Choosing a mattress brings a world of options, so it's essential to understand your choices so you can pick the best for your needs. In addition, various features can play significant factors when considering which type of bed will provide you quality rest, like your sleep position, temperature, whether you sleep next to a partner, and more.
For example, foam mattresses tend to be a bit softer than innerspring mattresses and are often excellent for side sleepers. In contrast, innerspring beds are typically ideal matches for stomach sleepers. In addition, partners often enjoy robust edge support to let them utilize the full surface area of the bed and enjoy plenty of motion isolation.
Below we'll discuss the differences between foam mattresses and innerspring beds, which is best for your sleep, and how to pick the right mattress for your needs.
What is a Memory Foam Mattress?
There are various types of memory foam mattresses, many of which utilize a variety of technologies fused to offer comfort and support. Memory foam is terrific for providing pressure relief due to its soft nature, and the material is known for delicately cradling pain points.
Types of Memory Foam Mattress
Foam mattresses typically consist of three general types; foam latex, polyurethane "poly" foam, and traditional memory foam. Foam latex is made by taking a sap-like substance and aerating it to form air bubbles, which gives latex foam a firmer, more buoyant texture than traditional memory foam.
Polyurethane foam, or "poly" foam as it's commonly referred to, can be made in various densities, making it quite versatile. Polyfoam comes in regular grade, high density, and high resiliency models. Many polyfoam mattresses will utilize a combination of these three types to provide optimal comfort and spinal support.
When made thoughtfully, like Maxzzz mattresses, these foams are considered to be highly durable and enduring. However, factors like foam density do come into play.
Construction of Memory Foam Mattresses
Foam mattresses use trapped air within the foam to provide bounce and support.
Our Maxzzz 12-inch 7-Zone Foam Mattress combines various materials to infuse multiple features into the bed, creating an optimal environment for quality sleep.
•The outer cover is made of a removable hypoallergenic and breathable cover, letting you keep your bed clean, optimizing the product's longevity while keeping you cool with breathable materials.
•The first layer is created with specialized bamboo charcoal foam, which helps minimize heat and dissipate sweat.
•Directly under this lies a layer of copper-infused memory foam. The copper naturally pulls heat away from the sleeper, regulating heat and keeping you comfortable. The properties are antimicrobial, promoting a sanitary environment with significantly fewer undesirable critters and germs.
•The third layer contains gel-infused foam to combat uncomfortable heat build-up further, keeping you cool.
•The base layer comprises over 8 inches of memory foam with zoned support for excellent spinal alignment and enduring comfort.
Pros and Cons of Memory Foam Mattresses
•Memory foam uses your body heat.
The Maxzzz memory foam mattress material uses the heat from your body to soften the surface; this allows the bed to form to your body, which gives these mattresses that memory foam "hug" many people are familiar with. This comforting feeling of sleeping on a surface perfectly formed to your body can be fantastic for aligning the spine and relieving pressure points.
•Memory foam relieves pain.
Individuals who struggle with joint pain or arthritis often enjoy these beds due to their soft, cushy texture. However, innerspring mattresses contain coils that can sometimes offer support that is too robust for delicate frames or pain points.
Memory foam is dense, unlike spring mattresses which have a lot of open space between coils. With all the spacious room inside coil mattresses, critters and allergens can become trapped, causing allergic reactions. Memory foam mattresses have a dense construction, significantly shielding the bed from dust, mold, pollens, and other allergens.
•Memory foam often runs hot.
While many traditional memory foams warm up quickly, overheating sleepers, the Maxzzz memory foam mattress uses cutting-edge technology to keep you cool.
This mattress uses three different scientific techniques to make sure the bed works hard to dissipate heat. The layer of bamboo charcoal works to absorb sweat, the copper-infused memory foam layer pulls heat away from the body, while the gel-infused foam distributes and dissipates the warmth to keep you comfortable all night long.
•Memory foam is heavy.
Foams can be very dense compared to innerspring mattresses which have considerably airy cores. Dense memory foam mattresses can make these types of beds difficult to move, particularly by only one person. Some of these types claim to be lighter, but that's often due to a more simple design with less modern layers, so opting for a lighter bed could mean compromising comfort.
•Memory foam is soft.
Individuals who are combo sleepers typically shift around and change positions a lot, and memory foam's "hug" can create too much "sink" for these types of sleepers, who often like a bouncier surface.
What is an Innerspring Mattress?
Innerspring mattresses use a steel coil system to support sleepers, providing lift to align the spine. The number of springs, coils, designs, and gauges of the coils can vary from bed to bed. The springs rest under padding, foams, or upholstery to provide a soft surface for the sleeper to rest.
Types of Spring Mattresses
There are a few types of innerspring mattresses, with hybrids being one; these have become extremely popular in recent decades due to the comfort and support they provide.
Traditional innerspring mattresses contain a grid of springs covered with a layer of padding. These aren't nearly as common anymore as they're often not as comfortable due to the lack of padding in the top layer.
Hybrids are a superior type of innerspring mattress as they offer a comfortable combination of innersprings and soft support. The use of steel coils and plush upholstery helps to offer sleepers ideal support through the spine and soft comfort to rest easily.
Construction of Spring Mattresses
The construction of innerspring mattresses can vary dramatically, but, ideally, the quality should stay the same. Our Maxzzz 6 Inch Bamboo Charcoal Hybrid Mattress takes quality to the next level with its thoughtful design and high-caliber materials.
Topping out at only 6 inches, this mattress may be on the thinner side, but it takes comfort seriously.
•The top layer consists of a breathable, hypoallergenic cover to provide a soft surface to rest on.
•Beneath, the second layer of foam offers additional cushioning and plush comfort.
•The third layer of bamboo charcoal comfort foam allows for additional heat dissipation and odor alleviation.
•The base layer of Bonnell coil springs provides robust support for excellent lift and spinal support.
The mattress provides medium-firmness, and the expert construction and design make it ideal for a variety of sleepers. The absorbent bamboo charcoal helps keep your mattress fresh and you from overheating through the night. The bed comes packaged neatly in a box, letting you easily unroll the bed, expanding to its natural shape within 48 hours.
Pros and Cons of Innerspring Mattresses
•Great for Hot Sleepers
Spring mattresses are excellent for those who run warm due to their airy construction. Innerspring coils in the core of the bed allow for excellent circulation to keep you cool night after night.
•Buoyant and Bouncy
Combination sleepers often struggle to readjust or move around on extremely plush mattresses, like memory foam, for example. However, the springs inside an innerspring mattress allow for far more buoyancy and lift, letting sleepers readjust in the night without a struggle.
Individuals who snooze alongside a partner can become disturbed in the night when their significant other gets up to go to the bathroom or readjust. Innerspring mattresses can provide excellent motion isolation if the coils are individually pocketed.
•Firmer Surface - But Great for Stomach Sleepers
Innerspring models often offer a bit more support, sometimes making them more firm. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing as stomach sleepers often struggle with spinal alignment and often find these types perfect for their needs.
Sleeping in this position isn't ideal for back support, so they typically need firmer beds with robust support. Innerspring beds are usually able to support these types better than memory foam beds, lifting firmly through the hips, allowing for better alignment in the back.
Differences Between a Memory Foam and Innerspring Mattress
The main features that make these types of mattresses unique from one another can get confusing, so we've broken it down for easy comparison:
•Soft and plush: great for cozy comfort, side sleepers
•Can relieve pain: great for side, back, combo sleepers
•Hypoallergenic qualities: great for allergy sufferers
•Slow-response foam: great for light sleepers
•Airy construction: great for hot sleepers
•Excellent motion isolation: great for couples or pet owners
•Strong edge support: great for limited mobility and couples
•Buoyant and bouncy: good match for combination sleepers
•More affordable: great for bargain hunters