With so many mattresses out there claiming to offer the best night’s sleep, figuring out precisely what you need can be difficult.
Thankfully, buying a mattress isn’t the minefield you think it is. There are only a few things you need to know. This article provides ten tips for buying a mattress, with practical advice to help you make an informed purchase.
Let’s jump in!
- Know your mattress types
There are three main mattress types – sprung, pure foam, and hybrid. Each offers different qualities:
- Spring mattresses have open coils (interconnected springs) or pocket springs (individual springs). These mattresses provide the most support.
- Pure foam mattresses can be memory foam or latex foam. These mattresses provide the most pressure relief with body contouring.
- Hybrid mattresses have a spring support system and a foam comfort layer. These mattresses deliver a balance of support and body contouring.
Hybrid mattresses combine the qualities of spring and foam mattresses, but they are a jack of all trades.
If you need a mattress specifically for support, a spring mattress is a better choice, and if you need pressure relief, a foam mattress is better.
- Open coils are the cheapest mattresses
If you want the cheapest mattress, look for an open coil mattress. Open coil mattresses are cheap because they are easy to manufacture.
Despite being cheap, they offer good support and are no less durable than any other mattress type.
- Pocket springs provide the most support
If you want the best support, a pocket spring mattress is best. Pocket spring mattresses have thousands of springs in individual pockets and a foam comfort layer.
You will pay more than an open coil mattress, but the support is better.
- Memory foam is best for pressure relief
If you suffer from pain in your hips and joints, a memory foam mattress is best.
Memory foam contours to your body and several different foam densities are used to deliver both comfort and support.
- Hybrid mattresses are a good middle ground
If you like the idea of pocket springs for support and memory foam for contouring, get a hybrid.
Hybrid mattresses balance support and comfort, although they are not as specialised as other types. A good choice if you aren’t sure!
- Determine your firmness
Most people should choose a medium mattress because it provides good comfort and support.
If you weigh less than 160lbs, consider a medium-soft mattress, and if you weigh over 200lbs, choose a medium-firm mattress.
- Firm mattresses are rarely ideal
A firm mattress can feel hard, and most people find them highly uncomfortable.
Firm mattresses have no give and tend to be very bouncy. However, they are a suitable option for people who weigh over 230lbs.
- Consider cooling
Some mattresses, especially pure memory foam mattresses, have poor breathability, making you sweat in the night.
To remedy this, choose a mattress with a layer of cooling gel, which will dissipate heat to stop you from overheating.
- Beware of gimmicks
Words like “space-age” and “revolutionary” to describe mattress technologies that have been around for decades are misleading.
Avoid mattresses that claim wild things but are no more special than the average mattress.
Another gimmick to look out for is “orthopaedic” because no industry standards define an orthopaedic mattress. In other words, any mattress can be labelled orthopaedic.
10. Get a mattress with a free night trial
Free night trials are a great way to test drive a mattress. You pay for the mattress like normal, but you can hand it back within X number of nights for free if it isn’t suitable for you. A 60, 90, or 200-night trial will give you the time you need.
In addition to the free night trial, look out for the warranty. A one-year warranty is typical with mattresses, but some brands offer a three or 5-year guarantee. The longer, the better!