One-Sided vs. Two-Sided Mattresses: What’s Better?

May 29, 2014

Debates between one-sided versus two-sided mattresses have not been put to rest despite the myth that the latter is extinct. When it comes to bed mattresses, one can really only chalk it up to preference. However, one-sided mattresses have long dominated the mattress industry, making it the standard choice among consumers by default. It’s become so hard to find two-sided mattresses nowadays that any people believe that it no longer exists.

Many of those who were able to experience the use of double-sided mattresses miss it, which is why some companies still produce them. For those who are wondering as to why they still exist after all these years and what difference the two types of bed mattresses have, well, here are some facts to help you decide for yourself!

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Originally, the only type of mattresses available was double-sided mattresses. The coil system allowed the foam to bounce back to its original form to prevent sagging, and thick padding was included on both sides of the mattress. However, it is recommended that the mattress be flipped once a month for the first six months and twice a year after for even wear and to maintain its durability. This task may seem quite tedious, but it plays a huge role in ensuring longevity and comfort.

With proper maintenance, double-sided mattresses can last more than twice as long as those that don’t need to be flipped. Though not extinct, two-sided mattresses are harder to come by and tend to be more expensive. One may have to search through smaller stores – even online stores – that don’t focus on mainstream brands, but you can rest assured that you won’t have to worry about purchasing another mattress for a few more years after that.

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When new fire regulations made it too costly to produce mattresses that had compliant comfort materials on both sides, manufacturers stripped down the basic anatomy of standard mattresses and ended up with a one-sided mattresses. They were able to produce a product at a minimum cost and sell it at a cheaper price. Manufacturers of one-sided mattresses recommend rotating the mattress from head to foot every two to three months for equal weight distribution. Their main selling point was simple – convenience. They’re lighter without all the extra padding and coils, making them much easier to transport from one place to another. More importantly, people were drawn to the idea that they never have to worry about flipping their mattress ever again, thereby making one-sided mattresses the standard bedding system today.

The Verdict

Both types of mattresses tend to be more or less of equal quality than their counterpart, so comfort (initially, when the mattresses are still relatively new) isn’t really the issue. When it comes to longevity however, two-sided mattresses still last longer. With one-sided mattresses, gravity will take effect much quicker and that one side will eventually sag and become uncomfortable to sleep in. They may be cheaper and less tedious to maintain, but replacement will be required sooner than you hope.