There is no denying of the fact that Sleep is the most important factor for every one as it improves our well-being.

But, do you know that the type of mattress you’re sleeping on plays a major role in terms of your sleep quality.

Yes, there are a wide variety of people in India and each one of them has different preferences when it comes to the bed mattress.

Some people like the mattress to be soft, while others like it hard. The decision changes further in case if they had any health issues like back pain, sciatica etc…

Bed Mattress Types - Pros & Cons

In this article, let us discuss about the different mattress types available in India along with their pros and cons so that you can choose the best mattress that suits your needs.

10 Different Types of Mattresses in India

1. Memory Foam Mattress

The memory foam mattress is a combination of memory foam layered with either support foam or springs.

The mattress moulds according to your shape and softens based on your body temperature.

Once you get off from the bed, it bounces back to its normal shape.

For best comfort, ensure that your memory foam mattress has higher density, as it sustains for a long term.

  • Provides plush sleeping experience to the people with healthy body weight
  • Molds according to your body size and shape
  • Preferred choice for people with orthopedic ailments
  • Not suitable for people with excess body weight
  • The mattress holds on to your bodily heat, which won’t be a problem if you can sleep with some insulation

2. Latex Foam Mattress

There are actually 3 types of latex materials – natural latex, synthetic latex and blended latex.

The rubber tree sap goes through a process (Dunloop or Talalay) to create natural latex foam. However, Dunlop latex is much denser and firmer when compared to the Talalay latex, which is the reason why the Dunlop latex mattresses are less responsive to the movement.

The Synthetic latex is nothing but the artificial form of latex, which is made using petrochemicals to reduce the cost. These are less durable when compared to the natural latex.

The third type is the Blended latex, which combines properties of both the natural latex and synthetic latex to provide you both benefits at much lesser price.

If budget is an issue, do prefer the Blended latex over the synthetic latex.

  • Lasts longer (10 to 15 years) based on your usage level
  • Doesn’t insulate body temperature at all
  • You can increase/decrease the latex foam density to suit your preference and comfort levels
  • Also suits people with orthopedic issues
  • Can repel dust, mold, mites etc…
  • Natural latex foam mattresses are very expensive (so you have to go with Blended latex)
  • Requires occasional maintenance (cleaning and sun-drying)

3. PU Foam Mattress

PU Foam or Polyurethane foam mattresses are one of the most affordable mattresses in India and hence widely used by many.

Thier texture is similar to the memory foam, but with higher response rate, which makes them bounce more.

They can also regulate the temperature excellently.

  • Most affordable and lightweight
  • Regulates temperature better than the memory foam
  • Can use PU Foam for support and comfort layers to make the mattress according to your choice
  • Has higher response rate
  • Not recommended for long-term usage (good for guests or use as spare mattress)
  • Requires more maintenance

4. Bonded Foam Mattress

The scrap polyurethane foam (PUF) is bonded together under high pressure to form a hard substance, which is then use as a based layer for the bonded foam mattress.

These are mostly popular as the orthopedic mattresses in the recent times as they provide amazing back support.

  • Excellent choice for people with orthopedic issues but with budget constraints to buy a good mattress with support
  • Provides good spine support
  • Doesn’t lose its shape in the long run because of the strong base material
  • Your motion is easily isolated and hence your kids or partner can sleep without any comfort issues.
  • Not suitable for regular people without medical issues as the cushion is not soft
  • The bonded foam insulates heat and hence can be a problem for some people

5. HR Foam Mattress

HR Foam aka High Resiliency Foam comes with a high responsive rate and bounces back to its original shape very quickly.

Though they’re less popular when compared to the memory foam mattresses, they are used for the internal layers in most mattresses found in the market as they contain high resilience.

If you’re looking for better support, make sure that the foam density and thickness are higher.

  • Provides good support and comfort
  • Has got very high resilience rate (80 to 90%)
  • Gives bouncy experience as most of the mattresses use HR foam in their core and upper layers
  • Pretty good at motion isolation; No more disturbance to your kids/partner.
  • HR foam has a tendency to off-gas
  • Not as good as the innerspring or bonded foam mattresses

6. Orthopedic Mattress

As the name suggests, these mattresses are extremely good for people with orthopedic conditions like chronic back pain, shoulder pain, older persons or even those with medical conditions such as spondylosis, scoliosis, herniated discs etc…

If you’re an athlete or a person who need more back support while sleeping, then ensure there is Bonnell spring mechanism inside the orthopedic mattress.

  • They are medium-firm and provide excellent support for your body, especially the back,
  • These orthopedic mattresses are suitable for both medical and regular use
  • People without any medical or joint issues find these mattresses hard to sleep as they’re not soft in nature

7. Pocket Spring Mattress

These are nothing but innerspring mattresses with a contouring support mechanism and are an excellent choice for older and overweight individuals.

Inside the mattress are the innerspring coils that are isolated and wrapped in their individual pockets. Since they’re not wired together, they work independently.

Remember that the more number of coils inside the pocket spring mattress, the better the support and lesser the motion disturbance.

  • These mattresses offer excellent comfort and support and hence suitable for people with orthopedic issues
  • They isolate motion very well and so you can let your kids/partner sleep without any disturbance even if you rotate frequently
  • They’re usually very heavy and a single person cannot easily lift them up
  • Little pricier

8. Bonnell Spring Mattress

These mattresses contain hourglass-shaped spring coils with rounded tops, which provide evenly supportive surface and hence is an excellent choice for both medical and regular use.

These are also known as Open coil spring mattress.

  • Good choice for back support and at the same time regular usage without medical issues
  • The uniform support throughout the body helps people with sleep disorders
  • They are heavier in weight; so cleaning and maintenance could be tough

9. Hybrid Mattress (Foam + Spring)

A hybrid mattress consists of multiple layers where both the foam and springs are used to provide better support of a pocket spring mattress and the comfort of a memory foam mattress.

You can ask the manufacturer to make the hybrid mattress according to your personal requirements.

  • These are super comfy and at the same provide better support.
  • Good for people with joint pains as well to get relief from a full day pressure
  • Your motion doesn’t disturb your partner/kids
  • They usually last longer
  • They weigh more based on the foam type and density used

10. Dual Comfort Mattress

Like the name implies, these mattresses provide different comfort levels on either side. On one side is the soft, plush like feeling, while on the other side it is medium firm for good back support.

So, you can flip these dual comfort mattresses as and when required for different sleeping experience.

  • Softer on one side and Medium firm on the other side
  • Good if you wanted a firmer surface occasionally and do not want to spend for a separate mattress.
  • Nothing in particular

FAQs – Bed Mattresses

Which type of bed mattress is best?

The memory foam mattress is the most widely used mattress type in India. However, it doesn’t insulate the temperature while sleeping and hence you feel sweaty on the side you’re sleeping.

I personally suggest the hybrid and dual comfort mattresses as they serve dual purpose and are good for normal sleepers. And, if you’re a heavy sleeper, you should opt for innerspring mattress.

How many kinds of mattresses are there in India?

There are almost a dozen types of mattresses available in India. However, only a few kinds are mostly used, such as:

1. Memory Foam Mattress
2. Latex Foam Mattress
3. PU Foam Mattress
4. Bonded Foam Mattress
5. HR Foam Mattress
6. Orthopedic Mattress
7. Pocket Spring Mattress
8. Bonnell Spring Mattress
9. Hybrid Mattress (Foam + Spring)
10. Dual Comfort Mattress

Which type of mattress is used in 5 star hotels?

The mattress type you usually see in most luxury hotels is called ‘Pillow-top mattress‘. But, these are not generally used in the households.

Memory foam vs spring mattress: Which is better?

Memory foam mattresses use just foam and hence are more durable than the spring mattresses where the coils are prone to sagging and poking after extended use.

Which mattress is best for people with back pain issues?

If you’ve back pain issues, leg pains, spondylosis, scoliosis, herniated discs or any other medical issues, you can go for the Orthopedic mattress as they provide better support and help relieve from injuries and stress.

That’s the end of the list friends! We have tried our best to cover all the different types of mattresses in India with pros and cons so that you can have a better understanding of each mattress type before actually purchasing one.

Hope, this guide will come handy for you. In case if you’ve any further queries, please leave a comment below.