But what is the right mattress? Which mattress offers the best support? Which mattress is right for me? And where can I best buy this mattress?
If you are going to buy a mattress, there are all kinds of things you should pay attention to. Buying a new mattress seems very difficult, but with the right knowledge, it becomes a lot easier.
that knowledge and can help you with that.
How does Mattress Support?
The support capacity of a mattress is perhaps the most important aspect. Because everyone’s body is different, there is not one mattress that offers the right support for everyone.
So you will have to feel whether the mattress is right for you. It is best to try out the mattress at home. Only when you have really slept on it do you know how the mattress supports you and how it works out for your back.
Please note that you will be given a trial period with a money-back guarantee instead of an exchange guarantee. It is normal that your new mattress is still a bit stiff in the beginning and that there is a good chance that you will encounter initial complaints. This is normal and usually takes about 3 to 4 weeks.
The Type of Mattress
There are five types of mattresses, but which type of mattress is best for you? What is good for one person can be a disaster for another. The different types of mattresses each have their own temperature.
One mattress is warm (latex) and the other is cold (Pocket spring mattresses). Cold foam mattresses are neutral in temperature. Mattresses are also available in different firmnesses (hardnesses).
The right firmness is at least as important as the right temperature. Heavy people need a firmer mattress than light people. It is usually best to choose two separate mattresses because then you can choose the mattress as desired per individual. Your partner’s movements are also barely perceptible with two separate mattresses as opposed to one whole mattress.
If you want to use your mattress for a long time, it is of course important that you choose a good quality mattress. It can be difficult to find the right mattress among all the options.
The price is not always a good indicator that it is a really good mattress. The given guarantee can be a good starting point, but in practice, this does not always appear to be a guarantee of a good quality product.
For example, there is a Swedish retail chain that gives a 25-year warranty on the steel wires of their pocket mattresses. However, these appear to be very minimal mattresses and the iron wires of the pockets will of course not break in those 25 years.
The mattress types at a glance:
Here you will find all types of mattresses at a glance with their most important properties.
Pocket Spring Mattresses
Pocket springs are steel springs that come in a synthetic bag. Each spring is individually packed so that the springs can work independently of each other.
A pocket spring mattress has many advantages but also a number of disadvantages. The advantages are good ventilation, a cool mattress type. The disadvantages are that a pocket mattress can move quite a bit and that the foam rubber frame covers a large part of the lying area.
Namely 15 cm per side is 30 cm in total and that is one-third of a 90 x 200 mattress! People can also experience increased muscle tension due to the magnetic field created by the steel springs. This can manifest itself in nocturnal cramps in the calves and toes during the night.
Cold foam Mattresses
Cold foam is perhaps the best material for making mattresses. It offers a lot of resilience and therefore support. The cold foam also has a particularly good ventilation capacity due to the open-cell structure and its service life is long.
The disadvantages of cold foam are the relatively high purchase price and the quality differences. It can be really difficult to find good-quality cold foam. If your supplier offers a mattress with ‘comfort foam’, this can mean anything, but usually, it is not about cold foam but about the much cheaper Polyether foam.
Memory foam Mattress
Memory foam reacts to your own body heat by becoming soft. The comfort of memory foam is really nice because it adapts to your unique body shape. As a result, you experience a kind of floating effect, and your blood flow is not blocked anywhere.
The result is that you turn around much less during the night and thus sleep much more peacefully. Most people find comfort particularly pleasant. Memory foam is ideal for osteoarthritis, rheumatism, or if you are a bit older.
Polyether foam is the cheapest foam and is an obsolete product (developed in the 1960s). Polyether foam has a closed-cell structure, which means that holes can form quite quickly and lacks resilience.
Due to the minimal resilience, the supporting capacity is also minimal. Polyether is a lot less comfortable and flexible than cold foam or latex and is therefore losing popularity, but is still widely used in the cheapest mattresses.
Latex is rubber and is very resilient. Resilience provides a lot of support and works well with back pain. Latex has the disadvantage that it can be quite warm.
The ventilating capacity of latex is minimal, so this is not a type of mattress for people who get hot quickly or perspire a lot. A latex mattress feels supple and comfortable but does not ventilate as well.
It is very important that the mattress absorbs moisture well and also releases it as quickly as possible. Moisture and heat create bacteria and quickly make the mattress unhygienic.
In addition, it is not at all pleasant if the mattress feels clammy and damp and it is particularly bad for people with rheumatism. Therefore choose a mattress cover from Tencel or another natural material such as bamboo but absolutely not Polyester.
There is now a new product on the market and that is cotton under the blanket. This is a 1 cm thick cotton Molton that you pull directly over your mattress. Then put your fitted sheet over this.
The cotton under blanket provides a cleaner, drier and fresher bed. When it comes to ventilation, the bed base also plays a role. It is not always necessary to replace your bed base when you are going to buy a new mattress because they usually last for two mattress cycles.
Trial or Exchange Guarantee
Nowadays most bed shops offer an exchange guarantee or trial period with a money-back guarantee. This is highly recommended because it often happens that a mattress turns out to be too hard or too soft. It is best to choose a supplier who offers you a trial period with a money-back guarantee. Only then does it become really important for your supplier that you make the right choice.