With so many types of mattresses available, making the right choice can be overwhelming for some. But when you know exactly what you should be comparing, the process of matching the right mattress for your specific sleeping style can be achieved in under two minutes flat.
After years of experience in mattress innovation, and countless conversations with all types of sleepers, we know a thing or two about matching the best mattress to suit the sleeping style and preference of just about anyone.
We all know about the importance of sleep, and we all know how life-changing a well-rested mind and body can be. But it’s startling that with all this knowledge, over 70% of Americans still report getting insufficient sleep.
One of the leading reasons people are not sleeping as well as they should is that their mattress and bedding is not tailored to meet how they sleep. To help speed up your mattress comparison process, spend the next two minutes learning about the 6 key categories to compare when you buy a mattress: support, cooling, comfort, motion isolation, durability, and off-gassing.
Over one-third of your life will be spent on your mattress. When you are doing your research on how to choose a mattress - check out the supportive features of the mattress first. A bed mattress that’s supportive will help your body rejuvenate throughout the night so you can wake up feeling completely rested.
If you are prone to back pain, features that will significantly benefit the way you sleep include spinal alignment, contouring for pressure points, and a high-density base for stability. Here are our top picks for the best supportive mattresses:
Top tip: For advanced spinal alignment and back and body support, a Hybrid Mattress will be the best option.
Sleeping cool is widely regarded as one of the best ways to get that deep and restorative sleep that everyone aims to achieve when going to bed each night. Sleeping cool isn’t just important for hot sleepers.
Even if you don’t get night sweats and overheat regularly, cool sleep helps the circadian rhythm and sleep cycle synchronize. Everyone experiences temperature fluctuations throughout the night. We always recommend people buy a mattress with cooling features to help regulate and stabilize the natural way of body heat so that sleep isn’t interrupted by night sweats.
When you are in the market for a new cloud mattress, ensure the materials used in the design is breathable, and supports airflow. Coil mattresses with foam such as hybrid mattresses are considered to have premium cooling capacity. Unlike traditional innerspring mattresses, which tend to trap heat between the springs, hybrids combine coils and foam to keep the temperature neutral throughout the night. The best memory foam mattresses also have enhanced cooling, especially Puffy’s memory foam range with Climate Comfort™ and Cooling Cloud™ layers.
Top tip: If you know that you are prone to overheating, weigh up the benefits of a hybrid or memory foam mattress.
Anyone who has experienced the discomfort of a couch or lumpy bed would agree: comfort really matters. Nothing much compares to the feeling of coming home to a big, warm, comfy bed. While most mattresses boast comfort features, there are two essential comfort features that will come in handy when comparing options: firmness and bounce.
The first essential point of comparison for comfort is mattress firmness. Some sleepers prefer a soft bed, while others like a medium or firm level of comfort. Most mattresses you research online will include a firmness scale with a mattress score ranging from 1 to 10. Soft or plush mattresses score between 4 to 6 on the firmness scale, whereas medium mattresses score between 5 to 10.
Mattress bounce is another key mattress comfort feature that will help you zero in on the mattress you’ve been dreaming of. Traditionally, spring mattresses are known to have a lot of bounce, often too much. Bounce is how the mattress responds to the transfer of movement. Mattresses with coils tend to have more bounce due to the coils' reflexive nature as they retract with movement.
For couples, too much bounce is not recommended because it can be highly disruptive. Memory foam has very minimal bounce, hybrid mattresses have a soft bounce, and traditional spring mattresses have high bounce. Light sleepers and those who prefer a gentle hug feeling rather than sleeping ‘on top’ of their mattress will benefit from either a low bounce memory foam mattress or soft bounce hybrid mattress.
Top tip: To compare the comfort features of your next mattress, focus on firmness and the level of bounce you like.
Achieving stillness in bed is an essential part of getting deep sleep. Movement can be highly disruptive, especially if you sleep with a partner who tosses and turns or gets up often. For couples, motion isolation is a must-have. Imagine not feeling anything when your partner comes into bed, or wakes up early! Motion isolation innovation localizes movement so that vibrations are absorbed into the layers without creating bounce.
Light sleepers and couples looking for limited disruption from movement should steer towards either memory foam or hybrid mattresses with memory foam on the top layers. Memory foam is a high-density material, and generally, thicker density mattresses transfer less motion throughout the bed. Traditional spring mattresses don’t have the same density, especially when constructed with open coils that create a bouncy feel on top of the bed.
Top tip: Memory foam is one of the best materials for motion isolation. Either a hybrid mattress with coils and foam or a memory foam mattress is a perfect choice.
A new bed is a significant investment that doesn’t happen all that often. Mattress durability should be high on your list when you’re comparing mattresses.
Different mattresses brands boast varying degrees of durability. It’s hard to know precisely how long a mattress will last when it’s new, but if the mattress you go for comes with a good warranty, you have some extra peace of mind that your investment is protected.
Always compare mattress warranty terms side by side. Puffy offers a lifetime warranty on every single product a benefit customers really appreciate. As well as mattress warranties, another essential factor to compare when mattress shopping is the ability to trial the mattress. All the best mattress brands will have a trial period. If you don’t like the bed, you should be able to return it for a full refund.
Top tip: Always go for a new mattress with an extended warranty period and a sleep trial, so you can make your purchase 100% risk-free.
You might come across the term ‘off-gassing’ when researching new mattresses or reading customer reviews. If you have ever noticed that ‘new car smell’ or caught a whiff of fresh paint on a wall - that’s off-gassing. Off-gassing happens when VOCs (volatile organic compounds) break down in the air. Many foams and adhesives contain VOCs, and while it may sound unhealthy, most off-gassing is completely fine.
If you are thinking of buying a memory foam mattress but are concerned about an off-gassing smell, look for a CertiPUR-US® certification. Foams with a CertiPUR-US® stamp of approval are independently tested to verify that they do not contain harmful VOCs, phthalates, CFCs, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and PBDEs.
Top tip: To ensure your new mattress is safe and made without toxic materials, always buy a bed that's made with CertiPUR-US® certified foams.
Don't let yourself get too overwhelmed with mattresses comparison. Spend two minutes comparing support, cooling, comfort, durability, motion isolation, and certifications. Then you can spend the rest of your time getting excited about experiencing the best sleep of your life.
Not sure which is the right mattress for you? With so many new mattress options, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. Our mattress comparison guide makes finding your perfect match a dream.
Take a peek at our 6 step process, we break down the top mattress features step-by-step. Before you know it, you’ll be welcoming the most comfortable mattress you’ve ever had at your doorstep.
With so many types of mattresses available, making the right choice can be overwhelming.
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