Mattress Tension, Soft, Medium or Firm. Which is for you?All the mattress tensions given on our website are only a guide and we would always recommend that a mattress be tried before purchasing. Read on to learn more so when you do come to make that all important purchase, you are better informed.

Mattress Tension, Soft, Medium or Firm. Which is for you

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Clearly a mattress will have a very different feel to it if a 9 stone lady sleeps on it compared to an 18 stone gentleman. But it will also feel different according to size, spring count and filling.

The tension will also differ greatly across mattress sizes. The smaller the mattress, the firmer the feel. Therefore a single mattress will appear firmer than a double mattress of the same tension. This applies up to a super king size mattress which will appear even softer. Basically, the bigger the mattress, the softer it will feel.

Generally in a pocket sprung mattress, the less springs used the firmer the unit. But pocket sprung mattresses often come with a choice of tension, so a higher spring count with a firm tension, might feel soft / luxurious to the touch. However it will give more support than one of medium or soft tension. Hypnos mattresses are generally available in different tensions. they will also make king size mattress or bigger in a dual tension. However the same rule apply in terms of the tension as effectively it would be 2 small single mattresses wrapped up as a king size mattress. Most of our Relyon mattresses also come with a choice of tension. Interestingly our range of latex mattresses also come in a medium and firm feel. Although they have differing names, all 3 qualities of Dunlopillo mattresses are available in a medium tension or a firm

Pocket SpringOpen coil mattresses are very rarely offered with a choice of tension and to be honest we have less and less of them in our range. You will hear of a 12.5 gauge spring unit, which would be a relatively firm mattress. This refers to the thickness of the wire used. A 13.5 gauge unit is a thinner spring, offering less resistance and therefore provides a softer feel. Open coil sprung mattresses tend to be at the cheaper end, however we have a couple of great choices of Sealy mattresses.

Fillings also have a bearing on the feel of a mattress. Often a cheap mattress with a 12.5 guage spring unit will have a layer of polyester. This will give an extremely firm feeling. Moving up the price scale gives higher quality and more fillings. As you move into the pocket sprung market, more luxurious natural fillings are used, which provide comfort and support. Both styles are now using a lot more latex and memory foam, which provides the sleeper with added comfort and a level of cushioning.

So which tension is for you? If a mattress is too firm for you, you will be able to slide your hand easily between the mattress and the hollow of your back and your spine will bow up, creating pressure points on your shoulders and knees. If the mattress is too soft, you will not be able to slide your hand beneath your back and your spine will bow downwards creating pressure points on your hips.

We believe that Vi-Spring’s approach is the correct one. As a guide they base their tensions on a person’s weight, with a soft mattress recommended for people weighing up to 11 stone, a medium from 11-16 stone and a firm for upwards of 16 stone. Bear in mind that this is only a guide and that about 80% of our mattresses sold are medium tension.

Remember, Big Brand Beds do recommend that you try any mattress in a showroom for at least 10 minutes before making a purchase.

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Originally reviewed 15 April 2016

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