How to Buy a Mattress

Learn tips on how to purchase the correct mattress for maximum comfort.

from Long Life for Your Stuff

Mattress quality is difficult to judge in the showroom, so do your product research before you visit one. Here are some basic guidelines. As a general rule, it’s best to buy the highest-quality set you can afford.

Foam Cushioning

High quality latex foam cushioning is longer lasting (loses resiliency slower) than polyurethane foam cushioning.

Springs and Thickness

Extra-thick mattresses require extra-long coil springs–not simply short springs that have been stretched. Otherwise your mattress will lose resiliency quickly. Compare spring samples before you buy. Often the number of springs in a mattress is an indication of quality, but not always. Nor is thick mattress padding an indicator of durability.

Mattress Size

If you sleep with a partner, opt for a king- or queen-size set to allow each sleeper extra space and so weight is not concentrated in the center of the mattress, where it can cause wear to the coil springs.

Tip: Never use a new mattress with an old box-spring. Mattress-and-box-spring sets are designed to work in unison (the springs align), which adds life to your mattress and ensures maximum comfort. In fact, experts claim that using a mattress with a mismatched box spring can reduce its life by 50 percent. It may also void the mattress warranty.

Plus: 4 Secrets to Make Your Mattress Last Longer

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