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6 Things to Consider When Looking for a New Mattress

6 Things to Consider When Looking for a New Mattress


Whether this is your first time buying a mattress or first time in a long time, there are many factors that come into your decision making. Do you like new features? What's the right size? How do you sleep? Fortunately, we've compiled a brief yet comprehensive list of the considerations to keep in mind when looking for a new mattress. Get ready to sleep better thanks to these helpful tips and hints.

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1. Price

While day-to-day comfort is going to be an important consideration, price is often a primary factor when deciding on a new mattress. Less expensive models may seem tempting, but a lack of features could be seriously detrimental to your comfort and potentially to your health over time. More expensive models may have all the bells and whistles, but there may be more affordable options with similar features worth checking out. Ultimately, it may be worthwhile to spend a little more for better materials and more durable construction. Just remember to balance the pros and cons of your top picks with your budget.

2. Size

Even if you find the most comfortable and affordable mattress available, choosing the wrong size model for your sleeping style and bedroom may leave you second guessing your decision later on. Before you begin shopping for a new mattress, it's a good idea to measure the room where you'll be sleeping. If you're using an existing bed frame, be sure to measure that as well to eliminate any unnecessary gaps between the mattress and the frame rails. A mattress should be large enough to accommodate all of your sleeping positions comfortably, as well as those of your partner. You'll appreciate having the extra room to stretch out and a more spacious sleeping surface will be more inviting at the end of a long day.


3. Materials and Construction

From the core materials that compose the foundation of the mattress to the surface materials that will be closest to you throughout the night, choosing the right combination of supportive and comfortable components is crucial. Options ranging from traditional innersprings to modern foam cores and hybrid surfaces provide different levels of support. Plush and pillowtop mattresses provide an extra layer of surface padding for those who appreciate an especially generous amount of give. Durable synthetic exterior fabrics will resist wear and tear over time, while some may find softer, natural cotton more agreeable.

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4. Your Sleeping Style

Everyone sleeps differently. It's important to find a mattress that properly supports you throughout the night so that you're able to rest soundly. Side sleepers will want soft mattresses that offer plenty of give, while stomach sleepers may benefit from extra firm models that help support the body evenly. Back sleepers and those who don't have a dedicated sleeping position will want to find a mattress that offers the ideal blend of firm core material and plush pillowtop padding. If you sleep warm at night, many new mattresses feature breathable pillowtops that allow air to circulate fully around the body.

Read more about choosing a mattress based on sleeping style.

5. Additional Features

New advances in mattress technology are continually being developed and improved upon. Chances are that if there's something you want or need from your mattress, there's a feature that offers a solution. If you sleep with a partner who tosses and turns throughout the night, look for a mattress that includes motion isolating materials. Allergy sufferers will appreciate soft synthetic materials that can help reduce the amount of dust mites. At the end of a long day, you'll look forward to kicking back and reading a good book or catching up on your favorite show in an adjustable bed that can be arranged in a variety of comfortable positions.

6. Mattress Accessories and Bedding

Once you've found the perfect mattress, adding some accessories can help customize the look and feel of your bed. Find out if your mattress and bed frame need a boxspring. Mattress pads can add extra comfort and protection to the surface of your mattress, helping to extend the life of the materials. Luxurious sheets, blankets and pillows are an absolute necessity. Choose comfortable fabrics and have fun coordinating the colors and patterns with your existing bedroom decor.

Do you need a boxspring? Learn more.

Learn more about the latest features and models in our Beginner's Guide to Buying a Mattress.