How to Choose a Mattress

How to Choose a Mattress


When it is time for a new mattress set, you will definitely know it. Since every mattress has a certain lifespan, it is common for older mattresses to become worn, saggy and lumpy in all of the wrong places. Not only for the sake of looks but for comfort too, you may want to start looking for a comfortable replacement. Before heading out to your local mattress store, you should do your homework prior to making this investment. Because a mattress set can range from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars and more, the money that you spend may amount to a hefty number. Also, you may want to check your budget to know what you can afford before you set out.

1. Mattress Type

Today, there are many mattress options available on the market. If you have been keeping up with the changes in the mattress industry, you may already know this and be ahead of the game. On the other hand, if it has been a long time since you have shopped around, you may need to get up to speed quickly by comparing the different types. Here are some of the more common types that you should know about as you start to make your decision.

  • Inner Spring Mattress Sets

When you shop around for the best mattress for you, you may start your research by looking at traditional innerspring mattress sets. Unlike the more modern, advanced mattresses (such as memory foam), this mattress is considered to be the least expensive option. However, there is a gradual elevation in price when you decide that you want the added accessories on your mattresses like a pillow top layer, infused gel, or hybrid style. So, the choices within this option are up to you and your personal preferences.

How to Choose a Mattress

  • Memory Foam Mattress Sets

If the traditional innerspring mattress sets do not appeal to you, you may want to check out memory foam mattress sets. Because these mattresses are marketed as the more comfortable and healthier options, they are designed to protect your back and neck from various kinds of joint pain. These mattresses are also well-known for a more advanced technology since they are made with a variation of latex foams. These foam mattresses are often favored for their hypoallergenic properties so people with allergies can sleep comfortably throughout the night. Also, because memory foam sculpts itself to your body, it springs back into shape as you move around which supports your body.

  • Adjustable Air Mattress Sets

When you shop around, you will also be introduced to one more mattress option, and that is the adjustable air mattress sets. These mattress sets are designed to inflate so you can use an electric pump to inflate it to your desired firmness. The bonus to using this mattress type is that it can easily be deflated and stored out of the way.

2. Mattress Size

Once you have chosen your mattress type, the next step is selecting the right size. Twin size, full size, queen size or king size are all available in your local retail stores. You will need to pick and choose which size is best for your needs. For instance, if you are buying a mattress for a small child’s room, you may need the smaller twin size. On the other hand, if you are looking for a mattress for your master bedroom, you may need a queen size mattress or king size mattress in order to have enough space. Whatever the case or situation, the size of the mattress will make a big difference in your purchase.

How to Choose a Mattress

3. Warranty

Because the cost of a mattress can vary significantly from one brand to another, you want the best features possible for the money you are spending, and a good warranty to back it up. Because all warranties are not the same, you should make sure that you are reading the fine print on each. The fine print covers a variety of issues that can void the warranty. For instance, if the mattress is stained because the owner does not buy the appropriate mattress protector, the manufacturer warranty will be considered invalid. Therefore, it is very important that you know what type of warranty that you are buying, and what all it will cover, before making your investment.