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Shopping for a New Mattress? Avoid these 7 Common Mistakes!

by Ann Ferguson

Are you tired of your old, lumpy mattress, or just tired of being tired? You're overdue for an upgrade! But don't buy any new mattress you find — you need to do your research!

And part of that research is learning what not to do in advance! Luckily, our list covers some big mattress shopping mistakes people make, so your experience is positive from start to finish!

1. Focusing on Price

Closeup of hand holding several hundred dollars

Naturally, you want to find a new mattress that suits your budget, so you might be tempted to find the cheapest mattress. But you'd be doing yourself a disservice! These mattresses are typically made with cheap materials that don't last, which won't help your sleep.

However, getting a good bargain and the best mattress is possible! You have to do more research by comparing deals and diving deep into the materials used in the mattress.

2. Buying without Testing

Man happily testing out a mattress in a store

Another common mattress shopping mistake is buying a new bed without testing it out first (gasp!). When you don’t evaluate before you take it home means you have no idea if the mattress will suit your sleep habits before you take it home. So, even if you're tempted to shop for a bed entirely online, don't! You need to do some in-store testing.

When you test out mattresses, narrow your options to two or three mattresses and give yourself 10 to 15 minutes on each so your body can adjust to the surface. This way, you'll have a more accurate assessment of each mattress!

Pro Tip: The longer you can test a mattress, the better, so take as much time as possible. And don't forget to test the mattress in your preferred sleep position!

3. Looking at Brand Name Only

When shopping for mattresses, you want to consider the brand, but the brand isn't everything! If you depend on the brand name alone, you could end up with a mattress you can't get comfortable on. And since there are so many similar brands, it can be easy to confuse a not-so-good brand for a household name!

4. Not Giving the Mattress a Chance

Let's say you finally picked a mattress and took it home but don't like how you sleep on it — does that mean you should immediately take it back? No! When you switch from sleeping on an unsupportive mattress to a brand-new, supportive one, you have to account for the transition period, which is about 30 days.

You have to give yourself more time to break in the mattress. Thankfully, most retailers offer an extended return policy or trial period for the same reason —make sure you read the fine print before buying!

5. Only Focusing on Comfort

Hand testing out the comfort of the mattress

You might think the opposite, but choosing a mattress solely for comfort is a bad idea. Sure, you want your bed to be comfortable, but it shouldn't be the only consideration. The reason for this is that some lower-quality mattresses will have surface materials that feel comfortable at first but aren't durable.

So, as you shop, look for a mattress that is both comfortable and durable — that means it'll last you for several years!

6. Not Researching Options

Closeup of a pocketed coil spring

Shopping for mattresses can get overwhelming, but it's worth it to research all your options. If you don't explore your options, you won't know the current mattress technology breakthroughs or understand which mattress type will better suit your sleep!

  • Memory foam mattresses have excellent body-contouring properties and motion isolation, ideal for side sleepers. However, this mattress type can sleep too hot.
  • Gel memory foam mattresses have the same benefits as memory foam but also feature cooling properties, so you don't sleep too hot.
  • Innerspring mattresses are made of continuous coils and offer excellent bounce and support for back sleepers, but they don't have great motion-isolating properties.
  • Pocket coil mattresses have coils wrapped in individual pockets, resulting in better motion isolation and breathability.
  • Hybrid mattresses have a spring base and foam comfort layers to provide the best of both worlds and can suit all kinds of sleepers!
  • Latex mattresses are natural or synthetic and provide excellent support, durability, buoyancy, and body-contouring properties. Natural latex mattresses are also the most hypoallergenic!

7. Not Reading Reviews

If you have ever bought anything online, you know the importance of reading reviews before buying. But this is an easy step to overlook when shopping for mattresses — there are so many steps to follow!

By looking up the reviews before you buy, you can get a better idea of the brand's quality, materials, and experience you can expect from it. However, don't rely only on reviews; you always want to test it before buying! The same principle should also apply when someone you know raves about their new mattress; it's best to do your own research!

Good Sleep to All!

Mother and child sleeping peacefully in bed

There are several mistakes people make when shopping for mattresses, but the more you know before you buy, the better off you'll be! And now that you know some of the most common mistakes people make, you'll be on your way to finding the best mattress for you — especially when you shop at Crane's Mattress!

And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us or stop by! Our team has years of experience to help you find the best sleep support!