September 20, 2012 3:40 am
If any of these profiles fit, and you decide to buy a new mattress, what kind should you buy? That is a matter of comfort and personal choice.
Basically, there are four types to choose from:
Innerspring – Usually sold with a box spring, these conventional mattresses come with varying coil counts. Prices vary widely, as they are sold under various brands and store labels, but any number of coils over 390 in a queen size should be all you need.
Memory foam – Led primarily by Tempur-Pedic, these mattresses are a matter of opinion. Some testers call them ‘supportive and cushiony’ while others found they caused pressure, ‘like sleeping on hard or wet sand.’
Sleep number beds – led by Select Comfort, these mattresses are air-filled and allow you to set a different firmness for each half of the bed. Some testers said they would not buy the traditional model, but found the more expensive pillow-top model plush and comfortable.
Duxiana – Most testers found these more expensive mattresses, made with the springs in layers, quite comfortable. But many felt they are not worth the price.
What is important is that you try before you buy. They recommend spending at least 15 minutes in different sleep positions on each mattress you try out in the store.
Remember that price isn’t everything, and that firmness is a matter of personal choice.
When choosing a mattress, make sure you look for:
A sale or bargain on the mattress you like. It could save you up to 50%.
A comfort guarantee – Some retailers will give you several weeks–or even months–to return or exchange a mattress you don’t like.
And don't count on warranties. Typically good for 10 years, they cover defects in materials and workmanship, but they do not cover comfort.
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