There are several different mattress materials to choose from, and there isn't necessarily a right or a wrong choice. 🙌
Mattresses can have any number of different fillings, ranging from synthetic foam to springs to natural coir and wool.
The material you choose depends on your personal preferences and sleeping requirements. 💤
The most popular mattress options include:
Mattress materials largely influence the specific characteristics of your bed.
We'll look at the most common mattress materials below. 👇
Best memory foam mattresses
Memory foam (also often called viscoelastic polyurethane foam or low-resilience polyurethane foam) is a foam made predominantly of polyurethane and a few additional chemicals to increase viscosity and density. 🧪
Memory foam is characterised by its so-called memory effect or memory imprint.
When you apply pressure to the foam, it leaves an imprint that will remain visible for a few seconds.
This memory effect allows the memory foam to adapt remarkably well to the body, resulting in body-hugging comfort, relief of pressure points, and orthopaedic support.
Memory foam also responds to temperature. 🥵
The foam will be firmer when cold and soften up when warmer.
As you warm up while sleeping, the foam will become softer and mould to your body even more. 🤗
Since memory foam is softer, most mattresses will include a top layer of memory foam with a cold foam base so you can still benefit from the right level of support.
One of our favourite memory foam mattresses is the Nectar.
It's not as soft as other memory foam options, making it an excellent mattress for a wide variety of sleepers.
45% OFF NECTAR£ 384.45
Best pocket sprung mattresses
There are many different types of spring mattresses. 🌀
These can be low-quality spring mattresses, like open coil mattresses, or high-quality spring mattresses, like pocket spring mattresses.
We would always recommend opting for the higher-quality pocket sprung mattresses.
In a pocket spring mattress, the spiral-shaped springs are all wrapped in individual fabric pockets - hence, pocket springs. 👛
Because they're not connected, as they would be in an open coil spring mattress, individual pocket springs can move independently of each other and ensure precise body adaption.
Pocket sprung mattresses won't ever just contain springs. 🙌
The springs will always be surrounded and covered by one or multiple layers of foam.
Some even have a cushioning pillow top for extra comfort. 😴
One of our favourite hybrid pocket sprung mattresses is the Simba.
The Simba Hybrid combines multiple layers of foam with mini pocket springs for superior body adaptation.
40% OFF SIMBA£ 449.40
Best latex mattresses
Latex mattresses can be made from natural latex, synthetic (man-made) latex, or a combination of the two. 😮
Natural latex is harvested from tropical rubber trees.
Since this doesn't damage the tree, it's considered a fantastic natural and eco-friendly alternative to man-made mattress materials. 🌱
Pure latex mattresses are costly and exceedingly rare to find, so most popular latex mattresses will also feature numerous other layers of foam. 💰
Many online brands only use a thin layer of latex in a layered mattress to enhance breathability and support.
But, you will be able to find a few pure latex mattresses.
The Dunlopillo Royal Sovereign is a fantastic latex mattress made of 100% natural latex.
BUY ROYAL SOVEREIGN£ 1,659