Does number of layers matter when doing an online mattress comparison

Does the Number of Layers Matter When Shopping For a New Mattress?


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Topper SizeMaterialFirmnessWarr.
LINENSPA
LINENSPA 2 Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper, Twin
Best Value2"Gel memory foamMedium3 years
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MOLECULE AIRTEC
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MyPillow
MyPillow Three-inch Mattress Bed Topper (Twin)
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LUCID
LUCID 2-Inch Ventilated Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper - Full
Best cooling2"Gel memory foamSoft3 years
Milemont
Milemont Mattress Topper Twin, 2-Inch Cool Swirl Gel Mattress Topper for Twin Size Bed, Blue
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Pure Green
Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper - Firm - 2 Inch - Queen Size
Best for stomach sleepers2"Natural latexExtra-firm5 years
Sleep Innovations
Sleep Innovations 4-inch Dual Layer Gel Memory Foam Enhanced Support, King, Made in the US Mattress Topper
Best for side sleepers4"Gel memory foamSoft10 years
Sleep Number DUAL TEMP
Sleep Number DUAL TEMP
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TEMPUR ProForm
Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR Supreme 3-Inch Mattress Topper Medium Firm, Full, White
Best memory foam3"Memory foamMedium-firm10 years
Avocado Green
Avocado Green
Best organic2"Organic latexSoft/firm10 years
Bed cooling/heating systems have come a long way – especially the BedJet, my favorite.
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BedJet V3
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ChiliPad Cube 3.0
Chili Technology chiliPAD Cube 3.0 - ME and WE Zones - Cooling and Heating Mattress Pad - Individual Temperature Control, Great Sleep Enhancement, Wireless Remote Integration (Queen (80" L x 60" W))
Water cooledBest water cooling system55°F-115°FWireless remote control
Ooler Sleep System
Ooler Sleep System
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The Pod by Eight Sleep
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Mattress Cooler "Classic"
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SleepNumber Dual-Temp v3
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PlushBeds Shredded Natural Latex Pillow
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best shredded latex pillow for side sleepers
Coop Home Goods Memory Foam
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MARNUR Contour Pillow
MARNUR Cervical Memory Foam Pillow Orthopedic Contour Pillows for Neck Pain Ergonomic Pillow with RoHS Certification and Pillowcase Covers, White(23.5×14.5×5.5 Inch)
perfect spine support using a groove down the middle
SleepRightSplintek Side
SleepRight Splintek Side Sleeping Pillow Memory Foam Pillow – Best Pillow for Sleeping On Your Side – 24" x 5" Standard Size
full facial cradle plus a perfectly-angled shoulder cradle
Xtreme Comforts Adjustable Pillow
Xtreme Comforts Hypoallergenic, Adjustable Thickness, Kool-Flow Micro Vented Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Bed Pillow for Sleeping, Back, Stomach & Side Sleepers, Queen Size, Made in USA
thinner and softer than most, so your head will not bend back
UTTU Sandwich Pillow
UTTU Sandwich Pillow, Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow, Bamboo Pillow for Sleeping, Cervical Pillow for Neck Pain, Neck Support for Back, Stomach, Side Sleepers, Orthopedic Contour Pillow, CertiPUR-US
designed specifically for neck support and alignment.
Mediflow Water Pillow
Mediflow Fiber: The First & Original Water Pillow, clinically Proven to Reduce Neck Pain & Improve Sleep. Therapeutic, Ideal for People Looking for Proper Neck Support
clinical tests prove it reduces neck pain
Cradle Me Cervical Pillow
Cradle Me Cervical Pillow - Orthopedic Contour Memory Foam Pillow for Back and Side Sleepers with Neck and Spine Support - Helps Reduce Back and Neck Pain
best overall design with lots of position choices
KaUa Neck Roll
K Ka Ua Neck Roll Pillow Cervical Bolster with Bamboo Cover – Memory Foam Spine Lumbar Traction Spondylosis Support 4” Diameter x 17 “Length (4 Inch)
1,000s of satisfied customers & rave reviews
J-Pillow Travel Pillow
J-Pillow Chin Supporting Travel Pillow - 2020 Version - British Invention of The Year Winner - Supports Your Head, Neck & Chin (Blue)
added chin support prevents your head from falling forward.
EPABO Contour Memory Foam Pillow
EPABO Contour Memory Foam Pillow Orthopedic Sleeping Pillows, Ergonomic Cervical Pillow for Neck Pain - for Side Sleepers, Back and Stomach Sleepers, Free Pillowcase Included ( Firm & Queen)
Designed to support and cushion you neck and shoulders
J-Pillow Travel Pillow
AVOCADO GREEN PILLOW-Loveable non-toxic pillow has an adjustable fill, made from GOLS organic certified latex and GOTS organic certified kapok.
An all-natural, organic and vegan pillow with an adjustable loft to suit all sleeping positions
These are my favorite luxury sheet sets sold online:
Best Luxury SheetsIncludesSizesColours
Parachute
Parachute
Fitted sheet + two pillowcasesTwin to Cal KingSand, Slate, White, Light Grey, Blue
Brooklinen
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set – Includes 1 Flat Sheet, 1 Fitted Sheet + 2 Pillowcases – 480 Thread Count Sateen Sheet Set – 100 Percent Long-Staple Cotton – Oeko-TEX Certified – Smoke – Twin
One flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.Twin to Cal KingWhite, Cream, Steel, Smoke, Smoke Stripe
Saatva
Saatva
One flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.Twin to Cal KingWhite, Ivory, Grey
Boll and Branch
Boll & Branch Luxury Fair Trade Long Staple Organic Cotton Sheet Set - Full, Natural
one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, and two pillowcases.Full, Queen, King, Cal King onlyWhite, Solid Natural, Striped White, Pewter
Best For Specific Needs Soft and Warm: Parachute’s Sateen sheets Most Luxurious: Brooklinen’s Linen sheets Organic Luxury Sheets:  Saatva Lofton Organic sheets Breathable/Cool: Percale sheets from Parachute or Brooklinen
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If you do a quick online mattress comparison looking for a good mattress, you’ll find that most of them have roughly the same number of layers.

Foam mattresses usually have 3 layers while innerspring ones can have up to 4 or 5 layers.

These layers fall into three zones: the comfort layer which is soft for pressure-relief, the transition/support layer for back and compression support and the base layer for overall support and durability.

You'll also come across several mattresses that fall outside this 3-5 layer range.

On the lower end of the scale is the 7” Metta Bed, a mid-range organic mattress with just two layers of foam.

On the thicker end of the scale is DreamCloud, a 15” hybrid mattress with a whopping 8 layers of foam and coils.

As expected, the DreamCloud is more expensive with the Queen going for around $1,600 while the Metta Bed costs $1,300 for a queen (which is cheap for a 100% organic mattress).

But other than price, does the number of layers in a mattress affect other important factors like comfort, level of support and durability?

The Ideal Number of Layers

Nectar vs Purple
3-4 layers is usually enough for contouring and support

The short answer is that beyond a certain number of layers (around 3-4), having extra layers is not really necessary.

A 3-layer mattress can deliver as much support and luxury comfort as an 8-layer mattress.

Most mattresses with such insane number of layers usually do it just to stand out in what has become a crowded and highly competitive industry. In other words, it’s a marketing gimmick.

3 or 4 layers is the sweet spot. A few will also have 5 layers which is also within the reasonable range.

Getting a mattress with more than 4 or 5 layers is not bad per se. It’s just that you are likely paying extra for nothing.

There is also the risk that the mattress will have too much heat retention because of all the layers (this is especially the case if they have been glued together). Another risk is that the many layers might start shifting around with time.

On the flip side, I also wouldn’t recommend getting a mattress with less than 3 layers. Some will be great especially if they are thick enough (at least 10″) but most tend to be thinner and offer less support and durability.

Mattresses that consist of just one block of foam are also not the best.

Having a distinct comfort, support and base section provides a better and more fine-tuned sleeping experience. The mattress responds better to your weight and sleeping position.

The Importance of Comfort and Support Zones

Leesa Mattress Construction
A well-designed mattress has different sections that work together to provide pressure relief and back support

When you lie on well-designed mattress, you’ll feel the soft contouring top layer envelop your curves and joints. It instantly relieves pressure points around your shoulders, hips and back.

That’s the comfort zone doing its work.

Then as you settle into the mattress, the support zone comes into play. It keeps you from sinking in too much and distributes your weight evenly across the mattress.

This is especially important for back support and spinal alignment.

Innerspring mattresses also use this zone to provide additional contouring via individually wrapped coils.

The base/foundational zone provides further support to keep you from sinking in too far (especially if you are big-bodied) and keeps the mattress in shape for years.

Bottom Line

DreamCloud Mattress Review
Don't spend more money just to get a mattress with a gazillion layers. There are other more important factors to consider.

Yes, it is important to look at the number of layers in a mattress when shopping. But more is not always better especially if the price is too high.

As long as the mattress is within the 3-5 layer range, then the precise number of layers is not that important.

Instead, look at how the layers have been arranged. Is there a distinct comfort, support and foundational zone? Does it comes with an edge support system (important for couples)?

The thickness of the individual zones also matters. For the best sleeping experience, the comfort and support zones should each be at least 2” thick while the base should be 4″-7″.

As for the overall thickness of the mattress, anything from 10” and up is good.

But thicker doesn’t always mean better. A thickness higher than 13” is usually just a marketing gimmick; it doesn’t deliver any extra comfort or support.


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