How to Choose the Right Bed

Finding a new mattress can be both overwhelming and frustrating. Choosing a mattress based on material quality, price and other factors requires comprehensive product research— no simple feat, given that hundreds of brands and retailers sell new mattresses online and in brick-and-mortar stores.

This guide will explore the following:

  • Signs it may be time to replace your mattress
  • Similarities and differences between memory foam, latex, innerspring, hybrid, and airbed mattresses
  • Key performance and purchasing factors to consider
  • Potential places to find a new, high-quality mattress
  • Common myths about mattress buying and performance
  • A final checklist for mattress shoppers

When Should You Replace Your Mattress?

A lot of factors affect a mattress ‘ lifespan. Some types of mattresses, such as latex and airbed mattresses, are longer-lasting than others and less susceptible to wear and tear. Sleep patterns are another factor, since a mattress used night after night can deteriorate more quickly than one used less frequently. The general rule of thumb however is to remove your mattress.

How to Choose a New Mattress

There are two kinds of items you need to remember when buying a new mattress: (1) what kind of sleeper you are, and (2) the basic quality of the mattresses available on the market. By considering your particular sleeping qualities in the sense of what types of mattresses are available, you will be able to considerably narrow your choices.

Please note that while we find that certain types of mattresses seem to fit best with certain types of sleepers, the choice for the mattress is largely subjective. We therefore recommend that you go to a local store and try various styles of mattress before you purchase it online.