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How to pick a mattress

Comfort is a personal subject, like with many things, some people have different preferences, and every body is different for their needs, but understanding mattress firmness and the differences in mattress type will help you narrow the field when it comes to choosing a mattress. 

Firmness

Our Mattress ranges come in three types, the basic understanding of how mattress firmness is relevant to sleeping positions can be explained below.

  • Firm: If you sleep on your stomach, a firm mattress will keep your spine aligned.
  • Medium: If you sleep on your back, it'll provide support for your spine, back and neck while keeping you comfortable.
  • Soft: Great for sleeping on your side because it'll support and contour your body's curves.

Types of Mattresses

Mattress construction has 5 main types, they are the following.

Coil Mattresses

  • Continuous coil mattresses are made from a single piece of wire looped into springs.
  • Open-coil mattresses are made of single springs fixed together by one wire.
  • Offset coils are shaped like an hourglass and held together with wire, to conform to body shape when you lie down. Left Facing Knot (LFK) coils are a variant that follow the same principles, albeit in a cylindrical shape.

Why Choose a coil mattress?

Pros
  • They're usually lighter than other options.
  • Typically cheaper.
Cons
  • Can wear out quickly. 
  • Because the springs move as one unit the mattress is less responsive to your body. 
  • Any tossing and turning is likely to disturb a partner.
  • Springs can rust.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Topped with a layer of temperature-sensitive viscoelastic material, aka memory foam.

Why choose a memory foam mattress?

Pros

  • Absorbs your weight as you sink in, taking pressure off your joints and increasing circulation. 
  • Can mould to the shape of your body.
  • No risk of rust (if foam only).

Cons

  • Can feel too solid and dense (not springy). Not likely to please someone wanting a softer, more cushioned night's sleep.
  • Can get warm easily due to limited air circulation, which can make the bed feel stuffy and less comfortable, particularly in hot climates.
  • Can be cumbersome to move due to their weight and heft.
  • Tend to absorb more sweat and other bodily fluids compared to spring, which can cause damage and odour buildup over time.

Latex Foam Mattress

A blend of natural and synthetic latex that moulds to body shape.

Why choose a latex foam mattress?

Pros

  • Durable and breathable.
  • Better for people with allergies.
  • Doesn't gather dust mites.

Cons

  • Has a solid feel, so they're not likely to please someone wanting a softer, more cushioned night's sleep.
  • Can be cumbersome to move due to their weight and heft.
  • Cheaper versions can get lumpy after a time.
  • Tend to absorb more sweat and other bodily fluids compared to spring, which can cause damage and odour buildup over time.

Pocket Spring Mattress

Has up to 3000 springs sewn into individual fabric pockets.

Pros

  • Good air circulation. This helps the mattress feel less stuffy which can improve comfort.
  • Firmness can be set by tweaking spring tension (by manufacturer).
  • Good support by distributing your body weight evenly.
  • Can support two people of two different body weights well because the springs are separate.

Cons

  • Can be heavy to turn, as they're filled with natural materials, such as lambswool. 
  • Natural materials can exacerbate allergies. 
  • Springs can rust.

Hybrid Mattress

Hybrid mattresses can come in a form that is a combination of the above 4 mattress types. 

Mattress Sizing

Retailers and manufacturers recommend buying the largest bed your room can accommodate, and the length of the mattress should be at least 10–15 centimetres longer than the tallest person sleeping on it.

Mattresses come in the following sizes and measurements.

Single 92 x 187cm
Single extra long 92 x 203cm
King single 106 x 203cm
Double 137 x 187cm
Queen 153 x 203cm
King 183 x 203cm

 

You can shop our mattress range here.