Can we be perfectly frank? Choosing the right mattress can be confusing, expensive, and very time-consuming. It’s a decision that requires careful consideration and research, especially knowing that a new mattress is a long-term investment in something incredibly important: your sleep.
If you are just starting your research for your new mattress, you have more than likely seen that there are hundreds of brands to choose from.ou have probably also seen at least 3 mattress advertisements today on Facebook, Google, or on your favourite news, entertainment, or sports information websites.
The ability to choose between hundreds of mattresses from the comfort of your own home is great, however, you should always ask yourself the following questions before clicking ‘Checkout Now’ on any of the online mattress websites, or, pulling out your credit card at a mattress store.
Ok, so the last time you replaced your mattress was 10 years ago. You may even still be sleeping on the same mattress from college, or it could be a hand me down from your friends and family. Over time the mattress gets old, start sagging, springs start to pop out, covers get stained, and you may feel increased pain in your back, shoulders or hips.
If you have experienced any of these things with your current mattress, it may be time to invest in health and happiness with a better mattress. Fortunately, buying a new mattress has become much easier in recent years with the online ‘bed-in-a-box’ industry revolutionising the mattress buying experience.
With so much information available online, including Mattress-Reviews.com, you can start your research from the comfort of your own home, find a mattress that suits your body, your sleeping position, and your budget. And, best of all, if you find one you like online, many mattresses now come with a sleep trial, so, if you decide it isn’t right for you, the mattress can be picked up, fully refunded, and you can try the next one on your list.
One of our editors here at Mattress-Reviews visited a local department store in search of a new mattress. Nevermind the annoying sales people trying to get you to buy, but the price alone caught his attention. One thing is for sure: a mattress should not cost more than $2000. He said roughly 80% of the mattresses at this location exceeded well above that price.
Times have changed. Look online for your next mattress and decide on a realistic budget that works for you. Here are some helpful hints:.
- Unless you’re a college student or financially constrained, don’t consider any mattresses below $500 (queen size). Most of these mattresses consist of poor quality materials and are possibly manufactured in China.
- Many high-quality mattresses are available from $800 to $1400 dollars.
- If you choose to purchase a foam or hybrid mattress, make sure you know the densities of the foam used. Cheaper foam is often a lower density.
Speaking of quality of materials, it’s important to educate yourself on the choices so you can be sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck!
There are so many different types of mattresses being offered out there, and many companies combine various elements to create hybrid forms. So where do you start? It’s wise to learn the benefits of each type before choosing what’s best for you.
Here is a quick overview of the options available to you.
Next on our list is hybrid mattresses. These mattresses truly are the best of both worlds. You will get the support and bounce that most spring mattresses provide while experiencing the soothing comfort of memory foam.
Be sure to pay attention to how much memory foam is used in a hybrid mattress. Too much foam and you could sink too far, causing the support of the springs to become void; but with little foam you may feel the metal springs in your back, resulting in a painful nights’ sleep.
Who Benefits Most From a Hybrid Mattress?
Those interested in a mattress that offers the feel of memory foam while maintaining the support a spring mattress provides. Edge support, motion isolation, and bounce are rated highly hybrid mattresses. So if you sit on the edge of your bed in the morning, sleep with a partner, or have an active sex life, then a hybrid mattress is what you need.
The Logan & Cove mattress is our top hybrid mattress pick in Canada, as it features multiple layers of foam, individually pocketed coils, and enhanced edge support.
Memory foam has taken off and has quickly become preferred by most new mattress shoppers. Memory foam is arguably the most comfortable, contouring, and responsive of all the mattress types. Mattresses containing higher-density memory foam are more expensive to manufacture and very few of the ‘bed-in-a-box’ retailers choose to use it. However, premium companies like Novosbed still use high-density memory foam due to the fact that it provides a slower responding feel and additional mattress durability as well as longevity.
Memory foams may retain heat so be sure to take this into consideration and look at memory foam mattresses that also provide moisture wicking and cooling technology, like Douglas.
Who Benefits Most From a Memory Foam Mattress?
Those looking for pressure point relief for their back, shoulders, and hips should consider a memory foam mattress. Also, if you like a body-contouring and motion isolation mattress (so your partner doesn’t wake you in the middle of the night), then you definitely will enjoy a memory foam mattress.
Innerspring mattresses are the most traditional type. Chances are you grew up using a spring mattress, slept on one at college, or have slept on one at mid-range hotels. They are generally less expensive to manufacture but do last a long time.
Who Benefits Most From An Innerspring Mattress?
Those who want durability, some bounce, good support, and impressive airflow (cooling) should consider an innerspring mattress. The edge support on most spring mattresses is also impressive.
Latex mattresses are another good option. A natural latex mattress is derived from the rubber tree which gives off a milky white sap that is processed with a few other ingredients and transformed into rubber. The latex used can be synthetic or natural. Most latex mattresses consist of a blend of both. Natural latex is more environmentally-friendly but expensive to manufacture, so expect these mattresses to be over $2000.
Who Benefits Most From A Latex Mattress?
Those who want bounce, cooling, durability, no smell, and a mattress that is made with eco-friendly materials (only natural latex).
Depending on if you are a side, back, or stomach sleeper, you’ll find that your mattress needs change. There is a mattress for every preference, so think about your favorite sleep position and find the best mattress recommendations for you.
Side sleepers must be very careful to avoid mattresses that are too firm or too soft. Too much or too little sinkage in mattresses may not alleviate the pressure points on the neck, shoulders, and hips.
A mattress with multiple firmness options is a great place to start. Such retailers who provide multiple options often recommend a particular firmness based on the sleeper ’s sleep position.
Novosbed is one of the few mattress brands to offer multiple firmness options. The Novosbed contains high-density foam which has a slower response to your body weight, allowing your body to ease into the mattress and allowing the pressure relief on the neck, shoulders, and hips as the mattress contours to your body.
Novosbed is also the only mattress to offer adjustable firmness, so even after you purchase a specific firmness as a side sleeper, the firmness can be adjusted with their free Comfort+ layer. Of all the firmness options Novosbed offers, the soft version is most often recommended for side sleepers.
Typically, a medium-firm mattress is best for those who suffer from back pain or for those that simply prefer sleeping on their backs. Most importantly, as a back sleeper, you need proper support and this is what we discuss in our findings below.
The best mattresses for back sleepers are usually memory foam and latex mattresses. Both feature slow-response designed to slowly contour to the shape of your body. The end result? A mattress that supports the natural curvature of your spine. Back sleepers are often worried about sinkage but remember, a little sinkage is just fine so long as you get a mattress with high-density foams designed to contour perfectly your body.
The Douglas mattress is a medium firmness mattress designed to hit that sweet spot back sleepers look for in a mattress. Thanks to the ecoLight™ foam comfort layer, back sleepers can take advantage of a high-density top layer of memory foam that is specifically designed to cradle and support the body. At the same time, the next layer of premium elastic foam mimics the reactive and supportive properties of natural latex. As a back sleeper, this is an excellent combination.
Most experts agree that sleeping on your stomach is not recommended, as the natural curvature of the spine is not supported. This can add stress and discomfort to your muscles. All this being said, many still prefer this sleep position.
When shopping around for the best mattress for stomach sleepers, there are a few things to keep in mind. Typically, a firmer mattress is best since there will be less lumbar sinkage into the mattress. Most importantly you need proper support to help maintain the angle of your spine
If you enjoy a classic memory foam feel but don’t want the contouring and sinking feeling that often accompanies, then consider a hybrid mattress such as Logan & Cove. This mattress provides the comfort of memory foam while still offering proper spinal alignment for stomach sleeping.
The Logan & Cove mattress is especially effective because it specializes in targeted lumbar support. The hundreds of zonal pocketed coils coupled with a cooling memory foam make this mattress supportive yet extremely comfortable. It also features a silk blend pillow-top fill and a natural eucalyptus cover which is ideal for stomach sleepers as they usually sleep on the side of their face and this material offers breathability.
OK, last but not least we must address the factor of body weight. Different body weights require different levels of sinkage and support. Fortunately, there are online mattress companies who use algorithms to make recommendations based on your weight and help you choose which firmness option is right for you. There are also online mattress companies who offer a split queen size mattress or split king size mattress option. Split options are perfect for couples who may have substantially different body weights.
For ease of understanding, we have broken our guide for choosing the best option by body weight down into three weight categories:
Lightweight sleepers (Less than 150 pounds)
If you fit this category, consider a soft to medium-firm mattress that sits around a 3-6 on the firmness scale, as lighter sleepers don’t sink as deeply into a mattress. Take a look at the reviews on Mattress-Reviews.com and find a mattress that falls within the firmness range identified by the independent engineer used to complete testing for the website.‘One-size-fits-all’ mattresses, like Douglas, are a great fit for lighter sleepers.
Average weight sleepers (150 to 200 pounds)
Most mattresses are designed and optimized for an average weight of 180lbs. A medium to medium-firm mattress is ideal for sleepers of an average weight. The firmness rating medium sleepers should be looking for is between 4.5-7 on the firmness scale. Mattresses like Novosbed, with multiple firmness options that all sit between this firmness range, will cater for a personal softness or firmness preference.
Heavier sleepers (200+ pounds)
The primary concern for heavier people is a mattress with too little support as well as too much sinkage. A medium-firm to firm mattress is ideal for heavier sleepers. The firmness rating heavier sleepers should look for is between a 6-8 on the firmness scale. Firmer hybrid mattresses, like Logan & Cove, should be looked at due to the nature of zonal pocketed coils used. These coils are an extra gauge thicker in the central third of the mattress to help with support of the heaviest part of the body, the hips. They also contour of the body, allowing for comfort in every sleep position.
We hope you enjoyed this detailed guide and recognize just how subjective mattress shopping is. Everyone has different preferences and needs, but with our recommendations, we trust that you’ll find the mattress that suits you best. Here’s a brief recap of everything we have discussed.
Do I really need to buy a new mattress?
Your mattress could be due for an upgrade. Look online and see the options available to you. Here at Mattress-Reviews we have independent engineers review all our mattresses and share their unbiased findings to help people just like you find the most suitable mattress.
How much should I spend on a new mattress?
Simple. An excellent mattress should never cost more than $2000. Pay attention to the quality of materials used, the density of the foam, the number of coils, and where it is made. North American made mattresses are more than likely a better quality.
What types of mattress are there?
Be sure to consider what mattress type you prefer and need. You might enjoy the support of an innerspring mattress, the contouring of memory foam, the bounce of latex, or perhaps a blend of all three with a hybrid mattress.
What is the best mattress for my sleep position?
Your sleeping position will ultimately decide what firmness you need in a mattress. Side sleepers should look for a softer mattress, back sleepers should consider a medium firmness mattress, and stomach sleepers should focus on a slightly firmer mattress.
Does body weight influence my mattress options?
Lighter sleepers (under 150 pounds) should look for a softer mattress at between 3-6 on the firmness scale. Average weight sleepers (150-200 pounds) should look at medium firmness mattresses at between 4.5-7 on the firmness scale. Heavier sleepers (over 200+ pounds) should look for a mattress firmness of between 6-8 on the firmness scale.
- On August 21, 2018