Discover your best rest yet with Sleep Shop mattresses
It's always great to have the option to try before you buy. Short of testing out the feel of a new mattress by spending the night snoozing away on it, it's helpful to get the full tactile experience so you know exactly how your new bed will feel before you make a final selection. Testing the bed to assess its firmness level or see how supportive each different material is can be integral in helping you choose the mattress that's right for your comfort and sleep-health needs.
Our in-store Sleep Shop aims to make this process a breeze by giving you the option to test out each type and brand of mattress in person before you make a purchasing decision. As you're preparing to head to your nearest Walmart Sleep Shop, use this information to get a better idea of the different mattress types so you can make the selection that's ideal for your needs.
Shopping by comfort: Firmness levels
Firmness refers to the amount of give a mattress has when you lie down on it. Some people prefer to sink into a mattress to relax, while others need extra support for utmost comfort and better spinal alignment. In our Sleep Shop, you can choose from soft, medium and firm mattresses to get the level of flexibility and structure you need from your sleeping surface.
Soft mattresses are typically the cushiest, most yielding mattress types. They conform to the shape of your body immediately when you lie down on them, and you'll sink into a soft mattress quite a bit — sometimes up to 3 inches, but usually around 1.5 inches.
Medium mattresses, like their name suggests, provide a midpoint level of support between soft and firm styles. They typically have the most balance between their levels of cushioning and support. While a soft mattress is more cushioning and less supportive and a firm mattress is more supportive and hugs your body less, a medium-firmness mattress provides equal levels of each.
Firm mattresses are the most unyielding and typically provide the highest level of support. Instead of sinking into this type of mattress, your body might feel more like it's floating atop the surface due to the amount of push-back — the opposite of sinking — that these harder, denser mattresses offer.
The role of your sleep style: You might already have a preference for firmness level in mind when you head to the Sleep Shop, but your favorite sleeping position might benefit from a different amount of cushioning.
- Side sleepers usually do best with soft or medium mattresses. Sleeping on your side creates various pressure points where your body makes contact with the mattress, and softer cushioning helps eliminate pain stemming from these spots.
- Back sleepers often need more supportive mattresses to eliminate back and neck pain. If you like to sleep on your back, choose a slightly firm mattress for the most comfort.
- Stomach sleepers typically benefit from selecting a medium or slightly firm mattress. These firmness levels can help keep your spine aligned and may alleviate lower-back pain.
Shopping by materials: Mattress types
Aside from firmness levels, you also have quite a few choices when it comes to what your mattress is made of. Each type of material offers its own benefits. Consider the features of each type along with your sleep tendencies as you choose your ideal mattress material.
Foam: Most contemporary foam mattresses are made of memory foam, a porous, dense material that conforms closely to your shape as your body heat warms it. Memory foam tends to retain heat but doesn't transfer motion. If you wake easily when your partner moves or get cold when you sleep, this mattress material may be the right choice for you. Keep in mind that memory foam is very heavy, so it's difficult to rotate or flip these mattresses without someone else's help.
Spring or coil: When you think of a traditional mattress, a spring design is likely what you imagine. The interiors of these mattresses feature wrapped, upholstered coils between various levels of padding, and they may or may not have pillow tops — a layer of padding sewn over the surface you sleep on. Thanks to the coil pockets, these mattresses have better air circulation and can keep you cooler if you tend to sleep hot. They're often softer and bouncier than the denser, firmer memory foam styles.
Hybrid: Boasting a combination of inner springs and outer memory foam padding, hybrid mattresses come in a wide range of firmness options. They typically don't last as long as other mattress designs, but they're an ideal choice if you need a balanced blend of support and cushioning.
Gel: Like memory foam mattresses, gel mattresses are also formed from a spongy foam material. However, their foam is infused with tiny gel particles that may only be present in an upper layer or may be distributed throughout the entire mattress. This makes gel designs softer, with more cushioning than traditional memory foam. These mattresses also benefit from improved airflow thanks to the gel, so they can keep you cooler at night.
Latex: Like many other mattresses, latex designs are also crafted from foam — in this case, it's made of latex. These mattresses don't hug your body as much as memory foam, and they return to their original shape quickly when you get out of bed. If you're looking for a firmer mattress, latex makes an excellent choice.
Mattress in a box: This designation has less to do with materials and more to do with how the mattress is packaged for portability. Mattresses in boxes come in most of the above materials, and they're vacuum sealed and rolled up to fit into compact boxes. When you get one of these home, you unroll it and give it a day or two to expand to its final size. They're ideal when you need to get a mattress into a tight space, such as an RV bedroom.