5 Myths About Mattress Buying
Published August 4, 2017
You’re confused. Your mattress came with a 20-year warranty but every commercial you see is telling you it needs to be replaced in 10 years – or 7 years. You’re feeling a few little valleys and hills and you’re thinking that even though the 20 years aren’t over, it’s time to replace. You want to be a smart shopper – knowing that these 5 things are myths will help you buy wisely!
5 Myths About Mattress BuyingThere are so many choices – so many different ways to buy. You want to spend time finding the right mattress for you. Don’t get stuck on any of these 5 myths. Instead, be an informed shopper – know the different types of mattresses from innerspring mattresses to new foams that have both bounce and support. Here are 5 things that are myths – so ignore them!
- You should replace your mattress in 7 to 10 years no matter what. Wrong! You should replace your mattress when it isn’t giving you the comfort and support for a good night’s rest. Some clues are waking up with aches and pains, not feeling rested on a regular basis even when you’ve slept “well” and when there are obvious faults in the mattress – a deep depression, an exposed spring or rips and stains. Your mattress may feel comfortable and supportive beyond those specified years or it may become uncomfortable sooner. Pay attention to how you feel – not what you hear or read in an advertisement.
- Your back hurts so you have to buy firm – even if you don’t particularly like a firm mattress. Relax. A firm mattress may not be the right mattress. You may not want a soft mattress as it may not give you enough uniform support – although it you’re a side sleeper or back sleeper, you may like soft. A firm mattress may not give you the conforming support to cushion pressure points that can lead to morning pain. Think Goldilocks and “just right”. Medium is often the best choice to give your back the support it needs and to give you the comfort you want.
- You’re going to love your mattress the very first night. Experts say that to really know if a mattress is the right one for you can take up to 30 days. So, look for a comfort guarantee or trial period that extends past those first 30 nights. You want to know the mattress is the one for you and if it’s not, you want your money back. That’s one advantage you often find from Internet mattress firms – you may find trial periods as long as 120 days.
- Look for a long warranty. Remember where we started? You should expect your mattress to last somewhere around 10 years. A warranty doesn’t tell you how long a mattress will last – it tells you how long the company will cover a manufacturing defect. Instead of looking at the length, look at the terms of the warranty. Does it give you complete coverage during that 10-year period? Read the fine print – not the number.
- About that tag…. Yes, you can remove it once the mattress is in your home so you don’t have to worry about “under the penalty of law”. However, you may want to leave it on as if you do have a warranty issue, it has the pertinent information on it to help facilitate your claim.