How to buy a good mattress

Do you wake up feeling tired? Do you lower back or hip pain in the morning? Are you tossing and turning throughout the night? It's time for a new mattress! Yay! We all love shopping for a new mattress! Well...on second thought no we don't. It is so darn confusing and overwhelming. Where do we even start?

I will walk you through a very simple 3 step process to enable you to go out to any shop and make a well-informed decision about your new mattress. Make no mistake this a big decision, one that could affect you for the next 10 years. Let's make sure we get it right the first time.

Step 1.

Analyze your situation. What exactly is pushing you to buy a new bed? What pain or discomfort are you trying to alleviate? What position do you sleep in the majority of the night? Are you a side sleeper? A back or stomach sleeper? These will be key in identifying what mattress will be best for you.

Step 2.

Comfort and quality will be our only mission on this mattress hunt. Understand that this should not be an impulse purchase. Take your time, ask good questions, don't get sold. Lay down on a few mattresses, in your normal sleeping positions, don't lay down like a mummy in a coffin. Once you've found one or two that feels the best on your pain points, it's time to bust out your questions! What is the coil count? How much foam does it have? What grade of foam is it? What is the warranty? Does it come rolled or flat stacked?

Coil count is always based on a queen-sized mattress, so if you're shopping for a king or full the actual coil count will go up or down. Do not buy anything that is not individually wrapped coils (IWC)! The higher the coil count the longer the mattress will last. 850 coils should be the low end of any mattress that you are considering. A lot of the better mattresses will be 1000+.

The overall amount of foam usually dictates the softness of the bed. So if you are considering a really soft bed it will have 4-6 inches of foam on top. Firmer mattresses will be 2-4 inches of foam. There are several umbrella terms for foam. Get down to the facts. Visco-Elastic has proven to be one of the most durable foams on the market. Polyurethane foam is the most commonly used as it is cheaper to mass-produce. It is a sold 2 in the world of foams. Over the last 2 years or so there have been some good advancements in the foam world by infusing graphite, copper, bamboo, and many other elements to help with heat reduction and durability.  Don't get too overwhelmed, all those fancy words still have to be added to one of the two types of foam. Stick to those basics first! Lastly make sure it has at least a 10-year warranty. Mattress companies like to under-promise and hopefully over-deliver. A 10-year warranty is a must.

Step 3.

Now it's time to be confident and get into the uncomfortable pool and discuss price tag. Don't be scared to discuss this part openly. Stick to your game plan! If the mattress has checked all the boxes up to this point you may be looking at spending $1,200-$4,000 for a queen mattress. If you look at it like the investment that it is you will be paying pennies every year for good quality sleep! Most reputable stores will offer amazing financing programs that can help with purchase as well. Ask very specific questions at this point. Why is mattress A more expensive than mattress B. There should be clear evidence in the answer. Ask if these are the newest models. They should be 2019 or newer at this point. Ask how long it will take to deliver and what that entire process would look like. 

So what exactly have we learned?

Analyze your pain/discomfort

Shop for comfort/quality  (IWC coil count, amount/grade of foam, warranty)

Purchase is an investment so shop with your head not your heart.

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