Picking the right mattress for you can be hard work, but knowing what you’re looking for makes it much easier. In this article, we break down the pros and cons of various mattresses so you can decide what the best style is for you.
Polyurethane foam, also known as poly-foam, is often used in mattresses, mattress toppers and couch cushions.
Pros: poly-foam is usually low in density, which helps it stay cool as the air flows through the mattress more easily instead of building up and creating heat. As it’s also inexpensive to produce, these mattresses are often more affordable than other options.
Cons: As poly-foam has a low density, these mattresses aren’t as supportive and can begin to sag and become uncomfortable after a few years.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Similar to the poly-foam mattresses, memory foam also has viscose and elastic properties. This makes it plush, and contours to your body adding extra comfort.
Pros: As memory foam allows you to sink into the mattress providing you with extra support, and is the go-to for relieving pressure points and aches and pains. These mattresses are also ideal for side-sleepers, as the memory foam offers pressure relief in the hips and shoulders.
Cons: As it’s expensive to produce, memory foam is a more expensive mattress. It also tends to hold heat and is not particularly breathable compared to other mattresses.
Latex offers you a bouncy, responsive feel to your mattress.
Pros: Latex offers similar pros to memory foam, providing pressure relief and highly recommended for anyone suffering from joint pain. They’re also long-lasting, odour-free and are virtually silent when you move on them.
Cons: Latex mattresses are some of the most expensive mattresses available. They’re also difficult to test, as they’re mostly sold online so finding one to try in a mattress store can be a feat. Some of the reviews of latex mattresses also state that the mattresses end up being firmer than anticipated, potentially down to not being able to try them before buying.
Hybrid mattresses are made from two or more different materials, such as foam and latex, foam and coils etc. These mattresses are designed to boost the benefits of each material whilst burying the negatives.
Pros: Hybrid beds are bouncier than all-foam or latex beds because of the coil design in the mattress. A layer of memory foam or latex contours to your body as you sleep, and the coils below provide support.
Cons: Sometimes the coil systems can cause pressure points and create discomfort. Because of the way they’re designed to combine two mattress styles into one, they’re also more expensive.
Choosing the best mattress means taking in all of these pros and cons and deciding what is the best combination for you. For more information on these mattresses and a variety of others, look at the best and worst mattress reviews from Savvy Sleeper.