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A guide to choosing a mattress


A Guide to Choosing a Mattress

The Mattress of your Dreams

Beds are one of the most enjoyed places of any home. Whether you’re going to bed or waking up, the magnetic force of a comfy bed is undeniable.

Since a bed is where you will spend a good majority of your time, it is good to know your options. There are several different types of mattresses that each come with their own sets of cushiony delights.


Innerspring mattress are the most common of mattresses and have been winning popularity contests since the Industrial Revolution. These mattresses support you with steel coils and usually each coil is individually contained. There are also various foams and fibers on top to make the bed comfortable.

Quality in these mattresses is usually defined by the gauge and number of coils. A lower gauge means the coils have less give and more coils means the mattress can contour and support the sleeper better. However, experts suggest anything over 390 coils is redundant. Another factor in comfort is the type of foam, padding or stuffing on top of the coils.

Innerspring mattresses are easy to find and tend to be the most affordable mattress types but have a huge variety in terms of price and style. They can be very supportive and comfortable. Also, if you’re a hot sleeper, innerspring beds receive less complaints than foam mattresses. Since there is such a wide variety of these beds, the lower end may not provide enough support and lead to backaches so make sure you understand your sleeping needs and choose the mattress that’s right for you.

Memory Foam

Memory foam mattresses are becoming increasingly common. They are made of layers of different densities of foam. They are famous for comfort because of their ability to specially contour to any body.

These beds are also famous for their abilities to absorb movement, try setting a glass of red wine on one end and dropping a bowling ball on the other (at your own risk!). So they are great for people who become annoyed by even the slightest movement of their sleeping partner. These types of mattresses are also recommended for people in chronic pain because it reduces pressure points.

The major problem with memory foam mattresses is that they can make people feel hot during the night since they contour and mold with your body heat. Some brands do offer memory foam mattresses designed to stay cool through the night.

Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses have been around since the 1950s but have never risen to extreme popularity due to their reputation for being uncomfortable. However, latex mattresses are some of the healthiest and greenest mattresses around. They are made from natural or synthetic rubber.

These mattresses offer more support than memory foam and are considered to be great at relieving back pain, but they aren’t as soft as memory foam. In contrast, latex mattresses are good at keeping sleepers cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They are also hypoallergenic, resistant to bacteria, mold and dust mites.

Air Bed

Air beds are not the same as the air mattress that you can blow up and deflate for guests, instead they look like innerspring mattresses but use air-filled chambers to provide support and are often covered by a comfortable layer of foam.

Many of these beds are adjustable, so you can change the levels if you spend a lot of time in bed or if you have a sleeping partner, it is typical to be able to individually adjust levels of firmness.

Pillow top

Pillow top mattresses sound heavenly just by their name. They are considered to be soft and comfortable and are basically just an extra layer on top of a mattress. They come in varieties of softness and many people love them. The problem is that over time they can break-down so it is recommended to flip them around monthly. They are recommended for side-sleepers.


By: Alyssa McMurty

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