How to cut straight to the facts, when shopping for a new mattress?

What really makes up your mattress and
what is just fluff?

Are you making common mistakes when it comes to choosing a mattress?

One of the biggest problems within the mattress industry is a lack of transparency.

  • What’s the difference between types of foam and types of springs?
  • What’s inside your mattress?
  • How can you tell the difference between necessary and the flashy marketing terms?

It’s about time shoppers take things in their own hands!

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Step 1.

How to choose your comfort layer?

The comfort layer, or top layer of your mattress is one of the most important layers to get right.

This however, makes it a prime target for flashy marketing to confuse you, the customer, with nice sounding but meaningless adjectives.

Do not be tricked by flashy adjectives with no facts!

If the comfort layer does not mention what actual type of foam or material is used, beware.
This can mean the company is trying to sell you cheap materials at premium prices.

  • Branded Foam.
    If the company has a trademark branded name for their “special unique foam”, question whether this really is a high quality foam… Companies can label any foam any unique name.
    It doesn’t make it a premium material!
    Very often the seller will not list what this layer is actually comprised of if they are hiding something.
  • Comfort Foam.
    There’s no such thing as comfort foam. This can mean there is a cheap foam being used as the comfort layer. If it’s not one of the below listed premium foams options, look for a minimum D24 (see step 2 for more on foam density) foam or convoluted foam.

A good practice is to always check the layer breakdown or specs of the mattress. Or ask what any branded or comfort foam actually is comprised of.

If you are paying for a premium mattress, make sure the comfort layer includes premium materials!
Look for; Memory Foam, Latex, Gel Infused Memory Foam, Aerated Memory Foam.

Each of these have their own unique benefits in being your chosen comfort layer.

TIP: Aerated Memory foam combines the premium comfort of memory foam with the cooling benefits of a ventilated layer. Allowing extra air circulation on warm nights.

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Step 2.

How to choose your support layer.

It’s alright, cause I’ve got your back and I know you’ve got mine… The support layer of your mattress is crucial, but often forgotten.

When it comes to the support layers of your mattress, the options are plentiful. Whilst most have their own unique benefits, not all support layers are made equal.

Bonnel Springs.
Let’s get this straight right off the bat, we suggest avoiding Bonnel Springs. Whilst some companies have made premium comfort with these springs (as a small part of the whole mattress), we have found many Bonnel Spring mattresses feel cheap, hard and provide unforgiving support. Don’t forget the loud creaky spring sounds they can make!
Ask the seller what type of springs are used if it is not specified. Pocket Springs are the modern improvement, but Bonnel Springs are 19th century tech.
If the price of the mattress is too good to be true, more times then not it’s because these cheap Bonnel Springs have been used.

Pocket Springs.
Not all springs mattresses are made equal. Pocket Springs are a major innovation and improvement in spring technology.
This support layer is made from individually pocketed springs that all work in unison to closely replicate the cloud like feeling you can get from foam mattresses.
The added benefits of Pocket Springs are; they allow isolated movement (so that your partner can move and not disturb your side of the bed) and they also eliminate the creaky sound you can get from cheap Bonnel Spring Mattreses.
Pocket Spring support layers are best suited to those who prefer a soft mattress, as they generally have more give than foam.

TIP: Check your Pocket Spring Mattress has re-enforced edges, so that your mattress edges don’t sag and you don’t slip out of bed during the night.

Check out the BAHA Pocket Spring Mattress.

Support Foam.
When the correct foam and firmness is used for your support layer, it can create the upper echelon of luxe, cloud like comfort with zero motion transfer.
An important part of this foam is to understand the foam density. A mattress can be made very cheap with very low density foam, whilst a very high density foam used as a support layer is an unnecessary added cost that won’t provide any noticeable improvement the overall support or comfort (don’t pay extra for marketing fluff!).
We believe it’s best to look for a Medium Density D20-D25 foam support layer. For the best mix of quality and price.
Most companies will not advertise the density of the lower layers of foam. You might have to ask and even then, they might not tell you. If they don’t know, be wary, it doesn’t guarantee that they are low quality, but sometimes this can be the case (this is a common area mattress companies will try sneak in cost saving).

TIP: All BAHA Memory foam Mattresses use D24 Foam as the support layer, to ensure lasting quality, support and comfort.

Check out the BAHA Memory Foam Mattress.
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Step 3.

How to choose your mattress height.

Small, regular, large, jumbo… When it comes to mattress height or thickness, how do you choose? 

It’s not as simple as bigger is better…

As a rule, mattress thickness alone is not an indicator of quality. Mattress quality is more a function of mattress material and construction. Ensure you follow step one and two in this guide before looking at mattress height.

However, we like to suggest you look for a mattress that is above 15cm-18cm’s in height. If you stick in the range 20cm-30cm you will both; prevent bottoming out, and also avoid any heavy mattresses that make cleaning, moving or making the bed difficult (some mattresses are so thick its hard to get into bed!).

TIP: A mattress’s thickness has nothing to do with how durable or high-quality it is. The thickest mattresses on the market will generally be Hybrid’s. Sometimes making up a lot of that extra height with cheap materials. Look beyond just size for quality, and avoid anyone who tries to sell you on just the mattress height!

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Are you ready to take on the mattress market?

A quick recap:

  1. Begin by checking comfort layers. Be wary of non-specific or branded layer names (we don’t mean to avoid these completely, just check what they are made of). Premium comfort materials include; Memory Foam, Latex, Gel Infused Memory Foam, Aerated Memory Foam. Each of these have their own unique benefits in being your chosen comfort layer.
  2. Next look at your support layers. We suggest avoiding Bonnel Springs unless the company has proven to combine these with other high quality comfort layers. Look for Pocket Springs, or a Medium Density (D20-D25) support foam.
  3. Do not shop purely on mattress height, this is not the first step in choosing your mattress, instead look first for high quality materials. However we find as a general rule, it is best to stick between the 20-30cm mattress height.

Finally, do not be afraid to ask.
Any Company that is worth your time will be more than happy to give you an insight into what makes their mattress range worth your time and consideration, and will have nothing to hide!

Bonus tip: (For getting this far!)

  • You have invested a lot in buying your bed. Make sure you protect it and extend the life of your mattress with a Mattress Protector.
  • To ensure you experience incredibly soft, quality comfort. Look at adding a Mattress Topper to your mattress.

We believe great sleep starts with a great mattress, but it doesn’t end there. Sheets, pillows, blankets, and accessories can all add to a great sleeping experience!


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