Weaving your way through the mattress market can be confusing and a little daunting; after all, there are so many options to consider, and the one you choose can make or break your sleep habits. Finding a good one requires research. You need to determine the size — twin, full, queen, king or California king — and then decide between a memory foam mattress, innerspring mattress, pillow top mattress and latex mattress. And don't forget the extras! Mattress toppers can help make even the most uncomfortable bed comfortable again.
Before you buy your next bed, here is what you should consider:
What size bed should I buy?
As you consider your size, think about who will be sleeping in the bed, as well as any space constraints you might need to work with. A twin and full bed are too small for most couples, while oftentimes a California king can feel too large and isolating. If you do decide to go big, be sure to measure your bedroom to ensure it will fit. You want to be able to walk comfortably around the bed and have easy access to furniture.Check out our mattress size guide to learn more
What kind of mattress should I buy?
There are many different types to consider, depending on your budget and comfort levels.
An innerspring mattress
is your most basic option. These units have steel coils inside that move as you move, and they come in a variety of soft to firm options. These are often the most affordable option, which is why they are also the most popular.
A memory foam mattress
is made of several different layers of foam that molds to the shape of your body as you sleep. It comes in different density levels and absorbs movement, which makes it ideal for sleeping with a partner. They are often more expensive than spring options.
option is made of rubber and offers more firm support, which is great for those with back pain. It keeps warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and is also ideal for those with allergies.
A pillow top mattress
has an extra topper that offers more cushion. Its material can differ, depending on the brand and overall price.
Should I buy a mattress topper or mattress pad?
A pad? Definitely! This handy, inexpensive accessory will keep your bed looking nice for years to come. It doesn't really provide extra padding, though it does offer extra protection against spills and stains. A topper offers more cushion, so you only need one if your current bed is uncomfortable. They come in different materials and sizes to suit your bed and your sleeping style.
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