Types of mattresses


Nowadays, there are few mattresses with one type of filling. Most mattresses have a filling with multiple layers of one or more materials, such as various types of foam, pocket springs, fibers, (art) latex, or a combination with the best memory foam mattress topper. The ideal combination that everyone will find an excellent does not exist. So try many mattresses out to see what you think is fine.

Pocket Suspension

Pocket springs are metal springs which are each wrapped in a pouch made of cotton or non-woven’-textiles. A mattress core consists of dozens or even hundreds of pocket springs. Sometimes, even several layers on each other. Because they are in individual pouches, all pocket springs function separately from each other. By building on the pocket springs differently, can make the manufacturer ‘comfort zones’. Thus, certain parts of the body are better supported.

Usually is above and below the core of the pocket springs one or more layers of foam. When is the same layer on two sides you can sleep on the mattress on two sides. But increasingly mattresses is the comfort layer only at the top. Such a mattress you can not return. Manufacturers claim like that it makes no difference to the life, but that is nonsense. A mattress regularly turns not only makes for a more even load but is also better for ventilation – airing – a mattress.

Cold foam

Foam is also called High Resilience foam (HR foam). Because of the open cell structure takes the resilience of the material increasing. The ventilation of foam is less well than with PE foam. At this time, the cold foam most commonly used the type of foam for mattress fillings. The quality of these foam mattresses varies enormously. Incidentally, the name has to do nothing to do with how cold or hot to the touch the foam, but with the way in which the foam is produced.

Memory foam

Memory foam is also known by other names: viscoelastic foam. Memory foam reacts to body heat and can thus adapt perfectly to the contours of your body. Thus, you do not feel any pressure points in memory foam. Many people find this comfortable. Especially for disable people, memory foam is therefore very pleasing. Unfortunately, not memory foam mattresses have always had good body support. Well, ventilated memory foam often not so good. Observe memory foam mattresses so good on the score for body support and ventilation.

Memory foam can be very sensitive to ambient temperatures. For example, the mattress can be hard in a cold room. If you lie, he is again softened by body heat on the mattress. This may take a while. We test on mattresses with memory foam padding in how strongly they react to temperature.


Polyether foam or PE foam

Polyether or PE-foam is cheapest the type of foam and is commonly used in the cheapest mattresses. PE foam comes in many densities and qualities. Despite the low price make the PE foam mattresses that we tested not so bad. Most ventilate well, provide sufficient support for your body and get well from our life test. In fact, PE foam appears highly resistant to a warm, humid environment. Nevertheless, PE foam is increasingly used in mattresses. Especially in more expensive models you’ll hardly anymore.


Mattress manufacturers indicate stuffing their mattresses often with ‘foam’. But actually, only latex mattresses that name. The remaining materials are simply ‘foam’ and no ‘foam’. Latex Filling can be made from both natural and synthetic latex. Often it is a combination. The quality is dependent on the percentages of natural rubber and synthetic rubber. In general, natural rubber is better. Latex is very smooth and feels comfortable, but the air can be reduced.


The gel is processed in mattress fillings in various ways. The gel layer may comprise a layer of foam with very small gel particles dispersed throughout the foam. There is also a variant in which the gel is incorporated into a solid coating


Bonell is an innerspring type that consists of many single, double conical four- or five-stroke springs. These are interconnected by a coil spring. Bonell today is not so popular anymore. This suspension is still often used in box spring frames. A mattress with Bonell’s hard to divide into zones. He moves long after you turn around.

Water bed

There are two types of waterbeds: hardware and soft sides. A hard-side waterbed lies in bed. The lateral pressure is absorbed by the sidewalls of the bedstead. A soft-side waterbed with a soft foam frame that captures the lateral pressure.

A waterbed molds perfectly to the body’s contours, while the temperature and other things according to your preferences are set. Finally, you have fewer problems with dust, bacteria and dust mites in a waterbed. Disadvantages are also there. A waterbed requires constant energy, requires relatively much maintenance, and poor ventilation. There is also a greater risk of significant defects, such as leakage and broken heating elements.

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