The Perfect Mattress Buying Guide 2016: It’s All About The Fill

Mattresses are big-ticket items; so deciding to buy a new one is an equally big decision. A great mattress can mean the difference between waking up with aches and pains or waking up with some seriously beneficial added energy.  Mattresses are meant to cradle and support your body and offer a safe and comfortable place to rest. If your mattress is not doing as good of a job as it used to, it might be time to look into purchasing a new one.

mattress-and-girlThe expected life of a mattress is between seven and ten years. For many of us, this pricey item is just something that we don’t get around to adding to the yearly budget. If your mattress is beginning to show signs of wear or is simply leaving you tired in the morning, it might be worth the added expense to get into a new bed each night.

Whether you are sizing up to fit you and your new spouse, buying a new bed for your growing child, or adding a guest bed, it is important to find out exactly what you want in a mattress before making the investment. Read below to learn more about the mattress types that are currently on the market and to determine which one best mattress of 2016 is be the perfect option for you!

Memory Foam Mattresses

memory-foam-mattreess Memory foam is an out of this world option for mattress coverings, literally. This high-tech, conforming foam surface was originally developed to head into space with NASA, but has since been adapted for our horizontal sleeping surfaces here on the ground.

Memory foam offers a seriously unique property in a mattress as it actually conforms to all of the curves of your body. This surface can provide a layer of support that wraps you in comfort. This foam mattress actually responds to the heat of your body and sinks in and forms a cocoon around you.  This conforming quality decreases pressure on your joints while you sleep. This is the fill to consider if you are interested in purchasing an adjustable mattress.

Some important things to look for when purchasing memory foam are density and ILD, or how hard the foam is. The higher these two numbers, the firmer the mattress. It is also important to determine how thick the layer of memory foam is, in order to make sure that you are getting the most for your money. Because we all have a different preference for firmness, and our bodies have varying needs for support, the ability to select a higher or lower density memory foam may be a great option.

Pros of Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam offers a topper that will conform to any shape and size. This option can be great for those with aching joints, as it reduces pressure on delicate bones. Memory foam is also a good option for couples that are sensitive to the tossing and turning of their partner, as motion is not easily distributed through the surface of this mattress.

Cons of Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam tends to trap heat and can be a poor option for any of the warm-blooded bodies.  The lack of ease of mobility is also frustrating and restrictive for some individuals who like to move around throughout the night. The cost of memory foam mattresses is also a bit higher than other options, making it a no-go for some budgets.

Highest ranked brands for Memory Foam Mattresses

In this section we will start with the AmeriSleep Revere Mattresses which we consider them as the best in this category. The AmeriSleep mattresses have been dominant in this category for years, thanks to the high ratings received from customer satisfaction reports. These mattresses are relatively expensive but we would say the quality is worthy it, they are available for $1099 for the Queen (60”x80”) size. The AmeriSleep mattresses also receives good reviews on their comfortability and durability.

The Loom & Leaf mattresses are also one of the best in this category, and they come as the first runner-up in our selections for the best brands in this category. The Loom & Leaf mattresses comes with a no-doubt high quality design and feel, accompanied with a fairly cheap price compared to its competitors’, they are sold at $999 for the Queen mattresses.

Other options in this category that are considered as some of the best as they come with a better look and quality but with extremely high price are: Tempur-Pedic mattresses and the Simmons Comforpedic mattresses which are sold for $1899 for the Queen size. With the customer satisfaction rate above 83% these brands are worthy considering, if money isn’t a barrier.

For low budgeted customers that are obsessed with the Memory Foam Mattresses should consider the Perfect Cloud and Innovation SureTemp mattresses which are sold for $449.99 and $448.16 respectively.

Lowest ranked brands for Memory Foam Mattresses

These are those brands that received relatively lower customer satisfaction reviews and ratings, in this section we have the IKEA mattresses which have customer satisfaction of around 78%. There are also the Ashley mattresses which comes at extreme lower prices but don’t expect epic comfort out of them.

Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring-MattressesInnerspring mattresses are the coil mattresses that most of us grew up with. These mattresses seem to be the old stand by, and with good reason! These durable sleepers are tried and true, but innerspring mattress makers are also keeping up with the trends.

Pocketed coils are becoming an increasingly popular choice in innerspring beds. These mattresses offer individually wrapped coils that are held together by a series of fabric pockets, allowing for greater movement and comfort. These beds also offer the strength of traditional coil mattresses, and will hold strong for the life of the mattress. There are loads of great coil options on the market, making it easy to find ones with foam and plush toppers for added comfort.

Pros of Innerspring Mattress 

There are so many choices in coil mattresses, so rest assured (pun intended), there is an option out there for nearly everyone. This also means that these mattresses come in at a variety of price points to fit every budget. Pressure relief and support care also great selling points for innerspring mattresses.

Cons of Innerspring Mattress

As with many things, when purchasing a coil mattress, you get what you pay for. Make sure that while you are out shopping, you take a look at coil count and gauge when purchasing an innerspring mattress. Lower counts mattresses are cheap in both quality and price.  Connected coils also transfer motion easily, making it annoyingly clear when your partner has to get up in the middle of the night.

Brands Ranking High for Innerspring Mattresses

The Saatva mattresses which comes with astonishing design and features, finds its self on top of this category. Despite the quality this mattress comes with relatively fair price of about $899 for the Queen size. This new brand received the highest customer satisfaction in this category, the durability of the Saatva mattresses also it isn’t a thing to worry about as they are manufactured to be used for 10 to 15 years.

Helix mattresses come as a second brand in this category as they also received relatively high customer satisfaction rates, this brand invested a lot in providing their customers with beyond satisfaction products as they have an option of providing personalized mattresses which suites the customers based on their specific and special needs. These mattresses are also sold at fairly cheap prices of $900 for the queen size but the personalized ones come with an additional cost of $100 and two to three days’ delay on deliverance.

There other brands that are worthy considering and they are also rated highly are Sealy Posturepedic Firm and Serta Perfect Sleeper Delway mattresses.

Least rated Brands for Inner-Spring mattresses

The Denver mattress is one of those brands with relatively higher price that receive fairly average customer satisfaction rates but they are still slightly below the average for innerspring mattresses, and they don’t make their way up to the best rated brands.

The Englander and Restonic mattresses are also some of the brands that received customer satisfaction reviews and ratings that are below the average but they are also having some customers that highly recommend them which gives them an average score in our review.

Spring air mattress received the least customer satisfaction ratings mainly due to its lack of durability together with the higher price tag that comes with it.

Latex Mattresses 

latex-mattressesLatex mattresses are a somewhat newer option of mattress that is proven to have a great level of success in regards to owner satisfaction. Natural latex mattresses are made from the sap of the rubber tree and depending on which one you choose, can provide an all organic option for your sleeping surface. These natural, green mattresses offer hypoallergenic qualities resulting partly from the chemical free sleeping surface.

They are known to be a surface that repels dust and dust mites, helping you to breath and sleep easier. Latex mattresses also come in a lower cost, synthetic variety that has all the comfort of the natural variety but is a more affordable alternative. Be sure to check out the all-latex options, as well as the hybrid options. This fill is sometimes found over or under a layer of foam, providing differing levels of firmness. Latex mattresses offer a great amount of durability and are known for their comfort level and for relieving aches and pains.

Pros of Latex Mattress

Natural latex is a great choice for those looking for a natural and chemical free bed. They offer comfort and support that is virtually unmatched, and come in a variety of firmnesses in order to satisfy many different sleepers.

Cons of Latex Mattress

 Not all latex is created equally, and if you are interested in an all-natural variety, make sure to read the labels. This type of mattress can also be a little more difficult to find, but if you can find a good one it may be worth the search.

Brands Ranking High for Latex Mattresses

In this category, mattresses with natural latex seem to be rated higher than other mattresses. The Plushbeds Botanical Bills 12 inch and the Ultimate Dreams Total latex are the biggest brothers in this category, these all natural latex mattresses come with appealing and luxury comfort designs, as expected they also come with higher price tags of $2,399 and $1,699 respectively for the Queen size.

But for the Latex mattresses’ fans with a somehow tight budget the LUCID latex mattresses are worth considering.

Worst rated brands for latex mattresses

There Steans & Foster and Sleep Ez brands have received considerably lower customer satisfaction ratings, and they fall below the average rate for Latex mattresses. Sleep Ez are producing both the blended latex mattresses’ and the Natural Latex Mattresses while the Steans & Foster produces a variety of Hybrid and blended latex mattresses that comes with considerably higher prices.

The competition in this category is not that stiff, as there are no enough well-dedicated brands for this category that have received enough reliable reviews, but there are few brands that come to our attention which are: Personal comfort, Comfortaire and Innomax, these brands received some reviews and hence they can be ranked, and the Personal Comfort brand being referred as a better option for people with lower-back pain.


waterbed-mattressWaterbeds were a seriously big trend throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These wobbly wonders were seen as a big luxury item, offering the ultimate level of relaxation. Nowadays, the hype has diminished a bit, but it’s still possible to find a water-filled mattresses if you’re in the market.

Look for these mattresses in two varieties, either hard or soft-sided. Hard-sided structures add a bit more resilience and durability. If you are looking for a waterbed that offers a bit more support, look for a waveless or semi-waveless variety.

These beds often have supportive channels that provide the same relaxation qualities as free-form beds but have some added structure. Also be sure to look for thicker coverings in order to avoid the potential of a leak.

The actual shell of a waterbed is very inexpensive, as mattresses go, but don’t forget about the initial water bill!

Pros of Waterbeds

The waterbed offers great relief to those suffering from injury or sores. This floating oasis also acts as a very relaxing escape from reality. Be sure to remember that these beds offer some temperature control by being cool in the summer months, and sometimes offering heated capabilities during the cold winter months. Waterbeds offer some serious nostalgic benefits, too.

Cons of Waterbeds

These things are seriously cumbersome and come with a slight risk of a big leak. They also offer less support than traditional mattresses, sometimes leading to aches and pains. Waterbeds are also much harder to find than they were thirty years ago.

Brands Ranking High for Waterbeds

Blue Magic Fiber, Innomax and and Strata are the three big names remaining in waterbed production nowadays, and each company provides a good warranty as well as positive reviews from owners, and all three of their standard options come in at $100 to $300 dollars.  Be sure too check out at these brands’ waveless or semi-waveless options for more support, and steer clear of options with a thin outer-covering.

Air Mattresses

airbed Air mattresses are a great, transportable option for occasional overnight guests or travelers. These mattresses can fold up small and stored away when not in use, making them very convenient for people residing in smaller living spaces.

The technology built into these beds has come pretty far. Nowadays, airbeds offer a durable and comfortable option at a very reasonable price. Check out your local big box stores and warehouses for some great year-round deals.

Pros of Air Mattress Beds

The biggest benefit of an air mattress is its portability and price tag. Adjustable valves allow the user to control the firmness of the mattress to their liking, allowing for a comfortable nights rest.

Cons of Air Mattress Beds

This mattress type is not generally used as an every night option. Remember, that even though the product has improved, it still come along with the serious risk of damage. Though modern covers are made to be very durable, they do not have the long-lasting qualities of other options.

Brands Ranking High for Airbeds

The SoundAsleep Dream Series air mattress has some seriously amazing customer satisfaction rates. It is well liked but comes in as one of the more expensive air mattress options. The AeroBed Classic and the Intex Pillow Rest also offer up a lot of positive reviews along with a much lower price tag of just under 50 dollars. As with waterbeds, steer clear of the store brand options that have a much thinner covering.


 It’s easy to see that there are many great products on the market. There may not be one best option for a mattress, but there is definitely a best option for you. Armed with this knowledge and a little bit of time for some mattress testing, you will find tone that is best for you!

With so many options of mattresses currently available in the marketplace, you can be sure that you will find something that fits all of your wants and your needs. From guest beds, to bunk beds, mattresses make the difference between waking rested and needing to go back to bed.

There definitely should be times where you can lounge around in bed all day, but make sure that its in a comfortable and supportive one! Whether you prefer the softness and flexibility of the memory foam mattress, or the firm durability of an innerspring mattress, there is a mattress out there that is perfect for you.

Equipped with this guide, your budget and your wish list, you will be able to find a mattress that provides you or your guests with the great nights rest that they deserve. Don’t underestimate the importance of the surface that you should be spending up to a third of your life in. This year is definitely the year that you should be adding that new mattress to the annual budget, and getting the bed that’s worth dreaming about.

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