Mattress Finder Quiz. Which Bed Is Best For Me?
There’s a lot to consider when getting a new bed. It can be an overwhelming experience. Just so you know, we've posted dozens of mattress reviews and mattress comparisons, but we also understand that sometimes you don’t know where to start. And that’s precisely why we built our Mattress Finder Quiz. It guides you through a series of questions and selects a few mattresses that might work for you. You can take the quiz at any time, but below you'll find a short explanation of why each question is important in identifying which mattress is best for you.
What Size Bed Are You Looking For?
If you’re well-versed in mattress sizing lingo, you might be surprised by how many people don’t know the difference between a twin XL and a full, or a king and California king. What about a split king? You see what we’re getting at. Below is a breakdown of the typical dimensions for each of these mattress sizes. The dimensions vary quite a bit from brand to brand, but they’re all usually in the same range.
As for the question about a split king (a.k.a. dual king), it’s actually two beds rather than just one. A typical king mattress is around 76” wide. Cut that in half and you have the width for each side of the split king. In this case, the two halves make a whole, as they say.
It’s basically like sticking two twin mattresses next to each other. The idea here is that if you and your partner have different sleeping preferences, it might make sense to get a firm side and soft side, for example. Split kings are also pretty great if you plan on getting an adjustable bed frame. That way if you want to read and your partner wants to sleep, you can have two different bed frame positions.
|Twin||39” x 75"|
|Twin XL||39” x 80"|
|Full||54” x 75"|
|Queen||60” x 80"|
|King||76” x 80"|
|Cal King||72” x 84"|
What's Your Budget?
For the most part, mattresses follow the rule of the more you spend, the more you get. For example, a $200 mattress will be of much lesser quality than a $2,000 mattress. It will also most likely break down much faster than the premium bed. Having said that, the right mattress for you ultimately hinges on what you can afford. We would advise that you don’t throw a huge sum of money into a bed if you don’t have it to spend, but don’t skimp either, since you’ll be sleeping on this for the next seven to 15 years.
The typical online mattress costs around $1,000 for a queen. However, there are brands that charge over $2,000. Know what you can spend and stick to the budget. You should also be aware that plenty of brands offer financing, but we suggest avoiding that route and trying to spend within your means. Let’s face it—no one is a fan of debt. We’d say expect to pay around $1,000 for a queen before taxes.
Budget under $1,000? We have the best picks for you.
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What type of sleeper are you?
Before you purchase any bed, you should first identify what type of sleeper you are. This is crucial. There are four types of sleepers:
Side sleepers typically like soft, medium-soft, or medium mattresses. These will offer more pressure relief under your shoulders and hips where you carry the majority of your weight. If the mattress is too firm, you will wake up with shoulder or hip pain since you weren’t able to sink in enough. That said, all mattresses break in over time. The bed that you try on day one will not be the same mattress after even one month.
All beds will soften, so it’s a good idea to start a little firmer than you want, as the bed will break in the more sleep on it. To expedite the softening process you should walk on the bed for 30 seconds each day. That will allow it to soften evenly and will give you a much more uniform feel. Here’s our list of the best beds for side sleepers.
Back sleepers usually prefer firmer mattresses. You want your hips and chest to be in alignment so that there’s no excess sagging. If your hips sag too much you’ll feel your lower back being thrown out of alignment. You still want a bed that offers pressure relief, but, generally, back sleepers like the firmer beds. Check out our list of the best beds for back sleepers.
Stomach sleepers also like firm mattresses. However, you will probably want something just a tad bit softer than if you were a back sleeper. The reason being that you don’t want too much pressure on your chest or knees. You’re probably looking for a medium or medium-firm mattress. Here’s our list of the best beds for stomach sleepers.
Combo sleepers are a mix of everything. You spend time in at least two positions. If you’re a back and stomach sleeper, well then, stick with a firmer bed. If you’re a stomach and side sleeper, you’ll probably want a medium-soft, medium, or medium-firm bed. You won’t want something too extreme since you still need support and pressure relief. A good example of a medium-soft bed is Nolah. A medium bed is Yogabed. And a medium-firm bed is DreamCloud. There are also plenty of brands, such as Nest Bedding and Brooklyn Bedding, that offer multiple firmness levels for their mattresses so they can appeal to all types of sleepers.
Do you want a soft, medium, or firm mattress?
This is related to question three, but it has more to do with your personal preference in terms of feel rather than your sleeper type. For example, if you want a soft foam feel, there’s a whole different category of mattresses to choose from than if you prefer a memory foam feel. Layla Mattress has a lot of that soft foam feel, while Cocoon has a dense memory foam feeling. Just get an idea of what type of feel you want in a bed. You don’t need to know exactly, but have a general idea, as it will speed up your selection process. Also, your weight heavily affects how firm or soft you experience a mattress to be. More on this down below.
Are you a hot sleeper? Do you want a cooling mattress?
There is nothing worse than waking up sweating because your mattress heats up. If you sleep hot, there’s a relatively short list of beds to choose from. Some brands utilize phase-change materials to pull away your body heat. These mattresses will be cool to the touch. They’re actually quite impressive. So that’s what material to look for. In addition to that, the types of foam in a mattress determine how much air is allowed to flow through it and ultimately how cool it will stay throughout the night.
Gel-like materials, such as the Hyper-Elastic Polymer on the Purple Mattress, stay very cool at night. Hyper-Elastic Polymer has limited surface area and allows for fantastic airflow. Innersprings and pocketed coils also allow for great airflow. As you go down the list, standard memory foam tends to heat up quite a bit at night. As you apply heat to memory foam, it softens up and you sink in. You may even feel stuck and you’ll start to heat up. Gel memory foam is basically the next generation of memory foam. It offers the pressure relief of regular memory foam, but incorporates gel materials to actively cool you down. We’ve done an extensive Mattress Buying Guide post that has a lot more detail about each type of material. Also, you can check out our picks for the best beds for hot sleepers.
The other thing that we should point out, though, is that firmer beds tend to sleep cooler simply because you’re sleeping on the mattress as opposed to in the mattress, if that makes any sense. As such, the firm version of the Saatva mattress will tend to sleep cooler than the Bear Hybrid Mattress purely because it’s firmer. Now, in this example, Saatva also has a lot more coils than Bear Hybrid does, so it gets more airflow, but if it was just down to firm vs medium, the firmer bed will be cooler.
What's Your Weight?
This is very important. Don’t skip this question and don’t let anyone tell you that weight is not something you should factor in when looking for a bed. The heavier you are, the more support you need and the softer the bed will feel. If you’re above 250 lb you should seriously consider a mattress that has coils or a thick all-foam bed. Otherwise, you will break down the mattress extremely quickly. We should point out that, on the flip side, a person who’s 95 lb will think most beds are firm. They just don’t compress the bed that much. A person that is 250 lb or more will likely think most beds are on the softer end, unless you get a firm mattress. Make sure to check out our list of the best beds for heavy people. That will be a great resource to look over.
Do you like memory foam?
We put this question in because memory foam is controversial. Some people absolutely love memory foam. It offers good support and plenty of pressure relief, but it can heat up at night, and you can settle into the material, leaving you feeling stuck in the bed. If you don’t switch positions much, no problem. If, however, you’re active in your sleep, memory foam can cause you to be extra restless because switching positions requires more effort.
It just doesn’t have as good of responsiveness as coils or latex foam, for example. If you haven’t tried memory foam before, you should test it somewhere. It’s a revolutionary material, but it’s not universally loved. A good example of a memory foam mattress is Nectar. It’s dense and firm when you lay on it, but you sink in after a few seconds. Tomorrow Sleep also has a memory foam layer, but underneath is a bed of coils that let in a good amount of airflow and help with responsiveness.
Memory foam has a few unique qualities, one of which is that it changes its firmness based on room temperature. Sounds weird, but it’s 100% true for a lot of mattresses. They will feel firmer in the winter and noticeably softer during spring and summer.
Do you sleep alone or with a partner?
This question isn’t on the quiz, but we list it here as a bonus since it is an important consideration. If you sleep alone, clearly you only have one person’s preferences to think about when getting a new bed. If you have a partner, then the equation gets a lot more complicated. You probably have different weight profiles. And you probably are different types of sleepers. Not to mention this thing called edge support. For couples, you basically have four options.
And now, a word on edge support, which is particularly important for couples on a queen or full mattress. If the bed compresses too much along the perimeter, you may feel like you’re rolling off. That sensation can be extremely annoying and discomforting. So if you share a smaller size bed and aren’t down to cuddle in the middle all night, every night, you’ll want to consider how supportive the edges of the mattress are.
Are you able to move your own mattress?
Another question not on our quiz, but something you should think about. Some of these mattresses are extremely heavy and moving them is a two-person job. Most of the bed-in-a-box mattresses on the market can be moved and set up by one person. However, if you have back issues, limited mobility, or you don’t hit the weights all that often, you may want to ask an able-bodies acquaintance to come help you with the bed. There are also—for some reason that we cannot fully comprehend—a good deal of online beds that don’t have handles. This is frustrating and makes moving the mattresses a pain. Of course, the average person doesn’t move their bed all that often, so after the set-up phase you should be good to go. It’s just a pet peeve of ours. Why don’t more beds have handles?!
Are you allergic to any materials typically found in a mattress?
We’ll be speaking more generally here since we don’t know about your specific health and allergy situation, but there are some individuals that have allergies to certain types of beds. We think more commonly people have allergic reactions to dust mites rather than the materials within the mattress itself, though. For example, coils mattresses have a lot more room for dust mites to occupy than an all-foam mattress that have less open space. That may be something to consider. Additionally, there are some people (a very small number in the US) that are allergic to latex. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America puts that number at less than 1%, though. Although it’s very unlikely that a latex foam mattress will trigger an allergic reaction due to the material’s manufacturing process as well as the bed’s cover, it never hurts to be diligent in your research. Bottom line: if you’re allergic to certain materials, make sure to check the specs of a bed before you purchase.