Can you compare mattresses, and if so, how? If you've decided to tackle the issue of a new mattress head-on, you'll want to be able to compare one type of mattress against another. This is easier said than done, as the various construction methods used in mattress manufacture makes it quite difficult to compare like with like. How do you tell whether a pocket sprung mattress is better than a memory foam mattress? Try everything Once you've learned a bit about the various types of mattresses available, try each one out. Lying on the mattress is by far the best way to tell if it's going to be comfortable for you, and you can make a list of the types of mattress and manufacturer you like best. Once you've done that, you may need to start comparing mattresses. For example, if you've decided that you like both pocket sprung mattresses and memory foam mattresses, you will want to then see what the difference is between a pocket sprung mattress that costs ?400 and one that costs ?1000. Here are some of the areas that you can compare: ? Mattress depth - mattresses now come in a range of depths, varying between around 6 inches to 9 inches. The depth may be determined by the size of the springs, the type of filling and the construction method. Try out a thinner mattress and compare the comfort and support to that offered by a deeper one. ? Firmness - most mattresses have a firmness rating. In most cases, the rating is fairly straightforward - soft, medium and firm. Other mattresses however, may have their own firmness rating, in which case you'll need to see if you can compare one with the other. One mattress with a rating of 4, for example, may be the equivalent to a medium rating on another. ? Filling - mattress manufacturers use various types of filling, usually in combination, to create the overall feel they're looking for. You can compare the quantity of each type of filling used and even see where it's been used. Coir fibre pads may be used between the springs to provide extra support, for instance, and then a cotton layer added on top to give a softer feel. ? Coil count - if you are looking at a sprung mattress, see if you can get an idea of coil count. In general, the more coils there are in your mattress, the more supportive it may be. You might also want to look at the thickness of the wire used in the coils and the height of the coils themselves. Mattress Next Day is probably the largest mattress superstore on the internet. Selling a wide range of mattresses from leading manufacturers, we can offer quality mattresses at fantastic prices. Our next day delivery service is free or, if you prefer, you can select your own delivery date. We can even guarantee delivery before 9.30am on request. Take a look at our range of mattresses now at www.mattressnextday.co.uk, or call us on 0844 3911 222 for more information.