FIinding the Best Deals on Mattresses of All Sizes
How often do you sleep? Recent studies show that most people sleep every day, excluding college freshmen and new parents. All kidding aside, we spend about one third of our lives asleep. Comparatively, the average American spends 101 minutes per day driving, about 14 percent or just about a tenth of our lives. And yet, we’ll eagerly pay over a $100,000 for an SUV but take a mattress out of the trash.
THE STATE OF THE MATTRESS UNION, 2018
In the past few years, especially with the growth of online retailers such as Casper and Leesa, there has been increased attention paid to both the manner and benefit of good sleep. In fact, the International Sleep Products Association claims a renewed interest and investment in sleep. The ISPA says that number of mattresses and bed foundations sold in 2015 rose by 4.5% while revenues were up by 6.8%.
So how do we choose a mattress in such a booming marketplace? Do we simply Google “cheap full size mattress,” “Queen size mattress set near me,” “Mattress deals” or “Mattresses for sale”?
You could, but such a tactic is the digital age’s equivalent of grabbing a queen size mattress set from the alley behind a pet store. Here’s some help navigating your way to some better Zs.
Test a mattress and More
First of all, just like a new sports coupe, you’re going to need a test drive. So pack your PJs and spend a night at the mattress store! Okay, we’re not quite suggesting that, but when visiting your mattress retailer, consider the following:
- Do you understand mattresses?
- Do you prefer coils? Gel? Foam? Innerspring? Adjustable air?
- Do you need a queen size mattress set? A king? A single?
- What about extra lumbar support?
Be prepared to ask your salesperson questions, and be sure to educate yourself first.
Once you’re in purchasing mode, remember to do the following:
- Lie Down: If they won’t let you lie on a mattress you’re considering, and even give you a pillow, you need to leave the store. Be sure to wear loose clothes, and shoes you can easily take off. Get comfortable, and try your best to duplicate the way you sleep, turn, roll over.
- Check Return Policies: Make sure your store offers a full refund. You don’t want to spend a night on the mattress just to realize you’ve got a lifetime of uncomfortable sleep ahead.
- Haggle: Just like your minivan, the prices are negotiable.
- Do You Need a Box Spring? You might not. They’re more durable than mattresses.
- Read the Warranty: You want at least 10, if not 25 years.
- Delivery: Inspect the mattress fully.
Of course, this is not your parents’ mattress market. The boom of online retailers, with seemingly too-good-to-be-true offers, has complicated the industry, but also made the choices you have more varied and customer-oriented. Additionally, Casper and Leesa and their competitors offer great discounts and “100-night guarantees”. Online retailers are a definite option, and as with brick-and-mortar stores, be sure to educate yourself. Deals can be had, even on places like Amazon and Overstock.
Remember: This is the place you’ll spend most of your life. Treat the purchase that way. And sleep well! Forever!