What You Should Look for When Buying a Mattress


Your bed is the one place in your home where you spend more time than anywhere else. It is where you destress and relax after a long day, and where you curl up to get a good night’s rest. Your mattress should make you feel good and support your body. If you are currently in the market for a new one, there are some things you should look for.

Investing in a new mattress can be expensive. On average, the beginning cost is around $1,000, and the price goes up from there. They last for a while, so you will get your money’s worth, but since you are investing so much, you need to take the time to find the mattress that’s right for you.

1. Test Out the Mattress

Before you decide which mattress is the right one for you, take some time to test them out. It may seem weird and awkward to do this in a store, but the sales professionals are used to it. In fact, they want you to take a load off.

When you are testing out the mattress, don’t only lie flat on your back—unless this is how you normally sleep at night. If you sleep on your side or your stomach, move into these positions as well. This will let you know if the mattress will give you the support you need or if it will cause unnecessary discomfort. Test out a few different mattresses to find the one you like the best.

2. Know What Types of Mattresses Exist

The reason for trying out various mattresses is because they are many different types. These include memory foam, spring mattresses, hybrids that combine these elements and adjustable mattresses. Each mattress type comes with their pros and cons, but the goal is to find the one that will work for you. The only way to do that is to know what type you are testing and determining how comfortable it is.

3. Realize that Firm Isn’t Always Better

If you are under the impression that a firm mattress is better for your back, you may have been misinformed. There has been some research that has shown that a medium-firm mattress is actually better for lower back pain. However, even more important than firmness is how much support the mattress gives. If it feels like you are sinking into a hole when you lie on it, then it may not offer the support you need. You want to find something that makes you feel comforted and supported, and this usually boils down to personal preference.

On the opposite side of that spectrum, pillow tops aren’t necessarily for everyone, either. For some, they may be too soft. For others, they may not be heavy enough to compress the foam topping. These are some other reasons why you need to test out a variety of mattresses before you make your decision.

4. Ask About Trial Periods and Returns

While you have spent some time in the store trying out mattresses, it’s hard to gauge how it will make you feel over the long run. Thus, you want to ask whether the seller offers trial periods or what their return policy is. It may take up to one week or even longer to realize that your mattress isn’t working out. If and when that happens, you want to be able to take it back and get something that is more comfortable.

Most mattress sellers offer a 30-day trial period, but they may charge a restocking fee if you return it. Knowing this before you buy may help you decide which mattress is the best one for you, as well as be aware of what to expect if it doesn’t work out like you had hoped.

Getting a new mattress is a big deal, and it’s important that you take your time to find that one that will work best for you.

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