The ultimate guide to choosing a mattress
How do you know which mattress is right for you?
Good Housekeeping recently stated in an article about mattress buying, “Replacing your mattress can be exhausting. Navigating the stores, debating between foam and springs, and determining how much to spend can leave you feeling like you need a good nap.”
However, with our guide, you can kiss the stress and urge to nap goodbye. Following these helpful tidbits will aid you in your journey to choosing and buying the perfect mattress for you.
Shopping Mattresses by Comfort Level
Walking into a mattress store can be intimidating for anyone right off the bat. You may find yourself staring at the plethora of white or gray rectangles and wondering where to even begin! Maybe you want a firm mattress. Maybe you’re looking for a softer mattress. Gazing at the manufacturers’ labels you see words like:
- Cushion Firm
- Euro Pillowtop Firm
- Box Top Firm
- Ultra Firm
On top of all that, each brand labels their mattresses differently; there’s no industry standard. Throw in the fact that you also have a choice between:
- Memory Foam
- Traditional Coil
- Air Beds
Sherman’s Comfort Rating
At Sherman’s, we take your comfort so seriously, that we built a machine specifically to test that comfort level between mattresses. Whether it’s a Tempur-pedic or a Sterns and Foster spring bed, we used the exact same scale and method to measure their level of firmness so you can easily compare between brands. We then give each bed a unique comfort rating – everything is measured consistently. It just increases the likelihood that you’re going to get a mattress that delivers the perfect night sleep. It makes your process much easier.
When you come into Sherman’s, we’ll help you determine what your number is, so you can compare very accurately on all the different mattress brands in one place.
Sherman’s 4 Minute Mattress Match
Get ready to find the bed of your dreams. Sherman’s computerized 4 Minute Mattress Match operates with over 2300 sensors to find your pressure points and lead to a determination on recommended mattresses. No matter what Comfort Rating level is suggested, you’ll be left with several mattresses across a variety of different price points to choose from.
A brief history of Xsensor (the system that will be finding your pressure points):
- It started out as a system to map infants in the hospital to help prevent bed sores.
- Now used in major medical facilities across the country, including the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and the VA.
- Also, used by most car manufacturers to design seats.
The 4 Minute Mattress Match is quick and easy. Your information is entered. You lie down how you usually sleep (on your back, side, or stomach) and are shown where your pressure points are. Adjustments are made to maximize your comfortability. Once this is completed, the computer will recommend the Comfort Rating level that will provide you with the best support and deepest sleep.
“First, you lie down on the test bed.” Sherman’s Mattress Specialist Russell Hillman says. “Then the 4 Minute Mattress Match can be done for yourself or can be combined with your partner’s or spouse’s results to give you an average Comfort Rating level for both of you. Then, you will choose the type of mattress you like – whether that is memory foam, hybrid, pillow top, or traditional coil spring. You can even choose mattresses with temperature-regulating properties if you or your partner or spouse tends to sleep hot. That’s how easy it is.”
We hope this array of information makes your journey to finding your perfect mattress much less daunting. It’s a 10-year investment – and we wish you well and good sleep in your mattress choice!
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