Sleep is a large part of a person’s life and makes for the most important part of recovery and regeneration in the human body. When you want to make the most out of your productive daytime activities then sleep should not be taken for granted because how you are when you are awake is often based on how well you slept the night before. Putting good money into the comfort of your sleep, therefore, is not just an expenditure on comfort but also an investment in health. But with millions of mattresses all over the world, where do you begin your mattress matchmaking for your home?
The Mattress Market
Even before you decided to make the purchase yourself, you have already at this point tried out several beds from your travels, stay-ins at hotels, or even staycations at Airbnb’s. Did you notice how some mattresses left you tired the next day while others just made you want to sleep-in the morning? This is possibly the first step to understanding which mattresses were most comfortable. But to do this there is a need to get a grasp on what goes on inside your mattress.
Even with hundreds and thousands of mattresses to choose from, they all fall under the categories based on their type. The types of mattresses can be classified on what they use inside to provide the cushioning magic.
Spring or Innerspring Mattress
As the name suggests, the support within this type of bed are structures of coil springs that hold up the mattress. This is probably the most common of all mattresses. Their popularity stems from their ventilation advantage over the other mattress types.
There are tons of benefits that come with a nicely ventilated mattress such as:
- Comfortable sleeping temperatures especially for hotter regions
- Lesser sweating from sleeping because of more airflow
- Discourages growth of bacteria and molds inside
Aside from ventilation and good stable support, the mattresses with a nice spring structure will give your bed a certain height that makes for an appealing appearance. Higher bed height means easier climbing or getting off the bed and is overall more convenient for the sleeper
When choosing this type among the others, you will encounter “spring count” which refers to the number of spring coils used inside. Now bigger numbers would seem like the better choice but this is where you will need to be a bit more discerning. Though there are those who will sell you more spring coils in a mattress it is possible that the coils are not as thick and durable as one with fewer springs. You can ask the manufacturer about the gauge of the metal in the spring. You might also hear a few variations of the spring types but this will not make too much of a difference in their overall performance.
Even with its popularity, a lot buyers have already raised their own experiences with spring type mattresses. Some of them have complained that barely over a year and already there is a difference between the “plumpness” of their mattresses compared to when they go for brand new beds. This is normal for spring mattresses as their coils will wear over time.
With plenty of foam materials to choose from we shall focus on the memory foam as this category has grown increasingly popular in the market especially for sensitive sleepers. Memory foam material is actually a viscoelastic foam made from polyurethane. What makes it a “memory foam” is the ability to momentarily retain the shape of the object pressed on it as if having a memory of that pressure applied. This is because of its responsive, open-cell structure which allows some conformity to the object it comes in contact with.
Memory foams are preferred for those who are particular about the mattress conforming to their posture rather than their posture adjusting to the shape of the bed. If you have not slept on one before you will immediately notice that some parts of your body which ached while on stiffer beds, are suddenly relieved of pressure. You might even compare it to floating or your bed hugging you to sleep. However, if you are used to a stiffer sleeping condition, this might feel awkward and can take some getting used to.
This would seem like the best choice of foam type but it also has its own disadvantages over other types of mattresses. One thing most people notice is that there is a tendency for smell to build up. Since memory foams have a more closed overall structure compared to spring type, then the ventilation is not as good and can become a breeding ground for bad bacteria which causes the smell. Still in connection with that restriction of airflow, you might also find yourself in a sweaty predicament if your sleeping area is not cool enough. Important to remember that most memory foams are reliant on your body heat to contour you.
If you are looking for a mattress that has the basic feeling of the innerspring system while also providing that pressure relief memory foams offer, then a hybrid mattress system which incorporates these two is also a good choice.
The beauty of hybrid mattresses is that there are a range of comfort levels you can choose from depending on what type of sleeper you are. They are especially preferred by people who prefer to sleep on their side.
Though there are those who will swear by the air mattress, most would consider this option only for travel or for temporary use when they have guests over. Their most obvious advantage is its ability to compress to a size that can easily be stored in a closet or somewhere more discreet.
Being Firm With Your Choice
We have now discussed each type of mattress based on their makeup and build but what you really need to consider for your personal preference is the mattress firmness. To simplify the range we will break it down to soft, medium, and firm. But tread with caution on the use of these divisions because the standard of firmness for one brand might be different for the other. This is more of a general guide than an absolute definition.
Soft beds are great for lighter weight people who are not sharing the space with a significant other. The body without so much pressure on the bed, will enjoy the cozy feeling of a soft mattress.
Then you have your firm mattresses or even medium-firm mattresses for those who are on the heavier side especially if you are two people sharing the bed. The firmness allows for better stability so there will not be too much movement when maneuvering in the bed while being soft enough for comfort.
Medium to Medium-firm mattresses work best for those who are side-sleepers or those who suffer some form of chronic pain that needs pressure to be relieved. Now for therapeutic purposes combine this with a choice of material using the memory foam and you are in for a better sleep.
Final Notes on Selection
Because your choice of mattress will greatly affect your daily life, it is important that you check the policies of your supplier. You just might end up with the wrong choice after a week of trying out and if you do not have a more consumer-friendly policy you will be stuck with that choice for quite a long time. Do check for return policies with your supplier so that it may be to your advantage should you accidentally choose the incorrect type of mattress.
Our team has considered all the factors outlined in this buying guide, along with their expertise and knowledge in Mattress, to recommend the top choice for you. You can shop being confident that someone has considered all relevant information and you will get the best Mattress to meet your needs. Happy shopping!