I remember the first time I had to buy a mattress on my own, it was a stressful and annoying process and unlike me, not many people have the time and energy to research mattresses for a long time before actually buying one. To make the work easier for you people I will provide you with a consumer reports mattress buying guide that will make the whole process fun for you. If you have a complete know-how of how a mattress works, you can easily compare your options and buy the most suitable one for you.

Here is everything that you have to consider before buying a mattress. Let’s have a look.

Understand the Types of Mattresses

Let us talk about the first problem that we all face when we enter into a mattress store, the salesperson will shower us with a million choices with so many features that you might start feeling dizzy.

The best way is to already have knowledge of the common mattress types so that you do not have to hear the jargon for the first time in the mattress store. Here are the three most common types of mattress.

Foam Mattress

This is the oldest type of mattress that you will come across. Foam mattresses are so common and old that you will find a plethora of choices to choose from. The most common and latest types of mattress foams are made with polyurethane or latex.

Foam Mattress

Polyurethane foams are mostly called the memory foams as they can contour around your body and they come back to their original shape when you are not sitting or lying on the mattress. They are most popular among the people for their extreme comfort and body aligning properties. Most part of your choices will constitute a polyurethane memory foam mattress.

  • Ideal for chronic pains
  • Pressure-relief
  • No squeaks and creeks
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Dust-mite resistant
  • Little to no maintenance needed
  • Quite heavy
  • Not ideal for heat control

Innerspring Mattress

This is a very bouncy and comfortable technology that not only supports your body but also gives it the perfect posture while maintaining the right alignment of your backbone. It is perfect for the people who have a problem of back pain and sore body when they wake up.

Innerspring Mattress

An innerspring mattress is made up of high-quality springs that are interconnected in the traditional mattresses. Now, we have another technology called the pocket springs which is the latest development in the spring mattress industry.

Pocket spring mattresses use springs inside the inner core of the mattress but each spring is individually wrapped and has an independent movement. The best part about this technology is that not only it provides ultimate support to your body but also it absorbs motion.

It is specially manufactured for the people who get annoyed by their partner’s movement and their sleep gets disrupted. With pocket spring technology, you will have the best support and bouncy feeling without having to wake up in the middle of the night.

  • Constructed with steel coils
  • High-quality
  • Durable
  • Pocketed coil technology
  • Noise is possible

Adjustable Air Mattress

This is the third most common type of mattress. It is another breakthrough technology in the comfort industry where you can adjust the firmness of your mattress by using an electric pump. Most of these mattresses are divided into two halves so that each partner can have the desired firmness of the air mattress at their side.

Adjustable Air Mattress

This is a one-time investment that will give you an adjustable level of support. That is why it is loved mostly by the people. But make sure that you adjust the firmness in the morning or afternoon because the pup makes a lot of noise and it can disrupt the sleep of your partner if not yours.

  • Odor-free
  • No sagging
  • Affordable pricing
  • Increase durability
  • Rapid inflation
  • Movement separation
  • Noisy Pump
  • Longer assembly time

Important Mattress Shopping Tips

When you look at the consumer reports mattress buying guide, you can understand whatever choices you have while buying a mattress. But how are you supposed to decide which one is the best for you and which one is not?

This question can be answered if you keep the following tips in mind. You will get the most comfortable and personal mattress that you can ever wish for.

Test Your Mattress

Buying a mattress allows you to take your time and test every product that the store is offering. Make sure to never take a hasty decision. The best way is to lie down on the mattress and check how comfortable you feel on it. Your salesperson must expect you to take 10 to 15 minutes in checking every mattress.

Check all the positions that you prefer sleeping in. Lie down on your back, on your side and if you feel like it, you can lie down on your stomach too. This is how you can be sure that your mattress won’t turn out to be a mistake.

Find Mattresses with a Comfort Guarantee

There are a lot of good companies who will give you a 100 night (more or less) comfort guarantee. Take the mattress to your home, sleep on it and analyze the comfort level it provides you with. Check all the possible positions and types of sleep on it and if you find it uncomfortable, never hesitate to return it.

As a rule of thumb, researches have shown that most of the mattresses that provide a comfort guarantee for their mattresses turn out to be very comfortable too. The low return rate of the mattresses bough even with a full refund guarantee speaks for itself.

But never take the pressure of research or reviews on your mind. If 100 people live it, it doesn’t mean that you are obligated to like it too.

Understand the Warranty of Your Mattress

Make sure that you understand your mattress’s warranty. Never let the label befool you. Mostly the best mattresses will provide you with 10 to 25 years of warranty. Although a mattress’s life is 10 years at max, the longer warranty is there for any manufacturing defect only. Also, the amount of compensation that you will get also decreases over time. Understanding your warranty can help you make a wiser choice too.

Before you Receive the Mattress from Delivery Guys

Just because you bought a good mattress doesn’t mean you will get it delivered perfectly every time. Mostly the delivery people are not very careful with your mattress and you might get some delivery defect in it that you cannot even claim under warranty. Make sure that you have completely checked your mattress and then receive it.


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