How to shop for a new mattress

May 4 2014

Most people don’t have a clue how to shop for a mattress.  Once they decide that they are going to start shopping they don’t know which way to turn.  I often see people start off in wrong direction by searching mattress reviews online.  The average mattress shopper does not realize that the top search positions in these search categories are likely put there by the major “S” brands.  People usually think that the “S” brands are the only brands and that is where they stop searching.  They will see websites like “Sleep like the Dead” or “consumerssearch.com” which will give a few name brand recommendations and that is where the shopper will stop.  They see the Simmons Beautyrest or the Tempur-pedic cloud has good reviews and then start searching online for the lowest price in that particular mattress.  They never realize that these websites are owned and operated or at least advertised on by the “S” brands themselves.  I have people call on a regular basis to see if I have the Simmons Recharge because they read somewhere that it is a great mattress.  Meanwhile they don’t even know if it has springs or is all foam.  Every day I have people come in to buy a mattress and when we deliver their new mattress we pick up their old mattress which is often 3 to 5 years old.   They admit that it did not last as long as they had hoped and they slept OK  the first year or two and after that the mattress seemed to give out.  Why do you think those mattresses did not last very long?  Could it be that these name brands are in the business of selling as many mattresses as possible and keeping their construction costs as low as possible?  hmm

What the mattress shopper should be looking:

  • What type mattress do you want?  (forget name brands in the beginning and focus on mattress systems)
  • What mattress system works best for their particular weight?  (A 90 lb. person will not want the same system as  300 lb. person)
  • Do you want to save money by purchasing a spring mattress?  (Spring mattresses are the most economical)
  • Will the mattress dissipate heat?  (Visco mattresses such as Tempur-pedic trap heat and make you hot)
  • What type of foam is used?  (There are many different types of foam such as foam that is made from petroleum oil)
  • What is the density of the foam?  (Light weight foam such such as 1 lb.  will compress faster and have shorter lifespan)  (Visco foam such as 5 lbs. could trap heat)
  • Where was the mattress made?  (Many mattresses these days are made in China)
  • Where was the foam made?  (USA or China)

Once you have an idea of the type of mattress system you are seeking then is it time to visit several local mattress stores.  Go ahead and visit the big retailer however do not let them convince you to buy on the first visit.  (Do not buy a mattress at any store on the first visit unless you know you are getting the right mattress)  If a customer is not sure about a mattress I will encourage them to go home, think about it and come back.  (That in my opinion is what a professional mattress retailer should do and not the opposite which is to put the hard sale on them).

Search online for local mattress stores.  Visit as many stores as you can find.  Try out the different mattresses and ask questions.  Once you have visited at least 3 different mattress stores then you will begin to get a direction on which mattress will be the most durable, sleep the coolest and offer the correct support.

What about price?  Most large retailers offer some high priced, fancy looking brand name sets for over $2,000.  There are 2 reasons why they do this.  The first is that some people think that if they cost more they must be the best.  Then second is that they are able to mark them down by $1,000 and still make a profit.  They won’t tell you the construction details of these mattresses however they are almost always all poly foam or the independent pocketed coil systems.  At Cape Fear Bedding our Reflections Latex which is always priced at $745 for the queen set is a much better quality mattress.  It has the finest cashmere cover, dense bioflex 2 lb. padding with 2? of the finest latex and an 8? 2 lb bioflex foam core.  (You can’t make a better component mattress)!  Therefore on a side by side comparison our $745 mattress is a better buy than these brand name high priced mattress).

If you need more information regarding mattress systems please search further in this blog.

 

 

 

 

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