Choosing the right mattress for your body and your sleeping habits can make a difference not only in the quality of your sleep, but in the quality of your day. Be sure to understand your needs and personal preferences when investing in a quality mattress. Whether you're looking for the traditional coil, air or foam mattress, there are many factors and options to consider for ensuring a good night's sleep.

Alan Hilibrand, spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, says that a firm mattress is usually the best choice.


Innerspring mattresses can be priced from $300 to $800 and are available in a wide selection, from basic models to fancier adorned styles. The pocket coils are suitable for couples in order to balance their weight and contours. Generally, innerspring mattresses do not require any flipping.

Memory Foam

A quality memory foam mattress is priced upwards from $800 with a supportive and conforming structure designed for people with back and joint ailments. Unlike a spring mattress, the memory foam is less likely to absorb dust mites and sag in the middle.

Latex Foam

Similar to the memory foam, the latex foam is a firmly supportive mattress and repels dust mites. This is a breathable, bouncy mattress that is also made from recyclable rubber. The latex foam mattress is, however, an expensive type that can start at $2,000.


Air mattresses allow you to always be in control of the support by adjusting the firmness. These mattresses typically offer a 10 to 20-year warranty and range from $200 to $1,000.


Plush mattresses are among the softest without purchasing additional pillowtop padding. This mattress offers an extra layer of foam above the coils that provides comfort and support.

Ultra Plush

The ultra plush mattress goes one step further than the plush mattress by including an additional pillowtop on top of the padded mattress. Around 16 inches in height, the ultra plush often requires deeper-fitted sheets.


The pillowtop mattress is a very soft mattress with an extra layer of padding attached to the top of the mattress. Similar to the ultra plush, the pillowtop mattress also requires deeper-fitted sheets due to a height of about 19 inches.

Best Brands

Bergad Isoform is an American viscoelastic memory foam mattress that follows environmental standards. Top qualities include breathability and a fast remolding rate.

Comfortaire is an air mattress that comes with a replaceable foam topper and allows the sleeper to adjust the firmness.

Simmons Beautyrest is a durable spring mattress with Super Pocketed Coil springs that conform to the particular weight and contour of a body while providing motion separation.