With the plethora of options in the market, it is a task to zero down on one mattress that you’re completely satisfied with. Being India’s sleep specialists, we decided to make it simpler for you. Here are a few steps that might come in handy the next time you are out shopping for a mattress.
Step 1: Identify your needs
What purpose do you expect your mattress to serve? Are you buying it to maximize your comfort? Or, are you having back ache that your mattress is supposed to help with? Be very clear about your needs before you step out to look at options.
Step 2: What size do you need it in?
Be mindful of the fact that all makes in all the brands might not be available in all the sizes. When you are shortlisting mattresses, make sure it comes in the size you want.
Step 3: Determine the type of mattress you want to buy
There are various categories to choose from. While one type may or may not be better than the other in terms of material used or their price points, they might be designed for specific purposes. See if it matches with your needs. Here are 3 broad categories that most of the mattresses fall into.
- Innerspring: These mattresses comprise steel coils in various configurations. One of the most widely sold types, these come in variations that include special layers of cushioning like gel or pillowtop.
Keep in mind that a high coil count may not necessarily mean higher quality. Interlocking mattresses have coils locked together and give a more bouncy feeling whereas independent coils restrain the bouncy effect to the area where a person is moving and hence, might be better for light sleepers who get disturbed if the other person moves or gets out of bed.
- Foam: These further come in 2 varieties –Latex Foam (made from plants or petroleum-based materials) and Memory Foam (mostly polyurethane).
Memory Foam is seen to be favoured more by people with back ache or joint pains. It softens when you lie down on it and reverts to its original shape when you get up.
Centuary Mattresses also offers GreenGel Memory Foam mattresses, which are infused with the real gel and help in maintaining temperature while increasing the elasticity, breathability and durability of the mattress.
- Hybrid: As the name suggests, hybrid mattresses are combinations of innerspring and one or more layers of foam or other new-age materials like gel.
Step 4: Choose the right store
It is good to be open-minded and unbiased toward any particular brand when you start looking at options but it helps to go with a brand you trust and know will give you a good service. Ask friends or family for their past experiences to make an informed decision.
Step 5: Ask for assistance
When inside the store, get a salesperson to walk you through the available options. Ask for more details wherever necessary. Let them know of your needs and ask for their suggestions.
Step 6: Try your potential mattress
Be prepared to lie down and test the mattress you are about to buy. Give it 10-15 minutes, preferably in your most common sleeping position, to know how it really feels.
Hope these small steps go a long way in helping you find your perfect mattress. After all, it’s not everyday you buy one.