It can be confusing with all the mattress companies online nowadays, but there are just a few easy steps you should take when deciding on what mattress is right for you and your family.
- Decide On A Budget
- Consider The Type Of Mattress You Need
- Work Out The Best Mattress Size For You
- Choose Your Ideal Mattress Firmness
- Read The Latest Mattress Reviews
Deciding How Much To Spend On A Mattress
One of the main deciding factors when buying a new mattress is always price. Sure, we want to make sure we have the right softness and of course the right size but ultimately we are governed by our budget.
Thankfully, the most popular and reputable mattress brands have offerings in a number of price categories.
Mattresses Below $300
Typically these are very thin and basic mattresses that offer little support. You may find these at summer camp’s or backpacker’s hostels. Generally a mattress under $200-$300 is not recommended for long term use.
Mattresses Below $500
Affordable mattresses between $300-$500 are still hard to come by however Puffy has a great quality twin mattress for $495. If you’re trying to find a larger size mattress in this price range then you are going to sacrifice quality, so it’s best not to use it long term. Perhaps for a spare bedroom.
Mattresses Below $700
Now the quality is improving a little but depending on the size you need, this still may not be the right budget for a King or Queen bed that you sleep on every night. Puffy’s full size mattress is currently only $695 which we consider to be the best in this price bracket at the moment.
Mattresses For $700-$1,000
A lot of the nicer mattresses fall into this price category. Now you’ll have more options no matter what size or type of mattress you are looking for.
Mattress For Less Than $2000
This is really the ideal price range for a mattress. If you spend $1,000-$2,000 on your new mattress then you’ll have many great night’s of sleep ahead of you. You would expect these mattresses to have a decent warranty of up to 10 years too.
Mattress For Less Than $3000
Sure, spending between $2,000-$3,000 on a mattress may seem excessive but you will have the pick of the lot here. You’re going to have plenty of options with almost all of the top mattress brands. Pricing usually tops out around this point.
Mattresses Above $3,000
You must be really rolling in it, pun intended, if you’re looking to spend above $3,000 on a new mattress. The mattress will be truly amazing, but it’s not always necessary. Even the primo Puffy Royal Hybrid Mattress is only $2,695 for a King size, so you really don’t need to spend more than $3,000 in our opinion.
What Type Of Mattress Do I Need?
Many different types of beds have come and gone over the decades and some types have been around for centuries. Here is a quick summary of the different types available on the market nowadays.
Air beds are different to the camping variety commonly called air mattresses, so don’t get confused. An air bed is large like a normal mattress and generally has multiple chambers. They can also be filled or deflated depending on the desired firmness.
Air beds tend to be very expensive and whilst they offer some conveniences, they are not really worth the extra money in our opinion.
Innerspring mattresses have been around since the 1800s, you may even remember your parents or grandparents having one. They are actually still quite popular due to their affordability however more and more people are opting for the newer technology offered by modern mattresses.
The steel coils in an innerspring mattress offer great airflow however they can be noisy and overly responsive to movement. They also tend to sag over time which causes a lack of support.
Memory Foam Mattresses
There’s been a lot of hype around memory foam mattresses since their invention by NASA in the 1970’s. Believe it or not, this high-tech foam material was first design for airplane seats!
To put it simply, the foam in memory foam mattresses forms and molds itself around your body, forming a contour for your body. This is where the namesake came from.
Memory foam mattresses reduce tossing and turning, resulting in a better night’s sleep. Body weight is distributed more evenly across the mattress surface too which is great for injuries.
Memory foam is also allergen “resistant” however it may cause you to sleep “warmer” which may not be ideal in hot climates. Newer technology is emerging however and some new memory foam mattresses have cooling properties.
One of the more popular types of beds, Latex are durable and comfortable. They bounce back into shape a lot quicker than memory foam beds and they are far more environmentally friendly.
Latex mattresses can be slightly more expensive than other types however they are super durable, lasting 15-20 years, and they don’t need to be flipped.
In the 1980’s these were all the rage. Whilst the technology behind water beds has been around for thousands of years, they weren’t hugely popular until the 1980’s when 20% of Americans had one in their home!
You can still get water beds and yes they still need to be filled up with the garden hose, but the modern ones have smaller sections rather than one big bed to fill in one hit.
The maintenance and the shear weight of water beds led them to fall our of popularity before the 2000’s hit.
Technically an innerspring coil mattress, hybrid mattresses also have thick layers of memory foam or latex for added comfort. Many consumers consider a hybrid to be the “best of both worlds” and for that reason they are very popular.
The Puffy Royal Hybrid mattress was voted #1 in 2021, check it out for more detailed info.
Pillow Top Mattresses
A pillow top mattress is precisely what it sounds like. It has an added plush soft layer sewn to the top for that true “sleeping on a cloud” experience.
They are generally an innerspring coil mattress underneath with various materials like cotton, wool, foam or latex being used for the pillow top portion.
Choosing The Right Mattress Size
Generally, picking a mattress size is purely for practical reasons based on the space that the bed is going into or an existing frame that you already own.
US mattress sizes are as follows:
- Crib: 28″ x 52″
- Toddler: 28″ x 52″
- Twin: 38″ x 75″
- Twin XL: 38″ x 80″
- Full or Double: 54″ x 75″
- Queen: 60″ x 80″
- King: 76″ x 80″
- California King: 72″ x 84″
How Firm Should My Mattress Be?
People are generally the pickiest about the firmness of a mattress, and for good reason. Theres nothing worse than sleeping on a rock hard mattress when you like a plush soft bed, and vice versa.
You’ll find that most mattresses are rated somewhere between 1-10 firmness, with the most common being somewhere in the 4-8 range.
The way you sleep is going to determine the type of firmness you might prefer. Here is a general idea:
Best Mattress for Back Sleepers
Because you’re laying on your spine, you might prefer a slightly firmer mattress in the 6 or 7 range if you’re a back sleeper.
Best Mattress for Stomach Front Sleepers
If you’re a stomach sleeper you will need to ensure proper spine and neck support. A medium firmness no lower than 5 is generally recommended.
Best Mattress for Side Sleepers
Side sleepers generally opt for a softer mattress so it contours along the body, keeping the spine straight. Anything from the 4-6 firmness range is usually ideal for a side sleeper.
Best Mattress for Combination Sleeper
If you’re a little all-over the place and like to change up your sleeping position, like most people, then its best to opt for a medium firmness of around 6.
See What Mattress Reviews Are Saying
There’s no better way to gauge the comfort, quality and value of a mattress than to see the reviews. You can guarantee that if someone is unhappy with their sleep, they will be complaining! And likewise, people really appreciate a good quality mattress so they quite often put a lot of thought into their reviews.
Thanks for reading this mattress buying guide, we hope it has taught you a bit about the different mattresses available on the market today!
Its super easy to buy a mattress online, no matter where you live. Do some quick research, jump online and you’ll have your mattress delivered to your door in no time!
Happy hunting! ….and… Sleeping!