10 Smart Mattress Shopping Tips
Shopping for a mattress can put anyone in trouble these days because there are many options on the market: different brands, various sizes, and fabrics, discounts and promotions. The good thing is that we can do extensive research before purchasing, thanks to the online reviews which point out the pros and the cons for almost any product. Still, it takes skills to navigate through the ocean of choices, so I thought it would be useful to have a short collection of tips you can rely on when looking for your next mattress.
Take time to research
Comfort is, in fact, a subjective concept. You won’t know what suits your needs best unless you do a thorough research on various types of soft, firm, foam or coil mattresses. Studying options is an excellent way of finding out what other buyers say about one product or another. Unbiased websites (which don’t sell mattresses), such as www.trymattress.com, usually offer the best reviews.
Know your size
Do you sleep alone or with your partner? For a single person, a standard size would do – unless you're tall and then you should choose a larger scale. If the mattress is for two, then you'd better go for queen or king sizes. They'll give you both plenty of room for a comfortable sleep.
Choose according to your sleeping style
Your sleeping position is important when choosing a mattress. If you're a back sleeper, you should check out a product which provides backing and firmness. If you’re a stomach sleeper, you’ll need excellent support, so consider an innerspring or a hybrid. If you’re a side sleeper, look for the product with the most pressure relief capacity.
Firm, soft or in the middle?
There is no “standard firmness” for mattresses, that’s why it’s important to try out the product and see how it suits you. Most people sleep best on mattresses which are somewhere in the middle of soft and firm. If you suffer from back pain, for instance, a medium firm mattress would be recommended.
If you have allergies, you should also look for allergen-protective covers while searching for the mattress. An excellent protection helps to keep the product clean for a more extended period.
Ask for a medical opinion
The opinion of a doctor or physical therapist might be valuable if you have a health condition. They may not be experts in mattresses, but they will tell you what to consider from a medical point of view.
Go for quality
It's a good idea to make a comparison based on specifications and quality rather than on deals and discounts. In the end, you want the best product for the money, and quality is of the essence. So don't jump on the first exclusive deal just because it is 30% off.
Check the return policy
Whether you’re buying online or from a traditional show-room, it’s vital to ask the details of the return policy. It may not work out between you and your new mattress, so returning it would be the best thing to do – and then look for another one.
Try it out
Going into a store and trying out several types of mattresses is an important step. But if you don’t have the time and energy for this and you choose online purchasing, make sure the retailer offers a trial period. Most of them do, which is fantastic because you'll be able to try it out in the familiar environment of your bedroom.
Set a budget
You’re making a long-term investment. Quality is not cheap, so you should be realistic about the budget you’re willing to spend on the mattress. You spend about a third of your life in bed, so buy something reliable.