What to Consider When Buying a Mattress
Getting a new mattress can be a huge task. There aren’t only hundreds of models to select from, but a large big part of what makes a good one is a rather personal issue.
After all, different people have different comfort requirements. But below are the most important things you need to consider to make the task simpler:
First and foremost, take a look at the mattress’ core, which dictates the type and level of support provided.
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If you want that that familiar bouncy feel, an innerspring mattress is for you. You can also decide how springy you’d like it to be. Metal coils can be gauged anywhere from 12 (firmest and thickest) to 18 (thinnest and most compressible). The greater your weight, the thicker the gauge you should get.
Usually, innerspring mattresses will have a foam or fiberfill outer layer wrapped in quilted ticking. But you go for a really plush feel, don’t be tempted by that thick-looking pillowtop.
A puffy layer may feel great in the store, but within months, you’ll see it compressing and not coming back. Get a firmer, well-quilted mattress instead, and then wrap it in a feather bed or a replaceable mattress pad.
Memory foam mattresses have a polyurethane core and much less spring in them. Their quality can be assessed by their thickness and density specs.
Thickness can range from 2 to 6 inches, and will indicate how deep you’ll sink. When it comes to density, you want 5 pounds per cubic foot, which is considered very high quality, while below 3 pounds per cubic foot and lower is considered not so.
Latex mattresses and memory foam models are the same in terms of firmness, but the former have a bit more spring-back. Natural latex (take note that some mattresses are synthetic) is also antimicrobial, as well as resistant to mold and dust mites.
An air-filled vinyl mattress, also known as a rubber chamber mattress, has a remote that you can use to control the volume of air inside. Some have two side-by-side chambers, allowing the mattress’ firmness to be set separately for you and your partner. If your preferences don’t jive with your partner’s, this could be the best choice for you.
Of course, besides the mattress type, there are other factors that you’ll need to think about before you buy a new mattress. For example, if you love sleep on your side, you’ll need a surface that provides much “pressure relief” or and will conforming to your body’s shape. If you usually sleep hot, avoid mattresses that are topped with foam or latex because they can hold in body heat. Get a fiberfill-topped innerspring mattress instead. If you or your partner has allergies, go for latex or foam. Just know what the different options are, and get the one that fits you best.