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What do you look for in a new mattress? We asked three people—in their 20s, 40s and 60s, respectively—what’s important to them in getting a good night’s sleep. Keep reading to compare these consumers’ perspectives on what they consider when buying a mattress. Additionally, we’ll provide five important factors that all consumers should consider when buying a mattress.
We asked three consumers what to consider when buying a mattress.
When we asked a recent college graduate about her most important considerations when buying a mattress, she identified comfort and size above all. She prefers a softer mattress and doesn’t sleep well on more firm mattresses.
Cost is also a factor for this buyer—though this particular recent grad prefers not to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a mattress, she understands that a cheap product won’t provide the best quality or comfort.
This reviewer recommends the Casper mattress as the best mattress for people looking for a soft bed. Her full-sized mattress fits in her apartment and provides the perfect level of comfort—not too firm, but not so soft that she sinks down in the bed.
As a recent mattress purchaser, this recent college grad doesn’t think she’ll buy another for a long time. However, if she fails to regularly get a good night’s sleep or feels that the mattress has lost its comfort, she’ll start the search for a new one.
We also talked to a consumer in his forties who said that the two most important factors for him when buying a mattress are comfort and price. He’s willing to spend up to $800 for a king- and up to $650 for a queen-size bed. He spent $450 on his current full-sized foam mattress and considers that a reasonable price. He also looks for additional features, like cooling technology and pillow-top padding.
Although this consumer says he would buy a mattress approximately every 10 years, he says he would throw out his current mattress if it began to lose its comfort, started squeaking, or lost strength on the sides.
This buyer recommends a hybrid Sleep Trends mattress for its comfort, price, and pillow-top padding.
One consumer in his sixties explained just how important finding the right mattress is to him.
Comfort and durability are the two main factors I look for when buying a mattress. A lot of mattresses tend to sink in the middle over time, so it’s important to find a mattress that doesn’t do that.”
The mattresses he’s had tended to go bad after about 10 years. He recommends an innerspring Ikea mattress, like the one he has now, for its durability, comfort, and affordable price.
Now that you have a sense of what’s most important to these consumers when buying a mattress, take a look at the steps all mattress buyers should be taking when shopping for a new mattress.
So, why are mattresses so expensive? Many mattresses are pricey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find something affordable if you’re working with a limited budget. Learn why mattress prices can be so high and how to find a cheaper option.
On the hunt for a firm mattress? Check out some of House Method’s favorite firm mattress recommendations along with some reasons why you might want to choose a firm mattress for yourself.
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