When it's time to go ahead and buy a new mattress, deciding how much it should cost can be a real struggle.
On average, you will spend 9125 days sleeping, which is one-third of your life. An investment in a good quality mattress will reap returns in your work performance, physical wellbeing and mental health.
In Australia, the price of a mattress can vary from as little as $89 to over $20,000. The reality is while some mattresses appear cheaper on price point, the potential damage they can cause can end up costing later down the track.
Here are a few things to factor into the cost of the mattress
Is your mattress made of quality materials?
Mattresses are priced based on size, support system and comfort layer. The actual feel or firmness very rarely affects the pricing. The price of the mattress is often a direct correlation to the materials used. More expensive mattresses tend to use higher quality materials such as cashmere, silk, wool and microfibre. Cheaper mattresses, on the other hand, tend to use lower grade materials such as cotton and polyester.
Consider the materials that go into the mattress, especially if you are prone to injury or you or your partner suffer from back pain. Make sure you are buying a mattress that will provide adequate support to your body and encourage spine alignment to avoid discomfort and further injury. It's all well and good buying a mattress on the cheap but not if it's going to lead you to pricey appointments at the Osteopath or Physio Office.
How long will your mattress last?
When you're considering a mattress, find out how long it is expected to last. Generally speaking, you should be able to keep a mattress for 7-10 years. You could easily spend $200 on a mattress but it doesn't last; you'll need to replace it frequently. Purchasing several mattresses has an adverse effect on the environment as well.
Does your mattress purchase include a warranty or guarantee?
Make sure you check that the mattress you are buying includes a warranty. As a mattress is a long term investment, a warranty will help you rest assured that you will be covered in the event of damages down the road.
Want the best deal? Buy your mattress online
A great way to significantly cut costs is to buy your mattress online. Retailers tend to charge double the price of the initial product to make a profit margin. When you buy a mattress directly from the manufacturer, you are cutting out the middleman, allowing you to save.
Whatever mattress you decide to buy, make sure to look out for the factors that will cost you in the long run; quality materials, manufacturer location, warranty, and sleep guarantee. Remember that a mattress is a long term investment and ultimately, you can't put a price on a good night's sleep.