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Do you want to know the best mattress recommended by the Hong Kong Consumer Council’s mattress test report? Realising how important the right mattress is to Hong Kongers’ health and wellbeing, the Hong Kong Consumer Council tested 25 mattresses sold in Hong Kong and published the report online. Of the 25 mattresses, 21 mattresses were innerspring mattresses and 4 mattresses were foam mattresses. The Consumer Council rated the mattresses for their body support, comfortability and durability. Do you assume the most affordable mattresses came last and the most expensive mattresses came first? Then you might be shocked by the results! Read on to find out the best Hong Kong mattress recommendations from the Hong Kong Consumer Council.
1. What are the takeaway recommendations in the Consumer Council mattress report?
2. Does the Consumer Council recommend an affordable mattress or expensive mattress?
3. Does the Consumer Council recommend a firm mattress, soft mattress, or medium firm mattress?Should I consider about mattress firmness?
4. Does the Consumer Council recommend a spring mattress or foam mattress?
5. Do you have any advice on how to choose a mattress in Hong Kong?
6. Anything else to consider when looking for the perfect mattress in Hong Kong?
If there’s one takeaway in the Consumer Council’s mattress recommendations, it’s this: nearly half of the tested mattresses scored 2.5 or less out of 5 points. What does that mean? A large percentage of mattresses sold in Hong Kong are average to below average.
The report also made it very clear that huge variations occurred in scoring the performance of overall body support when the body weight, shape or sleeping position changed. This affected even the mattresses that scored well, so the message is that you should try out a new mattress as much as possible. Lying on one for a short period isn’t going to tell you what you need to know, but many companies offer in-home trials so you can be sure to put your mattress through many sleep-filled nights before you commit.
The mattresses tested ranged from low to high prices. One of the biggest shocks to readers was the news that the top 4 models were all in the medium price range and that the highest and lowest priced mattresses scored the same overall. As industry insiders, we’re not surprised that price and performance have little correlation - the availability of high quality, reasonably priced models has been made possible by new materials, technology and online mattress stores.
Want more evidence that price isn’t a good metric to determine mattress quality? Recently, Apple Daily recommended the Hush Mattress over a name-brand mattress 4x its price. So we’ve seen first hand that price isn’t indicative of mattress quality. So make sure you’re paying for high-quality materials and great customer service, not expensive store rent or flashy advertising on billboards.
The short answer is, the Consumer Council recommends a medium firm mattress!
Again, how firm people like their mattress varies, but there are also recommendations made according to medical research. The report showed that 60% of samples were rated ‘hard’, which points to many Hong Kong people’s belief that a firmer mattress is always better. But science shows a firm mattress is not the healthiest choice. According to the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association, a model that is too firm can create a sleep posture that puts excess pressure on some parts of the body, such as hip and shoulder joints and cause back muscle tightness and discomfort, leading to back aches during your waking hours. If you want to avoid the back pain issues, their studies have shown medium-firm mattresses increased quality of sleep and pain reduction in those with bad backs. The Association goes on to say that spring mattresses in general give better body support than the foam type does.
However, if it is too soft, it cannot support the heavier part of the body, the buttocks, which will make the lumbar ridge sink down. In the end, the muscles supporting the spine will not rest, may even suffer from strains, causing the spine to shift.
The right mattress, which is not too hard nor too soft, can provide proper support for the body according to the curvature. It can slowly enhance the quality of sleep of patients with chronic back pain, reduce the degree of back pain. Since the weight of the human body is concentrated on the buttocks, it should be the most supported.
The Consumer Council study only focused on the two traditional types of mattresses -- innerspring mattresses and foam mattresses. The result is the Consumer Council left out a more advanced, and increasingly popular mattress type -- the hybrid mattress. Before we share the findings, let’s give you a basic guide on how to choose a mattress in Hong Kong.
Spring mattresses are still by far the most common . We’ll skip the mechanics of it, but the type of spring will vary (in this study Bonnell spring and pocket springs were tested) and therefore the comfort and sleep experience will also be different. Foam mattresses are made of different grades of foam, one of the most commonly used are memory foam mattresses, which literally remember your body shape and mold to it, offering a new level of ‘snugness’.
So let’s see how each did in the Hong Kong Consumer Council Mattress Test test areas:
When it came to body support, the spring models scored higher than foam. It did however advise people to pay special attention to the effect individual’s weight, height and sleeping position had. Even the well-rated mattresses saw vast differences in scores depending on the sleeper, so what is good for some is not good for others.
As you can see, spring models generally scored higher than foam, so is the decision made? The answer is not so simple. Read below for more recommendations by the Consumer Council.
We said at the beginning that this study missed out on one more advanced and popular type of mattress; and the study made it clear that both spring and foam had their advantages so surely the best of both worlds would be to make one mattress from both materials. Welcome to the Hybrid Mattress. Designed with all the advantages and none of the disadvantages, hybrid models such as our Hush Home mattresses combine premium foam layers and pocket coils to give you the best personalized comfort. A hybrid mattress is the perfect way to find the ideal balance between an industry-recommended ‘medium firm’ mattress of high quality and affordability.
Sleep on it...Literally! The best way to decide what is best for you is not to only try the mattress before purchase but to spend as much time as you can sleeping on it. Many of the reputable online retailers offer in-home trials (such as our 100 night trial) so you can be sure you’ve made the right choice. It is also worth looking for a guarantee of at least a few years. This means the manufacturer is confident in the quality and lifespan of their product.
So to get the perfect mattress the report says it all… spring and foam both have advantages, so why not combine both with the latest in manufacturing technology to get a luxurious hybrid mattress?
For more details: Consumer Council Mattress Report