How to Choose a New Mattress
By Dan LaVine | 04.03.2020
When it comes to choosing a new mattress, there are two types of things you must consider: (1) what type of sleeper you are; and (2) the basic qualities of mattresses available on the market. By considering your unique sleeping qualities within the context of what types mattresses are available, you’ll be able to narrow your options significantly.
Here are some of the different factors to consider;
*Sleeping Position - Everyone has their favorite position to sleep in. Different positions have different support requirements, so your ideal mattress will depend on whether you are a side, back, stomach, or combination sleeper. In general, stomach and back sleepers prefer firmer, less conforming mattresses while softer or conforming mattresses are perfect for supporting side sleepers.
*Weight - Heavier sleepers tend to sleep hotter (see below) and experience more sinkage on soft mattresses than their lighter peers. Most lighter sleepers tend to choose softer mattresses while heavier sleepers prefer firmer options. Supportive, less-conforming mattresses like innerspring and hybrid choices are also popular among heavy sleepers. If you have a different preference than what is suggested for your weight group, make sure your mattress provides adequate support. For example, a heavier side-sleeper might choose a latex or foam mattress to avoid problems with pressure points. This is perfectly fine so long as it provides support and is not too difficult to move on.
*Do you sleep cool or hot? Some mattresses sleep warmer than others. For example, soft, conforming mattresses allow less airflow around your body and trap more heat than firmer options. Mattress material can also retain heat, like foam mattresses with solid support cores. If temperature regulation is an important factor for you, consider choosing a hybrid or innerspring mattress style. These allow for more air circulation and sleep considerably cooler.
*Size - Most mattresses are available in six standard sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full/Double, Queen, King, and California King. Some models come in additional sizes (such as Full XL or Short Queen). They may also be available in 'split' Queen, King, or California sizes, which include two separate mattresses that can be pushed together or separated.
Mattress Size Dimensions Comfortably Fits
Twin 38” x 75” 1 person
Twin XL 38” x 80” 1 person
Full/Double 54” x 75” 1 person +1 pet or 2 adults
Queen 60” x 80” 1 person +1 pet or 2 adults
King 76” x 80” 2 adult + pets/children or 2 adults +1 pet/child
California King 72” x 84” 2 adults + multiple pets/children