With the economy struggling, you are probably spending less where you can. But can you spend less on a new mattress and still get comfort and quality?
To answer this question among many others, my research team collected data from over 3,000 mattress owners. Based on this extensive research, the answer to the above question is a resounding yes.
First Things First
But before I get into mattresses, ask yourself if you really need a new one. Oftentimes an old, beat up mattress can be at least partially rejuvenated with a mattress topper. Toppers tend to be inexpensive, usually costing between $40 and $200.
Memory foam toppers are all the rage right now mainly because of the comfort they provide and their reasonable price. In fact, according to our research, 88% of memory foam mattress topper owners (189 out of 214) are happy with their purchase.
However, if your mattress is in really bad shape, beyond any hope of renewal, then a new bed is in order. The first thing to understand about mattresses is that spending more does not necessarily mean that you will get a better mattress.
You can get a really good mattress for around or even significantly under $1,000. Keep in mind that paying less than $1,000 will usually get you a basic type of bed, nothing with frills and extras. If you think that this price is high, keep in mind that the average price paid for a new mattress in 2007 was about $1,200. And mattresses can easily go as high as $4,000.
There are inexpensive options for just about every mattress type. For example, smaller sized innerspring beds can often be priced under $1,000. However, based on our research, this may not be a great value because innerspring mattresses tend to sag more often and sooner than other types of beds.
Memory foam is increasingly affordable. For example, Novaform / Sleep Innovations and Isoform / Bergad offer memory foam beds for around $1,000 that have high customer satisfaction, according to our research. And these are likely to last at least somewhat longer than innerspring mattresses.
A no-frills waterbed can often be purchased for under a grand. Waterbeds have high customer satisfaction, according to our data, and they tend to have good durability. They won't sag like many other types of beds since they are comprised mainly of water. By the way, waterbed technology has improved much since the beds' peak of popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s. For example, waterbeds now can have the same degree of stability as a conventional bed.
The two types of beds that may be beyond your reach if you are on a budget are air beds and latex mattresses. With air beds, I'm not talking about the inflatable temporary beds you bring out of the closet when guests stay at your house. I'm talking about beds filled mainly with air that look just like a conventional bed, such as the Sleep Number / Select Comfort bed. It's hard to get one of these, or even a knock-off, for cheap.
Latex mattresses are gaining in popularity because they have a lot going for them, but prices are still high.
So what's the bottom line? If you are on a budget, see if a mattress topper can save your bed. If not, a memory foam mattress or a waterbed will likely be comfortable and provide good value at a decent price.
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