When you shop for a mattress, look closely for two qualities: Support and Comfort.
Compare these types of support: innerspring, air, water and foam. Choosing an innerspring mattress offers you many styles. We advise a minimum of 312 coils for a full size mattress. More coils may seem better but as coil counts rise above 450, the thickness of the coil, as well as the diameter, become smaller, and consequently translate into a softer coil system. As a rule of thumb, heavier people would choose thicker coils to achieve maximum durability, while average size adults would select more coils, if such a mattress seems more comfortable. The maximum recommended coil count is 750.
If you like Polyurethane Foam, purchase a mattress with a minimum density of 2 pounds per cubic foot for proper support and durability.
Waterbeds remain popular and, while the warm, moist heat may help arthritis sufferers, this benefit is offset by a lack of good back support.
High quality air mattresses deliver an advantage in that you control the mattress’s soft/hard level. Letting too much air out of the bladder will sacrifice lower back support.
You gain comfort from an innerspring mattress from the upholstery on top of the coils. From a foam mattress, comfort is derived form the firmness grade (not density) of the foam.
How do you choose a comfortable mattress? Wear comfortable clothes and lie down in your favorite sleeping position (side, back, etc.). Next, compare the quality and quantity of upholstery materials—the better the grade, the longer the mattress will feel comfortable.
Take care in your mattress selection because the rest is worth the time and effort.