Kinds of bed foam mattresses explained

Different Kinds of Bed Foam Explained: Find Your Match

Looking for a new mattress but not sure which type to choose? There are several kinds of bed foam to pick from, each offering their own unique sleep benefits.

From cool mattresses to orthopaedic mattresses and everything in between, this overview will help you narrow your search and get well on your way to finding the perfect memory foam mattress for you.


What are the Different Types of Foam Mattresses?

First, let’s take a look at the different kinds of bed foam mattresses available and their advantages.

Reflex Foam Mattress

Reflex foam is similar to memory foam, the main difference being that it’s cheaper to produce and you don’t get the same sinking in feeling thanks to its high density, firm feel.

Reflex foam has many benefits, including full-body support and hypoallergenic properties.

Reflex foam makes for a great supportive base layer and is a good option if you’re looking for a cheaper mattress for the spare room.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam is made up of a viscoelastic man-made material that softens in contact with body heat and pressure. The foam moulds to the shape of your body to provide a tailored sleep experience.

Memory foam combines cushiony softness with optimum support for your spine and joints which makes it a great choice for all types of sleepers.

Gel Memory Foam Mattresses

Gel foam is a type of memory foam that’s infused with a gel substance to keep you cool at night. It works by absorbing and releasing heat to regulate your body temperature for a fresh night’s sleep.

However, gel isn’t the only cooling option...

Open-Cell Memory Foam Mattress

New foam technology has banished stuffy mattresses that cause you to overheat. Open-cell memory foam contains lots of air bubbles to help increase airflow for a cooling sleep.

Latex Foam Mattress

A latex mattress can be made from synthetic or natural materials. There are several different types of latex processes, including Talalay latex and Dunlop. Bear in mind that latex mattresses tend to be more expensive than their memory foam counterparts.

Hybrid Mattress

A hybrid mattress combines two different types in one, often with a foam element.

A common type of hybrid mattress is a pocket spring base with a memory foam comfort layer.

Open coil mattresses or innerspring mattresses are also available, however, these are not as good at responding to your body’s movement throughout the night.


What is the Best Foam Mattress?

The best type of mattress for you depends on your sleeping habits, needs and preferences. Next, we take a closer look at some of the best foam mattresses to solve different sleeping dilemmas.

Best Foam Bed for Side Sleepers

A memory foam mattress provides extra cushioning for shoulders, hips and ankles - all the usual pain points for side sleepers.

Memory Foam Mattress

Best Foam Mattress for Back Pain

If you’re waking up feeling stiff and achy, your mattress could be to blame. Traditional mattresses don’t do our bodies a lot of favours. They expect our bodies to conform to them, rather than the other way round.

When you lie down on your back, can you feel a big gap between your lower back and the mattress? When you lie on your side, can you feel increased pressure and weight on your hips and shoulders? If the answer is yes, then an orthopaedic memory foam mattress could be just what you need.

  • Memory foam moulds to the contours of your body, relieving pressure points and spreading your body weight evenly
  • Encourages correct spinal alignment during the night
  • Provides full-body support, promoting healthy blood circulation
Orthopedic mattress

Best Budget Foam Mattress

If you’re looking for a cheap memory foam mattress for occasional use in a guest bedroom or something similar, then there’s no point browsing more expensive ranges with fancy extras. So let’s cut to the chase and check out the cheapest memory foam options in our range.

Essentials Reflex Foam Mattress

This is the cheapest memory foam mattress we produce, and the perfect solution if you need a mattress on a budget.

  • Medium-firm density memory foam
  • Washable cover
  • Free delivery
  • 12-month warranty
Essentials HomeStarter Mattress

    Best Foam Mattress for Hot Sleepers

    Enjoy all the health benefits of memory foam without feeling too warm. Thanks to advances in foam and fabric technology, you’ve got a couple of cooling options to choose from.

    4G Aircool memory foam mattress

    This range of cool memory foam mattresses features innovative 4G Aircool Memory Foam. This high-density memory foam has gel particles within its structure, which release a cooling sensation when you lie on it.

    • Open-cell foam increases airflow and breathability
    • Antibacterial mattress cover, washable at 40 degrees
    • Free delivery
    • 5-year warranty & 60-night trial
    • Memory foam pillows & mattress toppers also available

    Coolmax memory foam mattress

    Coolmax cool memory foam mattresses feature traditional memory foam and a cooling fabric cover. The special thing about this Coolmax fabric is that it’s extremely breathable, so this mattress cover wicks away excess body heat and moisture during the night to keep you dry, cool and comfortable.

    • Medium-density memory foam interior
    • Machine washable cover
    • Free delivery
    • 5-year warranty & 100-night trial
    • Memory foam pillows & mattress toppers also available
    Coolmax mattress

      Best Foam Mattress for Couples

      Got different sleeping preferences to your partner?
      If you’ve heard about the health benefits of memory foam but prefer the traditional feel of springs, a hybrid pocket sprung memory foam mattress design could be the perfect solution for you.

      • Superior pressure relief from the combination of pocket springs and foam
      • Breathable pocket spring core
      • Durable pocket spring design: 10-15 year life expectancy
      • Adaptable springs support all shapes and sizes
      • Pocket spring count: The higher the number of pocket springs, the firmer and more supportive the mattress will be. 
      Hybrid mattress

      Best Foam Mattress for Busy Lives

      It’s the mattress that has taken the world by storm. The bed-in-a-box is the perfect solution for busy modern people who don’t have the time nor desire to spend their weekend in a mattress shop. One memory foam mattress design which is suitable for all shapes, sizes and sleeping positions. In other words, a mattress which is perfect for you.

      The Guru Mattress

      • Durable 3 layer foam design
      • 100-night trial
      • 10-year warranty
      • Suitable for all shapes, sizes and sleeping positions
      • Compact delivery in a box
      Guru bed in a box mattress

        Complete Your Bed: Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

        Mattress protectors, covers and toppers can prolong the life of your mattress while adding comfort.

        If you’re looking to upgrade or improve your existing mattress on a budget, a memory foam mattress topper could be just what you need.

        Browse our full range of memory foam mattresses to find your perfect fit.


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