What is the Best Mattress?

What is the best mattress? That's exactly what my husband and I were wondering when we recently went shopping for a new mattress.  With frequent middle of the night wake ups from hip, neck or back pain we knew it was time for a replacement.  Sleep should be a priority for your health and investing in a mattress that will support the best night's sleep with fewer sleep disruptions is well worth the money.

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Memory foam, organic green, traditional boxspring, pillow toppers and more offer options than can often be more confusing than helpful.

What Size Mattress?

When we started out as newlyweds over 35 years ago, my husband was in college and we lived in a trailer. Needless to say even the full size mattress took up most of the bedroom space. We increased the size to a queen mattress when we moved into our first home.

what is the best mattress

Now for the first time we decided to look at a king size. Determining what size mattress to get depends on several factors such as:

1. The size of the bedroom

Can your bedroom accommodate a king size or california king size mattress in the master bedroom? Is it best to use a twin size mattress in your child's bedroom so there is more floor space for other furniture or to play in the bedroom.

2. The size of the sleepers :)

My brother-in-law is 6'5" and wouldn't consider any mattress size other than a king.

3. The budget

Although not the only factor for how much a new mattress will cost, generaly speaking the larger the mattress the more it will cost.

4. Any sleep disorders

Partners of those who have restless leg appreciate having more space away for those moving and/or thrashing legs.

What Type of Mattress

Today's selection of mattress and box springs is so varied that knowing what mattress will be the most comfortable for you can be confusing. Gone are the days when the two most common options were a standard mattress and box spring or a waterbed. Now you can choose from:

1. A pillowtop mattress

2. A memory foam mattress

3. Traditional mattress and boxspring

4.  Latex mattress

5. Combinations of material

Where to Buy A Mattress

When we first moved to our home near Atlanta, there was only one mattress store, now there are at least 5-6 to choose from just miles from our home. Go with your spouse or partner to several stores and talk to the sales rep and try out the different styles of mattresses. Check out the prices and what sales are currently going on. Ask if the sales rep if any of their mattresses are on clearance. 

what is the best mattress

Our latest mattress upgrade from a full size to a queen size mattress was for a guest room. We get lots of company and a larger mattress provides more space for our guests.

what is the best mattress

We went to a local Ashley Furniture store to check out our options for what is the best mattress that sleeps cool, relieves pressure points and supports the back.

what is the best mattress

The Sealy Posturpedic Premier Hybrid made the cut.  The reason that it is called a hybrid is that it is half foam and half inner springs.  Made in the USA it offers some of these features that we liked ...

1. Don't feel the other person tossing, turning or getting in or out of the bed

2.  Firm edges so you can sit on it like a boxspring mattress

3.  A 10 year warranty 

4.  A gel foam that offers "cool sleep"

5.  The mattress top is covered in a soft, stretch-knit, breathable fabric that allows more airflow to prevent heat retention

6.  There is no need for a boxsprin

7.  It can be used with an adjustable power bed frame to elevate the head or the foot of the bed

Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Silver Plush Mattress, Queen

What is the Best Mattress in a Box

The majority of people are now buying their mattresses on line and having them delivered in a box right to their front door. It's great to be able to read reviews and find out which mattress type is best to support your back, relieve hip pressure points, or keep you cool at night. 


mattress in a box

Our last mattress shopping we went from store to store to experience the  look and feel of mattresses while our most recent shopping experience we went from website to website reading reviews on what slept cool, what slept hot, what provided the best back support and what type of mattress minimized hip pain. 

mattress in a box

Our daughter and husband recently replaced their old mattress with one by Tuft and Needle.  They've had theirs for several months and have been very happy with it.  You can't feel your bed partner getting in or out of bed, which helps to minimize sleep disruptions. After reading lots of positive reviews I thought a good way for us to try it out would be to get one for our twin size bed in a guest room.

mattress in a box

Tuft and Needle uses a newer technology called adaptive foam which is different from memory foam and latex.  The benefit to this material is that it sleeps cool and doesn't get hot like other foam mattresses.  I've noticed that I don't experience pressure point hip pain and find myself waking up less often to toss and turn. It comes "flat" and vacuum sealed making it easy to get to that second floor.  Cut the plastic and instantly the mattress "inflates."  We didn't detect any odors from it, but kept the bedroom window open for several hours anyway in case there was any off-gassing. 

mattress in a box by Tuft and Needle

You can try it for a 100 nights and if you aren't happy with it, they will come and pick it up for you and give you a refund. According to their website over 95% of their customers keep their mattress and recommend it to others.  

Tuft & Needle Mattress, Twin Mattress with T&N Adaptive Foam, Sleeps Cooler & More Supportive Than Memory Foam Mattress, Certi-PUR & Oeko-Tex 100 Certified, 10-Year True Warranty, Made in USA, Rated CR’s Best Buy Mattress

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