Mattress Types Uncovered. Find your perfect sleeping partner at Vincent Bed Centre

It goes without saying that a comfy bed plays one of the most significant roles in getting a good night’s sleep, and your mattress is key to this.

Mattresses are designed to provide the support and comfort you need to relax and rest. If you have had your mattress for a while, you may be wondering if it is time to buy a new one. Research shows that people sleep better, suffer less back pain and experience fewer symptoms of stress when sleeping on newer beds.

Matching your specific comfort needs with the right product is a very subjective process. Mattresses are made with a variety of materials and technologies to deliver support systems that meet the broad array of consumers’ needs, tastes, and budgets.

At Vincent Bed Centre we recommend that mattresses should be evaluated at least every seven years for quality and support. If you haven’t shopped for a new mattress recently, there are now many options to choose from

Obviously the best way to find your ideal mattress is to try them out firsthand, and the team at Vincent Bed Centre pride themselves in offering expert, impartial advice, ensuring you will take delivery of a new mattress that will provide years of support and comfort.

However often the first step in buying a new bed is research and to help you out here is our handy guide to the most popular mattress types available today.

Open Coil

Open Coil is the most common type of spring mattress. They have been in production for many years and are still a popular option. They offer good value for money and come in a range of different comfort levels, from orthopaedic through to softer grades.

The springs are positioned in rows and joined to each other at the top and bottom with a spiral wire or mesh. They come in a variety of tensions, each of which gives the mattress a different feel.

A better type of Open Coil is the Continuous Spring, often referred to as ‘Posture Springing’. This is made from a single length of wire, which is woven into springs up and down the bed and linked vertically rather than horizontally. The coils are generally smaller than ordinary Open Coil springs, giving a higher spring count.

Most Open Coil mattresses are of medium to firm feel. A softer or firmer mattress can be made by using different thicknesses of wire. Where you see the term “gauge”, this relates to the thickness of the wire used to make the spring – the lower the number, the thicker the wire and the firmer the feel, so a 12.5 gauge will be a firmer mattress than a 13.5 gauge.

Pocket Spring

Pocket springs are small individual springs in a fabric pocket, hence the name. The number of springs is referred to as the Spring Count. The springs are usually joined together, either by being tied through the centre of one spring to the next one, or by joining one pocket to the next pocket.

This allows each spring to operate individually and to closely follow the contours of the body, allowing the spine to remain in its correct position. Each spring gives individual support and the weight of your body is evenly distributed. This effectively prevents the creation of pressure, particularly at the shoulder and hip areas.

The added advantages of this type of springing are that when one partner turns over in bed the other partner feels little or no movement, and partners of differing weights will not roll together.

Generally speaking, the higher the ‘spring count’ the better the mattress, although the type and quantity of the fillings will also contribute to the overall quality. The springs can be made from different gauges (or thicknesses) of steel, in order to create different firmnesses. Side-stitching is a further enhancement to a higher quality mattress. It helps to keep the edge of the mattress firm, by attaching the border to the edge of the spring unit and this increases the life expectancy of the mattress.

Pocket springing is usually used in higher quality products and this is reflected in the price.


A top quality material that comes from the sap of the rubber tree, latex foam has natural elasticity and recovers its shape quickly when pressure is removed. Latex is hypo-allergenic and its anti microbial properties inhibit bacteria, fungi and house dust mites, so it can be particularly beneficial for people who suffer from respiratory problems. It conforms to your body’s contours for comfort and back support.

Latex mattresses are available in different firmnesses according to the depth and density of the foam and according to what other fillings have been added to it. Generally speaking, the thicker the layer of latex, the greater the quality and the more luxurious the mattress will feel.

Memory Foam

This is a new type of foam, technically called Visco Elastic. It has its own individual feel and moulds to your body using your weight and temperature. It therefore follows the shape of the user and returns to its original shape when weight and pressure is removed. It has good pressure relieving properties, is hypo-allergenic and is available in a variety of qualities and depths. Different feels, or firmnesses, can be achieved by altering the thickness and density of the visco elastic used.

Manufacturers also use visco elastic as a filling to put on top of a spring mattress, but this will be a much thinner layer and will give a different feel to those mattresses that do not contain any springs. Memory Foam mattresses have the added advantage of not needing to be turned, however can be prone to reports of producing excessive heat which may not suit someone who prefers a cooler night’s sleep.


A gel mattress is made with a unique support layer that provides a softer but very durable feel. With its gel effect, the open cell structure moulds to your individual shape while ensuring that the foam does not get too hot or too cold. With a choice of solid gel mattresses or a mix of spring and gel layers; these mattresses are ideal for anyone looking for a medium firm, medium or medium soft, comfort graded mattress.

We have an array of bed and mattress types to try in our Surrey Bed Centre, located in Walton-on-Thames. Do your research, but the ultimate way to find the best mattress for your needs is come in and try them. Take all the time you need.

With competitive prices, expert service and a relaxed environment, come and try our large selection of beds and mattresses and find your perfect night’s sleep from the best manufacturers including Hypnos, Harrisons, Sealy, Dreamworks and more.

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