Mattress Shopping Tips

1 – First, you need to decide if you really need to replace your mattress at all. If sagging is causing discomfort and support issues, consider using our Anti-Sag Lumbar Support, to add new life to your old mattress, saving you $100’s and the hassle of mattress shopping.

2 – Next, most mattresses you order online or pick up in a box at a local home improvement store, will allow you a test rest, but, a lot of people are going to want to try a mattress before they buy. If this is the case for you, take your partner, wear comfortable clothing and plan on spending a little time on different models, trying them in your various sleep positions.

3 – Ask the salesperson questions, about the different construction, of the models you feel comfortable on. Anything the salesperson tells you, that you don’t understand, ask them to explain.

4 – When it comes to the quality of the materials in a mattress, I prefer some documentation from the manufacture. Just saying.

5 – You may want to take notes, so you can refer to them, especially, when comparing mattresses at different stores.

6 - All mattresses have warranties, but they generally cover very little when it comes to wear and tear. Sagging is usually limited to a certain amount, in terms of a measurement, in inches. A lot of padding materials today, will recover in height, so it appears not to sag, even when the material has lost its ability to offer comfort, firmness and support, this is not covered. Ask to see a copy of the warranty, read it and ask for explanations.

7 – Beware of one of a kind, floor models or last one deals. Even though it is illegal in most states to sell used/returned mattresses without proper sanitizing and labeling as such, some store my not be totally on the level.

8 – Now down to buying. First and foremost, you don’t want to make a snap decision. You have been dealing with your old mattress for a while and making no decision is better than making a wrong one. SOME, salespeople will use all kinds of tactics to close the deal, last day of the sale, last one of that model, today deliver if you commit now, asking you what it takes to decide now, acting like the boss is on the phone with a special deal for you, etc., etc. Welcome to the world of mattress shopping.

9 – Remember there are ALWAYS mattress sales, and there is always another store down the road. As far as, mattress sales, about 90+% of the time, you can get a better deal, on the mattress you like then the sale price. Yes, you must negotiate. I know not everyone enjoys it, but if you will, you can save a lot of money. When you do negotiate, be sure to include all that you need, mattress, foundation, frame, delivery and hauling off old set, sales tax, and how you are going to pay for it, (cash, credit or finance) etc. Get it in writing and then you may want to do lunch and talk about it. Keep the ball in your court!

10 – Warranties require you to have proper support for your mattress. Most states don’t allow manufactures to require you to buy a new foundation to enforce a warranty. If your support is not up to par, your warranty can be voided. Also, a middle support is required on queen mattresses because of potential sag issues from your foundation. Stains on your mattress will void your warranty (notice all the white or light covers on mattresses). A lot of stores offer a overpriced mattress cover to protect your mattress from stains and some may even have warranties. Read and understand what the mattress pad covers.

11 – Most stores offer test rest, and these usually have some cost or catch. Not too many, if any, will offer a total refund and let you walk out the door. If you negotiated a great deal the first time around, it’s not likely you’ll be able to do that when switching to a different model, the ball will be in the salesperson court. So again, ask to see a written copy of the stores return policy, read and understand it, so, there are no surprises.

12 – The number one thing you need to know about a mattress you want to purchase, is the quality of the padding material used, this is going to be the biggest factor to the lasting comfort, support and firmness. While latex is a great padding material, generally latex today, is a blend and not the same quality as the latex of old. Most mattresses are going to have a combination of conventional and Visco (memory/gel memory) foam. The most important thing to know about these foams is their density. That’s the weight per cubic foot (a 12”x12”x12” cube). The denser the foam the more substance/material there is and less air. In conventional foams you want at least a 1.8 pound per cubic foot (1.8# cf) and more is better. When it come to memory/gel foams, a 4# cf or better is what you need to look for. Again, manufactures’ documentation is my prefer source of this information.

These tips will help you be a more knowledgeable shopper, so you can get the best value for your money. If you have any questions, drop us an email and we’ll try to help. While we will not respond to questions about a particular brand or model, you can always Google a brand and/or model for complaints.

Thank you, Scott.

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