How to Buy a New Mattress: Overview
People are different, and everyone has their own way of dealing with buying a new mattress. Some people really dread it and put it off until they just can’t ignore their discomfort any longer. Other people are really on top of things and begin to do research and shop around months before they plan on buying anything.
Most people, however, buy a new mattress about every 10 years, so it is a decision that you have to live with for awhile – we get that here at Seattle Mattress. It is also a decision that has the potential to affect your daily mood and overall health, so making the best decision is very important to you – we get that, too.
Over the course of 10 years, a $1,000 mattress set costs about .28 cents a day or $2 a week or $8 a month. And since you spend about 1/3 of your life in bed, it is probably the best “value” of anything you purchase.
But shopping for a mattress and trying to get the best deal can be maddening. Most of the major mattress manufacturers and retailers offer the same models but rename them, in order to make comparison shopping difficult - plus, all the differences in mattress style and construction can be mind-boggling to keep track of. That's why we're here - to help you sort through the information overload.
The bottom line is, when it comes to mattresses, there is no Universal standard. If someone you know has found a mattress that they like, and claim that it gives them a good night’s sleep - that same style mattress might not sleep as comfortably to you. People come in all shapes & sizes, which means that we all have different things we need from a mattress.
Generally speaking, our best advice is to make your best decision based on:
1) Comfort & Care for Your Body
2) Quality / Construction
The difference between an $800 mattress and a $2,000 one may not be that great, but sales people will inundate you with “facts” about foam, coil count, and the quality of the mattress ticking - and these things may or may not be that important to you. If any of these details are especially important to you, it is recommended that you do some research ahead of time into the specifics of what exactly you desire in a bed. Keep in mind however, that the most important thing about buying a new bed is your long-term health & comfort. If you put your priority on what kind of mattress ticking the bed has, you may end up with a really pretty bed that you hate sleeping in.
Many people read the mattress comparison shopping reviews on the Internet in order to get information about a specific type or brand of mattress. While this is probably a good idea to a certain extent, keep in mind that unhappy people are far more likely to write a review; and for every bad review you read, there may be many more customers who were satisfied with their purchase.
Don’t worry if you haven’t done all your homework or if you have any confusion about details. A good sales person is an invaluable resource and should be able to help guide you through your bed-buying adventure with a knowledgeable, non-pressurizing demeanor – no matter what your own knowledge level is.