Abe Feller

Abe Feller

    How Do I Choose A Mattress?

    There are many choices of mattresses and mattress compositions. I owned a waterbed store in the 1980's and migrated to a conventional mattress and furniture store when I felt that the waterbed craze was winding down. Here are some pointers in choosing a bed.

    The latest craze is memory foam or Visco foam. This NASA invented cushioning material sinks in and conforms with body heat and pressure. It has almost no pressure points and allows for better deeper sleep. The downside of memory foam is that it actually retains heat and it is expensive. I personally prefer using memory foam as a component of a greater mix of more conventional cushioning materials such as springs, other foams and cotton.

    Air beds have become common and quite sophisticated recently. The latest upper end air beds are looking just like a conventional bed. One of the great advantages of the air bed is it is adjustable as to firmness. Also, many are designed so you can make one side firm and the other side softer for a couples personal sleeping preferences. The downside of air is leaks can occur and air leaks are difficult to fix so choose a strong retailer and warranty.

    Conventional innerspring mattresses have been around a long time and will continue to gather the lions share of business. This is because of price and comfort. The big secret to innerspring mattresses is to buy one with a lot of springs. The more springs, the less pressure points and the more comfort. You will also be looking for lots of high quality cushioning materials. Try to avoid a puffy, soft high loft pillowtop as these tend to body impress.

    There are still waterbeds on the market and plenty of customers still love them. Waterbeds fall into two categories, hard sided and soft sided. The soft sided waterbeds look like conventional mattresses but they have water in tubes or a watermattress on the inside. Some are heated, some are not. The soft sided waterbed is nice because all of that bedding covering around the watermattress protects it from puncture and insulates the cold of that mass of water. Additionally, the soft sided watered uses conventional bed sizes which means your sheets and other bedding works along with your conventional bedroom furniture. Hard sided waterbeds are large and use odd sizes so your conventional bedding won't work with them. Hard sided waterbeds are prone to leak because nothing much protects the mattress. Your cat, earrings, toenails, etc are all dangers. Hard sided waterbeds need to be heated, even in summer, because that mass of water tends to wick away your body heat. So, the hard sided waterbed can be a little hard on your energy pocketbook. The best advantage I found when I switched from selling waterbeds to conventional innerspring mattresses was that innerspring mattresses don't leak at 2:00 AM.

    Another mattress type you may hear about is the latex mattress. This mattress uses so called natural latex as the cushioning material. Natural latex is natural but most manufacturers don't use 100% natural latex as it is very expensive so you generally get a combination of natural latex and man made latex. I have also heard that latex can have an odor problem so if your sensitive to chemical odors, you may want to either steer clear or at lease give it the sniff test at the store. Many people swear by latex mattresses.

    Some manufacturers use wool and silk in beds which are also high end cushioning. Some mattress manufacturers use these materials to justify high prices. After about $2,000 King size, the mattress manufacturer may start having a hard time justifying their price.

    I hope this helps you choose a mattress. Mattresses are difficult to buy because you can't look under the hood so that's why many people rely upon national brands like Sealy, Simmons, Serta, etc.

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