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A Guide to Purchasing a Queen-Size Mattress

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Did you know that every 1 in 3 adults doesn’t get enough sleep?

With the stress of bills, work, financial struggles, and everything else that life piles on, getting enough sleep can be a struggle. Getting the recommended amount of sleep can be even more difficult if you are sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress.

If you are looking to purchase a new queen mattress, you may be struggling to decide which brand to consider. Choosing the most comfortable mattress can be challenging, especially if you are unable to go try out a mattress in-store.

That’s why today, we’ve created this complete guide to help you understand how to choose the best queen-size mattress. Why a queen mattress over a twin, full, or king? Because of the Goldilocks principle — not too big, not too small, but just right.

How to Choose a Comfortable Mattress

There are three main types of queen beds on the market — foam mattresses, innerspring mattresses, and hybrid mattresses (combined foam and innerspring). There isn’t a “right” type of mattress that fits everybody as the mattress that helps you sleep best depends on your sleeping habits and body type.

Here’s a closer look at how to choose the most comfortable mattress for your sleep style and body type.

Firm vs Soft

If you like to sleep on your side, you may find that a soft queen mattress that conforms to your curves is most comfortable. However, stomach sleepers would find a firm mattress a lot more comfortable as it provides better support for the spine in that position. Back sleepers find that a medium-firm mattress is the most comfortable for a combination of back support and body contouring.

Petite body types might find firm mattresses too hard while heavier set people prefer it. A plush to medium feel is best for petite or lighter-weight people. Medium-firm to extra firm is best for heavier set bodies.

Temperature Control

If you live in a warmer climate or tend to sleep ‘hot’, you’ll want to invest in a mattress with temperature-regulating materials. Tempurature-regulating mattresses often include gel-infused foams, copper-infused fabric, or breathable layers. Look for keywords like “ICE” or “Cool” or “gel-infused” to indicate the mattress has cooling or temperature-regulating technology. These technologies disperse your body heat so you don’t overheat and sweat as you sleep. This will leave you with a much more comfortable and restful sleep experience.

Mattress Layers

The layers in your mattress serve different functions. Some layers keep you cool and comfortable while others provide cushioned support for specific areas of your body such as the lower back and hips. There are also layers to absorb movement to prevent disturbing your partner’s sleep. Lastly, some layers are there for structural support of the mattress itself and protective fire layers to meet laws and regulations.

All of these layers are made up of different materials because they serve different purposes. Some of the most common material layers include memory foam, latex, polyurethane foam, natural fibers, micro-coils, and cooling gel. Memory foam, other foam materials, and latex are for comfort for both cushioning and cooling. Coils and some firmer foam layers and edge foams are for support. Coils and some foams also allow for air movement. Micro-coils and foams also absorb the transfer of movement to prevent disturbing your partner.

Some mattresses have just foam, some just innerspring. Hybrid mattresses combine foam and innerspring for an exceptional sleep experience.

Styles of Queen Mattresses

Besides the standard queen-size mattress, there are three other queen-bed sizes.

One style is referred to as the Olympic queen mattress. Typically, the Olympic queen bed is 66 inches wide by 80 inches long, 6 inches wider than the standard size.

The California queen bed is 60 inches wide by 84 inches Long, 4 inches longer than a standard queen mattress, but it’s the same width as the standard queen mattress.

Lastly, there is a split queen mattress. This mattress style is most commonly used for adjustable beds because your mattress is split into two separate parts. The mattresses are 30 inches wide by 80 inches long. However, the sizing of the split queen mattresses together is the same size as a standard queen mattress.

Choose a queen mattress size that allows for adequate sleeping space for you and your partner and space around the bed.

Standard Queen mattress size 60 inches by 80 inches California Queen mattress size 60 inches by 84 inches Olympic Queen mattress size 66 inches by 80 inches Split Queen bed - two mattresses each 30 inches by 80 inches

Research Mattress Durability

On average, a mattress should last you five to ten years. The durability of your mattress will depend on how often you flip your mattress and your weight.

You can take a look at the industry standards of a mattress before you invest in it. Comparing the standard industry ratings to the mattress you’re considering will allow you to gauge the durability of your mattress.

Signs You Need A New Queen Mattress

If you’re unsure if it’s time to replace your current mattress, there are signs that it’s time to buy a new mattress.

Are you finding that you don’t feel well-rested when you wake up? This may be a sign that you’re tossing and turning too much during the night. Investing in a new mattress that’s better suited for your sleeping style and body type will help cut down on restlessness.

Another sign that it’s time to buy a new mattress is waking up stiff and sore. The older your mattress gets, the less support it can provide. When this starts to happen, you’ll find that you’re waking up stiff and sore in your back, shoulders, and neck.

The Best Queen Mattress Brands

Choosing the right mattress isn’t an easy decision. Investing in brands that are recognized for their high-quality mattresses is a great decision. This is because you can ensure that you invest in brands that develop mattresses that are well-known (and well-loved).

Some queen mattress brands you may want to consider investing in include:

Whether you’re looking to invest in a mattress for yourself or you and a partner, a queen mattress from one of these trusted brands is a great way to ensure you get a great night’s sleep!

Find The Best Queen Mattress

Investing in a new bed can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! If you’re still struggling to decide what queen mattress to get, take our mattress quiz. You could also visit one of our mattress stores in Las Vegas, NV, Mesquite, NV, or St. George, UT, and talk to a mattress expert. Our team of experts is here to help you find the perfect fit for your sleep type!