After you buy the new house, you deserve a good night’s sleep!
Choosing a Mattress for Your New Home
Moving into a new home is an excellent time to update your bed, especially if your current mattress is close to or past its usable lifespan. A new mattress that’s appropriate for your needs can help you sleep better at night.
There are several types of mattresses available on the market today, so it can be overwhelming when you choose a new mattress. Different types of foam, hybrid beds, classic innersprings, and other options are available. Which one is right for you?
The classic innerspring mattress type is what most people are familiar with. This type of mattress has a support core made of steel coils topped with a comfort layer that’s typically made of foam. The firmness can vary from soft to very firm, and this type of bed usually has bounce and good edge support. However, innerspring mattresses are prone to sagging, can be noisy (due to the springs) and cause motion transfer between two people sleeping in the bed.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory foam mattresses have a polyfoam support core and viscoelastic foam. They are available in low to high density, with high density being the most durable, supportive, and quickest to mold to your body shape. Memory foam mattresses typically offer superior conforming and durability, but they can retain heat and may be difficult to move on.
Hybrid mattresses aim to be the best of both worlds, combining a pocketed coil support core found in innersprings and thick comfort layers of foam or latex. Firmness varies from soft to very firm. Generally, hybrid mattresses have good edge support like innersprings, but with better motion isolation. They typically offer the support and contouring ability of memory foam mattresses but are more breathable like an innerspring. But hybrid mattresses may be prone to sagging, and can be very heavy to move.
Latex mattresses are made of latex from rubber trees, which offers contour and bounce. Firmness varies depending on the bed. Latex mattresses are resistant to mold, dust mites, and bacteria, and have good density and durability. But they can have a strong off-gassing smell and can be expensive.
Other Mattress Options
Although less prevalent than innerspring, memory foam, hybrid, or latex mattresses, airbed and waterbeds are mattress options, and today’s varieties can offer superior support and comfort.
Airbeds aren’t necessarily the air mattresses you’d take camping or set out for overnight guests when you’ve run out of space. Airbeds are mattresses that use air for adjustable support using an electric pump. They typically have air contained in a chamber that has comfort layers on top. Airbeds are often adjustable, lightweight can be repaired for a longer lifespan. Some may have an option to create different firmness for two different sides of the bed. However, airbeds can be expensive and parts may break down.
Waterbeds are no longer the sloshy water mattresses from decades past. Like airbeds, waterbeds use an adjustable water chamber to offer firmness. You’ll add or remove water to adjust the mattress to your needs. Waterbeds are typically allergy resistant and often sleep cool, but they can be very heavy when filled, so they aren’t easy to move.
Check mattress reviews to see which one may be the best fit for your preferred sleeping position and firmness.