Shopping for a new mattress is a chore that needs to be done at least once every seven years. No matter how good your bed is, the constant weight does tend to wear out springs and redistribute fillings. Sleep experts recommend replacing mattresses after five to seven years in order to ensure good body support and also to avoid dust mite accumulation which can be really unhealthy.
In the span of five to seven years, changes in your body and sleeping preferences may cause you to look for a new mattress with characteristics and features different from the one you have previously used. In this article, we share some of our product recommendations to make online mattress shopping a little bit easier.
Innerspring/ Coil Spring Mattresses
The innerspring mattress is the most commonly-used type of mattress. Nearly every person, at one time or another, have slept on an innerspring bed. This type of product comes in a wide range of styles and designs, from the most basic to the fancier versions featuring pillow-tops or memory foam.
Well-known manufacturers of innerspring mattresses include Sealy, Simmons and Serta but there are also other manufacturers who make good products. It can be difficult to compare certain models when shopping, because a lot of these items are made exclusively available through a limited number of retailers.
For couples who will be sharing the bed, you might find it best to purchase a pocket spring construction rather than a continuous coil. A pocket spring mattress has individual spring coils embedded in individual fabric pockets, which means that weight bearing is restricted only the coils lying directly underneath one person. This allows you to toss and turn without disturbing your partner too much. Also, unlike a continuous coil, a pocket spring mattress will not well towards the middle after several minutes of combined weights.
You can make your innerspring bed last longer if you purchase a model that can be flipped over for double-sided use. A box spring will also improve longevity.
Latex Foam Mattresses
Latex foam mattresses cost more than innerspring models but it offers certain features which innerspring ones can’t. First, latex foam offers better support for the back and the joints, making it ideal for those who are prone to musculoskeletal discomfort. Latex foam is not really as bouncy as coil spring, but it does have a springy quality and yields well.
Latex foam is also better suited for those with asthma and dust mite allergies because this material is naturally repellent to dust mites and mold. There are even some manufacturers who use natural rubber. Being a renewable resource, natural rubber is biodegradable and may appeal to those concerned about eco-sustainability.
As far as prices go, latex foam mattresses are more expensive than innerspring but less costly than memory foam. Some consumers have noted that latex foam appears to be cooler than memory foam and that while new ones do have a certain odor (which will fade after a few days) the smell is not as strong as memory foam. Of course, for individuals with latex allergy, this type of mattress is definitely not an option.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory foam technology offers good support with minimal motion transfer, making ideal for shared beds. The material molds itself to your body, which lessens pressure on strategic body points. This property makes it suitable for those with joint pain and increased risk of pressure ulcers.
Some people have complained that new memory foam mattresses give out a strong odor. However, this will fade in a week’s time, leaving behind no discernible smell. If the odor offends, you can try airing it out one week before using it.
Author Bio: Sunny Popli is a Global Brand Manager at Classicbedsteads.co.uk/ -The uk’s no 1 mattress brand and the best suppliers of bedding and accessories. The Bed and Mattress superstore, offering 24 hour delivery on all single wooden beds, double leather beds, metal beds and bunk beds.