I am the Mattress Review Guru and I have only one goal- to make sure you buy the best mattress for you! The mattress industry is very complex and a little bit complicated. Let me be your guide as you learn the difference between an innerpsring and pocket coils, or the difference between memory foam and latex foam. Use my reviews and mattress buying guide to figure out all there is to know about a mattress and then find the one that is right for you.
Now there is something to keep in mind when it comes to mattress shopping. Often when you walk into a mattress store the salesman will try and get you on the softest mattress because of how nice it feels. They tell you all these great things about the mattress and then give you the price. If it is too high for you, they keep moving you around from mattress to mattress, each time trying one that is slightly firmer and slightly more affordable, until eventually you find the right balance between comfort and price.
This is all wrong! A mattress is not a car you can test drive. Lying on a mattress for a few seconds is in no way equal to sleeping on a mattress all night. The softest most plush mattresses are often not the best for you precisely because of how soft they are. They feel great to lie on in a store, but they lack the necessary support your back needs throughout the night. Sleeping on a bed that is too soft will often lead to back pain.
The secret to mattress shopping is to look for the right balance between comfort and support. The more foam a mattress has, the more comfortable it will be and the more pressure it will relieve. The more springs a mattress has, the more supportive it will be. Most mattresses will have an innerspring on the bottom for support and a layer of foam on top for comfort. The supportive layer creates pressure points on your body and the comfort layer relieves those pressure points.
Finding the right balance for you means identifying the mattress that will provide the right amount of support your body needs while relieving the pressure created by that support. For side sleepers who don’t weigh very much, a soft bed with less support feels great. For heavier people who sleep on their backs, a firmer mattress is needed.
But shopping for a mattress is more than just comfort and support. You also want value. You want a mattress that won’t break the bank and won’t wear out on you in a year. Therefore the ideal mattress will provide the comfort and support your body needs, be made from durable materials and be reasonably priced.
Some of the mattresses I review may not be available at a store in your area but may only be for sale online. That is not a problem. You will not know if your new mattress will work for you by lying on it for a few seconds in a store anyway. It takes sleeping on a mattress for several nights before you know for sure. In that case, it really doesn’t matter whether you buy your mattress online or in a store, just as long as you have some kind of trial period you will be fine.