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Mattress Buying Guide

Let's face it, bed-buying can be somewhat confusing - after all, you don't do it very often and it's not easy to see what's inside. However, the mattress-buying process doesn't have to keep you tossing and turning.

To EASE the confusion of buying a mattress, the Better Sleep Council has developed some guidelines to walk you through the process and help you make the purchase of your dreams. It's called the E.A.S.E Method:

  1. Evaluate your current mattress.
  2. Arm yourself with knowledge.
  3. Shop to find the right mattress.
  4. Ensure quality care.

Use the E.A.S.E. online guide to help you. After all, you spend more time on your bed than on any other piece of furniture in your home. Invest in your rest and improve your quality of life.

Do you Need a New Mattress?

With most products, it’s fairly obvious when a replacement is needed. If it no longer works or has signs of wear and tear that impair its ability, you know its time for a new one. However, realizing that it is time for a new mattress and foundation isn’t always so obvious. Similar to your favorite old chair or worn pair of shoes, your mattress can still feel comfortable long after it has lost its ability to provide your body with the proper support and comfort it needs. Because sleep is so critical to our ability to function and feel our best, it is important to evaluate your sleep set on a regular basis.

Signs That You May Need a New Mattress & Foundation (boxspring):

  • You wake up with stiffness, numbness, aches and pains.
  •  You had a better night’s sleep somewhere other than your own bed (such as a hotel).
  •  Your mattress shows visible signs of overuse (it sags, has lumps, the interior is exposed, etc.).
  • Your mattress is 5 – 7 years old*.

 

*How long a mattress will last depends on several factors, such as amount of use and original quality, but in general, a mattress set that has been in use 5-7 years is no longer providing you with the best comfort and support. Keep in mind that people’s bodies change over time, and the need for good comfort and support only increases with age. That’s why it’s a good idea to compare the mattress and foundation you are sleeping on now to newer models every few years.

What About the Warranty?

The warranty on the new mattress and foundation you purchase is not an indicator of how long the product should be used before replacement. The warranty is there to protect the customer from product defects, not against the gradual loss of comfort and support. Moreover, different manufacturers offer different warranties, and you should check with the manufacturer of your mattress for product-specific information.

Types Of Mattresses

If you haven't shopped for a new mattress in a while, you'll be surprised to find a wide variety of new choices. Just as computer, wireless and electronic technology gets more advanced each year, new developments are continuously being introduced that make the latest model mattresses and foundations a new experience in comfort.

Menu Of Options

Just like any other major purchase, it is important to research your options before you buy. Discover what is available before you shop so you have a clear direction of what will suit your individual needs. The most satisfied consumer is typically one that has made an informed decision.

Mattress Shopping Guide

The best way to ensure that you're a satisfied customer is to shop at a store you trust will give you good information, good service and top quality products. Look for educated salespeople who can guide you through the many choices in bedding. If you don't feel your salesperson is knowledgeable or helpful, take your business elsewhere.