Buying a new mattress is something that many people wait far too long to do. Your mattress should be replaced every 7 years, or when you begin to notice signs of wear and tear. That wear and tear will probably be felt in aches and back pain way before you can see it on the mattress itself though. When you decide its time to replace your old mattress, don’t forget to ask these 5 questions.
Does it Have a Warranty?
Look for a mattress that the seller believes in enough to offer a warranty. Generally speaking, the longer the warranty means the longer life expectancy of the mattress. Keep in mind you’ll be replacing the mattress in 7 years, so there’s no need to splurge on a warranty longer than that. A warranty should not only cover damages, but also the possibility that you get the mattress home and don’t like how it feels after a full nights sleep.
Do I Need a Box Spring?
Some mattresses require a box spring while others can be bought alone. If you need to buy a box spring, make sure you incorporate that into the total cost for the mattress before you decide to buy!
How is the Motion Separation?
Motion separation is how much you can feel another person’s movement in the bed. If your partner gets up at night to use the bathroom, you don’t want their movement to wake you up. Look for a mattress with good motion separation to ensure you both get a good night’s sleep.
Does the Mattress Regulate Temperature?
If you’re a hot sleeper, beware of mattresses that hold onto heat. Some mattresses feature a cooling top technology that disperses your body heat throughout the night. This technology will cost a little more, but it’s a worthwhile investment. Even if the mattress doesn’t have a cooling top, make sure it’s made of a material that doesn’t hold onto heat.
What’s it Made of?
Some mattresses are made using natural materials, while others are made with manufactured materials. Allergy sufferers should be especially careful when choosing a mattress made of natural materials. If you’re looking to be more environmentally friendly, speak with the sales person about which materials are sustainably made and manufactured.
Buying a new mattress is a process that can take longer than you’d expect. Don’t be afraid to visit multiple stores, try out multiple mattresses, and find the one that the perfect fit for you!