We spend a third of our lives sleeping, so consulting a mattress buying guide before making a purchase is essential.

Common factors to consider include the mattress support and comfort level, its size, specific features on offer, brands available, and more.

Be sure to run through this handy checklist before choosing your mattress:

1. What mattress types are available?

Mattresses are available in several material types. Before selecting the right mattress for you, consider your sleeping position, desired firmness and comfort level, budget, and body type.

The most popular mattress types on the market include Memory and Polyurethane Foam, Latex Foam, Innerspring, and Hybrid, which is a mix of several materials.

Each holds different qualities that address the above factors in varying ways. Polyurethane Foam and Memory Foam mattresses typically last between 8-10 years.

2. Selecting the right features

With the versatility of modern mattresses, there are other features to consider when making a purchase.

If you are of a heavier build, a thicker mattress will be more comfortable and provide adequate support. The general rule is that the thicker the mattress, the greater the price.

Polyurethane foam mattresses generally suit everyone, but you may wish to consider other material types.

Natural fillings include wool, cotton, and coir, and synthetic types – in addition to standard polyurethane – include latex, polyester, and memory foam.

The most comfortable mattresses are those that have strong edge support and low motion transfer. For allergy sufferers, hypoallergenic and anti-allergy mattresses are available to always ensure comfort.

 3. Branded vs. unbranded mattresses

It’s easy to find a quality mattress nowadays, particularly with so many on the market. There are many brands to choose from, including IKEA, Emma, Simba, and more.

There are several unbranded options too, available direct from independent mattress manufacturers. Foam mattresses from independent retailers, for example, are commonly custom-made.

Be sure to check online for unbiased reviews covering comfort and quality, and assess all available warranties and guarantees. A mattress is an investment!

4. Online versus in-store

The mattress market is competitive, so the best deals can be found everywhere. In-store you can physically assess a mattress and determine which is right for you.

Yet online, most mattresses now come with a trial period as standard, eliminating any worries about ordering the wrong product.

Shopping for a mattress in-store versus online is all down to personal preference.

Mattress Buying Guide

Infographic provided by efoam.co.uk.

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