The Different Types of Mattresses Available for Purchase

A new mattress is a substantial investment. After all, you’ll be sleeping on it every night for the next eight to ten years—that is, if you choose the right one. But given the sheer variety of types and prices, shopping for a mattress can quickly become overwhelming. Before you get started, you should take some time to understand the different types of mattresses and decide how much you want to spend. The following overview can help you to get started.


When it comes to specialty mattresses, Tempur-Pedic is one of the top brands. Most customers pay more for this brand’s proprietary foam bedding, which ranges in price from $1,200 for a queen-sized OriginalBed to a whopping $6,000 for Tempur-Pedic’s GrandBed. The brand has a loyal following, with fans that believe the price difference is worth it. However, Tempur-Pedic’s status has also inspired a number of knockoffs from other leading mattress companies. You’ll find Tempur-Pedic mattresses both online and in sleep specialty stores across the country.    

Latex Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses have been popular for at least a decade now, and it’s often a good choice for people who suffer from joint and back pain. Latex mattresses are a variation on memory foam with the added advantage of being hypoallergenic.

Latex mattresses and mattress toppers will soften and mold to your shape when you lie on them. Once you get up, they resume their original shape. They’re durable and long-lasting, and don’t pick up smells easily. Another advantage is that you’re less likely to feel your partner move in a latex bed.

There are some disadvantages. Some people find that latex mattresses are too hot. They’re also pricier than other mattresses, costing several thousand dollars. Finally, another thing to keep in mind is that latex mattresses are extremely heavy and difficult to move.

Adjustable Mattresses

Adjustable mattresses and beds allow you to adjust the bed to different heights and inclinations. This type of bed can be the perfect solution for people who suffer from circulation problems, aches and pains, snoring, asthma, acid reflux, and heartburn. Controlling an adjustable mattress can make it easier to get in and out of bed if mobility is a problem, and it’ll also make it easier to sit up in bed and read in bed. Most two-person beds have two control panels, which means that each partner can adjust their own side.

However, adjustable beds are also a lot costlier than regular beds with standard spring or memory foam mattresses. They also have more moving parts, which means there is a risk that those parts will break or malfunction. This is something to keep in mind, as most beds don’t need a repairman.

Air Mattresses

An air mattress is a type of adjustable mattress that can be inflated to your desired firmness. Most air mattresses come with an electric pump on either side of the bed so that each sleep partner can adjust his or her side of the bed. They have several different layers, typically with foam on top. One of the disadvantages of adjustable air mattresses  is that the pump is noisy in the night—you won’t be able to adjust the bed in the night without waking up your partner.

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