Wednesday, 22 February 2017

How to Choose a Good Mattress

Size, support, comfort and price are just a few things to consider when buying a new sleep set. Choosing the correct size can make a big difference in the quality of sleep you get from a new mattress. First you need to make sure you fit on the mattress and secondly that if you have a sleeping partner that both of you have enough "personal" space that you don't affect each others sleep. The four industry standard sizes are:

Twin 38x75
Full 54x75
Queen 60x80
King 76x80

Additional "special" sizes are also available to accommodate almost everyone. Comfort, price and support can all go hand in hand. You may be able to find a comfort level you like at a wide price range, but the price usually goes up as the support gets stronger. A good rule is to purchase as high a level of support as you can afford to get the most out of your new mattress set.
BUYERS GUIDE: Shopping for a new mattress can be confusing: 

Shop quality, name brand mattress's.
Buy at a reputable, professional mattress specialty store with a knowledgeable staff that can help you make a good decision.
Purchasing the correct comfort level for you is crucial for a good nights sleep. Selecting the right comfort is done by "Comfort Testing", which means to lay on 2 or 3 mattress's of the same quality but different feels. Lie down with your feet up and in a position that you normally sleep and choose the one that is most comfortable.
Buy the correct quality to suit your needs. If you are looking for a long life and a high level of support and comfort, make sure to purchase a "premium level" sleep set.
Coil counts: The sheer number of coils in a mattress is not as important as the design of the innerspring. A lower coil count mattress with a good design and extra support in the middle can be a much stronger support than one with just a high number of coils.
Border Rods: Make sure the mattress you are considering has a border rod; some manufacturers have eliminated this very important feature in the last few years. The border rod will help keep the edge from breaking down and gives the innerspring added structural integrity.
Make sure the mattress meets or exceeds all flammability codes to help keep you and your family safe.
A premium mattress should provide more support where you need it the most. Look for a mattress that offers more coils in the middle or double strung coils to lengthen the life of the mattress and add more support.
Boxsprings: You should always consider two options when purchasing a new boxspring. One is the height; most all boxsprings will come in two sizes. Normal height, which is about 9" and a low profile option that is 3" lower. Second is split boxsprings, queen and sometimes full size one piece boxes may not fit into some homes. The alternative is a 2 piece box that usually cost a little extra, but will easily fit into any house.


Once you have chosen the correct mattress, you will now want to protect your investment. The best thing you can do to keep your mattress clean and sanitary is to purchase a mattress protector. A good quality protector will not just protect your mattress from dirt, stains and spills, but will also make it a healthier place to sleep. Protectors can keep harmful dust mites out of your mattress and help people with allergies and breathing ailments sleep much easier. Also, a good quality protector will keep your mattress free of stains that can void the manufacturer's warranty.


Q. How do I choose the right mattress?

A. You must first lie down fully on the unit and test it as if you were sleeping. If you are a side sleeper, try it that way. Always test the best quality first to get a perspective and work your way down in price. Compare the difference in the various comfort levels, such as firm ,plush or pillowtop. Pick the feel that suits you the best and then pick a price level that gets you the service or number of years that you want.

Q. How do I know where to shop for a mattress?

A. It is always best to go to a store that specializes in mattresses. This way you know that they are well educated about mattresses. Look for terms liked "factory trained" staff. Try to find sleep shops that offer extras in the way of services such as delivery, removal, financing, etc.

Q. How many coils do I need to buy?

A. Everyone's support needs vary, so it may be different in each case. Generally it is thought to be at least 300 coils for daily support, but with so many different spring units on the market, it can be confusing. The best way to make sure you get good support in your mattress is to buy a reputable brand name with a coil system that has been "time tested" and recognized to be reputable. Steer clear of "generic" or "off-brand" product.

Q. What is the average price and life expectancy of a mattress?

A.Based on the average queen size set in the industry, the life expectancy is approximately 10 years. In today's marketplace the average cost of a queen size set is about $999. In a queen size, if you equal $100 spent to 1 years service, this would be close to reality. So a $399 model may last 4 years, a $999 lasts 10 years, a $1999 may last 20 years, and so on.

Q. How do I know if I need a $399 or a $3000 model and what is the difference?

A. The price of a mattress reflects how much support and comfort it will give you over time. You can certainly find a less expensive mattress that feels good. The difference in the more expensive ones is that they will feel better longer. ....sometimes 5 times as long or more depending on the quality. It is always best to buy the best you can afford.

Q. Can I just buy the mattress/Do I need the box spring?

A. Some stores will sell the mattress separately, but expect to pay 65 to 75 per cent of the total cost of the set. A general rule of thumb to decide if you need a box spring is: if you are having support issues with your mattress, then the box is bad has allowed your mattress to sag and has weakened under the work over time. It is also important to replace the box, as your old one may not be compatible with your new mattresses and can cause it to wear oddly or sag. If this does occur, you may void your warranty due to an inadequate foundation. It is always best to replace your box spring if in doubt.

Q. What do warranties cover?

A. The warranties from national manufacturers will cover any structural defect that may occur. So, if you can physically see a defect while not in the mattress, it is probably covered. Some local and generic warranties have many restrictions, so steer clear of them. No warranty will cover normal wear and tear and/or body indentations or impressions. Warranties do not cover comfort and support, which is something that is relative in nature and different for every person.

Q. Why are mattresses so expensive?

A. A mattress is a piece of furniture like a sofa. It has more springs, wood and padding than most sofas and are used 4 times as much. The foams that make up a mattress are petroleum based. The distribution of mattresses is done by trucks which entail shipping and gas costs. The wood is generally high grade Canadian pine which is imported. The cost of steel for the springs has tripled in the last 2 years. Actually, a mattress purchase is one of the most value oriented in the whole furniture category.

Q. What if I don't like the feel of my new mattress?

A. It is normal to be uncomfortable on a new mattress. It is like a new pair of shoes, you have to break it in. It will take at least 2 days to 2 weeks or more to get accustomed to a new sleeping surface. Your muscles have memory from whatever you were on prior and have to conform to the new surface. Some manufacturers have "comfort guarantees" that after a certain time frame you make re-select. But, be careful....the whole breaking in process will start all over and you may be worse off than the first one. It is always best to keep what you selected and you will eventually get used to it.

Q. What is a pillowtop/eurotop and do they break down?

A. A pillowtop or eurotop are comfort quilting stitched to the top of a mattress to achieve a specific feel. There can be more padding involved and generally they feel softer. Most people think that because the mattress is soft, that it is weak. This is incorrect!! The surface or comfort level of a mattress has no bearing on the wear factor, strength factor, or life expectancy of a mattress. If you buy a cheap pillowtop, it will wear fast. If you buy an expensive pillowtop, it will last a long time. Pillowtops and eurotops are actually preferred by most people and outsell "firm" models 2 to 1.

Q. What is memory foam?

A. The correct term for memory foam or "tempurpedic" foam is visco-elastic foam. It is high density foam designed for N.A.S.A. in the late sixties. It has properties that make it advantageous for mattress materials. It relieves pressure points and promotes circulation. It has a contouring effect and is temperature sensitive. This means it will respond to your body slowly and more completely than standard foam. It also has a shock absorbing quality that allows less transference of movement between partners. Latex foam has similar characteristics.

Q. Should I buy a "Firm" mattress?

A. NO!! You should buy a STRONG mattress. The feel on top can be whatever you want. Most people think firm means strong. In mattress terms, it just means hard on the surface. You can buy a "firm" mattress for $99 and it will be weak inside and last for a very short time. So the best thing to do, is to lie down, pick the one that is the most comfortable for you....and then just make sure it is strong or "firm" on the inside. However, if you like a hard feel on top, by all means, go for it!

The Most Important Decisional Factors When Buying a Mattress

Acquiring a mattress is a very important furniture piece you should make because you spend a third of your time on a mattress, unless you have a tendency to sleep most of the nights in an armchair like my grandfather does.

The seven next factors below are things you must be aware of and to take in account before you purchase a mattress because that mattress will play a major role in the quality of your sleep over night and your mood from the next day.

1. Establish on a budget. The prices of mattresses much vary. If price is your primary condition you may find an cheap mattress and box spring set for a couple of hundred dollars. But I recommend purchasing the finest mattress and box spring you can afford. My first two mattress buys were based on cost and I never truly got a good night sleep. I economized and purchased a superior quality mattress some years ago. It was a great purchasing decision. I now awake feeling reposed and freshened, not tired and sore like I accustomed.

2. Determine what size mattress you are going to purchase. If you are purchasing a mattress for a young boy a twin size mattress is good, but if you are a major person and there are two people sleeping in the bed I do not advise going with something smaller than a queen size bed. If you are able to afford a king-size bed and you own the room for it, I recommend it.

I now have a king size bed and it's decent having plenty space in bed to turn around without perturbing my mate like I did once. But if you consider a full-size mattress is big enough for two people consider this: a full size mattress gives each person the same amount of bed width as in a baby crib. Queen size mattresses are the commonest size but if two people are sleeping in a queen size bed each person still has 10,5 inches less bed width than if they were sleeping by themselves in a twin bed.

The standard sizes of mattresses are: Double/Full: 54" wide, 75" long; Queen: 60" wide, 80" long; KING: 76" wide, 80" long; Twin: 39" wide, 75" long; Twin Extra Long: 38" wide; 80" long; California KING: 72" wide, 84" long.

3. Examine. Test. Essay. Experiment the softness of the mattresses. Go to various stores and lay down on different mattresses. See what you find comfortable. A firm mattress isn't always the best mattress. It depends on the individual. If you and your partner prefer different firmness levels look for a mattress that can have different firmness levels on each side. For example, I prefer a firmer mattress than my mate does so his side of the bed is less firm than mine. Comfort (as long as you are in your within the range of your budget) might be your first consideration.

4. Don't be excessively troubled about the words, firm, extra firm, and so on. especially when looking at mattresses from another manufacturers. Firmness is not standardized in the mattress industry. One of the producers "firm" mattress could in reality be firmer than another producer "extra firm" mattress. Seek for comfort and support. You want to feel cradled and assured when you lay down on a mattress. And don't feel self-aware about going into shops and lying down on as many mattresses as you want. It is the best method to tell if a mattress is or isn't appropriate for you. Lying on a mattress with your coat and shoes on is not going to aid you find out what mattress is appropriate for you unless you plan on sleeping in your coat and shoes every night. So take them out.

5. Warranty is crucial but not as important as you could guess. A mattress with a 25 year guarantee is great, but the life expectancy of a high quality mattress is only about 10 years. You want a warranty to protect you from faults and troubles. To me a sleep warranty is more significant than a longer warranty. What I mean by a sleep warranty is that you are given a time period to try out your mattress. For instance, some stores and producers give sleep warranty of up to ninety days although thirty days is the basic. If during that time you decide the mattress you purchased is not right for you, you are able to either exchange it or return it for a refund.

For instance, when I bought my last mattress from a sleep specialty shop that custom builds each mattress (Verlo), it came with a 60 day sleep guarantee or trial period. If we did not like the mattress the store would come to our house, pick up the mattress, take it back to their factory and rebuild it for us. I liked that peace of mind. After sleeping on our mattress for a couple of weeks I decided my side was a little too firm. We called the store where we bought it and made an engagement for them to come and pick it up. The store picked up our mattress in the morning, took it to their store/factory, reconstructed it, and delivered it back lately the same day. They did this so we would not be without a mattress to sleep on.

6. Get familiar with the next terms: innerspring and box spring (also called the foundation). Innerspring mattresses are, the most common type of mattress bought. An innerspring mattress is built with tempered steel coils encased in layers of cushioning and upholstery. The box spring or foundation is what the mattress sits on. It is typically not considered a good idea to put a fresh mattress on an old box spring. A producer box spring and mattress are projected to work together to give you the best product. In addition, many manufacturers will void their warranty if a mattress is not placed on the box spring that is designed to go with it.

7. Know what alternatives you have in addition to the conventional innerspring and box spring sets. There are other feasible choices depending on what you are searching for. Those alternatives include foam mattresses, futons, airbeds, adjustable beds, and waterbeds.

Foam mattresses - a foam mattress can be built of firm foam piece or may be composed of several layers of various types of foam. Several foam mattresses have a top layer that is formed of memory foam that remembers the shape of your body and adapts to it.

Futons - futon beds are essentially a frame with a folding mattress on it. A futon could function as both a sofa and a bed. Most futons come with a regular 6 inch foam mattress, which isn't really comfortable if the futon is going to be a person principal bed. If the futon is going to be a principal bed a better alternative is to buy an innerspring mattress for the bed. Some of the manufacturers create innerspring mattresses for futons. The innerspring mattresses are a little more expensive but are as well a good deal more comfortable. If an innerspring mattress is out of your budget, try to at least raise to an 8 inch foam mattress.

Airbed - an airbed is just what it sounds like - a bed full of air. Most of the airbeds are portable, easy to set-up, and easy to store after utilization. I have an airbed at my home for use as an extra mattress during the vacations when we always seem to have more overnight guests than beds. Today, airbeds are a great deal more than expansive parts of plastic. Our airbed has a pillow top mattress which makes it surprisingly comfortable. Some airbeds have changeable firmness degrees and/or a heated top to make them more comfortable.

Adaptable beds - an adjustable bed is a lot like a infirmary bed because it lets you to adapt the head and foot of the bed to your wishing. Adaptable come in all sizes and the larger sizes have different controls for each face of the bed.

Waterbeds - today, waterbeds are more hardy than the wonky water-filled mattresses from the 70's that you might get air sick on. The latest conceptions are made to appear like an innerspring/box spring set. The inner of the mattress has layers of foiling and upholstery to render support and comfort.

The Ultimate Guide to Buy the Perfect Latex Mattress

If you're reading this article I suppose you're interested in buying a latex mattress. This kind of mattress is getting very popular due to its great comfort and high resistance. To make a better educated decision here you can find everything related to latex mattresses, from the nature of latex to how a latex mattress is made, from how to judge its quality to the utility of latex mattresses complements and many more.

Natural latex is a naturally sourced material manufactured from an extract of the Hevea or "Rubber" tree. This latex may be made use of inside a number of items and a regular application is for mattress toppers and mattresses to be constructed from it. Rubber latex is a extra sturdy material and a superior natural latex mattress pad can last you 20 or 30 years. Natural latex mattresses and mattress toppers are all designed with minuscule holes in them. These tiny holes make the latex foam pliable and also much more sleep promoting. As a consequence, the larger and more numerous the holes, the more comfortable to sleep on the bed will feel.

A large number of latex mattress pads and pillows possess simply one type of hole all the way through and, as a result, the whole latex foam mattress will have a consistent resistance. Several latex mattresses however, are designed featuring separate pieces of latex rubber with different sized holes. This allows the latex bed to hold several regions. For instance, more yielding beneath the shoulders and feet and less yielding beneath the lower body. Or else, many other natural latex beds and mattresses place a pliable latex layer on top of the harder latex interior to furnish the latex bed a more compliant feel. Natural latex mattresses possess a enjoyable bouncy feel plus they are extra relaxing. Latex rubber is a huge step up over old style interior sprung conventional mattresses.

Latex foam is hypo allergenic, and is a breathable material to keep you cozy in cold weather or cool in the summer. Bacteria and mold are unlikely to thrive in latex foam. Not every kind of natural latex bed is equal. A prevalent kind of latex foam, 'Talalay' latex rubber mattress toppers and mattresses are built by a new method, which is well-known to give a really comfortable however much more highly priced mattress.

These days, cheaper latex rubber mattress pads will be made probably of artificial latex rubber or increasingly usually a composite of both types of latex foam. It should be apparent that, most natural latex rubber mattress marketers would tell you that an all natural product must be much better. Though, simulated latex rubber mattress sellers are bound to say that this concept is hogwash and that a man-made latex rubber core makes the latex mattress more tough. This is in point of fact truly a matter of expense as man-made latex might be cheaper as well as much more expense effectual to use for a mattress pad.

There are few plus points of picking natural latex mattresses over man-made. The grade of your latex foam mattress is unlikely to vary, although you might have a personal preference for the naturally generated product from a Hevea or "Rubber" tree instead of a synthetic. Using this selection is more nature supportive as a naturally generated latex rubber mattress should be absolutely recyclable when you have no further use for it. But be aware, you may well spend a lot more for the natural latex mattress and moreover realize that finding a completely natural latex mattress pad is tricky. However this problem should be soon changing as one of the big designers are now planning a completely natural 'Talalay' latex foam mattress.

Rubber latex mattress toppers and mattresses are good for your vulnerable joints and spine, should give you years and years of good sleeping, and will never require turning. Latex will not lose its spring and gives the benefits of exceptional support to eliminate bad nights slumber. Latex rubber are currently the most popular progressive sleeping discovery available, virtually getting rid of the drooping mattress pads a host of shoppers complain about. As a consequence you may gain a pleasant night's rest, each night.

A latex rubber mattress topper should help keep your spine accurately positioned all the way through the night. A few mattresses strengthen this superb characteristic by layering squishier tiers of natural latex just below the surface area to get rid of pressure and not reducing the durability. Latex rubber mattress toppers offer you the ideal balance of luxury and reliability. This unique, naturally derived product can fashion itself around to each and every contour of the person lying on it. To give outstanding, joint support. It additionally reduces areas of high pressure, so you can sleep much better and awake recharged and raring to go for another brand new day.

The most appropriate natural latex mattress topper should alleviate pressure and impart the right support of your body, producing a better restful night's rest. They are in addition hypo allergenic plus they organically hold off mildew, which can be a advantage for everybody who suffers from an allergic reaction. Natural latex is additionally famous for its wear-resistance. This type of mattress toppers and mattresses manufactured from latex rubber should last you as long as 30 years. Since they will be unsurprisingly elastic, latex foam rubber mattresses have need of a more rigid mattress platform, for example a wooden slat frame bed platform.

The manufacturing method of various makes of latex rubber mattress or mattress topper also fluctuate from any other kind. With the assorted types of fabrication method utlized, the current most widespread is the 'Talalay' fabrication process. This is known to be the most forward-thinking fabrication method in mattress pad manufacturing. In this concept, the sealed mold is to begin with filled using the mixture of latex. Then it is forced via a frothing process whilst in a vacuum. At that time the mattress is frozen, to intensify the long-term stability and wear-resistance of each mattress. Although this fabrication process being the most demanding, is what raises the expense of this variety of latex mattress.

A latex rubber pillow pad is usually manufactured in a virtually identical system to this variety of mattress pad or mattress topper. But this will not at all times be the case, and certain bedding manufacturers produce mixed latex pillow pads that can incorporate synthetic latex rubber. The attraction of having a naturally sourced bed that is more eco supportive brings a lot of shoppers to latex rubber pillow pads, and these people may want to try for the brands that are branded as completely natural latex rubber to avert going for artificially made ones. Although, some other purchasers might sleep on mixed naturally derived and artificial latex foam rubber for the reason that they provide firm and resilient support, and also they are clearly as made to last, although being considerably less highly priced.

The latex foam rubber found in mattress toppers and mattresses is extra sturdy and a fine product constructed from latex rubber should keep going for many years. Although, for any person who isn't likely to or will never lash out to absolutely get rid of their present mattress, but also crave added support, a different idea is to purchase a latex foam mattress topper. This sort of latex foam mattress topper can add great extra softness to a bed that appears too solid.

The latex rubber foam bed topper is for sale in differing sizes correct for any size of bed base, and there should be many plus points about these latex mattress toppers that users swear by. They are inclinded not to hold unpleasant odors, a frequent trouble with certain models of visco elastic foam. They are in addition not prone to become deformed through use. An added advantage is the fact that these mattresses should be more ventilated than some other foam mattress toppers and mattresses and users should find this feature soothing if they can become hot or sometimes feel hot flashes throughout their sleep. Also, the actuality that these types of mattress toppers and mattresses will be able to last you for a very long time is recognized and may well make a case for purchasing a latex mattress pad.

I hope hat after reading this long article you have a clearer idea about what to look for in a latex mattress and how to judge which one fits for you. Also remember that your experience would be much better if you focus on complements such as latex pillows, latex mattress pads or latex mattress toppers.

Latex Mattress FAQs

What is Latex? Why are Latex mattresses so good? What other complements make a latex mattress more comfortable? Are there latex pillows? Which influence on my health and wellness will a latex mattress provide me? How do I know a good latex mattress form a not-so-good-one? These and more questions about latex mattresses answered in this article.

Latex is a versatile material produced from tapping the Hevea or "Rubber" tree. This latex may be found within a large number of goods and one frequent usage is for mattress pads and pillows to be constructed with it. Latex is a highly durable material and a quality latex foam mattress pad or mattress topper will last you a lifetime. Latex rubber mattress pads are all built with little tiny holes within their cores. The tiny holes render the latex foam pliable plus much more yielding. So, the larger and more numerous the little holes, the more comfortable your latex foam mattress will feel.

Usually latex foam mattress toppers and mattresses display simply one single size of hole throughout so the entire mattress pad has a even resistance. Several mattresses and pillows though, are built using purpose built pieces of latex rubber with distinct sizes of holes. This concept permits the mattress to possess varying parts. For example, more yielding beneath your upper body and legs and harder beneath the lower body. Or, many kinds of latex rubber mattresses put a squishier latex foam on top of the denser latex center to give the mattress a more squashy feel. Rubber latex mattress toppers produce a pleasing bounciness plus these mattresses are highly relaxing. Latex can be a gigantic improvement above old design interior sprung regular mattresses.

Latex is hypo allergenic, and is a breathable material to help keep you warm in wintertime and also cooler in summertime. Mold shouldn't thrive on latex mattresses. Not every single variety of natural latex mattress is equal. One popular type of latex, 'Talalay' latex rubber mattresses are produced by a contemporary manufacturing process, which is acknowledged to generate a most easy to sleep on but much more highly priced latex mattress.

Nowadays, cheaper latex rubber mattresses and pillows can be built probably of synthetic latex or more regularly a composite of natural and synthetic latex. Obviously, nearly all natural latex rubber bed advertisements are sure to tell you that a completely naturally sourced material must be preferable. But, simulated latex rubber bed marketers are sure to say that this concept is rubbish and that a man-made latex rubber interior will make the mattress more hard-wearing. It often is essentially solely a question of cost as simulated latex may be cheaper and increasingly cost effectual to use in a latex foam mattress.

There are already hardly any plus points of going for all natural latex mattresses over synthetic. The grade of the latex foam mattress is not likely to differ, although you may experience a personal preference for the naturally generated product that comes from a Hevea or "Rubber" tree and not a man-made. This variety is more nature friendly as a natural latex rubber mattress pad will be totally recyclable when you want to get rid of it. But be aware, you may perhaps spend extra for the natural latex foam mattress and also discover that coming across an all-natural latex mattress is difficult. However this problem may possibly be resolved since the significant manufacturers are currently producing an all-natural 'Talalay' latex foam mattress.

Latex mattress pads and pillows are good support for the vulnerable joints and back, are able to give you years of good night's sleep, and will never need flipping. Latex mattresses should never deteriorate and will offer immense support to rule out bad nights slumber. Latex mattresses are now the most popular modern sleep inventions for sale, effectively eliminating the sagging regular mattresses numerous consumers moan about. So now you should get to have a superior night's rest, every single night.

A latex rubber bed can help keep your back well supported right through the night. Many latex mattresses augment this superb attribute by incorporating more yielding coats of latex foam near the outside to help reduce pressure points without sacrificing durability. Latex foam mattresses and pillows offer you the functional balance of softness and durability. This unique, naturally sourced product can fashion itself to each shape of the body to give brilliant, muscular-skeletal support. It moreover protects against areas of high pressure, so, because of this you will most likely sleep much better as well as get up refreshed and ready for another new day.

The optimum latex foam mattress pad or mattress topper will ease pressure on the spine and cause perfect support of the body, making a much more restful night's rest. They are in addition, hypo allergenic plus they effortlessly hold off mildew, which is a plus point for any person who tends to suffer with an allergic reaction. Latex foam rubber is additionally well-known for its endurance. These mattresses and mattress toppers made from latex foam should keep going for up to thirty years. Whilst they will be unsurprisingly flexible, latex mattress pads depend upon a firmer bed platform, such as a lath frame bed base.

The process of manufacture of separate sorts of latex mattress pad also differ from any other kind. Among the different sorts of manufacturing process utilized, the most usual is the 'Talalay' manufacturing method. This then is known to be the most sophisticated manufacturing method in foam mattress manufacturing. In this action, the mattress sealed mold is to start with filled with the latex foam mixture. At that time it is forced through a vacuum process. Next a freezing method is used, to enhance the long-term stability and endurance of each latex mattress. Although this method of manufacture in being one of the most time consuming, also raises the expense of this brand of mattress or mattress topper.

A latex pillow is commonly made in a similar method to this brand of foam mattress. Although this might not always be the situation, and some bedding makers create mixed latex rubber foam pillows that hold simulated latex rubber. The feel-good factor of getting a naturally derived pillow that is described as being more environment friendly brings some people to latex foam pillows, and these shoppers ought to look for the ones that are advertised as completely natural latex rubber to keep away from buying synthetically made pillows. Although, other people could prefer blended completely natural and man-made latex as they supply compact and resilient comfort, and also they are just as dependable, while also being much less costly.

The latex layer employed in mattress pads and pillows is highly durable and a first-class item manufactured of latex foam should carry on for a lot of years. But, for everybody who isn't disposed or cannot lash out to totally get rid of their current mattress, but also would like a little support, another choice is to splash out on a latex rubber foam bed topper. This sort of latex mattress pad should add sizable extra softness to a mattress that appears too firm.

The latex mattress topper is supplied in differing sizes fitting for any size of bed base, and there can be many features about these latex foam toppers that you will love. They have a propensity not to retain unpleasant odors, a customary challenge with a number of makes of visco-elastic polyurethane foam. They are furthermore not prone to become misshapen through use. One more benefit is that they are more breathable than other types of foam beds and buyers can find this feature reassuring if they can become too warm or typically suffer with hot flashes through their sleep. Furthermore, the statement that these types of latex mattresses should continue for a lot of years is accepted and may perhaps give just cause for getting a latex foam mattress.

I hope this article helped you answer your questions about this product and clarified your concerns and doubt. A latex matress sure is one of the best buys you can make to change to a better life style.

Tips on How to Find the Best Mattress That Should Work Well for You

Reading some of the best mattress reviews from the experts in the industry can be an eye opening experience, The further you read, the more you will be convinced that the best mattresses are not only limited to the most popular or expensive brands, once in a while you'll come across some comfortable but cheap mattresses. Some mattress reviews are pre-designed to promote mattress brands but deliver them in the not -so-obvious manner. The truly independent mattress reviews should be free from advertisements and covers mattresses from the highly luxurious to cheap mattresses regardless of brands and makers. The best mattress reviews usually focus their attention on the matter at hand. Any specific references to a mattress product and brand anywhere on the article written can be bias, unless the title includes the mattress review tag, next or after the brand name or if the article is covering more than one brand.

Still, the best resources when you are looking for the best mattress are these mattress reviews. Although the task is gigantic. Having a good plan on how to get there is the best approach. Here are some pointers that might help you find the mattress that suit your personal needs bests.

1. You need to know what you are looking for

First of all, you need to determine what are the qualities of the mattresses that you are or will be most comfortable with, if you are happy with the current mattress type that you are using, then;

You need to limit your search on that particular type of mattress to save time
If you want to upgrade to a better brand, look for the features that suits you best.
If you're no longer happy with a particular mattress brand then you will need to know which mattress types answer most of your sleeping requirements or preference. Explore.
This phase of your search should not take you longer than a minute to decide but this forms a very significant part of your mission.

2. Next up- Find the answer

After you have the list of things that you wanted in your mattress, the next thing you need to do is to look for the best possible answers that should cater to your needs. This matter is best manifested in different situations;

Situation A) If you like the kind of comfort that your mattress offers and would like them to last longer than they did, then you should start looking for a more durable brand by;

Making a list of the most durable mattress of your particular type of mattress.
Start by reading mattress reviews made by independent resources on the mattress brands on your list.
Compare the advantages and disadvantages of the brands that you can come-up with.
Test the mattresses on your list for comfort on the mattress showrooms in your area.
Get the personal views with your partners after discussing your findings.
TIP: Although free trial are often the indications of a confident manufacturer, you need to carefully read and understand the terms and conditions involve. Don't forget to raise the questions about the terms of delivery should you decide to return the product.

Situation B) If you did not like the mattress you previously had and you are looking forward to try other mattress types, you need to know some facts about them. Here are the rough descriptions of the most commonly recognized mattress types;

Innerspring mattress- These mattresses use coils to promote comfort but often sagged prematurely, although some can truly be durable. 
Memory foams- These mattresses are initially conceived as the best mattresses for consumers with orthopedic conditions. The mattresses are very durable and comfortable as agreed by many expert through various mattress reviews. Unpleasant odors from packaging and hot sleeps are among their known disadvantages.


Natural Latex-are eco-friendly and hypo-allergenic.
Synthetic latex foams- they are the exact opposite of the former but are preferred by shoppers that are low on budget because they are generally known as cheap mattresses, but both of these types of latex mattresses are highly comfortable and extremely durable.
Futon- These mattresses are often preferred in place with small spaces. They are comfortable and very cheap mattresses. 
Airbeds mattresses- Commonly considered as the best commercial mattresses, they are commonly found in hospitals and huge hotels across the country. preferred by partners with distinct comfort preferences. They are easy-to-clean and durable. most problem concerning these products are bed motions and expensive selling prices. 
Waterbeds mattresses- cloud-like softness is the best selling factor of this mattress. The temperature of the mattress is adjustable to conform with the prevailing weather conditions. They are very durable takes little time and effort to clean, but they are heavy when filled and power consuming at worst.

You need to pick one from any of these mattresses according to the type that suits your sleeping preferences the most.. To find out which of these mattresses matches best to what you need, you have to list down the best brands from each types and find out what the experts and consumers are saying about them by reading mattress reviews and browsing through opinionated websites. You must not ignore the possibilities of cheap mattresses meeting your demands. Choose well.

Mattress Buying Guide

Determine If You Need A New Mattress. One question with which we are always approached is, "How do I know if I need a new mattress?" The answer is not always an easy one to answer. You can tell when you need a new car because your old one starts breaking down more often. You can tell that you need a new television if your old one won't turn on. With your mattress, however, such visible, physical signs of needing a replacement are less obvious. In fact your mattress may look as good as the day you bought it, but its not the looks that counts. Mattresses are designed to alleviate the pressure put on your back, shoulders, neck and hips while you sleep. Your mattress should be replaced when it's no longer providing adequate support for any of these critical areas of your body. In order to determine whether your mattress is in need of a replacement ask yourself these questions:

1.Is the mattress more then 7 years old?

2.Do you wake up with back, neck, shoulder, or hip pain?

3.Do you spend more than 10-15 minutes tossing and turning before you can get to sleep?

4.Do you frequently experience "dead" legs or arms when you wake up?

5.Is your mattress sagging, lumpy, starting to come apart or showing visible signs of wear?

6.Have you recently noticed that other beds (at a mattress store, hotel, friend/family member's house) are more comfortable than your own?

While the life of a mattress depends on it's material and how well it was manufactured, if you answered "yes" to Question 1, then chances that its time to start looking for a replacement. We should note that a manufacturer's warranty does not necessarily guarantee that your mattress will continue to provide adequate support for the length of the warrantee. Usually a warranty simply means that a mattress manufacturer guarantee's against defects in quality. However, warranties do differ from one manufacturer to another, so be sure to read up on what the manufacturer of your current mattress has agreed to before purchasing a new mattress. If you answered "no" to Question 1, but "yes" to some of the other questions asked, then your bed may be new enough that it's not worn out, but it sounds like its not providing you with enough of or the right kind of support. There may also be special cases that warrant the purchase of a new mattress, such as when floods or damp conditions cause your bed to develop harmful mildew or mold.

Once you've determined that you'd be benefit from a new mattress, the next step involves making several key decisions that will help determine the mattress you'll go shopping for.

Determine What Size Mattress Is Right For You. Deciding what size mattress you need may be fairly straight forward. If you're simply replacing an existing mattress your decision is frequently limited by the size of the bed frame you're using. If you're looking to purchase a new mattress and frame here are some things you will want to consider:

1.How much space is there in the bedroom for a mattress?

2.How many people will be sleeping in the bed?

3.How satisfied were the people sleeping in the bed with the amount of space they had?

4.How much will it cost to upgrade to a larger bed, or how much will saved by purchasing a smaller mattress (not only the cost of the mattress, but also the sheets and bedding)?

While mattress sizes can vary some, here are typical mattress sizes:

Mattress Name Dimensions (Width x Length)

Twin 39" x 75"

Twin XL 39" x 80"

Full 54" x 75"

Full XL 54" x 80"

Queen 60" x 80"

King 76" x 80"

California King 72" x 84"

Determine What Type Of Mattress You Need. Beds have come along way since the single coil mattress. Mattresses now include a variety of new technologies and are frequently hybrids of two or more types of material. When shopping for a new mattress there are a couple things to keep in mind. First, you'll want to buy the best value, not the least expensive. An inexpensive mattress may save you money up front but cost you a fortune in chiropractor costs in the future. Similarly, the most expensive bed on the market may not be providing you with the right kind or right amount of support and/or comfort. Second, if you're going to be sharing your bed with someone else, make sure you bring them with you when you go shopping.

The mattress you find most comfortable may not be the most comfortable for your partner. If that's the case you'll want to find a mattress you can both agree is suitable, even if it's not your first choice. To properly evaluate each possibility you should lay on the mattress the same way as you'll be sleeping each night. Be sure to lay on the mattress for at least a few minutes. Some of the materials used in mattresses respond to both weight and heat, and can take several minutes to fully adjust to your body. If you move quickly from one bed to another you may be missing out on all a mattress has to offer. Finally be sure to learn as much about the advantages and disadvantages of each mattress material. To give you a starting point we will cover the most significant features of each material below.

Coil Mattresses:

Coil mattresses rely on steel coils that are tempered to give them additional strength and durability. The coils can be placed in a variety of different configurations to provide additional support to specific areas of the bed. A new coil spring beds is firm and is best at providing support for those who sleep on their back. In addition to being one of the more inexpensive mattress options on the market, coil springs are also easy to maintain. Regularly flipping the mattress helps prevent sagging, and ensures that you will get the most life out of your purchase. However, coil mattresses have a shorter lifespan than some of the other options out there. They can begin to sag within a year and wear out within 5 to 7 years. If those using the bed sleep on their sides, the mattress exerts greater pressure on the shoulders and hips causing spinal misalignment, which can lead to back and neck pain.

Visco Elastic/Memory Foam Mattresses:

Originally developed by NASA to make the pressure of space shuttle lift-offs more bearable, the foam has seen drastic reductions in price in recent years and is now a popular mattress material. The material gets its name from its ability to conform to the shape of an object and retain that shape for a period of time. While visco-elastic beds are typically more expensive than their coil counterparts, the quality can vary widely and is one of the main contributors to its price. Good quality memory foam means a firm bed that will evenly distribute your weight regardless of how you sleep. Some memory foams also respond to heat by becoming even more soft. Memory foam has lifespans between 10 and 20 years depending on quality. For those who have never owned a visco-elastic foam bed before there is typically a period of getting used to the "weightless" feeling the bed induces. New memory foam mattress owners may also notice a strong odor. While the odor does fade with time, it can continue to cause irritation, so be on the lookout for complaints from those sleeping on the bed. Also, memory foam by nature retains heat which some users find uncomfortable.

Waterbed Mattresses

Although waterbeds were first conceived in the late 1800s the modern bed that we're familiar with was developed in 1968. Waterbeds were initially popular for their ability to be heated (which was popular in colder climates) and for their ability to relieve pressure from the spine as the water in the bed conformed to the shape of the person using it. However, this same "free flow" design that relieves spinal pressure also results in waves being created each time weight is shifted on the bed. These waves can be distracting and can interrupt sleep. Waterbeds are difficult to move and are also prone to leaks, but last longer than most coil mattresses and are dust mite free.

Air Chamber Mattresses

Air mattresses come in a variety of designs and levels of quality. However, the driving principle of an air mattress is (as the name implies) that you inflate the mattress with an air pump to a level you find comfortable. Whether you're using a simple, single chamber mattress or a more advanced multi-chambered bed, you're able to control how firm the bed is by how much air you pump into the bed. The air in air mattresses behaves much in the same was as the water in waterbeds. The air in the mattress conforms to the shape of the body and helps to reduce the amount of pressure put on the spine. While air mattresses have a typical lifespan of 10+ years, there are more parts that can wear out and caues the mattress to loose its ability to provide adequate support and comfort.

Intelli-Gel Mattresses

Another recently developed technology that is being adapted to a number of products - everything from shoe insoles to backpack straps to hunting equipment to mattresses. Intelligel is different from other bedding materials because it works on a column buckling principle. Most other mattresses provide support by pushing against those protruding areas of the body. Intelli-Gel is different. Columns of elastic gel are placed next to each other across the mattress surface. The columns are designed to stand until a certain amount of weight is placed on them. When the columns' weight limit is reached the columns buckle, and becomes soft, while columns around the area remain firm and supportive. The result ends up being a bedding surface that is firm, supportive and comfortable. Also, because the Intelligel is broken into columns it doesn't retain heat like memory foam. Intelligel is used as the main material in some mattresses and is combined with coils, memory foam, and air chambers in others.

A couple other things to consider when looking at the different mattress options that are available is the mattress's warranty and whether the mattress comes with a foundation. As mentioned above, a mattress's warranty does not guarantee its useful life, but it does protect against manufacturing defects. Typical warranties run between 10 and 15 years and may last upwards of 20 years. Be sure to read what the warranty does and doesn't cover as it may save you time, money and headaches in the future. The foundation of your bed is an important part of how well you sleep each night. Chances are that if your mattress needs a replacement, your foundation does too. Some manufacturers will include a new foundation with the purchase of a mattress. If they don't be sure to ask the manufacturer which foundation will work best with your mattress as foundations and mattresses are commonly paired to provide you with the best sleeping experience possible.

Dispose of your old mattress. If you've determined you need a new mattress because you are no longer receiving the support you need, then the last thing you should be doing is passing that discomfort on to someone else. Rather than selling your mattress or passing it on to a family member or friend, check to see if the purchase of your new bed includes some sort of disposal for your old mattress. Frequently, the folks who deliver your new mattress will be able to take away your old bed. If you're embarrassed by the condition of an old, worn out mattress, you can use an old bed sheet as an inexpensive solution. Simply cover the old mattress with the old bed sheet, send it off and enjoy your new bed!

Determine what new accessories you'll need for your new bed. To further improve the support you get while you sleep you may also want to consider a new pillow. Like mattresses, pillows are also made in a variety of materials. Besides traditional feather and down, pillows now also incorporate combinations of latex rubber, memory foam, air chambers, Intelli-gel and more. Finding a pillow to compliment the comfort your new bed provides will help turn your night's sleep from good to great. Also, depending on the size mattress you purchased you purchased you may need new bedding. While a mattress's size is fairly standard in terms of its length and width, there are a variety of mattress depths being used to incorporate some of the new materials we've discussed. By sure to check the depth of your new bed to determine whether you'll need deep pocket sheets or larger blankets.

Organic Latex Mattress Buying Guide

So, you're looking for a new organic latex mattress? Confused yet? It's not hard to become confused with all the information, misinformation and conflicting facts you may find about the new mattress you are looking to buy. There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for that mattress and a few things to never forget in that search. If you remember these simple things, shopping for the perfect organic latex mattress will become a lot clearer and will ensure you get what it is you are looking for, and, more important, what you are paying for.

One of the most important things to remember is to not forget what it is that you are looking for. Sounds like a complicated statement, but it's a vital one in your search for your organic mattress. Basically, what it means is to not lose sight of your mission. Don't let someone talk you into something that you know isn't what you want. If you want a truly organic mattress, don't settle for anything less. There are many retailers out there selling organic mattresses. Some companies that sell truly organic mattresses and some that do not. Before you begin comparing mattresses, you need to compare companies. Begin by weeding out the ones that aren't 100% organic.

ORGANIC LATEX MATTRESS. This can mean different things to different people and organic can definitely mean something different to you than to the manufacturer that is building your mattress. If you are looking for and paying for organic, make sure you are getting 100% organic components in your mattress. The law says that if a manufacturer puts as little as 8% organic materials into their product they can call that product organic. Yes, I said 8%! Why bother, right? Be sure the product says it is 100% organic. If it doesn't, you are not getting a truly organic product. And, after all, isn't that what you are paying for?

Don't be fooled by a 'pure' product. Just because a product says that it is pure, doesn't mean it's organic. In fact, most manufacturers that use "pure" or some term other than organic to describe their raw goods are in fact NOT using organic ingredients in their mattresses. Some manufacturers will go as far as telling you un-truths to cover the fact they are not using organic. For instance, some companies will tell you that organic wool is dirty and filled with feces. That's absolutely, 100% not true and is simply a selling tactic to cover the fact they do not use organic wool in their mattresses. Organic wool, like any other wool used in the manufacturing industry, is washed with natural and earth-friendly soaps. Organic wool is more expensive to produce and when a manufacturer is looking to cut costs, wool is a simple thing to skimp on. Non-organic wool affords the manufacturer lower costs and better profit margins while the consumer is left with an inferior, non-organic product. The organic mattress market is becoming very competitive as the popularity of organic products continues to grow. Insist on organic wool and be sure to check out the manufacturers certificates for the organic wool. Reputable retailers will have these certificates readily available. For your convenience, some retailers have links to their certificates on their website. Don't stop there. Follow up on those certificates. Call the supplier and verify that the manufacturer you are considering purchasing your mattress from is indeed buying their products from the supplier they have the certificates for. Insisting on organic wool is the only way to be sure there is nothing in your wool that you don't want there.

By Federal law, ANY AND ALL mattresses manufactured and sold in the United States must pass a flame test. Under the law, a mattress must be subjected to a flame for 70 seconds before it ignites. How this is achieved varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, but most manufacturers achieve this by using chemicals. These chemicals (Boric acid, Antimony and Decabromodiphenyl Oxide) are the same chemicals that have been banned in Europe for years and the same chemicals that are used in pesticides to kill roaches and have been linked to reproductive and developmental diseases, heart and lung damage, hair and memory loss, SIDS, birth defects, skin irritation and are believed to be carcinogens. Continued exposure to these chemicals cause accumulation in the body and present themselves in breast milk, the blood stream and in umbilical cord fluids.

Some organic mattress manufacturers produce an organic product only to spray it down with these chemicals to pass the flame law test. So while you are buying an organic mattress, that does not necessarily mean you are buying a chemical-free mattress. It only means you are buying a mattress made with organic materials that have been sprayed with chemicals. Imagine the hypocrisy! This is where the importance of organic wool becomes apparent. Naturally, wool is a fire retardant. Wool doesn't burn when exposed to a flame. When wool is used in an ample amount (an inch compressed) it becomes a fire retardant that passes the federal flame law requirements, making chemicals no longer necessary. While it is more costly to use wool, a true organic mattress manufacturer goes the extra step to be sure that your mattress is chemical free and truly organic. By the way, there are other fire-proofing methods available that are not chemical, but they also are not natural or organic. Be sure to ask if the manufacturer is using organic wool for fire retardant in the organic mattress.

Another consideration when purchasing a new organic latex mattress is the type of cover that the manufacturer uses. The cover should be 100% organic. While there are different options for the type of material used in the cover, cotton is the best option. Bamboo, on the other hand, is a poor choice because of the process it goes through to be made into a fabric. Many hazardous chemicals are required to process bamboo thus making it "un-organic." Most bamboo fabric is manufactured in China where the employees are subjected to poor working conditions and little or no ventilation. There are many "gimmick" fabrics available, such as aloe vera and lavender infused fabrics that are supposed to help with one ailment or another. Honestly, don't waste your money. They don't work. And if they did, they wouldn't be able to make it through your sheets to get to your body. Hemp is good quality fabric but tends to be more expensive than cotton with no additional benefits. While the cover is the one part of the mattress that you will come in contact with, many manufacturers use a cheap, sometimes uncomfortable cover on their mattresses. The cover should be soft and comfortable to the touch. Although sheets should always be used on your mattress, a rough, uncomfortable cover will come through the sheets and make your sleeping experience less than desirable. If you are unsure about the cover that is being used to make your mattress, ask for a sample to be sent to you so you can feel it out before you buy the mattress. Any reputable company would be more than happy to fill your request. A lot of companies will send you a sample pack of all the ingredients that make up their bed, but this is simply overkill and an unnecessary gesture. Unless you are concerned about latex allergies, the latex used in your mattress is pretty much the same from company to company.

Next, be sure the latex that comprises the bed you are considering is 100% natural latex. There are different types of latex available, including natural and synthetic latex and a combination of both. Synthetic latex contains synthetic ingredients and chemicals that are in no way natural. Whether you are considering Talalay or Dunlop latex, be sure that it is 100% natural latex. While there are a few other ingredients in natural latex (zinc oxide, fatty acid soaps and sulfur) rest assured, they are natural ingredients. Be careful not to fall for the "Dunlop/Talalay latex is the best and we only carry the best" tactic. Many manufacturers only carry one type of latex and will tell you that the latex they carry is the best. However, both Talalay latex and Dunlop latex are equally good products and a reputable company will offer you the choice. One rule of thumb to remember about the difference between the two types of latex is that Talalay latex will typically be softer than Dunlop latex of the same firmness category. For example, soft Talalay latex will be softer than soft Dunlop latex. Some manufacturers will try to confuse you by telling you that there is no such thing as natural Talalay latex. And, up until a few years ago, that was true. However, Latex International now makes a 100% natural Talalay latex product. Another consideration for the latex in your bed is the amount of latex that actually makes up the bed. Sure, a manufacturer can say that the latex in the bed is 100% natural, but that doesn't mean that the 100% natural latex comprises the whole bed, only that the latex in the bed is 100% natural. If you are buying a 12" mattress and the mattress contains 6" of latex, something else has to make up that other 6". After allowing for the wool or cotton that also make up the mattress, usually around 2", what else comprises the mattress? The answer is usually polyurethane. Many companies, in order to keep costs down, will use a 6" polyurethane core with 2" of latex on top. That's right, polyurethane. Why would you want to sleep on the same stuff that gasoline is made from?

Another trick of the organic mattress trade is to use latex that has sand fillers. Technically, the latex that uses sand fillers is still natural because sand is indeed natural. However, if you are buying a latex mattress, you want 100% natural LATEX. A reputable company manufacturing 100% natural Dunlop latex with no sand fillers is Green Latex. Latex International is the only company making 100% natural Talalay latex and they add no sand fillers to their latex. When shopping for your new organic latex mattress, purchase from a company that buys their latex from these companies and you will know you are getting good latex in your mattress.

You may be asking yourself by now why I haven't mentioned organic latex. After all, I have insisted on organic wool and cotton, why not organic latex? The simple reason is that it doesn't exist! Although most latex that is produced would probably be organic, there is no certifying body that has certified it as organic. Rest assured the latex in your organic latex mattress, if it is natural latex, is as good as it can be. There is just no certification as of the date of this publication.

The new wave of latex mattress that is sweeping the bedding market is the mattress that comes to the consumer in pieces and must be assembled once it is received. This mattress is truly a wonderful product and is often misunderstood. After it is assembled, it resembles and sleeps like a traditional latex mattress. The benefits of this type of latex mattress are numerous. The shipping of the "break-down" mattress is very economical and affordable to a larger number of consumers. Traditional mattresses can be very costly to ship, especially if they have to travel a long distance to get to the consumer. Lower shipping costs allow for a comfort exchange policy that affords the consumer the option to ship back a layer single layer of the mattress to achieve a different comfort level. If a consumer purchases the wrong comfort level of mattress, they simply exchange one of the layers of the mattress. This makes for a very convenient transaction as the consumer usually sends back the layer they wish to exchange only after the new one is received from the company. This makes for no "down time" without a mattress. Buying a new mattress is a complicated, nerve-racking endeavor that is rarely perfected in one try. Even when purchasing a mattress from a brick and mortar store, you lie on the mattress for 15 minutes to determine if the new mattress will be comfortable for the next sevaral years. Then you get the mattress home and it's not exactly what you wanted, but you live with it because it's such a hassle returning it. With this new type of mattress, if you don't perfect it the first time, you simply request a comfort exchange. By the time you decide you will do a comfort exchange, you know exactly what the problem is. If the mattress is too firm, you send back a firmer layer for a softer one. If the mattress is too soft, you send back a soft layer for a firmer one. And the best part of all, you don't have to decide the perfect combination in 15 minutes in a store. You sleep on the mattress at home and have usually up to 90 days, depending on manufacturer, to determine what it is you need to make the mattress perfect.

One thing to consider with this type of mattress is whether or not the individual layers inside are covered. This sounds like a trivial thing and something that is perhaps not necessary. In fact, some companies (those that do not offer covered latex layers) may try to talk you out of purchasing a bed with no covered layers. However, covered layers are VERY IMPORTANT to the functionality and durability of the mattress. Covering the layers makes them more durable and easier to handle when assembling the bed or rearranging the layers to achieve a different comfort level. Latex, by its inherent nature is susceptible to ripping and tearing if it is handled too rough or is tugged too hard. Some manufacturers and retailers claim that covering the layers will change the comfort levels of the latex by covering them. However, this is not true as the layers are covered in organic cotton that has stretch to it. The stretch in the fabric allows for the latex to keep its original level of comfort and affords the protection of the latex that is of major importance for this type of mattress. Many manufacturers will also claim that covering the latex allows the latex layers to slide inside the mattress. However, this also is not true. The organic cotton used to cover the latex prevents the layers from moving inside the mattress. Also preventing the layers from moving inside the mattress is the cover. The layers fit snug inside the cover, thus not allowing the layers to move around. Covering the layers is an added expense that most manufacturers forego. These manufacturers try to explain away the reasons for not covering the individual latex layers, but the bottom line is their main reason for not covering the layers. Latex that is damaged while trying to assemble the mattress or while removing the latex for a comfort exchange will, in most cases, not be exchanged and voids the warranty. It cannot be stressed enough; if you purchase a mattress that has individual layers that are accessible, be sure those layers are covered.

Another consideration when purchasing your new organic latex mattress is the foundation to put the mattress on. A latex mattress needs a sturdy foundation, but also one that will allow the mattress to 'breathe'. If you are purchasing a foundation from the company you are buying your mattress from, be sure that the base has ample slats to support the heavy weight of the mattress. A good base for a latex mattress has slats that are no more than 2 inches apart. Also be sure that the cover on the base is the same organic cotton fabric that your mattress is made of. Be sure that the wood in the base is untreated wood and any glue used in the base is a water-based, non toxic glue. While purchasing a matching base with your mattress makes for an aesthetically pleasing set, it is not necessary. However, the proper support for your new latex mattress is very important and improper support for the mattress will void the warranty. To be sure your mattress performs properly and your warranty is valid, I highly suggest purchasing the matching base at the time you purchase the mattress.

Finally, consider the return policy for the company. Are you stuck with the mattress if you are not happy or can you return it? The best policy is some type of comfort exchange, especially with the 'break down' mattresses. Most, if not all companies require that the consumer pays the shipping costs to return the mattress. This is an inevitable part of doing business online. If you are unwilling to pay this fee, you should consider not purchasing your mattress on the internet. However, I have found that the savings of purchasing online far outweigh the cost of a possible comfort exchange. You must also consider that many of the mattress stores today charge a restocking fee for any mattress that is returned and the customer is responsible for returning the mattress to the store or for any fees associated with the store picking up the mattress from the customers home. I also find that the customer service for many online companies surpasses that of most brick and mortar stores.
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