How to Choose a Mattress

Confused on how to choose a mattress? We know, it can be overwhelming, and these things can burn a great big hole in your bank account, but think of it this way: you’ll be sleeping on one every single night for the rest of your life, and you might as well invest in one that will last you for the next 8-10 years or so. Scrimp on the cost and you might also be scrimping on quality, and you’ll have to a new mattress again sooner rather than later.

We’ve covered before how good sleep quality can be a strange and elusive thing to master, but the main thing about choosing the right mattress is about achieving the optimal body alignment during the night, which will then help with breathing and relaxation as you sleep.

The type of mattress you should invest in depends on a couple of factors: the weight of who will be sleeping on the bed, your usual sleeping position, and also perhaps your particular health needs, if any.

At California King Bed, we offer three types of mattresses: soft, medium, and firm, and we’ll break down some factors to consider when you’re considering how to choose a mattress.


There is no conclusive result to the great soft vs. firm mattress debate when it comes to what is best for your back. However, the latest consensus states that the less cushioning, the better your spine can achieve a neutral resting position. With less pressure on your back, the rest of your body (your muscles, arteries, blood circulation) can relax, allowing you to breathe easier for a better night’s sleep. A caveat to this is if you have any health conditions, such as a bad back, arthritis, or scoliosis.


Who doesn’t love to sink into a soft mattress after a long day? For individuals with the health conditions mentioned above and who are aging, a soft mattress might be the way to go. At the same time, if the mattress is too soft, your back might be collapsing while you sleep, which prevents you from breathing at an optimal level. However, if you are prone to sleeping on your side – often said to be the best position for body alignment – a soft mattress can still provide adequate support.


Buying a mattress if you have a partner can be tricky – you might be value sleeping in different positions, or have an unequal weight distribution. For this situation, a medium mattress would be a good compromise in terms of comfort as well as body support.

If you’re still not sure how to choose a mattress, we recommend that you take a look at our Mattress Buying Guide where you’ll find a 2-step quiz to find your perfect new mattress. And if you’re feeling a little bit of buyer’s anxiety, contact us and we’ll talk you through your choices — we’re always happy to help.

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