Need a new bed? You’ve managed to narrow down your choice to a couple products but you aren’t sure which one is better for you?
To compare mattresses, Sleep Advisor team uses our internal system which aims to show different products and their features side-by-side so that you, as a buyer, can determine which one you like more and which one is more suited to your sleep preferences.
We understand that it’s sometimes hard to get an idea if you really like a product or not, or if it’s good for you. After all, it’s a big decision, right? If you are new to our website, here is a three-step process that will guide you through your mattress shopping.
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Got 2-3 choices in mind? Compare them side-by-side and see which one is better for your specific needs.
We use these principles and a system developed over more than 12 months of analysis, research and many hours of sleep testing different beds. Some of them bad, some of them fantastic, that’s why we don’t want you to go through the whole. You can easily pick one of the winners and get on with your life.
Since we can’t expect all of you to know the terminology and phrases used in our mattress comparison tool and chart above here are some details:
We tried to keep everything as simple as possible, but we understand that you might not be familiar with some of the terms we used. To help you get an idea what each of these questions means, we’ve listed them in order with detailed explanation.
Type – This is the construction and material used to build the bed. We have a handful of options here and many properties directly depend on this:
Cooling – This represents the overall capability of a mattress to disperse heat and prevent creating “hot spots.” You will often notice that lower-end memory foam beds have a worse cooling grade (OK or Good) while Latex, Hybrids, and Coils have way better (Exceptional or Very Good).
Firmness – This is a very subjective thing, and it’s rarely same for everyone. I might have 200 pounds and think that a bed is medium, while at the same time some people might have 110 lbs and think it’s firm. That’s why this is just a ballpark estimate, and most companies offer multiple firmness levels for this reason. For more information check our firmness guide.
Edge Support – Have you ever fallen off the bed? Not a good thing, I know. Cheaper foam products have this problem, and you can expect more sagging around the edges, giving you less sleeping space. All other types are better at this, and you can even sit on it during the day or have fun with amorous activities.
Motion Transfer – Sleeping with a wife or a husband? Low motion transfer allows one of the partners to toss and turn at will without waking up the other person. Foam products excel in this area while most others do not. See how the tables have turned. That’s why most couples love this material.
Off-Gassing – Sleeping on a surface that smells of chemicals can’t be a good thing, right? Well, that’s what we have to do for a couple of days with most foam-based beds as that characteristic smell is a by-product of the manufacturing process. Latex and coils do not have this issue at all.
Trial – Different companies have different policies about trial, refund and return policies. We only show “number of nights” for your reference, and you should check the manufacturer’s terms and conditions page before buying for more details.
Warranty – Much like the above, it’s a period during which you can get your money back if the product doesn’t deliver what’s promised or advertised.
Value – This represents our subjective opinion how good a mattress is compared to its price tag. Even if it excels in every field but costs $20,000 we can’t call it a good deal, can we? In the end, it’s just a representation of how much bang you get for your buck.
Note: We are in the process of revision of most of our comparison articles so they might change in the next 30 days.