Purchasing a mattress can be confusing. Every year the industry entices customers with the latest and greatest new products. But it doesn’t have to be that confusing.
Think of a mattress as a layered cake. The bottom layer is for support, which addresses your spine, while the top group of comfort layers address your pressure points, like hips and shoulders.
- Support Layer: Steel or titanium coils of varying gauges, twists, and number – tempered or not tempered
- Comfort Layers: Polyurethane foam of varying densities
- Support Layer: Dense polyurethane foam
- Comfort Layers: Memory foam of varying densities rated in “pounds”
- Memory foam is a type of polyurethane foam
- Support Layer: Firmer latex
- Comfort Layers: Softer latex
- A true latex mattress will use 100% Dunlop or 100% Talalay latex from top to bottom, or a combination of the two.
- Unlike memory foam, which is a type of polyurethane foam, latex is a natural product made from the sap of the rubber tree and is the most durable and resilient of any foam used in mattresses today.
- Support Layer: Coils or dense polyurethane foam
- Comfort Layers: Memory foam, latex, or polyurethane foam – or any combination of the three
- Adjustable air mattresses with top layers of foam would also fall into this category
- Be sure to note how many inches of latex or memory foam are actually used in these hybrids. Sometimes as little as ¼” is used simply for marketing purposes. A minimum of 1” would be considered functional.