See here the list of Top 10 best mattress under $2000. Read the buying guide and other important factors before selecting a mattress for you.

Factors to Consider Before Buying a Mattress

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When you’ve found the right size, you should Worry about the weight. Depending on the product type, this is different. A low weight brings futon mattresses or guest mattresses on the scales. The foam mattress can also convince with its lightweight. Who does not put so much emphasis on being able to turn the mattress comfortably, can of course also resort to the heavy models such as the box spring bed or gel foam mattress. In order to be able to compare the weight of the individual mattresses more easily, we have taken the size of 90×200 cm as an example. A foam mattress weighs e.g. only 9 kg, while a spring mattress brings 20 kg, a latex mattress 70-90 kg and a waterbed mattress in the unfilled state 50 kg on the balance. You see, the weight depends on the size and the mattress type.

What density do I need?

If you want a mattress of good quality, you should pay attention to the highest possible density (RG). Based on the weight of the space, the durability or the life of the mattress can be fixed. With increasing volume weight also increases the weight of the mattress, but also the longevity and elasticity derselbigen. Many mattresses have a density of 30, but better still is a value of 40 or higher. A rough guideline is: With an RG of 30, the mattress will last an average of 2-3 years, with RG 40 it will be 6-8 years and with RG 50 it may even stay in your bed for up to 10 years. Important: The volumetric weight Only indicated for foamed mattresses!

What is the life of a mattress?

This depends on factors such as the weight of the room, the slatted frame, but also the care of the mattress. Anyone who buys a good mattress and treats it accordingly with care will also enjoy the sleeping surface for a long time. The mattress type also plays into this component. Thus, e.g. a Bonellfederkernmatratze or a gel foam mattress on a particularly long life. A foam mattress and guest mattresses do not last as long as other mattresses. But no matter what mattress, at least every 10 years, a new mattress should be bought.

What does point elasticity mean?

A good point elasticity means that the body really only “sinks” in the places where the material is really loaded. This is usually the case with foam mattresses. The opposite of point elasticity is surface elasticity. An example of a surface-elastic mattress is a Bonellfederkernmatratze. Pocket spring mattresses and latex mattresses, however, are examples of particularly point elastic mattresses. Only by a good support of the body and by a comfortable sleeping position posture damage can be avoided. Incidentally, the factors point elasticity and volume weight depend on each other. For spring mattresses, pay attention to the number of springs in order to be able to determine the point elasticity. With the right slatted frame with the right adjustment, the lying comfort can be further increased.

The sleeping position is also crucial

At a mattress consultation, the first question often asked is whether one is the abdominal, back or side sleeper. But not every one of us has a preferred sleeping posture. Many people also like to switch from the stomach to the side, etc. Many people sleep in a kind of “stable lateral position”, which, however, the spine unevenly loaded and long-term tension can lead or leads. This situation is often the result of a too firm mattress. The body takes a posture and rates this sleeping position as the most comfortable, which is a fallacy. Which sleep position is best for you, only you can decide. So for which sleeper is which mattress suitable?

  • Side sleeper: This is the most popular sleeping position. The matching mattress for this sleeper should be flexible and elastic. Ideally, the shoulder and hip can sink in easily. The waist, however, must be sufficiently supported to prevent flexion of the spine. Sufficient height of 18 cm is therefore recommended. Most mattresses are suitable for all sleeping positions. Except for the Bonell spring mattress, it is not so good for side sleepers. For foam mattresses, the height must be over 20 cm in order to provide the suitable properties.
  • Stomach Sleepers: Pure building blocks are not so common, especially as this sleeping position becomes more and more uncomfortable in the course of life, or less and less is recommended. This position offers little relief for shoulders and vertebrae. To avoid a hollow back, the mattress must be stronger, especially in the pelvic area. Suitable for this is the Bonellfederkernmatratze, but other mattresses come into consideration.
  • Back Sleepers: These types of sleepers usually move a little at night and therefore require good support of the neck and spine. Shoulders and buttocks should be able to sink sufficiently into the mattress. Also for this type of sleep, most mattresses are suitable, in particular, viscoelastic mattresses, Bonellfederkernmatratzen and foam mattresses. Recommended is a mattress that can be used for an adjustable slatted frame.
  • Active Sleepers: This sleep type changes its sleeping position quite often and therefore can not be assigned to a specific category. He needs a very flexible mattress that combines various advantages. Cold foam, spring core or natural latex mattresses are suitable in this case.

Surely you have been able to assign yourself to one of the categories and may now wonder if and how you can change or influence your sleep type. Sleep researchers found out that our preferred sleeping position is firmly anchored in us and is not subject to change. Therefore, it is very difficult to regain. It is better to see which mattress and which pillow fits the type of sleep.

Why do I need a mattress topper or mattress protector?

If your mattress does not fit your sleeping needs, you can also grab a mattress topper that fits in with the mattress toppers. These are made of different materials, they are used to increase the comfort of lying and to protect the mattress from stains and liquids. The topper is placed on the mattress or fixed in some cases by rubber loops. The mattress topper also influences the degree of hardness of the mattress. However, you should first check if your mattress can be used in combination with a topper. This often causes problems with the ventilation. A topper is between 6 and 12 inches high. In the rest, toppers are only suitable for spring mattresses, cold foam mattresses do not need a mattress topper.

A mattress topper, for the sole protection of the mattress, however, is flat and is attached to the sleeping pad by means of rubber loops. There are also special rubberized pads for people with bladder weakness as well as babies and toddlers. But even the sleeping climate can be improved with a mattress pad. If you are interested in a mattress protector (or mattress pad), please note that it is placed underneath the mattress. It serves to protect the mattress from being pressed by the slatted frame and color changes. Especially with spring mattresses, where the cover of the mattress rubs through the friction with a slatted frame, a mattress protector makes sense.


Now you have learned a lot about the different mattress types and what you have to look out for when buying a mattress. Nevertheless, not infrequently there are other questions that we would like to answer here.

What mattress to buy for health problems?

If you have back or joint pain or an allergy, you can not take any mattress. Here it is important to stop the eyes on the right model. As an allergy mattress recommend waterbed, foam, latex, cold foam or viscoelastic mattresses. People with back or joint pain are well advised with a cold foam mattress, latex mattress or gel foam mattress.

Where can I store my mattress?

If you’ve bought a mattress but can not use it yet because, for example, you’re missing the right bed, it’s best to keep it dry and preferably in a protective bag. However, this must not be packed airtight, since there may be residual moisture in the material. If the mattress has already been used, this is, even more, the case. As a storage location, a dry storage or storage space is recommended. In a basement, it will almost certainly be too damp for your mattress.

Why does a mattress have to be ventilated?

It is important that the mattress can release the absorbed moisture back into the surrounding air. Therefore, the bed should always remain uncovered after getting up, preferably the bedding hanging on the window or over a chair. The “drying” of the mattress prevents mold growth and microbial attack. Even an occasional sunbath on the balcony does the mattress well and kills germs.

How do I clean a mattress?

Cleaning is recommended by washing the cover and venting after sleeping to allow the mattress to dry. Otherwise, it may start to smell unpleasant or even mold. However, the mattress should not be knocked out firmly or vacuumed, as this may damage the mattress, depending on the model.

When do I have to change my mattress?

The volume weight affects the comfort of the mattress, as well as sufficient care. A washable cover ensures that the mattress does not get soiled quickly and it does not start to smell. Mattresses should be turned regularly to prevent sagging and thus increase the life of the mattress. It should not only be longitudinal but also turned across. If you notice a decrease in lying comfort then it’s time for a new mattress. However, at least every 10 years a new mattress should be made.

Where can I dispose of a mattress?

The time has come: The mattress has been faithful to service, but now needs to be replaced. If you want to get rid of your disused mattress, you can put it out if bulky waste is. However, in each city bulky waste is collected regularly collectively. Some cities require that you register bulky waste or pick it up only if several households want to dispose of something. If you do not want to wait until the next bulky waste, you can also throw the mattress on a trailer and bring it to the next recycling center. Under certain circumstances, proof of residence may be necessary. Mostly you can dispose of a carload for free. Some cities also issue so-called bulky waste. With these, you can dispose of up to four cubic meters per year.

How do I transport a mattress?

If you’ve decided to roll mattress, transportation is no problem. The mattress can be stowed away in the trunk to save space. However, it looks different from conventional mattresses. These are wrapped in a foil and can either be transported on a trailer (preferably with tarpaulin) or in a sprinter. Cold foam mattresses can theoretically also be bent for transport, but to what extent that damages the mattress core is questionable. For spring mattresses, however, kinking is not possible.