Which mattress is best for me?
Mattresses fall into two camps: those with springs and those without. Read on to find out more about the different types.
What is a pocket-sprung mattress?
Sprung mattresses range in price depending on their construction. Top of the range is the pocket-sprung mattress, which has individual springs, each of which is sewn into its own pocket of fabric. This lets the springs work independently of one another so they can adjust to the contours of the body and provide excellent support.
I can’t afford a pocket-sprung mattress. What other options do I have?
A continuous-spring mattress is made from a single length of wire ‘knitted’ into a series of interwoven springs. These usually run up and down the mattress and are linked vertically rather than horizontally. Continuous-spring mattresses are aimed at the middle of the market. An open-sprung mattress has springs arranged in rows and connected to one another, top and bottom, by a wire. It’s likely to be priced from budget to mid-market.
Why are continuous-spring and open-sprung mattresses cheaper than pocket-sprung mattresses?
The springs in continuous-spring and open-sprung mattresses move as one unit, so while the lower price tags are attractive, you’re more likely to be disturbed by your partner moving around during the night with these options. Also be aware that these coils wear out more quickly than pocket springs.
I’m looking for a non-sprung mattress, what can you tell me about memory foam?
Memory foam mattresses respond to the heat of your body, moulding to every curve and contour to distribute weight evenly across the surface. Not only does this promise a quality night’s sleep, but it also eases pressure points, meaning that you’re less likely to suffer from stiffness or aches and pains after waking up.
Is there an alternative to memory foam mattresses?
In a word, yes. If you’re in the market for a non-sprung mattress, memory foam isn’t the only contender. Mattresses filled with latex foam are very durable (so should last for years) and boast antimicrobial properties that are beneficial to allergy sufferers. Plus, the natural elasticity of latex means it recovers its shape when pressure is removed.
What’s a hybrid mattress?
Why choose between a sprung or foam mattress when you can have the best of both worlds? Comprising a combination of springs and foam layers, hybrid mattresses offer comfort and support while alleviating aches and pains by moulding to your body’s shape.
What’s a gel mattress?
A gel mattress combines gel with foam to offer support while you’re sleeping. It’ll help reduce heat build-up by regulating temperature throughout the night. It’ll also spring back to shape quickly after weight and pressure are removed.
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