Explore the Differences Between Mattress Types

Differences Between Mattress Types

There are many different kinds of mattresses on the market, and some of the terms used to define them might be confusing. Choosing the right mattress for your needs is essential to getting quality rest at night, ensuring proper and comfortable support, and waking up without aches and pains. How do you determine what kind of mattress you need, and are there any real distinctions between foam, innerspring, and hybrid mattresses? Let’s look at some of those differences.

Pros and Cons of Latex Mattresses


  • Contours to your body’s curves
  • Natural non out-gassing material
  • Creates less dust than other mattress materials

Latex mattresses respond to the weight and shape of your body and offer their primary support through this gentle cradling. Additionally, because they don’t have the movement of springs, latex mattresses tend to absorb movement and shifts from other people – so getting up in the middle of the night for a glass of water or to use the bathroom won’t jostle the mattress.

Latex mattresses are also resistant to mold and mildew and provide an unwelcome environment for dust mites. If you or your family members suffer from allergies, a latex mattress may be an excellent choice.


  • Can get softer in the areas that you sleep
  • Higher cost compared to other materials
  • Will sleep warmer

Latex mattresses are designed to conform and allow you to sink into them. If you tend to sleep hot, look for mattress components that wick away moisture and help it evaporate.

Pros and Cons of Innerspring or Pocketed Coil Tufted Mattresses


  • Exceptionally supportive
  • Varying levels of firmness
  • Many combinations of filling materials to choose from
  • A cooler sleeping experience
  • Flippable and long lasting

Innerspring or pocketed coil tufted mattresses have been the traditional mattress manufacturing standard for years. Traditional wire attached springs push back against you and create a firmer feel. Pocketed coils, which are wrapped individually in fabric and attached by fabric, conform to the body for a lower pressure support. You’ll find a variety of firmness levels in mattresses with innersprings or pocketed coils, which is a plus since everyone has different comfort preferences.


  • More motion transfer
  • Tufted mattresses have a firm surface feel
  • Organic options can get pricey

Mattresses with springs tend to be bouncier than other options especially coupled with a coil box spring. It’s what makes jumping on beds so fun for kids! The movement given off when one person gets out of bed is more significant in mattresses with innersprings than pocketed coils. If you’re a light sleeper and easily wake to the movement of others, you may want to consider a hybrid or pocketed coil option. A hand-tufted mattress, though flippable and long lasting, may be too firm for some side sleepers who can benefit from some surface softness.

Pros and Cons of Hybrid Mattresses


  • Built with pocketed coils for less motion transfer
  • Designed to conform to the body
  • Low pressure sleep system

A hybrid mattress seeks to give you the best of both worlds: the pressure relief and contouring support of a memory or latex foam top, and the overall low bounce and gentle pushback support of coils. The goal in a hybrid mattress is offer the support of coils and the comfort of foam or latex in the surface.


  • If inferior or exceptionally soft cushioning materials are used, they will compress faster
  • Will sleep warmer than firmer options
  • Not flippable
  • Many mattress manufacturers may skimp on their construction of hybrid mattresses, leaving you with a substandard mattress with cheap components. It’s worth a little research to find out about the construction of each layer and make sure you’re getting something that has the components you desire.

Should I Get a Hybrid Mattress?

Hybrid mattresses may be an excellent choice if you are a predominate side sleeper or prefer a more cushioned surface but still desire the benefit of the lower motion pocketed coil. Ultimately, the one person who can decide what you need in a mattress is you!

At Gardner Mattress, we know that every customer has different preferences and needs in a mattress. Whether you need a foam, innerspring, or hybrid mattress, we build each mattress by hand and can customize it to your needs. If you’d like to compare the differences between these styles, you’re welcome to explore our show room and try them out for yourself. We can help fit you for the right mattress for your needs. Contact us today.


Visit one of our four conveniently located showrooms. Our original factory and showroom in Salem, our showrooms in Needham and Woburn, and our newest location in Boca Raton, FL.

Massachusetts Locations

Gardner Mattress Showroom in Salem, Massachusetts

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Monday-Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Hours of Operation

Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Hours of Operation

Sunday: Closed
Monday-Thursday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Florida Location

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 9:00am – 2:00pm*

Monday: 9:00am – 1:00pm*

Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed*

Thursday & Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm*

Saturday: 9:00am – 2:00pm*

*By appointment during off days and hours. Contact to schedule.