How To Identify Between Good And Bad Mattresses
It’s long been established that sleep impacts our health in very profound ways. From physical aspects of restoration to performing mental maintenance, getting a good night’s rest is a healthier habit than an indulgent one, and finding a good mattress is key to making this happen.
The effects of sleeping on a bad mattress can be instantly felt, causing one to wake up mid-sleep, or having one feel tired and sore after waking up in the morning. As a piece of furniture that people spend almost a third of their lives on, investing in a good mattress is now seen as quintessential to health.
But sleep science can be confusing, and mattress architecture even more so. With the plethora and types of mattresses out there, how can one best ascertain the right mattress to buy?
The truth is that there’s no one formula to a mattress that is right for you. Side sleepers will want something different from those who lay on their backs, while those sensitive to the temperatures might prefer one material over another. But there is a flow that can help, and that would be:
- Define your budget (with some allowance).
- Choose your preferred size.
- Test out the firmness.
- Ask about the construction.
- Cater to frills and add-ons.
Here are some factors to consider, including tips on how to decide between the different types of mattresses and find the right one for you.
Price points are important
With the introduction of mattresses-in-a-box, budget mattresses became available to the market. But the old advice stands true: You get what you pay for. While budget mattresses work for some people, their inferior quality begins to quickly show after a year in. They rapidly lose their support, and it’s common to encounter issues with heat retention, dirt accumulation and general wear and tear as they usually feature only one type of material, such as latex or foam.
Don’t scrimp here and prepare a decent budget for something that you will enjoy for a longer time. We recommend starting at $900 for single sizes and $2000 for doubles and above for mid-ranged comfort that you’ll feel every night.
Being established matters
Did you know that the current modern mattress innovations are made by some of the biggest surviving mattress brands of today? These companies have found longevity because of their constant investment in formulating the ideal mattress – often through research with sleep scientists – which is why one can never go wrong with them.
While this doesn’t preclude newer makers from delivering a good mattress, an established mattress business is a more assured route, promising detailed information, reliable customer support and a good long warranty for peace of mind.
Look out for manufacturers – or in the case of LMG, a direct distributor – who have an established heritage, offering premium models that are not from an OEM brand. This guarantees you’re paying the best value for a quality make because these companies have been around long enough to know what works and what doesn’t. Other factors to consider include the brand’s regional and global presence, as well as where their manufacturing factories are located. The best companies have nothing to hide and will often populate their online materials with plenty of helpful data and information.
Choose the right size, not the biggest
Smaller can be better. While a larger bed is often preferred by most, do not always choose the largest that your budget allows. Sometimes, it’s money well-spent if you downsize from a king to a queen or a double to a single, just so you can funnel that extra money to a better construction. Say if you had saved $400 by switching from a king to a queen, you could use that extra to buy a cooling gel foam topper to battle those hot nights in Singapore. Plus, all that money saved from buying smaller bedsheets and other accessories.
Find comfort that is yours and yours alone
Just like food, a good mattress is one that gives you your level of comfort. What is firm to another could be soft to you, so always confirm your mattress order only after you’ve tried them out personally. People also tend to have preconceived notions about their preferred firmness which might not be true, so allow your body to respond more accurately by physically lying down on them.
There are also no industry standards for firmness and mattress companies have their own scale, which is another good reason to decide only after testing it out in person, and established mattress companies will always invite you to do so.
Look out for staff that have deep knowledge of their product, with a breadth of scope that covers technical details as well. Some of the best have specialists you can speak to as well, such as Elvin from LMG who gives talks on sleep wellness to commercial and corporate clients.
Don’t go by popularity or hype
It could be going viral because of gimmicks, or see a surge of orders thanks to fancy marketing or influencer endorsement; don’t just rely on trending hype when deciding on your types of mattresses – it’s not like they will sell out!
Always take your time to understand the make of the mattress, and all ethical mattress companies will be more than happy to share information on their mattress approach and technology.
Find support in the construction
Firmness is decided by the materials used in the mattress and predominantly (discounting air and water beds), most good mattresses are made from foam, latex, metal springs or a mixture of them.
They each have their pros and cons. Foam can be expensive or cheap depending on the quality but can provide a multitude of benefits from cooling technology to anti-dust mite features. Memory foam is one of the most popular forms with medium support and easy conformability, but can feel warm. Latex foam on the other hand is bouncier and firmer with minimal motion transfer, and also grants better breathability, but it can be extremely heavy and expensive. Innerspring or pocketed springs have the best airflow and cushioning, but may lack more precise pressure relief.
Talk with your mattress maker to determine your own pain points and comfort, and work out the benefits that are most important to you. You’ll likely find that the best mattresses tend to have a combination of the above materials to deliver their benefits without much of the disadvantages.
As a leading mattress supplier, LMG provides in-depth consultations for all shoppers, and has a wide range of good mattress makers to choose from.