These are traditional mattresses, which rely on an internal steel coil support system. The most common are have springs connected into a single unit, or units with individually wrapped pocketed coils. From there, there can be variation in the spring shapes, designs, coil gauge and even number of coils. To support the innerspring, various foams, fiber and even additional layers of smaller steel springs can be used. The school of thought is that the greater number of coils, the more support you will receive, however there has been a movement away from spring mattresses entirely as memory foams have improved.
Pillow-top mattresses are beloved for their cushy and luxurious nature. They feel like they have a pillow sewn right on top, which can be made from fiber, foam, and feather.
Often known as “the best of both worlds,” hybrid mattress combine both a coil support system with the addition of memory foam, latex, gel, padding, or other synthetic materials to provide support and bounce.
Gel mattresses are less common but they can be useful in using gel in some parts of the mattress layer. Different gels can achieve different technologies to enhance comfort, feel and cooling feature so you don’t sleep hot.
Memory Foam Mattress
Memory foam was developed by NASA and continues to be a popular option today. These mattresses use a high-density polyurethane foam as the support system which contours to the shape of the sleeper and provides ultimate support.
These are not your average blow up mattresses, but feature padding or upholstery materials including foams or fibers to give a unique mattress feel. The nice thing about Airbeds is that you can adjust your firmness based on how much air you inflate it with, and you can inflate and deflate them in moments.
Once very popular, waterbeds use a water chamber as the support system and offer a flowing feel while sleeping. Waterbeds use chambers filled with water, and normally placed on a platform mattress. Depending on how much motion transfer you desire, the water chamber can be one big “free flow” chamber, or it can be in sections to create a “waveless” result.