Summary: Finding a mattress that works for you is never easy but it does not have to be a stressful process.
Whenever you make a big purchase it is important to do your research and make sure the item or service you are prepared to pay for is worth the cost, in some way or another. If you have been waking up lately without feeling very rested or if you have been experiencing any sort of back pain after using your mattress for hours, it might be time to get rid of your current mattress and look into picking up a new one.
Always Purchase New
There are a number of things you comfortably can buy second-hand, such as cars, clothes, and furniture. When getting a used car, you can easily have a mechanic carefully inspect the machine and run tests to assure that the engine, tires, and gears are in solid working condition. Even if some parts are faulty, you can at least determine what needs to be replaced and if the purchase is even worth making.
Unfortunately, it is tough to get a transparent overview when purchasing a new mattress. The inside of the mattress may have gotten dirty from spills, dirt, and oils from skin. Additionally, the foam could have started to break down in the mattress. These sorts of problems cannot be identified easily by looking at or even laying on the used mattress. Saving a few dollars might sound appealing but you cannot tell how well a mattress has been treated or what quality it is in by simply inspecting it.
Working with a Budget
As with any purchase, it is best to work out a budget so you know how much you can comfortably spend. Compare several stores to get a better idea of how much the typical mattress is going for on the market and to help you get the best deals.
A rule of thumb for purchasing anything that separates you from the floor, like mattresses and shoes, is to never go cheap. Lower quality items may not give as much support and could end up hurting you if used for long periods of time. Seeing as most people could spend around a third of their day sleeping, it should come as no surprise that mattresses are items we should be able to spend a little extra on for quality.
Try Before You Buy
If you can go to a store to try a mattress out, go for it. Reading reviews will only help so much, because each individual has a different body with different sleeping needs. Your friend may recommend a very cushiony mattress when you may actually need something firmer that offers more support. Someone online vendors even have return policies that let you return the mattress at no extra fee if it does not suit you well.