How to Choose a Good Memory Foam Mattress?
Sorting Through the Mire of Seemingly Endless Choices
The best thing I can suggest to you is to
do your own research and approach thiscarefully
- while all these memory foam mattresses may initially look and feel like theTempur-Pedic and the other big guys, that doesn't mean they have the same foam qualitiesor therapeutic sleep values.Consider these points when researching and comparing memory foam mattresses:
Foam Quality and Source of Memory Foam and Poly Core Foam
. Ask what thefoam densities (lb per cubic foot of foam) of the different foam layers used in thememory foam mattress. Who manufacturers the foam (and location of manufacturer,i.e., USA, Europe,
China (be leery of foams manufactured in China, as somemanufacturers there are not well regulated)
) and how long they've been makingthis particular grade of memory foam (many retail sales people may not know theseanswers initially, but can get back to you with the details).
. How long they have been manufacturing this particular memory foammattress? What consumer history feedback do they have (compression issues, sleepdiscomfort, memory foam too firm or too soft, heat discomfort)? What are their returnpercentages and return experiences (how many returns over what time period - andask specifics about their return policy).
Warranty and Return Issues
. What type of warranty comes with the mattress andwhat does it exactly cover (non-prorated (no financial responsibility from you over thecourse of the warranty, on a fix or replacement of the mattress; or prorated, whereyou have to pay in over the course of the warranty more and more as the years goby)? Who pays for shipping if there is an issue and what will you have to do to provea warranty problem? Do you have to purchase a foundation as a set with them, tocomply with the warranty?
Money Back Trial on the Mattress?
Money back trials are critical, especially sincea foam mattress may have a totally different feel than your current bed, or a totallydifferent feel than what your expectations were of the mattress. Definitely stay awayfrom retailers who don't offer a return policy on your memory foam mattresspurchase. Make sure you understand the way the policy works and your total cost ona return - some places hit you up for return shipping both ways, a restocking fee, etc.that can make the return policy very expensive. The best policies are just ones thatwould require you to pay return shipping. But remember, it is important to really givethese memory foam mattresses a few weeks trial before deciding if you like it.Consumers often need time to adjust to the feel of a memory foam mattress, but