Foam mattresses and spring mattresses are not alike in terms of their features or even function. But when you are looking for a mattress for a specific function and are confused, it is best to explore your options. The underlying characteristics for a mattress type based on the material don’t change, but other elements are also in the mix and influence how a mattress works. While foam mattresses tend to be on the softer side and more comfortable and plushier to the touch, spring mattresses aren’t necessarily firm or hard enough to not be comfortable. The support and comfort elements depend on the material, construction, and other elements in your mattress.
To develop a better understanding of which mattress type would be more comfortable or supportive or both, it is crucial to understand more. That is, depending on the material, and what disadvantages and advantages each of them have.
Foam mattress types:
Unless you have previous experience with sleeping and researching different kinds of foam materials, it is most likely that you are aware of only one kind. Here is a better look at the different types of foam mattresses used in the sleep industry:
1. PU Foam or Polyurethane foam: PU foam is the most widely used foam that is used in low budget mattresses, and rightly so because of the cost of production. It is easy to manufacture PU foam, and it tends to be more comfortable and preferred as a result of low cost. However, this material tends to be less durable than other kinds of foam because of the generally low-density nature. While most high-density memory foams tend not to have larger gaps, PU foam can regulate temperature and air better and can be a generally cooler option.
However, PU foam has more disadvantages in comparison to other options such as low durability, high maintenance, as among others. That is, they tend to sink more and stay that way rather than bounce back up. So, while it stays low cost, it isn’t a good option, especially if you are looking for long term comfort. Its density puts it in even more of a disadvantage as it isn’t able to support or comfort overweight people or older people.
2. Memory foam: Memory foam has recently gained fame in terms of usability in the sleep industry, and rightly so. Because of the extreme plushy and comfortable feeling of a memory foam mattress or pillow, it is an excellent option for people looking for comfort over support. Memory foam is widely known for its slow responsiveness and the comfortable plushy experience that one can expect from it.
The manufacturing process of memory foam is similar to that of PU foam but involves the use of additional chemicals. These additions lead to an increase in its density as well as the general high responsiveness. Memory foam is a must for people who are looking for more comfort, and it is hypoallergenic as well. Unlike PU Foam, memory foam tends not to act as a regulator for air and any unwanted elements like dust, mites, and other allergens.
The high density helps memory foam offer enough responsiveness and comfort to contour your body and the various pressure points. Additionally, there are different kinds of memory foams available in the market- gel memory foam, open-cell memory foam, and traditional memory foam. You can expect all memory foams to be comfortable and last longer than PU foams. However, they are also not good when it comes to supporting or maintaining their form over long periods.
3. HR Foam: HR Foam or High-resiliency foam is another kind of foam but vastly different from its family. HR foams tend to regain their shape quickly ad better than other kinds of foams. HR foams are as good for comfort as they are for support as they tend to maintain their shape despite the pressure. Balancing pressure, as well as being more durable than other kinds of foam, make this one of the best foam materials to go for when investing in mattresses.
However, as it is still a kind of foam and soft material, even HR foams tend to lose some of their height and responsiveness in about two years if not more. HR foam is suitable for use in orthopedics as well as good for overweight or older adults as it supports just as much as it comforts and contours your body. Because of this, HR foam is a preferred type for the hospitality industry as well as luxury establishments.
4. Latex foam: Latex foam mattresses are plushier and more comfortable than other kinds of mattresses. Made from natural latex and formed into a foamy solid, the latex foam is perfect for people looking for extreme comfort. Although costlier than other options, latex memory foam is sourced entirely from organic and sustainable sources and is more expensive as well. Moreover, latex foam contours your body’s pressure points and helps form a more solid supportive and comfortable mattress. Latex foam is also suitable for temperature and pressure distribution and helps with spinal alignment as well. It cuddles your pain points and helps give you an extremely luxurious feel.
Most latex foam mattresses tend to support air and temperature regulation because of the air gaps drilled into it to allow for more effortless movement and better maintenance. As a result, these mattresses are more suitable for all kinds of people but also need maintenance and cleaning from time to time.
Spring mattresses and their types:
By nature, spring mattresses are built to support and last long. They’re perfect for a variety of purposes, and their construction and type determine how suitable they are for different body types. Let’s have a look at the different types for a better understanding:
1. Pocket spring mattress: Pocket spring mattresses have an enclosure of springs pocketed in a cloth wrapping to avoid entanglement with each other. This is because pocket spring mattresses make use of several (usually a lot of small and high number) of pocket springs to offer more comfort and support. As a result of the high number of pocketed springs, this kind of mattress is better able to offer support and comfort for innumerous pressure points across your body. The entire spring system composes of individual coils that work in synchronization to uphold your body. Pocketed coil mattresses also offer more support and freedom to move about in comparison to other innerspring coil mattresses.
2. High-Density Double Heated Pocket Spring: A system of high and lower springs makes this mattress a high-density system that works well for people looking for more support and ability to tolerate more weight. Moreover, the high-density system also makes this kind of mattress firmer and more unable to move excessively. As the spring system inside has to tolerate and withstand more weight and pressure, they’re also built to last longer and more stringent than others.
They’re a kind of double heated pocket spring to make them more tensile and able to support larger body weights as well as allow movement to some extent. Hugh density double heated pocket spring mattresses have a complicated system consisting of larger and smaller springs that help it stay in shape despite high pressure. However, this system makes it difficult to clean and maintain in the long run, and although springs maintain their shape and form, it also has a firmer surface. If you are looking for exceptional support, this is your best choice.
3. Bonnell Spring: Bonnell spring mattresses were the first kind of mattresses or innerspring mattresses in use. They have a system of spring and wireframe running throughout the mattress and tend to offer good support and spring to the mattress. However, because of the traditional technology and design, they’re not too good on the comfort factor because of unsuitable comfort layer and construction in general. Moreover, Bonnell spring mattresses also tend to compress and create creaky noises more than any other kind of innerspring mattresses.
Although they tend to be much lower in terms of price, they’re not suitable for any exceptional kind of support or comfort in any way. But the support can be modified with slight adjustments to their construction. If you are looking for a mattress that is good for your spare room in case of frequent extra guests for other miscellaneous purposes, Bonnell spring mattresses can be the right choice. They also require regular cleaning as they tend to accumulate dust and other allergens. Additionally, the spring system makes the Bonnell spring mattress heavy to move around, so they’re better put to use in isolated or rarely used parts of your house.
4. Double Heated Bonnell Spring Mattress: A double heated Bonnell spring mattress has similar construction of a traditional Bonnell spring mattress leave apart the construction metal. The metal springs and wires in Bonnell spring mattresses are heat-treated to become more tensile and tougher to support larger body weights. Although the comfort can be modified with changes in the comfort layer and construction of the mattress to an extent, double heated Bonnell spring mattress is only right for support. They share all the properties of traditional Bonnell spring mattresses but have the added advantage to support larger body weights because of the metal type used in the spring system.
With so many mattress types and having mixed properties, which one is right for you?
The best way to assess what works for you is to use the SleepID algorithm. While SleepID can help you narrow down your choices as per your requirement and body type, there are other factors to take care of as well. There are factors like your body weight, BMI, gender, body ailments, among other elements that you should take care of. A mattress is with you for the long run and making the right choice comes down to not just the material, but your personal preferences and body needs as well.
Here is how to assess whether you need a spring or foam mattress, based on body elements and mattress qualities:
- Spring mattress if you: are overweight or have multiple overweight people sleeping on the bed. Or you might prefer a firmer mattress and not the sinking feeling you get in a foam mattress. You can get tailored mattresses that provide different grades of sinking or firmness even in an innerspring mattress, but the general nature is for support. It is also not ideal for older people except some high-density pocket spring coil mattresses that cushion your body similar to foam mattresses and provide support as well. Spring mattresses are a more supportive range of mattresses, and one you should choose keeping these factors in mind.
- Foam mattress if you: tend to find yourself in frequent body pains, general inability to sleep on firmer mattresses. If you go for a foam mattress, depending upon the type, you can also get some level of support, but the shared experience is of a more comfortable mattress. Like innerspring mattresses, a foam mattress can is only suitable for you depending upon the type you get, and your body requirements and preferences. Moreover, a foam mattress is also a good option for use in orthopedics, for older adults (some types, not all), and to help relieve body pains.
Foam and spring mattresses are the opposite when it comes to their purpose and construction. However, different designs and types of mattresses are suitable for different types of body requirements. If you want to narrow down to one single function of these mattress types, you can expect innerspring mattresses to be more supportive than any foam mattresses. Similarly, foam mattresses are more comfortable despite alterations to the comfort layers of innerspring mattresses. The best way to narrow down your choices is to use your personal preferences, and make sure that you consider everything before making a final decision.
1. Is the memory foam mattress the best kind of mattress to sleep on?
Although memory foam mattresses are best suited for comfort and the plushy feeling makes for a heavenly sleeping experience, it entirely depends on your requirement. Some people may find it to warm, or sinking, while it is perfect for a fantastic sleeping experience for others. How well a mattress is suitable for you, depends on your body’s preferences and needs as well as the mattress construction. Memory foam is also available in different types, and you can explore what is suitable for you if you like the experience of memory foam in general.
2. Where can I buy memory foam mattresses from King Koil India?
We have a wide array of stores throughout the country, and you can choose your nearest showroom or dealer for the best quality mattresses that we offer. You can also experience our mattresses in our main showrooms, and have better assistance selecting the one that works for you in addition to SleepID.
3. What type of memory foam can I expect to see in King Koil mattresses?
We manufacture unique sleep-grade materials for all of our mattresses, and the construction and materials depend on our research and development in the same. All of our memory foams are high-density to ensure longevity and high-quality sleeping experience. This helps relieve your body of pains in the most common areas, and something that generic memory foam materials cannot guarantee.
4. How long can the King Koil memory foam mattress range last?
Although memory foam mattresses tend to lose their structure after some time, we ensure that the materials we use are high quality and have the proper density to avoid any issues for several years. It also depends on the kind of foam mattress that you choose. However, we assure a period of up to 12 years to ensure any issues with your mattress are taken care of.
5. Should I go for a softer memory foam mattress or a softer innerspring mattress?
Innerspring mattresses tend to be more supportive and offer better support than even the tougher and higher density foam mattresses. If you are overweight or prefer slightly tougher mattresses, it is best to go for innerspring mattresses. Both kinds of mattresses can contour your body, depending upon their comfort layer, but if you are looking for comfort over support, foam mattresses are a wiser choice.
However, if you are looking for support, the soft comfort layer of innerspring mattresses can serve the same function and offer support as well.
6. My partner and I have different body types, should we go for innerspring or foam mattresses? The best way to assess this is to select a mattress as per the body type requirements of the person with more considerable body weight. SleepID helps let you figure out mattresses that work for your comfort as well as support, keeping your partner in mind. Depending on the results, you can select the best mattress that works best for both of you.