There are such a wide range of mattress types available, so choosing the right one can be a long process. So we here at Guide Me To Bed have devised the perfect guide to the most popular types of mattresses. So whether you have an a tricky bedroom such as a loft or attic bedroom, or just looking for the perfect size mattress for your luxurious bed frame, we have the perfect all-to-know guide to assist you in finding the right mattress for you.

Latex/Memory Foam Mattresses:

If you suffer from aching joints and back pains then Memory Foam and Latex Mattresses tend to be the best solution as they offer a much softer surface than any other type of mattress. They provide extra comfort and padding in order to resolve back pains, due to their padded surface it means that this type of mattress doesn’t need to be flipped. The soft nature of these mattresses makes them essential for those suffering with back pain. They mould to the contours of your body and quickly springs back into shape and acts like a typical coil mattress in that sense, but Latex and Memory Foam mattresses provide a much more superior level of comfort.

Open Coil Mattresses:

Open Coil Sprung Mattresses use a continuous spring unit in which each spring draws support from the next to provide the sturdiness you would expect from a firm mattress. These are the most common type of mattress, you can’t really go wrong with this type of mattress. They tend to be very sturdy and reliable hence their high popularity, but you could say that they are starting to become outdated due to the rising demand for Memory Foam and Latex mattresses.

Pocket Sprung Mattresses:

Pocket Sprung Mattresses, each precision-made coil is wrapped in its own individual cloth sleeve, holding the spring at exactly the right tension and allowing it to move independently. This means each spring is poised to adjust and respond to every movement you make. Manufacturers make a range of mattresses with differing amounts of pocketed springs. It’s essential to purchase the mattress with the highest spring content available as it adds a lot more to the comfort of the bed.

One Sided Mattresses:

The selling point of this type of mattress is that it removes the need to flip your mattress from time to time. Since the development of Memory Foam Mattresses and Latex Mattresses, it has meant that the need to flip a mattress has been rendered pointless. Therefore manufacturers seized the opportunity to claim that a one sided mattress is a quality product, which it isn’t. It is a similar price to double sided mattresses, so surely it would make sense to go with a double sided mattress instead of a one sided mattress. One side of the mattress will be the standard sleep surface, then of course there is the underlying non sleep surface. Nine times out of ten this non sleep surface will be nothing more than a Saturn Pad (an inferior recycled grey material) clipped to the spring unit. This will be all that is keeping the spring unit stable and preventing the springs from penetrating through the underside fabric.

Pillow Top Mattresses:

Pillow top mattresses are a construction method whereby a pillow layer is permanently stitched upon the mattress, making it a two-tier mattress as you’ll have the initial support layer at the bottom of the mattress and then the pillow section stitched on the top. The main objection to pillowtops come into what you are expected to pay for them and the lifespan you will get out of them. Similarly to the one sided mattresses, you will be unable to turn it so when the pillowtop layer becomes indented and worn.


Overall, the best type of mattress will you will come down to a matter of preference. Personally we would recommend going with a Memory Foam or Latex mattress. We would definitely advise against one sided mattresses and pillow top mattresses as the longevity of them isn’t anywhere near as high as it is for Memory Foam / Latex or other types of mattresses.

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