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The 3 different types of mattresses

CHOOSING YOUR MATTRESS: the 3 main categories.

The choice of a mattress is mainly guided by the choice of its suspension.

Today, there are three main categories on the market: foam, latex and springs.

Here is an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of these solutions.

Foam mattresses

Types of foam

There are currently three types of foam mattresses:

Polyether foam: with a density ranging from 16 to 30 kg/m3, it is suitable for very soft mattresses, traditionally offered at the entry level for their good quality/price ratio.

Polyurethane foam: high resilience foam (HR) is of superior quality and has a density of between 30 and 60 kg/m3.

Memory foam: with a density of 40 to 85 kg/m3, memory foam is actually viscoelastic polyurethane and has a very high resilience. For the record, it was created by the NASA research centre and is prized for its adaptability.

The advantages of HR foam and memory foam

A polyurethane foam mattress (with or without memory foam) offers a wide range of densities, while adapting to the body shape of each sleeper. The higher the density, the firmer the mattress and the longer it lasts.

The only downside is that polyurethane is sensitive to moisture, so it is not suitable for houses by the sea or poorly insulated.
For which sleepers?

While polyether mattresses should only be used occasionally (as an extra bed), polyurethane models can satisfy sleepers looking for a soft bed or, on the contrary, a firm to very firm bed. Finally, the memory foam mattress is sensitive to the ambient temperature and is particularly suitable for people with back problems, pregnant women, sportsmen and women under stress.


Latex mattresses

Types of latex

On the market, a distinction is made between mattresses made of :

Natural latex: with a density varying from 55 to 95 kg/m3, “100% natural” models must in fact be made up of at least 85% of this material, which comes from the sap of the rubber tree.
Synthetic latex: with a density ranging from 55 to 83 kg/m3, synthetic models contain only about 20 to 30% natural latex.

Beware of misleading names, it is better to look at the certifications to avoid being deceived.
The advantages of latex

Latex mattresses are very comfortable and well-ventilated, and follow the contours of the body for optimum support. Not to mention that they are also hypoallergenic, antibacterial and anti-mite. The life span of these mattresses is +/- 10 to 15 years.
For which sleepers?

The latex mattress is perfectly suited to people with allergies, as well as to sleepers who appreciate its coolness in summer, its warmth in winter (good ventilation) and its absolute comfort.

Spring mattresses

The type of springs

There are two types of mattresses:

Bonnel” or biconical springs: very old, these springs offer excellent ventilation, but they deteriorate quickly and reduce the comfort of the mattress.

Pocket springs: today, the preferred technique is to wrap each spring individually in a bag.

The advantages of pocket springs

A pocket spring mattress offers real support with different degrees of firmness and independence, while guaranteeing maximum ventilation. All of this without noise, as the springs are enclosed in a fabric pocket.
For which sleepers?

The pocket-spring mattress is recommended for restless sleepers who want to give the person lying next to them some peace and quiet.

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