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Choosing A Mattress

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Did you know that people experience less signs of stress, restlessness, or back pain when they sleep on a newer mattress?  Unlike most furniture, mattresses are expendable items and they wear-out over time. If you've had your mattress for several years, it's probably time for an upgrade, from outlets such as Mattress & Furniture Express.  Luckily there's a huge variety of options available anywhere in the United States that were not available just a few years ago. However it can be a bit daunting trying to pick one out, without a bit of prior familiarity. Listed below are the 5 most common options.

Innerspring Mattresses

These types have been around for centuries, and are the most common mattresses in the United States today. They are comprised of a box-spring base, tight, springy coils of wire, and layers of padding. They rely entirely on a wire framework and metal springs to provide support. They are not only the most common, but they are often the least expensive as well. The downside is that they tend to stray toward the mediocre end of the spectrum, and they wear out quicker than other options.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Made famous with brands like Tempur-Pedic, memory foam is unique in how evenly it conforms to the human body, completely eliminating pressure points. Memory foam mattresses rate the highest in customer satisfaction, and it is excellent for people with joint problems, and other similar aches and pains upon waking up. However they can be expensive, and they can be a bit too warm for some people's tastes.  

Air Mattresses

Made famous by brands like Sleep-Number or Coleman, these involve air bladders being filled to the owner's desired stiffness. These offer the benefit of being adjustable, and a customer satisfaction level somewhere between memory foam and innerspring mattresses. However the cheapest models come with a much shorter lifespan than most other options.

Latex Mattresses

Similar to memory foam, latex mattresses are among the simplest of construction. They combine many of the strengths of other mattress types minus drawbacks like excessive heat build-up. They have a top-tier satisfaction rate, but can be rather expensive and occasionally hard to get.


Waterbeds have been around a long time, and have come a long way from their origins. Formerly notorious for their hammocking qualities, modern waterbeds have features such as synthetic fiber fill that allow them to be just as supportive as any other alternative option on the market. They have a very high satisfaction rate, despite small drawbacks—which can include transmitting movement to a sleeping partner, and the potential for messes.