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A Few Helpful Hints for Buying Mattresses
The mattress is undoubtedly one of the most pleasant inventions man has produced in his many thousand years of history for his health. However, many people underestimate the importance of a good mattress. A healthy sleeping environment is crucial for the recovery and regeneration of the body during the night, even at a young age.
One of the most important differences in all commercially available mattresses is the degree of hardness. This is partly pure taste, partly also depending on the weight and size of the individual. For the purpose of better comparability, an indication of the degree of hardness has been introduced, ranging from H1 (very soft) to H5 (very firm). However, be careful! Each manufacturer assigns the degree of hardness individually. A mattress with H3 hardness can therefore be softer or stronger than the H3 mattress of a competitor. Some manufacturers also limit their hardness typology to H1 (very soft), H2 (medium strength) and H3 (very hard).
Our tip: Before purchasing a new mattress, look at the hardness of your old model. In general: the heavier the individual, the harder the mattress should be.
You’ve made your bed, now lie in it!
Mattresses are now constructed in several different ways. The most important types are presented here:
The spring core mattress
This type of mattress consists of a core of steel springs, which are padded with different materials (such as foam or felt) and are covered with a cotton (viscose) jacket. A distinction is made between three different subtypes: the inexpensive but short-lived Bonnell-spring core mattress (with waisted steel springs), the flexible and punctual pocket-spring core mattress (with individually feathered spring cores) and the pricier, but exceptionally comfortable, tonne-spring mattress. The final option optimizes the flexibility of special metal springs on the adaptability of the foam.
The spring core mattress is the most robust mattress type.Also the good ventilation is a big plus in the fight against mold. The disadvantage is that they are not suitable for adjustable slatted grates; Simple spring core mattresses, in contrast to the spring core version, have a lack of point elasticity which restricts the comfort of lying.
The latex mattress
This mattress type consists either of natural latex or a latex varnish made synthetically from petroleum. The massive latex core produced in a casting process is subsequently sheathed with a jacket of cotton, or a comparable material. In contrast to the spring-core mattress, this type of mattress adjusts itself to any underlay, including adjustable slats.
The advantages of the latex mattress are the great adaptability and standard point elasticity, the stability (which is also suitable for very heavier individuals), as well as being dust-free which makes it suitable for allergy sufferers. A recurring disadvantage is the heaviness of this type of mattress, which makes it rather bulky.
The Foam Mattress
This group includes two mattress types which are comparable only to a limited extent - the cold foam mattress and the visco-elastic mattress. Both mattresses are solid like the latex mattress, but are made from foam instead of cast, making them much lighter and more practical to use. The cold foam mattress has all the main advantages of the latex mattress - plus a longer life and practicality. The shining star of the foam mattresses is the Visco mattress. The mattress molds itself to the individual shape of the sleeper, and even retains this shape once the person has got up - which is why it is called memory foam.
The advantages of this type of mattress are obvious: excellent elasticity, good thermal insulation, quiet and usability for all slatted frames. In the case of the visco-elastic mattress, extraordinary adaptability to the body is added. The downside:restless sleepers, or individuals who tend to overheat during the night. An additional disadvantage is that cold foam is easily flammable and therefore smoking in the bed is absolutely forbidden!
Our tip: Look for a protective cover that can be regularly put in the washing machine. These can act as prevention against those unwanted guests - bed bugs!
In addition to the mentioned mattresses, there are many other types on the market: from the natural oil mattress to the anti-decubitus mattress to alternative forms, such as the futon or the waterbed. Even an air mattress has a place on solid land. We recommend that you try before you buy, as well as carefully reading the specific product details. Whatever you are looking for - we wish you sweet dreams!