Let’s face it – staying on top of our mattress purchases is not exactly top of mind for most people. Sure, your mattress is directly related to the quality of your sleep… and quality sleep is critical to your health, your mood and even your success. So why do so many of us leave replacing our mattress until well after our bed’s glory days?

It all comes down to two things: knowledge and convenience. How do we know it’s time to replace our mattress, and when it is, what’s the easiest and fastest way to buy one? Thankfully, Consumer Reports has plenty to say on both of those topics. Check out these 4 top tips from Consumer Reports about how and when to buy a new mattress this year and next.

 

How do you know if it’s time to replace your old bed?

Consumer Reports says, “learn lessons from your old bed”. If you have to search for your mattress’s “sweet spot” in order to get comfortable, it may be telling you the time has come to buy a new mattress. The same goes if you wake up day after day without feeling rested. Maybe you’ve even found you sleep better in a hotel.

These are all signs that it’s time for a mattress change, according to Consumer Reports. They also cautioned that if you and your partner disturb each other during the night, it’s a good idea to look for a type of mattress that helps to reduce motion transfer (a foam hybrid bed or a mattress with pocketed spring technology are both designed to do so).

Finally, check your mattress for stains and rips and see if your heavier body parts – specifically your hips and shoulders – sink too deeply into the mattress. Their recommendation? A good rule is to replace your mattress every 8 to 10 years.

 

Is it a good idea to buy a mattress online?

Consumer Reports calls buying online “the ultimate convenience”, and stresses that there are lots of options out there. Consumer Reports even suggests Amazon, where all types of mattresses from various are sold. For online mattresses industry-wide, however, they even call watching the compressed mattresses that come in a box “fun” as they decompress and turn into a real mattress. So it is a good idea to buy a mattress online? Absolutely… so long as you keep the next two points in mind.

 

What’s the most important thing to look out for when buying a new mattress online?

You want to make full use of the time you have to try out your new mattress. Some hints from Consumer Reports are to try the new mattress for at least two weeks (many mattress makers require trial periods of 30 days or more before they’ll accept the return). You want to give the mattress a fair trial, and it’s suggested that you use the same pillow you’ve been using since a change in the pillow muddy your consideration. Consumer Reports also suggested that you put the mattress on a new box spring or frame as recommended by the manufacturer so you give it a fair trial.

 

What if I don’t like my mattress after I buy it?

Regardless of where you get your mattress, make sure you know all there is to know about the Return Policy, and recycling options if you decide not to keep your mattress. What kind of trial period do you have, and if you’re not happy with the mattress, what are your options? Some stores don’t take returns, while others charge for an exchange or return.

This is one of the biggest benefits of purchasing a mattress online. Because online mattress retailers know you might not be able to test a particular mattress in-store, they generally offer a generous trial and return period so you can feel confident making your purchase. Additionally, any online mattress retailer worth considering will also pick the mattress up, donate or recycle it and give you a full refund if you aren’t happy.

 

 

Considering your options for your next mattress? Even before you begin to consider what brand or retailer to buy from, first determine just what kind of mattress you want. All-foam or hybrid? A soft mattress or a firmer feel? To help you narrow down your options, check out this guide to mattress types, and the pros and cons of each.

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