We spend a third of our lives in bed, yet only tend to change our mattresses once a decade. That means the average mattress spends almost 30,000 hours in the line of duty.

This makes choosing a mattress a tough process. With so many features and options to weigh up, things can get confusing – but only if you let them.

The truth is, there are only a few basics you really need to know. So, before heading into your local mattress retailer, take a minute to read this guide to make sure you get the right mattress for your needs!

Types of Mattresses

Innerspring

Memory foam

Latex

Air-filled chambers

Your mattress should provide support to your body. The type you choose will depend on a range of factors – think about:

The mattress type will also interact with your chosen level and method of comfort enhancement. You should consider both aspects when choosing a new mattress.

Comfort

Pillow top

Foam top

Mattress topper

Tight top

Comfort is subjective – what you find comfortable is probably different to what others find comfortable. Your sleep surface should accommodate the contours of your body to avoid creating pressure points; otherwise you may experience pain, restless nights, or poor sleep quality.

Assessing the comfort of a mattress in-store can be tricky. Often, lying on a mattress for a few minutes just isn’t enough to assess whether it will suit your needs for years to come.

When trying out mattresses, spend as long as you can on each one – preferably in your typical sleep position – to get a better idea of what it will be like to spend night after night on it.

Feel

Just like a new pair of shoes, the feel you choose in a mattress is very personal. What feels comfortable to one person may not be for another. Different options often support specific sleep positions, so check out which one is most likely to provide the best alignment for you!

Medium feel is the most common in Australian homes, representing more than half of mattresses.

Firm

Medium

Plush

Quality

Generally you get what you pay for, and this is particularly true with mattresses.

A good gauge for the quality of a mattress is the warranty period. Better quality mattresses will offer longer warranty periods which means they are designed to be supportive for longer period of time.

Things to take into account when choosing a mattress are:

Physical Presentation

Endorsements from associations

Post-sale service

Price

<$1,000

$1,000-$2,000

>$2,000

Carousel pulling from e-com listings showing a selection of mattresses in each price category?

Choosing an affordable mattress doesn’t need to be difficult. Simple rules are:

  1. Keeping in mind the quality guidelines, buy the best mattress you can afford. It will last longer and serve your body better.
  2. As a guide, most Aussie families spend on average $1,000-$2,000 on each mattress in their home. Finance options are available – buy the best mattress you can afford. It will save in the longer term.

Assurance

This is the part where you look into what the brand or retailer offers you to help you feel confident in both the workmanship and purchase decision.

If it’s not immediately obvious, ask the retailer about:

Guarantees

Warranties

Service

Manufacturing

Consider if the origin of your mattress is important to you. Some people prefer to choose mattresses made in Australia with local materials while others prefer the technology that is available in imported brands. Both local and imported offer benefits to the consumer.

Tips and Tricks

Check reviews online:

There are countless forums and online spaces where consumers have offered opinions on mattresses based on personal experiences. While this can be a good starting point, it’s important to keep in mind that one of the more common causes of dissatisfaction with mattresses is simply down to picking the wrong one. Whenever unsure, ask a professional for assistance – the right mattress will bring many years of pleasure and restful sleep!

Rotate:

Mattresses should be rotated weekly for the first 8 weeks after purchase and monthly from then. If in doubt, rotate and/or flip as per the instructions from the manufacturer.

Purchase a quality mattress protector:

Mattress protectors can help keep your mattress looking like new over time and protect your investment from damage. Most warranty periods and claims will be void if a mattress has unnecessary stains or marks.

Match your base

Mattresses can be enjoyed on a bed frame or base unit. The base you use can change the way a mattress feels, so testing each mattress on the type of base you have at home is a great way to assess if it’s the one for you! ublishWould you add anything to this buying guide? Let us know in the comments so we can incorporate your suggestions.