Mattress Buying Guide
Types of Mattresses
Pillow Top Mattress
Memory Foam Mattress
Mattress Buying Tips:
- Choose a model with support right to the edges of the mattress
- Innerspring mattresses offer the most variety and price points
- Memory foam or latex foam mattresses provide extra firmness
- Ask for a low-profile box spring to reduce the overall height of your bed
Innerspring Coils +
There are many different types of coil configurations found in innerspring mattresses. The technical descriptions can be confusing but knowing your own needs will help. If you're shopping for a king- or queen-size mattress to share with a partner, then you might want to consider a coil “system” that reduces the transfer of motion. For example, pocket or wrapped coils are designed to operate independently, so they help prevent your partner’s movements from disturbing your rest. This feature is less important for single sleepers in twin- or full-size mattresses.
Pillow Tops +
This feature is commonly available as a permanent fixture on most types of mattresses, including innersprings, organics and inflatables. Pillow tops vary in quality and density and are usually made from foam (memory or polyurethane) or latex (natural or organic). A memory-foam mattress topper can provide instant relief to back-pain sufferers. Be aware, though, that pillow tops tend to compress rapidly and begin to sag within the first three years.
Box Springs +
A box spring provides your mattress with support and helps to extend its life. Mattresses and box springs are designed to work together; if you replace your mattress, you should also replace your box spring. The new generation of mattresses and box springs are thicker and deeper, so consider asking for a low-profile box spring to avoid having the overall profile of your bed rise too high, or force you to alter your bed frame.
Some mattress materials such as all-natural latex are naturally hypo-allergenic and immune to bacteria and dust mites. Synthetic substances are not. Check to see if the mattress you are considering has been treated with anti-microbial protection.
Edge Support +
Your mattress should provide firm support right to the outside edges. An easy way to test the strength of a mattress is by sitting on the edge. You should feel solid support with no sagging. A good-quality mattress has sturdy wire or rod around the perimeter that's connected to the inner mattress to provide stability and support from side to side.
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Mattress Maintenance Tips:
- Rotate or flip your mattress according to the manufacturer’s instructions
- Use a mattress protector to safeguard against stains
- Avoid rough handling or twisting when moving or transporting
- Launder mattress pads and covers regularly