Purchasing a new mattress is a big investment both because of the cost, and, more importantly, for the quality of your sleep. The average person spends a third of their adult life sleeping. Here’s how to ensure you get a mattress that gives you the best sleep possible.
What are your mattress needs and preferences?
We generally encourage our customers to pick the largest size mattress for their budget and room. Very rarely do we hear that a mattress is too big, but we often hear that a mattress is too small. Below are the dimensions for Christeli mattresses (in inches). Measure out the sizes in your bedroom or guest room to make sure you have space to move around the bed as well as plenty of room to rest easy in it. Split Queen, Split King, and Split California King beds are perfect for rooms that have small or difficult entrances, like those with sharp turns, small hallways, or stairs.
- Twin, 39x75 • Twin, XL 39x80
- Full, 56x75 • Full, XL 56x80
- Queen, 60x80 • Split Queen, 30x80 each
- King, 76x80 • Split King, 39x80 each
- Cal-King, 72x84 • Split Cal-King, 36x84 each
Most of us dream of sleeping on a clowdy-soft mattress, but don’t be lulled into a sense of serenity by a very cushy mattress. In reality it’s important to find a mattress that provides the right amount of body support and spinal alignment along with pressure reducing cmofort. A mattress’s firmness reflects that balance between softness and support. You want a mattress that gently supports your body without sagging.
What type of mattress should you pick?
The available mattress options are limitless, and the most popular mattresses fall into four categories: Spring, foam, airbeds, and adjustable.
Spring: Spring mattresses have an interior matrix of metal coils covered by a foam and/or upholstery topper. Depending on the quality of the springs, innerspring mattresses may sag over time and, in general, have a shorter lifespan than foam mattresses. Spring mattresses also press back, creating uncomfortable pressure points that cause you to toss and turn all night.
Foam: Foam mattresses are made of layered foams and contain no springs. The material in these mattresses is made to mold to the contours of a sleeper’s body in order to eliminate pressure points and provide the best body support. Foam beds that are made with Visco-Elastic memory foam are exceptionally durable.
Airbeds: Airbeds are constructed with an air-filled core that can be inflated or deflated to change the firmness of the mattress. The advantage is that firmness can be customized to any individual’s preference, making airbeds popular with couples who have very different views on how soft a mattress should be. The disadvantage is the air cores can pop and the motors stop working.
Adjustable: Adjustable beds can come with foam or innerspring mattresses (as long as the mattress is flexible) because the adjustable part is typically the base. In place of a traditional mattress foundation (like a box spring base), an adjustable bed base can raise the head and foot of the mattress. Because of the flexibility and movement required of a mattress on an adjustable base, it’s important that the mattress is high quality. It will quickly wear down otherwise.
Understanding Mattress Terminology
Part of the challenge when buying a new mattress is deciphering all the mattress industry jargon. These are the most common phrases and terms you’ll encounter as you shop for a mattress:
Pillow top: The plush extra layer of cushioning attached to the surface of any mattress. Any type of mattress can have a pillow top.
Sleep system: A mattress and foundation. Sometimes called a sleep set.
Foundation: A box spring or other mattress support base.
Hypoallergenic: Unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. Good for people allergic to certain types of textiles or foams.
Motion transfer: How motion moves through a mattress (when you roll over, your sleeping partner is jostled). Limited motion transfer is a big selling point for memory foam mattress because quality foams actually absorb motion energy.
FR Compliant: Meets fire resistant requirements mandatory for mattress manufactured and sold in the U.S. Mattresses manufactured before 2007 may not be not FR Compliant.
What to Look for in a Warranty
A warranty on a mattress is just as important as a warranty on a new vehicle. Since you will likely own your new mattress for at least 10 years, you need to be sure that your investment is protected. Look for warranties that fully cover your new mattress in case of manufacturing defects. As a reference, Christeli offers the industry leading Lifetime Mattress Warranty.
Assessing Mattress Value
Selecting the right mattress for your needs is as much about balancing comfort and support as it is balancing quality and cost. The most expensive mattresses on the market aren’t necessarily the best ones. But buying the least expensive mattress can cost you big in terms of lost sleep and nighttime discomfort. Be sure to look for a mattress that is made with high-quality and durable materials, one with a smart design for optimal body support, and one with luxurious elements like plush quilting and fine textiles.