Mattress Buying Guide: Choosing the Best Type of Mattress
Struggling to find the right mattress? We’ve prepared this comprehensive guide to give you all the information you would need to get the best mattress for your needs.
In recent years, the bed market has been flooded with thousands of different models of mattresses.
With the majority of retailers branding their mattresses as high-quality and best value for money. At Winston’s, we understand that purchasing a bed can be a daunting experience, and therefore we are here to break down the different options to help you see which option best suits you and your needs.
Getting a great night’s sleep is crucial to staying fit and healthy, but buying a without first doing your research will lead to aches and pains in the morning and restless nights if you aren’t sleeping on a supportive mattress.
And mattresses can be priced anything from £70 to well over £40000, so you’ll want to be sure your chosen model is worth the investment before you buy.
Here, we’ve put together everything you need to know before you browse the web. Whether you’re a stomach sleeper or suffer from prolonged back pain, read on to discover what choice is best for you.
First, let’s talk about online versus purchasing in-store.
At Winston’s, we believe that buying in a store is outdated and unreliable, as you will be bombarded with sales jargon, as well as the mattresses giving you a false sense of comfort. In stores, the mattresses are always laid on sprung bases. Sprung bases contain pocket springs, so they change the feel significantly. Also, the bed that you test would most likely have been sitting there for a good few months would have had over 100 people test it, meaning the fillings would have fully settled and would give that mattress a different feeling to a brand new model.
Furthermore, due to the reasons stated above, we advise that when purchasing a bed, you do it online. When you are buying online, there is no pressure to buy and there usually is a lot more information about the specific model available. At Winston’s, we try to be as transparent as possible.
We do this by stating what is inside our mattresses, which allows you to see the value you would be getting for your money. Also, we provide guides; these will help customers understand which bed is right for them based on their sleeping position, weight and personal preference. Lastly, in most cases, you’re more likely to get a better deal online, as the mattress should be cheaper as there is no middleman.
Here is a summary of our prices at Winston’s Beds:
We hope that it is as apparent to you as it is to us that at Winston’s Beds, your value for money is undeniable. We offer the first-ever 7 Row hand-stitched mattress globally with luxurious fillings for the same price as our competitors would charge for a 3-row hand-stitched bed, with far less GSM.
Winstons beds are affordable because we genuinely believe that sleep is one of the most important factors to a happy and healthy life. Therefore, we want to offer mattresses to everyone at a price that everyone can afford, to hopefully contribute to everyone having a good night’s sleep.
There is a difference between spring type and firmness levels, and to buy the best mattress, you have to know what spring type and what firmness is right for your body type and sleeping position. At Winston’s, we use pocket springs; now, these are the best support system available on the market, as they last significantly longer than the open coil and foam beds and eliminate motion transfer.
Spring Tension, Wire Diameter (Gauge) and Weight Range
Here is what you can expect from our range of mattresses:
To work out your value for money based on the fillings inside your mattress, you need to know the GSM (Grams per Square Metre). In most cases, this information will not be made available for you to see, as the manufacturer’s do not want you to know how much of each filling has been put in purely for the sinister reason, they’re ripping you off.
Furthermore, at Winston’s Beds, we advertise our GSM on each of our models as we want to be as transparent as possible. It just strengthens the fact that we have nothing to hide as we offer the best value for money.
You must be able to recognise quality fillings in a mattress. This can only be achieved by knowing the GSM (Grams per Square Metre) of fillings in the mattress and something many retailers do not want you to know about. However, once you understand the essentials, you will tell which mattress is full of springs and which ones have a good amount of fillings.
Take one mattress that lists its contents as containing a cotton layer. If you don’t know how much cotton is inside, you can’t possibly know if it’s good value. It may be 300gsm or 1250gsm of cotton; the difference is enormous!
The very minimum is 3000 grams per square meter of fillings in a mattress.
Anything less than this will mean you’re looking at a cheap, short lifespan mattress.
Two parts go into constructing a mattress – the fillings and the springs. Once you understand the basics of fillings, you are halfway there. But be wary; as mattress brands try and deceive you into blended fibres with low natural fibre percentages.
You should always choose a natural fibre as these are highly breathable, more durable and have more resilience for a great night’s sleep. Unfortunately, 100% natural fibre mattresses are not available for under ££999.99. Any that claim to be will only contain a small percentage of actual natural fibres blended with more inexpensive synthetic fibres.
The fillings within a mattress deliver the overall comfort of the mattress. This is where most people misunderstand the spring tension as comfort. You need to know precisely what natural fillings are used and how to work out how they will feel and react to you.
How firm your mattress is will determine how well you sleep. The type of firmness you require will depend on your weight and sleeping position. Here we explain what level of firmness is most suitable for what type of sleeper.
Stomach sleepers, back sleepers or those who change positions during the night and weigh up to 10 stones and side sleepers who weigh up to 16 stones are best suited to soft mattresses. This is because a soft firmness level will relieve pressure from your spine and mould to your body’s natural position.
This is ideal for those who sleep on their back, front or change their sleeping position during the night and weigh between 10-16 stones and side sleepers who weigh from 16-18 stones as it will mould to your body’s natural position and provide more support.
This is ideal for people who sleep on their stomach, back, and those who change their position during the night and weigh between 16-18 stones and side sleepers who weigh 18 stones and over as you require extra lower-back support this type of firmness offers.
This type of firmness is ideal for those who sleep on their back, front, stomach, and those who change their position during the night are 18 stone and over or suffer from back pain. An extra firm mattress will keep your back in a comfortable and stable position without letting you sink into it as you sleep, which can cause lower back pain.
During your first 12 weeks, you may feel sleepy and want to take a nap. First, of course, you must get the rest you need, so sleep in whatever position feels most comfortable for you, including on your back or front.
From 13-28 weeks, you will feel the baby’s weight more, which at times can feel uncomfortable and put pressure on specific areas of your body. This is the time when a soft mattress will benefit you most, while your more prominent bump means the suggested position to sleep in is on your side, as sleeping on your back will make your bump press against the main blood vessel, which can cause you to feel a little faint.
During 29-40 weeks, your lower back may be a source of pain as it supports the increasing weight of your baby. To reduce this pain, proceed to sleep on your side and with a medium firmness pillow under your head, between your knees and below and around your bump to ease pain and take pressure off your hips and muscles.
A good quality mattress needs to give comfort and support, especially for those who suffer from back problems.
Although some retailers recommend a firm mattress, you should always look for a model that keeps your spine aligned while sleeping and soothes pressure points along your joints and spine. But, of course, this has much to do with your weight and sleeping position (the more you weigh, the firmer your mattress must be), so it’s recommended you try your chosen model before committing to anything – many online retailers now offer lengthy trial periods from 100 nights to 200 nights, where you can return or exchange the mattress if you don’t think the firmness is right for you.
The pillow you use will also alter your back alignment and sleeping position, so be sure you choose one that satisfies your needs.
Side sleeping is one of the most natural sleeping positions; it helps minimise acid reflux, alleviates sleep apnea symptoms, and reduces snoring. However, it’s not unusual for side sleepers to feel pain in their hips and shoulders due to pressure build-up around those areas. When you sleep on your side, all of your weight is put onto your shoulders and hips, so it’s essential to find a mattress that can support this sleep style. It would be best to look for a bed that offers a balance of support and comfort.
We designed our Winstons Premier British Wool 1500 with 4850GSM of pressure-relieving wool and hessian in the comfort layer, so it allows the hips and shoulders to sink in the perfect amount to receive sufficient pressure relief. Still, it’s also responsive enough to stop you from sinking too far. We’re confident with the top-notch materials we use in the design of the Winstons Premier British Wool 1500, side sleepers can get healthy, pain-free sleep.
Our Ultimate Latex Hybrids advanced spring technology, and natural fillings make it ideal for side sleepers. First, latex feels firmer around your midsection to offer extra lumbar support and prevent your body from sinking uncomfortably. Then, luxurious wool, cashmere, silk, horsehair, mohair, and cotton allow for deeper compression and pressure relief near your hips and shoulders. When you sleep on your side, your hips and shoulders take on most of your body weight, so pressure-relieving technologies are needed to prevent pains.
Published: 30th October 2020 (Updated: 2nd August 2021) |