10 Things You Need To Know Be­fore You Buy A Mat­tress

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE OUT & ABOUT -

You don’t buy a new bed ev­ery day. So you want to get it right. Es­pe­cially when you can eas­ily spend $1,000, $2,000, and even $5,000 or more at a depart­ment or spe­cialty bed­ding store (that is, if you don’t know bet­ter).

With so many dif­fer­ent brands, dif­fer­ent prices, and so-called dis­counts, it can be very con­fus­ing to know which mat­tress to choose. Here are 10 things you need to know be­fore you buy a new mat­tress.

ONE: Same Mat­tress, Dif­fer­ent Name

Have you won­dered why no two store sells the same mat­tress? Al­though they look sim­i­lar, the name at one depart­ment store is dif­fer­ent to an­other, which is dif­fer­ent to the chain spe­cial­ity bed­ding stores. The truth is, most mat­tresses in Aus­tralia are made by 3 com­pa­nies. But, to make it dif­fi­cult for you to com­pare mat­tresses (and prices) from one store to an­other, the man­u­fac­turer puts a dif­fer­ent la­bel on the mat­tress de­pend­ing on which store is selling it. So, the only dif­fer­ence be­tween the $1,000 mat­tress you are look­ing at in one store, and the $1,500 mat­tress in an­other store, may be the la­bel.

TWO: Springs

Apart from straight foam and straight la­tex mat-tresses (which are not very com­mon), all mat­tresses con­tain springs. Some have Bon­nell Springs (hour glass shaped springs held be­tween a wire hoop at the top and bot­tom) or Pocket Springs (in­di­vid­ual springs that are in­de­pen­dently wrapped in a thin layer of fab­ric). No mat­ter what fancy names man­u­fac­tur­ers give their springs, or what quan­tity of springs or zones their mat­tresses have, they are es­sen­tially the same. In fact, most springs are made by one man­u­fac­turer in China and shipped in com­pressed form to mat­tress com­pa­nies all around the world in­clud­ing Aus­tralia. Pocket Spring mat­tresses tend to cost a lit­tle more than Bon­nell Spring mat­tresses but of­fer a gen­uine ad­van­tage in terms of less part­ner dis­tur­bance.

THREE: Edge Sup­port

In or­der to main­tain sup­port right to the edges, an ex­tra piece of wire can be con­nected to the top and bot­tom hoops of a Bon­nell Spring mat­tresses and a strong foam box can be added to a Pocket Spring Mat­tress.

Edge supports add gen­uine ben­e­fit be­cause they al­low you to sleep or sit right on the edge of the bed with­out the side col­laps­ing.

Edge supports should add around $100 to the price of a Bon­nell Spring mat­tress and around $200 to the price of a Pocket Spring mat­tress de­pend­ing if the sup­port goes all the way around or if it is just added to the sides.

FOUR: Foam

The type of foam used in a mat­tress will not only af­fect its feel, it will sig­nif­i­cantly af­fect the longevity of the mat­tress.

Foams are mea­sured in two ways. Firstly there is the feel – hard or soft. Then there is the den­sity – high or low. The feel is what makes one mat­tress plush and an­other firm. The den­sity is what makes one foam last longer than an­other.

You can get a soft mat­tress in low or high den­sity. Den­sity does not af­fect the feel. But it will make a big dif­fer­ence to how long your mat­tress will last. Den­sity is what costs money. So be­fore you buy a mat­tress, be sure to ask about the den­sity of the foams in­side. The first layer (on top of the springs) is usu­ally the low­est den­sity (20-25kg/m2 is usu­ally fine for this layer). But many man­u­fac­tur­ers con­tinue to use low den­sity (20kg/m2 or lower) for the top com­fort lay­ers. While you won’t no­tice this when you first feel your new mat­tress, it will be­come ob­vi­ous as the foam breaks down and you end up sleep­ing in a hol­low (some­times as quickly as just a few months).

FIVE: Spe­cialty Foam

Mem­ory foam is a term used to de­scribe foams that have a slow ‘bounce’. In other words, once de­pressed, they take a few sec­onds to re­gain their orig­i­nal shape. Gel foam is a term used to de­scribe foam that is in­fused with a spe­cial gel sub­stance. Both mem­ory and gel foams feel sim­i­lar to touch. But be­cause some peo­ple find mem­ory foams hot to sleep on (due to the fact you tend to sink into the foam more), the ad­di­tion of gel par­ti­cles en­cour­ages air flow and a cooler sleep­ing sur­face. Al­though used as a mar­ket­ing gim­mick by many man­u­fac­tur­ers, we do see some ben­e­fit in us­ing gel in­fused mem­ory foam if you tend to feel hot when you sleep.

SIX: La­tex

Like foam, not all la­tex is the same. Gen­uine la­tex is highly elas­tic and will last for many years. Syn­thetic and hy­brid la­tex be­comes brit­tle over time.

SEVEN: Pil­low Top

The term pil­low top refers to the ex­tra com­fort lay­ers usu­ally only on one side of the mat­tress. This pro­vides an ex­tra soft sleep­ing sur­face for those who like a plush feel. Once again, the most im­por­tant thing is what is in­side the pil­low top – namely, the den­sity of foam. A low den­sity foam may feel lux­u­ri­ous at first, but as it breaks down you may feel like you are sleep­ing in a hol­low.

Eight: Non-Flip Mat­tresses

In some ways, this is an­other in­dus­try gim­mick. The fact that most peo­ple don’t like to flip their mat­tress each month has lead man­u­fac­tur­ers to say things like ‘non-flip tech­nol­ogy’. What this re­ally means is that the mat­tress only has com­fort lay­ers on one side. So in a way, this has en­abled man­u­fac­tur­ers to save money on man­u­fac­tur­ing while charg­ing more. A mat­tress that can be flipped will gen­er­ally last twice as long as a sin­gle side mat­tress (pro­vided you do ac­tu­ally flip it).

NINE: Plush Top

Some peo­ple like the look and feel of the ‘cloud-like’ com­fort lay­ers in­cor­po­rated into the quilt­ing of some mat­tresses. The prob­lem is, this layer usu­ally flat­tens quickly. Some sales­peo­ple say, “Your mat­tress will set­tle and mould to your body shape over time.” The truth is, the fluffy quilt­ing is sim­ply get­ting flat. We ad­vise against plush quilt­ing be­cause if you like the plush feel, you will soon be dis­ap­pointed as the quilt­ing flat­tens. If you do like a par­tic­u­larly soft sur­face layer, we rec­om­mend in­sert­ing a thin layer of high den­sity mem­ory foam in the quilt­ing. It feels amaz­ing and will not flat­ten.

TEN: Are Ex­pen­sive Mat­tresses Worth It?

As you now know, the in­ter­nal com­po­nents of most mat­tresses are pretty much the same. And the most im­por­tant part is the com­fort lay­ers (i.e. the den­sity / qual­ity of the foam). But no mat­ter what fancy names are given to a mat­tress or it’s com­po­nents – in­clud­ing terms re­lat­ing to the type or num­ber or springs – if you’re pay­ing $5,000 for a mat­tress, we think you are be­ing ripped off.

Ware­house Clear­ance

While our whole­sale prices are al­ways around 70% cheaper than other stores, there are times through­out the year where we need to clear cer­tain mat­tresses at even lower prices. And right now we are over­stocked on 2 mod­els.

Leisure Time Pil­low Top Queen $499 RRP Nor­mally $329 This Week $299

This ev­ery-day mat­tress has bon­nell springs, lux­ury pil­low top and 5 year war­ranty. Per­fect for your spare room. Un­beat­able value this week $299.

Con­tour Har­mony Queen $1,999 RRP Nor­mally $1,399 This Week $1,099

This lux­ury mat­tress has zoned pocket springs to min­imise part­ner dis­tur­bance, a high-den­sity foam box for strong edge sup­port, nat­u­ral la­tex for supreme com­fort, and a 10 year war­ranty. Sim­i­lar mat­tresses at other stores sell for as much as $5,000. Avail­able this week for just $1,099.

For more in­for­ma­tion and per­sonal as­sis­tance from a Fac­tory Trained Mat­tress Spe­cial­ist, sim­ply visit or call one of our show­rooms or click onto our web­site www.di­al­abed.com.au

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