Sleep on a Budget
WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?
Just because the budget varies from person to person, does not mean the quality of sleep should change. Just a couple of years ago the only real option was going in-store. However, most consumers did not know how to select a bed, because even though they knew they wanted the right bed they did not want to pay too much. All of a sudden, the online mattress company’s started showing up with the claims that their beds were the one. The less confusing selection was quite appealing. To a lot of people, however, the claims that they are less expensive for the same quality is not true. They have added expenses that do not come from traditional stores…. THE REFUND. The mattress industry estimates the returns at a staggering 20% to 25%. Those are the people that go through the hassle of trying to return it. The rest can be found on craigslist or offer up. Consumers are paying up to 50% more than the identical specification bed in a retail store.
STEPS FOR CHOOSING YOUR MATTRESS BUDGET
1. Price Doesn’t Equate Quality – Remember that the price of the mattress doesn’t always indicate its quality, However, sometimes it does. That is what can be frustrating for the consumer. “You can’t Crush Quality.” Or at least it is hard too. When shrink and condensing a mattress into a small box. It creates the effect of several years of normal wear and tears in this process. Truthfully we will not know how long these beds will last on an average for another 10 years. However a consistent complaint is that they just get softer and softer and less supportive, yet most likely do not fall under warranty because the memory foam always remembers to come back (not leaving an impression). Since some of them require you to stick it into the same original packaging (not possible) most people just move on.
2. $1,000 Budget is Ideal – If the mattress is for you I recommend a starting budget of around $1,000. In a queen-size mattress, you would have many to choose from. Most Sealy and Simmons have simplified your ability to check prices
3. Slightly Increase Budget for King / Cal King – If you want a King / California King you may consider increasing your budget up to $1,500. This will allow you more choices, especially for the higher end market
4. Don’t Go Ultra-Cheap – Don’t spend less than $400 (Queen). Price isn’t a perfect indicator of quality, but if you’re not spending at least $500 you’re probably getting lower quality, lower durability, and higher toxicity in a mattress.
5. Pay for Quality – Remember that this mattress can and should last you 8-10 years. A 10 year $1,000 mattress works out to $0.27 / day. Don’t skimp on your mattress! Your health and sleep are worth a whole lot more than a quarter a day.
Not anyone will have the budget to walk into a store and buy something for several thousand dollars. Luckily, these days there are many online options you can choose from ranging from $500 to $1200.
Don’t get confused here. More money does not mean better quality. If you think that some of these online options are somehow worse than in-store ones, you are badly mistaken. Stores tend to inflate the prices by as much as 1000%.
Here are some guidelines for you:
· Do not go with the cheapest option you find – This is a rule of thumb for most products you buy online. I would not spend less than $500 for a queen mattress simply because it means lower durability, more toxins, and lower sleep quality in general.
· Higher Price does not mean Higher Quality – I bet you know this one, but it’s worth mentioning.
· Go with the $1000 range for Queen size – This is usually where you will find the best bang for your buck.