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Types of Mattresses and their Pros and Cons

Looking for a new mattress? Buying a new mattress is exciting, especially since there are many new innovations that can allow you to find the product that will work best for your specific sleep needs.

There are many different mattress types available on the market, and you owe it to yourself to understand the differences in order to find the one that offers what you’re looking for. Here are some of the different types of mattresses along with how beneficial they will be for you.

Innerspring Coil Mattress

Innerspring, or coil, mattresses have been around for many years. As a kid, you may remember bouncing on the bed and being able to feel the steel coils within the mattress compress. The steel coil support system is connected to a single unit and as the number of coils increases, the higher the quality of sleep can be experienced.

The biggest positive points of innerspring mattresses is their price and consumer-friendly nature. They are generally quite reasonable but have the tendency to wear out faster than other mattress types. Even though the standard innerspring can seem old-fashioned to those who have since moved on to newer mattress technologies, the fact remains that they are still the most popular. 


  • Widely available
  • Many models affordable
  • Many firmness options
  • Consumer familiarity


  • Below-average owner satisfaction
  • Below-average durability/lifespan
  • Below-average conforming ability
  • Poor motion isolation possible
  • Higher probability of noises

Here are some of the different types of Innerspring Mattresses:

  1. Continuous Coils – They use a single wire to form the entire support system of the bed. Usually found in an S-shape rather than the traditional shape. Due to the interlinked wire, you will get more durability at an affordable price.
  2. Bonnell Coil – They look like an hourglass and form a structure similar to a helix when they’re all put together. Bonnell coils are priced at a medium range.
  3. Offset – The tops and bottoms have flattened edges but they still possess the hourglass shape. They conform more to the shape of your body and are known for being sturdy, durable, supportive, and quiet.
  4. Marshall or Pocketed Coil – They are known to be wrapped coils and encased coils. They work independently of each other as they are not wired together. 
  5. Pocketed Coil – They are the same as Marshall coils. Higher numbers of coils tend to signify better quality and comfort.

Memory Foam Mattress

Invented by NASA initially, memory foam is now one of the best kinds of mattresses one can find. The sensation it creates of “sinking in” to a mattress and being cradled in enjoyed by all. How the memory foam mattress works is when you put your body weight on the cushion it tends to take the shape of your body and only once the weight is removed the cushion goes back to its original state. This type of mattress is ideal for side sleepers and people who have other body ailments due to its softness.


  • Good variety
  • Widely available
  • Conforming ability
  • Motion isolation
  • Several models affordable
  • No noise


  • Initial odor/off-gassing possible
  • Heat retention possible
  • Little or no bounce
  • Questionable edge support
  • Below-average ease of body movement

Gel Mattress

Heat-trapping is much more in memory foam beds as it has to be dense enough to support the body. But this denseness limits airflow, which results in making your temperature rise.

That’s when Gel mattresses come in. They work to offset the heating effects of memory foam. It is usually infused into the foam of the mattress and is naturally cooler. The gel will take in the temperature of the material but at a much slower rate.  This leads to undisturbed sleep and keeps you cool throughout the night. 

Latex Mattress

How about taking the more natural approach? Latex bedding is a great way to do so as natural latex is a byproduct of sap from a rubber tree. The material can be compared to the memory foam mattress as it possesses very similar traits as it offers pressure relief and contouring as well. There is generally more bounce if you prefer that and it also retains lesser heat as compared to the memory foam.


  • Customizable in some cases
  • Many firmness/price options
  • Often appeals to “green” buyers
  • No noise


  • Heat retention possible
  • Initial odor possible
  • All-latex varieties heavy
  • Limited availability


There is never a lack of mattresses as there is a suitable option for everyone! At Half Price Furniture we ensure to provide the best type of Mattresses in Australia at wallet-friendly prices so you can always have sound sleep.

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