The time has arrived for you to purchase a new mattress, so you prepare yourself for the barrage of choices You will no doubt encounter numerous advertisements claiming to have the best mattress for your needs. Advertisements are filled with claims of superior support and exceptional comfort – vague marketing claims at best. Educating yourself in the various types of mattresses can help you navigate the options when you visit mattress stores. Following is a brief explanation of the different types of mattresses, which should help you focus your comparison efforts. Innerspring Mattress: These mattresses contain steel tempered coils that provide support based on tension of coil framework. When comparing innerspring mattresses, your budget will dictate the level of luxury you can get. Pocket Coil Spring Mattress: Some mattresses provide an alternative support system that is comprised of individually wrapped coils. The individually wrapped coils allow for more conformity of your body, and reduce motion transfer to your sleeping partner. Foam-Based Mattresses: These are comprised of singular/multiple layers of foam material instead of metal-based springs. By conforming to your body, foam-based mattresses (i.e. Tempurpedic mattress) provide comfort and reduces transfer of motion. Since some foam-based mattresses sleep hot, you should look for those that contain heat-dissipation options. Natural Latex Mattresses: Made from latex rubber, these types of mattress provide an alternative to foam-material. If you suffer from foam-based allergies, a latex mattress can provide similar benefits without the discomfort. However, nothing beats a test-run, so head to a local mattress store and try them out to determine your final pick.