The Definitive Guide To Purchasing A Mattress

Choosing a Mattress? We all know it’s not an easy process. Yes, you can select the size pretty quick, but which brand? Foam or latex? What type of sleeper are you? Do you have the right budget for the right mattress? What about your family, your kids?

Getting a good night’s sleep is indispensable for short as well as long term wellness, so it is imperative to choose a mattress that not only complements your sleeping patterns but also your body’s physical requirements. Other considerations like, your budget and partner’s preferences may also factor in to your buying process.

Mattress is not the investment to make that can go wrong (i.e., upgrading the Patio), it’s investment in your health, and you just can’t allow yourself to miss out any details when considering the right mattress for you or you kids.
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Factors That You Need To Consider

It is imperative to consider the following factors to make sure the mattress you purchase is perfect for you before you make it a permanent fixture of your room.


From body type to sleep style, your lifestyle can help you make the perfect choice. If you sleep on your side, you may desire a surface with pressure relief, while conforming to your body shape and supporting your body. If you sleep on your stomach, you may require a firm top surface that will provide the best support. If you tend to sleep hot, a mattress topped with latex or foam can hold in your body heat.

Different Mattress Options

Mattresses range from plush or classic firm options to higher tech mechanically operated options with remote controls. So you must make some thorough research on the following options:

. Plush Or Basic Foam Mattresses: They are made with natural or organic  fibers, and you can choose from firm, extra firm, plush, extra plush mattresses, depending on how hard or soft you like your mattress to be.

. Memory Foam Mattresses: They are made from materials that mold to your body shape when you lie down, and are a good option for individuals who do not need top move around too much.

. Sleep Number Mattresses: They can be made softer or harder with the touch of a button. These mattresses are basically divided into various zones, so that while sleeping your partner’s side can have a different level of firmness as compared to yours.


If you like a mattress with bounce, then you must opt for an innerspring mattress as it offers a familiar bouncy feel. However, you can select how springy you desire it to be. The metal coils are generally gauged between 12 and 18 (12 is the firmest and thickest, 18 is the thinnest and also most compressible). Heavier individuals tend to prefer a firmer and thicker gauge’s support. Also, coils that are interconnected are extremely durable but ‘pocketed coils’ alleviate the ripple effect that happens when someone on either side of the bed moves.

If you like an extra firm base, then opt for a memory foam mattress. In order to find out their quality, you can ask for the specs on the foams density and how thick the layer of foam is. Thickness can typically vary from 2 to 6 inches and that will ascertain how deep you will sink in.

If you prefer a bit buoyancy, then opt for a latex mattress. Although it is similar to a memory foam mattress, but it has a little more spring-back. These mattresses can be expensive but claim to last over 20 years. Also, natural latex is antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites and molds.


Some mattresses cost several thousands of dollars, while others are under $500. So it is imperative to know exactly how much you are willing to spend. This will eliminate all the unnecessary confusion and also safeguard you from being talked into purchasing a mattress that is totally out of your price range.


The warranty is a typical marketing thing. It usually’s covers manufacturer’s defects, which are most likely going to show itself in a year, when the foam ceases to bounce back or a spring pops up. So you must opt for a mattress that offers a minimum warranty of 5 years.

Many warranties have several fine prints- if you do not use a similar matching foundation underneath your mattress, or if your mattress is stained because you did not use a good mattress protector, then it can invalidate your mattress’s warranty. This is because the industry usually desires you to replace your mattress every 5 to 8 years, though a good mattress should last you at least 10.

Other Factors

In case you suffer from allergies, you must opt for a latex or foam mattress as they are both resistant to mold and dust mites and also antimicrobial. In case you opt for an innerspring mattress, be sure to encase it in some allergen resistant cover so as to keep irritants at bay.

If your preference’s do not match with your partner, then an air-filled mattress with dual chambers is made just for you. In case you find that the top surface is not comfortable enough, then you may add an additional topper. In addition to this, if your partner tosses and turns all through the night, you may consider an innerspring mattress with pocketed coils, or latex, or memory foam mattress.

These will have great motion isolation as well. However, you must remember that these models can actually be less supportive on the body of a restless sleeper, since there is minimal forgiveness against a person’s movements.

Feel free to contact me via email and I’ll do my best to accommodate you but first, start with the mattress buying guide. I’m sure it will answer most of your questions.

*Note that articles on written by me in no way constitutes medical advice. If you have health preconditions, you should first of all consult with your doctor. The information and materials in should not be used as a substitute for the care and knowledge that your physician can provide to you.