Types of Mattresses: A Complete Guide to All Mattress Types

Types of Mattresses: A Complete Guide to All Mattress Types

When it comes to types of mattresses, the options can seem endless. With so many materials, designs, and features to consider, it can be tricky to determine which type of mattress is ideal for your needs and preferences.

As your trusted mattress advisors, we want to eliminate the guesswork. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the spectrum of mattress types available today. From plush memory foam to responsive spring mattresses, and everything in between, we’ll break down the key characteristics of today’s most popular mattress varieties.

Introduction to Mattress Types

At Mattress To Door, we specialize in crafting mattresses across diverse categories to meet every comfort need and budget:

Firmness Level

From extra plush to ultra-firm mattress models, we offer options spanning the full spectrum of firmness levels.

Affordable Prices

We proudly offer Canada's Most Affordable mattress collections starting at just $129 CAD.


No matter your firmness preference, our mattresses deliver ergonomic support with features like spring coils, quantum coils, memory foam, and latex.


As pioneers of the online mattress marketplace in Canada, we specialize in convenient delivery right to your doorstep.

Custom Options

Beyond our standard mattress offerings, we also provide custom-made mattresses tailored to your exact specifications.

Now that you understand the variety we offer, let's explore some of the most popular mattress types available from Mattress To Door:

Spring Mattresses

Spring Mattresses

When envisioning a traditional mattress, spring mattresses likely come to mind first. Before innovative materials like memory foam and latex entered the sleep space, innerspring mattresses dominated the market. Today, they remain beloved for their signature "bounce", breathability, and budget-friendly price points in many cases.

Types of Spring Mattresses

At Mattress To Door, our spring mattress collections include:

  • Coil mattresses like the Spinal Care and Spine Comfort - Marriott Executive Hybrid Mattress incorporate traditional spring coils for enhanced breathability and conforming comfort.
  • Spring coil mattresses in our spring-coil category use open spring coils for cushioning comfort at affordable price points.
  • Pocket coil mattresses from the pocket-coil line encase individual coils in fabric for ergonomic responsiveness.
  • Quantum coil mattresses like those in quantum-coil feature high carbon alloy steel coils for superior stability and motion isolation.





Traditional spring coils

Breathability, comfort

Spring Coil

Open spring coils


Pocket Coil

Encased coils


Quantum Coil

Steel coils

Stability, motion isolation

Benefits of Spring Mattresses

From cooling airflow to responsive support, spring mattress designs come with inherent advantages:

  • Bouncy, responsive support is a hallmark of spring construction, facilitating ease of movement.
  • Open airflow in spaces between coils enables cooler temperature regulation to dissipate heat.
  • Due to their simplistic materials, most spring mattresses fall on the budget-friendly side, especially models like our Canada's Most Affordable
  • Responsive coils paired with cushioning upholstery layers strike an ideal comfort

Spring Mattresses We Offer

Ranging from our budget Canada's Most Affordable to luxe hybrid picks, our spring mattress catalog includes:

And over a dozen other spring and hybrid mattresses to suit your needs.

While latex, memory foam, and hybrid mattresses continue to grow in popularity given their pressure relieving prowess, spring mattress models still retain devotees thanks to their facilitating ease of movement, cooler sleeping climate, and accessibility.

If you love the responsiveness of traditional spring mattresses but also want to experience the contouring benefits of newer materials, hybrid mattresses strike an ideal balance, blending the best of both worlds.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses take conforming comfort to the next level. First developed by NASA to cradle astronauts during lift-off, today memory foam is revered for its body-hugging prowess. As one of the most popular modern mattress materials, memory foam delivers targeted pressure relief and motion isolation.

Types of Memory Foam

While all memory foam contours to the shape of your body using heat-sensitive viscoelastic foam, various formulations exist:

  • Traditional memory foam softens and conforms to warm bodies thanks to its heat-sensitivity. However, some sleepers find traditional memory foam traps heat given its dense foam composition.
  • Gel memory foam aims to solve the heat retention issue with the infusion of temperature-regulating gel beads. The added gel pulls heat away from the body to keep you comfortably cool.

Pros and Cons of Memory Foam

To determine if a memory foam mattress is right for you, it's helpful to understand the unique advantages and considerations of these contouring beds:


  • Pressure relief for hips, shoulders, and other common sore spots
  • Minimal motion transfer so you won't feel a restless partner's tossing and turning
  • Widely available at every price point


  • Potential heat retention, especially in traditional memory foam
  • Slow response time and difficulty changing positions
  • The contouring feeling may be unfamiliar to some

Best Memory Foam Mattresses

If you think a body-cradling memory foam mattress may be the missing puzzle piece for a great night's sleep, we recommend our top-rated picks:

Offering both traditional and advanced gel-infused memory foam options, we're confident you'll find the right fit for your preferences. Want to experience the contouring magic risk-free? Every Mattress To Door purchase comes with a 90-night trial!

In summary, while coil, latex, and other mattresses bring their own merits to the table, few rival memory foam's pressure relieving prowess. By conforming to the contours of your body and cradling areas like the hips and shoulders, memory foam minimizes painful pressure points for blissful comfort.

Latex Mattresses

Latex Mattresses

If you’re seeking natural materials along with contouring comfort, latex mattresses deliver. Derived from the sap of rubber trees, latex offers responsive cushioning and cradling support all-in-one.

As a durable, eco-friendly alternative to memory foam, latex appeals to shoppers prioritizing sustainability. Read on to learn about the composition, benefits, and best latex mattress options from Mattress To Door.

Overview of Latex Mattress Materials and Benefits

The sap from rubber trees gets whipped into a froth, poured into molds then vulcanized to produce latex foam. The result? A buoyant, body-contouring material offering:

  • Pressure relief similar to memory foam without feeling "stuck."
  • Responsive support and easiness changing positions.
  • Cooling breathability for a comfortable sleep climate.
  • Eco-friendly credentials as a natural material.
  • Durability to retain its shape and performance over years of use.

Thanks to these inherent benefits, latex continues gaining fans as an alternative to synthetic foam mattresses.

How Latex Mattresses Compare to Other Types

Wondering how latex mattresses stack up against other popular options? Here’s an overview:



Memory Foam




Natural latex sap

Synthetic viscoelastic foam

Blend of foams + coils

Steel coils


Medium to firm


Medium to firm



Very breathable

Can trap heat








Initial Feel

More buoyant

Deep contouring

Balance of contouring + responsiveness


When it comes to eco-friendly materials and temperature regulation, latex has a leg up on common foam varieties.

Featured Latex Mattresses from Mattress To Door

While we offer a spectrum of mattress materials, our current top latex recommendation is:

Harmony Emerald Bay Series: From $995 CAD
With natural bamboo charcoal infusion for enhanced moisture absorption and airflow, this model pairs the contouring comfort of Talalay latex and ventilated breathability.

Want to experience latex’s buoyant support for yourself? Add one of our latex mattress models to your cart tonight!

Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid Mattresses

The mattress industry’s fastest-growing category, hybrid mattresses fuse the most-loved features of various construction styles into one dreamy mattress.

Typically constructed in layers, hybrid mattresses start with a base of pocketed support coils or latex then build upwards with comfort layers of memory foam, polyfoam or other materials. The result? A versatile mattress delivering the “best of both worlds” to appeal to varying preferences.

Hybrid Mattress Top Benefits

What drives hybrid mattresses’ surging popularity? Their winning blend of advantages:

  • Cooling airflow from built-in spacing and breathable layers
  • Targeted pressure relief from memory foam or latex
  • Responsive support thanks to buoyant springs or latex
  • Enhanced durability from reinforced stability
  • Motion isolation for undisturbed sleep when partners shift positions

By fusing responsive foundations with plush comfort upholstery, today’s top-selling hybrid models masterfully blend beloved characteristics of multiple constructions.

Types of Hybrid Mattress Models

While all hybrid mattresses integrate coils or latex foundations with foam comfort layers, specific layering arrangements result in unique hybrid species:

Coil hybrids feature pocketed support coils reinforced with foam infusions for ergonomic alignment. Our Pride PLush Pillow Top - SERTA exemplifies this variety.

Gel hybrids implement gel memory foam layers to facilitate cooling airflow and temperature regulation. Check out the Harmony Emerald Bay Series for an example.

Best Hybrid Mattress Models from Mattress To Door

Ready to experience hybrid mattresses yourself? Our current top recommendations include:

And over a dozen other coil, latex, cooling, and memory foam hybrid options to meet diverse needs. Find your perfect match today!

Mattresses by Firmness Level

Mattresses by Firmness Level

Beyond construction and materials, firmness plays a pivotal role in mattress feel and performance. Here’s an overview of the firmness scale, insights for different sleeper types, and categories we offer.

H3: Soft Mattresses

Ranking below a 4 on the 10-point firmness scale, soft mattresses conform closely to the body with deep contouring levels. As such, they excel at cushioning curves in side sleeping positions. Other perks include:

  • Enveloping pressure relief to reduce tension at sharp shoulders and hips
  • Minimal motion transfer so you won’t feel a partner’s movements
  • Plush initial feel is comforting with a “hug” sensation

However, ultra-soft mattresses may compress excessively and create alignment issues for some.

If you’re a dedicated side sleeper wanting to maximize pressure relief, our softest recommendation is the Harmony Lux Hybrid Lagoon Landing Plush - Beautyrest mattress.

H3: Medium Mattresses

With a firmness measuring 5-7 on the standard scale, medium mattresses aim for crowd-pleasing versatility to accommodate varying sleep positions and body types. Other upsides include:

  • Balanced comfort for most sleep positions
  • Spinal alignment for average weights
  • Motion isolation to limit sleep disruptions
  • Value pricing targets budget-focused shoppers

Seeking a flippable two-sided mattress offering medium softness on one side and medium firmness on the other? Check out the Back Support Perfect Orthopaedic Reversible.

Firm Mattresses

Scoring over 7 on the firmness scale, firm mattresses offer reinforced support best suited for back and stomach sleeping positions. Other notable benefits include:

  • Keeps spines aligned for side and back sleepers
  • Minimizes sinkage around the midsection
  • Facilitates movement with responsive foams
  • Trend affordable compared to plusher models

Stomach or back sleepers should consider the Alice Plus Extra Firm for robust support.

As your journey through mattress options draws to an end, you’re likely feeling empowered with knowledge yet potentially still questioning: what’s the best mattress type for me?

While no universally “perfect” mattress exists, this final chapter spotlights key buying considerations, provides personalized guidance, and links to tailored Mattress To Door collections so you can zone in on your ideal match with confidence.

Choosing the Best Mattress Type for You

The sheer variety of mattresses available today makes shopping feel like a high-stakes puzzle. However, honing in on a few pivotal criteria helps simplify your decision.

7 Key Mattress Buying Considerations

To determine your ideal mattress, start by reflecting on:

  1. Sleeping position: Side, back, stomach or combination?
  2. Firmness preference: From plush soft to extra firm.
  3. Health conditions: Such as chronic back pain.
  4. Materials: Such as responsiveness of springs or contouring memory foam.
  5. Mattress size: Twin to king based on space and partners.
  6. Budget: From budget-friendly to luxury.
  7. Trial periods: Hassle-free at-home trials like our 90 nights.

Once you determine your needs and top priorities across those categories, identifying best-fitting mattresses becomes much easier.

Our 90 Night In-Home Mattress Trial

Speaking of risk-free trials, we encourage taking every mattress for a spin in your bedroom prior to fully committing. Each Mattress To Door purchase comes with 90 nights of testing for peace of mind.

Experience attributes like conforming memory foam, buoyant latex or legendary springs from the comfort of home. If you ultimately decide the model falls short of expectations, reach out by the 90^th^ night to initiate a complimentary return.

With direct-to-door delivery and effortless returns, we make exploring mattress types fuss-free. The only catch? Many customers end up so blissfully comfortable they want to skip returns altogether!

Contact Mattress To Door

We hope this guide illuminated the strengths (and weaknesses) defining today's most popular mattress varieties. While navigating options can feel overwhelming initially, zeroing in on your top priorities makes finding The One much more manageable.

For additional guidance from our team, visit us at one of our showrooms across the GTA and beyond:

Toronto/Etobicoke Showroom

Monday-Friday: 10 AM to 8 PM Saturday/Sunday: 10 AM to 6 PM

Mississauga Showroom

Monday-Friday: 10 AM to 8:30 PM Saturday/Sunday: 11 AM to 7:30 PM

Or request a call and we'll happily answer any lingering questions by phone at your convenience. Whatever stage you're at in your journey towards better sleep, we're here to help craft your perfect comfort experience.

Ready to start experiencing contoured support, cloud-like plushness or another benefit you read about today? Explore Stores now!

H2: Mattress FAQs

For quick answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from mattress shoppers, refer to this handy reference:

Q: Which mattress type is best for side sleepers?

A: Softer to medium mattresses with deep contouring abilities excellently cradle sharp pressure points in side sleeping positions. We particularly recommend our foam, latex or hybrid options if you snooze on your side nightly.

Q: What mattress lasts the longest?

A: Thanks to durable, dense interior components, latex and hybrid mattresses typically outlast other varieties, averaging 9 years until replacement compared to just 6 for older-style innersprings.

Q: What mattresses do you recommend for heavy people?

A: For sleepers over 250 pounds, we typically guide towards our thicker hybrid options with reinforced support systems or plusher models like the Dream Catcher for contouring softness.

What are the different types of mattresses?

There are several major mattress types including innerspring, memory foam, latex foam, adjustable air beds, pillowtops, and hybrid models that blend materials. Understanding the pros and cons of these different mattresses will help you select your best option.

How often should you replace your mattress?

While some traditional mattresses last 6-8 years, modern designs like latex foam and hybrids may last up to 9 years or longer before needing replacement. Signs your mattress needs replacing include visible sagging, disrupted sleep, or increased pain.

Is a pillowtop mattress good for side sleepers?

Yes, the plush cushioning comfort of a pillowtop mattress allows deeper contouring to support side sleeping postures. This allows sharp pressure points around the shoulders and hips to sink in while keeping the spine properly aligned.

What is the top layer of a mattress called?

The top layer of upholstery in a mattress is known as the comfort layer. This is often made from softer foam, latex, wool, or other cushioning materials to allow cushioning as well as conforming support. Underneath lies the support core of firmer foam or innerspring.

Can you put a mattress topper on an adjustable bed?

Yes, adding a mattress topper is a great way to enhance comfort and support on an adjustable air bed base. Look for a plush topper designed to flex with the bed's movements without bunching or shifting significantly.

For advice tailored to your unique considerations, please reach out! We're always happy to lend our sleep expertise.

Have a Question? Ask Us!

Didn’t see the answer you were seeking? No problem! Contact our team:

Call: 647-530-9100

Email: info@mattresstodoor.com

No inquiry is too big or small. Let us know how we can help craft your dream sleep sanctuary!

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