Buying a mattress is overwhelming and can be quite a hassle nowadays. There is so much information to process mentally and so many different types of mattresses that it can be difficult to figure out what to look for in stores or online. Even if the mattress feels comfortable in the store, it isn't an assurance it will still be comfortable after one month. This guide will go over some of the important features of a mattress, different types of mattresses, and the best mattresses for the money.
Reviews for 6 of what Sleep Metro considers the top-rated mattresses for your money. These brands offer high-quality products at different price points. When deciding on which mattress to buy, consider the features that are important to you.
12 Layers comprising of Gel-infused Memory Foam, Talalay Latex + Pocket Coils. Textured polyester cover with breathable mesh around mattress circumference. High-quality materials. Reasonably priced.
Available in Soft (Plush), Medium + Firm
High density gel memory foam. Edge support base foam. Cooling. Relieves pressure points.
Soft, Medium + Luxury-firm
Good bounce + support.
Uses proprietary Avena. Minimal motion transfer. Pressure point relief. Good bounce. Cooling ability.
Latex + Gel-infused Memory Foam. Body contouring comfort + support. Relieves pressure points. Cooling temperature.
Firm; softens after break-in period
Memory Foam. Great comfort + support. Even weight distribution. Relieves pressure points
Many of the optional mattress add-ons won't help if the mattress itself is of poor quality. The mattress should be made of thick, high-quality materials. If the mattress is too thin, it leads to issues such as sagging. Cheap mattresses might save you money upfront, but they provide a poor night’s sleep and have to be replaced more often.
Finding a mattress that provides both support and comfort is crucial. The level of firmness, or feel, required differs from person to person. With one end of the spectrum being very soft, and the other end being very firm, most people fall somewhere in the middle. Most mattresses are made to be in this range. Whether you want a foam or spring mattress, it really depends on your personal preference. Another aspect to consider is temperature. Some mattresses possess a lot of comfort, but retain heat. It‘s difficult to experience a good night’s sleep if you are too hot. Generally, latex mattresses tend to do a better job of keeping you cool.
To get the best value, you should purchase a mattress that will last at least 7 years. Most reputable brands use higher quality materials, but some foams break down quicker than others. Also, look closely at the warranty that is offered. Remember: your mattress will last longer if you take good care of it!
Coil/Spring Mattresses are the most traditional types and are usually the least expensive. Layers of steel coils distribute support and relieve pressure. If the coils are poor quality or there are not enough of them in the mattress, it causes discomfort. Some sleepers prefer the traditional, supportive feel of the coil mattress. Keep in mind that this type of mattress typically requires replacement more often than others.
Memory Foam Mattresses consist of layers that contour to your body. Memory foam is more expensive than coil. If you prefer softness while sleeping, memory foam is a good option for you. Also, those who experience back or joint pain tend to prefer memory foam.
Latex Foam Mattresses are similar to memory foam. Latex foam, however, is firmer and cooler to sleep on. If you want a foam mattress, but dislike the softness of memory foam, latex is a good option. This type is pricier, but typically lasts longer.
Hybrids combine both memory foam and latex. Hybrids are a good choice if you want the best of both worlds from your mattress -- support and comfort.
To summarize, the best mattress for the money should:
Did this guide help you form a better idea of what to look for when buying a mattress and getting the best deal? Many aches and pains are based in poorly supported sleeping postures, which may be the result of a low-quality mattress. Invest in the best mattress within your budget and see the difference it makes.
Updated by Sharon Picone on 3 January, 2017