Today we will talk about the different kinds of mattresses and their branding in the physical as well as the virtual world.
As we all know that there are as many brands for mattresses today as we can name. But the more the options, the more difficult a task it becomes to choose the best one. So how can we really choose the best one according to our needs and demands; is it purely based on the looks, or is it based on its inner beauty ..oops... I mean actual comfy-ness in the long run!
Did you know, there are over 12 types of mattresses that you can choose from, which includes
And much much more….
As a general rule of thumb, if your mattress is over 8 years old it’s probably not a bad idea to consider getting a new one. However, this rule does not apply to all mattresses. There are definitely some that are able to extend beyond 8 years and still provide the same quality performance. The best way to make a judgment call falls back on your sleeping patterns.
1. Type of mattresses
The type of mattress each person needs varies upon personal preference. With so many variations of mattress types, often times this can be the hardest choice to make. Not to worry, below I have broken down the most common mattress types to help make your research and selection a little easier.
Just like it sounds, these mattresses only consist of memory foam. Memory foam mattresses are known for their great support, pressure relief, and body contouring.
Built exclusively from latex foam, these mattresses are known for their cooling properties and comfort. Latex is known for its great responsiveness, comfort, bounce, and cooling.
One of the most popular and widely used mattress types. Coil (aka innerspring) mattresses have one or more layers of spring coils (generally steel) that provide the support and comfort. As technology advances, the number, types, and layers of coils change. A larger number of coils typically means better comfort and support.
Falling into an array of categories (coil, latex, memory, hybrid, etc.), pillow-top mattresses have a layer of soft material either stuffed or sewn into the cover. This works to add extra comfort and cushion for the sleeper.
Constructed from a combination of latex, memory, polyurethane foams, coils, and/or other materials, these mattresses usually are designed to maximize certain benefits, while also minimizing certain cons. For example, a latex + memory foam hybrid is able to deliver great bounce, cooling, and responsiveness via the latex, but also provide great pressure relief and support from the memory foam.
As the name suggests, these beds offer the ability to change the sleeping position of the mattress, usually by elevating the feet and inclining the back. Some of these even possess the ability to vibrate, heat, and/or massage the sleeper.
2. What firmness do you need?
Firmness is how hard or soft a mattress feels. The most common question we receive from readers is “how the firm is this mattress?” This is also one of the most difficult to answer questions.
The average preferred firmness level for sleepers falls between the 4-7 out of 10 range.
What position do you sleep in?
Side sleepers need a mattress with soft to medium level firmness, usually something in the 3-6 range out of 10 (where 10 is the most firm). A soft mattress with a lot of support will relieve pressure points on your neck and back.
The ideal mattress firmness is one that provides enough softness to eliminate pressure points but still has great support. Usually, a firmness level in the 4-7 range (where 10 is the most firm) is appropriate.
Stomach sleepers need to be as flat as possible with respect to the surface of the mattress. Even something as simple as a tall pillow could put the spine out of alignment, causing pain and discomfort. Typically stomach sleepers need a mattress in the 5-7 range (where 10 is the most firm) with some outliers requiring a slightly hard or softer feel (a 4 or 8, respectively).
Choosing a Mattress - 4 Steps Summary
Picking out a new mattress can be a daunting task. With this quick summary, I’ve noted the most important topics you need to know when choosing a mattress.
1. Is it time to replace your mattress? – is your mattress over 8 years old? A general rule of thumb is to replace your mattress every 8 years. However, if you’re not sleeping well then you can throw that 8-year benchmark out the window. Your sleep habits should be the largest factor in determining if you should change your mattress. Sleeping poorly? It’s time for a change.
2. What mattress type is best for you? – when selecting a mattress, the biggest choice will come down to either foam or coils. Foam offers a great hug, contour, and a unique feel. The coil is a more traditional feel with a great bounce. For most sleepers I recommend foam. However, if you’re very large (250+), want a traditional feel, and/or have extreme cooling needs, coils can be the better choice.
3. What firmness level is right for you?– most sleepers prefer a firmness in the 5-7 out of 10 range. This is appropriate for all sleeping positions and most weight/body types. If you go 4 or below you are most likely a side sleeper. If you go above a 7 you are probably a stomach or back (anything much above a 7 isn’t great for most side sleepers).
4. What positions do you sleep in? – Choose a mattress with a firmness that matches your needs. Side sleepers go with 3-6 out of 10. Back go with 4-7 out of 10. The stomach goes with 5-7 out of 10. There will, of course, be outliers in each of these, but uses these as general guidelines to get started.