As anybody who has ever shopped for a brand new mattress will know, the process can be a little intimidating. We know that it is a very important one, but at the same time, it just isn’t something that we spend much time thinking about. Most of us aren’t really sure what constitutes a good mattress, so we pick the first one that feels reasonably soft and has a satisfying spring to it.
Then, we get it home and quickly realise that it isn’t right at all. So, the question is, how can you make sure that you always pick the perfect mattress when the time comes to go shopping? Well, there are a number of key features to look out for. The quality of a mattress can’t always be equated with how soft or thick it is because there are all kinds of important characteristics influencing how it feels and how it will respond to your body.
This guide to some of the most common faux pas (and how to avoid them) will help you make the right choice every time.
1. YOU DON’T ‘TEST DRIVE’ THE MATTRESS
If you are buying a memory foam mattress or any other kind of mattress for that matter, you can’t expect to find a great match if you don’t try it out first. A lot of people get self-conscious when shopping and feel embarrassed about lying fully on in-store products, but it is a standard practice. In fact, you are advised to spend at least ten minutes ‘test driving’ any mattress that you are seriously considering as a purchase. If you’re buying online and cannot test drive, make sure to work with a provider that offers a comfort guarantee.
2. BUYING THE SAME MATTRESS AS A RELATIVE
There are so many purchases that are enhanced by asking for feedback from those around us. Unfortunately, mattresses aren’t one of them. This is a highly unique product and the mattress that is currently delighting your sister or mother won’t necessarily work for you. Your body is completely different, so don’t base your choice on the needs of another. If you are going to follow word of mouth feedback, ask about the quality of materials and the level of customer service.
3. OPTING FOR TOO HARD OR TOO SOFT
One of the most common mistakes is opting for a mattress that is either too firm or too soft. An overly soft product won’t give you that ‘floating in the clouds’ feeling. Over time, it will cause pressure to build up in certain areas of your body and this may lead to chronic pain. Similarly, a very firm mattress will offer no give or flexibility. You are likely to toss and turn at night and find it difficult to get comfy. The best mattresses offer a good balance of both hard and soft, but if you do have a physical ailment, it is worth consulting your doctor for advice on what distribution is optimal.
4. GETTING SUCKED INTO FLASH SALES
The thing about a mattress is that there is little room for compromise when it comes to quality. There are plenty of knockoff products on the market. It certainly isn’t hard to grab what feels like a great deal. However, more often than not, the quality is poor. You simply can’t cut corners and create a supportive, comfortable product, so unrealistically low prices are to be avoided. Do some research and get a feel for the average market price, because this will tell you whether a cheap deal is just too good to be true.
5. NOT CHECKING THE WARRANTY
You shouldn’t just assume that your new mattress is covered by a warranty or a comfort guarantee. You need to ask to make sure that it is. Comfort guarantees are a great service because they recognise the fact that mattress shopping is tricky. Even if you follow all of the recommendations and test drive your chosen product, you might still get it home and feel unsatisfied after a week or two. This is why many retailers offer a trial period – usually around one hundred days – in which customers can return their mattress and request a replacement.
6. WHY THE RETAILER IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE BRAND
There are some great big name brands out there, but there are also plenty of small, reliable companies that you might never have heard of. The key to securing a high-quality mattress, with the perfect features, is choosing a trustworthy retailer. That way, you know that all of the mattresses are top of the line, even if they don’t carry a familiar brand or logo.