Purchasing a mattress is a big decision, one that is far from easy. If you’re reading this, give yourself a pat on the back because it means you’re taking this decision as seriously as you should. A mattress is a long-term investment, which means that you won’t be looking for a substitute until many years have passed. It can be overwhelming to choose the right one, especially with each brand advertising different features with overcomplicated names.

Qualities to Look For When Buying a Mattress

This list, however, will set everything straight for you and provide you with the important qualities you should look for in a mattress.

Firmness Level

A common mistake that people often make when picking out a mattress is opting for one of the two sides of the firmness spectrum. The truth is that an extremely soft mattress is as harmful as an extremely firm mattress. The firmness level that promotes the best sleep, according to scientific research, is moderate firmness. Although, you should keep in mind that the firmness level you require will differ according to your weight, sleeping posture, and body type. If you’ve got a neck, back, or spine problems, you’ll also need to consult your doctor about a suitable firmness level because it can be detrimental to your recovery.

Material

One of the prime factors you need to consider when buying your mattress is its material. The material determines a mattress’s firmness, the support it’s capable of offering, and the overall sleeping experience. Among the popular material available, you can pick between latex, foam, spring coils, and airbeds. Not just that, but according to the Australia-based experts at eva.com.au, you can also buy a hybrid mattress that combines the benefits of memory foam and coils. That way, you can have a mattress that adapts to your body shape while having the firm support and optimized airflow that comes with pocketed springs. Keep in mind that each material has its benefits and drawbacks, and so does each brand’s version of the material so, while you’re shopping, make sure you ask for in-depth information about the material.



Thickness

A thin mattress won’t do you any good. It might be okay for a hotel to have them, but it’s not practical for a household. A thin mattress won’t offer your body the support it needs for a good night’s sleep and it’s also more likely to get worn out due to daily use. The standard “good” thickness is anywhere from 8 to 14 inches, but it differs according to several factors. An individual’s weight, sleeping posture, medical needs, and general preferences can all come into play when it comes to thickness choices. For example, a heavy individual will need a thicker mattress for increased support and a higher quality sleep while a light individual would be better off spending their money on qualities other than mattress thickness.

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Texture

This is often an underrated factor, especially that most of us put sheets or covers over the mattress. Though, you’d be surprised at how annoying a certain pattern or texture can be on some days. Especially that if you’ve got thin sheets, you’re a lot more likely to feel the mattress’s texture. While there are other more important factors to consider when buying a mattress, you shouldn’t overlook a nice mattress texture, especially if it’s annoying enough to disturb your sleep. Don’t forget to take into account the unbearably hot nights and the nights when you’re extremely irritable.

Airflow

A mattress’s material, as well as its firmness level have a large impact on the airflow of a mattress. A soft mattress made of foam will be hotter than a firm mattress made of metal springs because the material and firmness affect how much heat is trapped by the mattress. If you live in a particularly hot or cold area, this will be something you want to take into consideration. In addition, if you have a concern about your mattress trapping smells, you’ll want to consider buying a firmer mattress or one that has good airflow.

When buying a mattress, keep in mind that you’ll be buying something to last you for ten years, which is the recommended time to change a mattress. In other words, it’s a one-time purchase and a long term investment. Granted, we’re all hardwired to go for the cheaper option, but when it comes to mattresses, you’ll have to override the system. While not always the case, a cheap mattress is usually a low-quality mattress. Because of your mattress’s detrimental effect on your posture and spine alignment, you could very well end up spending the money you saved on the purchase on medical bills.