Choosing the right mattress can be challenging. Fortunately lying down in the store isn’t necessarily the only way to shop anymore. As we know, new mattress-in-a-box companies have won over thousands of customers with very convenient shipping and free trial periods.
There are a couple important questions to consider when buying a new mattress to make sure you get the right one according to your needs.
Luckily, there is a way to find out exactly how to pick a new mattress and the most important features to consider before buying it. Here are some elements we gathered to help you out!
Value for money
Most brands are established online nowadays which gives you the opportunity to compare the different prices efficiently.
• We do not recommend going with the cheapest option you find, but to aim for a range that will fit your budget and standards.
• On average, for a standard quality Queen Size mattress, prices will vary from $700 to $1200. Spending less than $400 might be disappointed in the end.
• Look for companies that waive shipping fees and middlemen/retail markups, to avoid unnecessary extra charges.
• For more flexibility, we recommend finding a brand that offers the 100-night trial. The best way to know whether a mattress is right for you is to actually sleep on it. Some businesses have a policy of 100 nights to try out your new mattress in the comfort of your own home. If for whatever reason the mattress just isn’t right for you, they coordinate a free return pick up, no questions asked. Once collected, you usually receive a full refund in the original form of payment, depending on the terms and conditions of the selected brand. Usually, returned products are either donated to local charities or recycling organizations.
• Stay aware of the different sales going on throughout the year. There are always the most popular ones around the end of the year, such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Boxing Day, but some companies will have sales all year long, which will result in additional savings.
Choose Your Ideal Type and Material
Hare the most common mattress type options you will find on the market right now.
• Innerspring (Coils)
• Memory Foam
Memory foam mattresses offer good contouring and hug, however, they retain far more heat.
Traditional coil ones provide good bounce and cooling and are generally more durable.
Foam or hybrid is mostly recommended, except for much heavier sleepers who might want to opt for innerspring.
Keep in mind that thicker mattresses provide added layers of comfort and support.
We all have different needs when it comes to sleep. Although, the most recommended and appreciated type of mattress is the Hybrid ones. Luxury hybrids are simply designed for all and offer a good combination of the best features.
For better comfort you might want to be looking for certified, premium foams such as natural latex or gel infused cooling memory foam. Thick pocket springs and micro-coils. Therefore, you will get the blend latex, cooling memory foam and supportive pocket springs.
Determine Your Ideal Sleeping Position and Firmness
Most of us have a unique way of sleeping every night. No matter if you sleep on your side, stomach or back, or even if you switch throughout the night you will have to consider and choose the ideal type of bed based on your preference. It’s important to take a moment and think, what’s your favorite sleeping position because that determines the ideal firmness of your new bed.
On a scale of 1-10 (one being soft and ten being very firm), back sleepers will want to opt for a medium firm (4-7), side sleepers for the softer option (3-5) and stomach sleepers will need more support to avoid sinking (6-7 range).
It is known that most hybrid mattresses also suit the large majority of body types and sleeping positions.
Body type and weight?
Lighter sleepers (150 lbs or less) will want a 1-2 points softer mattress to get the same feel like an average (180 lbs) person. On the other hand, if you are a heavier person, you will need more support and thicker mattress to support the weight.
Overall, you want to find a mattress that will adapt to all sleeping positions and body types, resulting in a universally comfortable mattress, based on the user’s weight, height and sleeping position.
Even if you follow all the different advice and guidelines out there, it is possible to end up with a mattress that does not fit your needs after all and here is where the 120-night-free trial can be useful.
Good luck with your new purchase and feel free to tell us about your worst mattress story in the comments!