Buying A Mattress? 5 Things To Consider First
You have more options than you think when it comes to choosing the perfect mattress. Let’s help you out with a short list of things to keep in mind before you commit to the big purchase.
1. What Type Of Mattress Do You Want?
Just because a mattress works for “most people,” doesn’t mean that it’s right for you. The most common types of mattresses are memory foam, ‘standard’ foam, innerspring, hybrid, and air. Each has their unique qualities. Ask about the differences and key benefits to help determine what will work best for your needs.
2. What Is Your Sleeping Position?
Might come as a surprise, but the position you sleep in can influence the type of support your mattress should provide. Certain levels of support are better suited to certain sleeping positions (stomach, side, or back). For example, if you tend to sleep on your stomach a more supportive surface is suggested to help keep your back in proper alignment.
3. Does The Mattress Get Too Hot?
Something not everyone thinks about when they’re shopping for a mattress is the heat retention from the mattress itself. Some can get really hot in the middle of the night because heat gets trapped and the ventilation is then blocked. Memory foam and inner-spring mattresses tend to be at opposite ends of the spectrum, with memory foam mattresses sleeping “too hot” and innerspring beds sleeping “cold”. “Standard” poly foam mattresses are great at providing pressure relief and comfort like memory foam, but sleep cooler than memory foam as less heat is trapped and the foam is more breathable.
4. Do You Have Specific Pain?
Does your lower back constantly hurt? Or do you find it challenging shaking off the stiffness when you first get up? The right mattress can help. Talk to the mattress company and tell them about your specific issues, and any aches and pains. Your discussion should include talk about firmness, support, and pressure relief which are all separate characteristics to understand in a mattress.
5. What’s The Return And Warranty Policy?
There’s always an adjustment period with a new mattress which could take anywhere from a couple of nights up to 60 days. Check if there’s a trial period and the return policy just in case it’s not the right fit for you. And make sure to ask about any restocking fees, shipping costs, pro-rated warranties, or other extras that can add up quickly. Most brands will offer some version of a 100 night trial, so you can test it out in the comfort of your own home and make sure it works for you.