One mattress to rule them all?
Many websites wants to sell you only one model of mattress, claiming this is the one carefully picked for you, and that you don't need to look further! This is a very good marketing strategy for them, because it is way easier to manage, and therefore more profitable for them to sell you only one product. Here at Bed2Go, your virtual mattress store, you will find different types of mattresses because we are all different, and therefore, we have different needs. Shopping a new mattress can be very confusing but we will help you become an expert at understanding the differences.
Ok, so let's delve into the types of mattresses, and how they are made!
There is 2 main categories of mattresses, and many subcategories/hybrid types of those two. The first one, coil spring mattresses, which is the oldest one, and the most known and sold. Second, foam mattresses, which are getting more attention lately. Those have been selling also for a long time, but were less populars because of the higher tag price associated with it (if you wanted to have the same quality and comfort of a coil mattress).
There is also the latex mattresses which have been selling for almost a century. Again, those were so expensive at the time, that it was a niche market with few consumers looking to buy those types of mattresses. But nowadays latex is slowly becoming more popular as people look for more natural alternatives, and prefer investing more on the long run. Because latex last longer than regular foam (assuming it is 100% GOLS certified latex) it will cost two to three times, and even more, the price of a regular mattress. But if you enjoy semi-firm to firm mattresses, the investment will be worth it on the long-term.
Different variations and combinations of those types of mattresses exists. The most popular/sold is a mix of coils with various layers of foam on top. Those foam layers comes mainly in three finish style: "pillow-top", "euro-top", and "tight top". These are used to give different comforts. Usually, pillow-tops and euro-tops to get a semi-firm and plush feel, and tight-top firm and semi-firm feel.
Then you have all the various "hybrids", for example a mix of coils and latex or foam and latex, or even coils, foam and latex!
One of the most expensive part of the mattress is the foam part. That's why a lot of manufacturers/brands will cut corners in that area. Which will make the mattress sag and get body impressions very quickly. Even a pillow-top mattress or memory foam mattress with high quality foam will make body impressions after a few years. This is almost inevitable.
Back in the 80's and 90's when mattresses sold were mostly firm coils and were flippable, only a small thickness of foam was used for comfort layers, so it was less expensive to make them using a high quality high density foam layer. That's the reason those were lasting up to 20 years with minimal sagging.
What is the difference between coils?
There is many different types of coils, but the most commons are the regular coils, also called Bonnell coils, continuous coils and individual pocket coils. Is there one better than the others? Technically yes, but no could be a good answer too! While pocket coils should be the best ones, it all depends on the quality. Some Bonnell coils are so good they can be better than most of the pocket coils you can find on the market. But with a similar grade, pocket coils will give you a more adaptative support, but surprisingly, won't last longer. Continuous coils are the cheapest, and will often be found in low end mattresses. Those are made from rolls of wire twisted to make a spring and held between each spring at at each turns. Once this type of coils begin to sag, it stays deformed and doesn't come back. Mattresses made with continuous coils are slowly disappearing from the market because even a cheaper foam mattress will hold better.
We at Bed2Go only sell good grades pocket coils mattresses.
Where do the materials used in mattresses come from?
Around half of the mattress sold in North America are 100% made from local materials. Around a quarter is imported from overseas and another quarter is made here, but have some or all of its materials imported also. Does local means quality? It has nothing to do with it. A cheap mattress could be made here, and a very good one could be imported. That said various factors are at play here. Some imported goods don't have the rigorous standards we have in Canada, and they can't all be verified. And, buying 100% local promotes the Canadian economy growth.
Here in Canada we make everything that is used in a mattress except latex. We have factories that make foam, fabrics, and also coils! The only material that needs to be imported is latex, that is, 100% natural latex. Because 100% natural latex needs to be molded on the site of extraction, it has to be imported. Latex grows from Hevea trees, mainly in South America and Asia.
Now that I know all of this and that I'm a specialist in mattresses, which one is good for me?
As we get older, or as we change, our needs change too. You might prefer a softer mattress before and now you would prefer a firmer one.
As a rule of thumb, it is better to have a too slightly firmer mattress than a too slighty softer one! We can always make a firmer mattress softer but not the other way around. Also, we have to consider that any mattress except full latex ones will always soften a little over time.
If you have more lower back pain, you should lean towards a semi-firm to plush mattress. If you have more shoulder and neck pain, you should lean towards a semi-firm to firm mattress.
If you sleep on your back and side you will prefer a semi-firm mattress. If you sleep on your stomach, a firmer one. And on your back only, a more plush mattress could work. Always think that you need to have balance.
As you may presume, semi-firm mattresses are the ones who sell the most, because they are the most versatile, especially when two people sleep together, and don't like the same exact comfort, it is a good compromise for all.
This is not set in stone of course, but this is what we observed over many years with tens of thousands of customers.