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What To do when shopping for a mattress

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If you're shopping for a new mattress, here's a quick list of things to consider and pay attention to when you're looking.

Type

The main mattress types are 1. Innerspring , either continuous springs or individually wrapped pocketedcoil springs, 2. All-foam, memory foam or latex, 3. Hybrid , combination of individually wrapped pocketed-coils and luxury foams such as gel memory foam or latex, 4. Air , adjustable comfort air beds.

Type mattress
Foam

Memory foam mattresses contour themselves to your body. People with pressure points report memory foam works well for easing that pain. People who need back support & pressure relief report latex mattresses as being an all-natural material with a superior balance of comfort & support.

Foam
Innerspring

Continuous coiled springs are durable because all the springs are tied together. Individually wrapped pocketed-coil springs are the newest in spring technology that allow maximum conformability to relieve pressure points in shoulders & hips while supporting the back & filling in the lumbar adequately. They also greatly reduce motion transfer for all the couples with a light sleeper.

Innerspring
Adjustable air

Air mattresses are adjustable comfort meaning you can change the firmness. There are pumps, hoses and controls that make this possible.

Adjustable air
Adjustable Bases

Beds allow you to raise the head & feet to experience Zero-Gravity which relieves back pain & pressure – kind of like a reclining position. Zero- Gravity also helps circulation and often these adjustable bases come with massage and other features. Not to mention you can recline & hang out in bed working on your laptop, reading or watching TV. It turns your bedroom into more than just a sleep environment… and no, they’re not just for hospitals – they’re actually pretty cool for all ages.

Adjustable air
Test the mattress

Consumer Reports says mattress makers will make a mattress specific for chain stores and something else for independent retailers. Check out the mattress before you buy and make sure you’re comparing features & price, apples to apples.

Test the mattress
Ask about exchanges

If the mattress is not what you wanted, what's the store exchange policy? You spend a lot of your life on a mattress so it needs to be as comfortable as possible.

Ask about returns
Support

How does the mattress feel when you lay down? It needs to provide a proper balance of comfort & support. The ideal goal is to get a balance that helps keep the spine aligned straight based on which two sleeping positions you sleep in the most.

Support
Pressure points

These are often hard to realize when shopping. Lay down on the mattress. Close your eyes. Try to feel each point of your body. If something doesn't feel right, trust your gut.

Pressure points
Motion

Cheap mattresses transmit motion. Quality ones allow you to roll over, leaving a partner undisturbed.

Motion
Check the edge

Often overlooked. What's the edge of the mattress like? Does it have the same support as the center?

Check the edge
Ask

When in doubt, ask the experts. Every question you have is important.

Ask