There are always important criteria to consider when buying a new mattress.
- Is it comfortable?
- Is it easy to set up?
- Will my dog fit?
Luckily, most of the important questions can be solved by choosing a mattress with a risk-free trial period.
Most of the quality brands come with a trial period that lasts at least 100 days. 🗓
This gives you the chance to see if the mattress is really right for you.
It will also help you decide if the firmness you’ve chosen is right for you. ☁️
You don’t want to lie on mashed potatoes, but you don’t want to sleep on an extra-firm steel table either.
As a general guideline:
- Heavier people need firmer mattresses than lighter people.
- People who sleep on their backs and fronts need firmer mattresses than people who sleep on their sides.
A good trial period (with free delivery and free returns) will help determine if you’ve made the right choice.
As to whether or not your puppy will fit, you’ll need to ensure you choose the right mattress size. 🐶
But, first, here are a few key criteria that will help you purchase the best pocket sprung mattress.
What type of coil does the mattress have?
Sometimes descriptions can be perplexing, so it’s always important to double-check that the mattress you’re considering is actually a pocket sprung mattress and not an open coil mattress.
Pocket sprung mattresses contain springs that are all housed in individual fabric pockets.
Open coil mattresses have springs that are all connected to each other.
How many pocket springs should a good mattress have?
The higher the number of springs a pocket sprung mattress has, the better.
This is because a higher spring count increases point elasticity, enabling the mattress to better adapt and react to your body shape. 🧍♀️
This equals more comfort.
A good quality pocket spring mattress contains at least 1000 springs, though you’ll also find models with up to 10,000 springs.
A very high spring count generally means that the mattress relies on smaller springs, like micro-coils or mini pocket springs.
Aim to choose a mattress with 1000 - 2000 springs.
These will provide the best support and most comfort at a good price.
Even a mattress with "only" 1200 springs, like the Silentnight Eco Comfort, will be an excellent choice.
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The difference between a pocket sprung mattress with 2000 springs and one with more than that is negligible.
Some mattress brands specify the number of springs per square metre.
If that's the case, then remember that a good pocket spring mattress should have between 350 and 500 springs per square metre.
What is spring gauge?
Another element to pay attention to is spring gauge.
Spring gauge can best be described as the thickness of a spring.
This will range between 12 and 18.
The lower the gauge number, the thicker the spring.
Thicker springs are firmer, resulting in an overall firmer mattress with longer-lasting support.
A higher gauge means thinner coils, which provide more gentle support.
Does spring height matter?
We’ve briefly touched on spring height above, and this is certainly another key element to consider.
Some pocket sprung mattresses contain full-size springs, but others may rely on mini springs.
Hybrid mattresses, like the Simba, for example, often combine mini springs with memory foam.
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Some mattresses even combine one layer of full-size springs with another layer of mini pocket springs.
Full-size springs generally have a minimum height of 10 cm.
Mini pocket springs are generally 2 - 3 cm in height.
As a standard rule of thumb:
The smaller the springs, the less push-back feeling the mattress will give.