Top Types of Mattresses

Memory Foam

Mostly polyurethane, memory foam is a favorite of people who suffer from back and joint pain. They are ideal for achy joints, morning pains and restless sleepers. Memory foam softens when you lie on it and soon molds to your body. Once you get up, it springs back to its original shape. They cost more than innerspring but have a longer life span. A variation is latex foam, claimed to be hypoallergenic.


The innerspring mattress is the oldest and most popular mattress type around the world. They use a variety of steel coil support systems, such as springs connected into a single unit or individually wrapped pocketed coils. They’re usually the least expensive and therefore the most widely sold.

Pocket Coil

Pocket Coil mattresses are becoming more common because they’re generally more comfortable than innerspring with less motion transfer and pressure points. They are less durable, loose shape quicker, and can sometimes feel less supportive than an innerspring.


Natural latex mattresses offer advantages and are one of the more durable, resilient mattress materials. Latex supports sleepers without placing excess pressure on hips, shoulders and other area while supporting proper alignment. As a result, they help reduce and/or prevent paint in sensitive areas, including the lower back.


Airbeds are similar in construction to a water bed with channels or bladders filled with air and the settings are adjustable. Air mattresses have the ability to change comfort levels and have one side different than other side. These typically include additional layers on top, such as foam. Cons are that they’re expensive, loose air pressure, and are noisy.

Mattress Sizes
Twin 39″ W 75″ L
Twin Extra Long 39″ W 80″ L
Full (aka Double) 54″ W 75″ L
Queen 60″ W 80″ L
Eastern King 78″ W 80″ L
Calif. King 72″ W 84″ L