You don’t have to look very far before seeing an ad from a mattress company claiming that by using their product, you’ll experience the best night’s sleep ever. Articles from the medical and wellness communities reporting on how our sleeping patterns affect serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity as well as memory, risk of injury, and mood are common. Considering these factors, it is not surprising how willing we are to pay a lot of money for a mattress backed by the promise of blissful slumber. Before buying your next mattress, you want to be aware of certain terms that sound good, but really don’t improve overall comfort or support.
Source: Mattress Store San Diego
The mention of more or better coils certainly sounds connected to improved support. After testing better innerspring mattresses with 600 to 1,000 coils, Consumer Reports found that the additional coils didn’t help because they were made of thinner-gauge metal. Consumer Reports also ruled out the type of coil as having any benefit.
Hybrid foam layers
When you see the term hybrid, it means that the mattress has a layer of foam on top, which is supposed to improve the performance and feel of the innersprings. In order for the foam layer to improve comfort, it has to be at least several inches thick. Tests revealed that the foam layer varies from mattress to mattress. In some cases, the layer was too thin to affect support.
Cooling gel feature
Mattresses with a gel-infused foam layer are supposed to have a cooling effect while you sleep. But tests showed that the “cooling” gel layer is buried deep in the mattress and has no effect on sleep quality.
Additional lumbar support
Back problems are common making the mattress feature of a raised lumbar-support zone sound especially appealing. Unfortunately, this feature showed no significant benefits when tested.
For more information, read Consumer Report’s article 4 Features That Don’t Improve Mattress Comfort.