Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Mattress

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.


The vast majority of mattresses fall within four basic categories:


    • Support Layer – steel or titanium coils of varying gauges, twists, and number – tempered or not tempered
    • Comfort Layers – polyurethane foam of varying densities

Memory Foam   (memory foam is a type of polyurethane foam)

    • Support Layer – dense polyurethane foam
    • Comfort Layers – memory foam of varying densities rated in “pounds”


    • 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.




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