6 Tips For Buying a New Mattress

Every year around tax refund time, we receive a lot of questions about which is the best mattress to buy. While we wish we could suggest a “one mattress fits all” type of response, the truth is there is no scientific way to predict whether or not a particular mattress will work for you. However, there is no guarantee you will end up with the perfect mattress, here are a few tried and true tips to help you make the ultimate decision.

1. Research Online Before You Shop. There are two resources for consumers that provide objective information about mattresses but don’t sell them:

Sleep Health Center

The Better Sleep website

2. Shop at a Store That Specializes in Mattresses. The salespeople at a mattress specialty store usually have more training on the whole subject of sleep and can offer suggestions that you might not think of. Try to find a store that carries several major brands, such as Sealy, Serta, Sleep Number, Simmons or Tempurpedic. One of our personal favorites is Urban Mattress which has locations in Ft. Collins and Boulder. The sales people at both stores were not pushy or aggressive…just helpful.

3. Firm Mattresses Aren’t For Everyone. And they’re not always good for your back either. Research has shown that the best mattress for low back pain is a medium-firm mattress rather than a firm mattress. There is a difference between firm support and firm feel. You want firm support with a comfortable feel. Naturally comfort will be determined by your own personal preference.

4. Pillow Top Mattresses Aren’t For Everyone. Very light-weight people usually don’t weigh enough to compress the foam on a big pillow-top mattress. However larger or heavier people often feel more comfortable with a little more padding between them and the coils. Also our experience has shown that after a few years even a higher end coil mattresses can end up with a recession in them in the same spot that a person sleeps.

5. Ask About Money-Back Guarantees and Check the Warranty. If you are interested in either a coil mattress or a memory foam mattress but aren’t quite sure if it’s a good fit for you, check to see what kind of return policy there is, as some companies (not all) offer a 30 day return policy. Also a good mattress will offer a minimum 10 year pro-rated warranty.

6. Test Drive the Mattress. When shopping for a mattress, try to lie on the mattress in the store for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t feel self -conscious or let the salesperson hurry you along. It’s a big purchase, and if you don’t try it for at least 10 minutes you’re not going to get a real feel for it. Even then it’s difficult to know whether the mattress will still work for you 30 days from now.