Picking the right mattress is an important decision for your comfort on a daily basis. You spend a lot of time in bed each day, so you want to be laying on a mattress that supports your body comfortably and allows you to wake up well rested each morning. It is certainly worth spending enough money to purchase a quality mattress, although the price tag is only one indication of quality. Simply spending a lot of money on a new mattress will not guarantee that it is a good fit for you. Instead, there are a number of factors that need to be considered before you make your selection. |
Avoid the Extremes
For most people, picking a mattress of either end of the firmness spectrum is going to be a mistake. You don’t want a mattress that is particularly soft, nor do you want one that is extremely hard. The majority of mattress buyers are going to be best served by a mattress that falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. Only if you have a specific reason for needing a unique mattress should you shop for a model that is notably soft or hard.
Always Try Before You Buy
Never buy a mattress without first testing it out for yourself. Even if a particular mattress model has nothing but glowing reviews all over the web, you still need to make sure it is a good fit for you. There is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ mattress because comfort is such an individual opinion. What is perfectly comfortable for one user might feel terrible to another, so you really have to lay down on each mattress you are considering. Fortunately, almost all mattress stores are set up in such a way that it is easy to try a variety of mattresses in just a short period of time. After 10 or 15 minutes moving around the store trying various models, you should have a good idea of which ones will suit your best.
When you do visit a store for the latest mattress sales, don’t let a salesperson pressure you into making a quick decision. After an initial ‘tour’ of the store to narrow down your choices to a select few, it may take some additional time to settle on the exact model you will choose. If a salesperson is pressuring you into making a purchase, you might feel the need to cut your time short just to get out the door. Let the salespeople know up front that you plan on taking your time and you will let them if you have any questions.
Consider Your Partner
If you sleep next to a significant other each night, don’t forget that the mattress needs to work well for both of you. Pick a day when you can both visit the store together so you can simultaneously test out mattresses to look for the one that meets both of your needs. Also, if one of you tends to move around a lot in your sleep, take a look at mattresses which are designed to limit the transfer of movement from one side of the bed to the other.
Picking out a mattress is an important decision, as you will be spending a large percentage of your time on that mattress each day. Considering the cost that can be associated with buying a good mattress, you will want to take your time and sort through all of your options before taking one home. There are plenty of great mattresses on the market today, so it is only a matter of time before you find the perfect model for you. Ben Wayne writes about news and information from the bedding industry for GBA Mattress, a mattress store in Cherry Hill, NJ.
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