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How to Choose the Best Mattress

This buying guide is designed to make it quick and simple, showing you what to look for when buying your new memory foam mattress and which products stand out.

There are hundreds of mattress brands out there with complicated sounding features, so it can feel tricky to pick a great mattress. No worries, though, we have got your covered. Here are the most important specs you need to know when buying your mattress. You will see, it is actually simple and straightforward.

Materials

What is your memory foam mattress made of ?
Well, memory foam, obviously, but is that all ? Many memory foam mattresses are made of several material layers that work alongside the signature foam to support and relax your body.
Some mattresses contain latex for softer sleep, while others use gel to enhance elasticity and stabilize sleep temperatures. We have only picked mattresses that are built from high-quality materials. No tricks or cheap fillers are allowed– period. When buying, make sure to take a close look at all the materials in your desired mattress, especially if you have any allergies.

Available Sizes

Memory foam mattresses come in all kinds of sizes to accommodate different bed sizes. You already know your bed’s size but getting a new mattress is often also a great opportunity to update your bedframe. Memory foam mattresses are available in in all standard sizes (for example Twin, Full, Queen, King, California King) and even special sizes (like RV compatible mattresses). So you will be sure to find one that fits your bed perfectly. The good news is that all memory foam mattresses listed here offer common sizes and, more importantly, will make anybody feel like a queen or king (princess or prince), no matter which size you end up buying.

Available Thickness

Some memory foam mattresses are very thick, while others are on the slimmer end. The thickness of your mattress depends on how many layers there are and what those layers consist of. Some high-density memory foam mattresses contain ultra-thick layers to provide extra back support, while others use cooling gel, which is very compact and doesn’t increase the overall thickness very much. Mattress thickness is measured in inches, and multiple thickness options are often available. In general, thickness is not too important but some people prefer specific measurements. There’s no “best” size, so we recommend picking the thickness that best fits your personal taste. However, don’t sweat it too much, they will all do a great job!

Layers

This is important so let’s take a closer look. As mentioned, memory foam mattresses often include different layers of different materials, with foam being one. We have included the number of layers for each mattresses in the memory foam mattress review, but still be sure to check which materials are used. Most mattresses for sale contain multiple layers, and each layer has its own job to do. Some layers provide a soft, marshmallow surface for your body, while others are firm or are meant to ensure proper airflow. By the way, more layers do not mean the mattress is better. Instead, it just means it’s built differently. In the end, how many layers you should pick comes down to your personal preference for the materials used. Keep in mind that all mattresses shown in the buying guide below will offer a high-end sleep experience.

Warranty

If you lose sleep over mattress shopping, you might want to choose a mattress with a long warranty, so you do not have to worry about it again for a long time! A good warranty gives you peace of mind by guaranteeing that if anything happens to your memory foam mattress, you will receive a repair or free replacement. That is exactly how it should be, not just because you deserve it as a paying customer but also because it shows a company’s commitment to quality and service. Warranties work like a good night’s sleep: the longer, the better! So unless you are on a tight budget, we recommend paying a little extra for a quality brand mattress with a generous warranty. To make it easy, we have listed the warranty information for each mattress, though they may change. They can change, so always double check.

Compressed Shipping

Does your memory foam mattress come with compressed shipping? Many mattress companies now ship their mattresses compressed, which means the product has been flattened down and rolled up tight to make it more compact. This process does no damage to the mattress, but it does make things a lot more convenient in terms of portability. You will not believe how small a memory foam mattress can be compressed with modern packaging. If you live in an apartment building or need to carry your mattress upstairs, you will be happy your mattress has been compressed. It is not a vital feature to look for but certainly makes it easier to handle your new mattress when it arrives. Plus, it cuts down on shipping costs and the impact on our environment which is both great.