Thursday, January 7, 2010

How Do You Choose A New Mattress?


Buying a new mattress set isn’t that hard, but buying the best one for you can be. There are just too many different types of mattresses in the market these days. If you bought your mattress five years ago, and want to change now, you definitely would not be able to find the same one and just might get lost in the choices.

Before you buy a mattress you need to consider a few things like the comfort level that the mattress can provide, the foundation, warranty, and don’t forget about how much you want to spend! This list is by no means covers everything but it’s a good start!

1. Comfort and Support Levels

Basically there are three different comfort levels when it comes to mattresses, Firm, Plush and Pillow top. What differs is the type of support or padding that the mattress can provide. A firm mattress is typically believed to be better for the back because it gives more support, although this isn’t always true. Plush mattresses usually have a firm mattress foundation, with additional padding on top for extra comfort. The pillow top typically has more layers of padding than the plush.

Keep in mind, “firmness” is not standardized in the mattress industry. One manufacturer’s firm mattress may actually be firmer than another manufacturer s extra firm mattress. Look for comfort and support. You want to feel cradled and supported when you lay on a mattress. The best way to check out the mattress is to take off your shoes and coat (if you’re wearing one) and start lying on mattresses! Don’t feel self-conscious about doing this, it’s the best way to tell if a mattress is or isn’t right for you.

2. Foundation

A new mattress set would not be a different type of mattress from what you have been using, unless you want to try something new. The most important feature when it comes to the different types would be the foundation of the mattress itself, or what it is made of. The common ones would include spring, foam, water, air, and so on. Basically, here you have to consider the quality of the spring or foam or any other medium used in the mattress set. If you are looking for a long lasting mattress, then you should go for springs that flex and absorb some of the weight.

3. Warranty

Cheaper mattress sets would not have warranties normally more than a year, but when you buy good ones they may go up to even five years. When you buy a mattress worthy of your money, make sure the warranty is worthy as well.

4. Price

Buying a new mattress can be pretty expensive, king size Sleep NumberÃ’ beds can cost upwards of $5000. When shopping for a new mattress it’s best to figure out the most you’re willing to spend and then DON’T look at any of the mattress’ you can’t afford. How much should you spend? Personally, I feel that with the amount of time that you’re going to spend in your bed, spend as much as you feel you can afford and buy the highest quality mattress you can afford.

I hope this has helped steer you in the right direction. If you are still having some of your old “aches and pains” even after breaking in your new mattress, think about making an appointment to see if Chiropractic can help!

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