There are a billion and one mattress options out there and choosing one can be a tough task. You probably don’t even know the first thing to look out for in a mattress. Or you have no idea what will suit you. You might not even know what your options are. Let’s take a look at the various things to look out for when buying a mattress. This will be your ultimate mattress buying guide.

1. Mattress Material (Latex/ Memory Foam / Innerspring / Hybrid)

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The first thing you want to look out for is the mattress material. The material contributes a lot to the mattress comfort and there is a range of available options.


Mattresses with inner springs, often known as coil mattresses, have been around since the early 1900s. Steel coils are used to make them, and when you put weight on them, they compress. A mattress’s design, size, and number of coils might vary. Better coils, on average, equals greater quality and more support.

According to Consumer Reports, innerspring mattresses are the most frequent type sold according to Consumer Reports, although other types of beds such as memory foam, adjustable, and air are becoming more popular.

The cost of this type of bed is one of the main reasons for its popularity. Innerspring beds, tend to last longer. While you’ll get more springiness and bounce from an innerspring mattress, you may need to replace it sooner than you would with another form of bed. When you move around on the bed, you may hear loud squeaking, which isn’t ideal during intimate times.


Natural latex is a byproduct of rubber tree sap and is considered a more natural bedding choice. Look for natural latex rather than synthetic latex if you want a natural sleeping option.

This substance is comparable to memory foam in that it relieves pressure and contours the body, but not to the same extent. Because latex has greater bounce, choosing between memory foam and latex is completely a personal taste. If you want to burrow deeply into your mattress, memory foam is the way to go. A latex mattress is excellent if you want something that is springy and absorbs less heat.

Memory Foam

Memory foam was invented by NASA in 1966 to improve the safety of aircraft cushions and is now widely used in a variety of commercial applications such as mattresses, pillows, blankets, furniture, shoes, and wheelchair seats.

When you press your bodyweight against this type of cushion, it moulds to your shape and slowly bounces back once the weight is removed. Memory foam is ideal for side sleepers and people with painful conditions who want extra softness because of the extra cushioning and support it provides.

Memory foam also has the following advantages:

Points of pressure relief

Correct spinal alignment is essential.

Low motion transfer/motion isolation

Dust mite and allergen resistance

Adjustable beds are compatible.


Hybrid beds are gaining popularity because they blend the best of both worlds. An innerspring mattress provides stability and bounce, while latex or memory foam provides comfort and softness.

A layer of coiled springs is usually on the bottom, with one to three layers of latex or memory foam on top. The benefit of a hybrid mattress is that it allows for a more personalized experience. Before making a purchase, you should explore specific firms and their offers, but a hybrid mattress has something for everyone.

If you want a bed with a bouncy bounce, enhanced pressure point relief, and the capacity to keep cool all night, search for one with coils on the bottom, memory foam on top, and some form of gel or copper infusion, or an open-cell foam structure to improve ventilation.


2. Mattress Firmness & Support

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The firmness of a mattress relates to how it feels when you first lie down on it.  The recommended firmness range is between 5-7. Let’s look at the firmness scale so you’ll get the feel.

  • 1-2/10 (Exceedingly soft): It’s hard to discover a mattress that’s a real 1-2/10 on the firmness scale because you just wouldn’t be able to sleep on it. For most people, this type of construction would sink too much.
  • 3/10 (Extremely soft): 3/10 is a bit more controllable. While it would still sink a lot at this level, mattresses at this level start to give a bit more support.
  • 4/10(Soft): It is still soft but has a more balanced feel. The comfort layers begin to diminish at this point, and most sleepers will notice a reduction in the mattress sink.
  • 5/10 (Medium soft): This is a more frequent score for a majority of bed-in-a-box mattresses that label themselves as “soft.” You’ll still find luxurious comfort layers on a mattress like this, but they’ll be balanced out by a robust foundation of either high-density polyfoam, coils, or springs.
  • 6/10 (Medium-firm): The majority of mattresses on the market now are in the 6-7/10 firmness range. They are classified as medium firms because they provide a good combination of pressure reduction and support.
  • 7/10 (slightly firm): A score of 7 indicates that we are moving into the firmer ground. The added lift of these mattresses is often beneficial to combo sleepers, back sleepers, and stomach sleepers.
  • 8/10 (Firm): On these firmer mattresses, you won’t receive much body contouring, but you will get a lot of pushback. These beds are ideal for back and stomach sleepers, as well as those who like a more classic look and feel.
  • 9/10 (Very firm): A 9/10 will feel comparable to an 8/10, but with less hug and sinkage. Because of the strong pushback, most people will find this mattress to be excessively hard for their needs.
  • 10/10 (Ultra firm): You’re unlikely to come across one of these, but if you do, keep in mind that they won’t give any kind of pressure relief.

3. Mattres Size

Twin39″ X 75″96.5cm X 190.5cm
Twin XL39″ X 80″96.5cm X 203.5cm
Full54″ X 75″134.5cm X 190.5cm
Queen60″ X 80″152.5cm X 203.5cm
King76″ X 80″193cm X 203.5cm

4. Mattress Temperature

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The makeup of your mattress actually matters, especially in terms of how it can regulate your body’s temperature.


Airflow is improved by using latex, whether in the form of foam with broad channels or covers. Some fabricators mix this material with phase-change materials, which melt and harden in response to changes in the environment and your body. They store and release heat in this manner.

Memory Foam

Memory foam allows materials to alter their characteristics to absorb and release heat. To manage your body’s temperature. Outlast thermocouples collect heat and transfer it away from the skin during a heatwave. All of that valuable heat is released when it becomes chilly. The technology also has the ability to wick moisture away from the skin. Even on the same bed, it reacts differently to hot and cold sleepers.

5. Warranty

After checking all the physical attributes of your mattress, you should also check the warranty policy, to be on the safe side.

6. Refund policy

There are mattress brands that give trial periods during which you can get a full refund if you don’t like the product. Check if the brand you intend to buy for has this policy.