We all want a good night’s sleep, and a mattress is often the most important factor in determining whether we’ll get one. A new mattress will help reduce back pain, let you wake up less sore, and increase your overall feeling of well-being. With that said, there are different kinds of mattresses out there that offer various levels of comfort and support depending on what kind of sleeper you are: side, back, or stomach. Keep reading to learn more about mattress types on the market with their pros and cons.

Why Should You Change The Mattress?

The mattress is the most important part of your bed. If it’s not comfortable, you’re not going to get good sleep. If it’s too soft, you’ll sink in and wake up sore or achy. If it’s too hard, you’ll feel like you’re sleeping on the pavement.

According to Mattressive, the lifespan of your mattress is usually 10-years or less. For these reasons, people often buy a new mattress every few years to replace the old ones. 

Innerspring Mattress

If a conventional innerspring is right for you, the main considerations are comfort and price. These mattress types range from inexpensive to expensive. They use a network of metal coils and support foam, making them firm but not necessarily luxurious. People who recommend innersprings say they are durable and usually last the longest.

Pocketed Coil

The pocketed coil is a hybrid between a spring mattress and an inner-spring mattress with several layers of innerspring coils stacked on top of each other (the pocket) surrounded by layers of foam. This allows you to get the firmness of an innerspring without feeling ‘stuck in the hole’ when you sleep on your side.

Natural Fibre

demonstrating a Memory Foam mattress
Memory Foam mattress

Natural fibre mattresses are made of natural materials such as cotton, wool, or latex. They are generally eco-friendly and somewhat biodegradable. The most common complaint is that they can be too hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

Memory Foam

Also known as viscoelastic foam mattresses, these are used mainly to relieve pressure on the spine and joints. They have several layers of polyurethane foam with memory cells that contour to specific body parts during sleep, providing a feeling of weightlessness. Some people might experience a lack of support from memory foam mattresses because their surfaces sink around them so much.

Gel-Infused Memory Foam

The addition of gel to memory foam can make the mattress more comfortable because the gel is a cooling agent that draws heat from the body. The gel-infused foam also has a softer feel than regular memory foam. However, it’s important to note that since the gel is more delicate, this type of mattress may not have the long life as other types of mattresses.

Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses are made from natural rubber extract that is much better for you than traditional mattress materials, such as cotton and polyester. The latex foams create a much more supportive surface than memory foam. In addition, these mattresses feature minimal off-gassing. If you move around a lot while sleeping or switch positions frequently throughout the night, a latex mattress is probably not right for you.

Hybrid Mattress

With so many different components and materials to consider, you might think that mattress shopping would be a nightmare. Fortunately, hybrid mattresses are gaining popularity and proving to be an excellent solution for many people.

It’s actually quite simple: a hybrid mattress is a combination of the properties of two or more beds, including springs, coils, memory foam, and other types of foams. This allows you to get the best support possible while also getting an overall softer feeling than you would get with several conventional mattresses combined.


Waterbeds provide great support, but they can be a trial to live with. They run the risk of leaking, heating up too much in the summer, and are often less than user-friendly.

Innerspring Mattress

The Pillowtop Mattress

A pillowtop mattress is a soft and comfortable mattress layer placed on top of a firmer mattress. It can be a terrific addition for the comfort seeker who wants plush softness without paying for the additional layers that usually come with a pillowtop. A pillowtop can also add some extra cushioning to the bed, especially if it is placed over an innerspring or spring mattress.

Air Mattresses

An air mattress is a beautiful option for an extra bed, guest bed, or even a permanent bed in some cases. The technology has come a long way from the days of the single-chamber “blow up mattress” that had no support. Modern air mattresses have many air chambers inside and provide excellent support.

The Bottom Line

Your current mattress might not be the best fit for you, and it could be causing some pain. But, changing to something that’s not only more firm or softer but also actually suited to you can be a confidence booster as well.

Keep in mind that there are many different mattresses, and finding the right one could take some time. Make an investment in yourself and your sleep this year by giving yourself a chance to try out different options until you find the perfect one for you.