Hi, my husband and I are thinking about buying a new mattress. Ours has seen better days and feels miserable. I don’t think it is very old considering we bought from Sam’s Wholesale Club about 6 years ago. We didn’t have to spend a lot on that Serta Perfect Sleeper, so it suited our needs at the time. It’s not old but looks as bad as it feels. It’s no longer sleeping perfectly and is breaking down, sagging, and really squeaky. The mattress set has served our needs, but we think it is time to consider something of better quality than a mattress off a shelf. We have read many of your articles and hoped that you might have some suggestion as to how much we will have to spend to get a good mattress and a good night of sleep?
Great question and unfortunately it is one most people do not ask. I really don’t think you have to spend 100,000 on Vispring, Savoir, or Hästens’ Luxurious Handmade Mattresses which I am pretty certain you are happy to hear, however, there are some important things to consider before setting mattress budget. We will share examples of the best and you have already mentioned what many of us would consider the worst. Mattresses have become a commodity. Most consumers treat every mattress made as equivalent or nearly so with no regard to who produced it and more importantly how it has been put together and the raw materials used to build it.
It is disappointing, but as with many products, some of the old mattress building techniques and practices that assured high quality have flown the way of the Dodo Bird and have gone extinct. For years my father and I hunted down manufactures that still embraced the old ways of building mattresses. In a recent buying trip I stopped in one of a thousand plus showrooms at the Las Vegas World Market. One manufacturer of high quality hand made mattresses had caught my attention and without an appointment I stopped in. One of the sales representatives for perhaps the most recognizable names in luxury mattresses, Aireloom (owned by The Kluft company) enlightened me in regard to the very question you asked me. So, I would like to share the story with you.
Interestingly his company Aireloom, touted many handmade high end luxury mattresses that combined both outstanding quality with what they claimed to be as reasonable prices. I wanted to learn more because honestly these days claims like that are not something you don’t ordinarily see or hear. FYI, their mattresses have been sold at Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Sit n’ Sleep and Raymour & Flanigan with stickers on these beds going up into the stratosphere retailing up to 20,000.00 He went on to tell me about his competition sharing examples of their prices which I have listed below.
The Hästens Vividus bed The ultimate in hand-crafted designer luxury mattress coming in at nearly 150,000.00
The handmade Savoir Beds are filled with luxurious horse tail hair, cashmere and lambswool, stuffed and other natural material starts at $14,250.00, and ranges up to $79,950.00
Shifman tends to me the more affordable of luxury beds as you can see from the few models that we selected.
- Grandeur Exquisite Mattress & Box Spring $13,299.00
- Serenade Mattress Collection $6998.00
- Heritage Estate Mattress & Box Spring Up to $9000.00
Wow Beds Can Be Expensive!
I knew beds could get expensive, however I was not quite expecting what he had just told me. I replied, “We have our hands full just trying to help a customer with a budget of 1000.00 – 2000.00.Understand that these days that is a small amount to pay for a bed and does not guarantee a quality mattress set. I also mentioned that some customers are simply blown away that a mattress set could cost as much as $1000.00. Based on what you’re telling me my customer would have to spend 7000.00 to 20,0000… How are we supposed to get customers to do that when most shoppers haven’t come to realize or understand that there typically just isn’t much quality OR durability in 1000-2000-dollar bed?”
What is a Mattress Set Worth to You?
The salesman came back to me with a very quick response asking me if I would mind sharing how much my wife and I spent on our 2 cars? I told him combined over 50,000
He then asked me how much time collectively we spent in those cars? I told him 2.5 hours a day.
“Do those cars play any part in a healthier life style for you and your wife? I laughed and said “Hardly my wife is stressed to the max sitting amongst bumper to bumper traffic for almost 2.0 hours a day”
He said, “My point exactly. As sales people and as consumers we must re-think our priorities when it comes to our health and wellbeing. There are 3 things we absolutely must make part of our daily routine to live a healthier more productive life. That routine must include 3 things: A good diet, approved exercise, and a full night of healthy sleep.”
- Diet – The one thing everyone should do is eat properly along with eating correct portion sizes. (A rule most do NOT follow and a real personal problem for me 😉)
- Exercise – Healthy activity that is approved by your physician which can improve health & reduce disease risks like diabetes, cancer and even cardiovascular disease. Keeping fit can offer both immediate and long-term health benefits and for most of us will improve our quality of life.
- Sleep- We all need it and must have it. We know that sleep plays a significant role in our physical health. Interestingly we are only beginning to understand the short and long term effects from the lack of quality sleep. We do know it plays an important part in the healing and repair of our heart & blood vessels throughout our bodies. We also know that prolonged sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even stroke. We spend 1/3 of our lives in bed. Make sleep the easy to do health change.
What did I Learn about Mattress Budgets?
Because he wanted me to take a step back and look at the role of sleep and how we as Americans treat sleep. Some Americans are conflicted and really do not seem to value the Importance of a full night of Sleep. While most people understand that sleep is necessary, they simply do not listen to organizations like National Sleep Foundation and Better Sleep.org. It’s a shame that so many people seem to be in disagreement or simply ignore how the fact that 7-8 hours should be spent sleeping.
What Should I Look For in a Mattress?
Since the average mattress “comfort life” is less than six years, how long can we expect a good one to last? We say that physically they can last 10-20 but that doesn’t mean that it is will still be comfy or supportive. “Useful comfort life” for a high quality, well-built mattress is approximately 10-15 years under normal user conditions. How can you get this kind of life out of your next mattress? You must become an educated consumer. Compare the building components and their quality, not just their names and prices. Your goal is to purchase the very best mattress for your money, right? Look at the boxspring / foundation. How many slats are your getting, how thick and wide are they? Is the middle support a cheap flimsy piece of wood or an actual I-Beam or multiple heavy-duty head to toe beams? Compare the total amount of steel you are getting in your mattress not just the coil counts. Many companies use misleading coil counts to dazzle consumers into thinking more coils equates to a longer mattress life. The reality is that (MORE STEEL) equates to more life, strength and the weight of a mattress. Only this combination is a very good sign of high quality. Along those very same lines seek out mattresses that include the highest density layers of foam. Many of today’s mattresses use 1-pound density while some even have less density. Look for a minimum of 1.8 pounds of density per cubic foot. Our best beds use 1.8 – 2.5 density. Again, more density equates to greater mattress weight and again longer expected mattress life with less body impressions. Finally consider mattresses that can be rotated 180 degrees head to foot, but more importantly consider those that are 2 – Sided and can flipped over with a second usable side. In doing so owners can expect more even mattress wear with longer overall comfort and mattress life.
What Should I Spend and Where Can I Buy One?
Our Medicoil HD Mattresses Include all the above-mentioned building characteristics without the high cost of handmades mentioned earlier in this article. These are not your ordinary cookie cutter mattresses. They are perfect for those who are plus sized 250 -350 pounds while also accommodating the average size adult couple. We recommend them to people who have had to replace numerous mattresses due to body impressions and sagging. Finally, we recommend them to anyone who simply expects quality, durability, and comfort for 1500.00 – 4000.00 The selection of Heavy Duty Medicoil HD Mattresses and their up to date be found here.
The Innergy 2 Collection of bedding we offer falls in among the pricing of most brand name and non-brand name beds. Prices generally range in queen or king from 800.00 – 2000.00 These are very much the same as most any of your brand names found most anywhere. What makes these different from the others is that we still offer a 2-sided mattress which gives longer life and more consistent even wear. While they are not the quality of the Medicoil HD Mattresses our Innergy 2 models use foams are still better than our competition. Our foundations are stronger, and our prices are same or less when you compare apples to apples.