If you’ve been doing some mattress shopping lately, you might have come across terms such as latex, memory foam or even spring mattresses. Spring mattresses or innerspring as some prefer to call them have a very simple 3 or 4 layer composition. While a spring mattress works really well, especially for people with a limited budget, it simply doesn’t offer the features that the more expensive memory foam or latex mattress is able to provide.
When choosing which innerspring mattress to go for, the specifications tend to vary between the coil gauge as well as the number of coils that each mattress has. The pricier brands will inevitably use a higher density of coils in their mattresses so that they can absorb more pressure and movement on the bed. This in turn reduces the bounce effect on the top mattress layer where you sleep. Naturally, the higher the coil counts a mattress has, the more “comfortable” it will feel, but the price will rise proportionately as well.
Memory foam mattresses on the other hand, doesn’t provide as much insulation as an innerspring mattress but it does it well enough. Insulation in a mattress basically consists of a mesh of fiber on the upper layers where the coil springs are. This prevents the coils from interfering with the operation of the padding. The upholstery layer is where most of the cushioning as well as insulation occurs. While not necessary beneficial for those with back ache problems, they can be perfectly comfortable for everyone else. This is because people with back ache tend to need a mattress with a strong support system, something that a high density memory foam or latex mattress will likely be able to provide.
This is where mattress firmness comes into play. There are varying levels of firmness that can cater to almost everyone’s personal preferences. The different firmness levels include firm, plush, extra firm or extra plush. The softer mattresses are usually more comfortable when slept upon, but keep in mind that such mattresses tend to sag after a while, especially the lower end or cheaper ones. Firm mattresses are certainly better in the long run if it’s for health reasons because of the higher level of support they provide.
Then again, it depends on the size of mattress that you’re settling for. Mattress sizes may differ substantially depending on your budget and needs. The king size mattress is no longer the largest mattress size available since California King has become the norm in most Western/European countries. Click here to find out more about king size mattresses. In fact, almost all 4-5 star hotels that you stay in will have a California King size mattress as opposed to just a regular king size mattress. The width does not differ as much but the length is a whole 4 inches longer. That’s pretty substantial for taller people.