Everything you need to know beforehand: Mattress shopping simplified.
Come prepared. Dress comfortably so you can test many mattresses. Bring your favourite pillow and replicate your natural sleeping position.
Know the dimensions of your current set (floor to top of mattress). Know length and width as well. Know your room dimensions for possibly purchasing a larger set. You may decide to upgrade.
Know mattress types: Innerspring, Memory Foam, Latex Foam and Hybrids (Innerspring with Memory/Latex Foam). Some mattresses come with a pillow top layer, which is an additional upholstery layer at the top of the mattress, over the support system of the mattress, for plush comfort
Be smart in-store: Start with a comfort test to determine your comfort preference first. Try a plush and firm innerspring mattress. Next try other technologies if you are curious to experience different feels, including memory foam and latex foam mattresses. At this point, do not worry about the details of what’s in the mattress. Each manufacturer may have different names so choose by your comfort preference. Remember, comfort is different for everyone. So try several styles when you’re in the store. A good mattress should provide you with the right support at every comfort level. A brief description: Ultra Plush- a very soft-feeling surface; Plush- firmer than the Ultra Plush but less firm than the Cushion Firm; Cushion Firm- firmer than Ultra Plush but softer than Firm; Firm- the hardest of the comfort levels.
Found one you really like? Ask about the product’s features, benefits and warranty. Compare it to one of higher and lower price. Learn the difference between like firmnesses but different prices. Buy the best mattress you can afford if it passes your comfort test. Additionally, your boxspring, or foundation, absorbs about 40% of the wear and tear on your sleep set. Only a total sleep system assures proper support. Get the set!
What to ask: What does the mattress have inside that offers proper back and body support? What’s inside the mattress that minimizes tossing and turning? If it’s an Innerspring, insist that the coils be twice tempered. This helps the coils retain strength and prevent mattress sag.
Know the difference in the coils inside an Innerspring mattress. Innersprings have many types of coils that can cause confusion. Here’s what you need to know. Four things factor into the support of an Innerspring mattress: the shape of the coil; the thickness of the wire (the lower the number- the thicker the coil); the quality of the coil; the tempering of the coil- make sure the Innerspring is twice tempered to prevent sagging.
While this is helpful to know when shopping, above all, it’s best to lie down on the mattress and select one that best suits your personal comfort level.