Interested in purchasing a new mattress, aren’t you? Possibly, your current mattress is causing you discomfort, or perhaps you wake up exhausted. Alternatively, you may prefer a larger size overall. Consider the following scenario: You are relocating and do not wish to move your old mattress from one location to another. However, my goal is to assist you in making the best mattress selection possible so that you don’t make a mistake and don’t end up paying any more than you have to.
Probably the most important piece of furniture in your home is your mattress. The average person will spend at least 1/3 of their lives in a mattress if they get the recommended 8 hours per night of sleep (To get tips on how to make the most of your time on a mattress, check out our Sleep Resources). As a result, if you keep that mattress for 9 years (which is about average), you will spend 3 of those years sleeping on it. We don’t give our mattresses the attention they deserve, or consider how they affect our lives on a day-to-day basis.
This guide will walk you through the fundamentals of choosing the best mattress.. Each of these topics and others will be covered in greater depth elsewhere on the site, but this will serve as a good starting point for discussion. Consider some of our top picks below if you’re looking for a simple recommendation.
Although we recommend watching rather than reading, we have created a comprehensive video guide on how to shop for the best mattress for your needs.
What is the Best Mattress?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions under Mattress Buying Guide section. The question is straightforward, but the answer is not. The real answer is that it is debatable. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all mattress. Your choice should be based on your personal sleeping habits. Check out our Mattress Reviews for a more in-depth look. Otherwise, we’ve listed our top picks for each category below.
You might be wondering what to look for when buying a new mattress, whether you’re replacing the bed you bought before your 9-year-old was born or you’re buying one for the first time.
Before you make your purchase, there are some important factors to consider. COOKINGDARBAR’s comprehensive guide to buying a new mattress that meets your needs and promotes z’s can be found below.
What to look for in a mattress
You’ve found a good mattress for you if you can find one that keeps you in proper alignment while not putting any pressure on your body. There are a few other minor details to keep an eye out for. Motion transfer, edge support, and temperature are among them.
In a new mattress, there are two main things to look for. They are reassuring and reassuring.
- Comfort: You don’t want your mattress to put pressure on your body, causing you to toss and turn and wake up tired.
- Support: To avoid waking up with a backache, you want the mattress to keep you in proper alignment from head to toe.
You might be wondering what to look for when buying a new mattress, whether you’re replacing the bed you bought before your 9-year-old was born or you’re buying one for the first time. Before you make your purchase, there are some important factors to consider. COOKINGDARBAR’s comprehensive guide to buying a new mattress that meets your needs and promotes z’s can be found below.
- Consider your budget
- Identify your primary sleeping position
- Take your body type into consideration
- Determine the materials you like
- Do you buy in store or online?
Consider your budget
You get what you pay for with a mattress because it is an investment in your sleep. That said, there are hundreds of brands to choose from, and I believe there is a comfortable mattress for almost every budget. When it comes to beds, there are three general tiers:
- Budget : There are a number of excellent beds available for under $600 after discounts. Beds like the Allswell or Casper Element are built to last. You can find the unicorn that provides both comfort and support while remaining extremely cost-effective.
- Average : This is the price range where the majority of good beds are found. These beds include Casper, Purple, Leesa, and other top-tier brands that appear to set the bar for bed-in-a-box mattress pricing.
- Affordable luxury : Beds in this tier have extra features like a dual-layer innerspring design for extra support or an active cooling cover. These are excellent values; they could have been priced higher, but instead they are priced fairly.
- Luxury : These are the TempurPedic beds and Purple Hybrids of the bedding world. They’re usually quite thick, with multiple comfort and support layers stacked on top, and they may have unique features that you won’t find in your average bed.
Identify your primary sleeping position
Consider how you slept the night before: which position did you prefer? This is important to remember when shopping for a mattress because your sleeping position can influence how soft or firm your new bed should be.
Side : Soft to medium-firm mattresses are best for side sleepers because they conform to the curvature of your hips and side without pressing into your joints. As a side sleeper, you’ll want your mattress to be softer the lighter you are.
The back and the stomach : If you sleep on your back or stomach, medium to firm mattresses with accommodating support will likely be your best bet. Firm mattresses, as opposed to soft mattresses, ensure that your back and spine are properly supported throughout the night, whereas soft mattresses can cause your back to droop into the bed and cause back pain.
Combination : You have a couple of options if you think back and realise you sleep in every position. Choose the one you think you’ll spend the most time in, or go for something in the middle. Medium firmness levels provide adequate back and stomach support, as well as adequate pressure relief for side sleepers.
To accommodate a wider range of sleepers, many brands construct their beds with medium firmness levels.
Take your body type into consideration
After you’ve mastered your sleeping position, you’ll need to consider your weight or BMI. The weight distribution affects how soft or firm you believe a bed will be. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, for example, will likely find a medium mattress to be softer than advertised, whereas Olympic gymnast Simone Biles will likely find the same mattress to be firmer.
Heavier people put more pressure on a mattress, resulting in a more luxurious experience. So, if you’re 250 pounds and sleep on your stomach, I’d recommend a medium-firm mattress at the very least.
Hybrid mattresses are also a good option for people with larger bodies. These are mattresses that combine foam and innersprings. Because of the steel base layer, hybrid mattresses are much more supportive than all-foam mattresses. As a result, they have a longer life expectancy. However, if you weigh less than 200 pounds, most foam beds should serve you well in the long run.
Determine the materials you like
Nowadays, memory foam isn’t the only type of mattress material available. Polyurethane foam, for example, is a lighter, more breathable, and faster-responding material. Latex foam is also available in natural, organic, and synthetic forms.
All latex foams are breathable, bouncy, and spongelike, and natural and organic latex is hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. In comparison to the two foams I just mentioned, latex foam provides more support, durability, and airflow. However, because of its numerous advantages, it may be more costly.
|Memory foam||Pressure relieving Feels like the bed is giving you a hug||Can retain heat Provides resistance for combo sleepers when they switch positions|
|Latex foam||Breathable Bouncy Durable Hypoallergenic (natural or organic) Antimicrobial (natural or organic)||More costly All latex foam beds tend to be heavy|
|Poly foam||Light and airy Open-cell design is more breathable than memory foam||Not as durable Some can be cheaply made|
Do you buy in store or online?
You’re probably familiar with traditional in-store mattress shopping, which entails laying on a variety of beds until you find one that’s a good fit. But how do you go about purchasing a mattress over the internet? It’s just like buying anything else online, except it’s shipped directly to the customer and rolled up in a cardboard box. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
When you shop in a store, you have the option of hand-testing the beds before making a purchase. Master hagglers may also be able to negotiate a lower price for a new bed with a mattress salesperson.
Online brands, on the other hand, recognise that buying a bed over the internet is a risk, so they sweeten the deal with extras like free shipping, free returns, a lengthy free trial period, and a solid warranty to back your bed. It will be delivered directly to your door, either in a box or with white glove service, eliminating the hassle of transportation and additional costs.
You should always read mattress reviews, regardless of how you decide to purchase your new bed. Both from experts and customers who have already tried the bed. They’ll tell you how your potential new bed will feel to the average person, and they’ll tell you the truth about any claims that might just be mattress marketing nonsense.