How To Choose Your Perfect Mattress

09 July 2021
The duration and quality of our sleep affects everything in our lives - from how we perform at our jobs to how our body metabolizes food. Consistently getting a good night of sleep relies on many factors with the quality of our mattresses being a top consideration. The right mattress will provide the proper comfort and support you need to rest easily. Consider these factors when trying to find the mattress that is perfect for you.


Mattresses are available in innerspring, foam, and hybrid options along with different levels of firmness. Your selection will depend on your comfort and firmness preferences.
The size of the mattress you choose has a big impact on your overall satisfaction and should comfortably fit all occupants.
Before purchasing a new mattress, see if you are able to test the mattress in store or read customer reviews.


Comfort Factors: Support, Pressure Relief, Plush vs. Firm

When choosing your new mattress, there are lots of comfort-related factors to consider. If you are someone that suffers from back or joint pain, the firmness of your mattress should help provide you relief throughout the night.

How do you choose a comfortable mattress?

Become familiar with your mattress comfort options in order to choose a comfortable mattress. As comfort is subjective to each individual, decide what is important to you in a mattress. Some people prefer a very soft mattress that feels like floating on the clouds while others prefer a firm mattress that offers more support. How you sleep will also be a factor in the mattress that you choose. Back sleepers will typically need more support from a firmer mattress. The same goes for stomach sleepers. If you sleep on your side, a softer mattress can provide just enough support while keeping the side of your body comfortable. If you tend to switch back and forth your sleeping style, a medium firmness mattress is a great option for you.

How firm should your mattress be?

Mattresses are available in a variety of comfort levels ranging from firm to soft. Mattress firmness is typically measured on a scale that ranges from 1 to 10 with 1 being an extremely soft mattress and 10 being extremely firm. A medium firmness mattress will typically be a 6.5 on the scale. If you prefer a softer mattress, look for options in the 4 to 6 range. If you prefer a firmer mattress that offers more support, look for options in the 7 to 9 range.

How do you check the firmness of a mattress?

If you are able to try out a mattress in person, you will be able to check the firmness of a mattress. Lay down on the mattress for 5-10 minutes and gauge how supported you feel. Try out the mattress in your preferred sleep position or multiple sleep positions if you tend to move around at night. Be sure the mattress is compatible with both occupants' sleeping preferences.

All The Different Types of Mattresses

The type of mattress and the size of the mattress you choose depends ultimately one who and how you will use it. It is important to understand these different factors when making your mattress purchase decision.

What type of mattress is the best?

Ultimately, the type of mattress that is the best is entirely up to the user. Some people prefer comfortable, soft mattresses while others opt for a firmer mattress that will provide support for their muscles. Here are the main categories of mattresses and what each one is known for.

  • Innerspring Mattresses - There is no doubt you have probably slept on an innerspring mattress in your lifetime. One of the most popular and widely used types of mattresses, innerspring uses metal rings or coils in the core for the support system. This versatile system is available at a variety of comfort and cost levels.

  • Foam Mattresses - Foam mattresses are composed of a highly durable foam core with additional foam outer layers. The foam gives these mattresses their signature “sinking in” feeling that helps to minimize pressure points.

  • Hybrid Mattresses - You guessed it - hybrid mattresses are a cross between foam and innerspring options! A hybrid mattress has an innerspring core wrapped in a foam exterior or mattress with topper. This “best of both worlds” option offers a great balance between comfort and firmness.

What size mattress should you choose?

The size of the mattress you choose depends on who will occupy it. A twin mattress is typically 39” x 75” and is the standard size for one person. Twin mattresses are also available in an XL size providing five additional inches of length. As mattress sizes increase, their occupancy increases to two people. A standard full mattress is 54” x 75” and will feel a little small for two full grown adults opt for a queen mattress at 60” x 80” in this case. For more space and overall comfort, a king mattress is available at 76” x 80”. Finally, a California king bed is actually narrower than a king mattress at 72” wide, but longer at 84”.

How to test a mattress in a store?

Before purchasing one of the many mattresses for sale, even if you have done all of your research, it is very important you try it out. In larger furniture stores and specialty mattress stores, mattresses will be available for trying out in the store. Try out the mattress for an extended period of time and in multiple sleeping positions. If you are not able to test a mattress in stores, read the available reviews online from customers who have purchased the product. Focus on reviews that relate to sleep styles similar to your own.

Before purchasing a new mattress, be sure you are knowledgeable on the available material and comfort options. When in doubt, speak with an in-store or online mattress expert to answer your questions and guide you in your purchase. Looking through all of the mattresses for sale does not have to be an overwhelming process and it is possible to find the perfect mattress for you.