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Mattresses Buying Guide - Types of Foams & Fibres

A new mattress is a sure-fire way to get a great night’s sleep. Ensure you get the right mattress, and you’ll have restful nights for years to come.


Types of Foams & Fibres

Foam is a common material found in the comfort zone of your mattresses and sometimes in the support system. Learn about the unique benefits of the different types of foam.


Latex is a naturally conforming type of foam and is great for people who have sensitivities. Latex initially feels as if you are sinking into it, but after a few moments you can feel a push back of support so you don’t feel as if you are falling.


Visco is a type of memory foam which is responsive to both weight and temperature. It can retain body heat helping to keep you warm, and conforms entirely to your body. As you move, memory foam returns to its original shape within a few minutes.

Open Cell Visco Memory Foam

Has the same characteristics of traditional memory foam but sleeps cooler, reacts quicker and has no break-in period.

Gel Infused Memory Foam

Like the gel supports you find in your shoes, the gel is infused into the open cell Visco memory providing additional support and a cooler sleeping surface.

Polyurethane Foam

Provides a uniform, stable support above the coils and helps minimizes motion transference through the mattress.


A layer of polyester fibres designed to provide a plush surface comfort feel while insulating both the user and the upholstery layers of the mattress from body heat and moisture.


The fabric, or ticking, is the outside layer of fabric that surrounds the mattress and/or foundation. It can contain a variety of materials such as silk, wool, polyester, cotton, etc., that are all intended to provide different benefits. For instance wool keeps you warm; cotton keeps you cool, while silk keeps moisture away.