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How to Pick a Mattress: All You Need to Know

I understand your struggle if you're in the market to get a new mattress for a good night's sleep. The number of alternatives available when shopping for a mattress may make the process seem impossible even though it is one of the most significant home purchases (after all, a peaceful night's sleep depends on it). It can be tedious to sift through all the marketing jargon, sort through the various sizes and specifications, and choose the appropriate budget for your ideal mattress.

Choosing the right mattress depends on many factors, including your sleeping position, body type, and specific material and comfort preferences. Whether you're a hot sleeper, suffer from back discomfort, or are frequently awakened by your sleeping partner are all factors to consider when deciding on a mattress, not to mention price, durability, and a number of other factors.

One thing to remember before we dig in is that not everyone needs the same kind of mattress. Keeping that in mind, let us walk you through the many factors you should consider when shopping for a mattress.

Different Mattresses Types

While innerspring and memory foam beds continue to dominate the market, more and more options are appearing for consumers. There is still a wide variety of prices and degrees of firmness within each mattress type. Your variety of options and things to consider are as follows:

mattresses of different fabrics and materials.

Memory Foam

Memory foam mattresses are ideal for relieving pressure spots because of their ability to mold to the shape of the sleeper's body. Some people say that laying on a foam bed is like getting a big hug. Mattresses like this can be great for everyone, particularly those who suffer from back discomfort or sleep on their sides, as they alleviate pressure points and encourage healthy spinal alignment. Thanks to their motion isolation features, you won't feel your sleeping partner's movements as much.

The bottom layer is often stronger for support and durability, while the upper layer is typically a softer foam for comfort. While many memory foam mattresses now have built-in cooling systems to keep you from becoming too hot, this is still one of the material's drawbacks.

Natural latex

The sensation of latex mattresses is comparable to memory foam but has more bounce, less sinkage, and a firmer, more robust overall feel. Mattresses produced from organic latex, which comes from rubber plants, are a great option for those concerned about the environment. As a general rule, it does cost more than memory foam.

While shopping, you may come across two main kinds of latex: Dunlop, which tends to be heavier, and Talalay, which might feel softer. They are truly very similar. It’s unlikely that you’d notice much difference between the two.

Internal Spring

The steel coils used to make these mattresses give them a stronger feel and increase their bouncy qualities. Many consumers choose innerspring mattresses since they are more used to them than the trendy boxed mattresses of recent years. Because of the harder surface, they are more suited for back and stomach sleepers, who need to maintain spinal alignment when sleeping

Count the coils and check their gauge before you buy. The thickness of the steel may be determined by looking at its coil gauge, which usually falls between 12 and 15. A lower number indicates that the steel is stronger and more durable. A good indicator of a mattress's quality is its coil count; a queen-size mattress with 400 coils or more is considered high quality. Another option is pocketed coils, which provide focused support by wrapping each spring independently rather than webbed together.

Hybrid Mattresses

You don't have to choose between memory foam, latex, and coils with a hybrid mattress. Especially among mattress companies selling their wares online, they have grown in popularity in recent years. The coils provide support at the base, while the foam alleviates pressure at the top. From the moment you lay down on many of the hybrids available, particularly those made by bed-in-a-box companies, you'll think you're lying on a foam bed. Remember that compared to their all-foam counterparts, they will be heavier and more costly to put up.

Adjustable

While rarer than the ones we’ve already discussed, adjustable mattresses let you choose the amount of firmness with the help of air chambers. They're great for couples who have differing tastes, in particular. Although they are pricey, we have heard time and time again from satisfied customers that the high quality of sleep they get makes the investment worthwhile

Firmness for Mattresses

Mattresses are often categorized as soft, medium-firm, firm, or medium-firm-plus. Medium-firm or firm beds are the most popular because they are comfortable for most people. Your body type and how you sleep should be considered while deciding on a mattress firmness level.

mattress firmness

Body Type

Greater weight implies greater pressure on the bed; thus, a firmer mattress is better for heavier people. When you put too much weight on your spine, the bed may sink in, contributing to back discomfort. A few high-quality mattress companies cater to those weighing over 250 pounds.

Smaller frames work well with softer mattresses because they exert less force. Too much firmness in the bed prevents it from sinking enough to alleviate joint pressure.

Consider your weight and how you sleep while choosing the ideal amount of firmness. If you like to sleep on your stomach and aren't too heavy, a medium-firmness mattress can be just what you need.

The Way You Sleep

Depending on your usual sleeping posture or personal taste, different degrees of comfort may provide you with more or less support. Most physicians advise their patients to sleep on their sides if they suffer back discomfort, which is also the most popular sleeping posture. Mattresses with a gentle to medium firmness level are ideal for side sleepers since they support spinal alignment. Your hips and shoulders could be hurt with a too firm mattress.

Back Sleepers

By rolling over onto your back, you disperse your body weight throughout the mattress, preventing any area from exerting excessive pressure. An extra-firm or medium-firm mattress will support your spine most while you sleep on your back.

Front Sleepers

The pelvis is particularly vulnerable to the strain of sleeping on one's stomach or front. A mattress that is too soft may lower your hips and make your back uncomfortable. If this is the case, you should avoid mattresses with excessive padding.

Since memory foam molds to the sleeper's contour, it alleviates strain on the chest, making it a potentially more pleasant option for stomach sleepers, particularly women. Since you usually rotate your head to one side when sleeping on your front, use a supportive pillow to reduce neck pain.

Side Sleepers

Mattresses that are soft to medium firm are ideal for side sleepers. If you like to sleep on your side, consider getting a softer mattress that can shape your shape to alleviate the strain on your hip and shoulder joints.

Mixed Sleepers

Those who sleep on both sides of their bodies, known as combination sleepers, often switch positions while asleep. Your demands may change as you toss and turn at night, making it more challenging to choose the ideal mattress.

Generally, this sleeper is better off on a medium-firm or medium-soft mattress, but your weight and personal choice should also be considered.

Treating Discomfort

Back discomfort affects a large percentage of the global population. In fact, in the US alone, it’s reported that 65 million people suffer from some form of back pain. 

While the correct mattress may alleviate chronic pain disorders like back pain, the incorrect mattress or one that is old and worn out might worsen the discomfort. Hopefully, you should have no trouble using the guidelines mentioned above to choose an appropriate mattress for your unique needs, but if you are currently dealing with chronic pain or another medical issue, you may want to seek out more specialized assistance.

Mattress Sizes

Before you purchase a mattress, check its measurements to ensure it will fit in your room. The king size, the same as two twin beds, is great for couples who want to share a bed but don't have room for a queen. 

Having adequate room to stretch out and relax is crucial for a good night's sleep. Your height, weight, the number of people you sleep with, and preferred sleeping position (i.e., whether you like to roll over or stay flat) are the main factors in determining your optimal mattress size.

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Consider the room's dimensions as well; if there isn't enough room for the bigger mattress sizes, that might be an issue. You should take precise measurements of the space before going mattress shopping.  Also, don’t forget to check to see if it will fit up or down your stairwell.  Depending on what you end up choosing, a split box of some sort might be important

When purchasing a mattress for your children, it is important to consider their expected growth rate over the next several years. It could save money to get a bigger mattress for them instead of replacing it every few years. You may pick from the following primary sizes:

  • Twin (38″ x 75″)
  • Extra-large Twin (38″ x 80″).
  • Full size (54″ by 75″)
  • Queen size (60″ x 80″)
  • King size (76″ x 80″)
  • King California (72″ x 84″)

Buying Mattress

Finding the most convenient mattress is just as vital as knowing what features to look for in a good one. Each option has advantages and disadvantages when deciding between purchasing a mattress at a store versus doing it online.

In-store shopping

Personal mattress inspection is the biggest benefit. Make sure you can feel the bed before buying it. However, purchasing a mattress at a shop may be time-consuming due to the volume of information to absorb and the difficulty of making an exact comparison. It's impossible to know how a mattress will feel after a quick lie on it at a store. Check online before buying to save money. If you find a mattress online for less, request a price match or discount.

Shop online

This modern strategy is helpful for people who have trouble making decisions since online direct-to-consumer enterprises minimize options. Comparing models is easy, and you may purchase from home. We found several internet retailers leverage their lack of markups for cheaper prices. 

The online mattress market has absolutely boomed in recent years.  As long as you do your research, there is no need to fear buying in this way.  Please check and confirm both the return policy and warranty.  This will play a huge factor if you discover you don’t love your bed after you’ve tried it for a little while.  

FAQs

What mattress should you buy?

‘Medium' or ‘Medium-firm' mattresses are best for most people's nighttime sleep. Consider a “medium-soft” mattress if you're buying it for kids.

Mattress thickness: which is best?

A mattress thickness of 10–12 inches usually works. The ideal mattress thickness depends on your sleeping position and structure. People over 230 pounds like a 12–14-inch mattress because they may sink in more.

How do I choose the best mattress?

There are a lot of personal preferences involved in this question.  Check the reviews.  Shop around.  Make sure the mattress you choose allows you to try it out for a while and return it if you don’t love it.