Take a quick look through the internet, and you can find mattresses of various sizes, and prices. The online options run the gamut from cheap spring mattresses priced for less than $100 on Shopee to premium latex beds that retails for even ten of thousands of dollars for popular brands.
Like the majority of the people out there, you might have a hard time choosing the best option to tailor to your sleeping needs. After all, premium mattresses are big-ticket items and every individual would want to make the best out of their money. At the end of the day, the best mattresses are comfortable and supportive. The inner build: firmness, thickness, foam and spring quality, and materials all combine to provide the optimal level of comfort and support.
Without further ado, this guide will provide all the mattresses type you can find in-store or online and hopefully, it will assist you to find the best bed for you.
A mattress is built like a car. The cover is akin to the exterior of the vehicle and different mattresses utilise different fabrics to contain the inner materials. A cheap mattress uses normal cotton fabric and over time, it may dampen and deteriorate with a smell and yellow stains. Higher-end covers are usually soft to touch and the overall tactile experience is superior compared to their mid-range counterparts. Cool Touch Mattress features a cool touch fabric that is two times cooler than normal cotton. Ideal for hot and humid weather in Singapore, it cools the user naturally, reducing the need to turn on the AC.
Think of the inner material of a mattress as the inner compartments of a car. Some come with luxurious leather for seating comfort. Some come with advanced ventilation commonly seen in premium-grade vehicles. This goes the same for beds. Some mattresses may contain high-density foam layers for better support and better ones come with memory foam to adapt to your unique body shape. What goes inside a mattress is crucial and transparency is key between buyers and sellers. It is absolutely uncommon for one to cut up a mattress to see what is within. Always make sure the mattress seller is trusted and reputable. Every Makedon mattresses undergo strict quality checks to ensure consistency and credibility.
Most mattress comes with at least one layer of innerspring. Otherwise, it is purely a memory foam mattress, which we will discuss more later. Innerspring mattresses are traditional beds that have been around for decades. They are created using steel coils that compress when pressure is applied to them and different mattresses use different types of coils of various sizes and numbers of coils. Premium mattresses contain coils that are individually housed in an ultra-thin layer of cotton fabric, normally colour-coded based on the size and grouped in different sections of the bed. Higher quality mattresses use these different coils to support different parts of the body. The end of the mattress may require stronger support than the headrests while the lower third of the bed requires wider coil support to lightly hold up the calves.
Higher number of coils = Stronger support
Bigger coil diameter = Stronger support
Thicker steel coils = Stronger support
It is known within the bedding industry that a higher number of coils usually result in better quality and sleep support. Even though this type of mattress is relatively more affordable than its memory foam alternative, it is less durable as well. Recall seeing a bed with broken coils that struck through the mattress fabric? This is because these beds tend to use thinner, lower quality coils that wear and tear over time and the edge of the coil will pierce through the cover if the fabric used is very thin.
Second, the popular innerspring mattress is foam mattresses.
Foam mattresses are a great choice, especially for side sleepers who are looking for good support and comfort. Particularly memory foam is favoured for its ability to conform to your body as you sleep; providing optimal support to different parts of your body. Think of ‘sinking’ into a bed and being cradled. The hips area might sink in deeper as compared to the belly area and the mattress is able to offer all the support you need. As it contours to your body, it gives you the liberty to move wherever you want as it gradually conforms to your body. It bounces back once the pressure is removed. Moreover, most mattress contains layers of foam that are durable enough to hold up the sleeper and reduce the need to flip the mattress. This is ideal for side sleepers who want a balance of softness and comfort.
Memory foam mattress also helps to:
Relief pressure points
Provide optimal spinal alignment
Isolate motion to reduce disturbance
Note: Increasingly, we are starting to see trendy, and light roll-up mattresses but are they truly lasting? The materials that make the roll-up mattress are usually made of foam with low density, thus enabling one to roll the bed with the least amount of effort. However, think about it: How often do you actually need to move a mattress besides bringing it into your home after purchase (which will be delivered by the logistics) and replacing it after years of usage (which will also be delivered by the logistics). What truly matters is finding a good mattress with a strong build that can last you for years.
Hybrid gives you the best of both worlds by combining spring coils and foam layers together in the bed. You get the strong support of an innerspring mattress and the softness of memory foam. Generally, a hybrid mattress is made up of a solid layer of coiled springs at the base and a few layers of memory foam on the top. The good thing about hybrid mattresses is that different brands offer different combinations. Some may combine coiled springs with a gel layer while some may pair it with a smaller-sized coiled layer. It all boils down to the custom experience that you get from different beds.
Never go for the cheapest option: This holds true for every product you may purchase online. It may seem tempting to get a $200 queen-size mattress but a cheaper alternative usually results in lower stability, warranty, and sleep quality in general. We are talking about sleep health and you’d want to invest in something that can benefit you and your health.
The most expensive may not always be the best - The best mattress is the one that suits you the most and every individual have different sleeping needs. Some may prefer firmer mattresses for spinal support and some may prefer one with memory foam for hotel grade comfort.
Fabric matters - Some mattresses use normal cotton fabric as a cover and over time, it may dampen and deteriorate with a smell and yellow stains. Cheaper beds may not come with anti-dust mite and hypoallergenic properties and these can result in bite marks or allergic reactions in its users over time.
Despite all the different models available, there are some definite winners. The Makedon Cool Touch Mattress is a hybrid mattress that aims to provide the ultimate bed for all sleep lovers out there. It consists of premium coiled springs that can withstand the heaviest of weight and feature layers of high-grade memory foam for the best sleep support. The plush topper with cool-touch silk fabric ensures all night (and day) coolness for its user. With its high breathability make, one can assure the mattress stays fresh for a long time to come.
Ultimately, comfort can be subjective but to affirm your decision, it is best to test out the bed in-store to get the exact tactile feel. All Makedon mattresses are available for viewing and experience in Choice Furniture showroom. What’s more, every purchase of a Makedon mattress entitles you to one complimentary bed frame. Did we mention it includes free delivery and assembly? Come make the best choice of the day, today.
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