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The Pros and Cons of Different Mattress Types

The Pros and Cons of Different Mattress Types

Choosing a new mattress is difficult, especially if you’ve had the same one for a long time. While replacing them every decade or so is crucial to our health and wellness, it can be hard to figure out how a mattress will hold up. In other words, one that feels great in the store might tell a different story after an entire night.

One way to reduce the chances that you’ll regret your mattress purchase is to understand the differences between the various types. Here are the most common types of mattresses and their pros and cons.

Gel Foam

Gel foam is a type of mattress type that most people discover while purchasing something new, after never having heard about them before. Gel foam is a modern twist on memory foam, that allows for cooling via the breathable material, a reduction in motion transfer, and a comfortable bed that conforms to your body. It’s no wonder that gel foam mattresses have such rave reviews on Sleep Reviews.

While it may sound like the gel foam mattresses are a blessing, there are some who won’t enjoy the cooling sensation (which sometimes doesn’t last, depending on the brand) nor the soft, sinking feeling. Gel foam is often more expensive than other brands, but not always.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is, in many ways, a devolved version of gel foam. However, that’s not to say that it’s unworthy of consideration! Memory foam is another great consideration for those who suffer from joint and back pain as it removes pressure points. The memory foam is hypoallergenic, making it a great option for those who have sensitivities.

Depending on the brand, traditional memory foam mattresses don’t always breathe well, which can be awful for someone who gets overheated in their sleep. Others find that it doesn’t offer quite enough support for their back.

Pillow Top

The pillow top mattress is an innovative creation that balances softness and firmness for optimal rest. With a strong, structured underlayer and fluffy top, you get the feeling of sinking into a cloud while having the support to keep your back free of pain. Pillow top mattresses are ideal for side sleepers who need a little extra support but want to keep their joints in alignment.

Lower quality pillow top mattresses tend to dip and sag over time. If you invest in a high-quality pillow top mattress that is tacked down to avoid shifting, this shouldn’t be a problem. You can even get pillow tops made with gel foam now. You’re welcome!


For some, coil mattresses are a thing of the past that are best left forgotten. For others, you can’t combat that firm, springy feel that supports the back and has a little bounce to it. Coil mattresses have great airflow, meaning their temperature and texture remains consistent. These tried and true mattresses are often very affordable and have evolved over the past few decades into a reliable product.

The most common complaints about coil mattresses are their firmness. Be aware that many mattress opinions are subjective – that firmness may be awful to some and wonderful to others. Additionally, they tend to break down unevenly, though you have to expect even the best of mattresses to wear down at some point.

How to Choose

To choose a mattress, especially if you’re purchasing one online, you need to do ample research to make the right decision. Read reviews on Sleep Reviews to get other consumer and expert opinions on different mattress types and brands. If you have one in mind, see if a local store has one that you can test. Finally, look at the return policy before you purchase and ensure there aren’t any loopholes.

Knowing more about the different types of mattresses will help you make the right choice. You’ll be counting sheep before you know it.

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