You will spend one third of your life on your mattress, more than any other piece of furniture in your home. When it comes to purchasing something so important, it is imperative to research the right one for your body and ultimate sleeping comfort. Choosing the right mattress can improve your sleep, enhance your well-being and have an overall profound effect on your health. Our mattress buying guide is here to assist you in purchasing the mattress of your dreams.
When you buy a quality mattress set, you should only have to replace it every eight to 10 years. Other than the age of the mattress, here are some other signs to look for:
Be sure to know the size of your bed frame so that you can purchase the appropriate mattress size. Here are the different mattress sizes:
Mattress types are constantly evolving, so it is important to familiarize yourself with all your options before you begin shopping. From various constructions and materials to different levels of firmness, mattresses vary greatly so take the time to learn about each.
Most premium mattress sets today offer a 10-year warranty. No other consumer product even comes close. The warranty, however, is not an indicator of how long the product should be used before replacement. The warranty is there to protect the consumer from product defects, not against the gradual loss of comfort and support. Please read your manufacturer's warranty card for information specific to your mattress. All manufacturers require a rigid center support with a leg touching the floor for all queen and king size sets. A mattress protector should also be used since most manufacturer warranties will be voided with any stains.
Some retailers offer comfort guarantees ranging from 30 to 60 nights with the option to return the mattress if it is not comfortable. This sounds like a great idea, right? We respectfully disagree. This is one of the biggest problems facing the industry today. There are usually large transportation fees involved, anywhere from $99 to $299, and the second set is always sold at the off sale price, not the sale price. It is a simple question, but no one seems to ask, "What happens to the set that I slept on for 30 nights?" Most won't like the answer! Manufacturers don't take back bedding that is too hard or too soft, they only warrant for defect. So, in most cases, if the mattress is not damaged or soiled, it gets a new plastic bag and goes out to the next customer. Others that may be scuffed from transportation are sold as left over stock or floor samples. These comfort guarantees are simply used bedding, no other way to put it. Be very careful when shopping at retailers that offer comfort guarantees because you may not be the first to sleep in your "new" mattress.
There are many different comfort levels found in today's sleep systems. Contrary to the myth, a firm mattress is not better for your back than a softer version. It all comes down to the individual. What you are looking for is support. Support, rather than firmness, is the most important quality of your new mattress. The technology of today's mattresses focuses on keeping your spine in alignment while you sleep. As long as the mattress keeps your spine aligned and doesn't have a hammock effect, then the firmness is up to you. From experience, here are a few tips: