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How to Choose a Mattress

We spend about third of our lives in bed, but how much time did you spend picking your last mattress? These tips from Domestic CEO will help you find the right mattress for your needs, and make sure you get the best quality sleep.

By
Amanda Thomas,
Episode #143

We spend about third of our lives in bed, but how much time did you spend picking your last mattress? And how long ago was that?

Mattresses these days are made to last a long time, but they do eventually start to  sag, and collect dust mites and dead skin. Plus, our bodies change, so the mattress that was fine in college may not be the one that works so well for us as we start our families.

That’s why experts recommend getting a new mattress every 8-15 years. And with these 4 tips, and a little secret trick, you'll find the perfect fit for you.

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Picking the Right Mattress Type

The first thing to consider is what type of mattress is right for you and your budget. Most mattresses currently on the market fall into 3 main types:

  • Coil Mattresses: These are the ones you probably grew up with: iIf you can jump on the bed, it’s a coil mattress. The great thing about coil mattresses is that they come in a wide range of prices suitable for most budgets. Don’t let the brand names trick you - many of these mattresses are made by the same manufacturers, but then get a fancy tag put on them. (I’ll tell you a trick I learned a little later about this when I talk about trying out the mattresses.)
  • Foam Mattresses: These mattresses, which are relatively newer to the market, promise to form to each person’s body to provide unique support; instead of bouncing, they give you a bear hug when you lie down on them. Foam mattresses can be great because they conform to each sleeper, so they can work for 2 people who need different pressure levels. The downside is that they hold on to heat, so if you are often hot at night, opt for a foam mattress with a gel topper to help prevent discomfort. A mattress pad will add another layer of insulation, while still giving you the comfort of the foam mattress.
  • Air Mattresses: These are not the blow up mattresses that you use for camping or overnight guests. Instead, these full-sized styles have chambers that are filled with air rather than coils, and are then topped with foam, allowing you to make the mattress as firm or soft as you want, whenever you want. The biggest benefit with these is that 2 people can have significantly different levels of firmness from the same mattress; so if your spouse likes a squishy, soft mattress and you prefer to sleep on something more like a plank of wood, you can both get your way. The downside? Unless you get an air mattress that has separate chambers, you risk having the air move from one side of the mattress to the other when someone moves. So make sure you get one with separate chambers, to prevent being bounced out of bed when your partner plops down!

Try Before You Buy

If you go to a hotel and have a great night sleep, take a peek at the mattress tag, or ask the front desk for information on the brand they use.

When you are deciding what new mattress to buy, I would highly recommend testing out mattresses in real life situations.

For example, if you go to a hotel and have a great night sleep, take a peek at the mattress tag, or ask the front desk for information on the brand they use. Some hotels are so proud of their luxury mattresses that they even offer them for sale online, or via a catalogue. Even if you aren’t ready to buy, take note of the brand and style of mattress so you can use it as reference when you are ready to make a purchase.

We found our newest mattresses by staying at a vacation rental house. I had previously hated foam mattresses because they made me hot at night, but the place we stayed at had a gel topper to help keep me cool. After enjoying a few nights of the deepest sleep ever, we stripped the sheets to find the brand and style of mattress, then bought it for multiple rooms in our home, as well as for our own vacation rental homes. They are that good!

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