How to Buy a Mattress
Getting a new mattress can be a huge task. There aren’t only hundreds of models to select from, but a large big part of what makes a good one is a rather personal issue.
After all, different people have different comfort requirements. But here are the key considerations you need to make to arrive at a wise choice:
First of all, check the core of the mattress, which basically provides the support.
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That familiar bouncy feel is possible with an innerspring mattress. You can as well choose how springy you need it to be. Metal coils can be gauged anywhere from 12 (firmest and thickest) to 18 (thinnest and most compressible). The greater your weight, the thicker the gauge you should get.
Usually, innerspring mattresses will have a foam or fiberfill outer layer wrapped in quilted ticking. But you go for a really plush feel, don’t be tempted by that thick-looking pillowtop.
A puffy layer may feel great in the store, but within months, you’ll see it compressing and not coming back. Instead, buy a tougher, well-quilted mattress, and cover it with a feather bed or a replaceable mattress pad.
Memory foam mattresses have a polyurethane core and much less spring in them. Thickness and density specs can be used to determine their quality.
Thickness, which can be anywhere from 2 to 6 inches, determines how far down you’ll sink. A density of 5 pounds per cubic foot is considered top quality, while 3 pounds per cubic foot and below is less.
Latex mattresses just like memory foam models firmness-wise, but the latter have a bit less spring-back. Natural latex (keep in mind that some mattresses are synthetic) are also resistant to microbes, mold and dust mites.
Air-filled vinyl or rubber chamber mattresses come with a remote that lets you to decide how much air you want inside. Many have two chambers placed side by side, and you can customize their firmness separately for you and your partner. If your preferences don’t jive with your partner’s, this could be the best choice for you.
Definitely, on top of mattress type, there are other things that must be considered before you purchase about a new mattress. For instance, if you’re a side sleeper, you’ll want a surface with lots of “pressure relief” and one that conforms to your shape. If you usually sleep hot, avoid mattresses that are topped with foam or latex because they can hold in body heat. Instead, go for a fiberfill-topped innerspring mattress. If you or your partner has allergies, go for latex or foam. Just do a little research on the available options, and get the one that fits you best.