Choosing a new mattress is never easy - especially when you're investing in a luxurious choice like a 200 x 200 cm emperor mattress.
Here are some key criteria to consider that will help guide your purchasing decision.
While choosing high-quality materials is important, you also need to pay attention to the density - i.e the density of the foams used or the number of springs used.
A mattress with high-density foams signifies a more high-quality mattress.
High density also equates to the durability of the mattress. The higher the density, the longer its lifespan.
You can use this table as a rough guideline:
|Density (in kg/m³)
||The expected lifespan of the mattress
|Up to 25
||Up to 2 years
||Up to 3 years
||5 - 6 years
||6 - 8 years
|50 - 60
||10 years or longer
Firmness and stability
These two are not necessarily the same.
While firmer mattresses can offer more stability and may, for example, be better suited to heavier-weight sleepers, a soft mattress can also offer sufficient support and stability if it is constructed of the right materials.
A memory foam core with a cold foam base, for example, can result in a soft but supportive mattress, like the Emma Original.
Stability is non-negotiable.
Any mattress you choose must offer you sufficient support and stability to keep your body - and spine - in a healthy alignment. This prevents back, neck, and shoulder pains and ensures that you get the most comfortable night's sleep.
Firmness is largely a matter of preference.
While factors such as build, age, body weight, and preferred sleeping positions do play a part, you ultimately need to choose a firmness level that you're comfortable with.
This can be difficult to navigate, which is why we've developed the Sleep Hero firmness scale to guide you.
READ OUR FULL GUIDE ON DEGREE OF FIRMNESS
Delivery and return conditions
We recommend that you always choose a mattress manufacturer that offers free delivery and a risk-free trial period with free returns for a full refund.
A risk-free trial period gives you the chance to try out the mattress in the comfort of your own home for a period of 30 - 100 days.
Some manufacturers, like Emma or Nectar, offer even longer trial periods.
If you're not 100% satisfied, then you can return these mattresses - free of charge - and get a full refund.
This makes your purchase risk-free and you don't have to worry too much about whether or not the mattress is a perfect choice.
After all, it takes the body a little while to get used to a new mattress, so you may only have your answer after three weeks or longer.