How to Choose a Mattress: The Ultimate Buyers Guide

There are so many companies who claim to make ‘the best mattress’. As such, it’s no wonder many people don’t know where to start when it comes to shopping for a new one.

However, the average person spends a third of their life sleeping. On average, that’s 27 years of our life we spend in bed.

So after your home, a mattress is one of your most important investments you’ll make.

In this buyers guide, I’ll show you how to choose a mattress and cover everything you need to consider before spending any money.

When to Invest in a New Mattress

According to the National Bed Federation, you should really change your mattress every 7-10 years. Over time, after sleeping on it night after night, a mattress will lose its shape and fail to provide adequate support.

That said, the lifespan of a mattress does vary by type:

Mattress TypeAverage Lifespan
Open Coil Spring7-8 Years
Pocket Spring8-10 Years
Memory Foam8-10 Years
Latex10-15 Years
Hybrid 8-10 Years

How to Know You Need a New Mattress

Regardless of lifespan though, there are a several tell tale signs that you might need a new mattress. These include;

  • Your mattress feels saggy or lumpy
  • Tossing and turning during the night
  • Waking up with pain or numbness
  • Waking up with stiffness and aches
  • You feel like you’re sinking into it
  • Your partner’s movement wakes you up
  • You sleep better in other beds

Types of Mattresses