Experts say mattresses should be checked after 5-7 years to see if they need to be replaced.  Regularly caring for and cleaning your mattress can help prolong its life.  However, this also depends on the mattress type.  Different mattresses have different life spans.


Here’s a look at the most popular mattress types, and the pros and cons of each:

  1. Memory Foam

A memory foam mattress is composed of several layers of foam, with the top layer being the memory foam.  The memory foam is called such because it curves to the shape of the body lying on it but still springs back to its original shape once the weight lifts.


This type of mattress tops the list for owner satisfaction.  It’s recommended for people with body aches, particularly back problems.  With a longer mattress life span, up to 20 years, and an ability to keep movement from transferring to the entire bed, it’s considered a high quality mattress.


One of the chief concerns for this mattress is the toxic materials used in its manufacturing.  Feeling hot while sleeping is another complaint of owners.  Some of the mattresses also give off an unpleasant odour.  Lastly, because of its high quality, it also costs more than other types.

  1. Latex

Liquid latex, either natural or synthetic, is used to make latex mattresses.  Latex makes mattresses exceptionally firm and durable.  This mattress’ life span can reach up to 15 years.


Many customers prefer latex because of its firmness, durability and memory foam-like comfort.  Natural latex is also known to be long-lasting, eco-friendly and hypoallergenic.


The special firmness may provide good support but some owners cannot comfortably sleep on a firm mattress.  Latex mattresses may also cost a little more compared to others.

  1. Innerspring Mattress

These type of mattresses contain individually enclosed coils which helps the bed last longer.  Higher quality mattresses have a higher gauge and more coils.  The mattress’ surface uses different kinds of foam or padding to provide comfort.


Innerspring mattresses are available in most showrooms and are one of the more affordable kinds.  Customers report that they make for easier movement on the bed and less instances of sleeping hot.


In one survey, almost half of the customers who bought this mattress eventually became dissatisfied.  They usually complain of discomfort, shorter mattress life span and the tendency of one slight movement to affect the whole bed.  This mattress often needs replacing every 7 years.

  1. Air

Air mattresses here refer to something different from the inflatable mattresses that you can keep and store.  Air beds are similar to innerspring mattresses with foam on top, and instead of coils, they have air-filled chambers.


This mattress is popular among people with back injuries who need to lie in bed for long periods.  The pressure and firmness of the mattress can be changed for comfort.  Couples who also have different preferences in the firmness of their mattress can compromise with an air mattress which can be adjusted on either side.


Some people dislike this mattress because they wake up with back aches when they neglect to make the bed firm enough.  Some of the lower quality mattresses will also expand on one side when you sit on the other side.

Your choice of mattress will depend on your and your partner’s needs.  This guide should help you decide when to inspect your mattress and when to start shopping for a replacement.  Getting your mattress professionally cleaned, not just as necessary, but every 6 months, will also help to maintain its hygiene and comfort.

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