattress that uses a support system made of steel coils. It is padded with different kinds of foam and layered for support.

It is a mattress that is pretty easy on the budget and can be considered a standard bed. There are different kinds of innerspring mattresses, and they vary depending on the type of coil used and the padding that they have in place.



Hybrid Mattress

Think of a hybrid foam mattress as a mix and match type of mattress trying to combine all the great factors of different mattresses together. Usually, a hybrid mattress will start with a coil base and combine different types of foam together. These materials could be combination of memory, latex, polyurethane, and at times, even gel foams.

Traditional Polyurethane Foam Mattresses

The most budget-friendly foam mattress that you can get your hands on is the polyurethane foam mattress, which is a mattress that you have probably slept on at some point in your life. These are common in affordable hotel rooms and as extra mattresses for guests at your home.

Believe it or not, you could be sleeping on a poly mattress right now!

They have almost the same structure as memory foam, but they use more chemicals in their production process.

In a nutshell, this is what you get in the purchase of a polyurethane foam mattress:

  • A budget-friendly, inexpensive cushion
  • A reasonable degree of comfort
  • Versatility in firmness

However, due to its inexpensive nature, you do get a lot of tradeoffs:

  • Polyurethane foam is not as durable as other mattresses
  • The off-gassing that you get is undoubtedly pretty offensive
  • It does not offer the same level of support as the rest of the beds in this list.

Polyurethane foam mattresses make for an excellent backup mattress, but if you are shopping for good quality, you should look at your other choices.


Reflex Foam

This is another type of polyurethane foam, but it has a higher density than usual. It is a little like memory foam, but instead of an open cell structure, it uses bubbles in its composition to spring back. It is a good choice for people who want to save money and need an extra-firm bed to lie on at night.

High-Resiliency Foam

A type of polyurethane foam that is used in a variety of mattresses and bedding components because of its comfort and support. It is considered to be the highest grade of polyurethane, and it conforms to your body correctly.

It offers a significant degree of comfort, but it is best known for its motion isolation properties. It is more expensive than your traditional polyurethane foam mattress.


Latex Foam Mattress

The latex mattress is considered the “king of mattresses,” and it takes this title for many reasons.

It offers excellent contouring, optimal support for those who struggle with back pain, and its satisfaction ratio is off the charts. Some people argue that latex is the best choice for people who want a combination of comfort, support, and durability.

  • They are hypoallergenic being made of natural materials
  • Aids in proper spinal alignment and support
  • Naturally resistant to dust mites
  • Excellent natural heat dissipation properties due to its inherent material composition.

If you are struggling with chronic back and joint pain, excessive heat during sleeping, or demand excellent motion isolation properties – so you don’t wake up when you spouse moves during their sleep – then latex is the top choice for you.

The beauty of the latex mattress is that it is a natural material that outshines the other mattresses in this list.  The material used in a latex mattress, or latex, is extracted from the rubber tree and contains almost no chemicals whatsoever when it is treated. This means that there is no off-gassing – or that weird chemical smell – that you get from traditional foams.

It is the only mattress to be entirely environmentally friendly and 100 percent biodegradable.

A lot of people say that the latex mattress’ entry price is as high as memory foams, but some often forget that a good latex mattress will last you for up to 12 years; meaning that its cost per night of sleep is lower than other “budget” mattresses on the list.


Gel Foam Mattresses

Any mattress that combines the use of gel in the mattress material is considered to be part of the gel foam family. The primary benefit of using gel in your everyday foam is that it helps you with heat dissipation, which is a common problem with some sleepers.

As we have mentioned earlier, even memory foam has a gel memory foam variant for people that feel like their mattress is just too hot for an adequate level of comfort.

Gel foam is also lovely if you have problems with motion transfer. The main drawbacks of gel foam are the price and accessibility in some areas.


Evlon Foam

Looking to save money and you want a quick alternative to the ones on the list? Then, check out evlon foam.

Evlon foam is the foam that is used on couches and your living room furniture; if you have ever taken a nap on the couch before you’ll realize that it is pretty comfortable to a certain degree.  The buoyancy that you get from this type of foam combined with its firmness makes for a great night’s sleep. However, it’s just not for everyone.

If you want a firm mattress at an affordable price, then you should check out the feel of a bed that is made entirely of evlon.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam is gaining prominence because of a number of factors. The main benefit of using memory foam is that it is a great choice if contouring is your topmost priority. Due to the way the material is structured it swiftly “wraps” around your body, providing adequate support whilst still impressing your body structure on the foam.

Don’t be confused, as with the other foams on this list; there are also different types of memory foam mattresses that you can get.

  • Traditional memory foam – this is the normal type of memory foam designed for optimal contouring and support. They are great if you suffer from some form of join pain. If you have problems with heat retention then you should opt for its sibling, open-cell memory foam.
  • Gel memory foam– offers reduced issues with motion transfer and is also a top choice if you are avoiding heat retention in your mattress.
  • Open cell memory foam– a new type of memory foam that helps aid in removing excessive heat due to its structure. It quickly responds to the temperature of the person lying on it.

Convoluted Foam

We still have not found a full mattress that is made up of convoluted foam, but it makes for a great mattress topper in general. It looks like a giant egg crate and is easily available everywhere. It aids in good heat dispersion at night and helps relieve you of pressure.

If you are looking for the ultimate in heat dissipation, then you should probably look at a latex mattress or a gel memory foam mattress topped with a convoluted egg foam mattress topper. The results will not disappoint!


Waterbed Mattress (or Waterbeds)

This is not exactly a type of foam, but it is worth discussing. There are two types of waterbed mattresses, and they are dependent on how their water chambers are built into the bed.

  • Soft-sided Waterbeds – these are waterbeds that have a water chamber made from a frame of foam, and they are zipped into a case made of fabric.
  • Hard-sided Waterbeds– these are made with their water chambers inside a structure that is typically made of woodIf you do pick a waterbed, you’ll have to know that there are also two kinds of water chambers:
    • Waveless – designed to have fibers to restrict and limit the motion of the water in the chamber.
    • Free flow – typically uses a single chamber for all the water, so the flow of water is not restricted.


    Waterbeds are not exactly the first choice in mattresses for daily use, but they do provide and adequate level of support. Their contouring and comfort levels are not as significant as the rest of their peers. Sometimes they are seen more of a novelty, rather than a first choice.


    Air Mattress (or Airbeds)

    Air mattresses get their support characteristics from the air pumped into its chambers. Traditionally, they have been great as an extra mattress should there be guests over, but they have also grown in complexity.

    There are now air mattresses with air chambers that can be adjusted suiting the different level of support that couples may want to use on different sides of the bed. As for a choice for everyday usage, there are some who opt for the airbed route, but they are still primarily used as extra mattresses.

    Final Foam Mattress Considerations

    Each of these different kinds of mattresses have their own advantages and disadvantages, but there are some questions that we often forget to ask before we choose a foam mattress:

    • Am I put off by the chemical smells from off-gassing?
    • Do I have allergies and need a bed that is hypoallergenic?
    • How much money am I willing to invest in this particular mattress?
    • Is this foam mattress durable enough for my needs?
    • Will my current comfort and support needs differ in the future?
    • How much is this going to cost per night of sleep? (This is a great way to measure the value of a mattress. Merely divide its price by the number of years it will last. Sometimes you’ll find that even the most expensive latex mattresses are more affordable than innerspring beds in the long run.
  •  At the end of the day, you are looking to find a maximum level of comfort and value. You have to pick a mattress that meets your level of comfort, support, and value. While comfort is sometimes more subjective than we often admit, it is still dependent on what you – and your partner – would want in a mattress.A mattress is an investment, so pick one that you know you’ll be happy with a couple of years down the line.