The type of mattress you choose is really important for your comfort and health, so the type of mattress best for you depends on your needs. There are seven main types of mattresses which each have different features and benefits.
Spring – Spring mattresses are the most basic of mattresses and have been around for years. They are fantastic value for money and come in a range of different comfort levels. The majority of the support comes via metal coils that run through the mattress.
Memory Foam – Memory foam contours to your body shape and then returns to its natural shape when the weight is lifted. This means your mattress will last longer. There are also different densities of memory foam available for different comfort levels which offer pressure relief for low, medium, and high risk.
Gel – Like memory foam, gel mattresses contour to your body shape which gives you great support while you sleep as well as pressure relief. They also regulate your body temperature, by storing and releasing heat when you’re too cold, and drawing heat away from you and into the mattress when you’re too hot.
Latex – Latex mattresses are incredibly durable which makes then great value for money if you’re planning on keeping your mattress for as long as possible. Like memory foam and gel they are very supportive and will mould to the shape of your body so are great for pressure relief. A latex mattress might be a great choice if you suffer from allergies as the materials are hypoallergenic and anti-microbial.
Air – When you hear air mattresses you might be thinking camping equipment but pressure relieving air mattresses are used in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.
Water – These mattresses are filled with water and are usually heated. They aren’t as popular as they used to be as better alternatives have become available.
Hybrid – A Hybrid mattress is any mattress made up of two or more different materials whether it be spring and memory foam, foam and gel, or foam and air. Hybrid mattresses take the best features and benefits from each mattress type and combine them to get very high risk specifications, which are comfortable
Buying a new bed can be a difficult decision, because there are lots of things to consider. Here are our top five tips for buying a new bed:
The bigger the better – Larger beds are more comfortable. Not only do you have more space to stretch out, you are less likely to be disturbed if you’re sharing with a partner.
You get what you pay for – We spend a third our lives in bed, which makes buying a bed one of the most important purchase you’ll make. So spend as much as you can afford to.
Look to see if it’s NBF approved – It’s important you look for the National Bed Federation’s (NBF) ‘big tick’ mark of approval to be sure you’re buying a safe, clean and honest product from a reputable manufacturer.
Buy a base and mattress that work for each other – You don’t want to buy a new bed base if you’re mattress doesn’t work with it. So consider the type of mattress and well as the base when making a purchase.
Thinking ahead – It’s good to think ahead, you might have a static bed now and not need an adjustable bed but your needs or your partners needs might change so that an adjustable bed would be more suitable.