Types of Mattresses 101

by Star Furniture on September 29, 2017

In today’s market, mattress shopping may get a little overwhelming because of the vast number of choices. But, at Star we’re here to make is easier for you. Don’t let the mattress process keep you tossing and turning. Let’s start off with breaking down the three different types of mattress so we can find out which one is the perfect fit for you!

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam is developed in such a way that it increases the amount of density but the foam returns back to its original shape and form. Memory foam was developed under a contract by NASA’s Research Center to improve the safety of aircraft cushions in the 70s. Today, it is the most popular part in the mattress industry. Around the world, physicians, physical therapists, and chiropractors recommend a memory foam bed and pillow for their patients due to its ability to conform and contour to the shape of an individual body curves and relieve pressure points.

Memory foam mattresses have become widely popular and highly recommended due to their ability to form to your body which reduces pressure points, improves blood circulation and provides overall better sleep.

Memory foam is a soft material, typically made from polyurethane with some additives to increase density. Memory foam regains its normal shape when pressure is no longer applied. It is sensitive to body temperature and molds itself to support all your body contours. Memory foam redistributes body weight and provides support to your neck, shoulders, back, hips, knees, and legs. In addition, memory foam improves circulation and reduces the amount of pressure put on the spine.

Memory foam is usually more dense and heavier, which ultimately gives more support.

Memory Foam beds are sensitive to temperature. Many are now infused with phase-changing material, also known as PCM. The memory foam not only adapts to your body, but its temperature and helps you sleep at a cooler temperature throughout the night. It won’t make you sleep warmer, just cooler!

Let technology do all the work while you sleep a restful night.

A memory foam mattress features an all-foam support that works to balance proper support with pressure-relieving comfort. The top layers of the mattress include memory foam, as well as other comfort foams and fibers.

Memory foam has been a favorite for customers who suffer from pain. Traditional memory foam softens when you lie on it and soon molds to your body. Once you get up, it springs back to its original shape.

Inner Spring Coil Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses use a coil support system. There are several types of spring systems, including springs connected into a single unit, as well as coil systems that have individually wrapped pocketed coil. The springs shape, design, gauge, and numbers of coils in a mattress can vary. The innerspring is covered by padding or upholstery materials, including a variety of foams, fiber and even additional layers of smaller steel springs. Overall, the greater number of coils, the more points of support and the better the bed can contour and support the individual sleeping.

Innerspring mattresses are the most popular kind of bedding. They are made with a steel coil innerspring support system with various foams and fibers on top to provide comfort at the surface. Heavier-gauge coils provide a stiffer suspension, and lighter-gauge coils feel springier.

The number of coils in a mattress varies from manufacturer to manufacturer; but the coil count is not necessarily as important as the construction. When purchasing innerspring mattresses you want to evaluate the type of springs, their gauge (thickness), and other components such as padding and stitching.

Hybrid Mattress

A hybrid mattress combines a steel coil support system with one more types of [memory] foam. Hybrid mattresses are ideal for those who do not want to go for an entire memory foam mattress, but like the feel of one. So if you’re used to an inner spring mattress, but want to try memory foam out, give it at least half a chance. You still get the sturdy support of a coil mattress, but the nice viscoelasticity of a memory foam mattress!  Hybrid mattresses are a combination of innerspring coils and foam, and may also have other comfort layers on top. These mattresses can usually be used on both flat/standard bases or on adjustable foundations and they also come in a variety of comfort levels: soft, medium and firm.


The innerspring coil construction in hybrid mattresses will vary between manufacturers, however most are constructed to provide a step up in firmness when compared to mattresses made of only memory foam. This coil system allows the mattress to retain the bounciness that some people prefer on traditional innerspring mattresses, while the layers of memory foam create an enveloping level of comfort. A coil system also gives hybrid mattresses a traditional mattress shape, instead of the straight lines and lower profiles found on most memory foam mattresses.

The foam in hybrid mattresses can come in a variety of forms, like memory foam or cooling gel foam.

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