What mattress should I buy

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You know you need a new mattress, but where do you start and what mattress should I buy?  Many of us bought a mattress 8-10 years ago and it was most likely a spring coil bed. We probably do not know what brand it is or how much it cost. We do know it is uncomfortable, painful even, and needs replacing. It will help to familiarize yourself online with the different types of mattresses before you start shopping. An educated consumer is likely to get a good product at a fair price.


Most of us grew up sleeping and jumping on this mattress. It has the springy coils that were originally designed back in the 50’s. Most of these beds still include a similar spring and are very thick. Spring coils are less expensive to make compared to Memory Foam, Latex or Air beds because 80% of the mattress is empty space. Cushioning on top of the spring coils are layers of foam materials, sometimes combined with memory foam, latex or gel. Innerspring mattresses are the largest sellers. Their quality and durability depends on the manufacturer. Overall, they are more economical. The bounce makes it easier to get in and out of bed but the whole bed will bounce disturbing sleep partners.

Innerspring mattresses require a specific box spring foundation.

Memory Foam:

There is no bounce but it is fast becoming a favorite for mattress buyers. Recent surveys are showing memory foam mattresses have the highest consumer satisfaction ratings. The primary material is polyurethane or latex. The foam softens as you lie on it and conforms to your body. There are no hard edges pushing against your weight causing discomfort. Yet your body is fully supported. They are popular with those who suffer back and joint pain. The memory foam holds your body so there is less tossing and turning during the night. It is difficult to turn in your sleep but if you are comfortable, you will not want to. As with innerspring, memory foam is available in various thicknesses, firmness and prices.

Memory foam mattresses work with almost any foundation. Flat on the floor or a platform works fine too.  See more detailed specifications on Live and Sleep's Memory Foam Mattresses.

Adjustable Air:

Air mattresses often include foam layers as well as air. Like any air mattress, you inflate it to the desired firmness. Most have two pumps to inflate each side independently. The firmness is easily adjusted to make it softer or firmer with the touch of a button. Pain suffers like air mattresses because there are no pressure points and the body has support.

Air mattresses require a level base. Flat on the floor or a platform works fine.

As you explore the various manufacturers and mattresses, you will find that some infuse their products with a gel layer. The thinking is that a gel layer makes the mattress cooler and allows air to circulate. All the mattress types have their pros and cons. Adjustable air beds are quite expensive, but give you the ability to adjust your comfort.


Latex mattresses have been around for over 40 years and has received good and bad press. Years ago, they were very popular, but less expensive latex mattresses hit the market with added fillers to lower the cost of the mattress. These mattresses quickly broke down over time (3+ years) and had a very high return rate. Today they are starting to see a resurgence. Latex conforms well to your body and bounces back quickly. Natural latex is usually more durable than memory foam, but many people are worried about potential allergic reactions to it. If you choose to go with a mattress that has latex in it, make sure the company you are thinking about buying from has been around for 5+ years and make sure it is “natural” latex.

Latex mattresses work with almost any foundation. Flat on the floor or a platform works fine too.

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