Best Mattress For Side Sleepers

Disclosure: I may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are my own.

Mattress For Side Sleepers

People sleep in different postures, which include sleeping on the back, side, stomach etc. Side sleeping is one of the most popular postures. Since the pressure for the side sleepers is mostly on the shoulder and the hips, a medium or soft mattress is preferred for them. Irregular sleeping postures can cause back pain and other problems. Since the right kind of mattress is essential for a quality and relaxed sleep, it ultimately has an impact on the health of a person.

Avocado Green Mattress


Almost all brands have mattresses to suit side sleepers. Side sleepers need mattresses which both support and release pressure off the back. If your needs are specific, you can choose one that meets your requirements. There are many brands in the market which sells mattresses with small differences in the features. So it will be better if users go through many brands to choose a mattress which suits their needs. This is particularly important since some brands of mattresses are quite expensive and many users can afford to change mattresses only once in several years (average of 7 – 15 years).

Credits: http://drcrystaldraper.com/
Credits: http://drcrystaldraper.com/

Benefits of sleeping on the side and ideal mattresses for side sleepers

Sleeping on the side has a few benefits. One is, it relieves the pressure from the back. It also keeps the joints in a neutral position and a few people also get relief from snoring. Side sleepers also need mattresses that contours to the curves of the body. Soft mattresses like the memory foam mattresses are ideal for side sleepers, but some pillow top or Euro top mattresses also provide adequate comfort. Comfort is usually measures in a scale form 1-10. An average scale of 4-7 provides softness and the required firmness. If the scale is higher, then the softness will increase. Side sleepers are advised to avoid very firm mattresses. Most of the modern day soft mattresses are manufactured to provide support too.

Some of the popular mattresses for side sleepers are,

  • Brentwood Home 13-inch Gel HD Memory Foam Mattresses provides very good comfort with four layers of foam. It also has a 3 inch gel memory foam layer for a cool and comfortable sleep
  • The Serta 12 inch gel-memory foam mattress too has gel memory foam for comfort and even weight distribution. It has good air flow and helps provide a relaxed sleep.
  • Sleep Innovations 12 inch Sure Temp Memory Foam Mattress is ideal for side sleepers which provide very good support and softness.
  • Dream Foam Mattress Ultimate Dreams Cushion Firm Latex Mattress provides the best value for money and is very affordable. This has three layers of foam with a hyper-flex foam at the top which is very soft and absorbent. It has a second layer of natural talalay latex and another two layers of foam for comfort and support. It cushions pressure points and allows natural spine alignment.
  • Signature Sleep Contour 8 inch mattress provides very good support for the vertebrae and distributes weight evenly relieving pressure. The mattress has independently encased coils which eliminate motion disturbance for an good night’s sleep.
  • DreamFoam bedding Ultimate Dreams Full Crazy Euro Top Mattress, 9 inch has medium firm convoluted high density foam mattress. It has dual convoluted foam core layers with TriZone support. This is a cotton mattress made in USA.
  • Sleep Master 6 inch smooth top therapeutic memory foam mattress is an ideal mattress for children or for guest rooms, where the usage is occasional.

Hence a good mattress will benefit side sleepers as the pressure on their sides and hips are considerably removed hence reducing pain. It is not good to use very firm mattresses for side sleepers. A number of options are available for side sleepers and with some research, side sleepers can find a mattress which is to their liking, budget and comfort. Some of the features and popular mattress options are given above and a number of variations are available from those discussed above.

When To Change Your Mattress !

Disclosure: I may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are my own.

Mattress

Are You Missing Out On Your Sleep Because Of Your Mattress?

A lot of people are sleep deprived because of their mattress. When the mattress that they sleep on is uncomfortable, they wake up in the morning feeling tired. Many people experience aches and pains or numbness in their bodies. So if you are one of those who wake up in the morning feeling stiff and uncomfortable, then it is time to change your mattress.

Avocado Green Mattress


When To Change Your Mattress !

  • Is your mattress looking old and worn out? Does it sag a lot? If you find visible signs of wear and tear, then it is time to replace your mattress.
  • When there are aches and pains when you get out of bed, and you feel miserable, then too, its time to change your mattress
  • If the mattress is more than 7 or 8 years old, then it is time to change your mattress. 10 years is the maximum time that you can use your mattress. Most mattress don’t provide the support and comfort that is required beyond that period. The quality of the mattress and the way a mattress is used, is also very important.
  • If you have made lifestyle changes like getting married or increased or decreased your activities, or gained or lost weight, then the old mattress may not be suitable for your new lifestyle. As a person ages, the body too undergoes changes. There then is a requirement for more body support. So if your old mattress is not providing you with that support, you may end up with a bad back. It is then time to change your mattress. New mattresses come with a number of enhanced features and it is easy to choose a type of mattress which suits your requirement.
  • If you are sharing your bed with your partner, then check with your partner. If your partner is not sleeping properly and is tossing in the bed all night, then your sleep too might get affected. This means that the mattress does not have motion transfer. So when both the partners are affected, its time to change the mattress . If space permits, a bigger sized mattress is also helpful.
  • If you sneeze a lot when you get into bed, the mattress might be causing you allergies. So it is necessary to get a hypo allergic mattress which suits you and makes you comfortable. For allergic people, changing mattresses will help. The other option is to use mattress pads, and change or wash those frequently to get rid of dust and mites.
  • If you find that you are sleeping better when you are away from home, especially in hotel rooms, then it might be the mattress that is the culprit. So go ahead and change your mattress.

Mattress Care

It is advisable to turn or rotate the mattress at least once a month. Single side mattresses cannot be flipped, but double sided mattresses can be flipped and flipping a mattress is useful even if manufacturers do not recommend the same

Children should not allowed to jump and play on the mattress, as it will decrease the firmness and also the life of the mattress

The mattress should be supported by a good bed frame. The center of the mattress especially requires good support. So provide your mattress with a good support to make it last longer

So, to get better sleep, always check your mattress for defects and aging symptoms like sagging and lumps. Replace it at least every eight years. Better sleep leads to better health and a comfortable mattress should be a priority for every person who values health.

Best Mattress For Heavy People

Disclosure: I may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are my own.

Mattress For Heavy People

Mattresses are especially important for heavy people, since obesity or overweight itself poses a lot of threat to the health of obese people. If sleep too is affected because of improper mattresses, it will further aggravate the health problems if any. So it is very important to choose the best mattresses available for heavy people to have a relaxed and peaceful sleep. Typically, the mattresses should not give any neck or back problems to the user.

Avocado Green Mattress


Shopping for mattresses for obese people – Some facts

  • The thickness of the mattress is one important factor to look for when heavy people buy mattresses. The thickness of the mattress should be at least 12”(people with normal weight of under 200 pounds can manage with mattresses of about 10” thickness). Thicker mattresses provide better support because of the pressure that their weight creates on the mattress.
  • The firmness level is dependent on your sleeping positions like whether you like to sleep on the side, back or on the stomach. Most of the heavy people prefer medium to medium firm as these mattresses support their weight better and give them more support.
  • Mattresses with better edge support are better for heavy people as it will help while sitting on the edge and also prevent sagging or collapse when sitting on the edge. Mattresses with coil-on-coil, spring, or a combination of these two will offer the best edge support.
  • Heavy people need mattresses that do not retain heat. The mattresses that do not retain heat are memory foam mattresses, spring mattresses, latex, advanced open cell memory foam or some mattresses that utilise gel or other cooling agents. These types of mattresses are more comfortable for heavy people.
Credits: http://sleepopolis-mattress-reviews.com/
Credits: http://sleepopolis-mattress-reviews.com/

The best mattresses for heavy / obese people

Mattress manufacturers are now making heavy-duty frames, foundations and mattresses to suit overweight people. Some of the best mattresses are,

  • Sleep Inovation’s Sure Temp 2,5” thick memory foam mattress has a thickness of 12” and is one of the best mattresses for heavy people. This also comes with a 20 year limited guarantee.
  • Fresh Breeze 12-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress by Dynasty Mattresses is also one of the best mattresses for heavy people. It provides very good support and comfort for heavy people. It has a 3 inch thick ‘cool’ technology foam which provides a soft yet firm surface and also good air flow to keep the sleeper cool.
  • Lucid’s 14 inch plush memory Foam Mattress has a thickness of 14 inches of which it has 1 inch of charcoal memory foam at the top. This is ideal for people with sensitive skin.
  • Sleep Master 10-inch Memory Foam Mattress has only a thickness of 10 inches but the price is very competitive and it has a number of good features. It has three layers of memory foam for comfort and there is no off-gassing in this mattress.

These are some of the best mattresses a 300 pound to 450 pound person. These mattresses are designed to support these people better.

Credits: http://sleepopolis-mattress-reviews.com/

Some of the other popular mattress manufacturers are Loom & Leaf, Nest Alexander, Leesa, Saatva, WinkBed, Amerisleep Colonial etc. A Canadian made mattress Endy is also available which is suitable for people weighing over 200 pounds. All these brands have many of the features of an ideal mattress for heavy people.

The best mattresses for heavy people – Review

  • Memory foam mattresses provides good contouring support and pain relief. It is especially effective if the memory foam is of higher density. The disadvantage of this mattress is that heavier people may sink and make their movement difficult. To overcome this problem, there should be a 7 inch support layer and a total thickness of a minimum 9 inches though 12 inches are the most preferred for people above 300-400 pounds
  • Latex mattresses are strong and durable. They are cooler than memory foam mattresses. The advantage is that the latex foam need not be as thick as the memory foam mattresses. The disadvantage is that latex mattresses may create impressions which will make it difficult for obese people to move about.
  • Air Mattresses for heavy people: Air beds have been seen to support weight and is generally well liked by heavy people. Some of the factors to be considered while buying an air mattress for obese people is that, the mattress has to be at a optimum height from the ground to enable people to get in and out of these beds easily. The air mattresses should be of good thickness and have a heavy duty label. The correct size of the mattress is important if it has to be shared. Air beds may also help people with a bad back. Built in pumps is an added advantage. Sleep Number, Sound Asleep, Serta all have good air bed for obese people.
  • Water beds are also liked by heavy people. They should look for water beds which are strong and not look for only thickness
  • Inner Spring mattresses rate lower than the above mentioned mattresses since they tend to sag more and hence become uncomfortable and cause pain. It also makes more noise when used by heavier people. Innerspring mattresses with a coil count of 600 or above for a queen sized bed is more comfortable for heavier people
  • Futons mattresses are suitable only for heavy people who sleep on their side. The supporting frames will not support very heavy weight, but the mattresses are very firm and is liked by heavy people who like firm mattresses.

On the whole mattress manufacturers are concerned about the needs of the obese people and a number of leading companies are making mattresses for obese or heavy people to suit their needs. It is important for customers to buy quality mattresses which will last for at least 10 years.

Mattress Sets On Sale

Disclosure: I may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are my own.

Mattress

Mattress sets include both the mattress and also the box spring or foundation which are purchased together. The popular types of mattresses are the memory foam mattress, latex mattresses, innerspring mattresses and air bed mattresses. The main advantage of buying mattress sets on sale are that the foundations or box springs are sold along with the mattress. These foundations are usually the ideal combination for a particular type of mattress and customers do not have to hunt around for the foundations separately. The main advantage of using a box spring or foundation is that it increases the life of the mattress by preventing it from sagging.

Avocado Green Mattress

Box Springs vs Foundations in mattress sets on sale

Box springs were used with mattresses more than 20 years ago and have since been replaced with foundations. Box springs had coils inside which were stronger than those used in mattresses. These springs could absorb the weight keep the mattress in shape. Foundations have replaced box springs in most of the mattresses except the high end mattresses since box springs are very expensive. Foundations use V-shaped steel modules to form a grid. These help to distribute weight evenly. Some foundations use only wood. Foundations are made according to the type of mattress. So the manufacturers sell these mattress sets consisting of the mattress and the box springs/foundations. The name box spring is a commonly used among customers and some manufacturers / distributors use the name to refer to foundations also.

What is the benefit of buying Mattress sets on sale?

The main advantage of buying mattress sets is that you do not have to shop around for foundations which suit your mattress. The manufacturer will provide the mattress and foundations together.

Can you recommend some tips while choosing a foundation?

The foundation provided by the manufacturer usually fits the mattress perfectly. But just for information, memory foam mattresses need sturdy, non-yielding foundations or platform surfaces. Inner springs mattresses do not require very hard foundations and some types of mattresses do not require any foundation at all, especially if the bed used is a platform bed.

What sizes of mattress sets are available on sale?

If you have already have a bed frame, you can choose a mattress sets to suit the size of the bed frame. Mattress sets are available in Twin size, Queen, Full. King and also the California King size. In some shops, you may even get sheets , blankets etc. to suit the mattress sets.

When buying mattresses, is it essential to buy a new foundation, if I already have one?

There are a couple of points to check while using an old foundation. If the foundation that you have is more than 10 years old, it will affect the life of the mattress. Second, some of the older foundations may not suit the type of new mattress that you buy. Also, some of the older box springs will not pass the flammability test. After considering all these factors, if the foundation is relatively new and is compatible with the new mattress, you can use the old foundation.

If you are using platform beds, some types of mattresses you use may not require a foundation or any other support.

Latex Foam Mattress

Disclosure: I may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are my own.

Latex Mattress

Latex foam mattresses are made from either natural latex, extracted from rubber trees or latex can also be produced synthetically from petroleum products. Latex Foam Mattresses are firm and also pressure relieving and provides great relief while sleeping. Latex foam mattresses are preferred by users who do not want their mattresses to be very soft like the memory foam mattresses.

Avocado Green Mattress

About Latex Foam Mattresses

Latex foam mattresses are made of either latex from top to bottom, or a layer of latex layer over regular foam or the reverse, that is a foam layer over a latex base. The advantage of latex is that it provides uniform support throughout the mattress.

Some of the benefits of foam mattresses

  • Latex foam mattresses are breathable and resilient and hence it retains less heat and retains its form throughout the life of the mattress
  • Latex foam mattresses are hypo-allergic since latex being a natural mattress can protect users against dust mites. This is very useful for people suffering from allergy
  • Latex foam mattresses are soft like the memory foam mattresses but have the property of pushing back, which is what gives this mattress the firmness. This is very useful for people suffering from back pain. The pressure relief is especially high for mattresses with a higher density of latex
  • The customer satisfaction of memory foam mattress is quite high at about 80%
  • It is easier for users to get in and out of latex foam mattresses since the mattress returns to its original shape much faster
  • If the foundation of the latex foam mattress is strong and in good condition, this mattress hardly makes any noise
  • Latex foam mattresses are well suited for love making and there are hardly any customer complaints when compared to other types of mattresses
  • Though the motion isolation in latex mattresses is not as good as in memory foam mattresses, the customer ratings were fairly good. So the person sleeping on the other side of the bed is not disturbed by the turning and tossing of their partner

Some negative feedbacks regarding latex foam mattresses

  • Latex foam mattresses are one of the heaviest mattresses available and hence customers may find it difficult to move it or rotate it and it is difficult to transport this mattresses. Even simple tasks like changing sheets will pose a problem
  • Initial odor or off gassing is there for latex mattresses since all mattresses may not have completely natural latex in them. Synthetic latex is used in many latex foam mattresses
  • Latex mattresses are more expensive when compared to other mattresses of similar size and features
  • About 10 % of the users have reported impressions or sagging in their mattresses within a short time after use. Mattresses using talalay or natural latex do not have this problem. The problem was seen mainly in latex foam mattresses using dunlop or blended latex. Some users complained that the mattress becomes very soft with use.
  • Latex mattresses are not as widely available as the other types of mattresses.
  • So customers who want only latex mattresses will have to hunt around to find the mattress that suits their preference

Overall latex foam mattresses are well liked by most of the customers. Most of the good brands of latex mattresses have a warranty of 10-20 years with a 10 year non-prorated warranty. Customers though say that the average life span of the mattress is only around 8 years.

If you are sure of buying a Latex Foam Mattress, you can even select a good one online. The cost will work out to be cheaper and many good companies have a 90 day return policy in case you are dissatisfied with the product. Latex mattresses which use natural latex are the best in class among the latex foam mattresses,

Mattresses On Sale – Best Time To Buy Mattress

Disclosure: I may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are my own.

Mattress

With many brands, hundreds of players in the field, and many different types of mattresses available, buying a mattress is no longer an easy task. The cost of mattresses too varies from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. So customers are always on the lookout for mattress sales. The best time to buy is of course when these mattresses are on sale.

Avocado Green Mattress


What is the best time to buy Mattresses on Sale?

Choosing a mattress has become a complicated process. But getting it at a discounted price is not that complicated. Mattress sales start a few days before most of the national holidays in the US. The national holidays include, President’s Day, Labor Day, the Fourth of July and Memorial day. On all these national holidays, customers can find their preferred mattresses on sale.

Some of the other good months to buy mattresses on sale are in the months of May and January. In May, most of the mattresses are available at discounted prices. January is another month when ‘White sales’ are available. During white sales too, one can buy mattresses at very cheap prices.

Individual retailers also offer discounts on mattresses at different times in a year. So it is better to watch out for these sales before paying unrealistic prices for a mattress.

What to look for while buying a mattress?

Most of the retailers hike their prices in their showrooms. So to get a good price, some bargaining may be necessary, to get the mattresses at a reasonable price. If you do not bargain, you will be paying more for a mattress.

Some of the bigger brands charge a higher price for their brand names. Mattresses with the same comfort and quality are available with lesser known brands. So customers must remember that the highly priced mattresses are not always the best.

Customers must read the warranty and return policies thoroughly while buying any mattress, whether it is on sale or not. It is a known fact that it is very difficult to return or exchange a mattress. Most companies will charge money for returning or exchanging a mattress. A lot of research has to be done before buying a mattress. Customers can also, if possible try to lie down on a mattress to check the comfort level of the mattress before buying.

The Most Comfortable Mattress

There are a number of online stores which sell mattresses online. Though these mattresses may not be available on sale, the prices in online stores are very competitive as online stores save a lot on advertising and physical stores. Most of them also offer good return policies. There are reports that a higher percentage of customers who buy online return or exchange their mattresses than those who buy it from physical stores.

So next time you miss out on Mattress sales, you don’t have to despair. Equally good quality mattresses are available online for the same price or lesser than the mattresses on sale. The only drawback is you cannot physically test these mattresses. You can of course go to a store to check on these mattresses before buying them cheap online.

Adjustable Beds – Reviews & Consumer Reports

Disclosure: I may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are my own.

Adjustable Beds

Adjustable Beds Review

What are adjustable beds?

Before we go into the reviews and consumer reports of adjustable beds, we will first see what adjustable beds are. Adjustable beds or bed bases/ foundations have been designed to elevate the head or leg position of the users. The adjustable beds are used either by people with health problems, post surgical recovery or by users to just lie down comfortably in bed to watch television or read books or just to rest. Users have to choose the size and design that suits their needs. Most of the queen and king sized beds can be adjusted on both sides separately.

Avocado Green Mattress


Features of adjustable beds – For customers to look before buying

    • The underneath of the adjustable beds should be strong and flexible. The plywood deck should have a minimum thickness of 5/8” or 3/4” thick to make them durable and to prevent warping of flexing. The attached parts should also be securely fixed and should not come out over time since most of the wiring harnesses and massage motors are fixed underneath.
Credits: http://www.themattressbuyerguide.com/
Credits: http://www.themattressbuyerguide.com/
  • Size is one of the first features to look for while buying adjustable beds. The sizes available are twin size for single users, and queen and king size for couples and those recovering after surgery (for post surgical users, king size is preferred).
  • The mattress used on surfaces can vary from memory foam, coil or air beds all of which have models to suit adjustable beds.
  • The motors used for adjusting the beds are important and they should be durable. AC or DC motors are used, although DC motors are less expensive, Motors should be UL listed and rated.
  • Noise is another feature to look for in mattresses. The lesser the noise, the better.
  • Hand controls are available to adjust the bed positions and users should look for easily understandable menu options. The remote could be wireless for aesthetics, or wired remotes are also available for users who are forgetful and keep searching for things.
  • Users should also check the warranty terms when buying adjustable beds. Warranty terms can include additional costs involved for damage to beds or other broken parts. With a little additional cost, the warranty can be extended to include all these factors.
  • Customers looking for aesthetics can check for the fabric of the mattresses used, the placement of the motor (whether the mounting of the motors are visible or not) and whether the finish of the bed is appealing and good.
  • Some of the high end features that are useful include some app features and programmable memory positions that make it easy to remember the preferred positions for adjustable beds. Another very convenient feature is the presence of USB charger ports on either side of the bed. Back lit remotes help to adjust sleep positions at night.
  • Most adjustable beds should be able to support weight between 250 to 600 pounds including the weight of the mattress and the users.

Reviews & Consumer Reports of adjustable beds

The most important part of adjustable beds is the sturdy chassis or superstructure as this is the core of any adjustable bed.

Most customers who reviewed adjustable beds looked for the comfort, convenience and easy maintenance. Warranties too played a big part in judging the adjustable beds as there were mechanical and electrical parts involved.

Reviews from the various sites showed an overall satisfaction rate of 93% for adjustable bed bases / foundations. Most of the popular brands that were reviewed had more or less the same satisfaction level, since the ratings tend to vary for different features in each of the brands.

It was found to be a misconception that higher priced models had better consumer satisfaction. The prices of adjustable mattresses are in the range of $700 to $5,000 and the higher priced models have more features incorporated. Customers with medical problems get better deals on their adjustable beds if they had a physician’s prescription.

Most of the adjustable beds had a breakdown rate of 15- 20% and made these beds unusable until repaired. Hence the warranty factor is very important.

More than 25% of the customers reviewed reported having benefited after using adjustable beds. They reported better circulation, reduced problems from insomnia, arthritis, breathing problems, cramps, asthma, and various other health benefits.

The Most Comfortable Mattress

Customers also reported 25% or more satisfaction for the convenience level of the adjustable beds.

Couples were especially happy with the split designed queen sized and king sized beds as it allowed different adjustments for each of the partners.

Customers also reported a higher level of noise in adjustable beds with AC motors. Those with DC motors were comparatively quieter. Also mattresses with massage functions had a higher noise level.

Most customers reported that the adjustable beds required little or no assembly and also very little maintenance.

Customer dissatisfaction was higher for the warranty issues also as the warranty conditions were different for different models and customers were not completely aware of all the terms and conditions.

Return policies are expensive for adjustable beds and the costs could include transportation or restocking fees which could work out to be higher.

Mattresses for Adjustable beds

Customers need to look for mattresses which are compatible for adjustable beds. Most of the popular mattresses like the memory foam, latex, inner spring mattresses with pockets, and air mattresses were found to be compatible with adjustable beds. Traditional Innerspring mattresses do not work that well with adjustable beds. Air mattresses are mostly compatible with adjustable beds.Customers preferred mattresses with a thickness of 12” or less as thicker mattresses were less flexible. Memory foam mattresses worked better on adjustable beds. Companies like Saatva have introduced the Loom & Leaf memory foam mattress which is more compatible with adjustable bed frames. Their traditional mattresses do not work with adjustable beds.

One major factor for dissatisfaction is the weight of the mattress which makes them difficult to move and handle. Higher priced mattresses were costlier than the cheaper models.

Credits: http://www.mancinis-sleepworld.com/
Credits: http://www.mancinis-sleepworld.com/

Best Adjustable beds

Based on various consumer reports and ratings for adjustable beds, many leading brands were found to good satisfaction levels, though the ratings for the different features varied.

Some of the  popular brands that had good satisfaction levels are mentioned here. The leading brand was found to be Leggett & Platt with over 40 years of experience in adjustable beds. Ergo Motion, iComfort, and Temper-Pedic, EasyRest, Serta Motion, Sealy Reflexion, Amerisleep, Costco, Sleep Comfort and PersonalComfort  are the other well known brands.

Customers will get greater satisfaction when they know what features to look for before investing in adjustable beds so as not to be easily taken in by the sales person’s glib talk.

Thanks to,

  • http://www.sleeplikethedead.com/mattress-reviews-adjustable.html
  • http://www.consumeraffairs.com/furniture/adjustable-beds/#compare
  • http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/mattresses.htm

Iso Cool Memory Foam Mattress Pad

Disclosure: I may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are my own.

Iso Cool Memory Foam Mattress Pad

Mattress pads

A mattress pad is typically placed on top of the mattress. A mattress pad serves two purposes. It protects the mattresses from stains, spills, wear and tear. Mattress pads like the Iso Cool Memory foam mattress pad provides both support and comfort. Memory pads come in many types like the fitted type, anchor type (fixed with elastic bands), guaranteed-to-fit pad (sidewalls can be expanded to fit various sizes), egg crate (for more comfort and is not expensive), down mattress pads (feather type), memory foam and also in various materials like cotton, wool, organic, polyester, silk etc.

Avocado Green Mattress


About Iso Cool Memory foam mattress pads

Memory foam mattresses pads provide the maximum comfort among the mattress pads because of its extra cushioning and looks like a mattress. It removes any discomfort of the mattresses and can adjust to the shape of the sleepers. It can also provide support to the sleepers. Most memory form mattresses are hypo allergic. The Iso Cool feature of the iso cool memory foam mattress pads uses Outlast certified Gold which are phase change materials that help to keep the body temperature balanced while sleeping. So the mattress always keeps the perfect temperature and you will feel neither too hot nor too cold. Iso Cool memory foam mattress pads use very high concentrations of these outlast materials to keep the temperature of the mattress cool and balanced. So when you wake up in the morning you will feel fresh and rested.

Credits: savvyrest.com
Credits: savvyrest.com

Iso Cool Memory foam mattress pads are usually used over the mattress when the mattress becomes old and sagging. The mattress pads are cheaper than buying a new mattress and these can be placed over the old mattress to provide support. Sometimes, mattress pads like the Iso cool memory foam mattress pads are used just to provide some additional comfort to the existing mattress.

Features of Iso Cool Memory foam mattress pads

Memory Foam mattress pads are the most preferred mattress pads because of the comfort that they provide. Some of the benefits of using a Iso Cool Memory Foam Mattress pads are

  • They are very durable
  • They can easily adjust to the sleep position of the users to prevent any discomfort while sleeping
  • They help relieve pain
  • They are hypo allergic
  • Most of the Iso Cool memory foam mattress pads are 3 inch in thickness and made of high quality visco-elastic memory foam
  • Many of the good brands can last up to 5 years
  • They are available in all sizes to fit the different mattresses sizes
  • The Iso Cool memory foam mattresses are designed to fit securely on top of the mattress

Instructions for using Iso Cool Memory foam mattress pads

Iso cool memory foam mattress pads are made from synthetic petroleum based components. The new products may smell and this smell can cause allergic reactions to a small percentage of people. So it is recommended to air all new iso cool memory foam mattress pads for at least 24 hours before use.

Sometimes color change is noticed in synthetic products, when exposed to light or air. This discoloration will not however affect the quality of the product and is not usually covered under warranty.

Memory form products including these Iso cool memory foam mattress pads normally return to their normal size within 2 hours. If it takes longer than 48 hours, then the product could be defective and will have to be replaced. If the pads have any patterns on the surface, the patterns should face up for maximum comfort.

The Most Comfortable Mattress

Covers can be used on the Iso Cool memory foam mattress pads to keep the foam clean.

Iso Cool memory foam mattress pads are flammable if they contain urethane foam. Hence they should not be exposed to open flames. The flammability label should not be removed from the mattress pad as it will void the warranty.

Most of these Iso Cool memory foam mattress pads have tightgrip spandex skirts to fix it securely to the mattress. Most of these mattress pads come with a 5 year warranty.

The Iso Cool memory foam mattress pads can only be spot cleaned by hand as the foam will get damaged when exposed to water.

So go for these Iso Cool memory foam mattress pads to add comfort to your existing mattress whether they are old or new.

Electric Blankets – King Size Dual Control

Disclosure: I may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are my own.

Electric Blankets

Electric blankets, King Size dual control is a king sized electric blanket available in many brands with slight variation in the features. The king sized blankets have a dimension of approximately 140 cm x 150 cm. The size will vary slightly for different brands.

Avocado Green Mattress


The General Features of electric blankets including the king size dual control blankets are

  • All electric blankets heat up in a few minutes. Those using fast heat technology heats the blanket in about 5 minutes though some of the blankets may take up to 30 minutes to heat up
  • The dual control allows the heating to be adjusted separately on both sides of the bed when used in double and king size beddings
  • The blankets have safety mechanism which allows it to be used safely all night. It is however safe to buy electric blankets which have a UL or ETL mark for safety standards which are used in the USA
  • The fittings allow the blanket to be secured to the bed using ties or elastic skirt
  • There are different heat settings that can be set to different temperatures according to the comfort of the user
  • The electric blankets – king size and dual control can be easily machine washed and dried
  • These can also be used as normal blankets
  • The thermo control feature in electric blankets can adjust the temperature of the blanket according to the room temperature to keep the users warm at all times
  • The dual controllers are detachable with multiple heat settings
  • Most of these king size dual control electric blankets will have a long cable to plug it to the electrical point
  • Most of the electric blankets will have an auto shut-off which switches off the blanket after the set hours in case, we forget to switch off the power in the morning
  • The pre-warming facility is available in newer versions of the electric blanket to warm it before you get into the bed
  • The controller can also have lighted dials for easy adjustment at night
  • Electric blankets consume very little energy. For an eight hour use, electric blankets only consume about 0.35 kwh of energy which works out to only 4 cents per day in the US
Credits: http://i1.wp.com/
Credits: http://i1.wp.com/

Before buying these electric blankets which are king sized with dual control, it is better to check for the warranty terms also. All good quality electric blankets should last for at least 5 years after repeated use and washing. There are reviews and ratings available for the various brands of electric blankets for the users to select the type best suited to them.

Why Do Pillow Top Mattresses Sink In The Middle!

Disclosure: I may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are my own.

There are complaints that pillow top mattress sinks in the middle. So what are pillow top mattresses? A pillow top mattress is nothing but a normal mattress on which additional upholstery is stitched on top. It looks like a pillow is placed on top of the mattress. This provides additional plush comfort for the users of this mattress.


Avocado Green Mattress

Why do Pillow top mattresses sink in the middle?

Newer mattresses last for significantly shorter time than the older mattresses which used to last for 10-20 years. Mattresses these days last for only 7-8 years. There are a number of reasons given for this sinking in the middle.

Credits: http://mamabee.com/
Credits: http://mamabee.com/
  • Mattresses manufactured these days are lighter and use less coil and more foam to make them softer. This foam may not be always of good quality making them sink.
  • When we lie down on the mattress, we tend to lie down in the same position or same place on the mattress, which makes an impression on the mattress. Due to these reasons, the mattresses tend to sink over time.
  • Inadequate center support for the mattress is another reason for the pillow top mattresses sinking in the middle. Since the queen and king size mattresses are pretty large, they must have a strong center support to prevent sinking.
  • The box springs that are used to support the mattress may not contain any spring. They could be just metal or wooden frames. In some cases, the springs may be broken or damaged leading to the mattresses sinking in the middle.
  • Thicker mattresses like the pillow top mattresses tend to sink over time. Sometimes, the coil springs also weaken and will not spring back to its original position causing the mattresses to sink.
  • Finally, the material that is there in the top layer may shift and create a ridge or hump on the mattress.

A few FAQs

Can we fix the sinking in the pillow top mattress that sinks in the middle?

One of the easiest ways to fix the sinking is to put a few flat pillows in places where the mattress sinks. Putting the mattress on the floor might also prevent the mattress from sinking.

What are the precautions that we can take to prevent the pillow top mattress from sinking in the middle?

Regularly flipping or rotating the mattress may help in retaining the shape of the mattress for a longer time though some manufactures claim that their mattresses do not require flipping. A good box spring or metal support under the mattress can protect the mattress and extend its life.

Are the warranty terms applicable for the pillow top mattress?

Usual warranty terms are for 10 years. It is the pillow top mattresses that are plush or super plush that have the maximum amount of sinking. The sinking in firm mattresses is relatively low. The manufacturers usually replace a mattress only if it has sunk 1 ½ to 2 inches. They will also not replace stained mattresses. So it is very important to go through the warranty terms thoroughly before buying a mattress.