Worst & Best Mattress Types of 2012

See what consumers named the best mattress of 2012

Worst & Best Mattress Types of 2012

Many people seek reviews from other consumers when making buying decisions, so it is no surprise that shoppers want to know what others rate as the best mattress types. In an effort to bring readers an answer to the most popular question we receive, Mattress Inquirer compiled over 16,000 reviews on a wide range of mattress types. The study reveals some surprising and not-so-surprising results, indicating that memory foam may indeed be the best mattress.

4) Innerspring Mattresses – The Worst Mattress Type

Innerspring, or coil, mattresses have been the traditional standby for the last century, but that longevity doesn’t earn them much favor with sleepers. These types of beds use varying systems of metal springs as support, topped in layers of foam and padding. Overall, innerspring beds receive satisfaction ratings around 64%. Their low ratings are due in part to issues with durability and mattress lifespan, but the biggest factor is comfort. As people become aware of spring-free alternatives, innersprings are quickly losing favor.

3) Water Mattresses

Water mattresses are experiencing a resurgence in popularity among consumers, due to safer, more reliable materials, waveless options, and new models. Waterbeds can come in the traditional hardside style (a vinyl bladder that rests in a wood frame) or newer softside model which encloses a water bladder within a mattress encasement. Varying configurations of fiber layers improve support and offer firmer options, which tend to receive higher ratings than free flow models. Overall, waterbed mattresses come in with 79% customer satisfaction.

2) Latex Mattresses

True latex mattresses feature solid latex foam cores, possibly with added layers of latex to create softer or firmer sleeping surface. Latex can be synthetic, natural or blended, and the foam is created using either the Dunlop or Talalay process. In ratings of quality and durability, all natural latex tends to rank the best, and are rated as most comfortable. Consumers most like the durability of latex, as these mattresses can last for decades with proper care. Latex mattresses receive satisfaction ratings around 80% overall, but natural and organic brands can rate considerably higher.

1) Memory Foam Mattresses – The Best Mattress Type

As consumer awareness continues to grow and prices become more affordable, memory foam is seeing a rapid increase in popularity, a trend supported by the reviews. Consumers rate memory foam as the best mattress, with an average of 82% expressing satisfaction. Memory foam comes in a wide range of qualities and firmnesses, with some rating significantly better and some lower. What people like about memory foam is the pressureless, weightless feel it provides and how it supports proper alignment.

So Who Has the Best Mattress?

Based on our studies, to ensure the highest satisfaction from a memory foam mattress, consumers should look for plant-based memory foam brands like Amerisleep. This is because the more natural memory foams negate the few complaints people do have with memory foam – they are shown to sleep cooler, don’t have off-gassing/VOC issues, and have greater responsivity to prevent the “trapped” feeling of some visco-elastic foams.

We mention Amerisleep specifically because 95.5% of customers give Amerisleep’s mattresses ratings between 4-5 stars, and 96% would recommend the brand to a friend. The company offers only US-made mattresses plus affordable prices, coming in at 40% less (or more) than brands like Tempurpedic.

About the Study:

Mattress Inquirer assessed over 16,000 samples of consumer opinions regarding beds they had purchased across the spectrum of types and brands. The study offers similar results to other large scale consumer opinion surveys, indicating that latex and memory foam mattresses truly are the best mattress options, and worthy of consumer consideration.

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