I have a thing lately about mattresses (maybe you’ve noticed). And, according to a recent Consumer Reports issue on mattresses, what you pay has little relation to what you get.
There are a number of hints given on mattress shopping that you need to keep in mind before you spend your hard earned money:
- There are no standards in the mattress industry. So they can call their mattress whatever they want. It may be comparable to another store’s mattress, or it might not. “Super Plush” means nothing. The mattress industry thrives on this information vacuum.
- What you spend doesn’t matter. The differences between a $2000 dollar mattress and a $1000 mattress is minimal – and likely doesn’t affect comfort.
- Remember that mattress salespeople will often nudge you towards the mattress that makes them the most commission. Don’t fall for it!
- The only way to tell if a mattress is good for you is to lay on it. Not for thirty seconds or one minute – fifteen minutes or half and hour is more like it.
- Wait for a sale. There are huge mark ups on mattresses, so if you buy at list price you are paying double what you should.
- Haggle at the price, no matter what it is. Refusing to buy if it’s not discounted at least 50 percent from list price is a good strategy.
You spend a third of your life in bed, so make sure that the mattress you choose is really the one you want.
Don’t be misled by misinformation – the mattress industry thrives on you being uninformed!