How to Determine the Best Mattress
Buying a new mattress can be daunting: Not only are there hundreds of options (both through brick-and-mortar stores and online), but they’re expensive, so you’ll want to invest wisely.
When searching for the best mattresses, there are a few key things you’ll want to consider.
If you’re looking for a new mattress, chances are you already know what size you want. While most mattress companies carry everything from a twin XL to a California king, this isn’t the case for all, so if you are searching for an obscure size, you can easily eliminate companies that do not carry what you searching for. As there are so many good mattress companies out there, the process of elimination is a good way to narrow down the best mattress for you.
Once you have narrowed down a list of companies that carry the mattress size you want, take a look at thickness. The average mattress is between 9-12 inches high, with some going up to 15 inches or more. If this is an important factor, you can again rule out certain mattress brands that are either too high are too low.
As with any new purchase, price is important. Once you determine what mattress size you are looking for, you need to set a budget. Compare prices for various mattress companies. Accept all that are under budget, and add a few that are slightly over budget in case you decide to stretch it. If you see any that are way outside your budget, eliminate them immediately.
In addition to the price of the mattress, make sure to check out any applicable delivery fees. Most companies offer free shipping or delivery. If you find a company that doesn’t, make sure you factor these costs into the final price of your mattress.
Trial and Return Policy
Most online mattresses companies offer generous trial periods, with some offering a full year. Many brick-and-mortar companies offer them as well. If you are nervous you won’t like your new mattress, compare policies. While the 365-day trials are quite generous, three months is usually more than enough time to determine whether or not you like your new mattress.
In addition to the trial period, make sure you take a look at the companies’ return policies. Most offer free returns, but some charge a fee.
Without trying a product yourself, the best way to get an idea of whether or not you’ll like it is to read reviews from real customers. If a customer doesn’t like a product, he or she is usually going to be honest as opposed to posting a fake review. Keep in mind the best mattress for you isn’t necessarily what someone else deems the best mattress, but if a company has fair number of negative reviews, chances are you should pass.
Mattresses aren’t meant to last forever, but good mattresses should last at least 10 years, depending on use. When researching mattress companies, make sure to check out the warranty. Some companies offer a lifetime satisfaction policy, while others offer a 5-10 year warranty or more.
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Top 5 Mattresses
A Saatva mattress is “built for luxury comfort and maximum sustainability” and differs from most others in the boxed mattress space as it is comprised of coil-on-coil construction as opposed to foam or hybrid options. It offers:
- Customizable firmness levels
- 15-year warranty
- 120-day sleep trial
The Purple mattress is designed to alleviate joint paint and is perfect for those with bad backs or other body aches. Its Purple Smart Comfort Grid™ adapts to your pressure points by adapting to your body shape. It was developed by two brother, one an aerospace engineer and the other an expert in materials and manufacturing. Highlights include:
- Offers two mattress design: The Original Purple mattress and a hybrid mattress, The All New Purple mattress
- 100-night trail
- 10-year warranty
The DreamCloud mattress is a hybrid mattress and is higher than most mattresses, standing 15 inches tall versus averages of 11 to 14 inches. The mattress consists of eight layers that combine latex, memory foam, cooling gel, a hand-tufted cashmere-blend, proprietary coil technology and a Euro top for added comfort. Additional features include:
- The mattress is geared towards every type of sleeper, so it’s perfect whether you sleep on your back or your stomach or toss and turn all night.
- Everlong Warranty
- 365-day sleep trial
An Eight mattress is unlike any of the other boxed mattresses on the market for one simple reason: It’s a smart mattress. An Eight mattress can track two people’s sleep patterns and can also adjust to you and your partner’s bed preferences. Additional product features include:
- Three mattress options: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars
- Customizable firmness
- 100-night sleep trial