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Mattress Styles and Features Guide

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Mattress Styles

Latex Foam

Latex mattresses are made from a renewable resource, the sap of rubber trees, or a synthetic source. Sometimes, latex foam mattresses can also have a layer of memory foam. Be sure to read the mattress description carefully to see how thick each foam layer is. 

  • Provides both firm, bouncy support and comfort
  • Natural latex is hypoallergenic
  • Provides good circulation, allowing the sleeper to stay cool

  • Latex is firm, which is not ideal for those who prefer a soft mattress

Consider this mattress if:
  • You have back pain (A latex mattress topper will work also.)

Memory Foam

Made from visco-elastic foam, memory foam mattresses help to reduce stress on the body. The higher the density of foam, the firmer and the more durable the mattress will be. Memory foam can be used in many variations on a mattress: on top of the mattress in place of a pillow top, half memory and half latex foam, and a solid piece of memory foam. 

  • Reduces pressure and relieves pain by conforming to the sleeper's body as they move throughout the night
  • Absorbs movement, so your partner will be less able to feel you tossing and turning

  • Can feel hot during the night as foam is temperature sensitive
  • Foam can emit an unpleasant chemical smell

Consider this mattress if:
  • You have chronic pain or fatigue
  • You can't get comfortable at night


The most common type, innerspring mattresses use sets of coiled springs to deliver support and comfort. The higher the count of springs in the mattress, the higher the quality (and therefore, most likely, the price). However, the amount of springs isn't the only factor to take into consideration, coil thickness is also important. A springier mattress will have thinner coils, with gauges between 14 and 15.55. (Gauge measures the thickness of the coil. The higher the number, the thinner the gauge.) Firmer mattresses use thicker coils, with a gauge of about 12.5. 

  • Range in price
  • Range in firmness
  • Innerspring mattresses are comfortable for almost everyone

  • A lack of springs and/or cushioning will leave your back unsupported, which means you will wake up with an aching back.

Consider this mattress if:
  • You are overweight, as spring mattresses can offer firmer support.
  • You have back pain, as firm spring mattresses offer support to aching backs.

Mattress Features

Pillow Top

  • A pillow top mattress features a few extra inches of padding sewn onto the top of the mattress.
  • It's ideal for those who prefer a softer mattress. 


  • Hypoallergenic mattresses, such as latex foam models, are best for people who are prone to allergies.
  • This type of mattress keeps out allergens, such as dust mites and mold. 


  • To allow for different sleeping and sitting positions, some mattresses are adjustable.
To extend the life of a mattress, periodically rotate it from end to end by putting the foot end at the headboard.

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Sleep Style Considerations

From your sleeping position to whether or not your partner tosses and turns, we will help you determine which mattress is the right one for you based on your lifestyle.

Side Sleeper

  • Look for a cushy mattress that relieves pressure or can disperse pressure while you sleep. Firm mattresses are not ideal.
  • Memory foam mattress or a mattress with a cushy topper are the best choices as they conform to your shape, relieving pressure.

Stomach Sleeper

  • A dense innerspring or latex mattress are the best bets as they're the firmest choices.
  • Memory foam may feel smothering for stomach sleepers.

Back Sleeper

  • A middle of the road firmness mattress is best for back sleepers, as it keeps the spine aligned but has some give.

Hot Sleeper

  • Foam and latex hold in heat.
  • Opt for an innerspring mattress with either a permanent or removable feather or fiberfill topper.

Have Allergies

  • Foam and latex are antimicrobial and dust mite- and mold-resistant.
  • If you have a fiberfill-topped mattress, use an allergen-resistant cover.

Your Partner Tosses and Turns

  • A pocketed coil innerspring, memory foam, or latex mattress is the best choice as they have ideal motion isolation.
  • ​However, these mattresses have less give, so it will be less comfortable for the restless sleeper.
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