Mattress Industry Today

A mattress search can feel overwhelming. There are so many companies and brand names, and so much jargon, that it can be hard to compare. But with the right information, you can make your decision with confidence.

This overview of the industry will help. You'll get a good grasp of the types of conventional mattresses and the health effects—some proven and some suspected—of materials that are used in making them. 

You'll also learn what styles to consider or rule out, based on the aspects of mattress performance that are most important to you.

And be sure to explore our Glossary—a valuable resource for additional detail.

Conventional mattresses

Health effects associated with conventional mattresses

Mattress performance over time

Understanding the mattress industry