You have to agree with me when I say that jumping into a plush bed after having a long and exhausting day feels like paradise. Ohh!!! Slap me if I am wrong. Though choosing the best soft mattress to fall into is just as difficult as choosing an ice cream when you have many flavours available. However, shopping for a mattress is much more than just looking for comfort, you gotta keep many things in mind.Â
Firm mattresses are a great choice if you need support but they are not for everyone. You also gotta consider your budget, your sleeping style and a lot more things.Â
In this in-depth mattress buying guide, we will walk you through all steps to find the perfect mattress for you. We will talk about different things including your comfort and feelings. And by the end, you will know exactly how to find the best mattress.Â
Let's get started then!
Determine the budget
Your budget is a very important factor to think about before starting your search for the best mattress. The good news is that there is a countless variety of mattresses for every budget in the market. However, if you are on a tight budget, you shouldn't exceed your expectations. So, if your budget is low, you will not be able to get an ultra-luxurious and soft mattress. Moreover, you will get what you pay for.
Hey, don't be sad. Expensive doesn't always mean better quality. But that also doesn't mean that you can for the cheapest option. Here is a tip: before going to the market for mattress shopping, decide your budget and stick to that.Â
Also, do some research online before going to the stores, so you will get an idea about the basic prices of mattresses and it will help you a lot in deciding the budget.Â
You will find a great variety of mattresses at the price of $500 to $1000. If your budget is less than this, you should consider shopping online. Trust me when I say that prices at the stores are 100 times higher than most e-commerce websites.Â
If your pocket allows you to invest more than $1000, let me tell you that mattresses higher than this come with a dual-layer innerspring design. Not just this, you will get much more like extra support, extreme comfort and other features that you don't find in a regular mattress.Â
The second most important thing to look for is whether the mattress that you are buying is worth your investment. A strict budget lets you fall for the shopkeeper's sweet talk. So, be careful and don't hesitate in bargaining because they always tend to inflate the prices.Â
We hope that you have your budget set by now. So, are you ready to jump into another tip for choosing the best mattress? Let's go.
Choose the best type and material
So, it is time to choose your mattress type. Though the type and material of the mattress is your personal preference. But before finalizing any mattress, do explore the options. Below, we are going to explain all the popular options for mattresses that you might like.
Memory foam: Developed in 1970, it is used as a safety material by NASA for seat cushions. It is specifically designed to protect pilots and passengers during crashes. Luckily, the material has blossomed and become popular among everyone.
It is said that memory foam provides extreme comfort and also supports the entire body. The foam also regains its normal shape as soon as you get off of the mattress. So, it is perfect for every body shape and size.Â
It is also best for people who want to feel their body entirely in the mattress and not on the top of it. It also provides immense relief to the pressure points like shoulders, hips and back.Â
Another most unique feature of memory is that it isolates motion. It means that if one person is turning or moving, the other one won't be affected.Â
However, there is also a downside of memory foam. The material tends to heat up, so if you are someone who likes it cool at night, memory foam may not be the best option for you.Â
Hybrid: Hybrid is quite a combination of memory foam and traditional spring. This option also offers a lack of motion while giving superior comfort and support. However, the amount of foam in these mattresses varies depending on the level of firmness you desire.Â
Hybrid mattresses work well for a wide range of sleepers be it back sleepers or side sleepers. People always appreciate the added support of these mattresses and balance.
The hybrid mattresses are combined with a top layer of foam and coils (pocketed coils and support coils) for relief and support. Therefore, these mattresses give a more balanced feel.
The bad news is that these mattresses are expensive. However, hybrid mattresses are very durable, so if you can exceed your budget a little, you will end up buying a great mattress for yourself.Â
Latex: These are fantastic and very popular mattresses. They are known for good bounce and their cooling ability and comfort. The foam of the latex mattress is made from a tree called Hevea Brasiliensis tree. In the procedure, the excess water is removed and the raw material is used for the mattress.Â
All the materials that are used are natural which makes latex mattresses the perfect choice for eco-friendly sleepers. If you are also looking for an organic mattress, latex is just for you.Â
A latex mattress also allows you to move easily without disturbing the other one. The natural bounce is also something considerable.
Though these mattresses are very cosy and soft, they do not give the same feel like memory foam and you will also not get the pressure relief at shoulders and hips.Â
Innerspring: These types of mattresses are widely used due to their firmness, support and bouncy nature.Â
These mattresses are recommended for the back sleepers, stomach sleepers and people who want a traditional vibe while enjoying immense support and comfort.Â
The mattress features a tall section of steel coils and the best thing is that you will find innerspring pretty much anywhere.Â
For people who are dealing with back pain, shoulder pain or hip pain, innerspring is not for you. As they are not good at providing relief to the pressure points, you might want to consider another option.
There are even more options to explore. So, when you are in the market take a look at all of them and then pick the one that suits you.
Since we are already talking about firmness, why not get to the bottom of this factor? Well, determining the level of firmness in bed is quite tricky. It's because it depends on your personal choice whether you want a soft, medium or firm bed.Â
Remember, how and on what mattress you sleep, affects your body structure. So, choose a mattress that keeps your spine even. The level of mattress firmness ranges on a scale of 1-10. These levels describe how your body feels on the top of the mattress.Â
In general, people prefer a medium level of firmness in bed that ranges between 4 to 5 on the scale. Medium-firm mattresses provide support and quality sleep while giving relief from pain and stress.Â
However, firmness also varies from person to person as a mattress that feels soft to one may feel hard to others. The firmness also depends on the construction and brand of the mattress. Therefore, you should always try your new mattress before buying to see if it provides the support and comfort that you are looking for.Â
Moreover, firmness also determines the quality of your sleep, so choose the most comfortable one that your body needs to relax.
Comfort is the other most important factor in choosing the best soft mattress. With so many mattresses to choose from, it is very difficult to choose one as all the shopkeepers claim that every mattress in their store is super comfortable and supportive.Â
A comfortable mattress is the one on which your body feels relaxed and happy. It should keep you awake at night. After a tiring day, your bed is the only place where you can find comfort, so choose wisely.
Be careful, shopkeepers also tend to bluff about the material and comfort level of their mattress. And while purchasing your desired mattress keep your budget in mind.
Your sleeping position is also very important to consider when choosing a mattress. Everyone has their unique sleeping position, so take a moment and think about what your favourite sleeping position is because it will determine the ideal type of mattress for you.Â
If you are a back sleeper, firmness is very important for you. Because the mattress is soft, your body will sink in and you will end up waking up with back or neck pain. You will need a mattress that lies in the range of 6-7 on the firmness scale. Luckily, back sleepers can find their desirable mattress easily and in our recommendation, memory foam is the right option for back sleepers. It is best in providing support to the back and also gives comfort.Â
Whereas, side sleepers need a soft mattress for deep pressure relief at the shoulders and hips. You will bump into a lot of mattresses that claim to relieve the hip and shoulder pain, however, you need to dig a little deeper into the construction. A soft mattress also lets you curve your hips and side without pressing your joints. So, as a sleeper, you will want a softer mattress that hugs you and offers support to every inch of your body.Â
For those who sleep on their stomach, a firm mattress is a correct option for you also just like back sleepers. As it makes sure that your spine is aligned properly. There are even people who sleep in every position, so if you are among those people, you should opt for a medium-firm mattress.Â
Many brands construct their mattresses with medium firmness levels and comfort. So, they are good for pretty much everyone no matter the sleeping position.
Don't scratch your head thinking about how it is relevant. Because how you feel, sinking, support, and even cooling depend on your body weight. If you are light in weight, your body will not sink in a mattress with around 5-6 levels of firmness. So, you should get a mattress depending on how you will feel on it, so you will be well satisfied.Â
If you're not too light-weight but not so heavy also, you need a similar mattress as lightweight sleepers. However, you can also go for a mattress with thick top layers of foam to provide pressure and relief when you lie down. It will also keep your body in the right structure.Â
Finding the right mattress for heavy sleepers is not an easy task. But it doesn't mean that you can't find any. Manufacturers make the mattresses keeping all types of sleepers in mind. So, you will get plenty of options out there. However, check the mattress carefully if it is comfortable or not.
Choose appropriate mattress topper
An appropriate mattress topper can transform your mattress into a delightful one. So, whether you use a little more firmness, softness, pressure relief or cooling, the mattress toppers will get the job done.Â
From affordable to luxurious ones, you will find many options. In our point of view, the best mattress toppers are the ones that are easy to fit and remove. Some best mattress toppers include latex mattress toppers, memory foam mattress toppers, Saatva mattress toppers, Tempur Pedic, Vicrosoft, etc.Â
These mattress toppers provide support to the mattress and increase its lifespan by reducing pressure on the springs.