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Choosing the Right Matress

HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALITY TRADITIONAL INNERSPRING MATTRESS

 

Traditional innerspring mattresses utilize proven technology that provides uncompromising support. However, the quality of such a mattress lies within the quality of it’s padding and it’s coils profile.

 

Coils

The quality of a coil is predominantly determined by the selected profile (252, 264, 288, 312, 336, 510…). The profile represents the number of coils used within the construction of a double sized mattress. That means, in a 510 profile, for a double sized mattress, you will find 510 pocket coils. It’s Important to note that even if Queen or King mattresses technically have more coils, the profile remains the same, 510. This is especially useful to know when shopping around, if a salesman tries to upsell you based on the coil count.

While the quality of the coil does improve in proportion to the quantity used during fabrication, anything over a profile of 510 is not necessarily better. It stands to say that the mattress will be of equivalent, or in some cases, lesser quality. The increased profile can translate into a higher risk of buckling and increased fatigue. We, at Matelas Selection Inc., prefer to build our traditional innerspring mattresses with a 510 profile; better quality, increased support and more robust!

 

Padding
After the spring, the determining factor in the durability of your mattress will be the quality of the padding. You must look pass the puffy and tufted outer appearance in order to properly assess its features. What matters is the quality of the padding material used inside the mattress.

 

Insulating Layer

An insulating layer that has been thermoset and possess a very thick quality to it will significantly extend the useful lifespan of a mattress. This is achieved by protecting the upper layers from mechanical abrasion created by the movement of metal springs. We, at Matelas Selection Inc., exclusively use thick thermoset felted insulation rather than polyester fiber or even, like some manufactures, no protective layer whatsoever.

 

Foam
The foam affixed to top of the felted insulation determines the firmness of the mattress. It’s imperative to use top quality foam in order to prevent collapsing (sinking bed impression).

The use of a quality high density foam during fabrication is the only way to ensure the mattress will retain it’s qualities over time. 

 

 

HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALITY POCKET COIL MATTRESS

 

Pocket coil mattresses have been proven to reduce movement or even vibration caused by your partner (if compared to traditional innerspring mattresses). If your buying decision is solely based on this independence of movement, we would suggest you consider our composite mattresses from our FeatherLite collection or our latex products from or Latex collection.

Pocket coil mattresses are more expensive than traditional innerspring mattress simply because of the added labor required in their manufacturing. That being said, several features can be examined in order to identify a good pocket coil mattress.

 

Profile

The profile represents the number of coils used within the construction of a double sized mattress. Seeing that pocket coils are more flexible than traditional innersprings, we prefer to use a slightly higher profile of 682. That means, in a 682 profile, for a double sized mattress, you will find 682 pocket coils. For a single sized mattress you will find 496 pocket coils, 825 for a queen and 1056 for a king but it’s Important to note that profile remains the same, 682. This is especially useful to know when shopping around, if a salesman tries to upsell you based on the coil count.

While the quality of the coil does improve in proportion to the quantity used during fabrication, anything over a profile of 682 is not necessarily better. It stands to say that the mattress will be of equivalent, or in some cases, lesser quality. The increased profile can translate into a higher risk of buckling and increased fatigue.

 

Reinforcements

In order to allow the mattress to preserve it like new appearance, the coils must be attached to a rigid frame made of hardened steel. The pockets (that contain each individual coils) must also be of quality (minimum of 70 g). The use of a quality glue to attach each of these pockets is also important in order to prevent them from detaching.
A reinforcement strip of a minimum of 70 g must be bonded to the entire surface of the mattress, including each pocket. Ties must also be affixed to the frame in order to prevent gutting or splitting in an accordion fashion.

The coils should ideally be stiffer (14 gauge) within the central area of ‌‌the mattress (pelvis area). The profile should also be strengthened around the extremities by lateral supports fixed on the perimeter of the mattress.

 

 

HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALITY FOAM

 

Here's a guide, in order of importance, on how to choose quality foam

Density

The quality of the foam is mainly characterized by its density (which ranges from 1.0 lbs to 3.5 lbs / cu ft). Higher density translates to more material actually supporting your weight and therefore creating a better quality foam. Quality foam (density greater than 2.0 lbs) will retain its original shape much longer while a low density foam will subside quickly, also known as sinking. See the dramatization below.

For permanent use or use by an adult, we recommend choosing a mattress with a foam density of at least 2.0 lbs / cu.  Alternatively, for an economical product that will see occasional use or will be used by a child, conventional foam of less than 2.0 lbs / cu might be appropriate for the short term.

Foam density qualities available in Europe are far greater than those available in North America.  In order to provide it’s customers with a higher standard of quality, Matelas Selection Inc. has opted to exclusively use EcoLogix foams, which are imported from Europe.

The bigger you are and the more you want to retain durability in your products, the more you will want to choose a higher density foam.

 

Compression
Regardless of the density, foam can be firm or soft as this is a compression characteristic (which can vary from 7 to 170 lbs ILD). For the manufacturing of a mattress, compression is typically set between 10 and 48 lbs. The lower the compression, the softer the foam will be and the more your body will sink into the foam. Your body type in conjunction with your perception of comfort will determine the ideal compression level. Rest assured that our mattress experts will be there to help guide you along.

 

Resilience
Conventional foams (which do not support high resilience) can lose from 30% to 40% of their compression (hardness) with use. While conventional high density foams retain their shape after use they will lose their firmness (softness will occur where the user is sleeping).

Conventional low density foams will lose booth their shape (sinking) and strength.

On the other hand, with use, high resilience foam keeps it’s shape while maintaining hardness.

Rather than lose up to 40% of it’s firmness, foams (such as EcoLogix) will only lose 16% of it’s hardness after 10 years.

The best high resilience foams are therefore reserved for customers seeking a very high quality mattress or people with an excess of weight.  Keep in mind that foams can be firm or soft, even if they are of high density and / or high resilience.

 

The Comfort Index
The comfort index is a ratio between two results of a compression tests conducted at 25% and 65%. The ratios vary between 1.5 and 3.1. Several EcoLogix foam grades have a comfort rating of 3 while conventional foams typically have a rating of around 2. The higher the index, the more the foam can support the heavy areas of the body while leaving the lighter areas able to comfortably compress the foam. This allows the foam to better balance the support throughout the body. This is especially desirable for people with apple or pear-like morphology, for people that are overweight, obese, disabled or simply for those seeking to purchase the best components for their mattress.

 

Air Permeability

Foam exists in both closed and open cell configurations, for mattresses, open cell foam is by far the best choice. The freely circulating air in open cell foam prevents users from getting too hot. So basically the air permeability is the ability of the material to allow air to pass freely.

In order to open the cells of the foam it has been previously exposed to extreme compression pressure in order to burst it’s cells open and allow the air to pass. Such compressions can only be done successfully with high density foam, otherwise the foam would remain compressed and never recover to its original form.

A simple test is all that is needed to identify open cell foam: blow directly on its surface to feel if the air passes thought or reflects back with resistance. All EcoLogix foams are of open cell configuration.

 

 

HOW TO CHOOSE QUALITY MEMORY FOAM

 

Here's a guide, in order of importance, on how to choose quality memory foam (visco-elastic foam). The visco-elastic term references the rheological behavior of the material, its ability to slowly regain its shape after being compressed.

Density

The quality of the foam is mainly characterized by its density (which ranges from 1.0 lbs to 5 - 7 lbs / cu ft). Higher density translates to more material actually supporting your weight and therefore creating a better quality foam. A good quality visco-elastic foam (density greater than 4.0 lbs) will retain its original shape much longer while a low density foam will subside quickly, also known as sinking. See the dramatization below.

 

Compression

Compression or firmness of visco-elastic foam is much lower than that of a polyurethane foam. For the manufacturing of a mattresses, compression is typically set between 11 and 17 lbs. The lower the compression, the softer the foam will be and the more your body will sink into it.

 

Air Permeability

Foam exists in both closed and open cell configurations, for mattresses, open cell foam is by far the best choice. The freely circulating air in open cell foam prevents users from getting too hot. So basically the air permeability is the ability of the material to allow air to pass freely.

In order to open the cells of the foam it has been previously exposed to extreme compression pressure in order to burst it’s cells open and allow the air to pass. Such compressions can only be done successfully with high density foam, otherwise the foam would remain compressed and never recover to its original form.

 

Caution
Products with memory foam are known to present a warmer surface, in fact, this material is more insulating than others and reflects your own warmth back to you. It's even worse when the product is made of closed cell foam (usually present in low quality memory foam).

Marketing Warning: a visco-elastic layer of less than 2 inches (5 cm) in most cases is useless because you will not get the desired benefits. Good memory foam is expensive compared to other materials, which is why some manufacturers are seeking to thin out layers or use low density versions. Always ask about the thickness (minimally 2 inches or 5 cm) and the density (minimum 4 lbs) otherwise you can end up paying for a product that is nothing but hype.

 

 

HOW TO CHOOSE A QUALITY MOROCCAN BENCH

 

Foam Bench

For a foam bench it’s all about the density, the higher the density the better the bench. The pressure exerted by the weight of a seated person is much higher than that of a person lying down. This means that the foam of the bench is much more solicited and needs to work harder to withstand the added pressure.

 

Density

The quality of the foam is mainly characterized by its density. Higher density translates to more material actually supporting your weight and therefore creating a better quality foam. A good quality foam (density greater than 2.0 lbs) will retain its original shape much longer ( 5 to 10 years) while a low density foam will subside quickly (about 1 year), also known as sinking.

 

Compression
Regardless of the density, foam can be firm or soft as this is a compression characteristic (which can vary from 7 to 170 lbs ILD). For the manufacturing of benches, compression is typically set between 30 and 50 lbs. The lower the compression, the softer the foam will be and the more your body will sink into the foam.