Faced with all the mattresses well aligned in the shelves, one soon feels a little lost. Better to ask the right questions before buying rather than relying on the vendor’s arguments or the snorting names of the technologies.
FOAM, LATEX OR SPRINGS?
It is the fundamental difference in technology between mattresses, the innovations with the promising names coming mainly from the surfer marketing. For example, Casper vs Leesa? Which is better?
If the choice is highly subjective and if the market remains dominated by the foam models, mattress tests tend to favor spring mattresses. We always find one or a few at the top of the rankings. They gain in comfort by adding thicknesses of foam and overall, they now cushion both movements and foam mattresses. But you should not conclude that they are suitable for everyone: a mattress must be tried and you can feel much better on a foam or latex mattress.
In addition, the spring mattress is preferably combined with a spring mattress. This is an extra expense that is avoided by buying a foam mattress when equipped with a slatted bed base.
TO SHAPE MEMORY OR NOT?
Memory mattresses are part of the high-end bedding, with prices often high. They give very clear opinions. They praise their incomparable side enveloping that ensures a good quality of sleep or complained on the contrary to be engulfed without being able to move.
Far from these passionate debates, the results of laboratory tests do not favor the expensive memory mattresses.
WHAT PRICE FOR A GOOD MATTRESS?
Our tests prove that mattresses under € 500 can be better in terms of comfort, maintenance and aging resistance than models sold over € 2,000. If the silk ticking can explain a high tariff, it does not guarantee the comfort or the absence of sagging over the years. Relying on the price to make your choice would be a mistake.
FLEXIBLE, CLOSED OR BALANCED?
Whatever level of firmness you want, do not rely on the label on the label. Since there is no standardized scale of firmness, each manufacturer defines it in its own way. A “firm” mattress for one can be termed “supple” by another. The only way to assess the firmness of a mattress is to try it.
FACE WINTER AND FACE SUMMER, USEFUL?
In general, the winter face has a slightly thicker ticking, or even slightly more filling. But it does not affect the comfort, one does not feel the difference.
That said, the face summer / winter has an incontestable interest. It encourages the mattress to be turned over at least twice a year, which prevents the packing from tamping over time. Taking advantage of the opportunity to reverse head and feet also allows for better distribution of pressures.
ANTIACARIAN OR ANTIBACTERIAL MATTRESS?
Regardless of whether they protect mites or microbes, most mattresses that appear “anti” are subjected to chemical treatment by biocidal substances, classified for their harmfulness.
We recommends instead to opt for a slatted bed base, to regularly vacuum the mattress, to avoid overheating the room and to ventilate the bed every morning, window wide open.
WHAT DURATION OF WARRANTY?
Five years, seven years, ten years and even up to 25 years, these frills warranty periods are in reality serving nothing or not much since they exclude “normal wear and tear”. There is no need to make life time a buying criterion.
TRY IN STORE, AN UNCOURTABLE STAGE
A mattress that suits one person may be deemed uncomfortable by another. In other words, when you’re asleep, you try the mattresses for two before you buy, and take your time.
Lying on the mattress, one tries to pass the hand between his kidneys and the mattress. If we succeed, it is a bad sign: it is too firm.
Then we change position. If it’s laborious, it’s too soft or its memory-shaped layer is too intense.
Finally, the elbow is pressed into the mattress. If the hollow remains marked, the model is eliminated, it is too soft.
The choice is then a matter of feeling, feeling of well-being, even price.