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Foam Mattresses vs Spring Mattresses: What's the Difference?

May 29, 2015

Foam Mattresses vs Spring Mattresses: What's the Difference?

Over the last few years a lot has been said about the emergence of foam mattresses and the repositioning of spring mattresses on the market. With a good mattress costing you several thousand, is there really a massive difference between these mattress types and is one really better than the other when it comes to spine support?

Foam Mattresses

We’ve spoken at length about Memory Foam Mattresses on our blogs. These mattresses have their origins with astronauts at NASA, but thanks to developments in the market these mattresses are now available to the general public at affordable prices. Latex Foam Mattresses offer a similar support to memory foam and are often made from a mixture of natural and synthetic latex. Higher quality latex mattresses contain higher percentages of natural latex and ‘spring back’ quicker, giving you a more comfortable sleep.

Foam mattresses boast the ability to conform to your body’s shape giving you a feeling of nestled comfort while you sleep, and the great news for restless sleepers is that because of the way the foam moulds around your body, if you are tossing and turning there is little chance of the movement affecting your partners - until of course you roll over and push them off the bed!

It is this moulding to the body’s shape that has excited many in the medical and recovery industry. By allowing your body to be more evenly supported they claim that it will improve you sleep health and reduce the pressure on your joints - great news for people with joint problems, spinal issues or are recovering from injury.

The health benefits also extend to the murky world of mites and bugs. Because the mattresses are made of solid foam, there is no way that the core can be infested with mites or bedbugs - which is great news for allergy sufferers!

However, this does come at a cost. Memory Foam mattresses are generally more expensive than your traditional spring mattress.

Spring Mattresses

Spring mattresses, also known as coil mattresses, are the mattresses that most people are familiar with. A staple in most homes since the industrial age made the mass production of springs affordable, these mattresses have benefited from mass production to the extent that they are now among the most inexpensive mattresses available on the market.

Spring beds can be divided into several categories, ranging from open spring to continuous coils to pocket springs, depending on how the springs themselves are arranged. Spring mattresses’ comfort and support will depend on the amount and gauge of the coils. More coils might mean more support, but if there is high give in the springs, it might lose out on that all important spinal support. To give you even more comfort, most spring mattresses manufacturers will add a layer of padding on top of the springs giving you a little extra cushioning. This is actually one of the best characteristics of spring mattresses: the wide variety of coil arrangements, gauge, and number of coils means that you can find the perfect comfort and support level to give you the perfect night’s sleep.

However, like everything in life, you get what you pay for. Spring mattresses can offer as much comfort and support as a memory foam mattress without any of the molding, but you will need to aim for more comparable price ranges.

Hybrid Mattress

A relatively new comer to the market, hybrid mattresses give you the great low price of coil spring mattresses with almost the same level of comfort as memory foam mattress. These mattresses feature a memory foam layer on top of a coil spring set. However the lifespan of these mattresses is not as good.


There is no such thing as one mattress being inherently better than another - only one being more suited to your sleep needs.

This is why, when you are looking for a new mattress, it is best to speak to an expert. If you want to know more about which mattress type is best for your needs, especially if you are concerned about health issues, come on down to one of our stores or send us a message via our website and one of our dedicated experts will help you find the perfect mattress for that all important good night's sleep.

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