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Choosing A New Mattress: A Quick And Simple Guide To Help You Get Started

By Jamie Richardson | March 6, 2019

So it's time to get a new mattress. It takes a lot of effort and thought when you do decide to finally purchase a new one. With so many options and brands in the market, it's easy to get overwhelmed when choosing a mattress. Here is a quick and simple guide to get you started in looking for the right mattress for your needs.


So right about now, you're browsing at an online mattress store. You're looking through the brands, but specifically, you're looking at the prices. Some may say that you shouldn't cut cost on your comfort, while others say you shouldn't spend all your money on a mattress. Both statements are true but it all depends on your situation. While comfort pays for itself, a pricey mattress doesn't always mean it's the right match for your body or your wallet. The first question you should ask yourself is, "how much am I willing to spend on a mattress?" This is important because it will help you filter the many options available in the market, which in turn, helps you concentrate more on finding the type of mattress you want and need for your body.

Types Of Mattresses

Literally, the market is filled with many types of mattresses. Memory foam, gel, pillow top, and innerspring are only to name a few types of common mattresses available. We will briefly discuss a couple of them.

Memory foam mattresses are said to be beneficial for those who sleep on their sides. Since memory foam gradually conforms to the shape of your body, it will support the hip and shoulders of side sleepers. Do you hate periodically flipping the mattress? Memory foam beds normally contain multiple layers of foam. The layers of foam will help resist the mattress from sagging.

Gel mattresses may cater to people who live in warmer areas or like to feel cooler while they sleep. No matter if you are a side, back, or stomach sleeper, a gel mattress aids in alleviating the accumulation of body heat to help someone feel cooler while sleeping. The gel in gel mattresses can either be found throughout the mattress or only in one or few layers. Typically, these types of mattresses combine memory foam and gel. Then you also have the bamboo mattress to check out.

Comfort, Firm Or Soft?

There are variations of firmness when choosing a mattress. Some, prefer a firmer mattress while others prefer the feel of sleeping on a softer one. If there are two of you who will be sleeping on the mattress, you may want to look into a mattress that's comfortable for the both of you, whatever the sleeping style. For instance, back sleepers should look for a medium firm mattress to help support the spine, while stomach sleepers should look for a firm mattress to prevent extreme pressure on the lower spine. For side sleepers, softer mattresses are the way to go, as it will provide better support for the shoulders and hip.


As previously mentioned, purchasing a mattress isn't an everyday thing. So when it comes to buying one, durability is also just as important as cost and comfort. Generally, a mattress's life span is about ten years, however, some may last longer than that. This is all dependent on the type of mattress you choose and the quality of the materials used by the manufacturer. Trending today, some mattress stores and manufacturers offer a trade-in policy. This policy allows the used mattress to be traded-in for a new one.


I know you're probably thinking about the price of the mattress itself and didn't think about accessories. You're wondering, "a mattress has accessories?" Well, yes it does. Mattress covers are considered mattress accessories. You may want to consider purchasing a mattress cover to help prolong and protect the life of your new mattress. For example, you've recently moved into a new apartment. You don't know the condition it was before and how often the previously occupant cleaned the apartment. The frightening (dare I say) bed bugs can be waiting to move into your new mattress. Enter, the mattress cover. Mattress covers are made from various materials and can help with allergies and bugs.

These are only a few things to consider when looking for a new mattress. Whatever mattress you choose, buy a new mattress that will have you waking up energized and rejuvenated (and don't forget a mattress cover).

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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