There is a lot more to mattresses than meets the eye. High quality tier 4 mattresses are composed of several different layers and each layer has its’ own purpose. Mattresses come in different tiers. A tier 4 mattress is a high-quality mattress that utilizes a support layer, a comfort layer and a base layer that is usually divided into two sub-sections. However, to simplify things it is best to think about mattresses in terms of “support” and “comfort”. The materials used in these layers vary depending on the design of the mattress. Different people have different preferences and each material used in the comfort and support layers creates a different experience.
Popular Mattress Brands
There is a perfect mattress for everyone. But when shopping for a new mattress, it is useful to know a thing or two about popular mattress brands that have good reviews. Review the informational pages below that discuss some of the many popular mattress brands you’ll find.
- Sealy Mattresses
- Serta Mattresses
- Simmons Mattresses
- Tempur-Pedic Mattresses
The Comfort Layer
The comfort layer is the material or padding used on the top part of the mattress. This layer will determine how your body feels immediately upon laying down and includes the following components:
- The quality of pressure relief.
- How well the mattress conforms to your body.
- How warm or cool the mattress feels.
- How firm the mattress feels (firm, medium or soft).
Comfort layers are commonly made of memory foam, polyurethane foam, gel, latex and natural fiber.
The Support Layer
The support layer is located underneath the comfort layer and it is the biggest factor on how your back will feel in the morning. Additionally, it will play a large role in how easy it is to reposition yourself on the mattress as well as how much motion is transferred from your partner. Support layers are commonly made up of coil springs and foam but some mattresses may utilize latex, air chambers and even water chambers for support. The support layer, located beneath the comfort layer, is the biggest determinant of how your back will feel in the morning.
Understanding Mattress Types
Every unique combination of a comfort layer and a support layer can be classified of as a “mattress type.” This is important when shopping for a mattress. Knowing what combination of comfort material and support material will help you pick the best mattress for you. It can also help you rule out which mattresses do not fit your needs. Once you have this knowledge, it is easier to compare models and brands to find the best bargain. To help you organize your thoughts, read the following sections for a description of mattress types that most retailers use to classify their mattresses.
Innerspring mattresses are the most common within the mattress industry and over 75% of all mattresses utilize innersprings in the support layer of the mattress. Innerspring mattresses can be combined with many different types of comfort layers. These types of mattresses are known for their durability over time and strong back support. To learn more about innerspring mattresses, review our informational page:
Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory foam mattresses continue to grow in popularity since they entered the market in the mid 90’s. Memory foam mattresses utilize memory form in the comfort layer of the mattress and usually use polyurethane foam or an innerspring support layer. When compared to other comfort layers, memory foam mattresses are designed to have extremely effective pressure relief and are also known for taking on the form of the body. Additionally, these mattresses excel at stopping the effects of motion transfer, making it ideal for some who share a bed. To learn more about memory foam mattresses, read our page:
Latex mattresses have also been utilized for decades and have recently become more popular. Later materials may be found in either the comfort layer or support layer – sometimes both. They are similar to memory foam in that they conform to the body’s shape but it is easier to change positions and will feel “cooler” than memory foam mattresses. To learn more about latex mattresses, read our page:
Polyurethane foam (foam for short) is the most common material used in modern day mattresses, It can be used in either the comfort layer, the support layer or both. Because it is so common, these mattresses are usually referred to based on their support material. For example, a mattress that uses polyurethane form for the comfort layer and an innerspring support layer could simply be called an innerspring mattress. When polyurethane foam is used as the support layer, it can be combined with various types of comfort layer materials (latex, gel, memory foam, etc.). To learn more about foam mattresses, review our informational web page:
Gel mattresses are ideal for individuals who are concerned about keeping cool during sleep. Gel material in the comfort layer of the mattress help provide a “cooler” sensation as opposed to memory foam. Gel materials can come in many forms such ranging from layers or dense gel to small gel components mixed into foam. Additionally, gel mattresses can help provide significant pressure relief as well as enhanced spine alignment. For more on gel mattresses, review:
Natural and Organic Mattresses
Concerns over use of chemicals used in foam mattresses and other types of mattresses have caused an increase in the demand for mattresses the use more natural materials. With the exception of natural latex (in either the support or comfort layers), most natural materials will be found in the comfort layer of the mattress. The comfort layer is closest to the sleeper. Some examples of natural and organic mattress materials can include wool, cotton or more exotic materials. A benefit of natural materials within the comfort layer of a mattress are that they are naturally cooler and can also be described as more “breathable”. Many individuals elect natural and organic mattresses for their unique comfort properties and the use of chemicals. For more information on natural and organic mattresses, read our page:
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