The world of mattresses is a lot bigger than you may imagine. There are now dozens of variants of mattresses ranging from ultra plush to super firm. This guide will help you narrow down your search for the perfect mattress so you can try a few for yourself to see what’s just right.
How is Firmness Rated?
The answer to this question is quite complicated. Each manufacturer of mattresses puts their own label on what constitutes firm and soft. Some companies use a numbered system to rank firmness, while others just use soft and hard labels. Then there are those companies that break things down even further into “extra soft” and “relaxed.”
All of these labels can be confusing, but what’s important is knowing that soft mattresses don’t necessarily mean less support and firm mattresses don’t necessarily mean extra support.
Choosing a Mattress
The first thing you need to decide is how much support you need. In general, extra support is helpful if you suffer from back and neck pain, while average support is good for most other people. Newer technologies like memory foam and gel tend to offer more consistent support across your whole body than traditional spring mattresses because they form to your body.
Some people think that memory foam is too soft for them, but you will need to actually lie down on a memory foam mattress for up to five minutes to determine whether or not the internal structure provides the support you need once you’ve settled in. It isn’t enough to just press down on the top layer because that will only give you an indication of how soft the top layer of padding is.
Pillow top mattresses offer a mid-range of support and comfort between plain spring mattresses and memory foam. They use a foam top layer to reduce the number of pressure points caused by the springs. This can reduce the hardness that you feel when you first climb into bed while offering a sturdy support system internally. If you want great support, look for mattresses with smaller springs packed closely together rather than fewer large springs spaced apart.
Whether you prefer firm or plush, springs or memory foam, there are tons of options available at Mattress360. You can stop by today and speak to one of our mattress experts about your needs and we can point you in the direction of mattresses that are well suited to your profile.
Remember, it’s not the top layer of the mattress, but the internal structure that counts most when it comes to supporting your body and getting a good night’s sleep.
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