Thinking about buying a new mattress? Chances are it’s been around 10 years or more since you’ve last purchased a mattress and a lot has changed in the industry since then. Before you walk into your local mattress store and deal with a pushy salesman, or try to navigate the now numerous online and direct-to-consumer boxed bed companies, let us give you the knowledge and tools you need to find the perfect mattress for you.
You will spend a third of your life sleeping on your mattress, and good sleep is one of the most important aspects for your health. Most mattresses last about 8 years, but if you are currently on a mattress that is not providing you with good sleep, make the change now.
Take the time and make the effort to find yourself the right mattress, better sleep will truly make a difference in your health and your life.
Before you even bother with the types of foams, springs, materials, prices, etc… nail down the size that you need. What size does your room accommodate? Are you tall? Do you or your partner fidget a lot and need room to spread? Answering these questions will help you get started with your choice.
There are many styles of mattresses and each have their own pros and cons which we’ll go over below, but what’s most important to note is what your own preferences are, and how you sleep. Use these details, as well as the numerous mattress reviews from actual customers on this site, as your guide to find the right mattress for you.
Springs are the most common type of mattress and it’s probably the kind you own now, or have own in the past growing up. Typically made of one or more layer of steel spring coils covered with a foam or cotton pillowtop for comfort. Innerspring mattresses typically vary in quality and comfort based on number of coils, coil types (pocket springs, connected springs, “Bonnell” hourglass coils, etc).
Individually wrapped coils are generally better as they allow for better support and body contouring, however, they tend to be more expensive. Don’t get too sidetracked by the number of coils contained in a mattress (600 vs 1000), as the number doesn’t always equate to a better mattress if the coils are made of cheap or thin metal.
The pillowtop of an innerspring mattress can make a huge difference on its feel. Take the time to try a few out to see what fits your needs. Don’t let the title of the top sway you too much, one company’s “ultra plush soft” may be another’s “medium plush”.
One of the big pros for spring mattresses is that they typically (but not always) sleep cooler than memory foam mattresses.
Latex, both in its natural and processed forms, is a type of foam that general known for its comfort and staying cool. Latex mattresses tend to be more resilient and durable than their memory foam counterparts, but doesn’t relieve pressure points or reduce motion transfer as well as memory foam does.
If you are a side sleeper who wants more pressure relief on your shoulders and hips, but still want a bed with a little bounce, a latex mattress may be the choice for you.
Memory foams are in general the best when it comes to providing pressure relief, body contouring, and reducing motion transfer for those of you who have partners who move around in bed too much. Do take care to invest in a higher quality foams, such as those that have received CertiPUR-US certification. These will likely last longer and are made to strict safety protocols.
A downside to certain memory foams are that they can sometimes give a quicksand feeling, and sleep hot. Some have taken to include gel and open cell manufacturing processes to their designs but these are only affective when used on the top layer. Gel foams used in transition layers after the first wont have much affect.