Buying a new mattress can be an incredibly exhausting activity. Not only are there a wide range of mattresses to choose from but your mattress is a very personal choice. What works for one person might not work for another. So even if someone’s saying their latest memory foam mattress has provided them with the best night’s sleep they’ve had, this doesn’t mean it’s going to be the same for you.
What’s more, the prices of mattresses can range from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand, which can make it an incredibly expensive choice! However, you don’t need to re-mortgage your house to buy yourself a new mattress, and you can still get the best mattress for you without having to spend too much money. Here’s how:
Look at Trusted Brands
Even though you may be looking to save some costs when you buy your next mattress, this doesn’t mean you need to go for a brand you’ve never heard of. It’s an investment that needs to last a long time, so you need to know you’re buying a high-quality mattress from a reputed brand (e.g. the Helix mattress). A lot of brands will have various prices to suit differing budgets, so shopping around will help you to find your ultimate mattress at an affordable price.
Know Your Budget
Just like when you’re shopping for anything, you need to have a budget in mind that you’re going to stick to. If you assign $500 to buy your next mattress, make sure you stick to this. It can be incredibly easy to get carried away looking at all of the latest high-tech mattresses but knowing and sticking to your budget will help to make sure your next mattress is an affordable investment.
Decide on the Type of Mattress You Want
One of the most important decisions you’ll make when shopping for a mattress is the type of mattress you’re going to select. That’s why it’s important to shop around before you purchase one. A lot of people are opting for memory foam mattresses but if you prefer your bed to have a bit more spring, a pocket-sprung mattress may be better for you. Familiarize yourself with what’s available so you can make sure you’re making the right choice.
Try Before You Buy
Because of how personal a choice buying a mattress is, it’s vital that you try them before you buy them. Even though there may be lots of technical jargon online that showcases a certain mattress as the best on the market, this might not provide you with the most comfortable night’s sleep. So, venture to some mattress shops to find a mattress that you’re going to be comfortable with. You’re going to be sleeping on this for the next however many years, so it needs to suit you and your sleeping habits.
You might not feel comfortable trying out mattresses in a shop but you shouldn’t feel pressurized by the salesperson. Instead, take your time, lying on your back and side (and your stomach if this is a preferred sleeping position for you). After 5 minutes you should start to understand whether or not you’re going to be comfortable sleeping on this mattress.
For example, if you’re looking at a memory foam mattress, position yourself in your favored sleeping position before moving onto another. Did you find it easy to move? Sometimes memory foam mattresses can restrict how easy it is to move, so if you toss and turn a lot in the night, this might not be ideal for you.
Warranties and Lifespans
You’re going to want your mattress to last as long as possible but don’t be fooled by one that’s got a long warranty compared to one that hasn’t. Even though a mattress may come with a long warranty, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it will last the longest.
Warranties are a marketing ploy and whilst they’ll generally cover a manufacturing defect (e.g. foam that loses its shape) they can soon become void as they’ll have lots of fine print. For example, if you’ve got a stain on the mattress because you didn’t use a protector or you haven’t use the recommended base underneath it, your warranty could become invalid.
Most manufacturers want you to replace your mattress frequently (every five years or so), so they aren’t going to be giving you lifetime warranties easily. So, before you make that purchase, ensure you understand what is / isn’t included in the warranty, reading all of the fine print so you know what may invalidate your guarantee.
Alexander Holmes is manager in the beds and mattresses department of a large retail store where she has worked for several years. Outside of work she enjoys writing articles and shares her knowledge from work with an online audience.