What to consider when choosing a Beautyrest�� mattress
Buying a top-rated mattress is a long-term investment. With any investment, especially one on which it's estimated that you'll spend a third of your life, it's critical to know how to buy a mattress. Selecting the correct mattress can give you quality sleep, greatly reduce tossing and turning due to an uncomfortable mattress, and revitalize your mind and body to keep you in top mental and physical shape. Our shopping guide gives you tips you can immediately use to choose the best Beautyrest�� mattress for your individual needs.
Types of mattresses
Mattresses used to come one way: with an interconnected, innerspring steel-coil system. Advanced technology has brought us better pocketed coil mattresses, memory foam, and hybrid models.
- Memory foam mattresses: A premium memory foam mattress can make your night's sleep comfortable in many ways. First, quality memory foam gives you pressure point relief, meaning it takes pressure off your joints when you lie down. It also helps draw heat away from your body to help you maintain an optimal sleep temperature. You'll find a gel memory foam mattress layered with cool gel memory foam, regular memory foam, and a supportive core. The top layer of cooling gel memory foam is designed to conduct body heat through the mattress for a cooler night's sleep. Quality memory foam mattresses come in all sizes, from twin to California king.
- Innerspring mattresses: Beautyrest�� created Pocketed Coil�� technology for its innerspring mattresses. Traditional innerspring mattresses are designed with a network of connected steel coils that move all at the same time. So, when you adjust your position on this kind of mattress, your partner feels it and it may wake them up. Pocketed coils individually respond to your movement and evenly distribute weight across the mattress, so the motion doesn't transfer to anyone else in the bed. These are also designed to relive aching joints. Each spring is pocketed in its own fabric, which provides flexible support while isolating motion on a bed with two sleepers. The layer of coils is covered in gel memory foam for lumbar support. Atop that, there's a performance layer of foam to move heat and moisture away from you. This keeps your body's temperature ideal while sleeping.
- Hybrid mattresses: A hybrid mattress has pocketed coil springs and the comfort of memory foam. On top of the fabric-pocketed coils, you'll find premium layers of memory foam for temperature management, pressure-relief, and durability.
Mattress comfort levels
The comfort level of a mattress has to do with how firm, supportive, and cushioned it is for your particular needs. Everyone has their own individual preference for a different comfort level when it comes to mattresses.
- Plush and ultra-plush: A plush or ultra-plush mattress is soft and cushioned while having a good amount of support. You'll sink farther into an ultra-plush top, which may also be a pillowtop, but it'll still be supportive. They're ideal surfaces for side and back sleepers.
- Firm: A firm mattress usually doesn't have a pillowtop, and it offers a moderate amount of soft cushioning. It'll also feel like the mattress is pushing back somewhat with support. It's an ideal surface for stomach sleepers.
- Extra firm: This type of mattress has less padding than a firm. It's a non-pillowtop mattress.
It helps to know the exact measurements of the mattress you need so you can buy proper sheets and bedding. For example, note the difference in length between twin and twin XL. Another note: check whether the bed frame you'd like comes in the size of mattress you're purchasing if you're shopping for a new bed. Consider the following dimensions, with mattress widths listed first:
- Twin: 38x74.5 inches
- Twin XL: 38x79.5 inches
- Full: 63x74.5 inches
- Queen: 60x79.5 inches
- King: 76x79.5 inches
- California King: 72x83.5 inches
The box spring has come a long way. To upgrade from the flat box spring, consider a contemporary adjustable base as the foundation for your mattress. Besides pampering your body, an adjustable base has practical benefits:
- Adjustability: With the touch of a button, you can position the mattress to exactly the position or angle you need for watching television, reading, or sleeping. Both head and foot angles help you achieve a perfect position.
- Smooth and quiet design: Bases glide thanks to smooth-motion motors that adjust the frame without interrupting your or your partner's sleep. The mattress locks onto the base so it stays safe and steady.
- Smart: You'll find advanced adjustable bases that have massage capabilities to help you fall asleep quickly. Look for luxury bases that are compatible with your smart home devices so all you have to do is voice-activate the base to raise or lower. You can even turn off your under-bed lights with a voice command or plug your devices into the base's USB plugs to recharge.
- Fits bed frames: Some adjustable-base models are compatible with most bed frames to replace a flat foundation. You can attach your own decorative headboard to a motion base.