MATTRESS BUYING GUIDE
Finding the perfect mattress that you find comfortable, offers you contoured support and suits your budget can be confusing and time consuming. With our expert advice, we’ll help to ensure that you get a great night’s sleep.
1. Take your time testing for your desired comfort level
2. Try different mattress formats like inner-spring or memory foam
3. If you share a bed with a partner, bring them along and lie side-by-side for 10-15 minutes
4. Don’t try a mattress when you’re tired as they will all feel great if you’re already tired.
How do you know what feel is right for you?
The feel of a mattress is highly subjective because it depends entirely on your personal experience. The subjectivity comes from your own personal needs, preferences, experience, body shape, age, health and aches. We recommend using our Find Your Mattress tool to help narrow down your options, before visiting your closest store & trying the mattress! Aim to lay on the bed for at least 15-20 minutes.
Why is it important to try a mattress first?
We spend around one-third of our lifetime in bed, so it’s important that we are comfortable and supported during this time. The comfort level or ‘feel’ of our mattress are determined by a team of manufacturers and sleep enthusiasts. However, because comfort levels are subjective, we still strongly suggest trying the mattress in store. You may think you want a firm bed, but actually prefer a medium feel after laying on it!
What is the difference between plush, medium & firm?
The best way to explain mattress feels is to think about the experience you have when you first lay on a mattress.
Plush: Some mattresses feel as if they are ‘hugging’ you and it feels like you are snuggling into a big fluffy cloud. The top panel will have a high, cushion look and the surface is flexible under your body as it contours and moulds to your shape. We would consider this to be a plush, soft, ultra-plush or extra soft mattress feel.
Medium: When you lay on a mattress and have a balanced level of contouring and push back, we would consider this to be a medium feel. The top panel isn’t inflexible under your body and you have some moulding and ‘hugging’, but it is not claustrophobic, nor do your hips and shoulders feel like they are being pushed upwards.
Firm: A firm mattress will immediately push back against your body, it has an inflexible surface and there will be very little puffiness and ‘bounce’ in the top panel. We would consider this a firm, super firm or extra firm mattress.
Are ‘firmness’ and ‘support’ the same thing?
‘Firmness’ and ‘support’ are not the same thing in a bed. When we talk about support with our customers, we are referring to the feeling you have in a bed when your entire body feels comfortable, aligned and in harmony. You can have a soft bed and still be completely supported, allowing your body to relax and drift off to sleep.
Other Factors to Consider
It’s worth considering the below before visiting our team of experts. This will help to ensure that all of your questions are answered in order for you to make an informed decision about your brand new bed!
- Who is the bed for? Do you share the bed with a partner?
- What size bed are you looking for?
- DO you have a budget in mind?
- What type of sleeper are you? (I.e. back, side, stomach, etc.)
- How would you like your mattress to feel?
- Do you have any injuries or back pain?
- If this is a guest bed, how long do guests typically stay for & how frequently?
- Do you need a base for your mattress?