10 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying A Mattress

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Mattresses can make or break your sleep. Good sleep is vital to your overall health and wellbeing, and sleeping on the most suitable mattress is a sure way to get the rest you deserve.

As good as this sounds, most people hardly have enough idea of how to find the proper mattress, what's the most suitable type for them, and how to make the decision when buying one. And during the process, they make mistakes that a lot of people are also making.

So we compiled a list of common pitfalls that you might encounter or believe when shopping for a mattress. We will explain why and how to avoid them.

Whether you’re after a comfy and cradling memory foam mattress or an innovative mattress in a box, read on to learn the common pitfalls of mattress shopping and what to do instead.

Choosing the wrong mattress can result in a gradual nightmare without you discovering it in the beginning. And even worse it brings back and neck pains.

In short, there is more than what meets the eye when it comes to mattress shopping. To avoid sore joints, you must make a careful and deliberate decision when selecting the material and its comfort level. We are committed in this article to brief you of the common mistakes.

Here are some top on the list mistakes:

1. Buying too small.

Especially if you're sharing a bed, you should buy at least a queen-size mattress. A healthy person moves 40 to 60 times a night and makes lots of full-body turns. For sound sleep, you need freedom of motion. A full-size mattress, for instance, only gives each partner about the same width as a crib.

2. Confusing firmness with support.

Look for a mattress that allows your spine to maintain its natural alignment while you're lying down. A supportive mattress can have various types of upper-layer comfort, from very soft to not-so-soft, and it's usually three layers with both support and comfort in separate layers and a buffering layer in the middle. 

3. Check return policies, trial time and warranty.

If you buy a mattress online, you won't have the chance to try it out, so read the reviews, carefully check return and shipping policies - and be certain there's good customer support should a problem arise. For example, we have a 120-night trial and 10 Years warranty to make sure you have enough time to make a decision.

4. Making sure the foam is certified.

Check to be sure that your mattress contains conventional or memory foam that has been certified by the not-for-profit CertiPUR-US certification program. That's your assurance that the foam meets rigorous standards for content, emissions, and durability, and has been analyzed by independent, accredited testing laboratories.

The organization's website has a directory of participating companies and brands at www.certipur.us.

5. Going straight for the cheapest mattress

When it comes to mattresses, cheap doesn’t always equal better. Cheap mattresses tend to be made of a single piece of foam, which offers very little support and is unlikely to give you proper comfort either. You might find out that you need to replace them quite often. 

A pricey bed does not equate to maximum comfort and a low-priced bed does not necessarily mean you’re in for a subpar experience. 

What is most important to consider is the quality of the mattress and whether it suits you, and the price issue comes after you are very clear about the first two sections. 

A few hundred dollars/pounds is possible to get you a more supportive and comfortable new mattress-in-a-box. Newentor offers a mattress in a box starting from $756 for a queen size. We are surely confident of our quality.

6. Not understanding the mattress types 

Enough research is needed when it comes to buying a mattress because this is not common knowledge taught at school or known to all. This is also why you should spend time looking out for some mattress brands sharing information and articles on how to identify quality mattresses and materials. A good read makes the way go smooth. 

From knowing the composition of the mattress to understanding the modern mattress technology to warranty and return policies to discount offers, you will find that there is plenty to consider.

There are new mattress innovations that have been designed to improve your sleep health. The more you are aware of the various types of mattresses there are, the more proficiently you can narrow your selection for the perfect mattress. 

Memory foam beds offer a comforting, cradling effect, all-over pressure relief, and good motion isolation. They are often cheaper than hybrid models and therefore suit all budgets and types of sleepers.

Traditional innerspring beds combine coils with soft padding and are normally cheaper still, though they don’t last as long. Latex mattresses are naturally cooling, bouncy and durable, but they can be a bit hit and miss on motion isolation. Latex models are often found among the best organic mattresses, as well as those designed to last much longer than average.

Lastly, hybrids combine pocket springs with a variety of materials, including memory foam, latex, and gel, to deliver high levels of support and pressure relief. They’re also very breathable, meaning they’re good for hot sleepers.

7. Not understanding your sleeping habits and positions

Meanwhile, you need to understand your needs and sleeping positions. Knowing what position you usually sleep in and any special needs you have for sleeping is the necessary homework. 

Back sleepers usually sleep better on a medium-firm mattress to keep their spine in alignment, and hybrid models are ideal for them. Newentor Hesperis mattress offers three flexible sleeping compositions since there are three interchangeable layers in the mattress, and a medium-firm level is definitely an option.

Stomach sleepers should choose an innerspring or hybrid with tall coils that offer firm support to keep the shoulders and hips aligned. 

Side sleepers put a lot of pressure on their joints, so a softer memory foam mattress such as Hesperis mattress will provide the right amount of comfort and pressure relief, fitting the body shape. 

Combination sleepers are a little more challenging, needing a mattress that’s soft enough to provide pressure relief to the shoulders, but firm enough to support the hips. A medium-firm latex or hybrid should satisfy them, and also our Hesperis mattress.

For example, memory foam mattresses are ideal for back and side sleepers, as the material aids in pressure relief on the hips and shoulders and its composition is of breathable materials. And Hesperis Mattress fits all types of sleepers as it provides a medium-firm option for back sleepers, a firm option for stomach sleepers, and soft but supportive option for side sleepers, and as well a combination sleepers. 

Choose a mattress that is flexible in case you change sleeping habits or positions, it is always easy to adjust to new needs. 

8. Buying without a mattress trial

Buying a mattress that doesn’t come on a trial period is a big NO. In today’s bed market it’s unnecessary too. Why are trial periods important? Because it’s impossible to know whether a mattress will suit your body until you’ve slept on it for at least three weeks (that's how long it takes your body to get used to a new bed). 

Most sleep brands now offer a risk-free trial period (these range from 100 to 365 nights) for example, Newentor offers a 120-night trial, where you can test out your new mattress at home. So if you change your mind during the trial, you can return it for a refund. 

You’ll need to keep it in pristine condition, we recommend using one of the best mattress protectors for this.

9. Making an impulse purchase

An impulse buy can happen on the heels of another person’s positive experience or soon after you tried out the mattress at the store and it seemed satisfactorily comfortable. 

This is not to say that you should disregard the opinions of those close to you—their opinion is good insofar that they give you context for their choice and the needs the mattress serves. 

Ultimately, a couple of minutes laying on the bed won’t tell you for certain if this is the right mattress. You usually end up feeling different when you bring it home. Therefore, use your trial well. 

10. Weight and firmness levels

Whilst firmness is subjective, there are some general rules that should be followed when it comes to your body weight and choosing a mattress. You would not want to sink in the mattress every night or wake up in pain every morning. 

If you weigh under 150lbs, you could try a softer mattress or a medium to medium-firm model as long as it has a thick comfort layer and pillow top. For sleepers who weigh between 150-200lbs, medium-firm beds should offer great support for your entire body. 

If you weigh over 200lbs, look for a firmer mattress with coils and springs combined with thick layers of foam and a decent pillow top. This will keep you supported.

Again, Hesperis mattress does have all three levels of firmness available, in case you all of a sudden gain weight or lose much.


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