When you consider that you spend about one-third of your life sleeping, selecting the best mattress can be a daunting task. The best mattresses have a tremendous range in types, prices and overall feel. How do you know if you’re currently sleeping on the right mattress? What are the clues to whether you should be looking for a new mattress?

If you wake up sore, that could be a hint. Another hint is if you find you get better rest at hotels rather than at home.

How Long Do The Best Mattresses Last?

The rule of thumb is regardless of the mattress’ warranty, most wear out in ten years. If you work it out in hours of use, you would have slept on that mattress for about 29,000 hours. There are some experts who believe at if you are older than 40, you should consider getting a new mattress every five to seven years because our bodies become more susceptible to pressure as we age. I’m not sure that subscribe to that train of thought, as I believe good rest is a sum of many factors beyond how good the best mattresses can actually be.

Best Way to Shop For The Best Mattresses

This is one place where brick and mortar businesses out shine Internet businesses. You need to check out as many mattresses as you can. I in my personal travels found that the best mattresses at times were not based upon price, but comfort. When my wife and I started searching for a new mattress, as we had poorly selected our previous mattress based more on low price and not comfort. We had looked at some of the best mattresses currently available for the most money and disliked all.

We were not able to properly find the correct mattress until we both tried them out in person. It didn’t come to any surprise to me when I discovered that Consumer Reports recommends lying down for a full 15 minutes in your favourite sleeping position. I would further recommend, if you are married, to lie on it with your spouse. We found that some mattresses to be quite comfortable until we both tried it together. Some mattresses just didn’t feel good when we lied on it together.

Finally to make sure that you’ve made the right choice because it could be one that you will have to live with for several years, ensure that the store has a good return policy. The 15 to 20 minute test is a good test in conjunction to testing multiple mattresses, but sometimes we do choose the wrong mattress for the long term.

Styles of the Best Mattresses

Coil mattresses, at this time, offer the most comfort for many people. Factors to consider when looking at coil mattresses is the density of the coils. A good rule of thumb is the more the coils there are in a mattress, the smaller they are and the more flexible they will be. Selecting a mattress with 680 coils or more is recommended.

If you are heavier then the average person, you may consider fewer, larger coils, as they will be stronger. Mattresses with larger coils are usually found to have roughly 400 per mattress.

Foam mattresses made from memory or latex foam are usually more comfortable, but I believe this to be personal preference. My wife and I found the coil style to be more comfortable then foam. But my cousin recently purchased a foam mattress as he and his wife much preferred this style.

These type of mattresses normally react to heat and body pressure to mold to your body within minutes. It’s great for some people that don’t move around much, but if you roll around like I do, I found it to be uncomfortable whenever I moved.

Some fo the best mattresses come with a cushion top. Here is where styles in construction vary greatly. I found that I preferred having a good cushion top. My wife and I actually choice a cheaper mattress which had a superior cushion top for maximum comfort. As a point of interest, we found that the mattress that we purchased, we liked heads above all the others we had tried. It just was the right fit for us.

Another option when considering the right mattress for you is the emergence of air mattresses. You’ve seen ones that allow you to ‘dial’ in your comfort level. You are altering the air pressure in the inflatable air chambers to provide support. The dual-chamber models that allow two individuals to adjust each side of the bed to their own personal preferences can be an advantage if one partner likes a softer mattress while the other prefers a firmer one.

Finding Bargains on the Best Mattresses

Recently, I needed to purchase a mattress for my son. After I had him select two or three mattresses that he preferred, I took the time to know how much each was selling for. There was a range in prices to be sure. Also, it is best if you are in a position to wait. With the correct circumstances, you could very well save 50% on the price of the mattress of choice. I was able to save over 60% of the price of my son’s mattress because of a fluke rain storm.

We had done our hunting for a mattress. We knew what my son liked and how much they went for. As we were driving home a couple of weeks after our investigation, we were passing through town and we were hit by a fluke rain and hail storm. A mattress store was having a sidewalk sale in their parking lot and they had dozens of mattresses outside that got rained on.

Knowing we had the upper hand, it was very easy to negotiate a much lower price. I simply took the mattress and box spring home and steam cleaned them. They came out perfectly clean and after about 12 hours of forced air drying, they were prefectly dry and without mildew.


Finding out what is really the best mattress for you is an exercise of trying out as many mattress types and styles you can. Considering you are choosing a piece of furniture that you could be spending up to 29,000 hours on, it should be a carefully made decision. Don’t buy the first one you see or the cheapest one, as you will regret it. Try out as many as you can!

I intend to review several of the major manufactures’ best mattresses to give you some idea of what I find and what I think about their comfort and styles.

Please consider leaving your comments on what you discover about what you consider to be the best mattresses available and your personal reviews.

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