Trying to sort out fact from fiction in the retail mattress world these days is like trying to figure out which NBA Basketball star is playing for which team and why. The rules keep changing and only prove to be more confusing as time goes by.
What we really want in a mattress is a good night’s sleep with enough support to enable us to get up and face the world without feeling like we just went to bed. Here are 10 misconceptions, statements, and facts to guide you through the mattress purchasing process, plus a bit of advice to help you make an informed decision.
- There is no free TV inside your mattress. TV’s cost the same amount of money whether you buy them separately or in a package deal with a mattress.
- The highest price does not necessarily buy the best mattress – it might just mean you paid too much. Some of today’s beds have layers upon layers of comfort added on top of a one thousand count spring unit. They look pretty, but soon you’ll have your very own hole to crawl in (and out of) each night when all those layers of padding go flat.
- Not all mattresses are created equal – remember “pretty is as pretty does!”
- Not every state requires bedding to meet health or sanitation standards. A rebuilt mattress is your neighbor’s mattress that has been taken apart and re-filled, and some states don’t even require a sanitation process for this!
- MEMORY FOAM – What the heck is it? It is a petroleum-based polyurethane foam with unique properties including heat sensitivity, pressure sensitivity, and some smoke and mirrors to make you feel like you’re unique. Memory foam is not magic foam and, I don’t care what they tell you, our astronauts do not sleep on it!
- LATEX – There are two types: 100% natural and synthetic (petroleum based). Natural is better (it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature). Also, how much is actually in the mattress? Some makers use a full core of latex, while others add a 1/2″ layer and brag that they can play in the big leagues.
- PILLOW TOP – is it European or American? What’s the difference? A pillow top, in simple terms, is an added layer of padding on top of the padding and spring unit in a mattress. It is encased in a covering and then attached to the mattress. The pillow top that looks like a boxed pad sewn on to the mattress is called “European.” If the edges of the pad are flat, it’s just called a pillow top. Neither will add years to your life or increase your virility, but they will cradle you more than an average mattress and afford you a cushion to nestle into at night.
- “My mattress has 1,000 springs – it must be better than yours.” Oh, don’t get me started on this! If two queen mattresses are the same size (60″ x 80″), how can one company use 1,000 springs and another only 460? The obvious answer is “smaller springs.” How many small springs does it take to equal the same amount of support as the bigger spring? About three times as many. If you weighed a mattress with 1,000 springs and then one with 460, you would find that the springs weigh pretty much the same. No magic here, just smaller springs made from thinner wire.
- I’ll just find the lowest priced mattress I can for my child. After all, they’re young and they’ll grow out of it. Sure, do the same for their soccer shoes, or their phone. See if they notice!
- My mattress is still ok, it’s only 15 years old. WHAT? You spend 1/3 of your life in bed, which means you have laid on that very mattress for 5 of the last 15 years! Give yourself a treat and visit us soon. You’ll be amazed at the advancements the bedding industry has made in the last 15 years.
A few minutes is all it takes to learn mattress basics and what makes you most comfortable. Please contact us and we’ll guide you through the process. We can sort fact from fiction, the hype from the best information. “Test drive” a few mattresses to determine your likes and dislikes. We’ll help you sleepwalk through the process and leave knowing you made an informed decision and received a real value for your hard-earned dollars.