6 Top Tips for Choosing The Best Mattress For You


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Choosing the right mattress is what provides you with the comfort needed for your dream night’s sleep. Mattresses act as a foundation providing support for the back and joints, improving spinal alignment and cushion against pressure points and pain.

Everyone understands how important it is to have a decent quality mattress in terms of improving your sleep.

However, the number of people who enjoy finding their perfect mattress is much lower as it can be an intimidating process due to the wide variety of options.

Some people even have to delay buying a bed, therefore, sacrificing valuable hours of sleep all down to the point they become overwhelmed when spending a significant sum of money on something they have little or even no knowledge of.

  1. Work out precisely what you want – Your preferred mattress will be unique as it changes from person to person, making it always the first factor to consider when buying your mattress. The best thing to do is make a list of your specific needs, ultimately narrow down which mattress is best for you.
  2. Analyse the positives and negatives of each mattress – Many people struggle to determine which mattress type is best as there isn’t any particular mattress that suits everyone.

It is a careful consideration that needs to be thoroughly thought through so that you can meet as many of your individual needs as feasibly possible. Innerspring mattresses are the most widespread and familiar.

They are relatively cheap and offer good support from the start, although they will often begin to sag, meaning they won’t last as long as other mattresses.

Memory foam mattresses have the highest customer satisfaction making them also the second most popular. Quality widely varies and can be associated with good pain and pressure relief. Latex is recognised as the organic option, which makes it popular.

Pictured: Sleepeezee Jessica 1800 Pocket Gel 3FT Single Mattress (Available from Bedstar)
  1. Mattress firmness – is probably the most vital detail when buying a mattress coming in 5 varying firmness levels. (soft, soft medium, medium, medium-firm, firm).

Mattress firmness can be more confusing than just the five levels, as every brand varies what level of firmness they refer to in each mattress.

Even after you have bought a bed, you will be wearing it for the first year to become softer as it molds to the shape of your body.

We would suggest either trying out a mattress before purchasing it or buying the firmness level the same as your old mattress. I would recommend staying with the same brand of bed if you are doing this. Factors that affect the mattress you need are age, weight, height, sleeping position, and the number of people sleeping on the bed.

  1. Picking the right mattress size for your bed frame – If you have a supportive bed frame but you need a new mattress, you will need to make sure you get the right size mattress to fit exactly on the frame.

If it’s too big or small, it will slide about on the frame too much. Not only will this lower the quality of your sleep significantly, but it will also lower the aesthetic of the bed frame and the mattress in your room. If you’re unsure what size mattress you need, here is a size guide to help you work it out.

Mattress Sizes

  • Small Single Mattress 75cm x 190cm
  • Single Mattress 90cm x 190cm
  • Small Double Mattress 120cm x 190cm
  • Double Mattress 135cm x 190cm
  • King Mattress 160cm x 200cm
  • Super King Mattress 180cm x 200cm
  • Emperor Mattress 215cm x 215cm
  1. Setting a budget for your bed – There isn’t a specific price that you should spend to pay for a new mattress, but typically the price ranges between £300 to £1000. Although it may seem like you are spending big money, you are paying for the quality. In some ways, yes, this is true. In other ways, it could just be a waste of money if it doesn’t suit your specific needs.

Rather than having a figure to pay for your mattress, set a maximum figure this way. It ensures you stick to below the budget you have. Then you can test the specifications for all the mattresses within that range. Options that match your list of preferences and have better reviews than other options in the price range.

  1. Look closely into the specifications – Generally, we like to think that well-known products are better, but this is not true when it comes to beds. The details inside the actual mattress will tell you more about a bed’s potential quality, durability, and value.

The Which? approved Sleepezze Hybrid 2000 mattress offers the perfect blend of technologies to deliver outstanding comfort and total support night after night. This mattress also features advanced Staycool™ gel to regulate your temperature for a restful night’s sleep, ensuring you wake up refreshed.

Pictured: Sleepeezee Hybrid 2000, Encapsulated 2000 SoftTech, and traditional pocket springs (Available from Bedstar)

For example, when it comes to memory foam beds, essential things to look at are foam density, the thickness of layers, cover, and flameproof materials.

Beds with similar price points vary significantly in terms of quality because many mattresses are priced up upon the wrong factors. Therefore, you can get yourself the best deal if you know what you are looking for.

Always find detailed descriptions of the different materials the mattress layers, as these details can help you work out how much you can compare beds that suit your needs the best.

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