Is a spring mattress or foam mattress better for me?
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Is a spring mattress or foam mattress better for me?

Choosing the right mattress can be a little confusing. There are different mattress types offering a whole range of different benefits and features, and with so many choices out there, it’s important to know what each type offers and what you should look for in a mattress. As you’re probably aware, not all mattresses are the same! In this blog we will compare whether a spring mattress or foam mattress is the right choice for you.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Spring and Memory Foam Mattresses


There are many different types of benefits and drawbacks to both a spring mattress and memory foam mattress. Below is a summary of the options. It’s important to choose the mattress which will meet your specific needs.


Mattress Type



Pocket Spring Mattress Durable Support
Reduced Roll Together
Minimal Partner Disturbance
Temperature Management
More Premium 
Typically Costs More
Not as Convenient
Prone to Sagging
Coil Spring Mattress Head-to-Toe, Edge-to-Edge Comfort
Maximum Weight Support
Bouncy with Sinking Feeling 
Subject to Roll Together
Historically Known to Sag
Can be Noisy
Not as Convenient
Memory Foam Mattress Molds to Your Body
Comfort and Support
Good Pressure Relief
Durable and Long-Lasting
Naturally Heat Insulating
Can be Heavy
Often Only Available in
One Firmness
Can Have Chemical Smell


Benefits of Spring Mattresses

Durable Support

Most spring mattresses consist of durable pocket springs that work independently from each other, often providing graduated support across the surface of a mattress. The SleepMaker Miracoil spring unit system offers you superior support through a stronger, continuous coil wire. The patented z-shaped coil structure covers more surface area, providing greater support across the entire mattress. Conforming to your body Spring systems adjust well to body contours because they’re able to respond to varying pressure levels from your body. The level of adjustment and comfort is dependent on the quality of your mattress. Pocket spring mattresses often have zoning within them, providing more durable support at heavier points in the body. The SleepMaker Miracoil advance spring system features a graduated five-zone support system, where the mattress transitions from soft to firm zones to perfectly support the hip region and helps to maintain optimal spinal alignment. Learn more about SleepMaker Miracoil here.

Reduced Roll Together and Partner Disturbance

Spring systems work well to eliminate partner roll together and partner disturbance. All SleepMaker mattresses are designed to reduce roll together and partner disturbance. SleepMaker Cocoon mattresses feature a Sensorzone core where each spring is individually encased in foam, isolating partner movement.

Temperature Management

Spring mattresses are usually more breathable, allowing for optimal temperature control. Many SleepMaker mattresses also feature a Climatex Quilt fabric – this design promotes breathability to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the night. Technology for temperature management at the cutting edge is offered by our Performance Edit of SleepMaker mattresses. Thanks to our cutting-edge temperature management techniques, you will remain at the perfect sleeping temperature throughout the whole night. We help you fall asleep so that you may wake up well rested.

View our range of mattresses here or take our Sleep Selector Quiz to find the perfect spring mattress for you.

Benefits of Memory Foam Mattresses

Molding to Your Body

Memory foam responds to body temperature and weight, slowly conforming to your body profile – this could mean that it might feel cooler and firm when you first hop in bed, but will mold to your shape as it reacts to your body heat and weight.


Comfort and Support

Memory foam mattresses have good pressure relieving properties – varying densities of foam form the upper, comfort layers for optimal comfort and support. Some people might find it tricky to move around in their sleep or to get in and out of bed with a memory foam mattress, while others will prefer this feel.


Temperature Management

Memory foam mattresses may feel warm, especially in the summer. Many people find that using special temperature regulating covers can reduce this effect if they are wanting to be cooler throughout the night. However if you get too warm often, you can read about our best mattress for hot sleepers.


Premium Side

Memory foam mattresses are often one-sided so shouldn’t be turned over, instead rotated to ensure even wear and tear. SleepMaker offers a range of superior spring and foam mattresses to suit all sleeping styles and preferences. We manufacture a range of beds to suit the Australian lifestyle with the latest comfort technology at affordable prices for Australian homes.

So which Mattress is better for you?

Well it depends, are you a side sleeper, hot sleeper or do you suffer from back pain? Weighing the pros and cons of each mattress really depends on how you sleep! The better mattress for side sleepers and those with back pain is a memory foam mattress. Whereas, for a back or front sleeper, a spring mattress is best. Each person has their own perfect mattress match, to find yours, take our Sleep Selector Quiz! Or, if you already have a good idea of what’s your perfect mattress, you can view our range of mattresses here.

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Frequently Asked Questions



Is spring or foam mattress more comfortable?

Either are great! Really, it’s all about personal preference. A foam mattress used to be perceived as cheap and unsupportive or too firm of a mattress. Nowadays, a foam mattress can be just as comfortable as a spring mattress! Both pocket spring and foam mattresses provide edge-to-edge support with minimal partner disturbance for a wonderful sleep. Test each in-store to find one that’s the most comfortable for you.

Are foam mattresses good for your back?

Foam mattresses can be perfect for relieving back pain. As most foam mattresses feature some form of memory foam, they’re able to conform to your body and give relief to areas where there is more pressure. This supportive layer reduces aches and pains for a greater night’s sleep.

Do spring mattresses last longer than foam?

The recommended lifespan of a mattress is 8-10 years which is why most of our SleepMaker mattresses come with a lifetime 10 year warranty! Outside of that timeframe, spring mattresses tend to perform optimally for longer because of their strong heat-tempered wires used.

Is memory foam softer than a spring mattress?

Characteristically, foam is softer than steel. Memory foam, in particular, is designed to soften under applied pressure with your body heat to conform to your body. Memory foam mattresses feel softer to the touch but some might not feel the softest when lying down. Alternatively, steel springs in a spring mattress can vary in resistance to give softer or firmer feels. For the softest mattress, a plush mattress firmness is what to look out for.

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