Orthopedic is a term that in the context of mattresses means supporting joints, bones, and the overall body. It is commonly used for mattresses that help with spinal alignment and recovery from joint or back issues.
In this way, there is no one material that is certified orthopedic, and the term can be used my manufacturers and marketers to help sell their mattresses.
For this reason, it is important to do additional research on any bed that claims to be orthopedic to make sure that it will actually help straighten the spine and alleviate pain.
Pros: For mattresses that stand true to the name, pain alleviation and better posture are some of the benefits.
Cons: It is difficult to decipher the truth from marketing on orthopedic mattresses.
Wool is made of sheep fur. It is sheared from the sheep multiple times in their lives.
The most famous kind of wool being used in mattresses is New Zealand wool because of its attention to quality.
Wool is commonly found in the cover or as a comfort layer. As a comfort layer, it is packed tightly in the mattress so it can add softness to the top layers of the mattress. Some untreated wool may have a slight natural barnyard smell. It is also a natural fire retardent.
Pros: Wool is an all natural alternative to other types of comfort layers.
Cons: The quality of wool bedding is entirely dependent on mattress craftmanship. If the packing is too loose, there can be quick sagging and durability issues.