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If you’re in the market for a new mattress, you might be overwhelmed by how many options are out there. Between the new bed-in-a-box companies, legacy brands, and luxury options, there’s a lot to consider.

As you narrow down your options, these basics can help you get started.

Firmness

When you lie down on your mattress, you will probably notice it is firm.

“It is usually between 1 and 10, with a 10 being the firmest mattress available. This isn’t always the case, and some mattress companies don’t use numbers at all.”

mattress companies might describe their mattresses as one of the following:

  • Ultra soft.
  • It was soft.
  • Medium.
  • Medium. firm, luxury firm
  • firm
  • Extra firm.

Depending on your sleeping position, body type, and preferences, you should choose a mattress firmness that is right for you.

“If you know you can sleep on a soft mattress, you should sleep on a soft mattress. If you don’t know what you like best, you can use your sleeping position and body type to point you in the right direction.”

Sleeping position

Different sleeping positions need different things in order to sleep well.

Back sleepers

When mattress shopping, back sleepers should look for a firmness that helps align their spine. Medium-firm and firm mattresses are usually best for the job.

Check out our picks for the best mattresses for back sleepers here.

Side sleepers

Side sleepers put a lot of pressure on their shoulders and hips while they sleep, so they typically feel most comfortable sleeping on softer mattresses.

Softer mattresses with foam layers can provide more pressure relief than firmer mattresses, so they can help prevent pains in higher pressure areas.

Check out our picks for the best mattresses for side sleepers here.

Stomach sleepers

Stomach sleeping isn’t necessarily considered the best sleeping position for your body. But if sleeping on your stomach is the only way you can fall asleep, then you’ll want to look for a mattress that properly supports your spine.

“Stomach sleepers should look for mattresses that don’t allow for sinking.”

Check out our picks for the best mattresses for stomach sleepers here.

Combination sleepers

If you switch between various sleeping positions through the night, you’ll feel best on a mattress that can comfortably support you in whatever position you end up. In this case, consider a Medium. or Medium.-firm mattress.

Check out our picks for the best mattresses for combination sleepers here.

Body type

Body type can also play a factor into what firmness will feel most comfortable to you. A Medium. mattress will feel firmer to someone with lower body weight than someone with higher body weight, for example.

Your body type can help determine what mattress you should buy.

If you weigh more than 230 pounds, you’ll feel most supported by a hybrid mattress. Hybrid mattresses have a spring coil foundation and layers of foam for comfort. Innerspring mattresses can also work well. They also have a spring coil foundation but fewer layers of foam.

If you weigh less than 230 pounds, you’ll probably feel plenty supported by an all-foam mattress. But you can still choose a hybrid mattress if the bounce, durability, and improved airflow of hybrids appeals to you.

Health considerations

Back pain

It is important to find a mattress that supports your spine. Without the right support, your mattress can make you feel worse.

Research from 2015 suggested that Medium.-firm mattresses — especially ones that can be self-adjusted — are best for helping reduce back pain and improving sleep quality.

If you have back pain and want to try a Medium.-firm mattress, make sure you’re taking your body type into consideration. If you have a lower body weight, a Medium.-firm mattress might feel too firm. If you have a higher body weight, it might not feel firm enough.

Check out our picks for the best mattresses for sleepers with back pain here.

Joint pain

If you experience joint pain frequently, you will find the most relief from a mattress that provides pressure relief. The best mattresses tend to be made of foam.

While all types of foam are known for providing some amount of pressure relief, a 2017 study found that latex foam reduced pressure best. If you have a latex allergy, though, a memory foam mattress can still be a really good option.

Check out our picks for the best mattresses for pressure relief here.

Night sweats and sleeping hot

Feeling hot and sweating at night interferes with getting good quality sleep, so you might want to consider a mattress with cooling features if you tend to overheat at night.

All-foam mattresses are hotter than hybrid and innerspring mattresses because of the spring coil foundations. If you sleep hot, memory foam is not a good option.

A lot of companies use cooling fabrics and foams to help prevent overheating.

Look for companies that describe their foam.

  • The cell is open.
  • It was perforated.
  • infused with gel

You can look for mattress covers made from phase-changing or moisture-wicking fabrics.

If you want to know if a mattress will keep you cool, read through customer reviews to see if the cooling features actually work.

Check out our picks for the best mattresses for people who run hot here.

Price

The prices for a new mattress can vary depending on the company, mattress type, materials, and any special features of the mattress.

There are some points to consider.

  • A newer bed-in-a-box brand might be more expensive than a well-known or luxury company.
  • Hybrid mattresses tend to be the most expensive option because they contain foam and spring coils. Innerspring mattresses are usually the cheapest, but like we mentioned before, they’re also not a super common option. All-foam mattresses can be really affordable, too.
  • Mattresses made with higher quality materials like high density foam, organic materials, or certified eco-friendly components will likely cost more than mattresses made with lower quality materials.
  • Adjustable mattresses and “smart beds” can get really pricey because they have various moving parts.

You will probably have fewer options under $500. It is important to read reviews and do a little extra research to make sure it is durable enough to last you a long time.

A good mattress should last around 8 years.

A queen size mattress that costs more than 1,500 dollars is considered a luxury mattress. These mattresses usually come with a few more features, like organic or certified materials.

How do you find out what mattress is right for you?

There are a few things to consider when choosing a mattress. The right mattress for you depends on your preferred sleeping position, body type, budget, and health considerations.

You should be aware of the companies policies, including shipping, returns, trial periods, and warranties.

How often should mattresses be replaced?

Mattresses last about 8 years. Depending on the type and quality of your mattress, you may get more or less years out of it.

Noisy springs, wear and tear, and increased muscle stiffness are all signs that it may be time to replace your mattress.

“Finding the right mattress can be difficult, but it can be the key to getting a good night’s sleep.”

Looking for more in-depth shopping tips? Check out our full guide to choosing the right mattress for you.