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Best mattress types [2021]

It’s 2021 and we are spoilt for choice in every product category you can think of - including mattresses! Back in the day, the humble spring mattress was the only option on the market! Fast forward to now, and there are several types of mattresses to choose from, with each style possessing their own benefits and features.

So how do you decide which mattress is right for you? Well, because we live and breathe good sleep (and are a helpful bunch of humans), we broke down the difference between some of the popular mattress types available.


Spring mattresses were the first ‘traditional’ mattress to hit the market. Before their invention in 1871, beds were made out of feathers, corn or straw! However, whilst spring mattresses were a clear upgrade from their predecessors, it took many years of tweaking before they were considered comfortable or supportive. 

Spring mattresses come in a variety of different styles with the two main types being innerspring and pocket spring. 

Innerspring mattresses have interconnected spring systems and tend to have a “bouncy” feel. Whilst they can be durable, innerspring mattresses lack the ability to conform to the body’s pressure points. This can also lead to motion transfer issues. If partner disturbance isn’t an issue for you, innerspring mattresses can be an affordable yet long-lasting option. 

Pocket spring designs, on the other hand, have individually pocketed spring systems. This independent system provides more personalised support by contouring to the body and results in less partner disturbance. Pocket spring mattresses are also highly durable and often experience less sagging than other types of spring mattresses. Look for pocket springs that are ‘zoned’ as this means the tension of each spring will vary based on where you need the most support. 


Memory foam was first invented in 1966 by NASA to improve seat cushioning and crash protection for airline pilots. Since then, memory foam has evolved and become a popular choice for mattresses and pillows, as it distributes body weight evenly and offers zero partner disturbance.

However, a common complaint with memory foam is that it can sleep hot, due to foam commonly trapping heat. Luckily, this can be easily avoided by opting for a gel memory foam mattress, which is infused with millions of tiny gel beads to regulate temperature and keep you cool! Another option is to use a mattress topper made from natural materials to allow for airflow. Like spring mattresses, memory foam can vary from soft to firm. Medium to firm memory foam is often recommended for back pain since it provides plenty of support and pressure distribution.


Natural latex is a plant substance that is derived from the rubber tree, however, it can also be produced synthetically. Latex mattresses are very durable and are also hypoallergenic - meaning they are great for allergy sufferers.

As latex is a natural material, it is incredibly breathable and does not trap heat like some memory foams, making it a great option for warmer climates.

Whilst latex can be incredibly supportive, it does not isolate motion well, so partner disturbance will be higher than mattresses that contain memory foam. 


Hybrid mattresses are, you guessed it, a combination of springs, memory foam, and other materials - meaning you can benefit from all the unique features each material has to offer! 

Springs and latex layers offset the “quicksand” feel of memory foam, and combining pocket springs with memory foam helps reduce motion transfer - so you can sleep soundly with a partner (or pet). Together these elements work to provide the sleeper with the ultimate comfort, support and breathability! 


As there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to finding the perfect mattress; the only way to know if a mattress is right for you is to try it! 

At Eva, our award-winning hybrid mattress (memory foam + pocket springs) is delivered to your door for free and comes with a 365 day trial! This means you can test it in your home for up to a year to decide whether or not it is right for you! If you love it, you’ll be sleeping soundly! If you don’t, you can send it right back and receive a full refund - no questions asked! 

More questions? Our awesome Customer Support Team is here to answer any questions you may have. To get in touch, email or call (03) 8820 4034.