Your Guide to Common Mattress Terms

A Quick Glossary to Help Your Mattress Shopping

Ultra-plush, firm, innerspring, hybrid – the minute you step inside a mattress store, you're bombarded with terms you may have never heard before. How are you supposed to find the right mattress for your needs when you and the sales associate don't even seem to be speaking the same language?

Worry not! We've assembled this handy list of common terms used to describe mattress comfort and construction. The next time you go mattress shopping, you can walk through the store with confidence. Now you'll know exactly what you’re talking about, which will help you find exactly what you need!

Mattress Comfort

Ultra Plush Soft: This is the softest type of mattress available. It's truly like sleeping on a cloud! Often these mattresses even come with pillowtops (an extra layer of fluffy padding) to make them even softer.

Plush Soft: These mattresses offer relaxing softness with just the right amount of support. Sometimes they too can come with pillowtops for added relaxation.

Cushion Firm: This mattress is great for someone who knows they need support but loves the added comfort of a soft mattress. Cushion firm mattresses are true middle-of-the-road mattresses, which also make them a great choice for couples with divergent sleeping needs and styles.

Firm: If you want to feel like you're floating on top of the mattress rather than sinking into it, a firm mattress is for you! These mattresses offer great support, and sleepers won’t sink too far into them.

Ultra Firm: These mattresses are about as firm as it gets. When you're sleeping on an ultra firm mattress, you can forget about sinking deep into the mattress. These mattresses are great for people who need a lot of support as they sleep.

Mattress Construction

Traditional Innerspring: A traditional innerspring mattress is made of tightly coiled steel springs covered in layers of soft fabric and padding. The springs provide support and the bouncy feel you get when first sitting or lying on the mattress.

Individual Pocketed Coils: Pocketed coils start with traditional steel springs, but wrap each spring in its own fabric coil. This helps to reduce motion transfer across the bed – great if your partner is a restless sleeper or has to get up earlier than you do.

Hybrid: Most mattresses can be placed in one of two categories: foam mattresses or innerspring mattresses. Hybrid mattresses combine both materials. They’re usually constructed with a steel support system with some type of foam used as an added comfort system.

Memory Foam: Memory foam mattresses are constructed from special viscoelastic foam. This foam conforms to your body as you sleep, cradling you and providing support in all the right places. Just like traditional innerspring mattresses, though, they can come in different firmnesses for different styles of sleepers.

Gel Foam: Gel foam mattresses make use of a gel in the construction of the mattress, either in the support system or the upholstery layers (or both). This gel can be used to provide extra support, create a softer feel, or make the mattress cooler to sleep on.

Have More Questions?

Don't worry – at Mattress One, we understand that not everyone lives and breathes mattresses the way we do! We’re happy explain all the industry terms we use in order to help you find the right mattress. So what are you waiting for? Visit us today to start shopping!

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