How to find the perfect mattress
Finding a new mattress can be an overwhelming task. And finding the perfect mattress is certainly even harder. But that's where Sleep Hero comes in. We'll guide you through every step of your journey to help you find the mattress that's perfect for you.
To begin with, here are 6 steps to guide your online mattress purchasing journey.
1. Plan your budget
You spend a third of your life on your mattress. This means that buying a new mattress isn't a decision you should take lightly. As with most things in life, you generally do get what you pay for.
You can divide mattresses into three price categories (using the standard UK double size 135 x 190 cm):
- Cheap mattresses: Under £300
If your budget is low, you should definitely think very carefully about which mattress to buy. We also highly recommend that you test the mattress first. Unfortunately, cheap mattresses are simply not comparable to more expensive ones. You'll find most of the IKEA mattresses in this price range.
- Average-priced mattresses: £300 - £800
Most of the mattresses we recommend fall into this price range, though you'll find that most of the high-quality ones fall into the upper-range of this price category. Excellent recommendations include the Emma Original, Eve, and the Simba.
- Premium mattresses: from £800
Luxury mattresses, like the Tempur mattresses, fall into this category. These mattresses are of very high quality but do come at a significant cost.
2. Pay attention to your preferred sleeping position and body type
High-quality mattresses are suitable for most sleeping positions and body types. But with mattresses under £300, you should pay special attention to these factors.
In general, side sleepers require a little more depth as the body only rests on the hips and shoulders. For cheaper mattresses, we recommend that you do not choose a mattress with a firmness that exceeds 6/10 on our firmness scale. People who sleep on their backs or stomachs, however, can easily choose a firmer model.
Many people believe that a firmer mattress is better for your back. This isn't always true. On the contrary, if the mattress is too firm, it can cause back and neck pain as it does not allow the body to sink into the mattress sufficiently. At the same time, a mattress should also not be too soft. A mattress that's too soft will result in the hammock effect, where the hips sink in too much and the spine bends as a result.
The right degree of firmness depends on your body type and weight. Smaller and more light-weight people (up to 70kg) usually sleep better on a slightly softer mattress (up to 5/10 points on our firmness scale). Heavier-weight people need more support and should, therefore, choose a mattress that's above 6/10 on our firmness scale.
3. Choose the right degree of firmness
High-quality mattresses that fall in the 5-7/10 points in our firmness scale are suitable for most people and sleeping positions.
Desired firmness is often a matter of personal preference, though, and depends on the level of comfort you experience when lying down. Do you need some guidance on choosing the right degree of firmness? Read our mattress reviews to find out what mattresses with different degrees of firmness feel like.
4. Choose the right mattress size
Your ideal mattress size will depend on your personal situation. Do you sleep alone or with a partner? Do your pets or children sleep in your bed? Are you very tall or very short? How big is your bed frame? How big is your bedroom?
5. Test the mattress
It's very important to test whether a mattress really suits you. Generally, it takes the body a few weeks to get used to a new mattress. Testing a mattress for a few minutes in a store is simply not enough.
When you buy a mattress online, you have the chance to test the mattress for a set trial period. Generally, this trial period is of 100 days, though some manufacturers offer shorter or longer trial period. We highly recommend that you make use of these periods to see if the mattress really suits you. If you don't like the mattress or it's just not right for you, you can simply return it and receive a full refund.
6. Find your perfect mattress
We share our experiences of the mattresses we've tested in our mattress reviews. Here, you'll find all of the information you may need, such as mattress composition, comfort, degree of firmness, prices, delivery, and the returns policy. Our team extensively tests each mattress and independently assesses the most important factors. This way you'll quickly gain knowledge on tons of mattresses. It's that simple.
Have you already found two mattresses but can't decide which one to choose? Then read our mattress comparisons, where we compare numerous popular mattresses.