Buying a mattress online
You don’t need to try a mattress in a shop to get the right mattress. You don’t need to endure busy shopping centers and showrooms to get the right mattress. In fact, it is in your interests not to. This article will ensure you set off with the right criteria when searching for a new mattress, making sure you know exactly what to look for.
You really don’t need to try a mattress in a showroom.
Don’t believe us? Let us explain.
It is a well known and accepted statistic that most people (80%) try out a mattress in a shop for less than two minutes.
This is not long enough at all. There is no better way of finding out if a mattress is suitable for you than to try it over at least 2 weeks in your home environment. Obviously, you do require the correct guidance and information before being presented with a list of ‘Suitable’ options, but getting this is so unlikely.
At John Ryan By Design we don’t have showrooms.
You don’t need a showroom to buy a mattress, in fact, it’s in your best interests not to. Here are two scenarios to explain exactly why.
1. Try a mattress it in a bed shop: After 2 mins of bouncing on and off mattresses, a sales person tries to upsell you whatever has the biggest markup, you pick, get it home, find you don’t like it and then have to pay to return it or choose another from that store or the alternative. You’re limited by whatever ever they have and you always have to pay to rectify.
2. Buy a mattress online from John Ryan By Design: Let our friendly experts advise based on weight, height and your tension preference, using our in-depth knowledge of mattress upholstery and spring counts/tensions. Then your mattress is delivered and you have a 60 day love it or return it guarantee. If it is unsuitable you can either exchange for a different tension/model or return it free of charge. No ifs or buts. It is a risk-free option.
The numerous complaints online show you that no matter how much time you spend trolling around the shops trying all sorts of mattresses is no guarantee that it will be the right one for you. It would be so completely different if the store gave you the opportunity to return the mattress after a sensible period of trial, and you found it to be unsuitable being able to return it, but they don’t. Once it’s out of the packaging and on your bed, it’s yours!
Your bodyweight should dictate what mattress is right for you. An 18 stone man needs support, an 8 stone woman doesn’t. So how on earth a mattress that is described as “medium” for example, be suitable for the individual requirements of these two people? It then falls to your available budget to get you the best for your requirements.
What are you trying these mattresses against?
Usually, it is the mattress you already have at home. The one that you are looking to replace because it is worn out. Sales staff know this and they also know that anything they show you will infinitely be better than the one you are looking to replace.
In addition to this, the mattresses in the stores are new so will feel different again after they have bedded in. Any new mattress will also take a few weeks to fully get used to and then will bed in over time. This is why mattress maintenance is vital to ensure that this bedding in is even across the mattress.
So apart from physically seeing the mattress, the cover and what not, your not really trialling the mattress at all. You’re just going through the motions, the awkward lying fully clothed on a show bed, the sales patter about foams, NASA and such.
By all means, go and inspect the build quality and general feel of mattresses in showrooms but don’t expect them to be completely accurate and certainly don’t just buy the first bed that ‘feels alright’ as you may well regret it after the first few weeks of bedding in.
What do you need to buy a mattress online?
- Read our best tip about buying a mattress article to get a solid overview of the world of mattresses
- Understand how much to spend on a mattress
- Know your GSM timestable as its essential to know what those sumptuous layers actually mean
- Learn all about the upholstery, materials and foams before you start, there’s plenty to choose from so knowing which materials you’re more suited to will save you much time
- Take some advice from our small expert team, to help you cut through some of the sometimes endless detail
Being educated on how mattresses are built and what the established construction methods puts you in a much stronger position when choosing a new mattress. Unless you want to physically check the finish and detailing of the mattress, then spending weekends at busy shopping centres and retail outlets is really pointless. Unless those sales assistants can tell you the exact GSM, the spring gauge and explain how those components will work for you, which we guarantee they can not, you still have to wait until you get it home to properly try the mattress.