It is not a purchase that people make very often, meaning that when your old mattress has springs sticking out of it, and your back is aching in the morning, it may be hard to know exactly what to look for when choosing a new mattress.
There has been more emphasis on the different types of mattresses that are available, meaning that for more people, it is harder to make a decision based on the size and price of the mattress alone.
So, what should you be considering when purchasing a new mattress for yourself or you and your partner?
What To Do With The Old One
First things first, you need to consider what you are going to do with the old mattress, as you cannot simply put it in the bin. Depending on the state that you live in, you will need to ensure that you dispose of your old mattress safely and in accordance with local laws. This may mean driving the mattress to your local dump or hiring people to take it away for you. You can recycle your mattress, but this will usually require a specialist service.
Next are the materials which will be put into your new mattress. There are so many different kinds! The most commonly used are innerspring, which uses coils, and latex mattresses, which are bouncy and responsive. Then there is memory foam, which is designed to contour to the body, and the ever-growing popular hybrid mattress, which usually combines memory foam, latex layers, and innerspring mattress features.
Your Back Health
As mentioned earlier, if your mattress is not in good shape, your back is likely to suffer. If you are younger and have no back issues, then a standard mattress may not be an issue. But if you are somebody who is older, suffers from arthritis, or has a back condition, such as ankylosing spondylitis, then you are likely going to want a more specialized mattress to support you and keep you and your joints feeling supported. It may be worth discussing with your doctor the best type of mattress to support you, but the majority of people who have arthritis or other back problems often benefit from either memory foam or hybrid mattresses.
Keep An Eye Out For Gimmicks
Sadly, there are many gimmicks out there relating to mattresses, with some labeled as orthopedic or medically approved. It’s worth noting that there is no standard organization that certifies the mattresses to carry these labels. Indeed, a mattress may have orthopedic-friendly features, but there is no medical group that will have conducted tests to assess whether or not it is better for those who have arthritis or other issues. So, don’t pay more for a gimmick.
As there are so many different types of mattresses available, there is a huge price range to consider. It would help if you aimed to set a price for your new mattress and stick to it. If possible, you may want to try out a free trial of a mattress before buying it, which a lot of online mattress suppliers offer.