Hospital Bed Mattress Buying Guide – A comparison of Mattresses for Hospital Beds

When buying a hospital mattress you may wonder, what type of mattress is best for you? No mattress is perfect for everyone, so what do you buy? How do you decide what is best for your situation? The answers are not as complicated as they seem.

What is the Difference Between Hospital Mattresses?

There are three types of mattress for a hospital bed: foam, innerspring, or circulating air. Foam mattresses are made by a few different manufacturers and some are better than others. Inner spring mattresses are similar to the ones that may be in your bedroom now. Innerspring mattresses are most common on home style beds, so they are what most people are used to. Finally, circulating air mattresses come in either a composite of foam with circulating air or just the air bladders without the presence of foam.

innerspring mattress for hospital beds

Graham Field Innerspring Mattress

What is More Comfortable?

The most comfortable hospital mattress is determined by what you need in a mattress. Everyone is different. Some people prefer a firm sleep surface while others want a very soft cushion. Many styles of foam and some styles of circulating air mattresses are going to be firmer. If you prefer a firm mattress choose a high density foam or a mattress with many layers. If you prefer a mattress with more give, choose an innerspring mattress or a circulation air mattress that has less bladders.

What About Long Term Care?

People who are in bed for extended periods of time are more likely to struggle with bed sores. Alternating pressure mattresses are air mattress for hospital beds, designed specifically to prevent pressure ulcers, also known as, bed sores, because the circulation of the air prevents pressure points from developing. Some air mattress have four bladders while others can have up to thirty bladders. Basically, the more bladders the more circulation that happens. More circulation means less pressure build up, helping to prevent or manage bedsores.

span america pressure guard CFT Mattress

Span America Pressure Guard CFT Air Mattress

Will Hospital Bed Mattresses Work on a Home-style Bed?

Most hospital beds come in one standard size 36 x 80. Most hospital mattresses are only available in this size, so they will not work on a home-style bed that comes in twin, queen, or king sizes.

However, there are some manufacturers that make hospital style mattresses for home style beds. The Span America Pro comes in twin, full, king, and queen, as well as, hospital mattress size.


Hospital mattresses are an item that requires some amount of deliberation. If you don’t know what you want, there are bed packages available that come with economical mattresses. However, if you have any preference, it is best to choose the mattress that is going to work best for you.



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