How to Buy a Mattress – Best Mattress to Buy

So, you have decided that you are going to invest in a new mattress set but do you know exactly the best mattress to buy and why.

    • Do you wake in the morning with new aches and pains that were not there when you went to bed?
    • Does the middle of your mattress resemble the Grand Canyon as the largest valley?
    • Could you do with a little more room to spread out?

These are just some of the factors that should be taken into account when buying a new mattress.

How to buy a mattress - Which? guide

Mattress Size

One of your first decisions is what size mattress you need. This decision will be made based on the size of the room. For instance, in a small room, a twin size mattress will take up the least amount of space whereas twin sized beds are common in children’s rooms. Since twin mattresses are not overly large, many people opt to use them as a daybed. During the day, a daybed is dressed to look like a couch or sofa but come the night, it is a complete and comfortable bed in its own right.

It used to be that a full-size mattress was the most common size. Even houses built with modest size bedrooms can accommodate the full-size bed with no problem. It provides enough sleeping space for two people that are close to each other. Each person had considerably less space than his or her own twin bed would allow but most couples can sleep without too much discomfort.

Nowadays, with homes having larger bedrooms and the “family bed”, more and more people are opting for Queen and King size mattresses. While it is true that the King size is becoming more common, the Queen size mattress reigns as the most purchased size. It gives less room than a King size mattress, but it also takes up less space. However, as a rule of thumb and assuming that your room is large enough to allow it, the larger the bed, the more comfortable everyone can sleep.

How Firm should a Mattress be

Another factor that you should decide upon is the level of softness that you require from a mattress. Despite the level of cushioning of most name brand mattresses, the support level is the same.

Mattresses begin at firm, which has the least amount of padding. The next step up from firm is plush, which has a larger layer of cushioning on top of the coils. At the top of the softness chart, there is the pillow top mattress, which has a large, cushiony pad on top of the other layers of padding.

Old Bed Mattress Disposal

Now that you have chosen your new mattress, you must decide how to dispose of your used one. It is quite common for mattresses stay in circulation long after their ability to support is gone. Often children or young couples inherit an old mattress. However, just remember why you decided to invest in your new mattress in the first place. If your old mattress was not supporting you, it is highly unlikely that it will properly support anyone else either.

Many companies will dispose of your old mattress for you when delivering your new one. Some do it for at no charge whilst others will charge a small fee. You may also be able to have your local trash collector take it if you arrange to have it picked up on heavy trash day.

When starting out, choosing a new mattress can seem like a daunting task. Many people put off the purchase simply because they are confused. But no matter what mattress you finally choose, you can rest easy knowing that you did your homework on how to buy a mattress.