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The Definitive Guide to Buying a Mattress

Shopping for a mattress has never been easier if you’re armed with this info.

Replacing your mattress can be exhausting. Navigating the stores and websites, debating between foam and springs, and determining how much to spend can leave you feeling like you need a good nap.

Instead, skip the stress and follow these tips from Lexie Sachs, Senior Textiles Analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute, that will help you navigate the world of mattresses.

Where to Shop for a Mattress

Laying down in the store isn’t the only way to go anymore. New mattress-in-a-box companies have won over thousands of customers with convenient shipping and free trial periods. Online mattress buying has seen a serious boom, but it’s not right for everyone. Here’s what you need to know.

Shop in the store if.

Go the traditional route ifyouwant a greater variety and to feel them before buying.In a mattress store, you should never pay full price. Always shop the sales, and don’t be afraid to negotiate with the salesperson. Most stores will also offer removal of your existing mattress. The downside is it can feel overwhelming and it’s harder to compare prices to know if you’re getting a good deal. A big mistake is rushing the decision by quickly lying down on many different mattresses to find the one that feels best. If you’re going to invest in a mattress,take the time to recline for a while (at least 10 minutes)and make sure you don’t feel any pressure or pain.

Shop online if.

This newer route offers agreat alternative if you have trouble making decisions, since there are fewer options. Plus, you can shop from home!These mattresses generally arrive in a box at your doorstep within a few days and include free shipping and a money-back guarantee (even if you simply don’t like the mattress!) so there’s minimal risk. Online, the price is usually final, but it doesn’t include markups for being sold at a physical store. The downsides are that you typically have to set it up yourself and deal with getting rid of your old mattress.

Either way, always ask about the return policy.Not happy with your pick? You may get a partial refund if you bought it in a store, but online companies often arrange to pick it up for a local charity and will give back 100% of your money. Make sure you can test out a new mattress for a month risk-free; that way, you can get used to it before making a decision.

The Best Mattresses You Can Buy Online

The name Casper is synonymous with "mattress-in-a-box." Itsfour foam layers range from soft to firmto offer comfort and support, which our testers loved (especially the under-40 crowd). There’s both a less expensive version (with less layers) and a pricier one (with more).

Tuft & Needle was priced lowest among its competitors, but still stands out as atop mattress on Amazon. This simple model has two layers of foam: a firm, support layer on the bottom and a cushy, cooling layer on top. Our panel particularly liked the friendly customer service.

Unsure if you need a soft or firm option? This foam style gives you both: Justflip the mattress to change the support level. It has copper built-in to help keep you cool and avoid the overheating that is typically associated with memory foam.

Fill out a survey about your sleep habits, andHelix builds a "custom" mattress for youwith layers of foam, latex, and microcoils. They can even personalize each side, so you and your sleeping partner don’t have to fight about which mattress to get.

How to Choose Your Perfect Mattress

There are three common types of mattresses:innerspring, foam, and adjustable. There’s no one "right" material to choose, but in general, side sleepers need a softer mattress, stomach sleepers need a firm one, and back sleepers fall somewhere in between. Beyond the types of mattresses and firmness, you’ll need to think about a few other factors. From sleep style to negotiating with a bedfellow, here’s what to look for based on your needs:

If you like a bed with bounce

Traditional innerspring styleshave that familiar bouncy feel and may be firmer. Interconnected coils are extra-durable, but individual "pocketed" coils, each covered with fabric, reduce the ripple effect that happens when someone on one side of the bed moves.

If you prefer a firmer base

Memory foam optionshave less spring and offer more pressure relief. To determine quality, look at the density and thickness of the foam, which will determine how deep you’ll sink. The newer, online mattresses generally use several different layers of foam, with heavier ones on the bottom for support and lighter, cooler kinds on the top for comfort.

If you want a plush top

Innerspring mattressestypically have either a fiberfill or foam outer layer, covered in quilted ticking. But even if you want an uber-plush feel, don’t be swayed by a thick-looking pillowtop as it can compress over time. It’s often best to choose a firmer, well-quilted mattress, and then cover it with a replaceable mattress topper.

If you like to change it up

Consider anair-filled mattress, like Sleep Number, which has a remote that controls how much air is inside. Two side-by-side chambers allow you and your partner to customize the mattress firmness separately. There are also foam mattresses (like the ones from Layla) with soft and firm sides, so you can just flip it over as needed, and modular designs that let you move around the springs on the inside.

If you sleep on your side

You’ll want a surface that will support your body weight, and conform to your shape.Innerspringsmay have more pressure relief than some foam or latex mattresses, but asoft foam mattressor one with built-in pressure relief points around the shoulders and hips can work for side sleepers, too

If you sleep on your stomach

The last thing a stomach-sleeper probably wants is an enveloping memory foam — it would feel smothering! Instead, a firmer bed will provide the best support. Consider afirm foam, dense innerspring, or air-filled mattress.

If you sleep on your back

You’ll wantsomething in the middle— a surface that supports, but has some give so your spine is kept in a healthy alignment. You’ll find happiness with any of the mattress types, but you should do your best princess-and-the-pea impression to see what feels best to you.

If your partner tosses and turns all night

Consider aninnerspring mattress with pocketed coils, or memory foam, latex, or a dual-chamber air-filled mattress. Medium-firm picks will all have good "motion isolation." But remember, these models could actually be less comfortable on the body of a restless sleeper, as there’s little forgiveness against one’s movements.

If you and your partner’s preferences don’t match

Theair-filled mattresses with dual chamberscan help, or check out the online mattress company Helix. Each person can fill out a questionnaire and have a side customized based on the responses.

If you sleep hot

Manufacturers can get carried away with claims about cooling properties, especially when you consider all the layers (protectors, toppers, sheets, and so on) that go on top of the mattress. That said,foam or latexcan hold in body heat, especially if they’re very soft and a lot of your body sinks in. Newer technology helps alleviate this issue and you can always accessorize your bed with toppers and sheets that offer cooling benefits.

If you have allergies

Foam and latexare both inherently antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites and mold. If you opt for innerspring or air topped with fiberfill, be sure to encase it in an allergen-resistant cover to keep irritants at bay.

If you have back pain

Memory foam and/or latexis best for those with back pain since it molds to your body for support.

If you’re concerned about chemicals

Look forfoams certified by CertiPUR-USas well as certifications for other materials like GOLS for latex or Oeko-Tex for other fabrics to feel more confident about your purchase.

If you can’t decide what matters most

Some savvy manufacturers make ahybrid-style mattressthat combines the buoyancy of an innerspring core with the motion isolation of memory foam. It’s a best-of-both-worlds option that can satisfy many partner disputes and sleeping styles.

How to Pick Your Perfect Mattress

Ready for a new mattress? Here’s how to find the one that suits you best.

Getting a good night’s sleep depends on a lot of different factors — comfort, stress level, room temperature – but to get it right, you’ve got to start with the basics and your mattress is the first building block to a restful slumber.

If you’re in the market for a new mattress and have recently taken a stroll down the aisle of a bedding store, you know that there is a dizzying array from which to choose. How do you know which mattress is best for you?

To start, says Arya Nick Shamie, MD, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, the mattress needs to support your body in a neutral position, one in which your spine has a nice curvature and your buttocks, heels, shoulders, and head are supported in proper alignment

"If the mattress is too firm, it will push on those main pressure points and take you out of alignment," Shamie tells WebMD. "If it’s too soft, those pressure points won’t be properly supported, so your whole body flops back." Both of these scenarios can lead to an achy morning.

Generally speaking, one type or brand of bed isn’t better than another, says Michael Breus, PhD, a WebMD sleep expert and author ofBeauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep.But he does find that a firmer bed seems to be better for people with lower back pain.

In fact, researchers in Spain studied people with long-term back pain and found that on a 10-point hard-to-soft scale people who slept on a medium-to-firm mattress (5.6 on the scale) had less back pain than those who slept on a softer mattress.

Is It Time for a New Mattress?

How do you know if the bed you’re sleeping on is the right one?

"If you wake up in the morning and have some low back pain and can stretch and get rid of it in 15 or 30 minutes, that means you’re on an inappropriate mattress for you," Breus says.

The right mattress, on the other hand, is one on which you feel no pressure, almost like you’re floating in air, Breus says.

If you’re looking for a new mattress, experts suggest testing it in the store and laying down on each mattress in the position in which you normally sleep. Breus suggests spending at least 10 to 15 minutes on the bed. And, bring your own pillow! The more you can replicate the way you’ll be sleeping on the mattress once you get it home, the better your chances of picking the right one.

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Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses are still by far the most widely used. They support you with coil springs, and in most built today, each coil is individually enclosed. This helps the bed weather years of use and prevents the coils from popping out of the mattress. On top of the coils are a wide variety of materials added for comfort, from pillow to latex to memory foam. It’s all a matter of preference.

Salespeople may try to sell you on the idea that more coils mean more comfort, but that’s not necessarily true, Breus and Shamie say.

"You don’t really need a coil count above 390," Breus says. Beyond that, the difference in feel is so small it would be difficult to notice.

Pros:There are plenty of innerspring mattresses on the market from which to choose. They range in firmness, the fluffiness of the pillow top, and in price to fit nearly every preference and pocket book.

Cons:There’s no direct relationship in most cases between price and comfort, but Shamie suggests steering clear of the cheapest innerspring mattress. If there aren’t enough springs and cushion to offer you proper support, he says, you’ll likely wake up with an aching back.

Conditions:For someone who is very overweight, spring mattresses may offer a firmer support, making them easier to get in and out of, Breus says. Firmer versions are good for people with back pain. But spring-based mattresses can be comfortable for almost anyone.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are growing in popularity. They are made of layers of different densities of foam that respond to weight and temperature, and are known for comfort because they contour to the specific shape of your body. Memory foam toppers are also available.

Pros:By molding to the shape of your body as your weight shifts through the night, memory foam reduces pressure points, and relieves pain. Memory foam also absorbs movement, so if you sleep with a partner, you’re not likely to be disturbed by his tossing and turning.

Cons:One of the biggest complaints with memory foam mattresses is that because these mattresses are temperature sensitive, softening and molding with your body heat, they can make you feel extremely hot during the night. Breus also says memory foam mattresses have been known to emit an unpleasant chemical smell.

Conditions:"If you have a hard time getting comfortable, if you have chronic fatigue, or some type of muscle pain, then a memory foam mattress would work well for you, assuming you don’t have temperature issues," Breus says.

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Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses are made from either natural or synthetic rubber, and are known for providing a very firm, bouncy support that is uniform throughout the bed.

Pros:"Quite frankly, I think one of the best materials is latex," Breus says. He likes it for being very firm and supportive, but also for providing comfort similar to memory foam. Unlike the memory foam mattresses, however, Breus says latex pushes back, ultimately providing more support.

Cons:If you don’t like the feel of a firm mattress, latex is probably not the right choice for you.

Conditions: Either a latex mattress or latex mattress topper is great for relieving back pain because they offer the best combination of comfort and support, Breus says.

Air Mattresses

We’re not talking about the blow-up mattresses you put your holiday guests on for a few days. Higher-end air beds look like a standard innerspring mattress, but use air-filled chambers instead of coils, and are covered by a foam layer on top.

Shamie notes that air beds have long been used for patients with spinal cord injuries who are lying in bed for a long time. They can be adjusted so they don’t continue to press on the same areas of the body, which helps to avoid skin breakdown in patients who can’t move.

Pros:"Couples who have dramatic differences in their individual preference for comfort and firmness levels might do very well with an air mattress," Breus says. The reason is that the firmness of each side of the bed can be altered. If you like it firmer than your partner, these beds can be adjusted for that.

Like latex and memory foam, you can also find air toppers for your mattress.

Cons:Shamie says people sometimes fail to make their air bed firm enough and wake up with back aches. Less sophisticated air mattresses also pop up on one side when you sit on the opposite end. For that reason Breus says, you want multiple chambers so that doesn’t occur.

Conditions:These beds are particularly useful when sleeping partners have different needs. If one of you has a bad back, one side can be made firmer than the other to provide greater support.

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Adjustable Beds

These beds are able to bend and elevate at varying angles. As a result, the mattress has to be flexible. Different types of mattresses can be used on an adjustable bed – memory foam, latex, or air, for example. Spring mattresses are more difficult to use, however, because the springs don’t handle the bending well.

Pros:For people who have difficulty getting in and out of bed or who like to watch television in bed, Shamie says, adjustables can make life easier by moving you closer to where you need to be.

Conditions:If you suffer from sleep apnea, sleeping flat can make the condition worse by cutting off airways and causing the tongue to fall into the back of the throat, Shamie says. People who experience acid reflux can also benefit by sleeping in a bed that elevates their upper body.

Shamie also suggests adjustable beds for people with hip or back pain who have a hard time moving from a lying position to sitting up or standing.

Sofa Beds

When you have guests staying for a night or two, sofa beds come in handy. The mattresses in these beds tend to be very thin so they are flexible enough to fold and collapse into the couch. It’s a great convenience to have a sofa bed, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who raves about their comfort.

Pros:Sofa beds are convenient, especially if you have limited space. But from a health perspective, Shamie and Breus don’t see any advantages.

Cons:A night or two on a sofa bed is OK. But "this is probably the worst kind of bed you can sleep on long-term," Shamie says. The mattresses used in most sofa beds are very thin and the springs quite weak. "It really leads to an uncomfortable situation," Shamie says.

If you’re really tight for space and need a bed that folds up, Shamie says that futons, while not the most supportive, are better for your back than the typical sofa bed.

Conditions:There are no conditions for which a sofa bed will be helpful, according to the experts. But if you have a bad back or hips, these beds will be especially uncomfortable.

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When to Part With Your Old Mattress

Today’s mattresses are made to last a lifetime. But you probably shouldn’t plan on keeping yours for that long. Our bodies change over time, Breus says, so the mattress that was once a joy to sleep on may no longer feel comfortable a few years down the road.

In addition, mattresses collect dust mites, fungus, and other germs that can exacerbate allergies and impact your sleep patterns. After 10 to 15 years, it’s time to think about buying a new bed.

Ultimately, the experts say that the best bed for you is the one that feels most comfortable. And remember, Shamie says, "There’s no mattress that’s going to save your body when you get only five hours of sleep." In order to feel your best, you need to get enough rest… no matter what type of mattress you’re sleeping on.

Sources

Arya Nick Shamie, MD, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery, Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center.

Breus, Michael, PhD, WebMD sleep expert and author ofBeauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep

Kovacs, FM.The Lancet, November 2003; vol 362: pp 1599-1604.

How To Choose a Mattress in 5 Easy Steps – The Definitive Guide

I think you will agree with me when I say that choosing the right mattress is no easy task?

First, you have to dispose of your old one and then go through a tedious process of selecting a new bed that will serve you well for years to come.

And having couple dozen options, manufacturers and handful types and materials doesn’t help, does it?

Luckily for you, you canfind out exactly how to pick a new mattressand most important thing to consider.

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Step 1: Do You Really Need A New Mattress?

Many people change their beds after just a few years, and that’s perfectly fine if you can afford it. The fact is, it’s not a small investment, so take a moment to determine do you really need a new.

Generally, after seven or eight years you will most likely need a new mattress. Of course, it depends on the quality and material (we will cover the types and materials later in this article). And if you feel back or neck pain it might, your bedding is a good place to start.

Here is the average mattress lifespan in years based on material and type:

Step 2: Determine your Budget

A bit of personal backstory here…

Several years back I went to a store and purchased amattress priced at $2500which was not even the most expensive one there. During the first year or so it was perfect, and I felt rejuvenated, and I slept like a baby during that time.

But, something happened.

My new and awesome mattress started sagging and losing support and needless to say my back and neck suffered.

Another two years had passed until I decided to buy a new oneonline at $850and this is the same one I’m using today after three years. Back to reality.

Not anyone will have the budget to walk into a store and buy something for several thousand dollars. Luckily, these days there are manyonline optionsyou can choose from rangingfrom $500 to $1200. There are also Black Friday bed deals (and Cyber Monday) that can result in additional savings as well.

Don’t get confused here. More money does not mean better quality. If you think that some of these online options are somehow worse than in-store ones, you are badly mistaken.Stores tend to inflate the prices as much as 1000%.

Here are some guidelines for you:

  • Don’t always go with the cheapest option you find– This is a rule of thumb for most products you buy online. Spending less than $500 for a queen mattress simply because it means lower durability, more toxins and lower sleep quality in general.
  • Higher Price does not mean Higher Quality– I bet you know this one, but it’s worth mentioning.
  • Go with $1000 range for Queen size– This is usually where you will find the best bang for your buck.
  • King / Cal King will cost slightly more– I would increase the budget for King and California King to $1400-1500 as you will have many more choices in that range.
  • Now that you have your new budget set, I’m guessing you are asking yourself“what type of mattress is best for me?”Let’s dig in.

Step 3: Choose Your Ideal Type and Material

Ok, so this is where most people will go with their personal preference rather than anything else. If someone says “latex is the best,” I would not take this as final until I read other opinions and test it myself. Here are the most common options you will find these days.

Innerspring (Coils)

This is the most traditional form of the mattress, and as of late, it’s received a bad rap. However, it is important to understand the potential benefits you could receive from going the traditional route, as well as the reasons why this option has lost its luster.

An obvious pro to purchasing a bed with springs is that it is one of themost affordable optionson the market, due in part to a decrease in demand and also in part to so many other options that have the potential to be more comfortable andbetter for overall health.

Another consideration is that these mattresses are known to last for decades. Spring beds are exceedingly durable. Being that the springs are typically made from different types of metals, they tend to keep their shape for many years.

Additionally, being that they are the most traditional style, they are also the most familiar. People recognize and understand what they are getting when they purchase a bed with springs. There is no guess work with this option like there may be with memory foam or other newer options.

The last notable advantage to this style of bed is that, because of the amount of space located between the springs, this option allows for the most circulation of air. This flow helps to keep the temperature down, allowing for acooler night’s sleep.

Example of the coil mattresses structure

Ideal for: People who want strong support, durability, cooling and great bounce. It also has an excellent edge support.

Latex

These mattresses are known for their fantastic cooling and comfort. Latex has a good bounce, responsiveness too.

Authentic latex foam is made from a tree called Hevea-Brasilenis tree, specifically from the white liquid extracted from it. Latex is harvested, and when the excess water is removed, you end up with raw material fantastic for various products, bedding systems being one of them.

It’s also great because you don’t get off-gassing and odors like with memory foam products.

Example of the latex bed structure

There are two types to choose from:

  • Natural – More healthy option and environment-friendly. But it’s also more expensive so expect to pay around $2000 for a good natural latex mattress
  • Synthetic – Made by mixing synthetic polymers with natural tree sap. Less expensive of course but less healthy in turn.

Latex is best forpeople who want good cooling, responsiveness, and bounce.

Memory Foam

Memory foam was first developed in the 1970’s by NASA as a safety material for seat cushions to protect pilots and passengers during plane crashes. Since then, the material has blossomed into the burgeoning product employed by virtually every mattress maker.

Example of the memory foam bed structure

Why has it become so popular? The answer is that it is said to provide superior comfort and support for the entire body. Anyone who’s pressed their hand into this material immediately understands its appeal.

Memory foam uniquelyconforms to every inch of the bodythat is pressed into it. When you lift your body from the material, it slowly regains its original form, essentially making it perfect for every body type and every sleeper.

Another unique property of memory foam is itsmotion isolationcapabilities. You may have seen those commercials with a lady jumping on a mattress with a glass of wine at the other end. Miraculously, the wine doesn’t spill.

The wine doesn’t spill because the energy from jumping is not transferred to other parts of the mattress. This translates to better sleeping for partners, because the tossing and turning of one does not affect the other, a feature that is not found among any of the other options on the market.

One of the most common issues that people experience is that thematerial retains heat. If you are someone who requires a cool night sleep, the memory foam option may not be the best choice for you. While the manufacturers are coming up with new and better ways to keep the heat down, the jury is still out as to whether or not they’ve succeeded.

Ideal For: People who want body shaping, contour, pressure relief and good support.

Hybrid

The hybrid mattress is an unusual combination of both traditional spring and memory foam. Providing the best of both worlds, this option offers the contouring and lack of motion transfer of foam coupled with the support of springs.

Structure of the hybrid bed- example

The term “hybrid” is very loosely used to describe the combination we just mentioned. However, the amount of foam for these beds varies widely depending on the level of firmness desired. Some options employ less than 1.5 inches of foam, lending to the fact that they more closely resemble that of a traditional spring bed rather than the more modern memory foam option.

To find the most optimal version of a hybrid, it’s best to choose the one that hasclose to 3 inches of foam. Anything above that, and you might as well forego the springs all together.

One negative aspect of these beds is the fact that they are one of the more expensive offerings you’ll find. Purchasing one of these could put you in the multiples of thousands of dollars, a significant investment, but a worthy one if you plan to enjoy it long term.

Good For: People who want best all around product with good support, bounce, cooling and pressure relief.

And now the three less common but still important types:

Adjustable

These beds offer a unique ability tochange the sleeping positionbased on your preference. You can elevate the head or feet giving you more options than traditional products. These beds provide extra comfort for people suffering from chronic lumbar pain or just want to be slightly elevated to prevent snoring. They do look ugly though most of the time.

Perfect for: People with certain medical conditions like snoring, older sleepers and people with lower back pain.

Pillow-Top

These are usually coil, latex or memory foam beds buthave a layer of soft material sewn into the cover to make it more comfortable. These are also considered more luxurious and usually cost a bit more than standard options.

Good for: People who prefer more padding and softer feel.

Waterbed

A rather weird option, but sometimes very fun especially if you love waterbed sex. Some of the most common reasons for opting in for this type is a backache and arthritis relief. These beds are also great for people with allergies.

Good for: People with back pain, arthritis and allergies and anyone looking for something less conventional.

Step 4. Determine your Ideal Sleeping Position and Firmness

Most of us have a unique way of sleeping every night. No matter if you sleep on your side, stomach or back, or even if you switch throughout the night you will have to consider and choose the ideal type of bed based on your preference. So, take a moment and think, what’s your favorite sleeping position because that determines theideal firmness of your new bed.

The most important factor for back sleepers is firmness and support. If your mattress is too soft, your body will sink and cause back pain. You will need one that’s soft enough to provide pressure relief but still provides enough support. On a scale of 1-10, the perfect range would be 5-7.

According to The Better Sleep Council, only roughly 15% of people are back sleepers. Being that you are unique, it’ll take a special mattress to offer you the night’s rest you are seeking.

It’s the consensus that memory foam mattresses provide the highest level of comfort for people who sleep on their backs. This is because it provides adequate contouring to the spine while maintaining a longevity of proper support and structure.

Many people who often sleep on their sides, endure discomfort and pain in their hip joints and shoulders.It’s usually due to unsuitable bedding.

It’s advised that you go with a bit softer option than for a back sleeper as these they provide for an equal distribution of pressure while you’re sleeping on your side.

Ideally, you want to choose a mattress with firmness level of 3-6 (out of 10) which falls undermedium soft.

Stomach

This is considered the worst sleeping position. The most important thing for stomach sleepers is to provide equal distribution of weight across your entire body as your torso will apply most pressure. If the mattress is too soft (not enough support) your spine will curve causing back pain.

You will want to look for something in 5-7 range, which falls undermedium to medium-firm. The good thing is that most options are in this range.

Step 5. Consider your Weight as a Factor

On first glance, you might be asking yourself,what does weight have to do with choosing a mattress?

The truth is, support, hug, feel, sinkage and even cooling will depend on your body type and weight. Another harsh truth is that there is no “best” mattress for every one of us.


Let’s take a look at the following guidelines how to choose an ideal firmness level based on your weight:

  • Light (Less than 150 pounds)– You will want a medium firm bed around5-6 firmnessthat doesn’t sink too much. If you are lighter than 150 lbs, you can even go with four since most beds are rated for average sleeper of 180lbs.
    If you want a softer feel or if you are a side sleeper you can opt for 3-4 firmness range. These are soft orplush options.
  • Average (150-200 pounds)– Like with the previous category you can choose industrystandard of 5-7, providing perfect support and comfort.
    Some sleepers will want to opt for more softer beds, and that’s perfectly fine, just go with 3-5 range if you sleep on your side and you are all set.
  • Heavier Person (200+ pounds)– Heavier people can cause more pressure points on their back, and ideally you want to choose a firmer option to adjust for sinkage. If you are having problems with cooling, you ought to consider coil mattresses.
    Ideally, choose a thick (12”) or thicker bed. This will provide good support and soft feel.

How to Select the Right Mattress for You – Summary

Hopefully, you have finished reading the above but even if you haven’t these five steps will ease your task of choosing a mattress for you or your family.

  1. Do you need a new mattress?– If your current bed is over eight years old, I’d consider replacing it no matter what. If you are having trouble sleeping or experiencing back or neck pain I would start searching.
  2. What is your current budget?– Don’t go with the cheapest option you find. Aim for $700-1200 range for a standard queen size bed (see top options). Of course, if you are buying smaller ones for your kid or teenager, the price will be considerably lower. Don’t spend less than $400 though. The quality drop-off is huge.
  3. What are your ideal type and material?– This is hands down the biggest challenge. Memory foam offers good contour and hug but sleeps hot. Traditional coil ones provide good bounce and cooling and are generally more durable. I recommend foam or hybrid to most people except for heavier sleepers who should opt for innerspring.
  4. What’s your preferred sleeping position?– This determines your ideal firmness level. On a scale of 1-10 (one being soft and ten being very firm), back sleepers will want to opt for a medium firm (4-7), side sleepers for more softer option (3-5) and stomach sleepers will need more support to avoid sinking (6-7 range).
  5. What’s your body type and weight?– Lighter sleepers (150lbs or less) will want a 1-2 points softer mattress to get the same feel like an average (180lbs) person. On the other hand, if you are a heavier person you will need more support and thicker mattress to support the weight.

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If you’re one of the millions of people in the United States who suffers from allergies, then you’re likely familiar with the fevered search to purchase items on the long list of remedies that companies promise will help make you feel better. From air purifiers to hypoallergenic bedding to allergy medications, many people are willing to sink a lot of money into figuring out the secret to squashing those miserable allergy symptoms just to get the relief they so desperately need.

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In the midst of seeking any and every solution possible, many allergy sufferers overlook one of the main culprits that may well be contributing to those headaches, runny noses, and breathing difficulties. You probably spend about eight hours of every day breathing in whatever is on your bed.

You can’t see these allergens, but every time you lay down in your bed, you’re likely breathing in the microscopic waste of dust mites or dander that your pet shed. Both of these allergens are commonly found in bedding, and both can cause or exacerbate allergy symptoms for anybody susceptible.

Benefits of Using a Hypoallergenic Mattress Cover

Dust mites are drawn to the skin cells we shed. As such, they thrive in our bedding. If you’re allergic to dust mites and haven’t yet invested in a hypoallergenic mattress cover, there’s a good chance you’re spending a solid portion of each day breathing in their waste and, perhaps, suffering the consequences. Reducing allergy symptoms is one of the primary driving reasons that people purchase mattress covers, but it’s not the only benefit you get from them.

Here are seven benefits of using a mattress cover:

  1. They provide protection from wear and tear that extends the life of your mattress.
  2. They’re much easier to clean than the mattress itself. You can take them off and throw them in the washer.
  3. They keep bugs – including bed bugs – away from your mattress.
  4. They help keep your sheets in place so you don’t deal with a lot of uncomfortable bunching.
  5. They protect your mattress warranty – some higher end mattresses will void your warranty if you don’t get a mattress cover.
  6. They help prevent liquids from seeping into and damaging the mattress.
  7. And, of course, they keep dust mites off your mattress so you don’t breathe them in while you’re sleeping.

Features of Hypoallergenic Mattress Covers

Mattress covers can serve a number of different uses. Many of the mattress covers on the market will be suited for more than one of these features, but some are definitely designed in a way that prioritizes one or two features over the others. Your priorities should help guide you toward the mattress cover likely to accomplish the main goals you have in mind for it.

Hypoallergenic

While it’s the main focus we’re covering in this guide, not all mattress covers make the hypoallergenic feature their main selling point. If reducing your exposure to dust mites and the allergy symptoms they cause is your top priority, then you should seek out a mattress cover that touts this as one of its main selling points (and has the accolades from reviewers to back it up).

That inevitably means a mattress cover that completely encloses the mattress and is tightly woven – in other words, it can’t be so porous that tiny dust mites can get through the fabric. Most mattress cover brands that emphasize allergy resistance will also recommend that you wash your mattress cover once weekly in hot water, so any mattress cover that suggests warm or cold water settings for the wash probably may not be your best bet.

Waterproof

For some customers, the hypoallergenic feature of a mattress cover is a side perk to the main purpose: protecting the mattress from spills and accidents. If you have a child or dog prone to wetting the bed, or a clumsy family member that tends to spill things with some frequency, it doesn’t have to mean ruin for your mattress. Many mattress covers are effectively waterproof, so your mattress stays clean and doesn’t need to be replaced as often.

For some nicer mattresses, a waterproof mattress cover is important to making sure your warranty stays valid, so if that’s a top concern for you, make sure to seek out a mattress cover designed to be waterproof.

Bedbug Resistant

Bedbugs have become a scourge in many cities in recent years. They can make your nights miserable and ruin whole sets of nice furniture. You can avoid the worst of a bed bug infestation with the right mattress cover. It won’t save your couch or recliner if they’re already infected, but it will help you save your mattress. A mattress cover designed to help with bedbugs will have many of the same features as those designed with allergies top of mind – they’ll fully enclose the mattress, will be non-porous, and will usually have a zipper to keep the bedbugs out.

Heated

Many of the mattress covers you come across will likely claim to be good for all three of the features above, but this is a more specialty feature. If where you live is cold and you want to save money on your heating bills, or just like the idea of some extra warmth during the winter months, you can look for a heated mattress cover to help make your nights cozier.

Padded

Padded mattress covers are pretty common for those who want a little extra comfort. Keep in mind, there are mattress pads that are just that, and don’t provide any of the other features we’ve discussed, like being waterproof and hypoallergenic, so if you want a padded mattress cover that also checks those other boxes, you’ll need to seek it out specifically. You also always have the option of buying a mattress pad separately, and using it with an unpadded mattress cover.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Hypoallergenic Mattress Cover

In addition to the main features you want from your hypoallergenic mattress cover, there are a number of additional factors to consider when looking for the bedding that’s right for you.

Material

Latex, wool, polyester, and cotton are some of the most common materials you’ll find when looking at hypoallergenic mattress covers. They’re all naturally allergy resistant, but cotton and wool are nice and soft, while polyester and latex are better for being allergy and water resistant. In most cases, you’ll find mattress covers that are a mix of materials to take advantage of the benefits of different types.

Comfort

Anything that goes on your bed will have to accomplish one of the most important tasks a bed is called to: being comfortable. A mattress cover should be something you don’t feel at all, unless it adds a little extra padding and makes you more comfortable. The hypoallergenic mattress covers of old were often stiff and squeaky (particularly the waterproof ones), but companies now sell many covers that are more comfortable or that you don’t feel at all.

The main things to be on the lookout for today are covers that don’t breath well so you end up feeling hot throughout the night, and covers that cause the sheets to bunch or otherwise not move naturally and comfortably. Some customers will be sensitive to these things; others won’t notice one way or another. If you fall into the sensitive category though, it’s important to locate a mattress cover that won’t cause you any discomfort so you can sleep as well as ever.

Your mattress cover should fit your bed seamlessly. You’ll be able to see the size of bed your mattress cover is designed for before you buy, which should make finding the right size fairly simple. Some do fit looser on beds than others (different beds have different thicknesses) and if you use a mattress pad, you may want to look for one that runs a little large.

As with many things, a mattress cover that costs more will often deliver superior results or protect against a higher number of things. That said, you do want to check reviews for any mattress cover before you buy, a higher cost doesn’t always seamlessly translate to higher quality, or it could mean it has higher quality in the ways you care less about than the uses that are a top priority for you.

You can find hypoallergenic mattress covers than range in cost anywhere from around $20 to $150, with most falling somewhere in the middle. Even the lower end ones should provide some relief – completely encasing your mattress in something you can easily wash weekly can make a big difference. Mattress covers that cost more can sometimes perform better in terms of comfort, being waterproof, and providing a higher level of protection.

Thread Count

Thread count can be a meaningful measure of comfort for any type of bedding, but with hypoallergenic mattress covers, a higher thread count also speaks to better protection. A lower thread count results in fabric that’s more porous, meaning smaller particles and bugs can get through. Part of what makes a hypoallergenic mattress cover effective is that it’s designed to be nonporous enough to keep dust mites and other allergens out, which is easier to pull off with a higher thread count.

Durability

A lot of higher end hypoallergenic mattress covers come with a warranty, so you should be able to count on their durability. A well-made mattress encasement should last you years without needing to be replaced, but some brands or types can tear easily or have issues with the zippers breaking off. Check out what kind of warranty the mattress cover you want offers and give a quick look at the reviews to see if any customers complain about their cover tearing or being worn out within a short amount of time.

Breathability

While you want your mattress cover to be nonporous enough to keep out the dust mites, many of the materials that are best for that don’t breath well, which means they get hot. There are mattress covers on the market that manage to be effectively hypoallergenic and not add too much extra heat to your bed, but they can be tricky to find. Cotton and wool are often better in this regard than polyester and latex, so consider mattress covers made of blends heavier on those materials if you’re concerned about heat.

Easy to Wash

An important part of getting the full benefit of a hypoallergenic mattress cover is washing it in hot water every week. If the washing instructions are complicated or tedious, you might find yourself disinclined to bother with this step, so consider what’s involved in keeping your mattress cover clean before you buy, so you’ll be sure to keep up with it and get the hypoallergenic benefits.

Top Mattress Cover Brands

It’s not always easy to distinguish between the allergy solutions that are legitimate and those that will cost you a lot of money with little results. One of the best ways to feel confident you’re making a smart purchasing decision when buying a hypoallergenic mattress cover is to read what other customers have to say about their experience with a brand. We looked at the reviews for a number of different mattress cover brands to provide you with a summary of what people are saying about each.

AllerEase

AllerEase sells affordable mattress covers that get mixed reviews. While there are many reviews praising AllerEase covers for helping the customer rid their bed of bed bugs, there are other reviewers complaining about the opposite – that they didn’t do a thing for their bedbug problem. The most common complaint we saw was about durability. Several customers mention their mattress cover ripping quickly or the zipper coming off. Most of the reviewers who mentioned having allergies weren’t too impressed with the difference these made, but there were exceptions who did find their symptoms decreased with use of their AllerEase cover.

CleanRest

CleanRest gets predominantly positive reviews from customers. Almost all of them say that the mattress cover did wonders for the allergies they’d been suffering, and most went on to praise how waterproof and comfortable they are. The main complaint we came across in their reviews was that the mattress covers don’t come in enough sizes, so some customers ended up with one that was too large for their mattress and had to tuck the excess under the bed. Other than that, the customer response shows them to be a reliable choice to go with.

HealthGuard

HealthGuard’s mattress covers didn’t have as many reviews online as some of the other brands we looked at, but there were still enough to get a snapshot of what customers think. The consensus appears to be that their mattress covers are a high-end product that’s well worth the cost. They’re effectively waterproof, but while remaining comfortable and silent. They’re great for allergy sufferers, and they don’t add any extra heat to the bed, which some customers really appreciate.

Reviews for Luna’s mattress covers were almost uniformly positive, other than a couple of customers in warm climates complaining that they make the bed too hot. The most common praise they receive is for how effectively waterproof their covers are, although they do get a few mentions for helping customers with their allergies as well. Reviewers say they’re comfortable and some commented on how well they breathe, although the reviewers aren’t all in agreement on that point.

SafeRest

As with Luna, most of the SafeRest reviewers were primarily concerned with the waterproof feature of their mattress rather than the hypoallergenic one, but the reviewers that specifically mention allergies were impressed by how well their SafeRest mattress covers performed. Reviewers in homes where spills and accidents are common (lots of them mentioned having kids and pets) give them strong accolades for protecting their mattresses from accidents of various sorts. On the whole, people are happy with their SafeRest covers and find them to be a solid purchase for the cost.

Conclusion

Eliminating allergy symptoms tends to include a lot of trial and error, but many people find fast relief once they turn their attention to the place that they sleep. Whether you just use a pillow cover or completely cover your bed with hypoallergenic bedding, there’s a pretty good chance that you will start to rest easy right away. This is especially true if dust mites are keeping you up at night.

HOW TO CHOOSE A MATTRESS

We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, and choosing the best mattress is crucial. This mattress buying guide will help you to weigh up your options. We also provide a seven-year guarantee and mattress recycling of your old mattress for £29.95 when we deliver your new one.

HOW TO CHOOSE A MATTRESS

We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, and choosing the best mattress is crucial. This mattress buying guide will help you to weigh up your options. We also provide mattress recycling of your old mattress when we deliver your new one.

WHAT KIND OF SLEEPER AM I?

The most important factor to consider when sleeping is spine alignment. You want to achieve a neutral spine exactly the same as when you sit or stand correctly – therefore choosing the correct tension for the right support is crucial.

BEST MATTRESS FOR FRONT SLEEPERS

You’ll usually need a mattress with more support so there are fewer gaps between your body and the mattress. The aim is to maintain a neutral position in your spine and neck – consider going without a pillow if necessary.

BEST MATTRESS FOR SIDE SLEEPERS

You’ll need a softer spring to allow your shoulders and hips to sink into the mattress, keeping the spine straight without causing pressure points on the joints.

BEST MATTRESS FOR BACK SLEEPERS

Check that the tension of the mattress allows the bed to cushion right into your lower back so there’s no gap. Try sliding a hand underneath the base of your spine; if it’s easy to do, the mattress may be too firm; if there is no room, the mattress may be too soft and not giving you the right support.

Visit your local John Lewis & Partners shop to try out our full range of mattresses and speak to a partner for helpful advice on choosing the best mattress for you

MATTRESS TENSION GUIDE

Spring tensions of a mattress are usually described as soft, medium or firm. This can give the impression that the mattress will feel this way. In fact, these three tensions are directly linked to your body weight on the mattress and the size of the chosen mattress. You can check the tension of your mattress to see if it’s too soft or too firm for your sleep needs.

SOFT TENSION MATTRESS

Suitable for bodyweights up to
8 stone (50kg)

MEDIUM TENSION MATTRESS

Suitable for bodyweights of
8-16 stone (50kg-100kg)

FIRM TENSION MATTRESS

Optimum comfort for bodyweightsover 16 stone (100kg+)

ZIP-AND-LINK MATTRESSES

For additional versatility, the zip-and-link mattresses are two separate mattresses that you can zip together to create a full bed or keep them unzipped for use as two separate beds instead. This is perfect for more compact spaces since each mattress can be rotated individually each season and makes delivery easier if you have a small hallway.

Split-tension mattresses are ideal for couples who prefer different levels of firmness since sleepers can choose different tensions for either side of the mattress. This means couples can maintain their individual comfort needs if their mattress preferences or tensions are different. They can also create independent sleep surfaces which reduce disturbance from the other person during sleep

SPLIT TENSION MATTRESS

Split-tension mattresses are available in shops, and zip-and-link mattresses are two separate mattresses that you can zip together to create a full bed or keep them unzipped for use as two separate beds instead. This allows couples to maintain their individual comfort needs if their mattress preferences or tensions are different, and creates independent sleep surfaces, reducing disturbance from the other person during sleep. Find out more about split tension or zip and link mattresses by visiting your local shop and speaking to a helpful Partner.

TYPES OF MATTRESSES

Find the best mattress for all your family’s sleeping needs with a choice of anti-allergen mattresses, latex mattresses, hybrid foam and sprung mattresses, orthopaedic mattresses, children mattresses, cot mattresses and bed in a box mattresses, and sustainable mattresses

OPEN SPRING MATTRESS

These mattresses are more affordable – due to the construction, type of spring and filling content and are perfect for occasional use such as in a guest bedroom

POCKET SPRING MATTRESS

FOAM & MEMORY FOAM

The best memory foam mattresses mould to your body shape and help to align your spine, whilst being made from synthetic materials with anti-microbial properties, perfect for those with allergies

MATTRESS SIZES

SMALL SINGLE BED SIZE

SINGLE MATTRESS SIZE

SMALL DOUBLE BED SIZE

KING SIZE MATTRESS SIZE

SUPER KING MATTRESS SIZE

EMPEROR MATTRESS SIZE

SMALL SINGLE BED SIZE

SINGLE MATTRESS SIZE

SMALL DOUBLE BED SIZE

KING SIZE MATTRESS SIZE

SUPER KING MATTRESS SIZE

EMPEROR MATTRESS SIZE

Bespoke mattress size options can be made to order, direct from the supplier – please ask in our shops. The supplier will deliver within 4-6 weeks.

OUR MATTRESS COLLECTION EXPLAINED

The full John Lewis mattress range features a wide variety of mattresses that come in different tensions, types and sizes to suit all sleep needs. Choose from our pocket spring Natural and Classic collections or the open spring Essential collection for superior support and lasting comfort. For a combined foam and spring mattress that helps regulate body temperature, opt for the Climate collection or consider our premium Ultimate mattresses with innovative high-density springs to respond and support your body.

NATURAL COLLECTION

Our best selling Natural Collection is our most sustainable range. Handmade in Yorkshire it has a range of natural fillings chosen for their comfort and moisture-wicking properties and has a natural fire retardant cover that’s free from chemical treatment. It’s also fully recyclable at its end of life with zero to landfill, thanks to a completely glue-free design. We will recycle it for you when you purchase your new mattress with us in years to come.

NATURAL COLLECTION

Our best selling Natural Collection is our most sustainable range. Handmade in Yorkshire it has a range of natural fillings chosen for their comfort and moisture-wicking properties and has a natural fire retardant cover that’s free from chemical treatment. It’s also fully recyclable at its end of life with zero to landfill, thanks to a completely glue-free design. We will recycle it for you when you purchase your new mattress with us in years to come.

CLASSIC COLLECTION

Individual pocket springs provide even support, complemented by layers of polycotton fillings and luxurious hand-tufted fillings.

Essentials Collection

The Essentials Collection is ideal for guest beds and occasional use. It provides even support through individual pocket springs that move independently around your body.

Climate Collection

Innovatively designed to regulate the mattress surface temperature while you sleep. Materials infused with copper beads, store and release the heat produced by your body to regulate temperature.

ULTIMATE COLLECTION

The hand-crafted Ultimate collection is an exclusive range of luxury mattresses to transform the quality of your sleep. Each features our spring systems layered with sustainably sourced fine tree silk, Alpaca wool and soft pashmina.

Want to try before you buy? Speak to a partner in-store about our full range of mattresses and find the best mattress for your sleep needs. We can also offer split tensions and bespoke sizes in store.

GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR MATTRESS

1 – Your mattress may have compressed slightly during transportation, this is perfectly normal, and it will soon resume its natural shape and size

2 – If you have purchased a roll-up mattress, please ensure that it is unrolled and placed within its cover on a bed in a warm room for 24 hours before use, to allow it to regain its normal shape

3 – Ensure the room is well-ventilated and leave the covers on the bed pulled back during the day for the first few weeks – that way the naturally occurring smell from natural fillings will dissipate

4 – Choose free delivery within a few days or opt for mattress next day delivery from £19.95

5 – Once unwrapped, leave the mattress uncovered for a few hours to let it breathe

6 – You may notice a slight odour after the mattress has been taken out of its packaging – the fillings will occasionally release a smell but it is no cause for concern and will dissipate once the mattress has been well aired

7 – Your new mattress may feel slightly different and strange at first, so please allow time for your body to adjust and for the fillings to settle

8 – Air your mattress for 4 hours after delivery to freshen and remove any odour from storage

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