Mattresses

Our Mattress Quest

I feel like I’m in the store buying a new mattress every other year. Sometimes we have back pain from restless nights. Sometimes we just spend too much time falling into the valley and having to crawl back on to the mountain. We aren’t big people so why do we always have these issues? Well we are on a quest to find the best mattress for us, and we are going to take you along for the ride. Hopefully, along the way you will be able to learn with us and choose the mattress that is right for you. So here are our unbiased, or rather non-biased opinions on the mattresses that we are testing out.  The Price column is for a Queen Size Mattress BEFORE THE DISCOUNT CODES!

Finding the Best Mattress

Let me tell you about my first experience shopping for mattresses over a decade ago. I enter the store and the salesman asks me: “What kind of a mattress are you looking for?”

He continues: “Innerspring, latex, memory foam, pillow top, hybrid, firm, plush, tight?”

I answered with: “I’m looking for something rectangular to sleep on…”

If you want to be more prepared for buying one lets go over the basics.

If you want to read about the history of mattresses go to our evolution of mattresses page

Bed Size

  • Twin: A twin will measure 39″X 75″. Your basic set up for children and a spare bedroom with limited space
  • Full: 54″ X 75″, which is a good size for teenagers as long as you don’t expect them to grow to six feet tall.
  • Queen: 60″ X 80″. It fits two adults, but you had really better like each other as you will be very close.
  • King: 76″ X 80″. This gives two adults more space, but has the same amount of leg room (height) as a queen.
  • California King: 72″ X 84″. This will give plenty of room to two adults and allow people in the 6’6″ range the ability to sleep on a bed without dangling their feet off the end.

The Top Layer

There are typically four types of tops on Mattresses:

Pillowtop: As the name implies there is a comfy layer, between an inch and 3 inches thick, that “sits” on top of the mattress. This material will be soft enough to let your body sink in a bit.

This photo shows about 2 inches of pillow top foam.

Plush: This will have some give in it to allow your body to sink in a bit and relieve some of the stress on your body.

Firm: This is for back and stomach sleepers

Tight: A flat surface with a very tight upholstery.

What’s inside?

So here is where it gets tricky. For those of you familiar with the Brad Pitt line from the movie Seven. “What’s in the box?”

There are three main categories:

Innerspring Coils: Imagine having a bunch of coils as the support system for the mattress. In some cases they will be linked together and in others they will be independent or “Pocket” coils.

The coils in this pillow top mattress were about 6″ tall.

Pocketed Microcoils, as shown in this Helix Mattress picture, are only about 2″.

Foam: This has a few different categories (Latex, Memory, and High Density), but they all use the same concept. Each type of memory foam serves to conform to the weight of your body and allows for a bit of sinking in. In some cases you will sink in too much and will have trouble climbing out of the hole. We will help you steer clear of those mattresses.

Hybrid: Generally these will have pocket coils at the bottom, or middle, of the mattress and several inches of foam at the top.

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