Buying a new mattress can be a long, exhausting process. You enter a store and are instantly greeted by a sea of almost identical looking rectangles. There’s so much to choose from… plush, firm, pillow top, hybrid, memory foam, innerspring. It can be difficult to decide where to start and unfortunately can lead to people buying the wrong mattress.
We recently sat down with our sleep specialists to compile a list of the most common mistakes they see when people are shopping for a new mattress. Check out these mistakes and make sure you end up with the best mattress for you!
Most Common Mattress Buying Mistakes
1. Buying a mattress that is too firm.
Many people have heard that a firm bed is always better for your back—this is incorrect! When you couple this incorrect information with the fact that most people wait until their current mattress is well past its healthy life, folks will overcompensate for their worn out mattress and select a bed that is just too hard for their sleeping position. Proper pressure relief is key for correct spinal alignment, circulation and support! Choosing a bed that is too firm is the most common error we see people make, and it is the most common reason for a mattress exchange.
2. Trying too many beds.
When shoppers try every bed available, it is like smelling every perfume at the counter all lined up in a row. Let your sales professional guide you to the best options for you based on your sleeping position and preferences, or you can quickly become overwhelmed, fatigued and make a frustrated choice. Avoid laying on beds that are not in your comfort profile, and once you have eliminated a bed, don’t return to it. This will keep your testing palate fresh.
3. Going to too many locations.
Like the previous mistake, going to too many locations before you have selected a bed you love is a common mistake that leaves many shoppers exhausted and confused by the end of the day. They then make a rash decision to end the process instead of making a decision that will help them sleep better. Try to find a retailer that has a great staff and offers a variety of brands and models. Then, if you want to shop for price, do so with a clear choice in mind. Many retailers will give you a window of time to find a better deal on the bed you love AFTER you purchase. This allows you to do your price shopping while well-rested from your new set.
4. Putting too much stock in online reviews or friend’s and family’s preference.
Choosing a mattress is a very personal thing. As with food, there are things that you like that your friends and loved ones can’t stand, and vice versa. Picking a bed based on what others like or do not like is a common mistake, and this goes for both brands and models. Since everyone has different preferences, body types, sleeping positions and medical histories it is important to make your decision based on what works best for you rather than choosing or eliminating a brand, model or type of mattress based on what works for your coworker, parents or that anonymous person online. The only time you should be concerned with others when choosing a bed is when they will be sharing it with you!
5. Too much focus on price.
Of course we all have a budget that must be honored, and when shoppers start the process of selecting a mattress this is usually the one factor they feel most familiar with. Too much focus on this, however, can lead to missing very important queues. Sometimes a small increase—or decrease—in what they expect to spend will have them miss out on a mattress that could be “the one”. When people pick a bed based too heavily on price rather than their sleeping needs, they will be lucky to leave with the right choice.
6. Being afraid of salespeople.
There are good and bad people in any industry and a pushy salesperson can make an already difficult decision even less comfortable. That said there are many salespeople who take great pride in helping a shopper find their perfect match. Buying a mattress is not something most people do very often, and the kind of help a knowledgeable and helpful salesperson is able to provide can be the key difference in making a choice that will serve you well for years to come.