Mattress Buying Guide

Replacing your mattress shouldn’t be exhausting, but more often than not that is exactly what happens. There are hundreds of models to choose from and so many options to look into while choosing that perfect mattress for your home. A major issue is the cost where you are literally looking at thousands of dollars; but since you will be spending a third of your life in bed, so it’s a given that you will want to spend time on materials that are not only durable but are also high in quality. That being said, you should not be afraid to negotiate with the salesman for a discount or any extras to be thrown in along with the mattress that you intend to buy.

There are tips as to how one should navigate a showroom full of mattresses with confidence.

STARTING WITH SUPPORT

If you want to purchase a mattress, then the very first step that you have to do is to take note of the core of the mattress as they provide the needed support. There are four types of base – foam, latex, inner-spring and air-filled.

  • BED WITH BOUNCE. If you are the type who goes for those mattresses with a bounce, then, the inner-spring mattress is the one for you. Nevertheless, it is entirely up to you to choose how springy you want the mattress to be. The metal coils can be gauged anywhere from 12 (thickest and firmest) to 18 (thinnest and most compressible), but the heavier folks tend to prefer the support of a thick gauge. That coils that are interconnected are extra-durable, but they are also individual “pocketed” coils and are covered by fabric. This reduces the ripple effect that happens when someone on one side of the bed moves. The Inner-spring mattresses are known to have a fiberfill or an outer layer of foam and which is covered in quilted ticking.
  • BED WITH EXTRA-FIRM BASE. The mattresses made of memory foam are known to have a lesser amount of spring. Even sitting on it won’t have much effect as it won’t sink or even budge beyond the uppermost layer. You can ask for the specifications of any bed with extra-firm base –
    • What is the thickness of the foam layer?
    • What is the density of the foam?
  • BED WITH A LITTLE BUOYANCY. There are latex mattresses which are similar to the memory foam models when you speak of firmness, though they have a bit more spring back. The mattresses made of natural latex are known to be anti-microbial as well, being resistant to mold and not to mention, dust mites. Even though these mattresses turn out to be pricey, they are known to last for at least 20 years or more. There are two known classes of latex. One is the Dunlop Latex which is denser as well as heavier than the other type, the Talalay latex which is much softer in comparison.
  • BED WITH CUSTOMIZATION. Mattress can also be air-filled with vinyl or a kind of rubber chamber mattress which will have a remote to control the air inside. There are many mattresses which will have two side by side chambers which will allow the firmness of the mattress to be customised separately for you and your partner.

COMPARISON TABLE

BrandWarrantyStructureHeightRatingsPriceCouponsReview
FOREVER WARRANTYMemory Foam11 inch9.5/10$500-$900$100 Off (Code- SR100)Read Review
10-yearInnerspring13 to 17.5 inch8.7/10$1,080-$3,500+Buy NowRead Review
5 to 25-yearMemory Foam3 to 9 inch8.5/10$310-$1800Buy NowRead Review
10-yearInnerspring10 to 18.5 inch8.5/10$340-$5000+$680 OffRead Review
10 to 25-yearInnerspring8 to 14 inch8.4/10$350-$2,80025% OffRead Review
20-yearInnerspring8 to 14 inch8.4/10$3,700-$12,600Buy NowRead Review
25-yearAir Bed8 to 15 inch8.3/10$500-$5700$100 OffRead Review
25-yearInnerspring8 to 14 inch8.1/10$3,600-$20,000+Buy NowRead Review
20 to 25-yearAll9 to 14 inch8.1/10$80-$1,200Buy NowRead Review
10-yearInnerspring5 to 11.5 inch8.1/10$290-$900Buy NowRead Review
10-yearInnerspring3 to 9 inch8.1/10$450-$200010% OffRead Review
10-yearInnerspring12-16 inch8/10$299Buy NowRead Review
20-yearMemory Foam3 to 9 inch8/10$310-$1800Buy NowRead Review
10 to 20-yearInnerspring12 inch+7.9/10$400-$4000+Buy NowRead Review
5 to 25-yearInnerspring8.5 to 16 inch7.9/10$310-$2400Buy NowRead Review
10-yearMemory Foam10 to 15 inch7.7/10$1600-$860025% OffRead Review
10-yearInnerspring12.5 inch7.7/10$800-$1,900$600 OffRead Review
10-yearMemory Foam11-14 inch7.2/10$300-$700$640 OffRead Review
1 to 25-yearInnerspring9.5 to 17.5 inch7.2/10$450-$2200Buy NowRead Review
15-yearsInnerspring7.5 to 14 inch7/10$130-$19005% OffRead Review

CONSIDERING THE LIFESTYLE

Apart from the four types of mattresses, there are various other factors which need to be taken into consideration. From the style of sleeping to the kind of body structure along with negotiating with a bed fellow, the lifestyle can also help to make the best choice.

SLEEPING ON THE SIDE. Yes, that goes without saying. If you tend to sleep on the side a lot, then you will want to look for a mattress which will have the feature of ‘pressure relief’ or the ability to disperse while supporting the weight of the body and conforming to its shape.

It is recommended to go for a cushy memory foam or maybe a mattress, which will have a fluffy topper and will offer the highest pressure relief. In fact, it is the inner-springs which will have more pressure relief than a usual foam or latex mattress.

  • SLEEPING ON THE STOMACH. If you are the type to sleep on your stomach, then, it’s best to go for a mattress with a firm top surface which will provide the very best comfort that there is without the feeling of suffocation.
  • SLEEPING ON THE BACK. If you are the type to sleep on your back, then, it’s best that you should go for a mattress which has a surface in the middle and will support your back.
  • IF YOUR PARTNER IS THE TOSSING AND TURNING TYPE. If that is the case, then you should go for the inner-spring mattress which has pocketed coils or better yet, memory foam or latex as these mattresses have good ‘motion isolation’.
  • IF ALLERGIES ARE THE CAUSE. Foam and latex are known to be inherently anti-microbial as well as resistant to dust mites and mold. If you plan to go for inner-spring or air-topped with fiberfill, then, it’s best to check in advance if it has an allergen-resistant cover so as to keep irritants at bay.
  • IF YOU ARE AT A LOSS. This is not uncommon amongst mattress buyers – you are at a loss and don’t know what matters most as each and everything is of utmost importance. In such cases, you can go for the hybrid style mattress that is known to combine the best of both worlds – buoyancy of an inner-spring core along with the motion isolation of the memory foam – and hence, are known to cater to different sleeping styles. These types of mattresses offer a lot of flexibility and hence are higher priced than the others.

TAKING NOTE OF LIFESPAN AS WELL AS WARRANTIES

Don’t be under the assumption just because a mattress has a longer warranty; it will last long. Sadly, that is not often the case.
In reality, the warranty is a marketing thing which covers the defect of the manufacturer and is most likely to reveal itself in a year when a spring pops or the foam stops and bounces back.

Moreover, there are many warranties which will have a lot of fine prints and which will invalidate the warranty. The industry will want you to replace your mattress every five to seven years, though a good mattress will last you to at least eight to ten years.