The Definitive Guide to Buying the Perfect Mattress
Buying a new mattress is no child’s play, we agree! A “wrong” mattress does not just impact your sleep, but also your health. It can be the culprit for triggering allergies, soreness and back/neck pain, elevated stress levels, weight gains and of course, beauty woes.
As a layman, if you walk into a mattress store unaware of available features, you are bound to get overwhelmed. It’s always better to be a well-informed consumer and this guide attempts to help you get there.
The broad areas we cover here are:
- When to buy a mattress
- How to choose a new mattress?
- Types of mattresses available
- Other important considerations
WHEN TO BUY A MATTRESS
The big question that rattles many. Most of us do not change mattresses until we see some tell-tale signs of it deteriorating. Well, that’s not the only factor that you should consider.
How old is the mattress: The rule of thumb is that any mattress that is seven years old should be replaced.
Do you wake up with pains: Do you toss and turn a lot while sleeping? Or do you wake up with aches and pains? If yes, it is time to replace the mattress.
Is your mattress dented: If your mattress is showing signs of dents or sagging it is definitely time to replace it. It has lived beyond its life!
Medical issues: If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition that needs a specialized mattress, then it is a no-brainer. You will need a new mattress at the earliest!
Want some change: Well, this a personal need and cannot be argued. If you want to change or upgrade, the above points do not matter!
HOW TO CHOOSE A NEW MATTRESS?
Size: A very important factor that leaves many confused. Below are the details of bed sizes available in India.
Used in kids rooms
Ideal for one person
Not suitable for two adults. Perfect for a mother and newborn
Well suited for a normal sized bedroom for two people.
Well suited for spacious master bedrooms
Thickness: This standard thickness for a mattress is 6-9 inches. While some companies may offer you thicker mattresses. Remember a thicker mattress has a direct impact on the pricing of the mattress.
Durability: This is directly related to the material used in making the mattress. A cotton mattress will not last as long as other mattresses. So, you will need to check the material your mattress is made of and if those have higher durability or not.
Support: The super soft mattresses that you can just sink in may not give your spine the needed support, while a hard mattress may leave your back sore. It is an important factor that a mattress should provide the spine the right support. Look for brands that use appropriate base materials which will give your spine the support it needs despite the pressure applied.
Temperature control: We release heat from our bodies when we sleep. Some mattresses trap them inside, while some have the technology to absorb the heat and release it later. Having a mattress that can release the heat is always a preferred choice.
Motion negation: No one sleeps in one constant position. We all toss and turn in our sleep. When we toss and turn the motion travels through the fabric and can be felt by the person sleeping next to you. If your mattress transfers the motion, your partner’s sleep may be disturbed. Go for a mattress that can negate the motion flow. So, irrespective of how much you toss and turn your partner will never feel it!
Edge support: This little detail is very important if you are not buying a very thick mattress. In the absence of edge support, a mattress can sink at the edges. However, if your mattress is thick, edge support doesn’t matter.
Weight: While this is a very personal choice, a word of caution – don’t opt for a very light mattress, as it may not offer many of the above-mentioned advantages and comfort factors.
Removable top cover: This is a feature that not many companies offer. But having it is an added advantage for a few reasons. Firstly, the mattress is protected from stains and secondly is the top cover can be washed whenever needed. This way you will have a clean and fresh mattress at all times.
TYPES OF MATTRESSES AVAILABLE
One can write a thesis on the types of mattresses available. Broadly there are five types- Coir, latex, spring, foam and memory foam. The advantage and disadvantage of each type are our of scope for this article.
However, we would recommend the foam and memory foam mattresses. These types of mattresses fulfil most of the performance indicators mentioned above. Also, there are some companies, who have understood that these type of mattresses give a customer the utmost satisfaction and have only these in their product range. This makes mattress shopping a simple and satisfying experience.
OTHER IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS
Where to buy?
You can either opt for a brick and mortar store or an online store. There are reputed online companies from where you can shop for your mattress, who cut out unnecessary middlemen and retail overheads and offer you savings of upto 50%.
A few minutes of trial in the store or just touching the mattress will not give you the actual feel of the mattress. You can know if a mattress is good or bad for you only when you sleep on it for a few days. In the event of an unhappy or unsatisfied customer, these reliable online companies allow no-questions-asked return with a complete refund or replacement.
Does it have a warranty?
Very important. Check for the period of warranty and what it covers. High warranty period of 10 years is an assurance for the quality and durability of the product.
Packaging and delivery
Buying a mattress from a physical store leaves you at the mercy of the retailer and the delivery guys. Some online stores use innovative technology to pack and ship mattress in a box. These mattresses, like FloMattress are delivered right on time and are easy to unbox and handle by the customers themselves.
Hope this guide helps you become a savvier consumer. If you have more questions you can click on the link and get in touch with us!
Do your research and shop wisely to enjoy a good night’s sleep.