By Susan C Lutz 14 min to read

How To Choose The Best Mattress And Buying Guide

How To Select The Right Mattress

When you consider that you spend about one-third of your life sleeping, selecting the best mattress can be a daunting task. The best mattresses have a tremendous range in types, prices, and overall feel. How do you know if you’re currently sleeping on the right mattress? What are the clues to whether you should be looking for a new mattress? If you wake up sore, that could be a hint. Another hint is if you find you get better rest at hotels rather than at home.

How Long Do The Best Mattresses Last?

The rule of thumb is regardless of the mattress’s warranty; most wear out in ten years. If you work it out in hours of use, you would have slept on that mattress for about 29,000 hours. Some experts believe that if you are older than 40, you should consider getting a new mattress every five to seven years because our bodies become more susceptible to pressure as we age. I’m not sure that subscribe to that train of thought, as I believe good rest is a sum of many factors beyond how good the best mattresses can be.

Best Way to Shop For The Best Mattresses

This is one place where brick and mortar businesses outshine Internet businesses. You need to check out as many mattresses as you can. I, in my travels, found that the best mattresses at times were not based upon price, but comfort. When my wife and I started searching for a new mattress, as we had poorly selected our previous mattress based more on low cost and not support. We had looked at some of the best mattresses currently available for the most money and disliked all. We were not able to accurately find the correct mattress until we both tried them out in person. It didn’t come as any surprise to me when I discovered that Consumer Reports recommends lying down for a full 15 minutes in your favorite sleeping position. I will further support if you are married, to lie on it with your spouse. We found that some mattresses to be quite comfortable until we both tried it together. Some mattresses just didn’t feel good when we lied on it along. Finally, to make sure that you’ve made the right choice because it could be one that you will have to live with for several years, ensure that the store has a good return policy. The 15 to 20-minute test is a good test in conjunction with testing multiple mattresses, but sometimes we do choose the wrong mattress for the long term.

Styles of the Best Mattresses

Coil mattresses, at this time, offer the most comfort for many people. Factors to consider when looking at coil mattresses are the density of the coils. A good rule of thumb is, the more the reels there are in a mattress, the smaller they are, and the more flexible they will be. Selecting a mattress with 680 coils or more is recommended. If you are more substantial than the average person, you may consider fewer, larger coils, as they will be more durable. Mattresses with larger coils are usually found to have roughly 400 per mattress. Foam mattresses made from memory or latex foam are usually more comfortable, but I believe this to be personal preference. My wife and I found the coil style to be more comfortable than foam. But my cousin recently purchased a foam mattress as he and his wife much preferred this style. These types of mattresses usually react to heat and body pressure to mold to your body within minutes. It’s great for some people that don’t move around much, but if you roll around as I do, I found it to be uncomfortable whenever I moved. Some of the best mattresses come with a cushion top. Here is where styles in construction vary greatly. I found that I preferred having a right cushion top. My wife and I choose a cheaper mattress that had a superior cushion top for maximum comfort. As a point of interest, we found that the mattress that we purchased, we liked heads above all the others we had tried. It just was the right fit for us. Another option when considering the right mattress for you is the emergence of air mattresses. You’ve seen ones that allow you to ‘dial’ in your comfort level. You are altering the air pressure in the inflatable air chambers to provide support. The dual-chamber models that allow two individuals to adjust each side of the bed to their personal preferences can be an advantage if one partner likes a softer mattress. At the same time, the other prefers a firmer one.

Finding Bargains on the Best Mattresses

Recently, I needed to purchase a mattress for my son. After I had him select two or three mattresses that he preferred, I took the time to know how much each was selling for. There was a range in prices to be sure. Also, it is best if you are in a position to wait. With the right circumstances, you could very well save 50% on the price of the mattress of choice. I was able to save over 60% of the cost of my son’s mattress because of a fluke rainstorm. We had done our hunting for a mattress. We knew what my son liked and how much they went for. As we were driving home a couple of weeks after our investigation, we were passing through town, and a fluke rain and hail storm hit us. A mattress store was having a sidewalk sale in their parking lot, and they had dozens of mattresses outside that got rained on. Knowing we had the upper hand, it was straightforward to negotiate a much lower price. I simply took the mattress and box spring home and steam cleaned them. They came out perfectly clean, and after about 12 hours of forced air drying, they were perfectly dry and without mildew.


Finding out what is the best mattress for you is an exercise of trying out as many mattress types and styles as you can. Considering you are choosing a piece of furniture that you could be spending up to 29,000 hours on, it should be a carefully made decision. Don’t buy the first one you see or the cheapest one, as you will regret it. Try out as many as you can! I intend to review several of the major manufactures’ best mattresses to give you some idea of what I find and what I think about their comfort and styles. Please consider leaving your comments on what you discover about what you think to be the best mattresses available and your reviews.

How To Buy A Mattress 

9 Shopping Tips to Consider When Buying a Mattress and Boxspring or Foundation for a Platform Bed

When shopping for a mattress and a box spring or foundation to use with a platform bed, there are nine shopping tips you should consider. Before I go into the nine tips, you should first get to know what a platform bed is. Did you know that platform beds don’t need a box spring or foundation to support a mattress? A box spring is made with a rigid frame and supportive springs. A foundation is designed like a box spring but also includes high-density foam to offer even more support. You may want a box spring or a foundation, depending on how you sleep. Many platform beds provide different levels of comfort with either a flat board or slats, but what mattresses go well with these options?

Get to Know Platform Beds

A platform bed has firmly set slats or a platform to support a mattress. Slats are typically planks of wood, around three inches in width that run horizontally along the bed. King or Queen size beds often have a vertical center support system to support the weight in the middle of the bed. You can also find metal slats on metal platform beds, which are usually more durable than wood. Before you order, you should look for the least amount of space between the slats, the smaller the area, the better the support. Platform support is a flat surface such as one single piece of plywood that you can lay a mattress on. This system can offer a high level of stability and comfort when paired with the right mattress. However, both of these support systems are quite firm when used without a box spring or foundation. If you don’t sleep very well on firm surfaces, a platform bed may not be for you. More massive people and those that are hard on their bed may prefer the stability of a platform bed.

Now, let’s get to the shopping tips. Before you order a mattress and a box spring or foundation for your platform bed, there are some points you should know:

1. It’s always a good idea to buy a new mattress to go along with any new foundation. Your old mattress could be too heavy, as they increase in weight over time, and may create faster wear on your new bed frame. If you’re new to the world of platform beds, finding the right mattress may take some experimenting, so it’s better to start fresh from the beginning.

2. Memory Foam mattresses are good to consider. Many memory foam beds can be used without a box spring or foundation because they have a built-in thick foam base support system. Denser base foam is recommended when pairing with a slatted platform bed.

3. Platform beds are naturally firm. Adding an already firm mattress may make your bed uncomfortably hard. Try to avoid “Extra Firm” mattresses. Adding a very plush mattress can also make your bed too soft. Finding the perfect balance between hard and soft mattresses may be time-consuming, but your sleep is worth it.

4. Your weight is always a factor when buying a mattress. A couple with very different body weights may not want to consider a mattress with a lot of padding, such as a top pillow mattress. A mattress with less padding will have less filling to compress, creating less wear over time. Platform beds provide lots of stability for more massive people, so a firm mattress is not essential. For a plusher feel, you may also want to consider a firmer euro top mattress to retain its shape better.

5. Read the mattress’s warranty. For many companies, notably Simmons, using their mattresses without their foundations can void their warranty.

6. Do not assume boxsprings or foundations and slats do the same job. Boxsprings or foundations do have a certain amount of giving to them, while slats stay pretty rigid. If you’re used to always sleeping on a box spring or foundation, consider a softer mattress to go along with your new platform bed.

7. If you don’t mind the height and the look of a box spring or foundation on your platform bed, adding one may not be a bad thing to consider since many mattresses are made to be paired with a matching box spring or foundation.

8. Feel the rigidity of your current box spring or foundation. Do this by slipping your hand between the box spring or foundation and mattress and pressing down. Many brand name foundations are robust and may not be too different from a platform foundation. If that’s the case, you may not need to buy a mattress too different from your current one since you’re already used to the firmness.

9. If you choose to forgo the box spring or foundation on your new platform bed, reinvest some of that money into getting a better mattress. Consider a slightly thicker memory foam mattress or better quality springs in your coil mattress.

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