There are many varieties of mattresses available today — as well as plenty of mattress reviews to go with them. Considering that a mattress can affect your emotional and physical health, getting all the right details is essential.
So, how do you know what a decent mattress review should tell you about the product?
We typically all have different preferences when it comes to the firmness of a mattress, so this should certainly be mentioned in any review you read. Why? Firmness will not only affect your quality of sleep, but it can also cause back problems if not suited to your body.
Mattress firmness is often shown in a review using a measurement scale, starting with ‘soft’. Soft mattresses usually offer the least support but are sometimes a preferred option for side-sleepers, due to the fact that they adjust to the body. On the other hand, medium-firm mattresses are usually better for people who sleep facing up, as these can offer lower-back support as well as keep your spine optimally aligned. For sleepers who doze on their stomachs or are over about 210lbs, a firmer mattress is usually the best option to keep the body stable, avoid back pain and prevent back discomfort. Clearly, knowing firmness is essential.
The review should also describe what ‘type’ of mattress it is. In your review, look out for terms such as: ‘innerspring’, ‘open coil’, ‘pocket spring’, ‘latex’, and ‘memory foam’. The mattress type will affect the levels of firmness and support and ultimately how well you rest.
For example, a mattress described as innerspring, it will have a ‘bouncy’ feel, while a memory foam mattress has less spring and can offer great relief on joints and back pain.
Alternatively, a latex variety is exceptionally durable and breathable, which affects longevity and helps control body heat.
A good review should, at least briefly, describe the type of mattress and its benefits. But if not, just look up the term online to make sure it’s suited to your needs before purchasing.
Does the review tell you what material the mattress is made from? This is particularly important if you have allergies, as it may affect both your quality of sleep and health.
See if the review states that the mattress is foam or latex. These are resistant to mold and dust mites and may be a better choice for those with allergy sensitivities.
Size and price
Of course, mattress dimensions and cost should always be provided in a mattress review. You wouldn’t want to buy the ideal mattress only to find out it doesn’t fit or consider a product that’s not in your price range.
If you’re unsure about the bed-size terminology provided, simply measure your bed. A decent mattress review should detail the exact size dimensions for you to check.
Return policy & warranty
Have all the information you need and are looking to buy? Great. But does the review mention anything about returning the mattress and its warranty?
This is often found at the bottom of any mattress review, so try not to miss it. If you’re going to buy online, a decent return policy is key, as you haven’t physically tested the mattress yet. As for warranty, check if there are any particular terms that may affect your ability to easily return your purchase — and remember, a good mattress should last you between five and ten years.
Essentially, the more information the better when it comes to learning about this type of product. Now that you’re savvier when it comes to mattress reviewing, see here for some of the best mattress reviews of 2019.