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Mattress Buying Guide: 8 Mistakes You Must Avoid

Sep 18, 2021

Mattress Buying Guide 8 Mistakes You Must Avoid

Unsure what mattress to buy? Avoid certain mistakes with this mattress buying guide.

What You Shouldn’t Do When Buying a New Mattress

What You Shouldnt Do When Buying a New Mattress

If you wake up feeling tired and unrefreshed, it might be time to get yourself a new mattress.

A good mattress will last several years, even a decade but there will come a time when you need to replace it with a new one. While some people find the comforts of a well-used mattress hard to let go of, it may pose a danger to you and your family’s health.

Some signs that you need to replace your mattress include:

  • You’ve been using it for more than eight years.
  • Springs are starting to stick out.
  • You wake up with a clogged or runny nose all the time.
  • You don’t feel refreshed in the morning.
  • You developed several aches and pains, especially on your back.
  • It’s become too itchy and dirty.

If your mattress ticks off all the boxes in the list, then it’s time to let it go and find a new one. Just make sure it’s worth your investment like Serta’s luxury mattresses.

There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new bed for you or your family, but this mattress buying guide won’t talk about that. In this post, we’re going to take a look at all the mistakes you must not do when buying a new mattress.

Here are 10 errors you need to avoid when bed-hunting.

1. Not Knowing Your Sleeping Position

How you sleep should be a priority consideration when buying a new mattress. That’s because the materials for the new bed may depend on your sleeping position.

If you sleep mostly on your back or on your stomach, soft foams won’t give you the support you need. Plush beds won’t be able to keep your spine aligned.

It might seem like you’re sleeping on clouds at first, but eventually, it will sink in, putting pressure on your spine and back.

On the other hand, side sleepers need a plush to mid-plush bed to avoid putting pressure on your shoulders and hips.

Buying the wrong type of foam may result in more problems instead.

2. Not Knowing Your Allergens and Medical Needs

Some people require specialized materials for medical conditions. It may be because of a simple allergy or a serious condition that may result in emergency situations if not addressed properly.

If you’re allergic to latex, avoid beds with that material. You should also consider hypoallergenic beds or those containing nanofiber material like our heavenly beds in the Celestial collection.

It’s not just allergies either. Buying a bed for paraplegic individuals also requires special materials and specifications.

3. Deciding Based on the In-Store Samples Only

Have you ever tried lying down on a bed display at a furniture store and found yourself tempted into buying it? Then once you got the bed, you realized you don’t sleep well on it?

That’s because you spent only a few minutes checking it out. You don’t go to a furniture shop and actually get to sleep on the bed.

The only way to know if the bed will work for you is to sleep on it for several days or weeks. Make sure the mattress you choose has a warranty and return policy should you need to return it.

4. Not Knowing The Different Mattress Types

Different mattress types work for various types of people. Each one has features that can support your body weight, sleeping style, and joint needs.

  • Memory foam – Best for when you need a better body fit when sleeping. Take note, however, that it contours to your body better with heat so if you like sleeping with the A/C blasting, it may not work as well.
  • Latex – This material is firmer and bouncier than memory foam. It’s best for those dealing with back or spine issues.
  • Innerspring – The most common type, an innerspring mattress is made up of a wire and coil spring system that keeps the bed sturdy and your back and joints supported.
  • Hybrid – This type has an innerspring body with a different foam for its top layer. Usually, it’s memory foam while the more expensive options include latex.

Getting a mattress just because it’s popular or recommended by someone else should not be done. Every person has different needs and choosing the wrong type will result in a more uncomfortable sleep.

5. Not Researching Online

Not Researching Online

Thanks to technology, social media, and Google, you can now find out about anything and everything under the sun online. So there’s no excuse for you to not look for the specifications of the mattress you want to buy online.

You can visit Serta’s website anytime to check out the luxury beds we have online. Although you won’t be able to feel the mattresses through the screen, all the materials used, the bed’s features, details, and prices can be found online.

Once you found the mattress you like, our store locator will be able to steer you to the nearest physical store near you. You can then finalize your choice by actually seeing the product.

6. Not Reading Customer Reviews

Don’t rely on what a salesperson tells you about the mattress. Their main objective is to sell you the product after all.

You only have yourself to blame if you blindly believe every positive thing the salesperson tells you about the mattress.

Make it a point to read customer reviews even before checking it out in the store. It’s always better to get recommendations from actual customers.

You can also check out a bed you’ve taken a liking to online and confirm your decision through the validation of actual users.

7. Focusing on the Cheaper Option

You should have a budget when buying a new mattress, but don’t just go for the cheapest option. It may cost even more in the future to replace it in the future.

Consider a mattress as an investment. Why shouldn’t you?

  • You spend at least half of your day lying on that bed.
  • You’ll be using it for eight to ten years if possible.
  • You need a good night’s sleep to stay healthy.

There’s nothing wrong with buying the cheaper option. On the other hand, more expensive ones will last longer, has safer materials, and may even lessen body aches and pains.

8. Not Familiarizing Yourself with the Warranty and Return Policy

Most people don’t read the fine print but it’s one of the most important things you need to do when buying high-value furniture.

Make sure you understand the warranty and return policy of the mattress you’re buying. Luxury mattresses, for example, are a bit costly so you need to know what the fine print is in the contract.

Companies that offer less than 10 years in warranty or charges you for returns should be avoided at all costs.

Serta offers 10 years warranty for all of its mattresses, assuring you of our commitment and dedication in giving you the best sleep without worries.

9. Not “Breaking In” Your Mattress

Anything new needs getting used to, especially when replacing things you’ve been used to for years. A new mattress is no different.

You may feel a bit uncomfortable for the first few nights but in time, your body will adjust to it. Try sleeping in it for a few nights and if you still can’t sleep well on it, then call the store to return the bed. Otherwise, you might lose out on a perfectly fine bed if you become impatient and return it only after a day or two of using it.

Take note of the return policy, however. Waiting too long may also void that warranty.

10. Not Taking Care of Your New Mattress

Not Taking Care of Your New Mattress Serta Perfect Sleeper World Edition

Serta Perfect Sleeper World Edition

Make sure you take good care of your new mattress after purchasing it. Remember, warranties can be voided if the product has been damaged because of negligence.

Most warranties only cover regular wear and tear. So if you rip, burn, or stain it, it most likely won’t be covered by any warranty or return policy.

Choosing the Best Mattress

Going through a mattress buying guide like this one will equip you enough to pick out the best option for you or your family. Aside from understanding the different aspects of beds and bedroom accessories, it’s also quite important to know what to avoid in the process.

Cover all your bases to make full use of your investment!

Have you encountered these mistakes before? Let us know what you did to overcome them!