This is probably the most complicated step.
But this is also where Sleep Hero comes to the rescue 🥳
We've created a whole guide to help you choose your perfect mattress, but here is a quick overview.
Decide on your budget
This is probably the most important, as you can't begin looking for a new mattress if you don't know how much you can afford to spend.
Don't forget that you want to enjoy your new mattress for a number of years, so it's worth investing in a high-quality mattress that will serve you well.
But, you don't necessarily have to invest in Tempur Sealy to receive a good-quality product.
Most of the bed-in-a-box mattresses we recommend are high-quality products at relatively affordable prices.
Decide which firmness level you want
Mattresses can be soft, medium-firm, or firm.
Firmness level is largely a matter of personal preference, and you can decide on the level of comfort you want to feel when you lie on your mattress.
Make sure, though, that your mattress offers good support and stability,
As a guideline, side sleepers and lighter-weight people can choose a softer mattress, while back sleepers, stomach sleeper, or larger builds should choose a firm mattress.
You can still opt for a firm mattress with a pillow top for extra comfort if you like that fluffy, sleeping-on-a-cloud feeling ☁️
Decide which mattress material to choose
There are dozens of different types of mattresses available.
The mattress materials we recommend most often include:
- Memory foam mattresses, usually with a more stable, contoured cold foam base layer for ortho properties
- Pocket sprung mattresses
- Hybrid mattresses, usually with a memory foam comfort layer
There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to mattress composition, but the mattress material you choose will largely impact the characteristics of the mattress, including its firmness, comfort, motion isolation, and temperature regulation.
Memory foam mattresses, for example, offer great pressure relief and can help with back pain.
They are often recommended as orthopaedic mattresses.
Spring mattresses are generally more breathable and are better suited to heavier sweaters.
But there are many inferior spring mattresses out there.
As a guideline, avoid open coil mattresses and opt for pocket spring mattresses instead.
If choosing an organic, natural mattress is important to you, you may wish to opt for natural latex mattresses or mattresses made of coir or wool.
You can read up about different mattress materials in our best mattress guides.