As with anything else, education is probably the most important part of buying a mattress. There are a bunch of products and materials out there, and you know that any old mattress just isn’t good enough to cut the mustard — and you’re going to sleep on that decision for more than a few nights.
So how do you find the mattress you really need?
A Few Mattress Basics
Typically, the mattresses you see will fall into one of the following categories: foam, gel, latex, and innerspring. Innersprings, of course, you’re probably familiar with — they use an inner core of coils to offer a balance of comfort and support and tend to be very affordable. Latex mattresses use dense foam and rubber to offer durable support, with both natural and synthetic options. And in recent years, we have also seen the rise of memory foam and gel memory foam mattresses, which use conforming materials to offer responsive support while alleviating pressure on your back and body, though these can range in price.
The other basic detail is, of course, size. People move a lot during the night, which is entirely normal, but something to account for — you’ll need the space to do it to stay comfortable. If you sleep with a partner, you’re almost certainly looking at a queen- or king-sized mattress. As a general rule, we tend to think of beds the same way we think about storage: you may want to buy one size bigger than you think you need, or you may later find that you wish you had.
Be Open to Change
Don’t get caught in the same trap so many others do, which is deciding to stick with a known brand or make of mattress. The same should go for retailers. Not only will shopping around provide you with a greater variety of choice, but you can also avoid some of the pricing games that permeate the mattress market.
Remember that buying a mattress is about you and what you want. A salesperson will try to satisfy your needs as much as they can, but at the same time, they are also trying to secure a sale. Be firm if you’re sure you don’t want something, just like you would with anything else.
Try it Out!
You should be thorough with how you decide to buy the mattress. If you share a bed, your partner should be involved in this decision.
When testing mattresses, you should lie on it for at least fifteen minutes. This will allow you to get used to the mattress and notice any lingering issues that may come with it which would only grow as time goes on.
If you feel as though you need more time to get a feel for a mattress, as sometimes fifteen awkward minutes while fully dressed isn’t always sufficient, there are other options. Find out if you can return an unwanted mattress after you take it home and find it doesn’t offer the restful sleep you need. Online mattress retailer Lull, for example, offers a bed-in-a-box deal where the mattress is delivered to you painlessly, and you’re able to try it out for 100 nights before you decide to keep it. If you find the mattress does not suit you within that time, you can send it back in the box it came in, and they’ll responsibly repurpose it.