How to choose the right mattress?

Mattress shopping can be a very confusing, overwhelming experience. With so many different types of mattresses on the market, it can be hard to decide which one is the best for you.  This article will help you out by giving a quick rundown of each type and providing some useful tips when it comes to choosing and purchasing a mattress.

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What is the best mattress?

There will never be a single answer to this question. This all comes down to personal preference. If you want a spring mattress or a latex mattress, then that is what you should choose. If you want some comfort, you can opt for a memory foam mattress or check out the mattress firmness. If you want a mix of all the qualities you are looking for in a mattress, then a hybrid mattress is a good option for you. 

The different types of mattresses

Open Spring Mattress

An open spring mattress contains rows of springs in it. It is rather bouncy and firm, which can give you a good night’s rest. One of the main problems that people experience is that it can be hard to share an open spring mattress. When one person moves, then the other person will also move and this can cause sleep disruption.
While an open spring mattress is affordable, it has a major downside. The springs, which are made of metal, can rust and can also pierce through the mattress. This can pose a health hazard for you. Therefore, it is a good idea to change the mattress as soon as you notice these problems.

Pocket Spring Mattress

Pocket spring mattresses are almost similar to the open spring. The only difference is the springs are placed in individual pockets vertically. When you share your bed with someone, they will be supported by their own set of springs in pockets, and this means more minor disturbance for you – a good night’s sleep win!

A perk to choosing pocket spring mattresses is that the air flows freely within the mattress. This means that you will not easily experience a dense or mouldy smell as time goes by. However, a significant challenge is that the springs are prone to rusting or breaking after extended use.

Foam Mattress (bed in a box)

Memory foam has been around since the 1960s and was used by astronauts to ensure a soft lift-off during test flights. This technology became more commercial and was used to create foam mattresses, also known as Bed in a Box. Memory foam takes on your body shape after it reads your body heat and weight. The mattress regains its original shape when not in use, so this should not stop you from purchasing it.

A memory foam mattress is a dense but softer type of mattress and is perfect for those looking for an option that relieves body pain. One of the challenges it has is that it can be uncomfortable for people who sleep in multiple positions. Another issue that some may notice is that it retains heat and can also cause some discomfort.

Latex mattress

There are 2 types of latex mattresses for you to choose from. The 100% natural latex is made from the sap of a rubber tree. This is, however, not as available, unlike the 2nd type, the synthetic latex mattress. This one is readily available because it is made of a mixture of materials to give it that almost natural latex feel.

Why choose a latex mattress? First of all, it is very supportive, especially for those who prefer to sleep on their back or stomach. It is breathable and is not subject to temperature changes. On the other hand, a newly purchased latex mattress has an odd smell that goes away over time. It also has the disadvantage of being uncomfortable for those who prefer softer mattresses.

Natural Fibre Mattress

This is a perfect option for those looking for an eco-friendly and non-toxic mattress. It can be made of latex, cotton or wool. These are great because they are hypoallergenic and will work for people who suffer from allergies. They are also a good option. They are durable because they are made of natural materials.

It may be hard to believe, but there are some downsides to a natural fibre mattress. To begin with, they are considered to be more expensive than most options in the market. You should be ready to spend a pretty penny if this option works for you. A natural mattress may also be heavy because it is made of unrefined materials. 

Hybrid mattresses 

Hybrid mattresses are made from a combination of materials that usually include memory foam, latex and pocket springs. Over time, mattress manufacturers have tested which materials work together to create a mattress affordable, lightweight and durable. When purchasing a mattress, choose one that fits your health needs, budget, and sleeping style. This then lets you select the best hybrid mattress for you.

Adjustable beds

Adjustable beds are those that can be adjusted to fit someone’s sleeping style, make it bigger or smaller and can also fold into a couch. This means that more care should be taken when choosing a mattress for this type of bed. Adjustable beds are great for health issues, meaning if you have back pain, breathing problems, neck problems and any other type of body challenge, then this is the bed for you.

There is a challenge when choosing a mattress for this type of bed. To begin with, the bed needs a mattress that can fold and fit when folded. You also need a mattress that suits your health needs, like a firmer mattress for a heavier person, comfortable and durable. An adjustable can be heavy and time-consuming, but it can also fit into smaller spaces.

The benefits of memory foam vs. latex

“If you are going for the eco-friendly option, then a 100% natural latex mattress – which can be harder to find – is still out there. For example, the Peacelily Mattress is made from 100% certified natural latex.” A latex mattress is usually firm and is great support for those who sleep facing upwards or on the stomach. Memory foam will mimic your body shape and size over time, and this gives you a good night’s rest. 

What size mattress do you need?

The mattress you choose should, most importantly, fit the bed base you have. The  standard Australian mattress sizes are single, kings single, double, king and queen. 

When choosing a mattress size and bed, measure the room you are sleeping in. The bed and mattress should fit right and still give you enough moving and storage space. You should also keep in mind if the bed is for a single child, a single adult or even a couple. 

What is the best firmness for a mattress?

When choosing the firmness in a mattress, keep in mind that there are soft, medium and firm mattresses. Soft mattresses tend to dip when someone lays on them while the firm mattress retains its shape. If you are heavier by nature and also prefer to sleep on your back, then a firm mattress may do the trick. It helps to distribute your weight and also helps with breathing through the night.

A soft or medium mattress works for those lighter in weight. It works wonders for those who sleep on their side to give you that good night’s rest. There are mattresses with multiple firmness options on each side. This is great for couples who have different body types and sleeping styles. 

Talk to your health care provider for advice

Do you have a health condition that affects your sleep? A doctor can give you advice on the firmness of a mattress, depending on your body type. Still, they may not know other details, like if you need a memory foam mattress or one with springs or the eco-friendly option.

If you are experiencing back or joint problems, a doctor will advise that you change your mattress to one that will give you a good night’s rest. However, you don’t have to wait for your visit to the doctor to replace your mattress. A mattress is good for an average of 7 to 8 years, but this can change, once again, based on our sleeping habits and body type. . Keep this in mind – if you are not having a comfortable night in your bed, then it might be time to replace your mattress. 

What is your Budget?

You may need a mattress ASAP, especially if you have had it for over 8 years, it has some wear and tear and if it is for your health. Sadly, you may not always have funds set aside to get a new mattress. Suppose you’re not in a position to pay upfront for a new mattress. In that case, most online and physical bedding companies give payment plans or options, which can help you manage the cost of your new purchase.

Many bedding retailers offer popular finance options like Afterpay, Zip, and Humm. There are some major interest-free payment options available in Australia that you can take advantage of. To be sure, check with the individual store to see what options they offer. Check out all the terms and conditions of the options available to avoid paying more than what you bargained for.

Is it better to buy a mattress online or in-store?

This will depend on your mattress needs. If you have health problems, it would be best to visit a physical store to test out the mattresses available. Here, you will be able to talk to a store attendant who can patiently show you around and offer information on the mattresses functional. You can see the actual sizes and colours in real-time, which helps you decide on the best option for you.

Online mattress shopping also has its perks. You will be able to check out the types of mattresses available, costs and other information from the comfort of your seat. Here, you can say goodbye to walking around a store and spending a lot of time shopping. The great thing about ordering online is that the store will handle the delivery of the mattress for you. Keep in mind that physical stores also offer delivery options if requested.

Mattress Warranties

A warranty is a guarantee from a product manufacturer that they will replace or repair any product you purchase from them at no extra charge for a while. This is no different with mattresses. Most warranties last for between 10 and 20 years, depending on the mattress you choose.

Another great thing that mattress stores offer is a trial period. This means that you can make use of the mattress for a limited amount of time to determine if it works for you. If you keep it in its mint condition, you can return it for an exchange or keep the current one. Find out from the store if this option is available to you. 

How do you get rid of old mattresses?

Always try to negotiate free removal of your old mattress when purchasing a new mattress. It’s good to know though that there are companies like Wohler’s that offer a free mattress disposal service if you purchase a mattress from them. All you have to do is let them know before delivery that they will be taking away your old mattress. 

Buy Australian made

In a recent Bedbuyer survey done with over 1000 people, a majority of bed shoppers (over 80%) prefer to buy Australian-made mattresses. You can get many quality and locally made mattresses available across Australia. By purchasing local brands like Sealy, Adriatic Slumber or A.H Beard, you have plenty of opportunities to support Aussie workers – buy local, build local!

Final Thoughts…

As you can see, there is a little more to buying the perfect mattress. Remember, your budget, health status and sleeping styles will help you choose the ideal mattress. And remember to support local Australian mattress brands!