Tips on Buying a High-Quality Mattress

Before buying a mattress, it is best to try sleeping on it. People may try different beds in hotels, at other people's houses, etc. and when they find the best mattress for them, then they buy the same make/model. If it's not possible to sleep on a mattress first, it's advisable to at least lie on the mattress in the store until feeling sure that it is a comfortable fit.

There are two main factors that comprise a mattress:

  • Support: The coils or inner springs in the mattress provide support for the spine. A mattress should have enough coils to provide adequate support and allow for the natural curves of the spine.
  • Comfort: The padding on top of the mattress primarily provides the comfort (thick padding may be called "pillow top"). This is really a matter of personal preference - some people prefer thick padding and some thin.

In general, the higher number of coils and the thicker the padding, the higher quality (and more expensive) the mattress. However, this does not mean that it's necessary to buy the mattress with the highest number of coils and/or thickest padding. As noted on the previous page, mattress preference is dictated by a number of factors, including a person's specific back condition.

While it is important that a mattress provide an adequate level support for the spine, personal preference and comfort level is the bottom line when selecting a mattress.