Dispelling Mattress Myths are Good Mattress Buying Tips
If you ignore these mattress myths you will know more about how to buy a good mattress. Each one has good mattress buying tips.
The best deal isn't always the lowest price. A bed that costs a thousand dollars and lasts ten years is less expensive than a bed that costs six hundred dollars and lasts five years. As with all long term purchases the real cost is cost per yea
Make sure you lay on the bed you think is the right one for a minimum of ten minuets, make sure to test it laying on your side, you have no pressure points on your back but you have two on your side
After the first statement this on will sound strange but is just as true. You never buy a bed to last longer if it is less comfortable.
The number one thing to consider when purchasing a mattress is ;comfort. The more comfortable the mattress the better chance of you getting what you are really buying, good rest
Always negotiate Always!!! Even in stores that have fixed prices ask for a lower price anyway.In all the rest negotiate as if you were purchasing a car. In many stores half price is too high on upper priced sets.
Knowing these Mattress buying tips can save you money, time, confusion and aggravation
A HARDER MATTRESS IS BETTER
Research has found that a mattress that puts less pressure on the body and conforms to your shape is a better choice. Stomach sleepers should choose a firmer mattress so their back doesn't arch down.(Always test the mattress in your normal sleeping position. It may feel different than when you just test it by lying on your back)
A HIGHER NUMBER OF COILS IS BETTER.
Any number of coils over 390 (queen size mattress) is considered to be able to correctly support an adult. Most sets today with a retail price over$800 (queen size) should have a good spring unit
THE SAMPLE UNIT THE SALESPERSON IS SHOWING YOU IS ACTUALLY WHAT THE MATTRESS LOOKS LIKE INSIDE
The sample cut always are usually for the best mattress in a companies line up of that section of bedding.(ex: Sealy is one section,Sealy Posturepedic is another). In some mattress stores(especially multi product or multi store retailers) that mattress may not even be on display. One thing that is true of most of these displays is that springs in a mattress are generally black(not the silver or gold they show)because they are covered with an anti rust agent.
THE WARRANTY COVERS WEARING OUT OR TELLS YOU HOW LONG THE BED SHOULD LAST
Warranties are for defect. Some Manufacturers have the same warranty on their $399 and $5000 sets. Some manufacturers offer a life time warranty. If you went to a majority of the manufacturers websites they will tell you to only keep a bed five to eight years. The Better Sleep Council, a group made up mostly of mattress manufacturers and retailers, they say the same. Neither a salesperson,retailer,or manufacturer can tell you how long a bed will last. Some of the variables are weight,activity(just sleeping or used for watching tv and reading etc,humidity in the room, low humidity will cause the foam to wear quicker.
STORES SELL THE SAME MATTRESS WITH A DIFFERENT LABEL
The manufacturers do make a line called national line up that is sold to smaller furniture stores and mattress discount chains that have only a few stores. The larger bedding retailers get product based on the national lineup with some extras thrown in to make theirs seem exclusive. Sometimes these extras mean something but usually they just sound good in marketing but do little to extend the life or change the comfort. These larger retailers also can have the mattress created with lower cost materials to make the price lower to them. All foam is not the same nor are the types of fibers
A LARGER STORE CAN OFFER BETTER PRICING
Larger retailers can buy more and therefore negotiate a better purchase price These companies have higher expenses and must keep feeding the bottom line,they also advertise more which adds a tremendous expense. Little retailers don't have the same negotiating power but their overhead can be much lower and they may be willing to sell at a lower margin of profit.
SPRING BOX SPRINGS ARE BETTER
Today's one sided (no flip) mattresses are better on a solid (or hard) box for three reasons.First most companies are using a high density polly foam base under the spring unit or under the visco and latex in foam mattresses. The hard box gives better support to the mattress by not flexing the bottom layer that would wear it out quicker. Even torsion bar boxes flex,not as much,are still not as good. This fact is new and wasn't true of older sets.Second it allows the set to conform to the new federal fire code by leaving less of a gap between the mattress and box at all times.Finally a spring or torsion bar box creates more motion thru the bed. We know less disturbance allows for more healthy REM sleep (where the body repairs itself). Less motion= less disturbance
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