Mattress Buying Guide: What to Look For and What to Avoid

Buying a new mattress should be an exciting process, after all getting a great night’s sleep as often as possible is essential for your health and happiness.

However, I found that it always helps to do your research first, otherwise you could be facing sleepless nights and achy mornings once again, even with a whole new mattress.

A mattress needs to support us and comfort us in equal measure, and I’m not talking about a bed that costs the earth. If anything getting the quality mattress you deserve can been seen as more of an investment in your health anyway.

Thankfully there are plenty of great value options out there for you to achieve a soothing slumber.

So here’s some things to look out for and avoid, to help you dodge the pitfalls of finding your perfect mattress.

Avoid: A cheaply made mattress

Okay, it does sound obvious but low prices can make it all too easy to fall for the sales pitch of a cheaply made mattress. For example; cage sprung, continuous coil or open coil are all prime examples of mass-produced, low production value mattresses.

They are machine made with very little skill, which results in a product that’s uncomfortable and offers little support for you.

Look out for: A mattress crafted with care

I recommend hunting for a hand-crafted mattress, which has been finely tuned by skilled experts. Because quality craftsmanship translates into your specific sleep requirements being met.

A quality mattress seller should be able to tell you how their mattresses are made and what exactly goes into them. This is why I would always ask questions, about everything from upholstery layers to spring tensions.

Remember – you spend around 8 hours (or more) in bed each night, so investing in a well-made, high-quality mattress makes perfect sense. Of course, you should always spend as much as you can comfortably afford.

Avoid: One size fits all mentality

You’ll find, like I did, that there are so many mattresses out there that fall into the one-size-fits-all build.

This is especially true of mattresses built with coil spring support units, which simply can’t properly accommodate differently weighted sleepers.

You’ll soon find yourself waking up to pains, and even rolling together if you sleep with a partner, due to the crude design and inconsistent support offered.

Look out for: A tailored sleep experience

The perfect mattress should always be able to mould itself to the shape of your body, while remaining supportive. It should alleviate any pressure and keep your spine perfectly aligned.

Your weight, height, build and even preferred sleeping position should all be catered for with a high quality mattress.

In a pocket sprung mattress, each spring is individually wrapped in a breathable pocket of material, and can work independently to absorb, adjust, and react to every movement you make.

The result is a more isolated tailored feeling of support, which is what you should expect from your mattress.

Avoid: Sellers who aren’t upfront and honest

You may have never heard of GSM before, but it actually stands for ‘Grams per square metre’, and refers to the weight of an upholstery component used within any mattress.

Not only can you use this figure to better compare mattresses, you can accurately establish their quality based on it.

Unfortunately, many sellers omit the GSM value of upholstery from their product descriptions, leaving you in the dark as to how much quality material you’re paying for.

You shouldn’t have to read between the lines when buying a mattress, so search for sellers who know their products, and who will give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

Look out for: A quality mattress topper to invest in

When buying a new mattress, I would also consider looking for a quality mattress topper to go with it. They can serve many useful and valuable purposes when their paired with the right bed, and investing in one is ideal for keeping your new mattress in great shape.

A topper can protect your mattress from stains and moisture, keep sheets in place, and make your mattress more hygienic. Plus, you’ll be getting an additional layer of comfort that’s easy to remove and clean at anytime.


If you're buying a new mattress you need to know what qualities to look for and what to avoid. Check out this mattress buying guide to find the best type of mattress for you and your bed #mattress #mattressbuying #perfectmattress #comfortablemattress

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

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