By Jane Magaro, Cheapism.com
When back pain, nightly tossing and turning, or waking up stiff and tired becomes the norm, it may be time to replace a saggy or lumpy mattress. If you're reluctant to toss out a mattress that doesn't provide enough support or shows signs of deterioration, consider the cost of chiropractor visits and massages or a lifetime of lattes to get going in the morning. You don't have to spend $10,000 on a "luxury" mattress to see substantial improvement. The three major mattress manufacturers -- Serta, Sealy, and Simmons -- all offer quality queen-size mattresses for less than $600. Here are the top budget recommendations from each brand:
- Sealy Posturepedic mattresses start at $391 for a queen and were rated the most comfortable and least likely to sag in a study of user satisfaction. These innerspring mattresses are intended to provide extra back support and relieve pressure on hips and shoulders.
- Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses start at $560 and were designed in partnership with the National Sleep Foundation. Users like the Perfect Sleeper line for its firm but comfortable feel.
- Simmons Beautyrest mattresses start at $477 and offer pocketed coils, which are designed to minimize motion transfer. The Beautyrest may be worth checking out if you're a light sleeper or share your bed with someone who is.
To select the best cheap mattresses, Cheapism.com identified must-have features and analyzed online reviews by users and experts. As important as which mattress you buy is where and how you buy it. Retailers constantly offer sales, and you may be able to negotiate a lower price or free shipping. Check to see if stores have floor models available at deep discounts.
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The best way to find a comfortable mattress is to try it out. Lie down for at least five minutes in your most common sleeping position. Mattresses are made with myriad types of materials and methods of construction, including foam, metal coils or springs, various fibers, and pillowtop designs. Each has its pros and cons, so pay attention to support levels, heat retention, and pressure points when deciding on a mattress.
While mattress preferences are individual, in general, side sleepers may prefer a soft or padded mattress and those who sleep on their backs may prefer a firmer mattress. Try out soft, medium, and firm mattresses to see which one works best for you. Also, a higher number of coils doesn't necessarily mean a better mattress. Depending on the construction, 375 coils is enough for a queen, according to GoodBed.
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