Ryan and I have been looking for the best mattress you can possibly buy for nearly ten long years and now. We are in a position to cut through all of the hype and nonsense that the mattress industry is plagued with. To put into perspective what you are now up against, you really do need to take the time to read a little about the basics of your purchase.
Consider the fact that there are more than 4000 or so different mattress models out there and knowing how to reduce this number to a more manageable ten or so is pretty easy once you get to grips with what you should be looking for. Consider also that the most expensive bed costs in the region of £115,000 (Savoir Royal State) and the cheapest is around the £200 mark. What is it that creates a mattress that can be retailed for this particular price?
It’s not possible to break down this site into any organised manner. There is just too much to talk about and each discussion relates directly to a variety of other related topics. In order to help you, we have separated out the posts and placed the bare minimum information you require into the sections below. The following breakdown will give you a rough indication of the sheer size of the site and will also demonstrate the amount of information you need before considering your mattress purchase.
How much should you spend?
Setting your budget is absolutely key to your purchase decision. However, you can’t feasibly expect to do this if you do not know what your money can get you. This section breaks down what you can realistically expect to get for a particular budget.
Understanding your mattress purchase
Don’t expect your mattress to give you everything that you require for the money you are prepared to pay. You will have to tailor some aspects of the build to ensure what you get will be entirely suitable for your needs.
Quick tips on buying your mattress
A quick rundown on what you can expect to face.
This section gives quite a comprehensive overview of what makes a good mattress. We have used real life examples to dissect what can be considered to be a well-constructed product and analysed each component to determine what makes one model better than the other.
This section will give you the confidence to walk into any mattress showroom and determine quite easily the products that are worthy of further investigation. The clues to a well-built mattress are quite obvious once you know what to look for.
Know your GSM timetable
Quite complicated at first glance but don’t be put off! Knowing the GSM (Grams per Square Metre) of upholstery is what the manufacturer does NOT want you to know about. Once you do grasp the essentials of this you will be able to tell which mattress is a complete bag of springs and which ones are worthy of further investigation.
How to do a mattress comparison
When faced with 4000 or so models you really do need to do like for like comparisons. This section guides you through the process of comparing like for like models. Not particularly easy when manufacturers or retailers do not give you the information you require to do this! We show you what to look for.
The best tip we can give you about buying a mattress
Once you know what makes the best mattress, you will be in a better position to evaluate the compromises you may need to make to get the best mattress that falls within your particular budget.
All about pocket springs
Absolutely essential reading. As you read through this site you will see that the upholstery elements that can be used within a mattress are quite minimal – there are only so many components that can be used. Springs, however, are the only real difference that can be used to separate one manufacturer from the other – but who has the ‘best’ springs? It’s unfortunately not as simple as that.
Understanding mattress upholstery
There are only two parts that go into making a mattress – the springs and the upholstery. Once you grasp the basics of upholstery your job is halfway done. Be warned, not all is as it seems.
Getting to grip with these basics will put you in a far better position to determine what will be the most suitable product for you.
John & Ryan