5 Mattress Types to Consider Before Replacing Yours
How old is your mattress? If it’s more than eight years old, that usually means it’s time to replace it.
A lot has changed with mattresses over the last decade, so when considering replacing yours, it pays to do your research.
To help you, let’s look at four mattress types to consider before replacing yours.
#1: Innerspring Mattresses
Do you like your bed to have a little “bounce?” If so, you want to look at the traditional innerspring mattress types.
You’ll notice these are firmer and have a bouncier feel to them. The interconnected coils are durable. In addition, this mattress may have individual pocketed coils that are covered in fabric.
The support on traditional innerspring mattresses comes from the steel coils that have two measurements. These are gauge and count.
When thinking about the thickness of the coil, mattress companies mention coil gauge. For example, high coil gauges have thin coils. Low coil gauges have thick coils.
If you want a very firm mattress, you want a lower coil gauge.
The count refers to how many of these coils are present in your mattress. What should you look for? Seven hundred to 800 is the average coil count in innerspring mattresses, but the range is between 400-900 coils. The more coils, the more costly the mattress.
Because of the coils, when your partner moves on this mattress type, you may not notice the ripple effect as much. It is worth noting that when you really want to limit motion transfer, you want to look at pocket coils. If you choose continuous coils, the mattress will be bouncy, but if you aren’t sleeping alone, the other person will feel the motion transfer.
#2: Memory Foam Mattresses
This mattress type is less springy. But you will notice the memory foam mattress provides your pressure points with great relief.
With so many memory foam mattresses on the market, you want to judge the quality of it. You can do this by paying attention to the thickness and density of the foam. You’ll find mattresses with several layers of foam – the heavier foam on the bottom to support you, and the lighter foam to provide coolness and comfort on the top.
Many people like memory foam mattresses because they mold to your shape. In addition, when you move around, your sleeping partner won’t notice it. The foam also helps support your whole body while relieving your aches and pains.
Side sleepers like memory foam because as it molds to your body, it can take the weight off your joints while keeping you cool as you sleep.
Do try this mattress type before you buy if you can because while many love the comfort, some people find it too soft.
#3: Hybrid Mattresses
With this mattress type, you get the best of both worlds.
You enjoy the support system of the traditional innerspring mattress as well as the comfortable benefits of the memory foam mattress. So, you experience support with enhanced comfort.
The hybrid mattress is great for side, back, and stomach sleepers. Many couples enjoy the hybrid mattress as it can help meet each person’s needs.
#4: Bed in a Box Mattresses
This relatively new mattress type has hit the market and provided a completely new way for people to buy a mattress.
With this format, companies take the innerspring, hybrid, or memory foam mattress and compress it, roll it, and put it in a box. Why? This makes delivery and setup extra easy. All you have to do is open the box and expose the mattress to air once it arrives at your home. As you put it in your bedroom, you can watch it spring alive to its regular form.
These mattresses are usually created in foam. They are different from the traditional memory foam because they are compressed before they ship to you.
The biggest pro of the bed in a box mattress is the ease of delivery and setup. If you have a hard-to-reach bedroom, this mattress is perfect because your mattress simply arrives in a manageable box. These mattresses are generally affordably priced.
Final Thoughts on Mattress Types
Choosing the right mattress for your comfort, support, and sleep is so important to your overall health.
Now that you understand the different mattress types, you can choose from, it will be easier to pick the perfect one.
When it comes to choosing between innerspring coils and memory foam, it boils down to personal preference. Bottom line – do your research before replacing your mattress, and you’ll soon find you have the best night’s sleep every night!
Are you ready to start sleeping better with one of these mattress types? Check out our online inventory of new mattresses, and you’re well on your way to a better night’s sleep.
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