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Top Tips for Buying a New Mattress



The lumps. The bumps. You’ve finally had enough of your old mattress. However, you’re a little perplexed while investigating new mattresses. Which ones are best-suited for your needs, and what should you know about each option? You want to make the best choice, but mattress shopping may seem completely overwhelming.

The good news is that you don’t have to go far to get some useful tips for buying a mattress. In fact, you need only check out this mattress buying guide for 2017. Below are favorite ways to make sure you purchase a mattress that you will love for years.

1. Take time to lie down on your mattress.

Tempted to buy a cheap mattress online and have it delivered to your door? Be careful. The last thing you want to do is discover that it’s not a mattress that will help you sleep deeply. A better suggestion is to always go to a furniture store to test-drive their mattresses. Plan to lie on your favorite mattresses for 20-30 minutes, and don’t be afraid to even doze a little. You’ll get a much better sense of which ones are perfect for your needs.

2. Ask how the mattress is made.

Many mattresses use memory foam materials that conform to the shape of your body. Others still use coils and inner springs. Neither is necessarily better or worse, but you might enjoy sleeping on one more than another. Again, when you test out mattresses at your favorite mattress store, be sure to see which ones make your body feel supported.

3. Don’t allow your sleeping partner to make the decision solo.

You like a soft bed. Your sleeping partner prefers a bed that’s as hard as the floor. Do you just give in? Though it can seem like a good compromise, your sleep is at risk. Talk to a mattress sales professional about options that allow you to choose the firmness of each side of the bed. That way, you can be sure that you’re both getting what you need out of your mattress.

4. Pillow tops can soften the feel of harder beds.

Even if you’ve always slept on a super-soft bed, try other varieties. People often discover that they prefer different types of mattresses as they get older or as their bodies change. For instance, your chronic back pain might stem from a too-soft bed. If you like the feel of softness, but need firm support for your spine, consider a mattress with a plush top. The plushness will surround you while the firmness of the mattress buoys your body.

5. Invest in the best mattress you can afford.

Feeling a little sticker shock? With mattresses, you get what you pay for. A solid mattress should last you a decade or more, which means your $800 set is really only $80 a year or 22 cents a day. That’s not bad for an investment in your health.

A Mattress Made for You

Listen to your body. When it’s time for a mattress upgrade, you owe it to yourself to stop putting it off. After all, a good night’s sleep is a dream come true!