While the myths listed below will help you better understand the mattress shopping experience, it is also important to note that not all mattress retail stores are created equally. Amerisleep has reinvented the mattress shopping experience with unique interactive displays, informative videos, and expert sales staff.
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More than likely, customers shortcut test time, and spend 20 minutes total with all mattresses. Even if you diligently wait out the full duration, studies show that you are still pretty terrible at picking out the best bed in a showroom setting.
The independent, non-profit research group, RTI let participants select their top choice of seven beds in a showroom setting (think like all Mattress Firm locations), then gave them each one to try for one month. The participants did not know which bed they initially chose, and the mattresses arrived in a random order.
In a perfect world, it would be better to test a new mattress in the privacy of your own home for several weeks. If the showroom does not offer an in-home trial period, plenty of online dealers do so, with hassle-free refunds and exchanges. Mattress Firm and others may offer just a couple of weeks, and charge return fees.
If you feel sales pressure, your best bet is always walking out of the store. When you are ready to make a decision on your terms, there will still be a mattress for sale there. Or use their high-pressure sales tactics to get yourself a bargain. Set your own price and walk away if it exceeds your budget. Online sellers tend to have less markup, but may offer additional perks, too.
Often, mattress manufacturers create exclusivity deals with each store. This may involve changing the name of the series and minor features for different stores. For example, the Serta Perfect Sleeper will have different names at all Mattress Firm locations.
When you receive your new mattresses, it likely will feel harder than the one you felt in the showroom. Many customers test the showroom model often over a span of months, letting it break in and softening it up a little. Your new bed will become softer and more pliable over time, but you may have to wait a few months.
The firmness also depends on temperature, especially with traditional memory foam. If you notice that the mattress showroom feels warmer than your house, the mattress may feel softer than it will at home.
The moral of the story: Testing the mattress at home over the course of a few months proves best. Look for a retailer that gives a minimum of 30 days to return or exchange with minimal fees.
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Mattress salespeople's power comes from the fact that they know what a fair price is for each mattress and you don't. Many mattress stores invent hugely inflated \"standard\" retail prices and then offer \"discounts\" that still price the mattress way above its actual cost. Department stores are particularly notorious for this.
For example, a price tag might claim that a mattress normally costs $3,000 but is currently available for 60 percent off at $1,200. In reality, no one ever pays $3,000; $1,200 is the regular price. And if you negotiate effectively, you'll be able to get it for hundreds of dollars less.
Once you find a mattress you like at a brick-and-mortar mattress store, use your favorite search engine to find the lowest price for that same mattress from an internet retailer. If you have a smartphone, you might be able to do this right in the store, though it might make sense to go home, do your research on a PC, and then go back to the store.
For example, the popular Simmons Beautyrest line has different brand names at different stores. The \"Beautyrest Recharge Allie\" at Macy's is called the \"Beautyrest Recharge Devonwood Luxury\" at Sears, the \"Recharge Signature Select Hartfield\" at Mattress Firm, and the \"Beautyrest Recharge Lyric Luxury\" at US-Mattress.com. If customers don't realize these are names for the same mattress, it's harder for them to bargain effectively.
Fortunately, this kind of obfuscation isn't too hard to overcome. Often you'll be able to find charts online that tell you exactly which mattress models are equivalent. Otherwise, you should be able to figure it out by comparing features. US-Mattress.com, for example, says that the Beautyrest Recharge Lyric Luxury has 1 1/4 inches of AirFeel foam, an inch of AirCool foam, a half inch of GelTouch foam, one inch of energy foam, 476 \"800-series\" coils, and so forth. Ask your brick-and-mortar store for this kind of information on the mattress you want, and then find prices for similar mattresses from online retailers.
One thing that makes mattress shopping hard is that there's no fast, foolproof way to tell if a particular mattress is going to be comfortable. The only way to be sure is to spend a lot of time on it.
But even a leisurely in-store evaluation period won't guarantee that it will be comfortable for a full night's sleep. So you want to make sure that you can return a mattress if it proves less comfortable in your bedroom than it seemed in the store.
Stores' return policies differ dramatically. Many charge hefty fees. Some charge as much as half the price of the original mattress to swap it out for a new one. So before you agree to buy a mattress, make sure you understand its return policy.
Totally free returns are fairly rare, because it costs money to send a truck to retrieve the old mattress and bring a new one. But if a company charges high fees for returning a mattress, that's a reason to call around to see if another store will offer a more generous return policy.
Mattresses also come with separate warranties provided by the manufacturer. These generally range from 5 to 20 years. Longer warranties may be a sign of quality, but don't put too much stock into warranties longer than 10 years, since it's a good practice to replace your mattress after a decade of use.
We don't think of the mattress industry as a hotbed of innovation, but the last two years have seen the emergence of a new generation of direct-to-customer mattress companies. The most famous of these companies is Casper, but it faces competition from Tuft and Needle and Leesa.
These companies are all based on the same basic idea: they sell mattresses made of foam that can be compressed enough to fit in a box the size of a dorm fridge. That lowers shipping costs and makes it easier to get the bed into tight spaces. Once removed from the box, the mattress expands to its full size.
You might think a mattress that expands from a box wouldn't be very comfortable, but reviews so far have been generally positive. These mattresses use materials similar to those found in high-end memory foam beds that can cost thousands of dollars through conventional retail channels.
Casper and Leesa charge around $850 for a queen-size mattress. Tuft and Needle is even cheaper at $600. And because the companies sell their product directly to consumers via the web, there's no haggling.
To entice customers to give the mattress a try, Casper and its rivals have introduced another innovation: a free, no-hassle return policy. All three companies let you try their mattresses for free for 100 days, and then return them if you're not satisfied.
The big downside with these companies is a limited selection. Each company sells just one model (though it's available in a variety of sizes). All three companies have targeted the middle of the firmness scale. That means if you prefer a mattress that is particularly firm, or particularly soft, these products won't be a good option.
Also, some people find conventional coil mattresses more comfortable than high-tech memory foam ones. These mattresses do not come in a box the way foam mattresses do, though there is at least one online-only retailer that sells them.
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