Do you know how important it is to choose the right mattress to sleep on? Yes, the price will dictate your choice but it will take more than just the price to think about when you buy your dream mattress. If you have serious back injuries or neck injuries you want a firm mattress that will hug your back and neck at all the right pressure points. You may have to pay a little more or a lot more for the right mattress. But you must consider that if you spend more money on a mattress it will last you for years and the investment will more than pay for itself over the years.
You also want to find a mattress that will have a nice, long warranty and the company should be a reputable one that you buy the mattress from. You will also need to consider it the mattress will breathe properly so you won’t sweat buckets during the night when you are trying to get a night of restful sleep. It also should be made of a material that is fire retardant.
Also, if you are a side sleeper, stomach sleeper or back sleeper you want to make sure the mattress you purchase is fit for your particular sleeping style because you do not want to spend a ton of money on a mattress that does not accommodate your particular sleeping style. You want to buy a mattress that will contour to your body as well. You do not want to buy a mattress that will leave feeling sore and like you did not sleep at all.
There are many websites on the internet that can teach you step-by-step on how first choose the right mattress and then buy it. You must determine if you need a new mattress in the first place. Let’s look at how to choose the right mattress:
First off, you will get rid of the old mattress you have. Then you will want to buy a frame and a mattress that will last for years. You must determine if you even need a new mattress or not. Look for springs or coils popping through the mattress. Is the mattress box frame broken and is there a major dip in the mattress. If any of these signs are present then you need a new mattress. Also, look at the bedding and if it is in bad shape it is time for a new mattress. And consider how old your mattress is because usually around 7 or 8 years it might be time to buy a new one. It depends on the type of material the mattress is made of and the grade of the mattress or the quality of the mattress.
Lifespans of Mattresses
It depends on what the mattress is made of as to how long the mattress will last. For instance, air mattresses will last more than 7 years, waterbeds will last 7 years, pillow tops last 7 years, hybrid more than 10 years, memory foam and latex will last more than 10 years. So, it is not common knowledge that the more expensive the mattress it does not mean it will last longer.
One of the first things you must consider is what is your budget by choice or by necessity, whichever is the case, you must determine your mattress budget. The prices for mattresses are all over the chart you can buy one for a few hundred dollars or for thousands of dollars. You will need to determine how much you want to spend on the mattress. There was one person who bought a mattress for $2500 dollars–remember $2500 dollars–and the first year the mattress was a charm to sleep on as the customer felt rejuvenated from sleeping on the mattress. The person rightly said that not everyone can walk into a mattress store and spend thousands of dollars for a mattress
The second year came and the mattress went south, we mean deep south, it started sagging deeply and the customer developed chronic neck and back pains. It also lost support as well. Two years later the customer bought another mattress online for $850.00 dollars and three years later the mattress is still working well for the customer. Here are some sources to purchase:
If you buy one from a brick and mortar store you will pay about $2500 dollars if you buy from Brentwood homes you will pay about $500 dollars, Loom and Leaf about $1000 dollars, Saatva about $1000 dollars, Serta about $500 dollars, Leesa about $1000 dollars, and Tuft and Needle about $500 dollars. So, as you can see the prices will fluctuate greatly.
It has been said that just because you pay more money for a mattress it doesn’t mean that it will be a better quality mattress. This may be true because in the example above the person bought a mattress for $2500 dollars and it did not last two years. They then bought a mattress for $850 dollars that have lasted for 3 years. A mattress costing $1200 dollars has lasted longer than the more expensive mattress.
Then consider that there are many types of mattresses perhaps hundreds even thousands and there are many manufacturers who make mattresses as well. So, you need to go through the process of which manufacturer you want to buy from and the type of mattress you want to buy.
It has been said that supposedly brick and mortar stores will charge a lot more money for mattresses than online stores. One website writer said they inflate the prices as much as 1000% but it has not been determined if that is true or not.
Think about that if you buy a queen mattress that is below $500 dollars it may release more toxins, less durability, and poorer quality of sleep. These factors may not always be the case though. Again, as we have mentioned before a more expensive mattress does not mean it will be a higher quality mattress. But just because a mattress costs less money it does not mean it will be a poorer quality mattress either.
Good for reputable mattresses that are in or below your budget. If you look around you can find some really good-quality mattresses for a reasonable price. If you are shopping for a queen-sized mattress the $1000 dollar range is a good place to start. You still may be able to find a really good quality queen-sized mattress for above or below that amount as well.
If you are thinking of upgrading to a King or California King mattress than you may want to increase your budget by another $400 to $500 dollars. You can find a lot of choices in this range for these King-sized mattresses. You have taken a big step toward purchasing a mattress you have set your budget. Do not let a salesman talk you into a more expensive mattress just stick to your budget range or price.
What Type of Mattress do you Want
This can be tricky or difficult or it could be very easy. It depends on what you are looking for in a mattress and what you can get in your budget range. People sometimes go with their personal preference even if that preference is not the best. Or someone may hear someone say “Spring mattresses are the best”. But this does not mean that spring mattresses are the best just because someone says they are. Read more reviews, talk with more people, and go and taste the box spring mattress out for yourself.
Innerspring-according to a popular consumer magazine innerspring mattresses are the most bought mattresses by people today. But other types of mattresses are beginning to steal the spotlight. Innerspring or coil mattresses have been around forever specifically since the early
1900’s so they have been around for over 100 years. The mattresses are fused with steel coils all the way through the mattress that compresses when you put weight on them.
The mattresses vary with the number of coils that will be in them the styles are different and they are made of various types of materials. Generally, the more coils the mattress has the better quality it will be and it will have more support.
The mattress is so popular because it is so affordable but the downside to the innerspring mattress is that it wears out faster than other types of mattresses. The mattresses wear out faster and if you hear squeaky noises deep in the mattress when you move it is time to get a new one.
Types of Coils
Continuous Coils-are made out of a single continuous thread of wire that forms the entire support system of the mattress. The coils are not made like traditional coils but of s-shaped coils. These types of innerspring beds are more durable than other types of coil beds. The whole system is an s-shaped coil.
Bonnell-these types of coils were the first ones ever made and they are still in widespread use today. They were originally made for buggy seats in the 1800’s needless to say they have been around for a long time. They look like an hourglass and when the whole structure is fused together it looks like a helix. They are in the mid-priced range.
Offset-if you are concerned about squeaky springs then you may want to think about buying offset coils. These coils form an hourglass like Bonell but the tops and bottoms have flattened edges. The edges create a hinging effect that contours to the shape of your body. They are sturdy, durable, supportive and quiet. The cost of the coils is unknown.
Marshall or Pocketed Coils-these coils are also called wrapped coils and encased coils but unlike the other coils, these are not fused together. The work independently of one another and the effect is more support and motion isolation.
Pocketed Coil-are like Marshall coils and as we mentioned earlier the more the coils the better quality and the more comfortable the mattress will be.
Memory Foam- was invented by NASA in 1966 to improve the safety of aircraft cushions. Since that day, memory foam has been used in just about everything. It took manufactures about two decades to figure out to make memory foam inexpensively and then they could produce it on a large scale. So, finally, the first memory foam bed was created it was called the “Tempur-Pedic Swedish Mattress” in 1991.
Memory foam is so popular today because it gives the feeling of the body sinking into the foam and being cradled. Once you press your bodyweight pressed against the foam then it takes the shape of your body on–this is why it is called memory foam–then it slowly bounces back after the weight is taken off the foam. Memory foam has extra cushioning and support which is great for side sleepers and people who need extra support and cushioning when they sleep.
The advantages of memory foam are it gives pressure point relief, properly aligns the spine, has motion isolation and a very low motion transfer rate, resists dust mites and allergens, and it works with adjustable beds. Some foams will not work with adjustable beds so this makes memory foam versatile.
One of the biggest weaknesses of memory foam is that it traps too much heat and it does not breathe well at all. It is so dense that it does not allow the air to flow. It has to be dense to support the body weight and the denseness will keep your body sizzling during the night. This means the heat will stay trapped in the bed all night and you will be hot the whole night.
The gel is fused into the foam to offset the heating effects of the foam. The gel infused into the foam and makes it inherently cooler this will give the person cool while they sleep. During the night the gel will eventually take on the heat of the memory foam but that will take some time. You will remain cool during the entire night.
Latex – is thought to be a more natural material than memory foam. It is a natural byproduct of sap from a rubber tree. If you want a natural mattress material look for natural latex instead of synthetic latex. Latex is like memory foam because it gives pressure relief and contouring but it has more bounce than memory foam. It is your personal preference whether you choose latex or memory foam. People who like to sink into the mattress should buy memory foam because latex is more bouncy and it will not allow the body to sink in like memory foam does. Latex beds are made of Dunlop or Talalay which will make two different types of latex mattresses.
Dunlop – is a process where the latex is poured all into one mold which makes the mattress denser. The end result will be the mattress will be denser on the bottom and lighter on top.
Taladay – is when the latex is poured into the mold and a vacuum sucks all the air out of the mold. The material is then frozen to stabilize the whole structure. This foam has a more consistent feel than Dunlop. The density is evenly spread throughout the entire mattress.
Hybrid-are becoming the mattress of choice because they give you the best of both worlds. Hybrids combine the comfort and softness of latex and memory foam. It has the bounce and support of an innerspring mattress. Typically, the bottom layer of the hybrid mattress is made of coils and the next three layers are made of latex or memory foam.
The benefit of a hybrid mattress is that you get a customized experience. It means that the mattress will contour to your body and may accommodate any position you prefer to sleep on
the mattress. Check out individual companies and see what they have to offer before you purchase a mattress.
If you want the best sleeping experience then you want to buy a mattress that is spring, supportive and offers pressure point relief. If you want a mattress that will keep you cool all night then you need to buy a certain mattress. This mattress should have coils on the bottom, memory foam on top, some kind of copper infusion or gel or some type of open cell mattress to allow the mattress to breathe so you will stay cool all night long.
Waterbeds – have been around longer than innerspring mattresses. They were invented by a Scottish physicist to help people with bedsores to sleep without pain and in comfort. In the 1980’ supposedly waterbeds were everywhere. They were so popular because they may feel like you were floating on water and you were. It is very relaxing and therapeutic for the body.
You can adjust waterbeds to your own preferences because it depends on how you set up the chambers. You can get free water flow or restricted water flow. You can purchase a waterbed that allows you to adjust the settings so you and your partner can sleep comfortably according to your individual needs. There are a lot of pros to owning a waterbed but there are some cons as well. They are too heavy and they are so hard to move. They take a long time to set up and they can be very expensive to purchase. The more options you desire in a waterbed they will cost you more money.
Pillowtop-is also called a Euro-top mattresses which can have several inches of thick padding on the top. Depending on the type of material it will have benefits, cooling, durability, bounce and enhanced comfort. A pillowtop mattress can be made of materials such as cotton, foam, latex, and wool. These mattresses are pricier than other mattresses so you may want to set a higher budget for these mattresses if you decide to buy one. This mattress may well be worth the money.
PolyFoam-there are many types of foam on the bedding market today and one of those foams are poly foam. Manufacturers use many types of foam and poly foam is made of petroleum and synthetic materials. You may be able to find a reasonable but creative solution from one of these bedding companies. The foam is made of many scary-sounding chemicals so is polyfoam really safe? The petroleum in the polyfoam may make the foam a fire hazard. This could mean the mattress should not be kept in very hot or dry environments.
But be assured that the chemicals are manufactured in such a way they are rendered harmless. Whenever you are looking to buy a foam bed look for one that has a CertPur-US Certification:
Another thing to look for is the density of the foam because if the foam is denser it will be more durable. If it is more durable it will last longer.
Adjustable beds are a more expensive option to think about when you are thinking about buying a new mattress and generally they are a dependable bed. Adjustable beds have come a long way over the years and the good thing about adjustable beds is, they can be adjusted. They can be set to the parameters that will make your sleep comfortable. Adjustable beds look like regular beds but they can be adjusted to a position that will be comfortable for you.
The bed can massage your aching legs and arms as well if you need this feature. The bed is good for people who work, watch TV, and eat in bed. It is nice to sleep in a position that is perfect for you it is a wonderful way to sleep. You may as well expect to set aside a larger budget for these beds. They having motors and other moving parts that need to be maintained. These beds will require an ongoing budget to keep them functioning. If you have acid reflux than these beds may be set so the acid reflux doesn’t bother you while you sleep.
Leggett and Platt Prodigy 2.0-is a very popular brand from a very reputable company that is in the habit of manufacturing high-quality products. The manufacturers have put a lot of effort into designing this particular model. The bed contains a dual setting that allows both partners to set their side of the bed to the preferences they desire.
The bed also has other nice features including wave, snore and massage function remember we briefly alluded to the massage feature earlier. It also has a control function application that can be used through your phone. It even has USB ports so you can keep your devices charged all the time. This bed is an excellent choice because it has different settings. But if it had more specialized setting s it would be nice. But users found that once they learned how to use the application in sync with the remote it was fine.
The bed is a strong construction and there is a full one year warranty on the whole unit and limited 25 year warranties on different parts of the bed. The product is 100% adjustable as it should be and it can be maneuvered through a phone application and by remote. As it was mentioned before it has USB ports and a backlit setting–controls the light environment for the adjustable bed–the product is made in the U.S.A.
One weakness the bed has is that there could be more settings to use on the remote. It should not have to be that a user has to use a remote and the phone application for the bed. The remote alone should suffice.
Reverie 7S Adjustable Bed-this is another popular choice and it is almost as high quality bed as the bed discussed above. The bed does not hug the wall as well as the above model does and it does not have a dual setting. The price of this bed is a lot lower than the above discussed model. You can adjust the bed to whatever setting you like either the foot or head setting. You may want to adjust both the head and foot setting for a sound sleep. This bed can be controlled from either the remote or a phone application.
The best feature of this bed is that you can massage your feet, your head, and you can even incorporate a full body massage. If you cannot fall asleep while you are having a full body massage then there is something seriously wrong. There were concerns that the bed light was too bright but this can be remedied by setting the light to dim.
The bed has a very strong construction, simple to operate, it has a good point price, it has 10 different massage settings, imagine that, 10 massage settings. It is fully adjustable lime any solid adjustable bed should be. There is no dual adjustability available on the bed and the light is too bright when it is set on the full setting.
Leggett and Platt S-cape 2.0-if you like this company’s product but you cannot afford the first model we discussed above then consider purchasing this model. This model is quite cheaper than the company’s other model. It does not have all the features the other model has beauty it has a lot of features you cannot do without. You cannot adjust each side of the bed individually but the bed can be set to a dual massage.
The remote is wireless, the bed is backlight, and it can hold up to 850 lbs. Bodyweight. The bed is easy to set up and it is too heavy to lift. Two people are needed to lift the bed to carry it. If this is a concern than the person can have the bed delivered, set up and lifted instead of the customer doing these tasks.
One thing to consider when buying an adjustable bed is that they may not be as comfortable as a regular bed but they do offer a certain amount of comfort when you sleep. Like regular beds the price range of these adjustable beds are widespread.
Adjustable Motion Essential III by Serta
Serta is a well-known company that has been manufacturing products that have kept people happy and sleeping well for years. Its products are well received and they are always high quality in nature. The company has been trusted for years and years and they have a very good reputation in the market.
This particular bed offers some nice features that any customer would benefit from. The bed is easy to adjust and it comes with a zero gravity setting with just one touch. The bed can be flattened completely and the bed is made of durable materials that will last for years typical of Serta quality.
A very nice feature especially when you are trying to sleep is that the motor is very quiet,again, typical of Serta quality. The quality is being emphasized because Serta really does manufacture quality products and this one fits the bill. People like the zero setting feature and the bed does not have a lot of features but it is very reasonably priced which equalizes the lack of features. The bed is a very nice construction for the price. People were very pleased with the price of the bed. The bed functions very well lie Serta products always do.
The bed is easy to set up and the motor is so quiet. The flattening feature and the lifting feature are controlled by one setting. The bed is reasonably priced. The negative sides of the bed are that
Easy Adjustable Base by Sealy
Sealy is another company that is well trusted in the market. The company has come out with another high-quality product. Sealy is also known for creating very good quality products for reasonable prices. The nice thing about this bed is that it is easy to set up and it operates so nicely. People really appreciated these features of the bed. It has no massage settings and it also no dual control either.
The bed has a wireless remote which is very convenient for customers but the downside of the bed is its weight. It is too heavy for one person to carry. Two people are needed to carry this bed and if this a problem for you you have options to get around this. You can have the bed delivered to your home or if you have another person at home then you and that person can lift the bed.
The good points of the bed are that it is easy to set-up, control and operate. The instructions are easy to follow and the set-up as we have mentioned is so easy to accomplish. It has a very good price point and will fit into the most budget and it will not take a big chunk of money out of any budget.
It is also a well-established brand as it has been for years and it will be for years to come. The bed has a full one year warranty and it has a limited 24 year warranty on other parts of the bed. It has a wireless remote. But the bed is missing a lot of features other beds have and it is easy to operate but it is missing a lot of standard features. But this did not really seem to bother people very much who bought the bed.
This is one of the lowest priced beds on the market but does not be put off by the price. You get a lot of bed for the price. The company could charge a lot more for the bed because of all the features that come with the bed. So anyone who buys this model will really be getting a very good value for their buck.
For instance, the bed has a head and foot massage feature and you can also elevate the feet and the head. The bed can be set to the best position so you can work on your laptop or watch TV if you enjoy watching TV while you recline on the bed. It cannot be said how good a price this bed is for all the features it has to offer.
You can select zero gravity or set the bed to a completely flat position. It has a wireless remote and it comes with USB ports so you can always charge your devices. People really liked all the features the bed had to offer for the low price. What people really liked was the quiet motor which really helped them to be able to sleep.
The negative side of this bed is that it is too heavy for one person to lift but this must be expected with this type of bed. If you have another person to help you lift the bed then you can get around the issue or have the bed delivered to your residence. Also, once the bed is set up you will not be moving it anymore so this will help to solve the problem as well.
The bed has many programmable features and it is selling for such a good price. It also has a quiet motor and it has a wireless remote. Another fine feature is it has a zero gravity setting. It has a 3-speed setting for massage and USB ports to charge devices with. The company’s customer service is open 7 days a week which is rare. The downsides of the bed are it is very heavy and if the lights go out the bed will not operate. You need to get a battery for the bed.
You can adjust the bed so you can read on the bed. It is a different sleeping option if you are looking for this new option. You can use this option if you want to read all night long or put your feet up after a long day at work. This is another reasonably priced bed and it is very easy to set up which seems to be a standard feature for these types of adjustable beds.
The bed is easy to operate but the bed does not have a lot of features. And the bed has a very nice price point but it is very comfortable. So if you want a comfortable sleep than this is the bed for you. It does not have a lot of features but it is very inexpensive.
Like we have said it has a very low price point and it is so easy to set up. It also is easy to use and it will incline head or feet or both it depends on what part of your body you want to incline. It has USB charging ports and it is one of the lower-priced options. It has a wireless remote.
It does have some negative points which every bed seems to have. It is heavy to lift, it has no massage features and it has limited settings.
Generally, these beds have good price points, they are too heavy for two people to lift and some of them have a lot of settings while others have few settings. They fall into various price ranges. You have the choice to choose adjustable beds by a couple of reputable manufacturers.
Conclusion: This article has offered you information that hopefully, you will find useful and helpful in helping you to choose a new mattress. You do not have to go through the process alone. We have discussed some viable options to help you to choose the right mattress for your unique needs.