The Most Common Types of Mattresses you will Encounter in the Industry

There are many thousands of different mattresses that are sold in the industry that use a wide range of different components and materials in their design which means that it can be confusing or even overwhelming to try to figure out what two different mattresses have in common but in very general terms they can be categorized into a much smaller number of categories based on the primary materials and components that are used in the support core and the comfort layers of the design. While each category can also include hundreds or sometimes thousands of individual models with a very wide range of thicknesses, layering combinations, and firmness levels ... knowing the most common categories of mattresses can sometimes be helpful if your testing indicates a "pattern" that you tend to prefer some types of mattresses over others or in making more "apples to apples" comparisons between mattresses. The "definition" of a category is generally based on the type of support system and the type of comfort layers that are used inside a mattress.

A note about durable mattress materials. 

I would also keep in mind that the choice between different types of materials and different types of mattresses is primarily a preference or a budget choice rather than a "better/worse" choice and different people will prefer some types of materials or mattresses over others. Each type of material will tend to have lower quality and less durable versions and higher quality and more durable versions so no matter which types of materials or mattresses you tend to prefer I would always make sure you know the specifics of all the layers and components inside any mattress you are considering (particularly in the upper layers of the mattress) so that you can confirm that there are no lower quality and less durable versions of any particular material in a mattress that could be a "weak link" in terms of its durability and useful life and how quickly you may need to replace it (see this article).

These are the dozen or so most common types of mattresses that you will find in the industry.



While each of these categories have a very wide range of different models and designs and can be anywhere from very soft to very firm ... by knowing the different mattresses categories it may help you to identify any general patterns in the types of mattresses and materials that your testing indicates you tend to prefer and help you narrow down your choices a little more easily.


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apower replied the topic: #2 09 Feb 2018 08:11
Help!! I've been researching latex mattress for weeks now...can you please help with the major differences between innerspring with latex, and all latex. i have bad back problems and am looking for most support and comfort for back pain. what are the pros and cons of the hybrid innerspring latex and the all latex? I know a lot of this comes down to personal preference...but i'm lost, and can't find much info on line with comparisons.
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FloBeds replied the topic: #3 09 Feb 2018 09:56
Good Morning Apower,
Each type of mattress has its own strengths and weaknesses the greatest strength of a hybrid, or innerspring topped with latex is that they're more affordable. In the long run, the more latex you can afford, the better. A mattress comprised entirely of latex will form to your body overnight and spring back into shape in the morning for years of performance. In my opinion an all latex mattress has the greatest strengths of all mattresses. A durable, comfortable (if the right firmness is selected), hypoallergenic, chemical free sleeping environment.
When you buy a 100% Natural Latex Mattress you know that your bed is comprised of real latex produced by a real rubber tree plant. When you buy a mattress featuring 100% latex, your looking at a hybrid, usually innerspring, or pocketed coils, or even polyurethane topped with 1-3 inches of latex. The latex used in hybrid’s is rarely 100% natural, the term 100% latex can apply to a synthetic blended latex, and sadly the industry is not transparent with many miss leading terms and phrases. The 100% natural latex over poly, or pocketed coils doesn’t make since, as the poly and the coils are far from natural. You can also bet a hybrid will have a chemical flame barrier, while many 100% natural , and even blended latex mattresses will use wool to stay in compliance with the federal flame retardant laws, naturally.
When you buy a "hybrid latex mattress" it can be far more difficult to determine exactly what's gone into the construction of your bed. What's in the core? How was it produced? How many layers are in your mattress, and what components are in each of them? The label leaves a great deal of wiggle-room.
All you know for certain is that your mattress has at least a small amount of latex, probably as a top layer or integrated mattress topper.
In short, if you purchase the right latex design for who you are, you’ll get the most out of your mattress. We at FloBeds have a unique system allowing you to customize each side of the bed, with 100% natural or synthetic blended latex, but we only sell Talalay latex, no pocketed coils, no poly, all latex. Im not saying latex is for everyone, and there are many fine hybrid mattresses sold by members of this forum. You’d do well by exploring your options with all of us. If you’d like to see what latex setup may be best for you, try starting here: What latex mattress is best for me?
Of course, I am slightly biased being with FloBeds. However, my faith in Latex doesnt come with out some history. We started in water, then did a ton with air beds, a little with memory foam, then finally in 1997 found Talalay Latex. We have since dropped all other mattress lines. From a manufactures standpoint, latex is a dream come true. Water beds leaked, and created warranty issues, insurance claims with apartments, and homes. Air Beds, pumps failed, air cells leaked. Memory foam, simply lost its memory, and body impressions formed with in 3-7 years. Latex is comfortable, resilient, and holds its shape longer than anything we've ever worked with. If you have any questions about latex we are here for you.
Thank you,
Dewey Turner
FloBeds Latex Mattresses
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apower replied the topic: #4 09 Feb 2018 11:30
Thank you so much for your quick reply!! From what i could find, i was leaning toward all latex. Cost is not as important to me as having a good mattress!! I am checking out your website now.
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FloBeds replied the topic: #5 09 Feb 2018 13:27
Hello Apower,
You are very welcome, I'm always happy to be of assistance. Even if you dont end up purchasing our bed, I'm happy to share my knowledge on other products or materials used in the industry. I'm just a mattress geek at heart who grew up in the industry and loves to talk beds. If you have any questions or concerns with our website, or products we carry. Feel free to reach out directly.

Thank you,
Dewey Turner
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[email protected] replied the topic: #6 17 May 2018 17:59
Hello. Have sleep number bed 20 years old
Eveything still good except the mattress cover or topper. Mine is the one that zips to the bottom piece holding the air bed. I have cleaned it a lot but its done and starting to fall a part. Sleep number now sells them for a $1000.00 . Anybody have a idea. Thanks

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