Mattress shopping can be overwhelming. With price ranges from $100 to $1,000s of dollars, and all claiming to be memory foam, or hybrid, or some new and innovative technology, how can you know which one is really worth it? Your quality of sleep deeply impacts your physical and mental health because sleep deprivation can contribute to chronic illness such as heart disease, depression, insomnia and more. Not getting enough sleep can also lead people to experience headaches, hallucinations, waking up in pain or discomfort and a myriad of other symptoms.
Investing in a good mattress is one of the most important things you can do for your health and home. The life of a mattress depends on how it is used, the weight of the people using it, how many people are using it and other factors such as the materials it is made out of.
On average, most mattress manufacturers recommend switching out your mattress every 7-9 years, but some mattresses will need to be changed before this or can last longer than 9 years. You will know when it is time because the mattress will start to become uncomfortable, your sleep will not be good, you will begin waking up feeling sore and tired, and you may notice a sagging of more than 1 inch that the mattress does not quickly recover from happening.
If you believe that it is time for your mattress to be replaced due to sagging or damage, you will first want to make sure that the mattress is not still under warranty. The manufacturer or retailer may be able to fix or replace your mattress for free. Sometimes, when the mattress needs to be replaced, but is no longer being manufactured, you could even get a credit towards an upgrade depending on the retailer’s warranty procedures. If you do indeed need to go out shopping for a brand-new mattress, there are a few tips and tricks you can easily use to make sure you are betting the best price on your mattress, guaranteed!
Never Pay Retail Price
You should never pay the advertised retail price for a mattress. For one, mattress markups from manufacturer to retailer can be as high as 500%. Mattresses have some of the highest markups in the retail industry because so many people think that the more expensive it is, the better it is. Sometimes the differences between a $1,000 mattress and $2,000 mattress is as little as 2 inches of cushioning, or an extra inch of foundation or row of springs. If you laid on each one, you probably wouldn’t notice a difference at all.
Everything is Negotiablee
Mattress retailers are one place where the final price is never the final price. Salespeople have a lot of wiggle room in how low they can go on a mattress. The lower the price, the less commission they may make, but if there are no other shoppers in the building, you can be sure that you will keep their undivided attention. Most people say you can go as low as 50% off the full retail value in most mattresses stores.
Not only is the mattress price negotiable, but delivery fees, installation and removal of the old mattress can all be haggled. Some retailers will tack on delivery fees and setup charges to make more money, especially if they have just given you a good discount off retail value. Make sure you understand what you are being charged for on the invoice and try to get at least one freebie thrown in.
Before going into a store ready to swipe your credit card, try comparing prices online. If you don’t need a new mattress immediately, try going to department stores and picking up copies of their ads and trying out different mattresses. When you finally find your love, go to the retailer that offers the best warranty.
If the mattress is a lower price in a printed ad from another retailer, chances are, your retailer will price match or beat the price advertised. This is ideal for you because you got the better warranty for the same price or less. You also should ask for free delivery and set up. If the sales men don’t seem to be willing to negotiate just walk right out the door.
Ask About Trial Periods
Many mattress retailers, such as NECTAR Beds offer trial periods where you can take the mattress home and try it out for a certain period of time. If you don’t like it for any reason during that time, they will come pick it up and return your money–no questions asked. This is great for people who aren’t sure what kind of mattress they need or haven’t ever owned a more luxurious mattress and don’t know what to expect.
There is no risk involved when you can return it if you don’t like it. However, you do need to make sure that the company is upfront with you about restocking or penalty fees associated with the trial period if you decide the mattress is not for you.
Sometimes, you feel like you just can’t afford a good mattress. The best rated mattresses that are recommended for healthy sleep can cost a few thousand dollars. Even when they are on sale, or after you are able to haggle down to 50% of the posted retail value, coming up with the money can still be very hard on many families. Ask the retailer about financing options.
Many businesses can finance in house while others set up financing through a bank. You can often get special financing deals such as no interest for 6 months or more. This makes the savings even greater because with financing you can afford a way better mattress than you thought.
The biggest thing to remember when shopping for the best price on the best mattress is that the retailers want your money. They will do whatever they can to make you a happy customer. Many salespeople are making most of their money from commission so they will work with you to get the best outcome for everybody.