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Different types or categories of mattresses 29 Jun 2015 14:50 #1

There are many thousands of different mattresses that are sold...

The Most Common Types of Mattresses you will Encounter in the Industry

There are many thousands of different mattresses that are sold in the industry that use a wide range of different components and materials in their design which means that it can be confusing or even overwhelming to try to figure out what two different mattresses have in common but in very general terms they can be categorized into a much smaller number of categories based on the primary materials and components that are used in the support core and the comfort layers of the design. While each category can also include hundreds or sometimes thousands of individual models with a very wide range of thicknesses, layering combinations, and firmness levels... knowing the most common categories of mattresses can sometimes be helpful if your testing indicates a "pattern" that you tend to prefer some types of mattresses over others or in making more "apples to apples" comparisons between mattresses. The "definition" of a category is generally based on the type of support system and the type of comfort layers that are used inside a mattress.

A note about durable mattress materials. 

I would also keep in mind that the choice between different types of materials and different types of mattresses is primarily a preference or a budget choice rather than a "better/worse" choice and different people will prefer some types of materials or mattresses over others. Each type of material will tend to have lower quality and less durable versions and higher quality and more durable versions so no matter which types of materials or mattresses you tend to prefer I would always make sure you know the specifics of all the layers and components inside any mattress you are considering (particularly in the upper layers of the mattress) so that you can confirm that there are no lower quality and less durable versions of any particular material in a mattress that could be a "weak link" in terms of its durability and useful life and how quickly you may need to replace it (see this article).

These are the dozen or so most common types of mattresses that you will find in the industry.

 

  

While each of these categories have a very wide range of different models and designs and can be anywhere from very soft to very firm... by knowing the different mattresses categories it may help you to identify any general patterns in the types of mattresses and materials that your testing indicates you tend to prefer and help you narrow down your choices a little more easily.

 

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Different types or categories of mattresses 09 Feb 2018 08:11 #2

Help!! I've been researching latex mattress for weeks now...can you please help with the major differences between innerspring with latex, and all latex. i have bad back problems and am looking for most support and comfort for back pain. what are the pros and cons of the hybrid innerspring latex and the all latex? I know a lot of this comes down to personal preference...but i'm lost, and can't find much info on line with comparisons.

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Different types or categories of mattresses 09 Feb 2018 09:56 #3

Good Morning Apower,
Each type of mattress has its own strengths and weaknesses the greatest strength of a hybrid, or innerspring topped with latex is that they're more affordable. In the long run, the more latex you can afford, the better. A mattress comprised entirely of latex will form to your body overnight and spring back into shape in the morning for years of performance. In my opinion an all latex mattress has the greatest strengths of all mattresses. A durable, comfortable (if the right firmness is selected), hypoallergenic, chemical free sleeping environment.
When you buy a 100% Natural Latex Mattress you know that your bed is comprised of real latex produced by a real rubber tree plant. When you buy a mattress featuring 100% latex, your looking at a hybrid, usually innerspring, or pocketed coils, or even polyurethane topped with 1-3 inches of latex. The latex used in hybrid’s is rarely 100% natural, the term 100% latex can apply to a synthetic blended latex, and sadly the industry is not transparent with many miss leading terms and phrases. The 100% natural latex over poly, or pocketed coils doesn’t make since, as the poly and the coils are far from natural. You can also bet a hybrid will have a chemical flame barrier, while many 100% natural , and even blended latex mattresses will use wool to stay in compliance with the federal flame retardant laws, naturally.
When you buy a "hybrid latex mattress" it can be far more difficult to determine exactly what's gone into the construction of your bed. What's in the core? How was it produced? How many layers are in your mattress, and what components are in each of them? The label leaves a great deal of wiggle-room.
All you know for certain is that your mattress has at least a small amount of latex, probably as a top layer or integrated mattress topper.
In short, if you purchase the right latex design for who you are, you’ll get the most out of your mattress. We at FloBeds have a unique system allowing you to customize each side of the bed, with 100% natural or synthetic blended latex, but we only sell Talalay latex, no pocketed coils, no poly, all latex. Im not saying latex is for everyone, and there are many fine hybrid mattresses sold by members of this forum. You’d do well by exploring your options with all of us. If you’d like to see what latex setup may be best for you, try starting here: What latex mattress is best for me?
Of course, I am slightly biased being with FloBeds. However, my faith in Latex doesnt come with out some history. We started in water, then did a ton with air beds, a little with memory foam, then finally in 1997 found Talalay Latex. We have since dropped all other mattress lines. From a manufactures standpoint, latex is a dream come true. Water beds leaked, and created warranty issues, insurance claims with apartments, and homes. Air Beds, pumps failed, air cells leaked. Memory foam, simply lost its memory, and body impressions formed with in 3-7 years. Latex is comfortable, resilient, and holds its shape longer than anything we've ever worked with. If you have any questions about latex we are here for you.
Thank you,
Dewey Turner
FloBeds Latex Mattresses
FloBeds Sleep Shop
The First Personally Crafted Latex Mattress
234 E. Redwood Ave.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
www.flobeds.com/
dewey@flobeds.com

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Different types or categories of mattresses 09 Feb 2018 11:30 #4

Thank you so much for your quick reply!! From what i could find, i was leaning toward all latex. Cost is not as important to me as having a good mattress!! I am checking out your website now.

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Different types or categories of mattresses 09 Feb 2018 13:27 #5

Hello Apower,
You are very welcome, I'm always happy to be of assistance. Even if you dont end up purchasing our bed, I'm happy to share my knowledge on other products or materials used in the industry. I'm just a mattress geek at heart who grew up in the industry and loves to talk beds. If you have any questions or concerns with our website, or products we carry. Feel free to reach out directly.

Thank you,
Dewey Turner
1-800-FLOBEDS
dewey@flobeds.com
FloBeds Latex Mattresses
FloBeds Sleep Shop
The First Personally Crafted Latex Mattress
234 E. Redwood Ave.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
www.flobeds.com/
dewey@flobeds.com

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Different types or categories of mattresses 17 May 2018 17:59 #6

Hello. Have sleep number bed 20 years old
Eveything still good except the mattress cover or topper. Mine is the one that zips to the bottom piece holding the air bed. I have cleaned it a lot but its done and starting to fall a part. Sleep number now sells them for a $1000.00 . Anybody have a idea. Thanks

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Different types or categories of mattresses 19 May 2018 19:37 #7

Hi ccnvrenee...

Welcome to our Mattress Forum! :)
Flobeds is on a little celebration and will return in a few days, so I'll respond instead.

We have a Trusted member: Magic Sleeper that specializes in repairing and replacing the outer encasements and pillow tops of Sleep Number Beds by Select Comfort. You may wish to contact them with your request.

I noticed that you are using your email address as the username for our site, which means that automated spambots will be able to harvest your email and add you to their spam lists.
To change your username you would need to log in your account with your usual credentials and then click on the profile area to make any necessary changes.

Let me know if you need any assistance with this.

Phoenix
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Different types or categories of mattresses 24 May 2018 22:09 #8

i was reading on website ( www.yourorganicbedroom.com/index.html ) regarding organic natural latex beds.

i was wondering if these comments made by them is true or means nothing:
* when mattress marketed as 100% natural latex it only needs 15% natural the rest can be synthetic

*are the synthetic materials including memory foam and gel dangerous or unhealthy? because of the off gassing or seeping through the skin?are they made of petroleum-based products? and what if it doesn't come in direct touch with the body?

*the chemicals they add to make it fire retardant -are they really unhealthy?
and if the above is true how would one know if the latex sold by online companies is mostly synthetic or not?

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Different types or categories of mattresses 25 May 2018 19:52 #9

Hi Robert101.

I was wondering if these comments made by them is true or means nothing:
* when mattress marketed as 100% natural latex it only needs 15% natural the rest can be synthetic..


15% natural, 80% synthetic is called Blended and calling it 100% Natural because it contains natural rubber would be misleading the customer. If you have any doubt regarding the specifics of any mattress, then make sure to ask the retailer/manufacturer of the mattress you are considering to provide you with content of the mattress would be the retailer and/or manufacturer of the product. Better manufacturers or retailers like our Trusted Members are very helpful on the phone and if there is any confusion about what is on their site they do a great job in providing accurate information and any clarifications. Just to clarify ….the choice between different types and blends of latex is more of a preference and budget choice rather than a "better/worse" or a safety choice and any type or blend of latex will be a safe and also a durable material relative to other types of foam materials. The real difference between the two is that Natural latex (NR) is more elastic and stretchy and synthetic latex (SBR) is more abrasion resistant and can be made more resistant to aging degradation. NR is more expensive than SBR. Blends are often used for reasons of cost, desirable combinations of certain latex qualities, and ease of working with the material. NR is often used for its natural qualities and because it is more elastic and resilient.

There is also more about the different types and blends of latex in post #6 here but all of the latex you are likely to encounter (either Dunlop or Talalay that is made with either natural or synthetic rubber or a blend of both) will have a reliable safety certification such as Oeko-Tex, Eco-Institut, or Greenguard Gold (see post #2 here ) and based on actual testing I would consider any type or blend of latex to be a very "safe" material in terms of harmful substances and VOC's.

*are the synthetic materials including memory foam and gel dangerous or unhealthy? because of the off gassing or seeping through the skin?are they made of petroleum-based products? and what if it doesn't come in direct touch with the body?


All materials offgas (even fruit) and the real issue is how much and whether the offgassing is harmful. I would keep in mind that every mattress in the industry contains some type of "chemicals" and that even pure water is a chemical. The real issue that I would focus on is safety which depends on the specific chemicals and the amount of each chemical (safety is dosage related) and the only way to identify any safety issues would be based on the lab testing and certifications for the materials and components in the mattress or the mattress as whole. And then you can focus on the smell.

In very general terms the only reliable way to assess the "safety" of different materials is based on lab tests and the certifications they have for harmful substances and VOCs (regardless of whether they are organic or natural or synthetic) so that you have some assurance than the VOCs are below the testing limits for the certification. If the materials in a mattress or the mattress itself has a reliable "safety" certification then for most people they would certainly be "safe enough" ... regardless of the type of material or the name of the manufacturer on the label.

Latex is generally able to meet more stringent standards for VOCs and harmful substances and if you wish to get into the very fine details about safety and certifications there is more about the different types of organic and safety certifications such as Oeko-tex, Eco-Institut, Greenguard Gold, C2C, and CertiPUR-US in post #2 here and more about some of the differences between organic and safety certifications in post #2 here and there are also some comments in post #42 here that can help you decide whether an organic certification is important to you for environmental, social, or personal reasons or whether a "safety" certification is enough.
CertiPur tests for harmful substances and VOC's in the polyfoam and memory foam used in mattresses. They have a list of mattress manufacturers here which are certified and the foam producers that are certified are listed here . You can see what they test for in more detail here and here

There are many complex issues that are connected to the safety of mattresses and mattress materials (and about the chemicals that are used in our society in general) and there is a great deal of inaccurate and misleading information on all sides of the conversation (see post #2 here ). There is also very little definitive information available because in most cases the approach of the regulatory authorities is more towards allowing the use of chemicals until the evidence that they are unsafe becomes overwhelming and then changing regulations after the evidence becomes available than "proving safety" before they are approved (see post #19 here ). On the other side of the issue there are many sources of information that use fear mongering tactics and make exaggerated claims that almost everything is "unsafe" unless it is completely natural or organic which to me is misleading and exaggerated as well. I believe that any extreme position on either side of the argument is unlikely to be accurate.

*the chemicals they add to make it fire retardant -are they really unhealthy?
and if the above is true how would one know if the latex sold by online companies is mostly synthetic or not?


There is a lot of misleading information in the industry about fire retardants and "chemicals" ranging from significant "fear mongering" on one side to completely minimizing fire retardants as an issue at all on the other. Like most issues that arouse strong feelings or controversy the most reliable and "accurate" information tends to be in between both polar extremes so there is "some truth" that "some mattresses" may use some chemicals that some people would find questionable or wish to avoid. Some people may also wish avoid certain types of synthetic foams or fabrics as well even if they have been tested for harmful substances and VOC's and would be considered "safe enough" by most people.

There are many people in the industry that IMO exaggerate the risk (usually in an effort to sell some very costly mattresses) and seem to believe (or at least want their customers to believe) that every mattress except for an "organic" mattress (however they define this) is somehow "loaded with chemicals" to prevent them from catching fire which is far from the truth but this type of misinformation tends to scare people and lead people down a rabbit hole of conflicting and misleading information ... and of course is exaggerated and somewhat ridiculous.

If your concerns are more about safety, then testing standards such as Oeko-Tex and Eco-Institut are the most important elements, but this is not so much about synthetic, natural, or organic as it is about the materials that are used in many brands. All the latex you are likely to encounter (synthetic or natural or blended) has been tested for harmful substances and VOC's and certified as "safe" by one of these so safety needn't be a concern for most people regarding latex of any kind. The issues surrounding "green, organic, natural, sustainable, or ecofriendly" and many other vague terms that are related are a much more complex subject that is different from "safe" and really involves research into the specific issues that are important to each person on an individual level and into each material that is in a mattress. For most people ... checking "safety" certifications or organic certifications would probably be enough and would be the limit of the research they were willing to do because more than this can involve some very complex research and still produce no easy or clear answers to the most important question of "how safe is safe enough for me?" and each person may have a different answer to this that they are comfortable with.

Hope this helps

Phoenix
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