Given the amount of time we spend in our beds, life is simply too short to not love the one you sleep in. Below we’ve put together some of the most relevant information along with the deals to consider when buying a new bed.
1. Does the mattress come with a warranty?
A reliable mattress company will typically provide a 10 year warranty on a mattress. Ask a salesman to go over, in detail, exactly what the warranty covers. Typically, a mattress warranty does not protect against normal wear-and-tear, but rather, it covers defects in manufacturing. Thus, if a mattress turns out to be uncomfortable or it is causing back problems, the warranty probably won’t cover this unfortunate circumstance. It may require an extra 10 minutes of reading or discussing the warranty with a salesperson, but it’s better to be informed about the purchase and its warranty than to be surprised at a later time if something goes wrong!
2. Is the mattress available to try at home?
Some mattress companies graciously let customers take new mattresses home to their houses to try, for free, for 30 to 100 nights. For sensitive sleepers or nervous purchasers, this may be a great option to help determine if a particular mattress is truly the right one!
3. Does the purchase of a mattress come with free delivery?
Not owning a truck or spacious vehicle can cause problems when it comes to transporting a large mattress from the warehouse to a personal residence. The packaging and shipping fee can be costly if the personal residence is far from the warehouse store. Furthermore, some mattresses are heavy to lift. Even if strapping the new mattress to the roof of a car is a viable option, assistance may be required to lift the mattress from the car to the bedroom. If the mattress company has free shipping, this is an excellent benefit to know about!
4. Is the mattress available in a “lease to own” capacity?
Leasing to own may be an appropriate option for people who would prefer to pay monthly payments on a mattress rather than paying the entire cost at once. Renting to own is a more popular concept in the housing market, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask about renting to own as it may be a better fit for an individual’s budget.
5. Is the same mattress available somewhere else at a cheaper price?
It’s important to shop around when it comes to buying mattresses. There are always competitors willing to give a better price to buyers who tell the salesmen that they’ll go somewhere else where the price is cheaper! Visiting stores in person is important to get the physical feel of a mattress, but it’s easy to compare mattress styles and prices online – so don’t miss out on the opportunity to pay a lower price!
6. Can a doctor provide advice on which style mattress would be best for a back or neck problem?
Reach out to a primary care doctor or chiropractor for advice on mattress selection to gain more insight into the mattress choices for back and neck problems. Salesmen may have mattresses that are “designed for back or neck problems” but without medical assurance, the benefits of these mattresses are difficult to believe with certainty. Consulting a physician can save you time and money and ultimately improve your night’s sleep and future health!
7. Are there toxic chemicals in the mattress?
Before buying a mattress, consider asking the salesman for a list of ingredients that comprise the mattress. Concern about toxic contaminants inhabiting the mattress may be more relevant to adults with young children or infants. Many people don’t consider mattresses to be a source of environmental toxicity, but mattresses are not necessarily exempt from harmful chemicals. Polyurethane foam and vinyl are the most common chemical components of modern mattresses. Consider eco-friendly mattresses that guarantee zero or a limited amount of chemicals.
8. What’s the difference between a spring mattress and a memory foam mattress?
Knowing the components and structure of a mattress is helpful in deciding which mattress is best for a particular person or situation. Which type of mattress will provide the best support and comfort?
9. What is the durability of the mattress?
The materials used to create mattresses as well as the style of the mattress can affect its durability. Less expensive mattresses may come with a shorter lifespan, thus it is important to weigh cost and durability together when making a decision about a new mattress.