How to choose the right mattress
With so many brands claiming to have the “best” mattresses, knowing where to start looking for a new matress can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve created this guide that breaks down every part of the mattress-buying journey to help you find the right mattress for you
We’ll go over some general mattress information that you’ll need before you start shopping.
The general rule is that you should change your mattress every 7-10 years. After repeated use of sleeping on it each night, the mattress loses its shape and no longer provides a surface for a refreshing sleep.
Most mattresses last between 7-10 years, but this varies by type. Inner springs have the shortest life span of 7-8 years, while foam mattresses in the middle last up to 10 years, and latex mattresses last the longest, up to 15 years.
There are some warning signs you can look for to know that it’s time for you to choose a new mattress. These include waking up with pain or numbness in your extremities, waking up groggy or painful on a regular basis, tossing and turning during the night, your mattress feeling a little saggy or lumpy, feeling like you are sinking very deeply into your mattress, sleeping better in hotel rooms or somewhere other than your bed, or You can feel your sleeping partner making the slightest movement on the other side of the bed.
Types of mattresses
Now that you’ve decided it’s time to get a new mattress, the next step is to decide which type of mattress is best for you. There are many different factors to consider such as sleeping position, budget, and your body type.
There is endless research on different mattress materials and what they are suitable for, but we’ve simplified what you really need to know about the most popular types of mattresses available including foam, innerspring, latex, and hybrid.
# Foam mattresses/memory foam
Foam and memory foam mattresses make up the majority of mattresses available on the market, which is not surprising because memory foam mattresses are one of the most comfortable types of mattresses.
Usually best for people with back pain, the memory foam layers help support the lower back, comfort the hips and shoulders, and align the body. It’s also good at non-shifting (if your partner moves a lot, you won’t feel it).
A more contoured memory foam mattress is best, which means it will hug your body more than other mattresses and won’t provide as much bounce or freedom of movement. So if you don’t usually move much throughout the night, memory foam may be a good option for you. It is also worth noting that many of the “foam” mattresses you see today are not just memory foam but a foam blend made from other materials.
Affordable – Good at keeping motion transmission to a minimum (you won’t feel the sleeper next to you moving) – Good for relieving back pain – Good for relieving pain at pressure points – Conforms to your body
It will not provide the same amount of freedom of movement – Some types can trap body heat making you sleep somewhat hot – Thinner than traditional innerspring mattresses – Not always good for stomach sleepers, as this can cause imbalance leading to back pain
# Inner zipper mattresses
When you think of a traditional, innerspring, or pocket mattress, that’s probably what comes to mind. This is one of the most widely used types of mattresses and is made with at least one layer of metal coil springs. Innerspring mattresses have great bounce, firm support for the sides and edges, and are usually very good at keeping you cool.
Due to the metal springs inside, these types of mattresses are heavy and may be shipped full size (if that is a factor that influences your decision). If you are looking for something that can contour your body well, the innerspring mattress is probably not for you.
Because there is a decent amount of headroom in this mattress, you won’t get as much support in your shoulders and hips as you would with other types of mattresses, but you will have more freedom of movement, which is helpful if you’re inclined. They move around a lot at night.
Number of coil springs
The amount of files in the internal zipper or the hybrid mattress is not as important as it may seem. However, the more files there are in the rank, the higher their quality. This doesn’t mean that if your mattress doesn’t have a lot of coils it isn’t high quality, but you might want to steer clear of any mattress with fewer than 420 bonel coils, because the quality and support will be lacking.
Another thing to consider about files is the file scale. Coil gauge is simply a measure of how thick the wire used in the coil is. Coil gauges can run from 12 to 15, and the lower the coil gauge, the firmer the mattress. If you want a softer mattress and are looking at a bed with coils, make sure the coil gauge is near the 14 to 15 mark. These types of rolls have softer springs, which makes the mattress feel softer.
Very good (for those who tend to turn a lot during sleep) – Strong edge support – Good airflow (helps keep you cool)
Slightly more expensive – heavy in weight – won’t contour to your body or provide as much comfortable support on pain points
# Latex mattresses
Latex mattresses are great for people who want many of the benefits of a foam mattress but don’t want to feel cuddly or “enclosed”. These mattresses tend to have great cooling properties, bounce and still be responsive – which means they will adapt to your body as you move.
Negatives? Latex mattresses tend to be more expensive. It’s also quite dense, which means it’ll be on the heavier side. Depending on what kind of latex you get, you may notice some of that synthetic and chemical smell for the first few days.
Provides pressure relief + freedom of movement
Durable and long lasting (up to 15 years)
It allows air to permeate, keeping your sleep fresh
Its price is high
It can contain harmful chemicals if not organic
# Hybrid mattresses
A hybrid mattress usually refers to a mattress made of a combination of memory foam and spring, but can also include other materials and compositions (such as latex and memory foam).
Hybrid mattresses tend to provide a good balance between support and pressure relief while providing a cooler sleeping surface than memory foam mattresses. Motion transmission will also be better in the hybrid than the interior zipper alone with the help of more motion-absorbing layers.
If you want more features in the mattress you want to own, then the hybrid may be the best option for you. However, getting the best can sometimes mean a higher price. Hybrid mattresses can also be quite heavy, making transportation and handling difficult in some cases.
In general, one of the advantages of the hybrid mattress is the bouncy and calming effect of the springs, balanced with the contouring and cushioning of the sponge. Traditional spring mattresses can feel stiff and don’t isolate movement well, while memory foam mattresses are very squishy and can feel very dense. It’s all about the right balance! “