Why mattress reviews cannot help you?
In your effort of looking for the perfect mattress, have you looked through dozens of mattress review sites? Have you ever read hundreds of Amazon reviews only to find that the 'review' is actually one endless argument? Did they answer your questions or solve your problems? If your answer is “No”, it make sense because: Reviews are ultimately personal opinions. Sadly, it's hard to pick a mattress based on other people's views. Buying a mattress is more difficult than buying a second-hand car. Unlike those of a car, the qualities of a mattress are subjective. For example, whether a particular mattress is firm enough, supportive enough or cool enough varies from person to person. For this reason, mattress shopping guides advise us to pick a mattress according to our weight, age, sex, personal preference and preferred sleeping position.
The problem with such guides is that they sometimes fall short. They may offer conclusions that are of no use. Consider a guidance that says: “Firm mattresses are suitable for heavy people and soft ones are suitable for people who sleep on their sides”. How does that review help a heavy person who likes to sleep on his side? Does it mean that he should change his sleeping position or lose weight?
Happily, how to choose a perfect mattress doesn't have to be such a pain.
It can be done in three easy steps
1. Set your price range
Nearly all qualities used to evaluate mattresses are based on personal opinions. Price is one of the few exceptions. By identifying a price range that you're comfortable with, you can narrow your search considerably. Say you set your price range at $500 to $1,000. The $1,000 upper limit is the maximum amount you're willing to pay for a relatively satisfying mattress. The ceiling price keeps you from spending extra money on luxury features. However, when buying a queen or king-size bed, you should be willing to adjust your ceiling price upwards by $200. The $500 lower limit helps you to eliminate mattresses whose quality is too low for your taste. This means that you can narrow your search by eliminating any mattress that costs less than $500. But just because a mattress is cheap doesn't automatically mean that it's of low quality. Still, because finding a cheap, high quality mattress takes a lot of time and effort, we use the lower price limit as a guideline and a time-saving tool. Pricing is simply a guide. Higher prices usually mean better service, extra product features or stricter quality control.
2. Choose the mattress material that you like
There are four kinds of materials commonly used in the manufacture of mattresses.
They are memory foam, spring, latex and hybrid materials.
Here are the comparison of Each type of mattresses.
2.1 Memory foam
Memory foam molds itself after the shape of your body, allowing you to sleep comfortably.
Its disadvantages are relatively worse elasticity, air circulation and edge support. To get the best qualities of both types of mattresses, you can choose a foam-and-spring hybrid mattress. Those who prefer memory foam mattresses should be aware of three methods used to increase air circulation in the foam.
As a result, mattresses that have plant-based foam or a cool gel layer cost around $200 more than ordinary foam mattresses. Memory foam mattresses lack good edge support. To make up for this shortcoming, a quality foam mattress should have a firm, high density base foam that is at least 4 inches thick.
Spring mattresses offer elasticity and good support. They are also very popular with traditional consumers.
There are two ways in which spring mattresses are made.
-The spring section of the mattress is made like a cage
-The spring section of the mattress is made of independent coils
Caged spring mattresses are $200 cheaper than independent coil mattresses, reason being that caged mattresses have a shorter life and terrible motion transfer.Imagine having your sleep disturbed every time your partner moves.Couples should always buy a spring mattress with independent coils to avoid disturbing each other during sleep.
Latex mattresses are like a cross between memory foam and spring mattresses. Like memory foam, latex can adjust to the shape of the body, but not as well as memory foam. If you want a latex mattress that adjusts itself like foam, then you should pick a latex-foam hybrid. Like a spring mattress, latex has bounce and offers good support. That being said, a spring mattress is still the better option. Latex comes from rubber trees so those who like organic products can buy a mattress made with 100% latex. Because organic products cost more to produce, mattresses made of pure latex cost about $500 more than memory foam or spring mattresses.
3. Choose sellers who offer a customer-friendly return policy
Setting a price range and choosing the material you want has narrowed your search to a handful of mattresses. The next step in finding your ideal mattress is finding one that is most comfortable.
The method used to achieve this elusive feat is trial and error. Then you can know want mattress to choose. And that's where a customer-friendly return policy comes in handy. Buying a mattress is a financial adventure that can be made easier by a painless return and exchange policy. A good return policy protects the buyer from losing money in case an exchange or return becomes necessary. Especially, find out if the seller offers a full refund to the customer who returns a mattress just because it is uncomfortable. You should also know the steps you need to take in order to return the mattress
And how long it would take to get your money back. Brands like Casper, EVE and Leesa will ask you to donate your mattress to a local charity in order to get your refund. If you doubt the sincerity of a seller that promises a painless return policy, write an email to customer service and ask for the return policy in writing. The emails will serve as proof if the seller tries to go back on his word.
Why I thought twice before sharing step 3
Sleep trials are a widely accepted practice in the mattress market.
However, it is a bitter pill to swallow for sellers when they have to keep their word in the case of a mattress return. That makes sense since especially when there are people who use sleep trials to game the system. I hope both buyer and seller should use sleep trials honestly. Just don't use it to take undue advantage of the trials.
As easy as 1,2,3
Three easy steps is all it takes for you to pick the right mattress.
You only need to answer three questions.
1. how much are you willing to spend?
2. what kind of material do you want in your mattress?
3. which sellers offer the best return policy and warranty?
The answer to the three questions will make picking out a mattress quick and painless.
In the words of the Nike marketing team, just try it!