How To Choose The Perfect Mattress

A good night sleep matters so much that six in 10 Americans would forego everything else just to have some eye shut. Sleep depends on your stress levels, comfort, and room temperature. However, to get it right, you need to start with the basics. Your mattress is the key to a restful sleep. According to a study, nine in 10 respondents cited their mattress as an essential factor in getting a good night sleep.

In 2010 market study, $5.8 billion was spent on mattresses and box springs. If you are in the market for a new mattress, you’ve probably seen an array of mattresses from different manufacturers. The question is, how do you know which mattress is right for you?


Here are some helpful tips that will help you navigate a showroom full of mattresses with confidence.


Research and Go In With a Budget

You should know how much you’re willing to spend before even heading out to the shop. Having a budget in mind will help you avoid overspending. What’s more, a budget will help you avoid unnecessary extras (bedframes, mattress covers) that sales people are notorious for trying to load you up with.

Also, do not pay a lot of attention to model or line names as one store may have a model from a famous manufacturer and another store could have the same line but with a different name. Instead, focus on the mattress type when shopping.

Look For Support

The support of your mattress should be the first thing you check when shopping for a mattress. You’ll find four common types foam, latex, innerspring, and air-filled mattresses.

Memory foam mattresses provide an extra firm base and the thickness can vary from 2-6 inches. Ask the vendor for specs on how thick the layer foam is and its density. A density of five pounds per cubic foot is high quality as opposed to one that is three pounds.

Latex mattresses are firm just like memory foam mattresses. The only difference is that latex models have a bit more spring back. You can also find a natural latex model if you are allergic to dust mites and mold. These mattresses are expensive, but can last for years.

Innerspring mattresses have a bouncy feel, but you can choose the buoyancy level that you’d like. Moreover, they are available with a foam or fiberfill outer layer.

Air-filled mattresses are great if you love customization as you can control how much air gets inside. Furthermore, most models have 2 side chambers, making it easy to customize just one side.

Understand Your Lifestyle

Your lifestyle plays a significant role in the type of mattress you choose. Different people have various sleeping styles and body types, and this could influence the type of mattress selected. People who tend to sleep on their side will want a surface that can disperse while supporting their body weight and relieving pressure.

If you sleep on your stomach, a mattress with a firm top surface would be suitable to provide the best support. In such a case,  latex, air-filled or dense innerspring should be the top choices.

People who sleep on their back will benefit from a mattress that keeps their spine aligned. If you have a partner who turns and tosses all night, an innerspring mattress or a memory foam model would be an excellent choice. Individuals with allergies will find latex and foam ideal as they are resistant to mold and dust mites.

You can find hybrid style mattresses that allow you to enjoy motion isolation of memory foam and the buoyancy of an innerspring core. This would be perfect if you and your partner have different sleeping styles. Hybrid mattresses are expensive, but provide the best of both worlds.

Try Out a Mattress before Buying

Before purchasing any mattress, spend at least 10 minutes on each side. Try out the different positions you’re likely to sleep in and ensure that you are comfortable. If you’re shopping online, you may not have the option to try out. In this case, you need to check the return policies before purchase.

Do not be afraid to bargain

While some stores may have fixed prices, you’re likely to get a bargain when shopping at a major chain. You may not get the normal price, but you may negotiate a price on a mattress that seemed out of your price range.

Understand What the Warranty Entails

Different manufacturers provide warranty for their mattresses based on certain defects like broken coil wires or sagging wires. Some retailers will give you up to 60 days to try out the mattress at home. If you don’t like it, they can either exchange it with another or refund the money. Things like not using the matching foundation or getting your mattress stained because you didn’t use a protector could invalidate

Warranty ranges from 10-25 years depending on the manufacturer


Shopping for a new mattress is not easy, but by following the above tips, you can get a mattress that is within your budget and one that offers ample support and comfort.