Ten Reasons Why You May Not Want To Buy A One-Sided Mattress

June 5, 2008
In the Bedroom

The last few years have been a time of change and turmoil in the bedding industry. Many new mattress ideas have come and many have just gone. One noteworthy change has been the shift from manufactures building two-sided mattresses that could be turned over to the non-flippable one-sided mattresses that cannot. At a glance, this may sound like a great idea, but on the flip side, there may be some real disadvantages to take note of.

  • A lightweight mattress could mean the manufacturer is skimping on construction.
    Most ones sided beds are not very heavy, pick one up for your self and see. In years past we were told to purchase a heavier mattress. Heavier mattresses typically use a higher amount of steel and higher density foams. Both have traditionally been characteristics of a quality mattress and boxspring.
  • Cannot flip the mattress over to allow the foams to rest and restore.
    Polyurethane foam when not allowed to rest will break down and compress faster shortening the mattresses’ overall useful life.
  • There is the possibility of hygiene issues due to the fact that the mattress cannot be flipped over to allow for use of the reverse side.
    With the dead skin cells, dust particles dirt and dander concentrated on one side of your mattress, your little dust mites don’t have far to travel for lunch. More dust and dirt could lead to potentially more allergy issues. People that are affected by these things may want to consult their physician or salesman to help them maintain a cleaner one-sided mattress environment.
  • One-sided mattresses may have a higher concentration of dust mites and allergens.
    See #3
  • If one side of the mattress becomes damaged or heavily soiled a very big problem cannot be overlooked.
    If a one-sided mattress has a surface that is damaged or soiled you have no flip side to go to as an alternative. You may very well just have to live with the hole your dog dug in your sleep surface or that stain you could not remove.
  • One less side on your mattress could mean ½ the normal mattress life of a 2-sided mattress.
    There is much debate on this one issue alone.
  • Most one-sided mattresses still cost as much as two-sided mattresses that were available only a year ago.
  • Two-sided mattresses are flipped so that each side can be rested.
    This gives the comfort layers a chance to restore themselves and bounce back helping to minimize and even prevent body impressions.
  • Body oils and perspiration could become twice the problem since the one side never gets a break.
    We would encourage a quality absorbent mattress pad to help protect your mattress.
  • The no-flip mattress ticking cover or fabric is 50% more likely to show wear and even breakdown.
    Faster wear is very likely to develop especially in the polyfill fiber and quilted foam layering.  This reveals itself in flattening in the cover and obvious body impressions.

With these things in mind, you are the judge. Please comment below or email with your one-sided mattress experience.