Buying Guide | How to choose the best Mattress
Given that we spend almost 16 years of our lives in bed, being comfortable while we’re there is pretty important. The average mattress will last us seven years, but with so many options out there, it can be a bit of a headache trying to choose. So I’ve pulled together this simple guide:
First of all, you need to work out your sleep position.
Side sleepers can experience achy joints, especially around the hips and shoulders. Opting for a softer mattress you can sink into is the way to go – we rate the Emma Original Mattress, the Simba Hybrid Mattress and the Casper Hybrid.
Front sleepers might experience pressure points in the ribcage, knees, and elbows. Choose a firm mattress that supports you but has give for these sensitive points most comfortable, like the Sealy Activ GelTex.
Back sleepers need to go for a middle ground for maximum comfort: not too soft, not too firm. Our favourite is the Eve Mattresses; it’s also a good buy for side sleepers who prefer a slightly firmer sleep surface.
Secondly, USE THE FREE TRIAL TO TEST YOUR NEW MATTRESS
Never buy a mattress without trying it first. Back in the day, that meant hitting the shops but now, you can safely shop online and take advantage of the free trial with no quibble returns.
Thirdly, GET THE RIGHT LEVEL OF FIRMNESS
One of the most important things to think about when purchasing a new mattress is getting the right firmness for you. Often it is down to personal preference but your weight plays a part: heavier people will find a harder mattress more comfortable than lighter people, who will usually fare better on a softer mattress. Here’s a rough guide to what should suit you:
Soft medium: Ideal mattresses for side sleepers
Medium: If you sleep on your side but prefer the feel of a firmer mattress
Medium firm: If you change position from your side to your back
Firm: If you prefer to sleep on your back or sleep on your stomach
Extra firm: Sometimes called an orthopaedic mattress
Bear in mind, though, that the base you’ll be putting the mattress on will affect how it feels. For example, a sprung divan will make a mattress feel softer than a solid divan or slatted base.
To check if a mattress is supporting you properly, lie down and slide a hand beneath the small of your back. If your hand fits easily, it’s too hard; not at all, and it’s too soft.
CHOOSE THE BEST MATTRESS MATERIAL FOR YOU
There’s a mind-boggling array of material used in the best mattresses. None is better than the other, it’s just about what you find comfortable. Many newer mattresses don’t need turning, so do check when you buy.
Memory foam moulds to your body’s shape, and gives plenty of support, making it perfect for side sleepers or anyone with back pain..
Hybrid mattresses/sprung memory foam mattresses are constructed with a pocket-sprung base and a memory foam top layer, so you’ll get the responsiveness of springs plus memory foam support.
Pocket sprung mattresses, made from individual springs in pockets of fabric, provide lots of support, whether you prefer a soft or firm sleep surface.
Open sprung mattresses are cheaper and lightweight, but less supportive and responsive; choose them for guest rooms.
Natural mattresses should not include foam; rather, look for only natural fillings such as cotton, hemp, and flax
It’s also useful to consider whether the mattress you’re purchasing has any added features such as a cover that zips off for easy cleaning; Handles for turning; Allergy approval and Temperature regulation
Right, off you go, I need to get my beauty sleep!