How to Choose the Right Type of Mattress

Shopping for a new mattress can be an exhausting endeavour, as there will be hundreds of options, thousands of variables, countless annoying sales people and plenty of headaches to take care of. By the same token, there are few things in life that are more rewarding, comforting and blissful than a great night’s sleep on the perfect new mattress.

Time for a New Mattress

Many people have little doubt when it is time to change mattresses, but some do not even realize it when their bed is a problem. For instance, many individuals suffer from back pain, headaches, fatigue and many other physical problems that could be solved by sleeping on the right mattress. If you are uncertain as to whether or not it is time to begin shopping, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do you suffer from morning aches and pains that dissipate as the day goes by?
  • Do your arms and shoulders fall asleep throughout the night?
  • Does your mattress make noises when you lie down?
  • Can you feel the coils in your mattress?
  • Do you involuntarily roll towards the middle of the bed during the night?
  • Are you always hot when in bed, despite the room temperature?

Answering yes to any of these questions could be a good indicator that it is time for a new mattress. If you answered yes to more than one, it is almost certainly time. Now the first and most important thing to decide is which of the three main mattress types is right for you.

Innerspring Mattress

This is the most common, traditional style of mattress. Innerspring mattresses are composed of steel coils in various configurations that are covered by layers of cushioning. These types generally have the most “bounce” of the three main styles.

There are many variations of innerspring mattresses, including a hybrid that includes a layer of memory foam on the top of the mattress. Innerspring mattresses are generally the most affordable of the three.

Memory Foam

Memory foam mattresses have exploded in popularity over the last 15 years. They are made of a polyurethane core that allows the mattress to soften and mold to your body, then return to its original form when you get up. This has made it particularly popular with those who suffer from back pain and/or those who prefer a firm mattress.

Adjustable Air

For those who prefer something in between the firmness of memory foam and the bounce of innersprings, an adjustable air mattress might be the right option. It allows the user to adjust the firmness of the bed with an electric pump that can inflate or deflate to suit individual needs. Many of these mattresses consist of two adjustable air chambers– one on each side of the bed– which allows for couples to have their own separate firmness levels.

Choose Wisely

The best way to choose the right mattress is by testing them in person. You can view prices, reviews, specifications and other information online, but the only way to be sure it is right is to lie down on it. If you do plan to check online reviews, make sure that you check each 2017 mattress review compared to Consumer Reports’ information, since they are known to be the most reliable and unbiased source of product information.

Once you have decided on your mattress type, compared different brands online and tried your favorites out in person, you will want to find the best price. In almost all stores except warehouse settings, there will be a lot of room to haggle with the salesperson, so don’t settle for a price that you do not feel is fair.

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