Everyone has different tastes when it comes to the desired firmness and feel of their mattress, but without a basic idea of what you want, you could spend hours wondering around the store and still leave empty-handed. Start with the big questions, like one-sided or two? A traditional two-sided mattress has the same sleeping surface upholstered on both sides, while a one-sided mattress has only one upholstered surface. Both have advantages and disadvantages in price, availability, and lifespan. Know the pros and cons of both so you won't lose any sleep over a poor mattress choice.
Comfort doesn't always depend on whether your mattress is one-sided or two, but it can play a role. The two-sided mattress offers more overall padding and acts as more of a cushion while you sleep than a cheaper one-sided mattress. Pricier one-sided mattresses and those made of higher quality materials may prove just as comfortable as the two-sided mattress. Memory foam mattresses offer extra padding for the sensitive sleeper. In deciding whether one or two sides feels better to you, lie on each mattress for 15 minutes in your normal sleeping position and see how you feel afterward.
Rotating or turning your mattress helps prolong its lifespan, but in general two-sided mattresses outlast their one-sided counterparts. The downside of this prolonged life is the need to flip and rotate the mattress every two to three months, according to ConsumerReports.org. One-sided mattresses last longer when rotated every two to three months, but do not need to be flipped over. If two people share the bed, instead of one person using only one side, rotating is not necessary for a one-sided mattress. Individuals who physically can't flip a mattress, or find they never did flip their mattress, may prefer a one-sided style.
Two-sided mattresses carry higher price tags than one-sided mattresses due to the extra material used to make them and the lower availability. The price difference is often recovered by flipping the mattress as recommended to help it wear down evenly, just like the tires on a car. This extends the life so you get more for your money. Still, bargain hunters may prefer the one-sided mattress option.
The no-flip design of the one-sided mattress first appeared in 2000, and since then two-sided mattresses have become harder to find, according to retailers. The one-sided mattress offers cheaper prices, requires fewer resources to manufacturer, and holds the appeal of never needing to be lifted up and flipped over. Two-sided mattresses exist, but you may need to travel or search online to find one. This extra cost of hunting down a two-sided mattress may not fit into your budget.
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