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The “best” mattress is the mattress that you find the most comfortable and that helps you get the sleep you need. What’s right for one person may not be right for you. No matter how many mattress reviews you read, the right mattress needs to be customized to your needs. To help you find the best mattress, follow these main steps. First, compare types of mattresses, which include foam, innerspring, and hybrid. You’ll also want to test the mattress in store or by leveraging a free sleep trial. Be sure you also check return policies and fully understand the warranty. For more help, read our mattress buying guide or get in touch.
Did you know you spend about a third of your life on your mattress? This is why investing in the right mattress is so important, but that doesn’t mean that high quality should have to cost you more. The price of a mattress depends on many factors, including mattress type, size, materials, and durability. While mattresses sold today range in price from $100 or less to $5,000 or more, I believe most shoppers should be able to find the right mattress for under $2,600. It’s my mission to help you find the quality you need at the price you can afford. Learn more about how to find the best mattress for your money.
Cleaning your mattress regularly may help reduce allergens and extend the life of your mattress. First, make sure that you clean spills as soon as they happen to help prevent mold growth. Also, make sure you wash your bedding at least once a week, which will help minimize the amount of oil, sweat, and dirt that will get into your mattress. Your mattress itself should be cleaned no less than twice a year, or once every season. Thankfully, it’s relatively simple to clean your mattress and it can be done using household cleaning products including your vacuum and baking soda. The products you’re able to use will also depend on the type of mattress and materials covering your mattress. For more tips and to make sure you don’t accidentally damage your mattress, read my guide on how to clean a mattress*.
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Regularly rotating your mattress is one of the best ways to make your mattress last as long as possible. In addition to regularly cleaning your mattress, rotating your mattress will help with continued support, durability, comfort, and also reduce the risk of sagging.
It’s generally recommended that you rotate your mattress at least once every three months. However, you may need to rotate your mattress more or less depending on if you’re seeing signs of lacking support or loss in comfort.
When deciding on how often you should rotate your mattress, consider how often your mattress is used, how many people sleep on the mattress, and if your mattress is double-sided.
Before rotating your mattress, remove your bedding. Then, complete a 180-degree rotation so that the head of your bed is now the foot of your bed.
In general, as soon as your mattress is no longer providing support and comfort, it’s time to dispose of it. Luckily, there are a few good and safe options for disposing of your mattress. First, call the store where you bought your mattress and ask if they’ll pick up and properly dispose of the mattress. You can learn more about Bob’s mattress recycling fee here. You can also call your local municipality, sanitation department, or garbage collector. Also look to see if there is a mattress recycler in your local area.
Learn more about how to dispose of a mattress.*
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A big piece of the finding-the-right-mattress puzzle is knowing your own sleep style. The right mattress will depend on whether you’re a side, stomach, or back sleeper — or a mix of all three. For side sleepers, the best mattress will contour to your body to keep your spine aligned. Plush is a good place to start. For back sleepers, memory foam mattresses get rave reviews. Innerspring and hybrids bode well for those who prefer to sleep on their stomach. But in the end, what comfortable means is unique to you.
While there is no one-mattress-fits-all for conquering back pain, finding a mattress that will provide proper alignment between your spine, neck, and head is key to alleviating back pain. The mattresses that are most well-known and tested for encouraging proper alignment fall within the hybrid or memory foam category. Also look out for mattresses described as more plush than firm, but make sure the mattress isn’t so soft that you lose the necessary support.
The majority of high quality mattresses have a lifespan of between 7-10 years. How long your mattress lasts depends on how it’s cared for, materials, and durability. In general, foam and latex mattresses can last longer than average. For optimal results, it’s best if you replace your mattress every 10 years, or when you begin to notice a loss in comfort level or support. Learn more about how to tell when it’s time to buy a new mattress by reading my guide on how long does a mattress last.*
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While there are many traditional mattress materials that must be left out of the construction of boxed mattresses to allow them to be compressed, there are many new and innovative materials of comparable quality to ensure durability and proper support.
Still have mattress-related questions? Read more of my Mattress and Bedding FAQs here.