May 3, 2016
Filed under: Shopping Tips

When you are shopping for a new mattress, it’s important to understand the different types of mattress constructions so you can find your optimal level of comfort. There are three main types of mattress builds available today – Innerspring, Memory Foam and Hybrid. (Other types like air and waterbeds still exist, but are not recommended as long-term mattress solutions.)

This quick and easy guide to the different types of mattresses will help you understand the differences and determine which one may be best for you.

Innerspring

These traditional mattresses feature a steel coil innerspring topped with various comfort foams and fibers. Today, there are a variety of premium steel coil innersprings available for advanced body support including individually wrapped coils and continuous coil construction. Some innerspring mattresses are compatible with an adjustable bed frame.

Memory Foam

These mattresses feature a foam support core in place of a traditional steel coil innerspring, topped with premium memory foam material for contouring and pressure-relieving comfort. Memory foam mattresses have a very unique comfort feel loved by many, while others prefer the support of a traditional innerspring or hybrid mattress. Because there are no steel coils, these mattresses are all compatible with an adjustable bed frame.

Hybrid

Hybrid mattresses are relatively new to the marketplace and combine the memory foam materials once reserved exclusively for all-foam beds with premium individually wrapped coil innerspring support systems. These mattresses are an ideal solution for those interested in the benefits of memory foam, but who prefer the look and support of a steel coil innerspring system. Most hybrid mattresses are compatible with an adjustable bed frame.

Most mattress retailers offer all three types of mattress constructions, all with comfort feels ranging from luxuriously plush to extra-firm so you can find what’s right for you. If you are ready to start shopping and want some help narrowing down the options, try our Mattress Selector tool here.

Not sure what type of mattress is right for you? Take our Mattress Selector Quiz for personalized recommendations.