Choosing a new mattress can be so confusing. It isn’t just about firm versus soft anymore. There are so many hybrid variations and so many different price points that it can leave you wondering if buying an expensive mattress is actually worth the bother. After all, there’s a reason why so many “mattress-in-a-box” companies have found success. People are perfectly happy buying a mattress online as long as there’s an accommodating return policy and a lengthy sleep trial in case they change their minds. But you have to start somewhere, so here’s our advice on choosing the right mattress for a perfect night’s sleep.
You may think a soft mattress is the most comfortable choice, but that’s not always true. The way you sleep and your body type are factors when choosing a mattress to support a good night’s sleep. After all, if you’re investing in some top-of-the-line Supima cotton sheets, you’ll want a super-comfy mattress to put them on. What comfy means to you will be different from what’s comfy to someone else. So, when choosing a mattress, ask the salesperson (or research online) what type of mattress will be best for your weight and sleeping style. If you are a smaller person who sleeps on your side mostly, a softer mattress may be right for you, for example. If you tend to fall asleep on your back and wake up on your stomach, you may be a combination sleeper, meaning a hybrid mattress may be right for you. If you’re tall, you may want a California King, which is a little longer than a standard king-sized mattress. Take all of this into consideration when choosing a mattress.
Before you begin your search, ask yourself whether you’d be comfortable choosing a mattress completely online. If the answer is “absolutely not,” keep reading. If it is “maybe,” there are some things you should know about buying a mattress online. First, not all mattress-in-a-box brands are the same. They differ in not only comfort levels but also in terms of price of delivery, sleep trials, and return policies. Since you’re making a big purchase, it is wise to make sure you can sleep on the mattress for as long as possible before making a final decision. Choose a brand that allows you to return or exchange it for free. These companies then pick up your old mattress and donate your used mattress to a local charity.
If you’re a couple searching for a king mattress, you should strongly consider a split mattress if you and your partner have different sleeping styles and preferences. If you can get a split mattress in one firmness level and your partner can get one in another firmer or softer level, you can both sleep happy. Plus, many split mattresses have accompanying adjustable bases so each of you can individually adjust the levels of your head and feet for reading in bed or watching TV. Just be sure to remember to buy split-king sized bed sheets if you get an adjustable base.
If you’re looking for a mattress for a kid’s bedroom, remember that kids grow and change. Your 8-year-old may not be picky about their mattress now, but their needs will change as they grow. Considering most mattresses aren’t meant to last more than 10 years, it may be wise to add 10 years to their current age and then choose for them as if they are the age they will be at the end of the mattress’s life cycle (buying a queen instead of a twin mattress, for example). The same applies when choosing kids’ bedding. Their tastes change regularly, so although character bedding is cute, you may want to stay away from princesses and cartoon characters that they’re likely to outgrow in a year or two. Alternatively, bright colors and patterns are always fun for a kid’s room and tend to last a little longer than cartoon characters in terms of preferences.
Keep in mind that sleep trials are expected by consumers these days. So, if you do end up shopping in-store for a mattress, make sure you don’t simply spend 10 minutes lying on it before choosing. You’ll want to make sure that the store you buy from has an accommodating return policy since it can take at least a month for your body to get acclimated to the mattress before you start to feel back pain, thus changing your mind. You’ll also want to make sure you invest in a mattress pad as some stores won’t take returns unless you protect the mattress with one.
As you can see, there is more to buying a mattress than just testing it out for 10 minutes and then arranging for delivery. With so many options comes the responsibility to take a little bit more time than normal to do your research to make sure you find a mattress that fits your unique needs and preferences.