Choosing a new mattress has always been a difficult task. In recent years, things have been made even more complicated by the introduction of roll up, one mattress fits all, mattresses in a box.
The question is, what is the best method for purchasing a new mattress? Should I buy a new mattress online or visit my local mattress store? Below we give you five reasons why you should visit a local mattress store and try before you buy.
1. No mattress is perfect for everyone
Regardless of what many online mattress retailers say, there is no current mattress that suits everyone. Mattresses are a very personal purchase, the way one mattress supports, contours and comforts feels different for everyone. That’s the reason traditional bed stores have so many different products.
After a small amount of research, you may notice that many retailers online now sell only a handful or even just one mattress. This is because many of them are designed in a way that makes them easy to dispatch, market and manufacture. Making them products that are created with business and finance in mind, not just sleep.
2. Is buying a mattress online really that convenient?
Ordering your new mattress from the comfort of your own home can be much more appealing than trying mattresses in a bed store to many. Unfortunately, as convenient as it sounds, purchasing your new mattress online may not be as dreamy as it seems.
After researching, shortlisting and ordering your new mattress online, you pretty much have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. Granted, the whole process is made easier with the sleep trials on offer by many retailers but with many having return rates of up to 17% in the last few years this can result in you having to wait in for collection, research and choose an alternative and wait in once again for your new mattress to be delivered.
3. Old Mattresses Sold as New
Over the last few years, it has been discovered that some unethical individuals and groups have been sourcing mattresses that have been used for many years. Putting new covers on old mattresses and selling them as new through online auction and listing sites.
This is obviously terrible for hygiene reasons as sweat, bodily fluid, mites and skin cells from a perfect stranger can be present in the core of your mattress. An equally worrying issue with this is that these recovered mattress are generally not subject to fire regulations, making them a potentially deadly addition to your home. For more information read this article from the national bed federation.
4. Touch, feel and try potential mattresses
When you purchase a new mattress, the chances are you are going to be sleeping with it for many years to come. This is why it is critical you find a mattress that is right for your personal needs. In an ideal world there would be one mattress that was right for everyone. The reality is however, that each and every mattress has its own unique feel. With one being perfect for one person but uncomfortable and unsupportive for another.
The vast degree in which two mattresses, with the exact same specification, can feel different is astonishing. The quality and quantity of fillings, the steel used in the springs and the fabrics used to cover the mattress can make one mattress feel dreamy for some whilst being a nightmare for others.
Trying a range of mattresses in store, alone or with our partner, increase the chance of getting it right first time dramatically. The 30 minutes you spend in-store can result in hours saved down the line.
5. The Personal Touch
Purchasing a mattress in store can offer a much more personalised experience than online. You have the opportunity to form a relationship with the staff/owner and explain in real time your personal requirements and how each mattress you try feels. On top of this, if you have any queries, you have somebody you can speak to directly who knows your personal circumstances and can help you find the best mattress for you.
On top of this, many independent mattress stores operate without sales commission meaning they have no reason to sell you anything other than a mattress that is right for you.
6. Support your local community
Local stores are integral to your community, the more you support them the more you support the people around you and the place you live.
By visiting, trying and purchasing a new mattress in your local bed store you are able to form a relationship that can last for a lifetime.
7. Dealing with a specialist
Shopping at a store that specialises in mattresses and beds gives you a much better chance of getting things right. Being specialists, the owners and staff of your local bed store are, more often than not, experts when it comes to mattresses. They tend to be extremely passionate about what they do. The truth is, It is in their best interest to continually find you a mattress that is perfect for you as doing so will keep you coming back for years to come. Unfortunately, this can’t always be said for department stores or online retailers.