Be Particular With Your Mattress

We’ve all been there – you walk into a mattress store, and you want to get out as quick as you can.  The salesman is leering over your shoulder, trying to grab a cigarette every 10 minutes while you peruse the store aimlessly.  The truth of the matter is that if you walk into a mattress store and you don’t know what you want, you are destined to fail.

This is a time in your life when you really need to commit to making yourself happy.  When you walk around that mattress store for the first time, you need to really understand how it can benefit you.  Think about your future without back pain, without tossing and turning, and without that nasty mattress smell that accompanies a bad purchase.  There is plenty of opportunity for you to change your life with this purchase, if only you take the time to find one that really suits your sleep preferences.  I would recommend visiting Slumber Sage at his Instagram or PearlTrees account as a starting point for seeing which types of mattresses will best suit you.

The one thing that we know is that you’re looking for real value when you buy the mattress.  Check out this video which talks about some of the best mattresses you can purchase for the least amount of money.

Deals in the mattress industry are definitely not easy to find, but if you do your research ahead of time, there is opportunity to walk out of a winner.  These days a lot of the startups making memory foam are really offering a good deal, so if memory foam is something that you are interested in exploring, start with the direct to consumer mattress companies.

Other options include latex foam and standard coil mattresses, both of which suit different types of sleepers.  Do your research on each of these types, and be armed with a ton of questions to make your mattress salesman really earn his commission.

 

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Mattress Reviews Online- My Thoughts

In general, I think it’s good advice to be very careful when you are reading reviews of different mattress brands and types online.  For one, and this is probably the biggest reason why, is that there are not a lot of checks and balances to see whether the person writing the review is unbiased.  So, you’ll see that companies will have a testimonials page on their website and by chance almost all of the reviews are positive.  This is not a coincidence.  This is probably because the company cherry picks the best reviews to put on their website or just completely makes them up in the first place.  The companies have absolutely no incentive to put up bad reviews of their mattress because they know that will really hurt their business.  So, I would just about completely ignore a company’s website when looking for reviews.

Next, let’s consider a site like amazon.com.  You don’t actually have to prove that you purchased the product in order to write a review.  So, there’s nothing to really stop a company from having a bunch of people associated with the company writing lots of good reviews on Amazon.  There’s a ton of other sites like this where you don’t need to show proof of purchase before you are allowed to write a review.  Because of that, you really need to consider the source when assessing whether a review is unbiased.

The other thing you need to think about is that the people writing these reviews probably have no idea what they are talking about.  A lot of them will also review the mattress before it has even arrived or after just a week of having the mattress.  You have to look at the time frame and be very discerning to make sure you can really trust what the person is saying.  Half the time, the person will probably give inaccurate information as well.  You have no idea if what they person is saying will apply to you, so make sure you keep this in mind when reading reviews.

Overall, I would just be very careful when looking at reviews of different mattress brands.  I like the site whatsthebest-mattress.com because it has a good forum that is pretty well monitored.  It seems like the community is generally interested in helping everyone out and it is all from an unbiased perspective.  I also like slumbersage.com.  That’s just one person’s expert perspective on a bunch of different brands and topics.  Either way you look at it, be careful out there and read enough reviews so that you can get a good thesis on a company and a particular mattress.  The ultimate goal is to get a great deal on a great mattress (which I talk more about here).  In order to do that, you have to be willing to put in some time and do some good research.

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Different Mattress Types: Which One is best For You?

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Most people buy a mattress without the slightest idea of which kin d would be best for them. Years later, when they have lower back pain or are not sleeping very well, is when they discover that it could have something to do with their mattress choice. This article is a very brief look at some of the most common types of mattresses and who they are most suitable for.
Air mattress
This is one of the most comfortable mattresses in the market but because it often has to be filled it is not a choice than many take into consideration. It is comfortable simply because it takes all your weight when you sleep. This mattress is best for anyone despite their choice of sleeping position.
Memory foam mattresses
This kind of mattress is excellent for people who suffer from lower back pain. It conforms to all the contours of the body and takes the weight while you sleep. Its conformity means that it is great for anyone whether they prefer to sleep on their stomachs, their backs or on their side. That said, these mattresses tend to wear out faster than others so bear in mind that you will have to replace it often.
Latex mattresses
These are very firm and they are NOT good for people who suffer lower back pain. They tend to conform to the body to some degree. They are best for people who sleep on their backs or on their sides. If you can afford a better kind of mattress you are well advised to steer clear of latex mattresses.
Innerspring mattresses
These are mattresses that have springs in the middle but the problem is that although they provide great comfort initially they eventually sag in the middle and have to be replaced. They are not recommended for people who have back problems and also for the elderly.

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When and Where to Buy a New Mattress For A Better Sleep

There are a few things in life that are absolutes for everyone. Those absolutes are that everyone needs food, water, and sleep to function normally. Every single person requires at least some sleep on a daily basis to thrive and do all the things that are required each and every day. If any of these things are in short supply, life can become unbearable very quickly.

In the modern world, most of these things are available to everyone. The only thing that is elusive to some is a proper night of rest. There are a variety of reasons for this. Some people have issues that are related to stress and interrupted sleep patterns. Others simply have a bad mattress and need to upgrade their current one for something better.

One way to tell a mattress is bad is look at the shape of it. If there are large gaps or dips, it may be wearing down and the coils may not be providing proper support. Also, if you wake up having a sore back after a night of sleep that may be another indicator. If this applies to you, looking for a new and quality mattress may be the best move you can make for your health and body.

Looking for a quality mattress requires that you go to a furniture or bedding store that is well-known and reputable in the area. They will be able to show you all of the available styles and models and give you information about their benefits. Also, many are happy to be able to actually lie on the display models and see how it would feel to sleep on it. Its a great way to find a mattress that will work for you and help you sleep much better.

There are many different types of mattresses today and that is excellent because each individual likes different types. With the new latex and memory foam mattresses available, this makes it even more likely for people to have a great nights sleep. This is because these types conform to a persons unique body shape and sleeping position and that can be very helpful to those with back problems.

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A Note On Online Mattress Reviews

There’s a few things you should look out for when reading reviews of different mattresses online.  I’m going to try to run through a few of these things so that you can be fully equipped to make a great decision on which mattress brand you will want to buy.

-Be careful and take it with a grain of salt when you read the reviews on a mattress company’s own website.  While every company will claim that they are publishing reviews of legitimate customers, you have to wonder whether they are willing to publish the bad reviews as well.  It wouldn’t make too much business sense to publish a really bad review of your product on your website.  It’s just going to hurt sales.  Having said that, I am in no way accusing any company of doing anything inappropriate, but I’m just saying to take everything you read on the Internet with a grain of salt, especially when the reviews are on the company’s website.

-Figure out whether the person doing the review has actually slept on the mattress.  A lot of times people will review a mattress brand without having personal experience with it.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s just something you want to figure out and keep in mind when you are being influenced.

-Personal preference really makes a difference.  You will noticed that some people will say a mattress is too firm and another person will say the same mattress is too soft.  It happens all the time and it’s because the sleeping experience is so personal and particular that a lot of times it’s difficult to come to a consensus as to whether a particular mattress will be a good fit for most people.

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-You definitely want to read enough reviews so that you can get a good consensus on what the average person thinks about a mattress.  I would read multiple reviews or take a look at a site that aggregates multiple reviews (see, for example, the reviews of Saatva mattress on Trustpilot).  Viewpoints is another example of a site that aggregates reviews for mattress brands.  No matter what site(s) you are looking at, always dig deeper.  Some sites will provide reviews of customers who haven’t had much or any experience with the mattress at all.  You want to be careful in that situation and just make sure you understand how long the customer has had the mattress for.

You can’t believe everything you read on the Internet, but if you do enough digging, you’ll be able to get a pretty good consensus on the mattresses you are looking at and be confident that you will be making a really good decision.

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Incentives

Just wanted to write a quick post here.  I wanted to provide a word of caution about two things: those who recommend what to buy online and those salespeople who recommend a certain mattress in a store.  Not all mattress salespeople have your best interests in mind.  Some get commissions for pushing certain products over other ones, regardless of whether it will be a better fit for you or not.

You need to keep this in mind.  If a mattress salesman is telling you you need to buy a specific mattress, you need to ask if he/she gets a special commission if you happen to buy that particular mattress.  Most salespeople work mainly on a commission basis, so they will want you to buy the most expensive mattress possible.  You should be wary of that.  You need to decide what mattress you want irrespective of what a person with certain financial incentives tells you.  This is why it’s so important to do your own independent research.  You should try to have a pretty good idea of what you want to buy before you ever step foot into a mattress store.

The same goes with shopping around online.  Some people might pitch a certain mattress over another.  They may be doing this because they genuinely believe it is the best option for you.  However, they might also be doing it because they will receive some sort of commission if you purchase that particular brand.  This isn’t always the case, but you should at least be made aware of it and adjust your activity accordingly.

So, you should be wary of the incentives of the people that are giving you advice.  If you do so, you will end up with a much better mattress than you would otherwise.

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Some Mattresses Just Look Bad

This will probably just be a short post, but I’ve been shocked at how some mattresses are designed in a way that make them look bad.  They may be constructed perfectly with hours upon hours of thought going into what materials they will be made out of.  BUT, the end result just looks terrible.  I’m not going to call out anyone particular, but those companies probably know who they are.  It’s a smaller consideration, but why would anyone want a mattress that just doesn’t look good.  One of the biggest offenses is that the mattress is completely monotone.  I have no idea why a manufacturer/designer wouldn’t at least try to add a little bit of color and/or contrast to the mattress to make it look okay.  Certainly anyone who buys a mattress can make it look better by putting on the right sheets and all that, but I think people are willing to pay a little bit more for a mattress that is designed to look nice on its own without anyone having to do any of that.

That’s really all that I had to say.  If you are a mattress company executive, do a self-audit and really analyze whether you should improve the design and look of your mattress.  Even if it has great construction and materials, you should at least consider the look of the mattress a little bit.

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Mattresses Good For Sexual Activity

An often overlooked issue when thinking about mattresses is whether the bed will be good and fit for sexual activity.  If you sleep with a partner, then this should certainly be a consideration when looking at a mattress.  A lot of people overlook this and don’t have the sexual experience that they would hope for. Here are a few considerations that you should keep in mind when looking at this issue.  Here’s an article describing how your mattress can affect your sex life http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/clients-weigh-pros-cons-popular-foam-mattresses-article-1.1079007.

You want to find a mattress that gives in a bit.  If your mattress is too firm and it doesn’t give in, you won’t have any stability and you won’t be able to find consistent traction, which can make for a bad experience.  Normally some sort of foam mattress, or at least a hybrid mattress with a foam component is good for this sort of thing.  Potentially trying the mattress out first or reading lots of reviews online is the way to go to see if the mattress will be good for this.

You don’t want the mattress to get too hot.  That’s a general rule for sleep.  Lots of people get really uncomfortable when sleeping on a mattress that can get hot.  The same is true for this area.  If it gets too hot, then it might create an uncomfortable experience.  Some people make this complaint about memory foam mattresses, so if you are going to get one, you should make sure that it is known for not sleeping hot.

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You don’t want the mattress to be too loud, especially if there are other people in your household.  Innerspring mattresses can get pretty loud, so you will want to find one that is known for staying quiet.  Foam mattresses are quite good at this, and they are pretty quiet as the foam adapts to the pressure points of your body without making too much or any noise.

You lastly want the mattress to be a little springy.  This will help you maintain a good rhythm and flow.  If you can somehow combine all four of these considerations together, then you will be in a good situation mattress-wise.

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Getting A Good Deal On A Mattress

In my mind there’s just a few ways to get a really good deal on a mattress.  First, you can just go when there’s a sale at a retail store.  The mattress industry is known for its high markups and inefficiencies.  The consumer generally loses out and pays much more than he/she should for a nice bed.  Because of this fact, you would be remiss not to go when there is a sale.  There’s just no reason to pay full price for a good mattress or any mattress for that matter.  The cost to a manufacturer for a $2,000 priced mattress is probably closer to $250-300.  That’s a lot of markup for you.  Sales are pretty frequent and you can generally find them around certain holidays.  President’s Day and Memorial Day come to mind as BIG mattress sales time periods.  If you can wait until one of these sales time periods happens, then you should definitely do so and you will be rewarded very much financially.

You can also buy online to save some money.  There are companies like Tuft & Needle or Saatva that only sell online.  Remember all those markups that I mentioned earlier?  Well these guys try to cut a lot of that by eliminating the middle man.  Generally you can save some decent money by buying online.  You won’t be able to try a mattress out ahead of time, but they have good return policies and trial periods, so that’s much less of a concern.

You can also just hussle and try to negotiate.  If you are at a family-owned mattress store, this should definitely be possible.  I don’t think you’ll be able to do this at a place like Sleepy’s, but if you are at a mom and pop kind of store, then you will be able to negotiate.  Because there’s such high markups in the industry, there should be some decent room for negotiation when it comes to finding a final closing price for a mattress.

That’s about it.  You definitely want to take advantage of sales or buy online or negotiate if you want to get the best value for your money.  Good luck in your search.

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Memory Foam Considerations

Hopefully you have a decent idea of what exactly memory foam is, as I described in a previous article here.  Basically, let’s say you put your hand on it and applied pressure, the memory foam would give in and conform around you.  You can imagine how this might be applied to mattresses in a pretty cool way to allow for maximum comfort.  It’s sort of like the opposite of sleeping on a wooden board.  You of course want to find a good balance between something that is supportive and comfortable.  Not all memory foam is created equal.  Some memory foam gives in a little too much, some not enough, and others just right.

The main benefit of getting a memory foam mattress is that it contours to your body, which makes for a very comfortable experience.  If you can imagine sleeping on your side, then you know how important it can be to have something that gives in.  You don’t want a lot of pressure on your hips and shoulders when you are sleeping.  That’s why memory foam was such an interesting and monumental innovation in the sleep and mattress industry.  It allowed for the mattress to give in and form to your body, thus relieving any pressure points on the places that mattered the most.  Sounds amazing, right?  Well, it is actually pretty amazing, but it’s not without its words of caution of course.

A major complaint about memory foam is that you sink into it too much and it forms a crater over time.  You almost feel like you are off balance when you are sleeping.  While giving into your body is good, this effect is certainly not the best.  If the mattress develops a crater, then it’s just not going to be a very comfortable situation.  What you need to do is make sure the foam density is enough such that it will comfortable but also not develop a crater.

Memory foam also has the ability to sleep hot.  That is not good either.  It can also give off a bit of a chemical smell, which can go away but in some cases does not.  If you can get around these couple of minor points, then you just need to make sure that you like the feel of memory foam.  Most people do and end up pretty satisfied.  Therefore, it’s a really great option for you.

Here’s Wikipedia’s entry on memory foam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_foam)

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