Do you toss and turn all night then wake up with pain in your back or shoulders? If you feel tired all day, the cause may be due to a failing mattress. If it’s more than eight years old, your mattress may be sagging and not giving you proper support. Now for the challenge: finding a mattress that’s right for you.

We’ve developed this mattress buying guide with your needs in mind. Here, you’ll easily discover different types of mattresses, identify the factors you need to consider before making a decision, and compare different mattress brands.

Types of Mattresses

Jumpstart your mattress search by knowing the six types of mattresses and their benefits.

Innerspring Mattresses

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Innerspring mattresses have springs or coils that deliver support and a familiar bounce. These are the most common mattresses and typically their prices won’t take a huge bite out of your wallet. Innersprings are ideal for any sleep position, but are especially suited to back sleepers. Want to feel cool? An innerspring mattress is a good choice because it has less heat retention.

On another note, if your partner constantly shifts in bed, there’s more great news. Mattresses with individually wrapped coils (pocketed coils) reduce motion transfer, so your sleep partner’s tossing and turning won’t keep you awake at night.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Do you or your partner suffer from back or joint pain? If you answer “yes”, a memory foam mattress is a great choice. Layers of foam contour to your body to provide support and pressure relief. No matter what position you sleep in, these mattresses help improve spinal alignment and weight distribution.

Mattresses like the Ashley Mattress in a Box memory foam mattress not only contour to your body, but they help prevent motion transfer. Their thick lower layers of firm support foam often include transition foam and a core found just below the memory foam layer. These layers absorb the motion you feel from a partner’s movements so you can enjoy uninterrupted sleep.

Ashley Mattress in a Box 12″ Memory Foam Mattress

Another great benefit of sleeping on a memory foam mattress like the Ashley Mattress in a Box is that it’s anti-microbial, hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant. This means dust mites, pollen, mold and pet dander are kept out of the mattress, which could help you breathe easier, especially if you are an allergy sufferer. Plus, there is no need to flip a memory foam mattress as the foam retains its shape.

Hybrid Mattresses

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If you are torn between memory foam, gel, or spring mattresses, consider a hybrid mattress. These mattresses are popular because they are made with a combination of different foams, coils and other materials. Taking the best qualities from other mattresses and blending them together makes this choice a win-win. Hybrids often have pocketed coil technology, gel-infused memory foam, layers of memory foam, luxury fabric covers and edge support.

When considering a hybrid mattress, think about the different combinations you want. For example, some consist of latex foam while others are made of memory foam. Decide which features are most important and base your decision on the combination that best works for you.

Pillow Top Mattresses

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Want an extra soft sleep surface? Pillow top mattresses ns in a new windowfall into any of the five previously mentioned options, with the addition of an extra layer of soft cushioning sewn into the top for extra comfort. If you suffer from pain or sleep on your side, you’ll find the cradling comfort delivered from the extra cushioning to be highly beneficial. Quality pillow tops disperse your weight for ultimate comfort and are as soft as a memory foam mattresses, but less expensive.

Five Mattress-Buying Factors

Looking for a mattress can become tedious, but knowing what to look for will make your search easier. Here are five major factors you’ll want to consider because each plays a significant role when it comes to getting great sleep.


Since you spend one-third of your life sleeping, mattress comfort is a must. It has to suit your needs and have the feel you want. One sure-fire way to find a mattress is to visit an  Ashley Furniture HomeStore near you. With help from a bedding expert and a SleepMap imaging system (available at Ashley HomeStore), you’ll have the opportunity to find out where your pressure points are and determine what types of mattresses will work best for you. Take time to lie on different types of mattresses and experience each one. One of the greatest challenges is not having the ability to test mattresses. This is especially true when purchasing online. Be sure to find out what the return policy is so there are no surprises.


You rely on your mattress to provide pressure point relief and proper support. Mattresses will either be firm, soft or somewhere in between. Choosing the right mattress largely depends on your sleep position.

Motion Transfer

How many times have you thought of getting out of bed, but decided not to because you did not want to disturb your partner? On the flip side, are you constantly jarred awake when your partner either gets out of bed or tosses and turns? These problems can easily be addressed with a mattress s in a new window     that absorbs motion transfer.

Memory foam mattresses Opens in a new windowand hybrids with innersprings and thick memory foam layers are the best at absorbing movement. Innerspring and latex foam mattresses may also offer help in these areas depending on how they are constructed.

Hint: When considering an innerspring mattress, look for pocketed coil technology.


Purchasing a mattress is just like purchasing a car. You need it to last and you want one that’s well built. Take time to find out the makeup of each mattress and take into account their projected lifespans. On average, mattresses should last at least eight years.

The foundation or base your mattress is on is just as important as the mattress itself. Making sure that your mattress is on base that’s meant for that type of mattress and size will only make your mattress last longer. It will prevent it from getting tears from it not fitting appropriately and overall be helpful in making sure that your mattress lasts for its lifespan.

Below is a chart showing estimated mattress lifespans for different types of mattresses.

Hint: Check the mattress warranty. It will give you a ballpark idea of the manufacturer’s expectations.

Edge Support

If you sleep near the bed’s edge or often sit there, a mattress with built-in edge support would be helpful. Look for mattresses with all-steel double row coil support along the edges or those that have individually wrapped coil support systems with foam encasements. These provide support at the mattresses’ edges, so you don’t feel like you’re going to roll off. Edge support ensures full use of the mattress surface so there’s no wasted space.

Comparing Mattress Brands

Researching different brands and knowing what types of mattresses each offers helps you to narrow the focus of your search.

Ashley-Sleep® Mattresses

From memory foam and pillow top to traditional innerspring and hybrid mattresses, Ashley-Sleep® is known to have the latest in innovative sleep technology. You’ll be impressed with the quality and value found in each Ashley-Sleep mattress. Be sure to explore the memory foam mattresses. Amazing support, pressure relief and comfort are easily found.

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Tempur-Pedic® Mattresses

Discover the life-changing benefits of TEMPUR® material, a responsive foam found in every Tempur-Pedic mattress. It conforms to every inch of your body to provide pain relief, proper spinal alignment, allergy relief and motion transfer reduction for a cloud-like sleep. With the wide selection, you’re certain to find a memory foam mattress that caters to all your needs.

Simmons Beautyrest® Mattresses

Find your restorative sleep haven. From firm and plush pillow tops to luxury firm and hybrid mattresses, Simmons Beautyrest mattresses have intuitive technologies built into them. Exceptional support and temperature management are only a couple of the many benefits that will impress you. Luxurious fabrics, pocketed coil systems, infused gel foam and so much more can be found in each mattress.

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Sealy® Mattresses

You’re sure to find a high-quality mattress that caters to your comfort in Sealy’s memory foam, innerspring or hybrid lines. Every Sealy mattress includes additional foam in the middle areas for reinforced support where it’s needed most. Restorative sleep is Sealy’s focus, so you’ll be excited to discover the different types of state-of-the-art engineering, including Posturepedic Technology™, found in each mattress.

Stearns & Foster®

Dreaming of a luxurious mattress with exceptional quality? From pillow tops to hybrids, Stearns & Foster offers a wide range of mattress choices. Each Stearns and Foster mattress is authentically crafted to make luxury a part of everyday living. You’ll reap the many benefits of innovative technologies like IntelliCoil® for ultimate support, PrimaSense™ gel foam for temperature regulation and PrimaCool™ for wicking away moisture as you sleep.

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Serta® Mattresses

Looking for an advanced memory foam or hybrid mattress that contours to your body and offers pressure-relieving comfort? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own a Serta® iComfort® mattress. Each Serta mattress is designed to deliver cooling comfort and support. You’ll love the selection full of innovative technology like TempActiv™ gel memory foam for a cradling feel and the Duet® Edge individually wrapped coil system for enhanced comfort.

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Scott Living by Restonic Mattresses

The Scott Living by Restonic Mattresses could be your perfect fit. The exclusive 2Cool Technology helps to regulate body temperature, creating a cool, comfortable sleep environment. Restonic’s exclusive Q5 coil system incorporates individually wrapped coils to give a customized level of support and motion separation. Choose from firm, medium, and hybrid ultra-plush mattresses to find your perfect mattress for your beauty sleep. Scott Living is exclusive to Ashley HomeStore,so you won’t be able to find a great night sleep like this, anywhere else.  

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Complete Your Sleep

If you’re still finding it difficult to fall asleep or even stay asleep but have a mattress you love, it could be time to upgrade to a complete bed system. Aside from having cozy sheets and a great mattress, a complete system means adding new bed pillows for a better night’s sleep and a mattress protector.  

Having the right pillow can make it easier to doze off and stay asleep throughout the night. A pillow like the Bedgear Multi Pillow helps you sleep cooler and better. It features the patented Dri-Tec ® fabric which allows you to sleep comfortably throughout the night due to it’s refreshing cool-touch feel. The pillow is available in one height and supports a back, side, stomach and multi-position sleeper.   

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Adding a mattress protector is just one other way to protect your mattress. The Basic Mattress protector features a lightweight fabric surface to keep your mattress dry throughout the night and provides maximum comfort. The noiseless waterproof barrier reduces buildup of pet dander, dust mites, and allergens to the bed as well as resist stains, fluids, mold, and mildew to maintain a clean and healthy sleep environment.  

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We’d love to hear how you chose your mattress. What were the most important factors you considered before making the purchase? How has your sleep been transformed?  Share your experience below.