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What Is A No-Flip Mattress And Are They Better?

If you haven't purchased a mattress in a while, it may come as a surprise that your new mattress only has one side to sleep on. No-flip mattresses have been rising in popularity in recent years due to their easy maintenance and high-quality designs. But you may be wondering, will a one-sided mattress last half as long as a double-sided style? Find out everything you need to know about the no-flip mattress in our helpful buying guide.

Can you turn a no-flip mattress?

As the name implies, there's no need for a no-flip mattress to turned over completely. Plus, it would be extremely uncomfortable to lay on even if it was flipped since it has no comfort padding on the opposite side. However, you can absolutely rotate it 180 degrees to even out wear and tear. Rotating the mattress so the head end becomes the foot end makes sure that every part gets used. Which in the long run, evens out the wear and prevents sagging in any one spot. If you're sleeping on the mattress daily, you should aim to rotate it once every three months. Here's how to rotate a mattress:

  1. Before moving the mattress, make sure the area around the bed frame is clear.
  2. Many no-flip mattresses have handles on either side to make rotation easier. Before turning, make sure to test that you can manage the weight and always try to get someone to help you
  3. To complete the turn, simply move the head end of the mattress to the foot end
  4. Make a note of when you rotated the mattress to keep on track with regular turning

What does no-flip mattress mean?

No-flip mattresses are unable to be used on both sides. If you're unsure if you have a turnable or non-turnable style. Take a look at the underside of your mattress. If you couldn't sleep on both sides, that means it's a no-flip style. Typically, this kind of mattress has a different material on the underside that is often a different colour too. Similar to the kind of material you would see when you lift up a sofa cushion. The soft top side of the mattress is designed to be the comfort layer. While the firmer underside is there to act as a supportive structure. On the non-usable side, you can usually feel the springs or wooden frame through the fabric. Which would, of course, make it very uncomfortable to sleep on.

Why do some mattress need flipping and others don't?

Many modern-day mattresses are designed to be no-flip. This is because innovation has got rid of the need to completely turn them over to avoid uneven wear and tear. Materials over time have become more durable and now manufacturers can focus on creating the perfect supporting structure and comfort layer. Rather than needing to make the mattress usable on both sides. While turning a no-flip mattress isn't necessary, all styles can benefit from a 180-degree rotation every few months to make sure you're using all parts of the mattress.

Turnable mattress styles are still available to buy and aren't any less comfortable. They just have to be flipped every so often. If you have limited mobility or simply forget to flip. A no-flip style is probably much more suitable for you. Low maintenance care is a huge reason for it's rise to popularity. Flipping heavy mattresses can be challenging, especially if you have to do it by yourself.

What are the benefits of a no-flip mattress?

A key benefit to a no-flip mattress is the fact it doesn't need turning over. This makes it much easier to maintain for people that find it difficult to lift heavy items. Many non-turnable mattresses are made from materials like memory foam and latex foam. This type of material is very durable and bounces back into shape quicker than a traditional spring style. Making it more difficult for sagging and body impressions to appear.

There is an argument to suggest that double-sided mattresses would last longer. However, a mattress that is able to be used on both sides doesn't mean it will last twice as long, unfortunately. The average lifespan for all mattresses is around seven years. You can extend how long your mattress will last by taking care of it where you can. Including regular cleaning, rotation 180 degrees every few months and using a mattress protector.

Unsure of what mattress style is best for you? Feel free to contact one of our friendly sleep experts or read more helpful buying guides on our advice hub. We have a huge range of styles, including turnable and non-turnable mattresses that are available for next day delivery.

Author: Lucie

Lucie is a copywriter, trend spotter, and our resident sleep expert! Lucie has been with the team since 2018 and her articles cover a sweeping array of subjects from general product care, the latest bedroom design trends, ways to promote healthier sleep and jargon-busting explanations to help you understand what goes into our products. Do you have questions for Lucie & the team? Call one of our sleep experts today!

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