Did you know one of the toughest items to purchase is a mattress? While a good night's sleep is priceless, unfortunately most of us can't afford to spend big bucks on a mattress that needs to be replaced every 5-7 years. Trying to find the best mattress and compare its feel and  features is a lot more difficult than choosing the right car or big screen television. The reason: every individual has a different body shape and different needs they are trying to meet. 

Consumer Reports recently reported about one in five people wished they’d purchased a different mattress. That's roughly 40% of new mattress owners that experienced buyer's remorse. So, what can you do to make sure you choose the right mattress?


Recent studies,by Research Triangle Institute, have shown that spending 10-15 minutes on a bed in the store may not be a true indicator for determining sleep comfort. As you sleep your body and your sleep habits change, which is something that can't be simulated when lying on a showroom mattress in front of strangers. Therefore more often than not, shoppers choose a mattress that doesn't minimize overnight motion, which leads to buyer's remorse.

Here are a few tips from the latest research by Consumer Reports:


  • You should buy a new mattress if your current bed is sagging, lumpy, you wake up feeling tired, or if your bed is 5-7 years or older.
  • More coils, fancier fabrics and frills found on more expensive models don’t guarantee a better mattress
  • Firmest mattresses aren't always the best fit, even for individuals who experience chronic back pain
  • If you're switching from an innerspring mattress, to a memory foam mattress, consider using a solid platform to provide adequate support
  • Consumer Reports reported memory foam mattresses are a favorite among people who suffer from pain.

What do you consider when purchasing a new mattress?