One of the most expensive and long-lasting things you will buy for yourself is a mattress.
Today, we will review some of the points that might help you in deciding which mattress to buy.
1. Comfort and Relieves Back Pain
Comfort is probably the first thing that comes to my mind when I buy a mattress. I don’t care if the mattress is green, latex, memory foam, or spring, if it’s not comfortable, you will have lots of back pains months later and have to buy another mattress anyways.
2. Try Different Mattresses
Try visiting different retail stores in your area to get a feel for the different type of mattresses.
Most mattress retailers will not really have a set-price, you will have to haggle but do make the point of the trip to try out different brands.
Traditional mattress dealers are usually as bad as your car dealers so make sure to NOT buy the mattress on your first trip. (Usually, the mattress dealers will give you additional 50% off on your way out. Even then, I’d highly advise not to buy at the price, it will still be a rip off.)
3. Ask for delivery and time
This is probably one of the most important questions you need to ask the salesman at the mattress shop.
Specifically, ask him/her how much if it is to deliver the mattress (if not free) and when they can deliver by.
Sometimes, mattress dealers will try to rip you off on the delivery price while making you think you are getting a good deal on the mattress itself. So, just be careful and ASK.
Now, I’ve bought many different types of mattresses in my life starting with my first full-size mattress I bought in college for about $400. What a rip-off that was, my mattress had a big dip after about 1 year of use, there goes my $400.
I’ve also bought Tempurpedic mattresses before, the only problem with their memory foam mattresses is the fact that it will heat-up and get real hot. If you live in a hot city, you will hate those summer nights when your mattress makes you sleep hotter while your balls sweat like crazy. On the other hand, it can be great for cold areas, memory foam in general will help that.
In the recent years, I’ve stuck to Keetsa mattresses, specifically the hybrid ones with majority spring and a 2-inch memory foam layer on top. My back feels awesome everyday, there’s no bed bugs due to their anti-mite technology, and I ordered my mattress online! (It came the next day via UPS to my 12th floor apartment, think about that!)
If you are in the San Francisco bay area, you should definitely check out their showroom, ALL of their mattresses are superb and comfortable. (and yes they are green too which is surprising for the price!)
They have a set price on mattresses so you don’t have to haggle.
Anyways, if you are out of time and you need a mattress yesterday, I highly suggest you skip all the steps and just order Keetsa mattresses online here. (They deliver every one of their mattresses via UPS because all the mattresses come compressed to save carbon footprint and can be UPSable.)
The prices are reasonable and you probably won’t find a better mattress for the same money.
If you are really one of those people who want to know everything before buying a mattress, here’s a couple more howto guides:
- Going to the Mattresses on Slate – This article will tell you how most mattress dealers are like car salesmen yet most consumers don’t know this!
- How to buy a mattress on eHow
- How to buy mattress on US Mattress
- How to buy mattress on ABC News
- The mattress scam also explains how mattress stores rip consumers off.