When you buy a new mattress, you are essentially investing in your own sleep for the next 10 to 15 years, so it’s important to make your choice wisely. Generally speaking, mattresses contain two functional components: the supportive and the comfort components. Each component is made in a different way, from different materials, and offers different levels of firmness. The most common types of mattresses are pocket coil and latex, and the following pros and cons of each will help you choose which one is right for you.

Pros: Latex mattresses


  • Advanced support. While a spring mattress pushes up on non pressure points to support the body, a latex mattress dynamically conforms to your body and relieves pressure points by giving way under them. They naturally align the spine during sleep and provide superior support for the shoulders and hips.
  • Superior comfort. The cell structure of latex mattresses provides maximum ventilation and breathability, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Perspiration from the body is easily dissipated, which adds to comfort and longevity of the mattress.
  • Good for allergies. Latex mattresses are recommended for anyone with allergies, asthma, eczema or respiratory problems. The hypoallergenic nature of latex means it doesn’t have a chemical composition like the materials in other mattresses do.

Cons: Latex mattresses

  • Often expensive. Latex is generally more expensive — you may be looking at a couple thousand dollars to get a good quality one.
  • Short track record. Latex mattresses are relatively new, so they don’t have much of a track record. In relation to other types of beds, not very many people have bought latex, so you’ll be hard pressed to find reliable reviews.
  • Very firm. In general, latex mattresses are known for their firmness rather than having a variety of firmness levels to choose from. While this is great news if you suffer from lower back problems, it’s not as great if you rely on soft mattresses for comfort.

Pros: Pocket spring mattresses

  • Springs work independently. Pocket spring mattresses contain hundreds of springs, and work well independently to bring just the right amount of tension for your body. Even if two people are in the bed, the springs will support each person based on their individual needs.
  • Variety of tension. There are a large variety of tensions available for pocket springs, so you can choose a soft, medium or firm mattress based on your support needs. If you suffer from back problems, you may appreciate having more choice.
  • Cost effective. Pocket springs are relatively inexpensive, and will also last you far longer than many other types of mattresses.

Cons: Pocket spring mattresses

  • Noise. While the technology of spring mattresses is getting a lot better these days, you still have to contend with some noise from the springs when you or your sleeping partner moves around.
  • Weight. Each individual pocket is quite dense, so when you add them all together you get a very heavy mattress. If you want to flip it or move it, you’ll definitely need some help.
  • May aggravate allergies. Allergy sufferers need to be more aware of the materials that go into making pocket spring mattresses. Generally, they are made of many different types of materials, and sometimes the fibres, such as lamb’s wool, aggravate allergies.