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Consider an innerspring mattress with pocketed coils, or memory foam, latex, or a dual-chamber air-filled mattress.
Some savvy manufacturers make a hybrid style mattress that combines the buoyancy of an innerspring core with the motion isolation of memory foam.
Cushy memory foam or a mattress with a fluffy topper will have the most pressure relief, while a very firm mattress will offer the least.
Following that heat-map analogy, the last thing a stomach-sleeper probably wants is an enveloping memory foam — it would feel smothering! Instead, a firm top surface will provide the best support.

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Since there are literally 100s of options on the market, when it comes to determining the comfort level, quality of material, and named brand of the mattress that you want, keep in mind that the higher quality and more padding you purchase, the longer the life of the comfort level.
Transcript:Tips for Buying a New MattressHi, I’m Debbie Anderson for About.com! With so many different types of mattresses on the market today, buying a new mattress can be a lot of fun, but there are a few things to consider before making a purchase.
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Everything you need to know about this increasingly popular type of mattress can be found in our memory foam mattress guide, or you can read our mattress reviews – which include several memory foam mattresses – to find the right model for you.
We look at the main types of mattress below, but you won’t always find a simple distinction between them in the shops, as mattresses are increasingly made from a mix of materials.
Pocket sprung mattresses are the most popular type of mattress among Which? members.
Read our mattress reviews to find out which are the best pocket sprung mattresses.
Find out which are the best and worst mattresses for a great night sleep in our full mattress brand review.
Most mattress manufacturers make more than one type – our mattress brands review reveals the verdict of hundreds of consumers on their mattresses to guide you to which brands of mattress give the best satisfaction.
The Early Show ConsumerWatch correspondent Susan Koeppen turned to the experts at Consumer Reports for some advice on how to get the best value for your money.
In the magazine’s June issue, they show you how to buy a mattress without losing sleep.
Koeppen went to see Tod Marks at Consumer Reports where they studied and tested dozens of beds.
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Comfort rules when you buy a memory foam mattress, so listen to the salesman’s spiel, read the labels, but above all, take time to stretch out and see how it feels.
Sniff the mattress for chemical odors often associated with memory foam mattresses.
Look at density levels, keeping in mind that high-quality memory foam mattresses usually have a density rating of four pounds or higher.
Prepare to open the wallet wide to purchase a memory foam mattress, expecting a high-quality queen-size mattress to run up to $2,000.
The days of counting sheep ended when a new generation of mattresses using memory foam technology improved beauty rest.
Add a less expensive memory foam topper to an existing mattress if you’re not ready to shell out the big bucks.
Memory foam mattresses retain body heat, which may affect your comfort level.
Side-sleepers may especially benefit from memory foam mattresses which enhance spine alignment.
Many people with back pain report memory foam’s conforming quality allows for better sleep.
5. Organic mattresses, such as those made by Canadian manufacturer Natura, are made with certified organic materials, including 100 per cent organic wool, organic cotton and 100 per cent natural rubber latex – all of which are renewable and biodegradable resources.
4. Innerspring mattresses are the type of mattress that most people are familiar with and are the most widely sold.
2. Latex mattresses are available in several styles, including 100 per cent natural latex, latex over foam, foam over latex and 100 per cent natural and synthetic latex blend.
Changing positions is easier on an innerspring mattress than it is on a latex or foam mattress, but motion isolation can be poor.
1. Comfort: A comfortable mattress relieves pressure and pain, and promotes relaxation and a good night’s sleep.
If one-third of our lives is spent sleeping, shouldn’t we make sure our bed is as comfy and cozy as can be? Now you can with our selection of mattresses by leading brands including Sleep Number®, PedicSolutions®, Serta & AeroBed.
Check out QVC’s selection of mattress sets from the brands you know and trust like Serta, PedicSolutions®, Sleep Number®, and AeroBed.
The wrong mattress – one that is worn out or poorly suited to your needs – can cause you to toss and turn, and lose valuable sleep.
The right mattress – one that is well-suited to your needs for comfort, support and space – can help you sleep better.
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, a new mattress may help you sleep better.
Sometimes it’s obvious that your old mattress has seen better days; sagging, creaking, worn ticking and protruding coils are signs that it’s time for a new one.
Artist Ursula Manaf, owner of a Brooklyn workshop called EarthSea Warrior, shows some of her air plant designs.
Whether you need a comfortable place to sleep while camping or a temporary sleeping area for overnight guests, an air mattress offers a convenient solution.
Artist Ursula Manaf shows some of her unusual air plant designs.
"A mattress can impact a person’s sleep," says Michael Decker, PhD, RN, associate professor at Georgia State University and spokesman for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Although there isn’t a lot of scientific evidence to prove that one type of mattress will help you sleep better than another, people with certain medical conditions do seem to rest easier on a particular mattress style.
But on too hard of a mattress you have too much pressure on the sacrum, and on the shoulders, and on the back of the head," says Howard Levy, MD, an Emory University assistant professor of orthopaedics, physical medicine, and rehabilitation.
Ideally, a mattress that reduces the pressure points on your body should give you a better night’s sleep, Decker says.
One way that your mattress affects your sleep has to do with the network of fine blood vessels, called capillaries, that runs underneath your skin.
So why do most stores still carry only one sided mattresses? Brand name recognition and profit margins! Someone who has owned a Simmons or Sterns & Foster for 15-20 years may want to get another one.
Here is what differentiates a one sided bed from a two sided bed: when you sleep in a spot on the mattress you compress the foam only in that area; after a few weeks, or months you will be able to see a defined difference between where you sleep and the rest of the bed.
After a couple of years it will get more and more defined, to the point that your mattress will look like two hammocks side by side (over 2” sags on each side have been reported on mattresses under 2 years old).
Through the years manufacturers and mattresses have changed; waterbeds have faded into a novelty, pillow-tops and ultra plush mattresses have arrived, memory foam, and adjustable air mattresses have advertised their way into the forefront, and “no flip mattresses” have taken over.
Many other mattress manufacturers followed their lead with single sided beds and maintenance free ad campaigns such as Sealy and Serta.
Who made the Sealy, Simmons, Serta or Sterns & Foster Mattress you see at the big furniture store? Was it made in a factory they own? Probably not.
It is pretty easy to tell good quality of Memory foam “Tempur-pedic Style” mattresses.
It’s the quality of the materials used and how they’re put together that determine how long a mattress and foundation will provide the comfort and support you bought them for.
A word about “firm.” Don’t rely on product labels to tell you which mattress will give you the right support.
A good mattress and foundation will gently support your body at all points and keep your spine in the same shape as a person with good standing posture.
What they do, as well as any other mattress company you can think to name is use innersprings from Leggett & Platt.
Several years ago the big mattress companies moved their operations to southern states to lower labor costs.
Generally when a mattress is foam encased the manufacturer has reduced the expensive steel by 1/8 percent.
Unfortunately for consumers, there are no mattress miracles, and saggy mattresses have ensued.
There are three parts to consider regarding a mattress purchase: padding or upholstery, inner springs, and a box spring or foundation.
A mattress' price is usually contingent on the number of coils used in its makeup; yet, like padding, quality of coils differs, so more coils do not necessarily mean a better quality of bed or rest.
Padding quantity does not always equal quality – that is why it is important to test certain inner-lying materials.
Materials such as wool, silk, and memory foam / latex foam are commonly used in mattress padding.
People often associate the word mattress with the top layer of the bed – the padding.
Water beds can be heated; the life spans of waterbeds are a couple years longer; and waterbeds are not as susceptible to microscopic parasites that may trigger asthma, eczema, or allergies.
Established brand names and quality of certain padding varies.
The mattress padding can consist of three-to-eight layers of padding.
And why spend all that money on springs just to dampen their effect with a giant pillow? If you really want to sleep on foam or cotton, buy a foam or cotton mattress.
But the big-name mattress makers (with some exceptions) all get their coils from a single company, Leggett and Platt, for their highest-end mattresses down to their lowest.
All this shuttling back and forth on the scale of firmness—why not just start with the firmness you like, and then stop? My favorite mattress name encapsulates the paradox: Simmons Beautyrest World Class Granite Plush.
Finally, an independent mattress manufacturer I talked to swore that latex makes the best mattresses.
Pillowtops: Pillowtops are soft layers of foam (or cotton, or wool) sewn to the top of the mattress.
You sleep on coils because they’re softer than the floor, but you still want good, firm coils, but then you put foam padding on top to soften the coils, but you still want the foam to be dense, and then finally you put a strong box spring underneath for just a tiny bit of give.
Larry Thomas of Furniture Today—a man described to me as "the guru of the bedding industry"—told me coil counts are "overrated" and "not a good indicator." Yes, if you pay more, you’ll get a theoretically better coil design, but better enough to feel a difference? I sure couldn’t.
Here’s the lowdown: Mattress makers rename identical products for each different retail store.
The heart of an innerspring mattress is the coils.
To start, consider the most affordable mattress lines from the top brands like Sealy, Serta, and Simmons.
Need a new mattress but don’t know where to start? Learn everything you need to know before buying.
And make sure you test-rest each mattress for at least 15 minutes – spending 5 minutes on your back, and 5 minutes on each side.
Tired of counting sheep before bed? Find out which mattress is right for you with our Sleep Quiz.
How to Buy the Best Mattress by Farnoosh Torabi, Yahoo Shopping.
Finally, buying the best mattress is useless if you have the worst foundation.

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