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.
Choosing a Mattress for a Child
Purchasing a larger mattress gives your child room to grow.
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- 1 Choose the Best King Size Mattress
- 2 Sleeping on a Futon Vs. a Coil Bed
- 3 How Big Is an XL Twin-Size Bed?
- 4 Waterbed Vs. Innerspring Mattresses
While you may know the ins and outs of choosing a mattress for your own bed, buying one for your child may seem like a different ballgame. But purchasing a mattress for your child doesn’t have to be confusing or overwhelming. Focus on the same basic features that you would for your own mattress while keeping in mind that your son or daughter is still growing and the mattress will need to accommodate that growth.
Just as when buying a mattress for your own bed, it’s important to choose the right size mattress for your child. If your child already has a bed, make sure that the mattress corresponds to the size of the bed, whether it’s a twin, full, queen or king size. If you’re choosing the bed and mattress at the same time, however, consider the age and height of your child to find the best fit. For a young child who’s just moving to a bed from a crib, a twin-size mattress is a good option. It’s not too big but provides room for your child to grow. If you have an older child or teen who’s fairly tall, an extra-long twin size mattress can accommodate extra height. But an older child may prefer a larger-size mattress like a full or queen for extra room. It may be a good option if you have the space for it since you won’t have to worry about your child outgrowing it.
The materials used are another important consideration when choosing a mattress for your child. Many synthetic mattresses contain chemical-based materials that may cause allergies, respiratory issues and skin irritations. To prevent possible health issues, choose a mattress made from natural materials like organic wool or organic cotton. Other natural mattress materials include bamboo, silk, hemp and natural latex. Flame retardants often contain toxic chemicals as well, so be sure to read the manufacturer’s product description carefully to know if any unsafe chemicals, synthetics, glues, dyes or plastics were mixed with natural materials.
The wire coils inside a mattress are what support the sleeper’s body weight, so the coil count can make a significant difference in how supportive a mattress feels. Typically, a high-quality mattress will have a higher coil count. If you plan to keep the same mattress for your child for several years, coil count is particularly important since he’ll need more support as he grows. Similarly, if you’re buying a mattress for a teenager, you’ll want to choose an option with more coils to support his heavier weight. As a guideline, a twin size bed should have at least 200 coils, while a full size bed should have a minimum of 375 coils to ensure its quality.
If you plan for your child to keep his mattress for several years, choose an option that comes with a solid warranty. First, make sure that the retailer has a refund policy that allows you to return the mattress within a certain period if you find out that it does not work for your child’s bed. Next, read the fine print of the manufacturer’s warranty. Mattress warranties are typically good for five to 10 years, but there may be details that make one warranty better than another. For example, check to see if the retailer will come to your home to pick up the mattress if there’s a repair issue or if you are expected to lug it back to the store yourself. Small issues like that can make a difference when choosing among mattress options.
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 вЂ“ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 вЂ“ 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.
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.
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 restвЂ¦ no matter what type of mattress you’re sleeping on.
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.
Our Top 8 Best Rated Mattresses for Teenager in 2020 Reviewed
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In today’s world, some teenagers have it so much easier. Many have the latest phones, clothes, laptops, and video games. So, why are they still sleeping on last year’s mattress, or one from many years ago?
Living with an adolescent, especially when they hit that point of exponential growth, brings its own set of challenges. You’ll likely find out soon that they’re in need of a new mattress so that they can get a good night’s sleep, wake up in a better mood, and hopefully pass those exams.
However, buying the right one isn’t so simple, and there are large considerations such as budget. And there’s almost nothing worse than buying something that they’ll outgrow in a week or that isn’t comfortable.
Therefore, we’ve carried out some research to create a guide that may help solve your problem and show you how to choose andwhich is the best mattress for a teenageronce and for all. We hope this helps you on your mattress shopping journey!
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Top 8 Teenage Bed Reviews
Below are 8 of the highest rated options as a good reference of what you should be looking for:
Casper Element – Best Overall Value
From the makers of Casper comes a streamlined, entry-level bed that has been engineered for maximum value. Its three-layer all-foam construction can reduce the development of pressure points on growing bodies without letting them overheat.
This is accomplished by sandwiching a layer of memory foam between a layer of more responsive foam and the dense base layer. By placing the heat-retaining foam away from the body, the temperature of the surface can remain more neutral. The top layer’s quick-responsiveness also prevents that “stuck” feeling often associated with memory foam.
What makes it special?This model is slightly thinner than Casper’s original model and is a couple hundred dollars cheaper while still retaining versatility necessary for changing habits and preferences.
The Element is also covered in a light gray fabric that is more effective at disguising stains that result from accidental spills. It also possesses multiple safety certifications that guarantee the materials have been evaluated and judged safe for consumers.
Read more about the Element model here.
Brooklyn Bowery – Great Value
Brooklyn Bedding’s entry-level model contains the same high-performance proprietary foam in their upgraded choices, and the bed was designed to promote cool comfort with enough support to maintain a teen’s good spine alignment.
Energex™ is an original formulation that was designed to deliver the body contouring and pressure relief of memory foam with the quick-responsiveness and temperature control of latex. The gel infused in this unique foam carries heat away from the sleeper, and the base’s support and bounce help support the spine and ease repositioning.
What stands out?Because the company owns their own factory, they are able to substantially reduce costs without sacrificing quality, durability, and safety, which makes this bed a great value in the bed-in-a-box space.
This bed’s medium-level firmness is versatile and accommodative for most sleepers and positions, which is especially ideal for teens, whose bodies, needs, and preferences change over time.
Luxi 3-in-1 – Adapts to Changing Bodies
Teenagers grow so quickly and their mattress needs can change seemingly overnight. The Luxi 3-in-1 offers a fully customizable mattress which can be reconfigured three different ways for three distinct feels, a potentially money-saving advantage for a growing teen.
One of the bed’s layers contains unique foam pedestals that buckle under weight for pressure relief but fully support your curves for a balance that keeps the spine nicely aligned. This feature also allows air to circulate through the bed and cool it down.
What makes it unique?Luxi believes that more mattresses will stay out of landfills if mattresses are tailored to individual needs and have the ability to adapt and change as much as you do. The fully-removable cover unzips and three layers within can be flipped over or reordered to make the bed either Soft, Medium, or Firm.
Even better, Luxi will work with you for 1,000 nights to make sure the bed fits your teen perfectly, sending you replacement layers with different densities if required. They can also work with you before the bed ships to ensure that the bed’s base layers are supportive enough to accommodate those who are a bit heavier than average.
Find out all about this bed in our in depth analysis.
Elements Aspen 10″ Latex Mattress
Dreamfoam, which is owned by Brooklyn Bedding, aims to offer more quality at an affordable price point, and we included their Ultimate Dreams Latex 10-inch mattress because of its comfort and long-term durability.
Latex has been gaining ground as an alternative to memory foam for people who still want pressure relief but need a bit extra airflow, which is accomplished through its aeration. This mattress cradles your body and offers a quicker-responding surface and some bounce that makes it easy to navigate. The natural quilted bamboo cover also allows the foams to breathe.
What is its best feature?This mattress contains a 3-inch hypo-allergenic Talalay latex that uses a production process that builds foam that is long-lasting and can stand up to wear and tear. The 5.5-inch durable base foam gives the bed a sturdy and supportive foundation.
When you place your order, the company reaches out to discuss which firmness will work best for your teen’s individual body type and sleep needs. This removes the guesswork for younger sleepers who may not have a lot of experience knowing what style of bed they prefer.
Bear Mattress – Athletes and Active Teens
Active lifestyles and a commitment to sports can cause a lot of wear and tear on a growing body that needs proper sleep to recover and wake up refreshed. With this in mind, Bear Mattress has included a high-performance cover with Celliant® that they believe improves recovery by boosting oxygen flow.
Beyond the cover, this bed’s four foam layers are combined to create a comfortable mix of pressure relief and support, and graphite in the top layer and technology in the cover are designed to help keep the sleeper from overheating.
What makes it stand out?Though clinical testing behind Celliant® is still ongoing, we are impressed with this company’s commitment to addressing the unique sleep needs of active people, and we invite you to do your own research into its long-term efficacy. The company cites research that shows infrared technology incorporated into fabric improves the body’s ability to deliver oxygen, which is crucial for muscle repair.
Bear is also committed to improving the lives of children by providing better access to sporting goods and equipment necessary for children to participate in sports. Every mattress purchase is also an opportunity to give back.
Check out our Bear bed review here if you want to know more before you buy.
Happsy – Exceptional Value
As a parent, you not only worry about what materials your teens are exposed to but you also want to teach them how to look after their environment with their purchasing choices. Those who strive to reduce their carbon footprint will love Happsy’s more organic and more eco-friendly business approach.
Happsy’s hybrid design has 8-inch coils topped with aerated, organic Dunlop latex, 100% pure New Zealand wool padding, and a quilted organic cotton cover. The coils are reinforced around the edges, which is convenient if your teen sits on the edge of their bed to get dressed or watch TV.
What is its best feature?The company sources only sustainable comfort materials that have been certified organic by strict, third-party organizations, and the GREENGUARD Gold certification shows the bed has passed one of the industry’s highest safety standards. You might expect all of these assurances to come with a high price tag, but this mattress is very competitively priced.
Happsy also continually evaluates its sources, processes, and partners to make sure that they run a clean operation that doesn’t take advantage of unfair labor. They also give back to several environmental charities.
WinkBed Plus – Heavier Teens
According to WinkBeds, their Plus model was one of the first in the online industry to design a mattress to comfortably accommodate sleepers over 300 pounds. Its exceptional support system uses a pocketed coil unit that uses 3 zones to provide additional support under the hips, which tend to be the body’s heaviest region, and around the edges.
On the bed’s surface rests a 1-inch layer of hypersoft comfort foam tufted into the Tencel cover, which is highly breathable and more eco-friendly. Underneath this, there is a 2.5-inch pressure-relieving layer of highly durable latex comfort foam that conforms to the body’s shape.
What makes it unique?While there are many mattresses on the market that can accommodate heavier weights, there is a risk that they might break down prematurely and need to be replaced. WinkBed Plus is one of the only mattresses on the market that is specifically tailored to the unique needs of heavier individuals both with design and durability.
Please note that this bed has a Medium-Firm comfort level for sleepers weighing 300 pounds and above, but the mattress may feel significantly firmer for sleepers who are substantially lighter, and these sleepers may prefer WinkBeds’ flagship model.
If you think this one is good for you but you need to know more about the construction, you can read more here.
Arctic Dreams – Budget Choice
Arctic Dreams is the entry-level offering from Dreamfoam brand, owned by Brooklyn Bedding. Its sleek, streamlined 2-layer design offers really nice quality materials for an exceptionally attractive price. The bed’s versatile medium firmness should work well for a variety of individual body shapes.
The cooling gel-infused Energex™ in the top layer is an original formulation designed to have the bounce, quick-responsiveness, and durability of latex. The base layer is a 6.5-inch layer of convoluted foam that uses an egg crate-like structure to promote airflow and keep the sleeper cool.
Why did we pick it?Arctic Dreams is priced to work with most budgets, but you do not have to sacrifice sleep quality or safety. This company cuts their production costs significantly not outsourcing manufacturing, and they very generously pass on these savings to their customers.
It also has dual certifications in OKEO-TEX® and CertiPUR-US®, which means that the materials and processes of making the product meet higher standards.
Need a cool bed but you need to see more details? Read our full review to find out everything before purchasing.
Mattress Considerations for Teenagers
Invariably you’re going to need to consider 3 main things when deciding which mattress is best suited for your teenager.
Best Bed Size for Teenager
Whether they’ve shot up, grown sideways, or suddenly developed a lot of muscle, chances are their old childhood mattress just isn’t big enough anymore.
From an economic standpoint, you’ve probably already worked out that it’s best to get a Twin. But what’s best for your wallet, unfortunately, might not be best for your teen, especially when their feet are hanging off the end of the bed each night!
If they’ve grown tall with no indication of slowing down anytime soon, you may be best off looking at larger beds (in that case you can check out our 2020 overall bed picks), maybe even a Queen. Yes, it’s going to cost more money up front, but it can be a heck of a lot cheaper than replacing both a bad and mattress after future growth spurts.
This handy chart from shows just how different Twin and Queen sizes are:
|Twin||39 x 75|
|Double||54 x 75|
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From early on in life, we know which sleeping position works best for us. Therefore, to make the best choice you’ll need to find a bed that supports your sleeping position, even as teenagers.
A standard position is one we have carried with us since birth, the fetal position. A bed needs to be supportive, yet comfortable, for this position. Too soft and you may find yourself rolling onto your front. Too firm, and pressure points abound.
Side sleepers– you can try out a memory foam type or others that are described as soft (there are options for nearly every material type). This is one of the trickiest sleepers to find a mattress for because of the balance of pressure relief, support, and personal preference. The arm tends to get in the way when sleeping sideways, so a soft bed will ideally mold more to your shoulder/arm area. However, some side sleepers still prefer a firmer innerspring bed. Again, preference and needs take precedent.
Stomach sleepers– Sleeping on your front also requires reasonable firmness to ensure that you don’t awaken because of sinking into the mattress and feeling as though you may suffocate or are out of alignment. Choosing a firmer bed is typically better here.
You need a bed that stops your spine curving too much as that can cause lower back pain, but also one that stops you sinking in too much at the chest. This can put pressure on the lungs and make it difficult to keep your head turned to the side.
Back sleepers– This is the final position. You can choose either firm or soft depending on your personal preference in this position. It all comes down to how much lumbar support is comfortable to get the best night’s sleep. Make sure to check our recommended beds for back sleepers if your kid sleeps in that position 90% of the time.
Cost vs. Quality
The cheapest beds are usually innerspring types, just because they arethe most common ones, but there are also foam that is incredibly inexpensive. Of course, there’s still going to be a huge variation depending on brand, etc. If this is what your child is used to, then it may be a good fit for them. You can find both high quality and poor-quality ones, so be careful.
Memory foam products aren’t as expensive as they used to be, becoming so wildly popular online. HOWEVER, you need to look at thequality of the cheap memory foambeds, there have been some scares in the past due to more affordable materials having more toxic components in some instances. Just look for the right qualifications, and your family could stay safe.
The most expensive products are usually made of latex as they can last for over a decade, and consumers everywhere seem to rave about them. It really is important that if you decide it is worth buying given the higher price point, or that you select a size that will stay suitable for your teenager for years to come.
Water beds are comfortable to some but do have a couple of risks associated with them. It’s no stretch of the imagination to realize they can be very messy. Teenagers tend not to be the most careful with their possessions, so it could burst. The comfort isn’t to everyone’s taste, and the feeling can become unpleasant for some once the novelty has worn off, making them poor long-term options for some. Nevertheless, they are an available type.
Which Type of Bed?
You’re going to see the following three terms thrown around a lot when you’re shopping about and you’re going to want to know what these actually mean. They’re not just marketing terms! Each mattress type can have different benefits for your teenager, so it’s important to understand.
Don’t worry; so much of what you need to know is here.
It’s important to remember that only the top couple inches are memory foam typically, and below that it is generic foam. Keep an eye out for densities, as something that is not as dense may fall short on quality.
The foam supports the body well, is usually good for side sleepers, and you can find both cheap and expensive ones. It also provides great middle of the road comfort (not too hard, not too soft) making them ideal for sharing. When you sit on one side, it should support you. This is a pretty good benefit if your teenager plans to take this bed with them further through life.
These are made from foamed latex but don’t confuse them with memory foam as they are quite different, especially when it comes to price.
Latex tends to have hypoallergenic properties (but always check individual product descriptions) and are typically durable compared to memory foam products. They’re also one of the eco-friendliest of the 3 types we discuss if natural latex is incorporated. They provide the gentle support of a foam mattress, designed not to get overly hot and sweaty.
The type most people are just used to. If a bed is marketed as foam but has springs somewhere in it, you can technically classify it as an innerspring regardless of the foam.
This is the one most people been conditioned with, so they should feel quite natural. As you probably already know, they can take a while to break in at first, but once you’ve molded it to your sleeping position, it can become even more comfortable. They tend to feel the firmest of all the bed types in this article and last several years. There is a vast variety of prices and firmness levels, and depending on quality, there’s an innerspring mattress for every budget.
Sleeping Challenges for Adolescents
Teenagers seem to have it tough, don’t they? Or so they would have us believe. The truth is though that they do have a few challenges particular to them that should be considered when selecting the perfect mattress.
Rapidly Growing Body
Most growth spurts happen in early teenage years, so if you’ve made it through that stage with the same bed, that may mean one of 2 things: your bed may no longer be fit for purpose or the growth spurt hasn’t happened yet.
Either way, this is an opportune time to find a good bed to help the body relax and recover from growth spurts as they happen. Growing pains can be intense and keep people up at night. Foam and latex mattresses can be especially adept at easing aches and pains, so if growing pains or aches in general (maybe your kid is into sports) are a real problem, you can always consult these brands.
Body’s Circadian Rhythm Is Reset
The circadian rhythm is like the rhythm of life. It keeps our bodies in sync with the world around us, helps us wake up when the sun is up and makes us get tired when it gets dark. This can get disrupted when we’re around 14-15 years old, and it takes some time to adjust with puberty, and hence you’ll find them getting up later than normal and not feeling tired in the evenings.
This is usual, and while new bedding might not bring that rhythm into a good cycle, it can certainly help to ensure that whatever sleep they do get, even if it’s very little, will be very restful and of good overall quality.
More Sleep Needed
Teenagers need 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night depending on which study you believe, but if the bed is uncomfortable and they’ve just got that new game on the Xbox, they’re more likely to stay up late anyway. A good mattress is not only going to support their body and ensure any sleep they get is deep, but fingers crossed it will encourage them to settle down that little bit earlier, too. If your kid is an athlete or simply active, you might want to consider a product with celliant fiber material to give him or her that extra boost and chance to recover before the next day comes (and we recommend you researching this material).
So, as you’ve seen, there’s a bit more to picking a mattress to suit those growing adolescent bodies than you first thought. If you’re not keen on any of these top five choices or want to purchase something a little extra special, keep in mind a few things when shopping around:
Do you want a long-term bed or a short-term solution to a growth spurt?
How does your teen sleep?
Are they going to keep growing, thus meaning you may need a new frame next year anyway?
And finally, your budget – are you more concerned with cost or quality?
We wish you and your teenager(s) the best of luck on your mattress shopping journey. Don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below!
A Mattress Guide for Growing Teens: Which Bed is Best?
Joy Richards – October 12, 2017 Hi, I’m Joy – Happy Beds’ Sleep Specialist. Aside from Italian food and my three lovely boys, nothing makes me happier than helping our customers find what works for them, and how they can make the most of their forty winks.
Buying a Mattress for Your Teenager
Finding the right mattress for an adult can be difficult enough, but where do you begin with the ideal mattress for a growing teenager?
What type of mattress can support their growth and development? Do teens need a different design to ensure they’re just as comfortable as their parents or guardians? We’ll explore the different types of mattresses best suited for growing teens and why.
What You Need to Know Before Beginning Your Mattress Buying Mission
Before deciding which mattress to buy for your growing teen, there are a few other things which you may need to take into consideration:
What Size Mattress is Best for a Teenager?
Bed size is important; no doubt your teenager is growing taller by the day, and so they’re likely to require more room, width and length in coming years.
It may cost a little more upfront, but once you have a suitable bed for your teen, they’ll likely be able to use it for the foreseeable future. Take a look at our handy bed size illustration chart to see which size may be best suited for your teen.
Don’t Forget to Pre-Empt Growth Spurts!
As I’m sure you’ll have noticed, teenagers seem to grow rapidly; sudden growth spurts happen and you’ll suddenly realise that their existing bed may no longer be fit for purpose.
Although growth spurts usually occur in early teenage years, it’s worth bearing in mind that your not-so-little-ones may grow even more. Purchasing a bed and mattress that is bigger than they currently are will certainly be worth the money – particularly if yours is a traditionally-tall family.
Plus, foam and latex mattresses are said to be much more comfortable when it comes to growing pains, offering far more ease to those aches than innerspring mattresses.
What is the Best Mattress Firmness for a Teenager?
In order to determine the best mattress firmness for your teenager, you may want to consider the way they sleep. Sleeping positions are generally something that are determined early on in life, where we figure out which sleeping position works best for us, and your mattress buying journey should be greatly influenced by this.
Check out the different firmness ratings and which sleeping position they are best for below:
Position: stomach sleeper
Reason:A firm mattress will provide the necessary support to ensure a stomach sleeper’s spine doesn’t curve too much. It will also ensure there is no feeling of sinking into the mattress, meaning there’ll be little reason to move around into a different, less comfortable position.
Position: side sleeper
Reason:Soft to medium memory foam mattresses support the way you sleep; if you’re lying on your side, the likelihood is that you’ll be lying on your arm, so you want your mattress to mould to your body’s natural contour in that position.
Position: back sleeper
Reason:Back sleepers can enjoy almost any firmness, so should choose a mattress that feels most comfortable for them. Firm or soft can be suitable depending on existing neck or back issues. Lumbar support is key for back sleepers, so find a mattress that provides the necessary support whilst offering the same amount of comfort.
Do Teenagers Really Need That Much Sleep?
We’re sure you’ve all been there, waking a grumpy teenager up for school because they’ve been up all night playing computer games… if it sounds familiar, or your growing teen has an uncomfortable mattress that’s been keeping them up, they likely won’t receive a suitable amount of sleep.
According to the National Sleep Foundation. teenagers generally need 8-10 hours of sleep per night. However, most teens do not get enough sleep and what sleep they do have is irregular, meaning a good mattress to support their growing bodies is extremely important.
Discover Our Range of Mattresses for Teens
Every teenager is different, but we hope our guide has provided you with enough information to make an informed decision about what mattress to buy. Shop our extensive range ofmattressesthat are perfect for teens online today.