Technology: Around since the 19th Century, and made from a combination of limited components which typically include steel (or titanium) coils, wool, and a form or fibrous top layer.
Innerspring mattresses tend to be less expensive than higher-tech models and are a smart choice if budget is tight.
Longevity: While the longevity of an innerspring mattress varies depending on type and quality, the average lifespan is 7-8 years.
Best For: Innerspring mattresses are universally comfortable but because of their extra firm support, they’re especially great for a person with back pain or who has trouble getting in and out of bed.
Technology: Originally developed by NASA for aircraft cushions, memory foam has been used in mattress construction since the early 1990’s.
Longevity: On average memory foam mattresses last for 10-15 years. To maintain durability, you should flip or rotate your memory foam mattress regularly.
Best For: Memory foam molds to your body shape and is ideal for people with muscle aches or chronic fatigue. Memory foam is also great for partners that toss and turn because the foam mattress absorbs more movement than other mattress types.
Technology: Gel-infused beds are commonly referred to as the “third generation foam”. Gel mattresses are made of synthetic materials that transfer the heat away from the body and towards the mattress core, creating a cooler sleep option compared to a traditional memory foam mattress.
Longevity: Like most mattress types, gel mattresses can last from 8-10 years if properly cared for.
Best For: Gel infused mattresses are soft, breathable and because they shape around you as you move, they’re great for people who prefer to sleep on their back or side.
Technology: Hybrid mattresses use a combination of mattress construction types (like marrying innerspring design with memory foam).
Longevity: Hybrid mattresses have a lifespan of up to 10 years.
Best For: Hybrid mattresses offer great comfort and support and are best for stomach and side sleepers. These mattresses are also great for someone who prefers neither a super soft mattress or extra firm as this type mattress is right in the middle firmness scale.
Technology: Gel blended into a foam mattress. Like gel mattresses, the gel’s chemical-makeup transfers body heat away from the body and toward the mattress core. This combo helps ensure an equal distribution of pressure across the body.
Longevity: Like memory foam, gel foam mattresses have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years.
Best For: Similar to memory foam, gel foam mattresses are best for sleepers with joint pain, fatigue or someone waking up with general aches and pains. Due to the gel technology, these mattresses are better at regulating sleep temperature and can increase the density of the mattress making them optimal for sleepers who like to stay cool throughout the night.
Technology: Newly pioneered manufacturing and packing processes have made it possible to condense mattresses into conveniently sized boxes that are delivered right to your front door!
Longevity: Similar to other mattress options, a mattress in a box can last for up to 8 years.
Best For: Most mattress in a box are made from memory foam which is easy to compress and is good for back or side sleepers. Because these mattresses are conveniently delivered to your home and generally a less expensive option, they are a great option for a person shopping on a budget or looking for a simplified mattress buying experience.