I’ve been fortunate enough to have the type of access necessary over the years to be able to review countless mattresses, as such I have a deep understanding of what makes a great mattress for adults. After all, we spend a significant portion of our lives sleeping, and having a comfortable and supportive mattress is essential for a good night's rest.
So what is needed for a good quality adult mattress? Well, it all starts with good support although it will depend on how you sleep. You see, your bed needs to provide adequate support for your spine, keeping it in a neutral position throughout the night. This is crucial for preventing aches and pains, especially in the lower back while you sleep. A mattress that is too soft will also not offer enough support, while a mattress that is too firm can put too much pressure on certain areas of the body.
Additionally, a great mattress for adults should be comfortable and should feel good to lie on, without causing any discomfort or pain. The comfort of a mattress can be subjective, so it's important to consider your personal preferences when choosing a mattress. Some people prefer a soft, plush feel, while others prefer a firmer, more supportive feel. For the sake of keeping our recommendations generic and typical, we are going to recommend a medium-firm tension product that will give improved back support while still accommodating side sleeping adults.
Other factors which need to be considered are durability and breathability. A good quality mattress should last for several years, without showing too many signs of wear and tear. This is especially important if you're investing in a more expensive mattress. Look for mattresses with higher quality support systems like pocket spring and quality materials in the comfort layer that keep you at the right temperature to prevent excess sweating to ensure that your mattress will last for years to come.
When it comes to size, a great mattress for adults should be large enough to allow for comfortable movement during the night. If you sleep with a partner or pet, consider a larger size to ensure that everyone has enough space. However, keep in mind that larger mattresses can be more difficult to move and may not fit in a smaller bedroom.
Finally, a great mattress for adults should be easy to maintain. They are not particularly common, but some mattresses are available with removable, washable covers or those that can be easily spot cleaned. Additionally, consider mattresses that are hypoallergenic, especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma.