When asked what’s worse than buying a mattress, most people are stumped. Buying a car? A root canal?
As you go from store to store or website to website, you might realize there’s more to consider than you expected. Which mattress materials are best for your sleep? Which will support your back? Will they stay the same temperature through the night? Most importantly, which mattress help you sleep best?
Follow our 10 step mattress buying guide so you can make an educated choice when it’s time to buy a new mattress.
1. Assess your current mattress
What problems is your current mattress causing? What do you need and want in a new one? Consider if your mattress sags or if you have back pain or pressure points.
2. Choose your mattress size
If you share a bed with a partner or if your feet hang off the end of your bed, it’s time to upgrade. Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the best mattress size.
3. Talk to your doctor
Do you have a health condition that affects your sleep? While your doctors may not fully appreciate the difference between innerspring and latex, they might be able to offer advice on temperature or the need for extra cushioning for your joints or back.
Visit manufacturer websites and read lots and lots of reviews. What do real people who have bought this mattress think?
5. Set your budget
It’s important to understand that mattresses vary in prices because of what’s inside them. Decide how much you want to spend and focus your research on that price category. You’ll be amazed at the comfort options within each budget.
6. Test drive a lot of mattresses
There’s no better way to shop for a mattress than to go to a store. When you buy a new smart phone, you hold it in your hand, push the buttons, check out the apps – and you do that for a lot of phones before you choose the one that feels right to you. Buying a mattress is no different. Understanding the difference between mattresses means lying on each one in different positions.
7. Slow down
Your body needs time to feel each mattress and compare it to the one you’re currently sleeping on. Eliminate the ones that don’t feel good and spend at least 15 minutes on the mattresses that do. Make sure to try with a pillow while lying in your normal sleep position.
8. Talk about what the mattress is made of
Some people prefer a plush, pillow-top mattress with a supportive innerspring core while others enjoy a firm, memory foam/gel latex feel. As you lie on each mattress, ask our Mattress Specialists about what’s inside and how those materials can help you sleep better. This step keeps you on the mattress longer, which will help you begin to understand what your body responds to better.
9. Talk about the warranty and return policy
Before purchasing, understand what the retailer and manufacturer guarantee in your mattress purchase. Workmanship and materials should be guaranteed but comfort is a personal perspective and often not covered in the warranty. Read the fine print so there are no surprises if you need help after your purchase. The Weekends Only 60 Nights Guarantee gives you 60 days to return your mattress if it’s not the right comfort level, and many of our mattresses come with warranties of 10+ years.
10. Protect your purchase
Stains on a mattress void the warranty with every manufacturer. Invest in a mattress protector for hygiene and to protect your warranty. You’ll be glad you did.
Finding the best new mattress for you (and your partner) takes time, but if you follow all 10 steps, you’ll be rewarded with the best sleep of your life. Worth it, right?
This blog was originally published on Restonic.com and does not provide medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on Restonic.com. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
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