Over the past few years, the online marketplace has started to flood with choices for bed-in-a-box type mattresses and it can be somewhat overwhelming as a shopper who just wants a good bed to sleep on. How do you know that you are making the right choice? Does the mattress offer good support?
Key things to look for when buying a mattress:
A good price is what the knowledgeable online shopper is looking for. With mattresses, going cheap is not always the best way to go. If you are looking for a spare bed that is used once in a while or a bed that will be for the guestroom, then that might be the mattress for you! However, if you intend to sleep on your mattress every day, the key is finding a good balance between price and quality. Investing in a quality mattress means investing in your long-term health: both mental and physical. We spend so much time sleeping, that it’s essential to make sure you are getting not only a proper amount of sleep, but a good quality sleep as well. But remember, a high price is not a good indicator of quality either, and this is especially true if you are shopping at a physical store. The sales agent will always want you to spend more, because they make a commission for each sale. Be careful and know what your budget is before you commit.
Does the company offer a good warranty policy? If so, how long is it valid for and what does it cover? Some mattress companies like to have their marketing materials say that the warranty lasts 25 years, but do they honor this? Make sure you read reviews from customers about warranty complaints. If there are a few, there is not much information to go on. If there are numerous complaints, be weary and contact the company to explain how their warranty policy actually works.
2. Sleeping Positions
Not all mattresses are created equal. There are some mattresses that are better for back sleepers, others that are better for side sleepers, and then some that offer a good compromise between everything. Consider which sleeping position you spend most time in, what is comfortable for you, and how this affects your sleep. On each of our reviews, we mention the type of sleeping position that is best suited for each mattress. This is generally indicated by the mattress’ firmness. Generally speaking, the higher the firmness, the better suited it is for back-sleepers, whereas soft to medium firmness mattresses are best suited for side-sleepers.
1. Quality and Comfort
Quality and composition of a mattress are hands-down the most important factor when purchasing a mattress. Other factors matter of course, but if there was only one category to focus on, it’s the actual quality a mattress has to offer.
Ensuring that you focus on which mattress provides the best quality will make your sleep that much better in the long-run. We’ve broken this section down into some key areas:
Adequate spinal support – The mattress should not inherently change the way your spine flows. It should allow your spine to follow the same curve when you lie down as to when you are standing up. Having pressure on your spine that is different from your natural curve can cause issues such as back and neck pain.
Motion Isolation – Traditional inner-spring mattresses are bouncier and make more noise as compared to memory foam mattresses. Make sure you know what your needs are before making an investment, because you don’t want to be woken up at night from your partner turning over in bed, or going to the bathroom. Most memory foam mattresses don’t have this issue, but some are better than others in terms of sagging or leaning more towards one side.
Movement – Some people prefer a spring mattress because it provides more of a bounce, whereas memory foam mattresses tend to be more firm in that regard. This also depends on the quality of the foam. Make sure you are doing research as to which one you prefer – bounce or steadiness.
Memory foam composition – More foam layers do not necessarily attest to the quality of a mattress. Depending on the type of foam that is used, having more layers can actually be a detriment to the long term stability and comfort of the mattresses since there is more adhesives needed to keep the foam stuck together. This also prevents air circulation from flowing through the different layers of foam. In general, we recommend picking a mattress that has between 1-4 layers of foam, but again, depending on the quality of the foam, this may vary.
Sagging and edge support – Some cheaper mattresses even though might be great within the first few months, tend to start warping and sag in hot-spot areas of the bed. This can be true of higher-end mattresses as well. Read reviews carefully and notice if there is a common trend amongst reviewers that indicate this is an issue.
We hope this guide will help you make an informed decision on which mattress to buy. We know that picking a mattress can be a difficult, but knowing what your sleeping needs are and how much you are willing to spend will help narrow down the options.