If it seems like the mattress market has a dizzying effect on you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The mattress industry has experienced revolutionary innovations over the past two decades. The result has been greater, and better, choices. But the expanded market has also proved confusing and intimidating to many consumers who are unsure of the much-hyped technologies being pushed toward them.
There is no need to fret, however, the new mattress options are easy to navigate with the right background information. Once you have a basic understanding of the advantages each mattress type provides it will be much easier to evaluate how your specific sleep needs could be addressed.
There are four main types of mattresses widely available in brick and mortar showrooms and through reputable online retailers. Here is where you need to concentrate your focus:
Box spring mattresses: Constructed in two parts with a metal frame and network of internal metal coils for support, box spring mattresses had the market cornered for many decades. While a satisfactory low-cost option, internal spring mattresses are notorious for creating painful pressure points where the body makes contact with the internal coils. New technological advances in recent years have carved away the majority market share box spring mattresses once enjoyed.
Memory Foam mattresses: Inspired by NASA technology developed in the 1970s, memory foam burst onto the market to huge fanfare. Memory foam – that is derived from a polyurethane or vegetable-based mix – contains no springs and is instead a solid form consisting of millions of open cells that evenly distribute weight to create a body contouring effect. In addition to its therapeutic benefits, memory foam is also highly regarded because it prevents motion transfer across the sleep surface.
Latex foam mattresses: One of the first no-spring and environmentally-friendly alternatives, latex foam mattresses are derived from the milky sap of the rubber tree. They, too, envelope the user in a body cradling effect that supports a total comfort experience. Latex foam mattresses are also extremely durable, hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial. They also represent one of the more expensive bedding options available.
Adjustable air mattresses: These mattresses bear little resemblance to the old-style blow-up mattresses used for camping or overnight visitors. Modern adjustable air mattresses are constructed of highly durable materials and use quiet-flow motors to keep the mattress sufficiently inflated. These mattresses are extremely popular among couples with varying firmness needs because the level can be adjusted independently on each side by remote control.
Before deciding on a mattress style and brand, it is important to have an honest analysis of your personal needs. Do you have special needs? Is back pain a consideration? What is your budget? Are there space limitations to consider?
Answering each of these questions is essential in the shopping process to ensure the right bed is purchased. Always use reputable retailers. The world of online shopping has opened new doors and lifted geographical limitations while offering new tools like online reviews to help the consumer make the right choice. Also note that quality beds will carry a long-term warranty in the case of defect or damage under normal conditions. Many reputable dealers will also offer in-home trials to help make sure the consumer if properly provided for when the ultimately make an investment.