The Joys And Revelations Of Buying Mattresses Online
Buy An Online Mattress For Yourself
We buy the majority of products, tools and photographic materials from online stores. However, many of us still prefer the experience of shopping in clothing stores to try on clothes prior to buying – and a lot of us don’t trust online grocery stores to pick the best fruit and veggies.
Until recently, buying mattresses online would have been on the same list. However, we found a lot of tips and advice on SleepDelivered, a great mattress shopping website run by Trish and Eric Boudreaux. Our eyes were opened to all the online mattresses and services that are out there.
Buying things online has almost become second nature these days. Most of us will buy everything and anything online if we feel that we can get a real bargain and a more convenient shopping experience. Here’s what we have learned so far:
Online Shopping Is Less Stressful
How long since you bought a mattress – probably too long to be honest – so many of us still have the misconception that the purchase of a mattress means going to the specialist showroom.
Listening to a salesperson talk about comfort ratings, materials as we awkwardly try our sleeping positions on a bare mattress surrounded by other shoppers. It is an uncomfortable experience that is not made any easier knowing that you couldn’t tell the difference between the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd mattress except price points and coil counts.
Buying an online mattress means that we can say goodbye to the awkwardness and overenthusiastic salespersons and enjoy a relaxed experience. You can even browse the online websites for a mattress in your PJs from your current old & sagging bed.
“Try Before You Buy” Attitude
We are so convinced that we need to be certain that a mattress is suitable for our weight, sleeping style, and other factors before buying it and taking it home. The problem with this approach is that we can’t always tell from a quick 10-minute lie-down on a store model and the sales pitches of an adviser who is surely on commission.
It is better to opt for an online mattress that you think will be a good fit, test it out for a while at home and have the security of a long warranty and returns period. This is where online retailers beat out the brick and mortar stores.
The long returns policies are a big selling point, and many companies are happy to give you months to get used to the product and to come and take it away if it doesn’t suit your needs.
Returns policies tend to vary between the companies, and some will charge to collect the mattress, so it is worth doing your research when choosing the company. The trial period offered is vital when selecting the company, perhaps more so than their range of products. You need to be able to have time to test out the mattress over time and allow your body, and the foam to adapt.
Some companies offer a 100-day or longer trial period, rather than a short month, and if you get so used to the new model that the 100-day marker goes by unnoticed, you know that you have made an excellent choice. When you add in the fact that these companies are often cheaper and have a more reasonable range of exciting products on offer, they become even more appealing.
Many companies stick to one type of mattress and specialize in a particular kind of material or comfort level – rather than providing a range of confusing ratings and numbers to complicate things. If you like the sound of the companies policies and think that the shape and materials will work, only pick the size that fits the bed. This simplified process saves a lot of time, and there is the added benefit of the lower, competitive price.
Home-Delivery To Your Front Door
Yes, you heard it right. Your new online mattress will be shipped straight from the manufacturer to your front door. All you need to do is pull the box inside to your bedroom.
Mattresses are big, cumbersome items that can be difficult to ship and deliver and there is always the concern that you will have to wait weeks for it to arrive. The best companies have turned this experience on its head and are providing free, quick, and fast deliveries in a matter of days.
The fast delivery is largely because they have found a new way of packing these modern foam mattresses in small, manageable boxes. You could have the box delivered to the door, carry it upstairs and then unpack it in the bedroom to reveal your new foam mattress.
So how does this work?
The great thing about foam is that it’s is squishy and can be manipulated into different shapes – it is what makes the memory foam layers of the best options so supportive and desirable.
This means that the mattress can be folded up, vacuum sealed and then packed into boxes that look as though they must have Tardis-like properties for the mattress to fit. The unboxing process is either the fun part of the annoying part – depending on your patience levels and how excited you are by this strange advancement. It can take a little time for the foam to reshape itself upon being released from the vacuum pack, and there is a bit of a smell to deal with, but both issues quickly sort themselves out, and you will soon have a good mattress.
Buy An Online Mattress Is A Simple Process But Not Perfect
- You don’t have to deal with the stress of the mattress stores and the salesperson.
- You are not overwhelmed by choices you don’t understand.
- You may get a better deal by buying online.
- The delivery process is much easier.
- You have a longer trial period to get to know the mattress and see if it works.
- A different selection of mattress types means browsing more online stores to determine their product lines (although this is still easier than physically going store to store)
- Having to deal with a mattress you have not seen or felt before unpacking it.
- Having to find a way to get rid of your old bed when this new one arrives. (check Bulk Item pick-up service with your local trash company)
- The smell, potential off-gassing for several hours.
The online approach will not be for everyone.
Are you sure that the company is reliable and will deliver a great product promptly?
The appeal for many online consumers, however, is that it is so much easier to compare brands and products online and to read customer testimonials about the product and service. It is possible to make an informed choice about a new mattress this way and to receive a great product in a quick, efficient manner. Once you see how beneficial it can be to buy an online mattress, you won’t want to go back to a store again.