How to Choose the Right Mattress

How to Choose the Right Mattress

If your mattress has come to the end of its life and it’s time to get a new one, you might be wondering how to choose the right mattress. Finding the right mattress for you doesn’t have to be overcomplicated – it’s just a case of figuring out what you’re looking for. 

A good place to start is knowing what size mattress you need and how firm your mattress should be and going from there. This post discusses some of the most important factors to consider when buying a new mattress.

Choosing the Best Mattress


o If you sleep on your side, you should look for a pocket sprung or memory foam mattress – these will distribute your weight evenly without putting undue pressure on your shoulder or hips. 

o If you sleep on your stomach, you’ll need a firmer mattress. If your mattress is too soft, you’ll feel smothered and lack proper back support. A firmer pocket sprung mattress will offer more airflow around you.

o If you sleep on your back, you can use pretty much any type of mattress (as long as you don’t suffer from back pain – more on that later). The best way to find the right mattress for a back-sleeper is just to test out mattresses and see what feels comfortable!

Note: if you are going into shops and choosing the best mattress by lying on them, make sure you lie down in your normal sleeping position (or a close approximation) and lie there for around ten minutes. We know that sounds like a lot, but simply lying down and getting right back up won’t allow you to see if you experience any real discomfort.


Do you share your bed with someone else? If you do, you have to keep two things in mind while finding the best mattress for you (and them) – how much you both move around in your sleep and if you have the same mattress preference. 

o To avoid being accidentally nudged awake in the night, we recommend memory foam or pocket sprung mattresses. Memory foam is shock absorbent and will cushion you or your partner against each other’s movement, while the individual springs in a pocket sprung mattress means that movement won’t be transferred from their side to yours.

o If you have different preferences – maybe they’d like memory foam, but you’re staunchly pocket sprung – then try a Zip and Link bed. So long as you are okay with the same firmness and depth of mattress, you can opt for two different mattress types and have both of you sleep comfortably. The zip is on the side of the mattress and hidden under a seam, so you won’t be able to feel it.


How to Choose the Best Mattress for Back Pain (and Other Issues)

Back pain:

o When it comes to knowing how to choose the best mattress for back pain and joint pain, we recommend you use a memory foam or pocket sprung mattress, as these offer the most support. If you can’t choose between them, try a hybrid mattress like the Memory Pocket to give you an extra level of support. 

o As well as the mattress, make sure you have the right pillow to align your spine. For even more support, try a mattress topper to go with it.

Sleeping hot:

o If you tend to run hot when you sleep, you should avoid memory foam mattresses – as they are designed to let you sink into them, the circulation of air around you is restricted. An open coil or pocket sprung will allow you to lie on top of the mattress rather than sink into it, therefore allowing more air to circulate your body.


o Getting an entire mattress into your bedroom can be a pain – they’re heavy, large and awkward to lift or drag through your home. Keeping practicalities in mind is an integral element of how to choose the right mattress. If you’re worried about getting your mattress into your home, you can order a rolled mattress. These come tightly rolled up (and often vacuum-packed) so that they are easily portable. They can also come in various styles, sizes and firmness so that you won’t be missing out. 

o Zip and Link beds make for easier delivery than traditional mattresses. As they are two smaller mattresses rather than one large one, they are lighter and will more easily get through door frames and stairwells, for example.

Now that you know how to choose the right mattress, make sure you dispose of your old one properly so you can welcome your new investment into your life! Have a look at our range of mattresses (including our Zip and Link mattresses) to get a great sleep as soon as possible. If you’d like any more information, please contact our friendly, expert team.