Easy tips to determine the quality of a mattress
Posted on July 12, 2011
When it comes to buying a new mattress, it.s a good idea to check the quality before buying it. Here are a few tips to help you determine the quality of a mattress.
- Test for firmness. If you have difficulty rolling over, the bed is probably too soft. If the bed is too firm, you’ll feel pressure against your hips and shoulders.
- Ask to see a cross-section of the mattress. Look at its inner construction, paying attention to details like coil size and density (for an innerspring mattress), foam density (for a foam mattress) and padding materials. Also ask about details such as what materials the mattress contains, what type of springs it has and how it’s layered. If the sales staff can’t answer these questions, it.s safer to move to another store.
- The gauge number, or thickness of the springs determines the mattress’s suspension. If you prefer firm suspension, look for a lower-gauge number (which means thicker spring wire). If you like soft suspension, go for a higher-gauge number (thinner spring wire). A good-quality full-size mattress has a gauge of between 12.75 (more firm) and 15 (less firm).
- The number of coils also determines a mattress’s support. A good full-size mattress should have at least 300 coils (although many premium models have close to 400), while a queen-size mattress should have a minimum of 375 coils, and a king-size mattress should have no less than 450.
- Pay attention to padding materials. Less expensive mattresses may have vinyl ticking (the outermost layer of the mattress) instead of polyester or a cotton-polyester blend, but all should hold up over time. As for top padding, soft foam is preferable to polyester batting, which tends to lose its loft over time. Convoluted foam (which looks like an egg carton) in the middle padding is softer and more comfortable than straight foam.
- Stitching. The stitching should be uniform and unbroken to prevent the fabric from loosening.
- Get the right price. The ideal range for innerspring mattress prices — the price that’s high enough to ensure quality without being overpriced — is around $500 to $700 for a queen-size set. Don’t be afraid to haggle to get the deal you deserve.
- Look for a comfort guarantee. Many retailers will give you a trial period of two weeks to three months on a new mattress. Each store has different rules, and you usually will have to pay a fee of some kind to return or exchange the mattress. Make sure to get the details in writing.
- Read the fine print. Make sure the sales contract specifies that the store can’t deliver a substitute brand or style if the one you want is out of stock. When your mattress arrives, inspect it to make sure that it’s the right one and that it’s undamaged.