Buying a new mattress should, in theory, be a simple experience but with so many different types with so many different price tags, knowing what’s best for you, your budget and your bedroom can seem daunting. To help you with your decision, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you get started.
Do I Need A New Mattress?
Knowing whether you need a new mattress at all is the first step in your buying journey. Chances are, if your mattress is over five years old, your best bet is to invest in a new one, but there are other factors that can come into play and reduce it’s lifespan. For example, some mattress types work best with different bedframes and bases than others, to the point where wear and tear may happen faster. Similarly, not using a mattress protector could invalidate any warranties that you may have had on your mattress and so buying one new may be your best option.
As a general rule, these warning signs could mean you need a new mattress:
- Soreness when you wake up
- Lumpy-feeling mattress
- Sleeping better away from home
- You don’t feel rested when you wake up
- Your mattress squeaks or creaks
- The mattress seems to be sagging
Online vs. In Store
The next thing to consider is whether you want to shop in-store or online. In the past, in-store shopping for mattresses has been the staple, but as shipping times have improved and more and more companies are offering 100-day testing periods or more, online shopping is much more convenient. Many of the mattresses you buy online nowadays will be delivered rolled up and in boxes depending on the mattress you choose, and will require set-up in the way of unrolling and allowing the mattress to ‘rest’ and ‘settle’ before you use it. You’ll also need to dispose of your old mattress yourself, but this can be easily arranged in most cases.
Shopping online prevents you from needing to go to a store or collect a mattress yourself if you don’t want to arrange the store to deliver and in most cases, the returns policy is simple and easy to navigate. You can take a look at our full range of mattresses available online to see the options available to you.
What Types Are There?
The next thing you need to understand is which types of mattresses are available so you can have a stronger standing when working out the best one to suit your needs. There are five main types, including pocket sprung, memory foam, latex, continuous or open coil and hybrids, though there may be other options available to explore too.
- Pocket Sprung – This is the most common type and offers a more bouncy feel. The springs within the mattress are sewn into pockets and can be available in different tension levels to adhere to different support needs. Different mattresses will also have different filling between the springs, such as wool, gel and more. Take a look at our Harmony pocket sprung mattress.
- Memory Foam – Memory foam mattresses were the must-have item not too long ago and have certainly withstood the demand. While you won’t get bounce with a memory foam mattress, they do mould to the shape of your body and give you support all the same. If you’re sharing a bed with your partner, this could be a great option if movement is likely to disturb them, as it’s unlikely that they’ll feel any shifting.
Latex mattresses function in a similar way to memory foam, but hold a little more spring and bounce. They’re usually crafted with natural latex, which is both resistant against mould and is antimicrobial, making for a long-term mattress as with any other type. They hold heat well, which is perfect for colder months, and some brands even claim that the mattress will last up to and beyond 20 years. This does mean that they can sometimes come with a higher price tag, but could be worth the investment. Take a look at our Pryde Talalay latex foam mattress.
Hybrid mattresses come in different combinations, but are essentially any mattress that features more than one type. For example, you could have a pocket sprung mattress with a latex or foam top, or a foam mattress with a gel layer. These mattresses offer you the best of two worlds and will usually offer a solution to fill any downfalls of one mattress type with the benefits of another.
- Continuous or Open Coil
For those on a stricter budget, continuous or open coil mattresses tend to be the cheapest, featuring either a single looped wire (continous), or single springs fixed together with one wire (open coil). They tend to have a shorter lifespan than other mattress types and if you go too cheap, you may find that they are also uncomfortable. This can be fixed with a foam topper, but the mattress itself can still begin to wear down faster than the other options above.
How Do You Sleep?
If you still aren’t sure on which mattress type would be best for you, you could take a look at your sleeping position to help you decide:
- On Your Side
If you tend to sleep on your side, you’ll need a mattress that doesn’t put too much pressure on you. Softer mattresses that can still support your body weight are ideal, though foam or latex mattresses might not have as much pressure relief as pocket sprung alternatives. Some foam mattresses are designed with pressure relief points, however, which could still be good for side sleepers.
If you sleep on your stomach, memory foam or latex could feel too suffocating overall, so you may be better off with a pocket-sprung or hybrid mattress. Firmer beds offer the best support for stomach sleepers, though this may differ if you have health conditions or issues with your stomach at times. If this is the case, air-filled or medium-to-firm foam could work best.
For those that sleep on their backs, you’ll usually be able to sleep on whatever type of mattress feels most comfortable to you, though something that both supports but has some give is best for the most comfortable night’s sleep. The best way to do this is to test the mattress out for the given period of time to see how you sleep but for the most part, you should be comfortable on most mattress types.
Mattresses are a very personal purchase, with everyone needing and liking different types. For more information about our 4ft mattresses or our small double beds, feel free to get in touch or browse our range to find out more.