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Mattress Longevity vs. Cost Effectiveness

November 3, 2008
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Is one really more important than the other? That actually depends on the shopper, so do your homework and have a game plan before you buy a new mattress set. It is true that you can buy a mattress cheap, but unfortunately just as true is the fact it will have to be replaced every couple years or so. You can also pay out thousands of dollars for a top of the line mattress. Most consumers would expect that the additional money invested would result in greater comfort and a longer mattress life so, which is a better buy?

According to Consumer Reports the average mattress lasts only eight years and many salespeople feel 6 years is more like the norm even those mattresses carrying a ten-year non-prorated warranty. So is it worth spending my extra hard earned money on an expensive mattress and boxspring? Will I ever really get your moneys’ worth out of it? Why should I pay $1000.00 to $5000.00 on a mattress and boxspring when I could spend $400.00 to $800.00?

How long the average mattress last?

That will depend on the type of mattress you buy.

· Memory Foam 10 – 15 years
· Mattress and Boxspring 1- 12 years
· Waterbed 5- 12 years
· Airbed 5 – 12 years
· All Natural Latex Rubber Mattress 15 – 25 years

Average annual cost of mattress

· $500 over 3 years is about $166.00 a year

· $1000.00 over 6 years costs about $143.00 a year

· $1700.00 over 10 years costs approximately $170.00 a year

· $2500.00 over 15 years of use cost about $166.00 a year

· $3000.00 over 20 years is about $150.00 a year

Mattress Longevity vs. Cost Effectiveness is extremely subjective to the buyer. The following 3 issues can be key when buying a new mattress set.

· Budget – because one person may have a budget of $500.00 while another persons may be $5000.00
· Quality– An engineer may walk in wanting to know every spec and detail in order to compare one mattress to another, while another person may only be interested in mattress fabric color.
· Comfort– The one thing most people agree on is that they want a comfortable supportive mattress.

A couple keys to selecting the correct mattress set.

· It is true that comfortable mattresses can be found in all price ranges, it’s just a matter of testing out as many mattresses as you can putting your focus on support and mattress comfort.

· After testing all mattresses narrow your choices down to 2 or 3 possibilities that would purchase.

· Comparing quality could be a moot point because most premium mattress warranties cover by and large the exact same possible failure issues. Most even have the same warranties 10 to 20 years. For the most part warranty and quality really isn’t the issue.

· At this point it comes down to which one is closest to you budget. Your sales associate can be of help at this step.

· Most premium mattress warranties cover by and large the same failure issues and most even have the same warranties 10 to 20 years. For the most part warranty really isn’t an issue.

· What needs to be considered first and foremost and last or least is the comfort in your new mattress. The truth is when the lights are out and it comes time to get a good night of rest, comfort and proper support is the only thing that really matters


We think it is pretty safe to say that a mattress may be one of the most cost effective purchases any person will make whether you buy a inexpensive mattress or a good one. The reason is because the cost can be deferred or dispersed over the mattress’s useful life. As we all know mattress sets can last for years and when you consider that the average person spends about 8 hours of a 24-hour day (that is 1/3 of our lives) in bed. The numbers just make sense, a $143.00 or even a little more a year is solid and sensibly smart investment to make in a good night of supportive sleep.

Whether your mattress budget limits you to purchasing a $500.00 bed that offers a comfort life of 3 or 4 years or a budget that provides for a mattress that will last a couple of decades, a mattress’s longevity and cost effectiveness on any budget for all intents and purposes go hand and hand.