Great Tips For Your Next Mattress Purchase On The Internet. Sound Goal For Darwin NT Mattress Shoppers?
Shopping for new mattress? Might you save some money by shopping on the web? Yes you can and you should, but is it a right way? Let test those claims.
By using Internet gives more information to a customer and helps a lot in doing research while shopping for a mattress and most online retailers are reputable.
Really though you will discover that you can save few hundred dollars by comparing two items in most the cases but this doesn’t work in mattress buying. Here is why:
The whole mattress industry has been designed to avoid giving buyers the power to compare and shop for better deal. Let me tell you more by giving an example, say you have found a mattress and retailer A form a manufacturer say “ Good Mattress Company” and the specific model is called “Karama”. Now stay with me, as a buyer you want to make sure that you are getting the best deal you want to compare it with at least one or two retailer who stock same brand .
Now in a typical scenario you will either call or walk in to showroom of Retailer B and ask for a mattress made by “ Good Mattress Company” and model Karama… Be prepared to know that even this store sells “ Good mattress company “ products but you will not find any mattress named “ Karama” in their stock. This is being done deliberately to confuse the buyer and keep up the huge margins.
But there is a way you can beat these retailer in this game and it is very simple. But it do require some homework on your part. We will give you 5 questions that you need to ask salesperson and this will give you enough information about the product. But let me warn you ,they will try to use different terms for similar features and you don’t have to fall prey on this.
So the first thing to know is the support system, which implies how this mattress is designed to support your body?
So the first question is “How this mattress supports your body”?
Overall there can be three system two of them are by using steel wire coils and third is using foam as core.
Let's talk about steel coil first, to keep it simple I will categorize them into
(can be a bonnell,Continous coil, LFK etc) , In these system each coil is attached to the whole mesh by wires and it can not adjust itself to difference in the weight on different areas.
are also known as individual pocket coils.In this system each coil is sewn into a separate pocket and work like a piston or shock absorber.This allows the system to response diffrenetly than the ordinary springs. Main benefits of pocket springs are the dedicated support on heavier parts i;e Hips and shoulders and reduction in partner disturbance when one person move.
(I have wrote a separate article on comparing these two systems)
uses high-density foam to be used as a base support. This is mainly used in memory foam or latex mattresses. High-density foam provides the firmness. It can be anywhere from 5 cm to 10 cm thick. Although foam only mattress have gained popularity in recent years especially in Europe and North America the main complaint people have against them is that some sleepers find them hot.
Second question should be focused on comfort layer. What kind of foam has been used in the mattress?
3 main types are Polyurethane, Latex and Memory Foam. Then there’s some different variation in each one of them. Again to warn you before hand every manufacturer will use their own name, which reflects one of those three types. I have written different article to explain these foams in details but in this article we Just to add that new improvement in memory foam called Gel infused memory foam has been very popular in markets where hot temperature has been a problem. So we'll discuss about this in our memory foam part. Let’s get some basic information on these three types of foam.
Memory Foam was developed by NASA (yes while sending man to moon) for supporting the back of astronauts while taking off to space. The memory foam is very high density from that conforms to the shape of your body. It helps reducing pains and pressure points. Memory foam work with two factors, heat and pressure.
Latex is a form of rubber and using sap of rubber tree creates it. Latex is known for its elasticity and is also very breathable. Because it is a natural product many people prefer latex to other man made foams.
Polyurethane foam is the most common foam used in many industries. It is the same foam that form seats of sofas, padding of steering wheels of cars, chairs seats etc. It is most inexpensive among all three and you will see it being used in mainly budget mattresses.
3 What type of fabric is used in this mattress?
Fabric Cover may not sound important but it is very essential in regulating the temperature. A cheap polyester fabric may do the job but you will find it very hot to sleep on. So main fabric used for the mattress are Polyester, Jacquard and Knitted. Among these three Knitted fabric is known for its breathability, air porosity and stretch ability is mainly used in premium mattress. Budget mattresses are normally made from polyester covers.
4 Is it safe for my home ?
Internet is full of complaints from people who have been exposed to strong chemical smells from their new mattress. This is known as off gassing and some people find it very irritable. To make sure these foams and fabric are safe if testing agencies has certified them. Oeko-Tex is world-renowned for this kind of test and many European standards are stringent enough to make sure that the product is safe.
5 How do I know if this is the right mattress for you?
The traditional way of mattress purchase is you visit the store with your partner ( if you have one) and lay down on one or many mattresses for few minutes each. While you are doing this a salesperson is roaming around you and most of the time you are talking to him or your partner.
Most of people get confused after trying 3 or 4 mattresses and cannot tell the difference in feel between them.
Although the sales consultant will try to give you the best advice for you but the real results are normally seen a morning after you have slept on a mattress. I understand you cannot sleep overnight in a mattress store.
So even if you are having a feeling that this mattress suits you, leave some room for error and if you are wrong you would love to have it exchanged for a softer/firmer/harder version. Don’t get me wrong you will know this from your own experience.
Try to purchase new mattress from a retailer (online or offline) who offers either a comfort guarantee or money back guarantee. In comfort guarantee they allows you to exchange the mattress and in money back guarantee you can simply return the mattress and have your money back.
Ask the store to provide you the copy of their terms and conditions of Comfort or Money Back Guarantee and make sure you have read it properly.
Good luck with your mattress hunting and don’t let anyone confuse with technical jargon. Thanks for taking the time to read this article and for comments and feedback please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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