Memory foam mattress
Memory foam mattresses are also known as Visco foams or viscoelastic mattresses. Memory foam is a material specially developed by NASA for space travel by astronauts. It has a memory effect, which was originally designed to provide astronauts with good pressure relief during take-off.
It has a high spatial density, is permanently elastic, and reacts relatively sluggishly. After the pressure has been relieved, the material returns to its original shape slowly and with a delay, hence, its name.
The mattress consists of a layer of Visco foam that rests on a poly-foam core. A sign of good quality is the fine pores of the material used. The height of the support is also decisive for the optimal effect of the memory effect. This type of mattress is particularly suitable for people who often suffer from back pain due to their excellent adaptation to the body shape and their good support.
The room temperature in the bedroom should be at least 18 ° C or 64 ° Fahrenheit so that the temperature-dependent properties of the thermoelastic Visco mattress come into their own. The Nectar Mattress is a typical example of a good memory foam mattress.
|Advantages of a memory foam mattress
||Disadvantages of a memory foam mattress
● Adaptability and good point elasticity
● Optimal pressure relief
● Ideal for back problems thanks to an ideal body position
● Good heat storage capacity
● Even with restless sleepers, there is no annoying noise development
● Well suited for allergy sufferers
● Not suitable for people with restricted mobility due to the delayed regression
● Unsuitable for people who sweat heavily
When manufacturing a latex mattress, the latex material is poured into a special mold and then heated. This process is also known as vulcanization. Natural rubber, synthetic material, or a mixture of both components are used.
During this process, numerous air bubbles are trapped in the material and, in conjunction with the air channels, promote ideal air circulation and optimal thermal insulation. This mattress is characterized by good point elasticity, high sleep resistance, and pleasant lying comfort. Due to the material used, a latex mattress has a very high density and therefore a very high weight.
Latex mattresses are generally either Dunlop or Talalay. While most models come with an option of each type of latex, like the Latex for Less Latex Mattress, some only have one material type. Choosing either one of the other is not going to make any big difference for the sleepers. However, natural latex does have some inherent benefits like being antimicrobial and insect-repellent.
Latex foams are also cooler than other foams. This mattress type is well suited for allergy sufferers as well as people who often suffer from tension. This type of mattress is also recommended for people who prefer a soft sleep feeling.
|Advantages of a latex mattress
||Disadvantages of a latex mattress
● Optimal sleeping climate thanks to air channels and microscopic air bubbles
● Robust longevity with good care
● Optimal support properties, therefore ideal for people with a higher body weight
● High point elasticity thanks to excellent adaptation to the body shape
● Ideal for allergy sufferers as it is not prone to mite infestation
● Very high dead weight and difficult handling
● Slight odor development, depending on the production method
The spring mattress is the classic among the mattress types. The Zoma Mattress and the Awara Hybrid Mattress perfectly describe what these types of mattresses are.
Popular model variants are the Bonell spring core, pocket spring core, and barrel pocket spring core mattresses. These differ in the structure of the mattress core, the number and shape of the springs, and the lying properties. The mattress core is a structure of connected metal or steel springs that are padded with a layer of foam.
In addition, a protective layer made of fleece or felt protects the foam from possible damage. As a rule, the mattress cover is made of several materials (horsehair, cotton, polyester, or virgin wool) that are surrounded by a layer of cotton. In contrast to a pocket spring mattress, the spiral springs of a Bonell spring mattress have a waisted shape. Spring core mattresses are particularly ideal for those who sleep on their stomach and back.
While the simple spring core mattresses should only be used in conjunction with a fixed slatted frame, there are also more exclusive models with different lying areas that can easily be recommended for adjustable slatted frames. Since they are available in different degrees of firmness, people with a low as well as those with a higher body weight will find the right mattress.
|Advantages of a spring mattress
||Disadvantages of a spring mattress
● High support or spring force for an orthopedically correct posture
● Comfortable sleeping environment thanks to good breathability
● No risk of mold growth
● Low thermal insulation, therefore ideal for people who sweat heavily while sleeping
● High stability and long durability
● Good price/performance ratio
● Lack of point elasticity
● Hollow formation after a long period of use with a reduction in lying comfort
● Mites infestation possible; therefore, unsuitable for allergy sufferers
● The cover usually cannot be removed and washed
In a hybrid mattress, for example, a spring core is combined with memory foam or latex. In this way, the customer is offered the best properties of both materials.
Today, many mattresses are hybrid products – that is, they are not made of just one material. A hybrid mattress typically combines a spring-based foundation with comfort layers made of foam. For example, our best hybrid pick, the Layla Hybrid Mattress is made of a combination of memory foam, polyfoam, and coil springs.
In addition to visco-elastic foam, latex or mixed variants are often used. The spring material often offers a lot of support and springiness, while viscose is often associated with a good grip and a weightless feeling when sleeping. Both of these can be very useful when combined as the two variants complement each other perfectly.
The visco-elastic or memory foam material ensures, for example, improved movement isolation and increased pressure relief. Many manufacturers like to differentiate their products into semi-hybrid or hybrid. In the hybrid variant, springs and foam appear in every layer of the mattress. Semi-hybrid models combine, for example, a spring mattress with a foam topper.
A hybrid mattress is suitable for people who have already tried different simple mattresses (innerspring, latex, or memory foam) but always had the feeling that something was missing. It’s ideal for people who feel too warm on memory foam mattresses.
It’s for people who want a little bit of everything as these mattresses offer good bounce, support, comfort, and cooling.
|Advantages of a hybrid mattress
||Disadvantages of a hybrid mattress
● More efficient contouring than innerspring
● Unique feeling when lying down.
● Cooling capabilities
● Better movement isolation
● Often more expensive
Sleeping on a waterbed mattress is a unique feeling. Many who have experienced it once do not want to be without it again. However, a waterbed mattress is not for everyone!
If you want to get yourself a waterbed, this requires some planning in advance. Among other things, your floor must be able to safely withstand the load. This is usually between 600 and 1700 pounds (300 and 800 kilograms). Also, you must refill the water tank every two to three months.
The mattress is particularly suitable for orthopedic problems and circulatory disorders. In addition, people who like to lie on a soft bed are well served with this model. Even allergy sufferers and people who sweat heavily can be satisfied with a waterbed mattress.
It is made of strong vinyl and is filled with water. The correct filling quantity is crucial – the higher the body weight of the sleeper, the more water has to be filled. How much your waterbed vibrates depends on the model and the amount of water filled in.
|Advantages of a waterbed
||Disadvantages of a waterbed
● Good temperature regulation
● Strong relief for the pelvis, shoulders, and back
● No pressure points
● Dimensionally stable
● Adapts well to the body
● No slatted frame is required
● Additional costs arise due to the heating
● High acquisition costs
● High weight
An airbed is simply an inflatable mattress. They are portable types of mattresses that are often used for camping or other on-the-go needs. They are mattresses that can be inflated with air when needed and deflated when not in use. They usually come with an air pump and are perhaps the cheapest of all types of mattresses. No foam materials are involved here. They are made of PVC, urethane plastics, and rubbers.
They are ideal for people who wish to spend their weekends or even entire holidays in caravans or mobile homes. Airbeds, also called air mattresses, are most ideal for outdoor use. They keep moisture out better and insulate against the cold from the ground from below.
|Advantages of airbeds
||Disadvantages of airbeds
● Portable and ideal for camping
● Waterproof and suitable for outdoor use
● Can be easily stored and transported
● Some models can deflate gradually while sleeping
● Some brands don’t include air pumps
How do you choose the right mattress: important features
When it comes down to choosing the right mattress, some key features must be considered. These include:
Mattresses are usually available in six standard sizes. These are California King, King, Queen, Full, Twin XL, and Twin sizes, according to the Sleep Foundation.
Tip: Even if there are 160 cm or 180 cm wide mattresses that can comfortably accommodate two people, in the long run, it is usually better to buy two separate mattresses that are individually tailored to the respective weight and sleeping habits of both people.
There are also custom-made products that go beyond the rectangular dimensions of a mattress of 160 × 200 cm? Are there manufacturers who make custom-made mattresses? The answer is yes. Helix for example takes orders for custom-made mattresses. There are special shops offering mattresses with a corner section or large round versions. A made-to-measure mattress for the family bed is also possible. However, you have to reckon with significantly higher costs for this.