Replacing your mattress can be a time consuming process.
There are hundreds of models to choose from and it all comes down to your personnel preference.
To some extent, it’s a category in which you get what you pay for, says Michael Magnuson, CEO of Goodbed.com, the number one mattress review website.
“For something that you’re going to sleep on every day for 10 years, you want materials that are durable and high quality,” he says. “And most likely, you won’t find good materials that can withstand daily uses for under $1,000.”
Here is a good way start your mattress shopping. Visit a local showroom full of mattresses so you can ask questions and try out different types of mattresses and see what feels good to you.
- How old is your current mattress? If your mattress is over 8 years old then the rule of thumb is to replace your mattress. If you’re not sleeping well on your current mattress then it’s time for a change.
- How much is your budget?Pick an amount that works for you. You should have close to $1,000 to spend. Do not budget less than $500 unless you want a cheap mattress that’s going to break down a lot sooner.
- What type of mattress works best for you?When picking a mattress, the decision usually comes down to coils, latex, foam or a hybrid model.
- Foam offers great support, pressure relief, and body contour but can feel hot on your body especially when it is warm out. “You sit on it,(foam) and it doesn’t really sink or budge beyond the topmost layer,” Magnuson says. To determine their quality, ask for the specs: a) how thick the layer of foam is, and b) the foam’s density. Thickness can vary from 2 to 6 inches, which will determine how deep you’ll sink. In terms of density, 5 pounds per cubic foot is considered very high quality, while down to 3 pounds per cubic foot is less so.
Latex mattresses are similar to memory foam models in terms of firmness, but have a bit more spring-back. Natural latex is antimicrobial, resistant to mold and dust mites. These mattresses can be very expensive.
Coil or Innerspring is a more traditional feel with the bouncy feel.
The metal coils are gauged anywhere from 12 (the thickest and firmest springs) to 18 (the thinnest springs). If you are a heavy person or couple then you will most likely prefer a thicker gauge’s support. Coils that are interconnected are more durable, but individual coils that are covered with fabric reduce the rippling effect that happens when someone on one side of the bed moves.
Innerspring/ Coil mattresses have either a fiberfill or foam outer layer, covered in quilted ticking. “A really puffy layer might feel great in the store, but in a few months, you’ll see it compressing and not coming back,” says Magnuson. It’s often best to choose a firmer, well-quilted mattress, and then cover it with a replaceable mattress pad or feather bed.
- What firmness level is right for you? Many consumers confuse support with firmness. A mattress that provides proper support means that your spine is kept in proper alignment and there are no pressure points. If you wake up sore or in pain then you do not have adequate support.
The optimal firmness correlates with comfort, most people prefer a firmness in the 5 to 7 out of 10 range. This is appropriate for all sleeping positions and most body types. If you prefer 4 or below you are most likely a side sleeper. If you prefer 7 or more you are probably a stomach or back sleeper.
- What position do you usually sleep in?Pick a mattress with a firmness that matches your sleeping style. Side sleepers go with 3 to 6 out of 10. Back sleepers 4 to 7 out of 10. Stomach sleepers 5 to 7 out of 10. These are guidelines and you know your own body better than anyone else.
- How much do you weigh and what is your body type?Mattress support correlates to your body weight. The more you weigh, the more the support foams have to work to provide maximum comfort. Your weight effects how much support you will receive from your mattress because of how much you sink into the mattress and if it hits any pressure points.
If you are in the market for a new mattress then stop by our Gunnison or Salida stores to test out a mattress and ask our associates questions so that you choose the best mattress for you and your spouse.