Firm mattress, medium mattress or soft mattress? Which do you need?
Types of mattresses compared
Depending on the material from which the mattress is made, it will vary in whether it feels soft, hard or medium. There are three main types of mattresses: spring, latex and Memory Foam. Let’s look at differences between them.
Latex Mattress vs Memory Foam vs Spring Mattress
Which mattress is better for you and which should you choose?
What to consider when choosing a bed mattress
There are a few things you want to take into consideration when buying a new mattress, such as your weight but also any health issues such as joint or back pain.
Here are general tips for buying a mattress:
A bed with a softer mattress will be better for you if you are slim. It this case you want to consider a memory foam or a mattress with a latex top. On the other hand, if you are of a heavier weight, you want to look at mattresses which can support weight better – mattresses with springs. If you experience joint pains, Memory Foam is the option for you as well.
Apart from that, considering your preferences, whether you like to sleep on a hard or a soft bed, latex and Memory Foam give you a softer feel. Memory foam also feels warmer than other surfaces.
If you and your partner have different weight, a spring mattress can be a good choice. There are spring mattresses on the market, which will support different weights and give each of you good comfort.
The advantages of Memory Foam are well known and appreciated, including the medical world. Memory Foam works well under pressure and in changing temperatures.
There are various Memory Foam mattresses to choose from, including combinations of spring mattresses with Memory Foam toppers.
Why go for a Memory Foam mattress?
The main reasons you may want to choose a Memory Foam are:
- soft surface
- it moulds to the shape of your body and supports well your whole body
- feels warm
Generally speaking, it’s a type of mattress which gives you coziness and comfort.
Latex mattresses provide good back support and follow the shape of your body giving a comfortable feel. They are also a great choice for partners for different weights as they adjust to weight differences well.
Why choose a latex mattress?
Similarly to Memory Foam, latex mattresses are soft and mould into the body shape.
The difference is that latex feels cooler than Memory Foam.
If you have allergies or asthmatic, latex has the plus side of being hypo allergenic. Latex material reduces the growth of fungi, bacteria and dust mites.
Pocket Sprung Mattresses
Typically, you’ll go for a spring mattress if you are looking for something which supports weight well or if you sleep with someone of a different weight.
Spring mattress adjusts to your movements and pressure. In a pocket mattress each spring sits in a separate tube-like pocket. This prevents the springs from being misplaced.
The number of spring pockets in a mattress
The number of springs in a mattress may vary, in general the more, the better as the mattress will be more comfortable. The manufacturer should include information about the number of spring pockets in the product description. If you see numbers such as 3’0 or 5’0 this is the indication of a number of springs. The higher the number, the more springs in the mattress.
Which mattress for back pain
If you experience back pain, you want to make sure that your back has strong support, so a firm mattress would be a good option for you. Apart from the mattress itself, you need a solid base on which to put the mattress, such as a strong divan or wooden frame.
If you want to go for a hard mattress but also make it more comfortable, you can always use a soft mattress topper to make your bed more cozy.