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October 2018

Making Sure You Don’t Regret Your Mattress Purchase

At John Ryan, we know that the quality of your mattress is crucial for getting the most relaxed, supportive and soothing sleep possible. This is why it’s essential that you make an informed choice when it comes to getting a new one. No one wants to simply guess what might be comfortable for the next 7 years sleep. If you do, not only will you regret your purchase, you’ll be putting your sleep time and your overall health at risk.

The figures speak for themselves

Home interior specialists at Hillarys actually conducted a recent poll of 2,490 people, to try and find out which common household products they regretted purchasing the most. Coffee machines and sofas came in pretty high, but it was the mattress that people in the poll regretted buying the most, with 29% of respondents confirming that they were unhappy with theirs.

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The top most regretted purchases were:

  • Mattress (29%).
  • Sofa (25%).
  • Coffee machine (19%)
  • Kitchen gadget (15%)
  • Virtual assistant such a Google Home or Alexa etc (11%).

Amongst other things, people largely put their poor purchase choices down to impulse buying, or listening too much to other people’s recommendations. When asked why they regretted their choice of mattress so much, many put it down to how uncomfortable it was.

Start thinking about what you actually like

These figures make it clear that there are plenty of people out there that regret having bought their current mattress. Many find their mattress just isn’t giving them the comfort and support they need, and find that it fails to cater to their exact height and weight requirements.

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So, whether you desperately need a new mattress, or you’re just considering the possibility of replacing your existing model, then you need to cast your mind back to what you liked about your current one in the first place. (If you can’t think of anything then it’s definitely time for a change!) This can help to give yourself a benchmark for what you’re after, especially in terms of make, model and size. Do you prefer something more firm? Slightly softer? Or perhaps you would just love something bigger for your bedroom. Do you even know what spring tension your bodyweight requires? Don’t worry most people don’t, here’s a handy table to get you started.

Spring TensionWire diameter (Gauge)Weight Range
Soft1.2mmUpto 8 stone
Medium1.4mm8-16 stone
Firm1.6mm16 stone plus
Extra Firm / Orthopaedic1.9mm20 stone plus

If you sleep with a partner, having a larger or more suitable mattress that can cater for you both, will mean that you experience far less disturbance at night. For example, our Zip and Linked mattresses or traditional Pocket Sprung Mattresses allow for dual tension springs, so that one side feels softer and the other firmer. This minimises the risk of rolling, resulting in fewer awakenings, and a more refreshing night’s sleep.

Try out your mattress first

It’s important to give any new mattress a trial run first, and any reputable mattress retailer should always give you the opportunity to do this.  Having a trial run with your mattress purchase is so beneficial, because you’ll be able to truly test the comfort and support it can offer you.

Our 60 Day Love it or Return gives you peace of mind

This is why we operate under a 60 day ‘Love It or Return It’ guarantee. We offer all of our customers personal tailored advice before choosing your new mattress which helps remove the guesswork when selecting a new mattress. This means that if you’re not fully satisfied with your purchase, we’ll offer a full refund, and come and collect your mattress free of charge within the first 60 days.

It’s also worthwhile considering what bed base your new mattress will be going on. From the cheap entry level slatted bases up to the luxurious sprung edge divans. The bed base can really make a big difference to how the mattress feels. For example, a sprung base may offer gentler support, as opposed to a slatted or solid top base, which would be firmer. Knowing what type of base you already have, will help to greatly inform your decision when making a new purchase.  

Make shopping for a mattress more special

Shopping for a brand new mattress doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, the less tired and more relaxed you are, the more likely that you’ll make the wisest purchase decision. If you’re buying a bed for you and your partner, then enjoy searching for one together. This way you’ll ensure that you’ll find something that caters to both of your preferences for firm or soft support.

Ask as many questions as you need to, and don’t be afraid to really delve deep into what makes a mattress right for you. Enquire about dual density, look into the science behind Pocket Sprung Mattresses, or ask how exactly the Artisan 1500 can provide such exceptional comfort and support for its price.

Speaking of price, make sure that you spend as much as you can comfortably afford. At the end of the day, even a mattress that costs a £1000 works out to about 40p per night over a seven year period. Unlike any other household item, you’ll be using your mattress pretty much every single day, making it a hugely important investment.

If you have any questions or you just need some more information, then please get in touch with us today on 0161 437 4419.

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