Buying a mattress seems simple enough, but the truth is that your mattress plays an important part in your life. You spend at least eight hours on it every day, and those eight hours are essential to how the other sixteen hours go! Make no mistake, your new mattress is an investment. Before you head out to shop for your new mattress, there are several factors for you to consider. What do you need to know before you step out the door?
Ignore terms like “medically approved” or “orthopedic.” If you are someone with back pain, it occasionally seems as though the right mattress would fix it like magic. However, most mattress companies are aware that there are no rigorous medical studies based on the prospect of a good mattress treating back pain; there is only anecdotal evidence. If a mattress feels good to your back, it feels good to your back. Ignore buzzwords that are misrepresenting the mattress in question.
Sit down with a pencil and a piece of paper and make sure that you know what factors you are looking for in a mattress. Start with the things that you know. For example, what size does the mattress need to be, and what material? While some people like the density of memory foam, other people prefer the sensation offered by very good springs. Still others find that they get all the support that they need from a simple classic pillow top. After you have all of your questions answered there, move on to more abstract topics. Do you need your new mattress to be firmer than your old mattress or softer? Do you need to make sure that specific parts of your body feel supported? Once you get many of these emotions and requirements sorted out, you will have a significantly better idea of what you are looking for.
Remember that buying a mattress is a lot like buying a car. You are going into a sales situation where most of the people involved are going to be working on commission. It is in their best interest to make sure that you buy a mattress from them. Do not purchase a mattress unless you are utterly satisfied.
You can also bargain. See if the salesperson is willing to knock of fifty or even a hundred dollars. If you are dealing with a high-quality mattress, this is entirely possible. If you are not used to negotiation, make sure that you bring along someone who is. You may be surprised at how much money you can save on a new mattress by doing exactly that.
Similarly, make sure that your mattress has a great warranty. Mattresses do not last forever, and a warranty will help ensure that you get your money’s worth. A good warranty typically comes from the manufacturer rather than from the sales company, and it will cover the mattress’s entire use life. Look over the paperwork carefully before you commit, and figure out what constitutes normal wear.
Take a moment to think about the mattress that you want to sleep on tonight. Consider what you need, and when you go out shopping, make sure that you get the mattress that is right for you!