Why One Sided Mattresses?
Why One Sided Mattresses?
Prior to the new millennium, mattresses were manufactured with two upholstered sides. When one side of your mattress was worn down or stained, you had to struggle to flip the heavy mattress onto its other side. Today, mattress makers are manufacturing One Sided Mattresses that are still as comfortable and durable without the high maintenance. The first major manufacturer to make a One Sided Mattresses was Simmons ® in 2000. Spring Air was second, followed by the other major manufacturers.
One sided mattresses offer the same comfort and durability as a two sided mattress, but with little maintenance. Don’t think you are slighted simply because there is only 1 sleeping surface. The materials in the no flip design are far superior to the cheap foams and fibers in older mattresses. Most of today’s two sided mattresses are made with reduced amounts of steel for the innerspring coils, than those of the past. The result is a two sided mattress that will last 6-9 years at best, which is a far cry from the 10-20 years we have come to expect from a new mattress.
Neither a one sided, or a two sided mattress offer more comfort than the other. Both can fit many different needs. It is very true that many consumers never flipped their double sided mattresses, so the advantage of a two sided mattress was never realized. One sided construction allowed for different designs, and thicker comfort layers, often within a smaller price range. This allowed customers to buy mattresses that seemed more comfortable and luxurious than they initially thought.
Some manufacturers suggest that you rotate one sided mattresses from end to end every two weeks for the first two months, and once every three months after. Rotating the mattress will prevent uneven wear on the mattress, especially in cases where only one person sleeps on the bedding. Simply rotating the mattress is less strenuous than flipping it.
Most of our wariness about purchasing a new mattress stems from a time when mattress manufacturers built mattresses to be better than their competitors. It was a time when profit margins and retail price points were not the main goal of selling a mattress. Back then, manufacturers were not affected by double digit price increases of oil and the world’s high demand for steel, which are both the primary building components of virtually every mattress system made. Back then old mattresses had good structural bones, and were built to last 10-20 years. Manufacturers took a lot of pride in a mattresses life expectancy, while profits were a second thought. Years ago it was about how long your mattress would last. Today it is about feeling good, and cheap prices at virtually any cost.
Education is the key to your mattress buying success. Know the important differences that will allow you to maximize your mattress and sleep investment, whether you choose a one sided or two sided mattress.
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