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Mattress shopping is tougher than you think

by Vidya Sury January 19, 2018 17 comments
mattress shopping is not as easy as you think! #tips

No mattress lasts forever. This we realized after months of tossing and turning until it finally occurred to us that the mattress was the culprit, not our health and went mattress shopping.

Once your mattress starts to become less supporting and is showing signs of wear and tear, it’s time to start shopping for a new one.  Managing with the same old mattress will interfere with the quality of sleep, leading to that constant feeling of tiredness, aches, and pains, especially in the back and neck, as we found out. Ugh!

So we went shopping for a mattress. After visiting a few stores in our area, we came back with an education.  We were particularly stunned by the variety and the price range.

Who knew?

Those were the days when we simply went to the neighborhood mattress-maker, chose our fabric and cotton, and ordered the size and thickness we wanted. I remember once, we gave the wrong size and the mattress turned out to be five inches longer than required. After we had laughed our heads off to see the mattress spilling over the foot of the cot, we decided to just let it be, and my son used it as a slippery slide. It looked really funny, as the new mattress was quite stiff.

These days, the variety available is mind-boggling, and so is the price.

I must admit that we’re a little like Goldilocks–and like our bed and pillows just right.

After talking to some friends, we decided to do a little research and what we learned was interesting. We checked out reviews of the different mattresses available, by experts such as The Sleep Judge.

One type of mattress we often saw mentioned was made from polyurethane or PU. We were surprised, as we had never come across this as a mattress material. It got is thinking, could it really be a safe material to use in a mattress? Sure, we’d heard of memory foam and its various avatars, but PU?

Polyurethane – is it safe for use in mattresses?

Polyurethane Foam (or PU Foam) is made from synthetic materials and literally baked to form the finished foam. There is a variety of PU foam but this is not recommended for regular use. While it can be inexpensive and lightweight. we found that there are two main issues with polyurethane mattresses

  • the additives that can be present in the material and
  • the low level of support that they sometimes provide

The additives are there to help prevent the mattresses from catching fire, but imagine the health issues connected with ongoing exposure to these additives. After all, we use mattresses for at least five years, right? Compared to their memory foam counterparts, polyurethane mattresses also often provide a lower level of support. It’s this lack of support that can lead to problems with back and neck pain. Also, the mattress does not breathe as it is not ventilated and this means a shorter lifetime.

Encouraged by the store salesman, we did lay down on one of the PU mattresses and couldn’t stop laughing when the entire mattress moved when one of us moved. How weird is that! I would NOT want the mattress to jiggle or move if my partner turned over in his sleep!

However, we were told that if we were adamant about buying a PU mattress, we could look for one with a high level of density for more support and durability. A low-density PU foam can save money in the short run but will need to be replaced in a couple of years.

Why you should avoid polyurethane mattresses and some mattress shopping tips #tips #sleep

So, what are the options?

When we looked at the price range across mattresses, it put us in a dilemma. The polyurethane mattress was the closest to our budget. We wondered what alternatives were available. One of our friends had mentioned buying her mattress online, so we decided to explore that option. Perhaps it would be more economical to buy the better quality memory foam online?

Sure enough, we found that there are many online specialist mattress retailers who often sell their own products. As a result, they do not have the same expenses and overheads that general furniture retailers have when they need to buy mattresses from the manufacturer. This means that they do not have additional costs which they need to pass on to customers, by way of inflated prices.

We decided to do the following:

  • Try and plan the mattress purchase when there are several online and shop based sales available, obviously to get the best price for a quality product.
  • Spend some time checking for discount codes and vouchers to use while making our purchase. D’uh!

Of course, we want to save money on buying a good quality mattress so that we invest in a good night’s sleep. Also, we’d rather buy a good mattress that will last between seven and ten years.

And yes, we found one that suits us and as an added bonus, it came with two free pillows. This means I may want to shop for fresh sheets, but that’s another story for another day.

Have you gone mattress shopping?

Would love to hear your experience.

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Rajlakshmi January 22, 2018 at 7:14 am

We bought a new matress few months back because the previous one, like you said, moved a lot. Since I am a light sleeper, I just can’t afford to be disturbed 😊 I didn’t go into so much detail as you did. But the new one is so much better and sturdier. After reading your post I am curious to know what my Mattress is made of.

Nabanita Dhar January 22, 2018 at 9:15 am

Ahh I have no idea about mattresses. It’s S who has always made the decision when it comes to buying mattresses for our home. But yes I did know we need to buy the right one or else it can be quite difficult and also harmful to our body, not to mention difficult to sleep.

Suzy January 22, 2018 at 9:33 am

So true Vidya, there are so many types of mattresses. I always buy a posturepedic mattress – they are more expensive but so worth it in the long run.

Rachna Parmar January 22, 2018 at 11:24 am

You are absolutely right, Vidya. I have to have a good quality firm mattress to sleep well. The last one that the husband chose was a wee bit more expensive but has been super comfortable and gives a restful sleep. What more can we want?

Shilpa Gupte January 22, 2018 at 4:13 pm

Hubby takes care of it all, as he did the last time we got a new mattress for our new bed. But, tell you something? I still prefer the hand stitched one by the mattress maker. The one in my guest bedroom is hand-made and is much more comfy than the costly one in our bedroom!

Soumya January 22, 2018 at 5:50 pm

Oh mattress shopping! While moving out with my husband we went to purchase a cot first and the shop keeper was hell bent upon us buying a mattress with that from the same place. When I tried it, it felt like a rock. There was no way I would buy that. Finally after looking at many (just the look and feel and not the ingredients(?) in it), we decided on one. It was more expensive than the cot, but so worth it! A good night’s sleep is all one needs at time. Actually, every time.

SHALINI BAISIWALA January 23, 2018 at 2:47 pm

I use a spring coil based matteress like the one in the hotels; it sinks with your weight and then settles in – neither too soft nor too hard and is great for the lumbar support too. Earlier I think our cheapest options would be a coir matteress or a cotton stuffed one which was made by hand – dont see that option too much where I live.

Alivia Cora November 22, 2018 at 5:13 pm

I always believe that we have to do some research while purchasing anything and perfectly as you said we go with nearby of our budget. but we should note many other things. shopping mattress online is the best option nowadays they are also giving free shipping.
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Melanie Green September 23, 2019 at 11:40 am

You’re so right! Shopping for a new mattress is basically the hardest thing ever. So I recently went to purchase a new mattress because the old one was no longer as supportive and comfortable as it used to be. Even worse, I ended up developing back pain and pressure point pain, not to mention waking up late and feeling tired.

The new mattress was a little bit firm and I can still feel some pain and it has only been two weeks! I feel so frustrated. I will give it a few more weeks and I hope things will get better.

Otherwise, I might have to purchase a new mattress and this time, I will spend more to get the best in the market.
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Afton Jackson October 11, 2019 at 2:59 am

I am thankful that I stumbled upon your blog. Brad, one of my sons has asthma and the doctor mentioned once that polyurethane gathers dust if house cleaning is not regular. If ever, we would like some help if you could suggest a mattress shopping guide for your ideal picks.

Keto Fitoru November 25, 2019 at 10:00 am

Thank you for this very informative post on how mattress shopping can indeed be stressful and appreciate your tips and suggestions on how we can make it effective and useful as we meant it to be.
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Aaron December 9, 2019 at 12:03 am

Hi Vidya, which mattress did you end up purchasing after all this research? And did you end up buying it online or going to a store?
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anisa January 30, 2020 at 7:01 pm

I actually came across this blog while searching for some tips before buying a good mattress for me and my husband and the good thing is now my search ends here, I got what I was looking for, thanks vidyasury team.
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Penelope Smith March 18, 2020 at 6:40 am

I have been sleeping terribly since the end of February. So, I have been thinking about getting a new mattress to help me sleep. It is good to know that it would be smart for me to think about checking some discount stores. It does seem like it would be smart for me to see if I can do a test run with the mattresses I am thinking about purchasing.

Rachel Frampton May 15, 2020 at 8:19 am

I have been planning to replace my mattress with a new one because I don’t feel comfortable with my current one. I’m glad you shared this; I’ll make sure to check more discount codes and vouchers that I may use for mattress shopping. I’ll also keep in mind to check the material of the mattress because according to you, PU foams are mostly not recommended for regular use.

Adam Golightly June 18, 2020 at 1:20 am

I liked what you said about how you can get a better price for your money when there are several different stores open and there should be discounts. My cousin is having a really hard time sleeping and she thinks that it is because of her mattress. She would really like to get some help from a professional so that she can have the best mattress for her.

Angela December 12, 2020 at 2:51 am

So damn right, every time I read a blog it went into new stuff still confused about which one to buy for myself!
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