When people move into their first home, quite often one of the first purchases they make will be a new mattress. Being the first time they have probably left their parents, they will have zero experience, and have no idea what to look for.
In today’s market there are more options than ever before. Spring mattresses, memory foam mattress, latex mattresses, and combinations mixed together. The first thing to talk about is how each type is made.
Spring mattresses are the traditional type, that have been around for years. Because the technology in these mattresses is now dated, these are quite often the cheapest mattresses you can buy. They are also the least effective at providing a highly supported nights sleep. A great option for a guest, spare room or even a small child’s room. Where the mattress is not going to get used very often, they will last quite well. Likewise in a small child’s bed where a mattress is not going to receive lots of weight, a spring mattress will have a decent lifespan. Lots of the newer spring mattress will combine with a memory foam top layer to provide increased comfort and support.
Memory foam are now considered to be the best available mattresses today. They have a great lifespan, extremely durable and hold the body in a correct position to give great spinal alignment. Pressure point are reduced, great sleep is achieved. Memory foam is a foam which reacts to your body heat. When the foam warms is shapes to your body and supports where needed. As the foam cools is returns to its natural shape.
This is great because the same mattress will react to everybody differently, but support as required. Always try and make sure you find a memory foam with a rating of 3 or more lb/ft. Anything lower than this and the mattress will be of low quality.
The selection of softness levels is much the same as with spring mattresses, so your preference can be found. The downside with memory foam is, because it uses your body heat to work, it can retain this heat. Some people find this creates a sleeping environment which is too hot. After a while you should adjust to the change, but if it is a concern newer mattress designs have cooling properties built in. Memory foam mattresses are quite expensive but newer models are becoming more affordable. Manufacturers such as Sleep Innovations, are a great company which produce good quality at a reasonable price.
Latex mattresses are the newest rage. They are very similar to memory foam, but natural latex is used as opposed to chemically manufactured memory foam. A great option for the environmentally conscious among us. However, latex mattresses do carry a high price tag, and options are limited. At the moment there are far fewer latex mattress manufacturers, and subsequently much less choice. It would be very difficult to find one to take away on the day. It would almost definitely have to be ordered in. If you have allergies, latex might be an issue, and you may well be better looking at memory foam.
Some things definitely to think about. If you can afford it, I would always recommend going with memory foam. The health benefits are far superior.