3 Things You Should Know Before You Buy a New Mattress

3 Things You Should Know Before You Buy a New Mattress - My Life, I Guess
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While it may not seem like it at first, buying a new mattress is one of the most important purchases you can make. Not only will you be spending roughly a third of your time on it, this is a purchase that you’ll have to deal with for a long time. Not only that, but your mattress will have a direct influence on your sleep, health, and your overall life quality, so this is not something that should be taken lightly. Here are some of the things you should be looking for when buying a new mattress.

Know What Type of Sleeper You Are

Before you start looking for a mattress, you have to know what type of sleeper you are and what your priorities are. Some people might need more support because of back issues while others might look for comfort first and foremost.

Take a Leesa vs Nectar Mattress for example. While they may not seem that different at first glance, they have some characteristics that could make them better for a certain type of sleeper. The Leesa will have more bounce and will be cooler, which will make it better if you’re looking for comfort. But it might not give you the same support as the Nectar, which means it might not be the best choice if you’re suffering from lower back issues.

Make sure that you know the composition of any mattress you’re thinking of buying before you make a decision, so you can find the best for your needs.

Don’t Go by Firmness Ratings

You should never trust a brand’s firmness rating when picking a mattress. Firmness scores aren’t universal and a company’s “extra firm” might be completely different than another’s. So, unless you actually try the mattress for yourself, you’ll never be able to actually tell how firm it will be. That’s why it’s always better to try a particular mattress in store first before you buy it online.

Don’t Automatically Assume Memory Foam is Better

There has been a lot of hype lately about memory foam mattresses and many see them as the gold standard for mattresses these days. But there’s a wide variety of materials out there and memory foam may not give you the feel you’re actually looking for. For one, memory foam mattresses tend to be hotter than usual, so if temperature regulation is a big thing for you, you might not like them very much. They also tend to have a weird chemical smell that you may need to get used to and they’re also prone to indentations, so that’s something you need to be on the lookout for before you decide to go for a memory foam mattress.


All these factors will help you find the perfect mattress for your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to look around and ask for second opinions; the more you know before you buy, the more likely it is that you’ll be satisfied with your purchase.

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