Editorial and Research Policy
Our goal at The Spinery is to provide you with the best mattress, pillow, and sleeping tips, and buying guides on the web.
Our Editorial and Research Policies serve as a set of primary standards used in creating and publishing content in order to attain the highest standards possible.
Following is a brief explanation of how our Editorial Policies work.
Our Editorial Policy
The content we publish must abide by the following 9 rules as much as is practically possible:
1: Accuracy – we strive to deliver information that is reliable and accurate.
2: Actionability– the content we create has practical value.
3: Comprehensiveness – we attempt to cover all the relevant points on the topic.
4: Concise – we try to omit fluff and get across the point as succinctly as possible.
5: Fair – our aim is to represent our products, company, and information without bias.
6: Original – to find primary data and information, we use our expertise and contact industry experts.
7: User focused – our priority is user requirements and intent, not our own self-interest.
8: Unique – content is not copied or spun by us.
9: Verifiable – reputable sources are cited to back our claims.
You can express your concerns here if you believe that a piece of content doesn’t adhere to these principles and we’ll take the steps necessary to rectify the issue as far as practically possible.
Our Research Policy
In order to meet our editorial principles, we apply the following research process:
1: Identify an Underserved Query
By seeking out search queries that are incomplete, inconclusive, or inaccurate, rather than rehashing the same data that is already available, we aim to add valuable content to web.
2: Create the Best Content on the Web
By figuring out the user’s intent behind their search and performing extensive research, we are able to provide the best possible answer that you can find online at the time of publishing.
The way we do this is by spending our own money on mattress and pillow materials and designs, testing them, contacting industry experts for primary data and information, citing solid scientific studies, and expanding on the publicly available points.
3: Satisfy User Intent
It is our goal to produce content that is easy to understand, meets the user’s needs, and complies with our Editorial Policy before it is published.
Research Policy: Mattresses
Since mattresses are usually a costly and difficult purchase, we share our over 20 years of mattress design and material research to inform consumers.
Because buying a mattress doesn’t follow an exact science due to the variation in sleeping preferences and amalgamation of subjective factors such as body weight, body shape, and your dominant sleeping position that all combine to create different levels of comfort on different mattress designs.
To help make the buying process easier for you, we create our mattress reviews and round-up lists using as many of the following techniques as possible:
1: Physical Testing
Wherever possible, we endeavor to purchase mattress materials, test them, and provide our professional feedback.
However, due to the high cost of these items, testing and geographical shipping restrictions, buying and testing specific mattress materials isn’t always possible.
When that happens, we employ the two strategies outlined below.
2.Extrapolating Features, Benefits, and Limitations
Based on our extensive knowledge of how mattresses tend to perform based on their features and qualities. Based on this information, we can often draw educated generalizations that give you a reasonable estimate of how a mattress will perform with different body weights, sleeping positions, and preferences.
This method may not provide the same kind of qualitative insight as first-hand testing, but it does give us insight you might not find on a product’s sales page.
Generalizations like this can also help factor out biases and inconsistencies that may be apparent when relying on reviews written by other users, consumers, and reviewers.
Specific Mattress Type & Material Review Criteria
Using the above research resources, we provide information on the following elements:
- Allergy control – does the mattress type or mattress material offer prevention of allergic reactions associated with conditions such as eczema, sensitive skin, asthma, and dust-mite sensitivities by being hypoallergenic?
- Body weight suitability – the weight of a person is categorized from ‘light’ (130 lbs) to ‘average’ (130 – 230 lbs) to ‘heavy’ (>230 lbs). We estimate how comfortable a mattress would be for these body weights.
- Body type suitability –. The body types are categorized as slim (low body fat), average (normal amount of body fat), and heavy (high amount of body fat). We estimate the comfort levels of each mattress based on the body type categories.
- Comfort – what is the likelihood that the mattress type and material is comfortable, given its characteristics relative to common sleeping styles and preferences?
- Construction – what types of mattresses are available; a spring mattress, memory foam mattress, latex mattress, polyfoam mattress, or hybrid mattress?
- Couple compatibility –. does the mattress type and material suit couples (such as being quiet, insulating movement well, and accommodating various sleeping preferences)?
- Durability – which materials are used and how durable and long-lasting are they?
- Edge support –. is the mattress material or type designed to have edges reinforced to prevent sagging or rolling off after heavy use?
- Firmness –. what is the mattress’ firmness is best (extra-soft, soft, medium, medium-firm, firm, ultra-firm)?
- Frame compatibility – does the mattress type work with any frame and can it be set up on the floor?
- Life expectancy – how long is the mattress expected to last in years with the proper care?
- Materials used – which materials are used and what are the relevant variables such as foam density and spring gauge?
- Medical conditions – although we acknowledge that mattresses cannot be said to ‘cure’ medical conditions, our writers include a chiropractor, certified in physiotherapy, and certified in ergonomics and a molecular biologist PhD. We also consult with qualified medical professionals where necessary to find out if a mattress might be able to help with a condition like back pain if your own doctor or medical professional.
- Motion isolation – what material and type of mattress dampens cross-motion and vertical movements to allow couples to sleep comfortably?
- Noise – under variable movements, how quiet will the mattress material be?
- Off-gassing potential –. after it is opened and for a period of time afterwards, does the mattress smell and emit Volatile Organic Compounds?
- Sagging risk – how likely is it that the mattress type and material will sag prematurely?
- Sleeping positions – how comfortable is it likely to be for side sleepers, front sleepers, back sleepers, and combinations of these?
- Support – in which sleeping positions, body weights and body types does the mattress type and materials keep your spine aligned and your posture correct?
- Temperature regulation – how well does the mattress dissipate heat and offer cooling capabilities to help you maintain a comfortable temperature?
- Thickness – what is the thickness of the mattress in inches and what does this mean for different body types and weights.
- Weight capacity –. how much weight can the mattress hold?
What Makes Us Unique?
The Spinery is unique because our team of writers consist of doctors who have been in the mattress industry and designing mattresses for over 20 years. By working specifically with underserved search queries, we strive to provide the best possible answers to help users find what they are looking for and improve the web — instead of polluting it with inferior and duplicate content.
Despite our commitment to provide excellent content, we also have some limitations, some of which include the following points.
- Honest mistakes are possible –real people doing research spend a lot of time typing, making video and maintaining the website, which makes it possible for us to make mistakes in our reporting and/or content creation. To prevent such errors as far as is physically possible, the Editorial Policy has been put in place.
- Content can become outdated – whenever we discover any errors or omissions, we aim to correct them immediately, and review our content on an annual basis to make sure it’s up to date.
- Not all products will suit everyone – different mattresses will feel different and perform differently based on body weight, body types, and sleeping positions. Although our recommendations are given with the best of intentions, you should keep in mind that certain mattress types and materials aren’t suitable for everybody. Make sure you consult as many trustworthy sources as possible before making a purchase decision – it’s also a good idea to check the return policy on the website for recourse if necessary.
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