Seattle, WA, November 03, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- “Confused.” “Frustrated.” “Discouraged.” These are the words consumers use to describe the process of shopping for a mattress. Many would-be mattress buyers find looking for the best mattress at the best price an experience that keeps them up at night. Put simply, making a good mattress purchase is not easy, that’s why Mattress Advisor has published a Mattress Buying Guide that will help consumers make the right choice.
The first step is to decide upon a preferred mattress type. There are several different kinds of mattress on the market today, the most popular being spring mattresses (open and pocket), latex mattresses and memory foam mattresses.
Open spring mattresses are the most common type of mattress and these are what most people think of when they visualize a mattress. They have rows of springs encased in padding material. Pocket spring mattresses are spring mattresses where each spring is encased in material. The Simmons Beautyrest is a good example of a pocket spring mattress and conforms well to the body while limiting motion transfer. Spring mattresses are popular and there is a wide range of choices available. Unlike memory foam or latex mattresses however, they do introduce pressure points and some may sag or produce impressions over time.
Latex and memory foam mattresses have become more popular lately. Latex is derived from the rubber tree and is naturally hypo-allergenic. These mattresses are often advertised as “green” because rubber is a natural product and some manufacturers buy from plantations practicing sustainable development. However latex may also be synthetic and this is used in some mattresses. Latex mattresses are noted to be very comfortable and durable but some people may experience allergic reactions to latex.
Memory foam mattresses were originally developed by NASA in the 1970’s to help astronauts deal with strong g-forces. In recent years they have made their way to the nation’s bedrooms as they have become more affordable. Memory foam mattresses mould quickly and easily to the shape of the body offering good joint support, however some give off a chemical odor. Companies like Tempur-Pedic specialize in high quality memory foam mattresses although less expensive alternatives are available.
The four key areas to consider when buying any mattress are comfort, support, size and warranty. Comfort is critical to getting a good night’s sleep, however buyers should not to get something too soft. A mattress that is too soft will end up causing body aches and pains over time. Mattress support ensures that the body’s joints are not stressed while sleeping, and a mattress that is the right size will allow for comfortable stretching and turning over at night.
Generally, the longer a mattress warranty the better but there are also different kinds of warranties. Two common warranty types are prorated and non-prorated. Of these the non-prorated is the best as it covers the full cost of the mattress for the duration of the warranty. A prorated warranty will not do this. The details of the warranty are important factors in a good purchase.
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and buying information. Visit mattress-advisor.com to read the full 3-page mattress buying guide that includes details on the many different kinds of mattresses, buying tips and information on mattress maintenance and safety.