Shopping for a mattress is not easy. There are thousands of options, different sizes to try, different firmness levels to consider, and so much more! It's easy to get in over your head and then accidentally end up with a mattress that you don't love. You do, however, deserve a mattress you love and feel comfortable on, and to get that mattress, you'll want to avoid making these common mattress shopping mistakes.
Mistake #1: Buying without trying.
Buying a mattress online is not a bad idea in and of itself, but if you decide to go this route, you need to make sure the mattress has a trial period during which you can return it. Buying a mattress based on pictures and a written description alone does not always work. What a reviewer considers "firm" might be different from what you consider "firm," for example. Always confirm the trial and return policy before you click the "buy" button for an online mattress purchase.
Mistake #2: Having one person try a mattress for two.
If you and a partner will both be sleeping on a mattress, both of you should mattress shop together. It's so easy to misunderstand what another person prefers in a mattress. You would not want to get your new mattress home and find out it hurts your partner's back or is not what they prefer. If you're having trouble finding time to go to the mattress store together, you can go separately. Both of you can just make separate lists and then compare. If there's a mattress on the list you both like, then that's the one!
Mistake #3: Getting drawn in by the cheaper option.
While deals can be appealing, a mattress is not something you want to "cheap out" on. Don't let yourself get drawn to a model you don't love just because it is marked down or on sale. All of the money you save will be spent later on pain relievers and chiropractic appointments if that cheap mattress leads to back pain! If you're on a budget, visit mattress stores that are offering across-the-board deals on all of their stock — such as a 15% discount on all mattresses — so you're not tempted to just buy what's on sale.
Mattress shopping isn't exactly fun, but it does not have to be a nightmare, either! Steer clear of these common mistakes, and you can rest your body on a surface you love. Contact companies that offer services like a mattress shopping guide to learn more.