How to Buy a Mattress
Replacing your mattress can be such a chore. It’s not just that there are hundreds of models you can choose from, but most of what makes a good one is a personal matter.
After all, different people have different comfort requirements. But here are the key considerations you need to make to arrive at a wise choice:
First off, check the mattress’s core, which is responsible for the support it provides.
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That familiar bouncy feel is possible with an innerspring mattress. 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.
Innerspring mattresses typically come with a foam or fiberfill outer layer, with quilted ticking as covering. But if you want a really plush feel, forget about that thick-looking pillowtop.
You might like the feel of a puffy layer in the store, but in just a few months, it’s going to compress and never come back. Get a firmer, well-quilted mattress instead, and then wrap it in a feather bed or a replaceable mattress pad.
Memory foam mattresses come with a polyurethane core and have significantly less spring inside them. To know their quality, you need to know their specs thickness and density.
Thickness, which can be anywhere from 2 to 6 inches, determines how far down you’ll sink. A density of 5 pounds per cubic foot is considered top quality, while 3 pounds per cubic foot and below is less.
Latex mattresses are like memory foam models when it comes to firmness, but they have a little more spring-back. Natural latex (take note that some mattresses are synthetic) also has antimicrobial, anti-mold and anti-dust mite properties.
Air-filled vinyl mattresses, also called rubber chamber mattresses, have a remote through which you can control the amount of air you want inside. Many have two chambers placed side by side, and you can customize their firmness separately for you and your partner. If you and your partner have different preferences, this might be the ideal bed for you.
Certainly, aside from the mattress type, there are other things you’ll need to think about when buying 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. A fiberfill-topped innerspring mattress is a better choice instead. If you have allergies, get foam or latex. Just do a little homework on options available, and pick the one that is suitable for you.