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Mattress Buying Guide

Mattress

Mattresses are the most important piece of furniture in any home. We use our mattresses the most. With constant studies recommending 8 hours of a sleep a night, we spend a third of our day in bed and in turn, we will spend about a third of our lives on our mattresses on average. It may not be given much thought or consideration on a daily basis, but a mattress is vital to our everyday lives. Like most consumer goods and products nowadays, there are a bevy of choices and options designed to sell more goods. A mattress is no exception.

Like most, I value a good nightís sleep. You may have heard this before, but a good nightís rest begins with a good mattress. Today, mattresses are offered in a wide range of options making it a little difficult to decide on the right mattress. At the same time, more options mean there has to be a mattress that best suits your needs. Itís time for a new mattress when you donít experience a restful nightís sleep or if you wake up sore and tired. There are many reasons to buy a new mattress aside from normal wear and tear. It can be an upgrade to another comfort level, change in size, moving to a new home, or perhaps you need an extra one. Whatever the reason, there are certain considerations when buying a new mattress.

Types of Mattresses

The most prevalent attribute of mattresses are the size which come in different names.

Twin

Twin & Twin XL

Twin sized mattresses are measured in at 39” x 75” with a Twin XL variant at 39” x 80” to accommodate those who are a little taller. Generally, a twin sized bed is intended to fit one person comfortably.

Full

Full

A Full sized mattress measures in at 54” x 75” and can accommodate two people comfortably or one person very comfortably.

Queen

Queen

Queen sized mattresses are a step up from a full sized mattress. With a slight difference measured at 60” x 80”. They are also very accommodating for two people.

King

King & California King

Another standard size offering on the market. King sized mattresses are a luxurious option measuring in at 76” x 80” with a California King option measuring at 72” x 84” for taller folks. They are a premium mattress for those who can afford the space to use one.

Comfort & Support

These are the two main features a good mattress will provide. Mattresses need to have the right amount of support and comfort. There have been studies in ergonomics that concluded that medium-firm mattresses provide a better support for back pain. Comfort is a very subjective thing. When it comes to mattresses there are those who require a softer frame of support and those who require a firmer bed.

Purchasing a New Mattress

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Budget

Budget

A mattress is one of those big purchases we have to make once in a while. Prices can vary significantly with some lesser quality mattresses that can run a mere $100 or so. While some premium options can run well over $1000 and more. It really depends how much value a good night’s rest is to you.

E-Commerce

E-Commerce

One of the downsides in buying a mattress online is the inability to test the comfort level. However, online stores gain a distinct advantage of not having additional overhead fees that typical brick and mortar stores have. Therefore, online merchants can offer more competitive rates.

Material

Early renditions of mattresses contained straw or feathers. Modern mattresses contained metal springs for a long time and within the last three decades, newer options have gained momentum on the market. Gone are the days when mattresses are merely metal springs or worse. Today mattresses offer many comfortable options.

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Inner Spring

A traditional offering, inner spring mattresses are typically constructed with metal coiled springs as a foundation.

 

Foam

Foam

Also known as memory foam, this material provides a softer level of support with some give. Memory foam is also commonly referred to as viscoelastic polyurethane foam. In a manner of speaking, polyurethane is a type of polymer that is squishy in nature and typically used to make things that need cushioning, like mattresses. This material is good for folks who suffer from back pain, but this material can also retain some level of heat making it warmer than other options.

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Latex

Latex or Latex Foam mattresses are an alternative to memory foam, but similar in characteristic. One major difference is that latex has more firmness in comparison. Also, there are different classifications with natural and synthetic latex, where the former is antimicrobial and resistant to mold and dust mites.

Gel

Gel

Similar to foam mattresses, Gel options provide more sturdiness than latex and memory foam. The material is typically a top layer on typical foam mattresses to provide a cooler alternative than just viscoelastic foam by itself. For the design, gel type foam is typically depicted in blue.

Mattress Top

A mattress top is supplemental bedding that typically can be removable that rests on top of the mattress for more comfort. Some mattresses include this.

Standard Mattress Top

Standard

A standard mattress topper offers no frills and an even layout.

 

Pillow Mattress Top

Pillow

A pillow mattress topper offers an additional “pillow” like layer on top.

Euro Mattress Top

Euro

Similar to a pillow top, the euro style is a little more minimal in appearance and designed to fit more flush than a pillow mattress top.

Bed Frames

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Bed Frame

A good mattress deserves a good bedframe. A few things to consider are the style, height and whether you intend to use a box spring.

Some Practical Advice

Try Before You Buy:

Try a mattress for consideration in person before deciding on point of purchase. It is recommended to spend at least 5 minutes lying on your back and your sides to see how a mattress feels to you.