So you’re interested in purchasing a new mattress? You may be hurt by your new mattress, or you may be tired of waking up. You may just like a bigger scale. You could be going and don’t want to lug your old mattress from place to place. Whatever happens, my goal is to help you find the best mattress so you don’t make a mistake, so you don’t spend a penny more than you have to.

What to look for in an ideal mattress: the major factors

If you can find a mattress that holds you in perfect alignment and does not inflict any discomfort on your body, you’ve found a strong mattress for you. There are a few more small considerations to look into. These include motion transition, edge support, and temperature.

There are two key things to search for in a new mattress. They are support and warmth.

• Support: You want the mattress to keep you in the perfect position from head to toe, so you don’t end up with back pain.

• Comfort: You don’t want the mattress to add discomfort to your body, which causes tossing and turning, which means you’re getting sleepy.

Minor Factors

There are a variety of other requirements that you can look for while shopping for a mattress.

Motion and Isolation

You want to eliminate motion transfer if you share your room. When your partner moves in or out of bed, or switches positions, you run the risk of being woken up when the mattress shifts too much of the motion to your side of the room. 


Another problem some people have is the thermal retention of the mattress. Many of the good mattresses these days have features that tend to alleviate this (advanced foams, phase change materials, ventilation, etc). The greatest risk here is inexpensive memory foam mattresses.

Support from Edge

You want solid edge support on your mattress, particularly if you sleep near the edge of the bed or always sit on the edge of the bed. Many of the great or decent innerspring mattresses have an improved foam enclosure along the edge, but some of the cheapest mattresses still have a steel rod on the side.

Types of mattresses

You may have noted that I haven’t discussed any information about the design of the mattresses all this time. I said very little about coils, foam forms, etc. Truth is, this is the least important aspect of the guide, but it’s always a valuable idea to remember.

There are three basic types of mattresses.

1. Specialty foam Mattress: This is typically made of various forms of foam. Two specialist foam types are latex and memory foam.

2. Innerspring Mattress: These are typical springs with springs or coils. They can both be bound together or bundled together separately.

3. Hybrid Mattress: In recent years, brands have offered “hybrid” solutions for people interested in some facets of both foam and innerspring. They have features similar to the special foam mattress except on the innerspring support. 

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