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How to choose mattress

For most people, it’s a tough job to pick up a good mattress.

There are so many kinds of mattress on the market, traditional innerspring mattress, such as 3S (Simmons , Sealy, Serta), although all of them produce other kinds of mattress recent years.

Memory foam mattress, which get rapid grow up recent years, is now the most popular mattress type in the USA. the biggest advantage of memory foam is it can provide the feeling of been  surrounded, together with excellent support and comfort.

There are many manufacture use memory foam in their mattress, some of them use memory foam to work together with innerspring (like 3S mentioned before). And some of them produce pure memory foam mattress, like Saatva and Leesa, both are very young companies.

Latex mattress, which is as comfortable as memory foam, and it can provide an extra bounce back feelings(friendly for sex), so for some people, especially young people, latex mattress is their favourite.

There are two kinds of latex, natural and synthetic, nature latex is more healthy but expensive, and it’s not as durable as  synthetic latex. So most people would choose synthetic latex mattress from money concern.  Of course it’s safe to body.

Hybrid mattress, as we mentioned before, innerspring, memory foam,latex, as well as other filler material such as wool, silk, horsetail hair(luxury mattress use only), sponge, each of them has its advantage and disadvantage, so one solution is combine them together, such as use innerspring as base layer to provide support and durability, use memory foam to provide pressure release, use latex to provide elastic and cool feelings.

There 4 kinds of mattress are main stream of mattress industry, there are still other kinds of mattress like water mattress, air mattress and so on.

American Mattress or European mattress or Chinese mattress

American mattress use high technology, some mattress manufacture invented their own foam to produce mattress, like Tuft&Needle, at first they wanted to use memory foam to produce mattress, but after research they found some customer complain the original memory foam is hot and lack of elastic, so they produced their own foam to instead of memory foam.

Another good example is Loom&Leaf, who produce memory foam mattress as well. But different from Tuft&Needle, Loom&Leaf use another solution, their’s mattress is made up of 4 layers.  top gel later(keep cool)+middle gel layer(keep air’s circulation)+ middle memory foam layer( comfort + relax) + bottom foam layer(support+durability).

European mattress, most of them are produced in UK or Sweden, Vispring who was base in UK, Hästens and Duxiana , who are base in Sweden , are the most famous of them.

European mattress are luxury and expensive, this is mainly for two reasons.

The first is their material, all of the materials they use is  purely natural, such as natural silk, Scotland real estate platinum wool, flexible bamboo filament and horsetail hair, they use these to instead of natural latex as fill material.

The second reason is the whole mattress is crafted. Take Vividus  for example, it’s completed by 8  top certified craftsman, cost as least 320 Hours, with no machine. That’s why it’s so expensive.

Chinese mattress is very cheap compared with American mattress and European mattress.

This is mainly because the labor cost of China is cheap, and the manufacture industry in China is very powerful, they can almost produce every thing we can found in the market. From electronics to mattresses.

But you need be careful before buying Chinese imported mattress, if you are lucky enough, you can get a very good mattress at an unbelievable low price. But on the other side, you may also get a poor quality mattress as well. Most of the mattress sell from Zinus is made in China.

So for most people, I would recommend buying American mattress, for the one with limited budget, I would recommend Chinese mattress, for the one money is not their first concern, you can try luxury European mattress.

The standard of good mattresses

Generally speaking, good mattresses have 4 standard.

The first is Comfortable, if a mattress is not comfortable, it’s meaningless how expensive it really cost. And it should adapt to different sleeping positions, no matter back sleep, side sleep, front sleep, you can get the best sleeping experience and with no back, shoulder pain the next morning.

The second is Security, all of the materials mattress used must be CertiPUR-US certified. If not it may bad for your healthy and you get sick in short days. This is not what we expected.

The third is Permeability, one concern is it can help air circulation, then you won’t feel too hot during sleeping, another concern is your healthy, if it’s breathable, then it can quickly discharge the waste gas and water discharged from the human body skin.

The fourth is Durable, in other words, it should have long warranty, at least 10 years. But we can’t say the longer the better, take latex mattress for example, natural latex mattress is better and more expensive than synthetic latex, but synthetic latex mattress can last longer than natural mattress.

The fifth is Customer Service, no matter how comfortable you feel in the retail store, you need to sleep in your house, even if you have full understanding on mattress and buy the one who is most suitable for you, it still need time for your body to adapt to the mattress, if unlucky you may need to return it, so pick up a mattress who has long free trial is very important.

The sixth is Clean, this is not as important as before items, at least you can use a mattress cover to protect your mattress. But for the one who don’t use mattress cover, if the mattress is dirty and the cover of mattress can’t be removed and cleaned in the washing machine, it would be very awkward. That’s why Ghostbed designed removable cover.

Best mattress brand (manufacture)

Ikea mattress

ikea mattress

Ikea mattress is almost the most affordable but also reliable mattress manufacture on market. Their mattress is very cheap, range from $100(or less) to $1,000 (or a little more than).

Besides traditional innerspring mattress, they produce latex and (memory) foam mattress as well, all of them sells at affordable price.

The top complain on Ikea mattress is sagging, especially for heavy people, so I think it’s not very friendly for heavy guys.

Same as many other low-priced mattresses, many Ikea models come “roll packed.” you need to wait 3-4 days till the mattress back to its original shape.

Other cheap but affordable mattress are Zinus we mentioned before and Signature Sleep. Actually you can find a lot of similar mattress at this price level.

King Koil Mattress

king koil

King Koil, who was created in 1898,Minnesota, produce innerspring, memory foam and hybrid mattress.

Their collections include World Luxury, iMattress, Extended Life ,Laura Ashley, Natural Response ECO hybrid and World Edition.  There are so many mattresses that range from ultra plush to extra firm, you can pick up based on your need.

Compared with 3S (Simmons, Sealy, Serta ), King Koil is more cheaper, but also a world famous mattress brand, and their mattress are used in lots of luxury hotels around the world as well.

Compared with other memory foam mattress manufacture, only a few customer report off gassing and heat retention tend on King Koil bed. Their mattresses are reliable.

Sealy

Sealy Mattress

Sealy is the second largest mattress brand in the USA, and it has a history of over 130 years already.

Sealy offers a variety of mattress types to perfectly suit any preference.

Traditional innerspring offers the sleeping experience most people are used to.

Gel memory foam hugs your body, creating the sense that you’re sleeping “in” your mattress.

Latex provides innerspring-like support. Hybrid mattresses combine the comfort of gel memory foam with the deep support of springs.

Sealy don’t sell mattress on their official site, you need to get from retail store or third party website(We’ll post later).

Serta

serta mattress

Serta is the largest mattress company in USA, found in 1931 by 13 mattress manufacturers who licensed the Serta name.

offers three main types of mattresses – traditional inner spring, gel-infused memory foam, and hybrid mattresses which combine both.

Serta products are used extensively in the lodging industry, with Hilton Worldwide and Wyndham Worldwide among its customers.Serta mattresses are also offered on cable home shopping channel ShopNBC

The company is famous for its “Counting Sheep” advertising campaign which were animated by Aardman Animations and first created in 2000.

Their most famous collections are Perfect Sleeper,iComfort(memory foam ),Sertapedic,Bellagio at Home ,Hotel Mattresses and iSeries(Hybrid).

Simmons

simmons beautyrest

Simmons Bedding Company – founded in 1870, under current ownership since 2012 – makes low- to high-priced spring-based and foam-based mattresses. It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Their product are mainly pocked coil and hybrid, the comfort level range from ultra plush to extra firm, the price range from $799 to over $3,000.

Beautyrest and Beautysleep have wide availability in stores and online. They come in a variety of firmness, comfort and price levels. Reports of excessive heat retention and initial off gassing odor are limited.

Pocket coils are often used for support, but some models may use open coils or foam. Comfort layer material can include regular foam, gel-infused regular foam, memory foam, gel-infused memory foam.

Tempur-Pedic

Tempur-Pedic

Tempur-Pedic is often the standard by which other memory foam mattresses are judged.Sophistication of materials, conforming support, mattress lifespan, model variety and availability all tend to be above average.

Tempur-Pedic makes mid- to luxury-level memory foam beds costing $1,200 to $8,500.

It was originally based on NASA‘s research to develop a material that would cushion aircraft seats and improve survivability in the event of an accident.

The brand was brought to the United States in 1992 and the company Tempur-Pedic, Inc. was founded.

Compared with other online mattress companies. The price of Tempur-Pedic is extremely high. But still a lot of customers choose this brand for its extreme comfort.

Saatva (Loom&Leaf)

saatva mattress

Saatva is a privately held e-commerce company that specializes in luxury mattresses and is based in Westport, Connecticut and Austin, Texas.

In 2015 Saatva ranked 101 on Inc’s list of the top 500 retailers for the year, with revenues of $28.6M. That same year Saatva launched Loom and Leaf, an ecofriendly brand of luxury memory foam mattresses.

Compared with Tempur-Pedic, the biggest advantage of Saatva is its price. Different from Tempur-Pedic who use a pocket system coils structure, Saatva use a coil on coil structure+ euro pillow top,  and Loom& Leaf use a gel on gel structure(memory foam), both of them claim have the same or even better sleeping experience compared with Tempur-Pedic(Some model of Tempur-Pedic sleep hot and give out odo).

Read detail review of Saatva    Read detail review of Loom&Leaf

Stearns & Foster

Stearns & Foster

Stearns & Foster was a luxury mattress brand, made by Tempur Sealy International. Besides Stearns & Foster, it also owns other very famous brand like Tempur, Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Sealy Posturepedic, Optimum.

Stearns & Foster has manufactured the most luxurious and lasting mattresses since 1846. Every mattress is built by certified craftsmen, and every piece of material(silk, wool, cotton, cashmere, latex) that goes into a Stearns & Foster is rigorously tested to ensure the best durability.

By constructing their mattresses out of the best materials in the industry, Stearns & Foster offers a high level of comfort and quality that other brands can’t match.

Where to buy mattress

For the mattress brand who has retail store, you can have a try in retail store and compare the price between online and offline. Then decide where to buy.

For the mattress brand who only sells online, most of them you can buy at official site, some can also get from third party like amazon as well.

Here are a list of mattress resellers who sells online. You can reference newest price and check if any newest coupon.

Hi,my name is Chris and used to be a mattress salesperson, now I'm a software engineer and focus on blog writing part time, I created this mattress review and rating site to share my knowledge and experiences and hope everyone can get the correct mattress at a reasonable price.

2 Comments
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    John Smith December 9, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    It is very well written and informative article. I agree it is really tough to pick the right mattress. I feel the mattress that is hybrid between latex and memory foam is something that will provide best of both worlds to those who are confused. High technology American mattresses have an upper hand over Chinese mattress because they are more comfortable and well designed. European mattresses, according to me, are a class apart as they are made of fine natural material. Chinese mattresses are good options for those who want a something comfortable within budget but one must search well to find the right thing.

    • Reply
      Chris Young December 9, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks John for your dropping by, I can’t agree with you more.

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