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Tips for Buying a Mattress Replacing your mattress can be such a chore. Not only are there tons of models to pick from, but a large part of what makes a good one is just personal. Besides, different people have different requirements for comfort. But here are the key considerations you need to make to arrive at a wise choice: Support
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First and foremost, take a look at the mattress’ core, which dictates the type and level of support provided.
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Innerspring Innerspring mattresses are those that give you that familiar bouncy feel. You can also decide how springy you’d like it to be. Metal coils can be gauged anywhere from 12 (firmest and thickest) to 18 (thinnest and most compressible). The heavier you are, the thicker the gauge you should go for. Usually, innerspring mattresses will have a foam or fiberfill outer layer wrapped in quilted ticking. But if you want a really plush feel, forget about that thick-looking pillowtop. A really puffy layer can feel absolutely great in the store, but wait a few months and you’ll see it compressing without signs of coming back. Instead, buy a tougher, well-quilted mattress, and cover it with a feather bed or a replaceable mattress pad. Memory Foam With a polyurethane core, memory foam mattresses have a lot less spring in them. Thickness and density specs can be used to determine their quality. Thickness can range from 2 to 6 inches, and will indicate how deep you’ll sink. A mattress with a 5-pound-per-cubic-foot density is considered top quality, and below 3 pounds per cubic foot is not very good. Latex Latex mattresses and memory foam models are the same in terms of firmness, but the former have a bit more spring-back. Natural latex (keep in mind that some mattresses are synthetic) are also resistant to microbes, mold and dust mites. Air-filled Air-filled vinyl or rubber chamber mattresses come with a remote that lets you to decide how much air you want inside. Some have two side-by-side chambers, allowing the mattress’ firmness to be set separately for you and your partner. If your preferences don’t jive with your partner’s, this could be the best choice for you. Personal Factors Of course, besides the mattress type, there are other factors that you’ll need to think about before you buy a new mattress. For example, if you love sleep on your side, you’ll need a surface that provides much “pressure relief” or and will conforming to your body’s shape. If you sleep hot, don’t get a mattresses topped with latex or foam as these can trap in body heat. Get a fiberfill-topped innerspring mattress instead. If you have allergies, get foam or latex. Just do a little homework on options available, and pick the one that is suitable for you.