Pro Mattress Buying Guide and Tips

We, at, understand that purchasing a new mattress can be confusing, and at times frustrating. In researching mattresses you can get overwhelmed with technical information, and with all sort of opinions and reviews. You may also hear incredible claims from sales associates and advertising campaigns.

What we would like to do here, is expose some myths about mattresses, as well as, offer some basic shopping tips. Hopefully, by giving you this information, we will make your mattress shopping experience less like having a tooth pulled.

Common Mattress Buying Myths

A Firmer Mattress is better and more Comfortable

The best mattress is the one that is most comfortable to you. Some like the feel of a firm mattress, others like the feel of a softer mattress. People sometimes confuse the terms “Support” and “Comfort”.

  • Comfort is perceived as you first lie down, this relates to how your body feels on the mattress.
  • Support comes into play over the course of the night, as you sleep.

The Coil Count in a mattress is critical

A mattress with a coil count of 390 or above in a queen size will provide adequate support for most people. You should also consider upgrading to a mattress in a box from Amazon for the best comfort.

The longer the warranty the better the quality of the mattress

The manufacturer’s warranty is given to protect the consumer from a defective product. The warranty does not cover the normal wear and tear of a mattress.

Just because a mattress set has a long warranty period, it does not mean that it is a better quality than one that has a shorter warranty period. Considering that it is recommended that you replace your mattress every 8-10 years, a warranty that lasts 25 years is not necessary.

A mattress should be used until it sags

Changes in the human body tend to make a mattress less comfortable long before it wears out. Generally speaking, it is recommended to replace your mattress every 8-10 years.

Mattress Shopping Tips

To go along with the Mattress Myths listed here, we also want to offer some Mattress Shopping Tips.

Shopping Tip #1: Consider quality and be careful not to shop by price alone

There is a difference between Price and Value. For example, not all $299 Queen Sets are alike. You need to compare what features and benefits each mattress, at a similar price, offers.

In comparing mattresses, one should look at details such as mattress thickness, coil unit and edge support. The goal is to get the most features in the mattress for the price.

Shopping Tip #2: Understand the difference between Comfort, Support, and Durability

Too many shoppers base their purchasing decision solely on comfort (how the mattress feels), and price. You need to consider the support system in the mattress, and the features offered.

Durability has to do with the years of service the mattress will offer. A better quality mattress, which may cost a little more, will offer you a better quality of sleep and keep you from having to replace your mattress too frequently.

Shopping Tip #3: The number of coils in a mattress is not an indicator of the quality of the mattress

Many mattress shoppers are misled into believing that more is better, regarding the coil count of a mattress. Keep in mind Mattress Myth #2 referenced above. Different types of coils offer a variety of features. Base your buying decision on the features the coil unit offers, not just the number of coils.

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