Buying a new mattress is a huge purchase. Your new mattress is the thing upon which you will sleep for the next decade, potentially, and it’s important to be aware of the kind of quality and the type of mattress that you’re buying. It’s all very well and good to say, ‘be aware’ – but when you don’t know the first thing about mattresses apart from whether it’s comfortable, it can be tough to know what to buy. Never fear – these tips, helpfully provided by Oz Mattress – will help you to choose the right mattress.

Tip One – Shop for quality, not for price

While this one won’t strictly tell you whether you’re buying a great mattress or a mediocre one, it will certainly help you to ensure that you get a great mattress. Mattresses that have thicker padding and more coils will generally be more expensive and better, but there are some instances where you can get a great quality mattress without spending in the thousands.

Tip Two – Be aware of the gimmicks

If there are claims that a mattress is ‘orthopedic’ or approved ‘medically’ then you need to be slightly sceptical. These sort of claims have not been extensively researched in terms of back pain and mattresses, so you need to know (basically by lying on the mattress) whether it feels comfortable and supportive.

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Tip Three – Check the material used in the mattress is the one you want

If you are shopping for a latex mattress, it’s generally going to be a good quality product, and possibly expensive to boot – but you’ll be sure that the product is worth the money. Other kinds of mattresses use things like inner springs, and air filled pockets, so be sure that the mattress is the right one for you.

Tip Four – Buy for back support

Mattresses and the springs, coils or latex are going to provide the back support for your body. When you buy a mattress, you’ll find that the wire in the coils come in different types and thicknesses. A lower gauge implies that you have a thicker, stiffer wire (which means a firmer mattress) and a large number of steel coils means that you generally are getting a better quality mattress. That said, a higher number isn’t necessarily better and you need to use your own judgement regarding the kind of mattress you buy.

Tip Five – Buy from a trusted name

Buying a great mattress comes down to the provider having made a great mattress in the first place, or having stocked excellent quality products. You need to check out things like delivery options, warranty, returns policy and the removal of old mattresses. Many mattress stores can allow you to return your mattress if you aren’t happy with the comfort of quality, even after sleeping on it for a couple of weeks.

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Tip Six – Check the padding

Mattress padding is the stuff that provides the comfort – and in addition to the kinds of coils that you have in the mattress, the padding on top can be an indicator of quality. Don’t be seduced by a comfortable pillow top mattress though, because you’re far better off buying a great mattress and getting a replaceable pillow top which you can swap out when it becomes flattened or no longer as supple and soft.

Tip Seven – Buy for yourself

At the end of the day, you need to love the mattress you’re on – so be sure to get something that works for you (and your partner, if you have one) so that you can sleep soundly all night long.

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