It’s no secret that millennials are some of the smartest shoppers around. From navigating online retailers with ease to researching product reviews, millennials are seriously savvy. But even for a generation of unofficial shopping professionals, there are still some big-ticket purchases that can be pretty intimidating.
Today, we’re talking mattresses and why buying a new bed doesn’t have to be such a high-pressure situation. That’s not to say that choosing the right mattress isn’t important – because it most definitely is. However, with just a little bit of research and some wisdom from your resident sleep experts at MATTRESS360, you can commit to a mattress with confidence.
We’ve created a guide to the do’s and don’ts of mattress shopping, aimed specifically at serving the many millennials that are just now learning the value of a good night’s sleep. Sure, the teens of Gen X might still be able to survive on a few hours’ sleep on an uncomfortable couch. But as a millennial, you’re hitting the age (between 25 and 40, to be exact) where quality rest becomes a top priority… and you’re just going to appreciate sleep more and more as you get older.
So, before you click “Add to Cart,” use our tips to make sure you’re ready to master mattress shopping and invest in a bed you’ll love.
DO: Have a basic knowledge of the types of mattresses available
No, you don’t need to be a walking encyclopedia of mattress knowledge before you can buy one. However, it definitely helps to have at least an entry-level understanding of different mattress types. That way, you can narrow down your options based on what you know and be better prepared to look at types that suit your preferences.
Here’s a basic rundown of what you’ll generally see when you’re shopping in a standard mattress store:
- Mattress sizes. The most common sizes of mattresses include (in order from smallest to largest) Twin, Full/Double, Queen, King, and California King. A twin is typically best for a child or teen, whereas a California King is perfect for a couple that wants extra space to spread out.
- Mattress types. Generally, mattresses are named and categorized according to the material(s) they are made with. There are many different choices, each one with its own pros and cons. Depending on your budget and comfort preferences, you can consider any of the following: innerspring, foam, hybrid, pillowtop, adjustable, or organic. Within each of those category types, there are also tons of subcategories.
DON’T: Base your decision off of social media alone
There’s no doubt that social media has a huge effect on how millennials (and nearly everyone else) shop. Even though many people are reasonably aware of how social media advertising works, it’s still easy to get fooled by cleverly disguised product placement.
For example, there are probably a handful of mattress brands you can think of right now, all of which seem to be dominating social media sites. Influencers on Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok might share a new mattress they just happen to love – but little do you know that it’s actually an ad sponsored by the mattress brand.
Of course, that’s not to say that there are no quality mattresses to be found via social media. However, you don’t want to make your decision based only on what you have seen online.
DO: Go to a mattress store to try out some options
Few things can compare to the convenience of online shopping, but there are some things you just need to purchase in-person, and a mattress is one of them. Set aside a few hours to visit a mattress store so that you can actually see your options and try them out. How else can you know if a mattress will be comfortable for you?
Take your time as you sit and lay on each mattress, making sure to position yourself as you normally would for sleep. It might feel a bit strange, but we promise that it will be more than worth it in the end.
DON’T: Try to save a few bucks by buying a “new” mattress from an online seller
Many millennials have a special skill for scoring a deal on sites like Facebook Marketplace or Craig’s List. From furniture to electronics, there are treasures to be found for anyone that knows how to look. But whatever you do, resist the urge to browse your favorite resale platforms for mattresses. Even though there are many mattresses marked as “new,” all you have to go off of is the seller’s word.
Unfortunately, some sellers grab old mattresses that have been put out for trash pick-up, give them a quick layer of new fabric, throw some plastic on top, and call it a day. It’s a gamble that’s not worth taking.
DO: Ask questions
In a high-quality mattress store, the sales team is focused on helping customers find the best mattresses, not just the money they stand to make from a sale. Make sure that you choose a mattress store with a solid reputation (local businesses are almost always preferable to national chains), so that you are confident that you won’t be stuck shopping in a high-pressure situation.
As you’re weighing your options in-store, don’t hesitate to ask every question that comes to mind. There truly is no “dumb question” when it comes to mattresses, especially because the staff isn’t expecting customers to be experts on the matter. They are there to help you and can be an excellent resource in the decision-making process – so make sure you take advantage of the knowledge they have to offer.
DON’T: Assume that firmer is always better
Somehow, word got around that firmer mattresses are always the “best” option out there. And even though a firm mattress is a right fit for certain individuals, it’s not necessarily a good match for everyone. The mattress you choose should align with your specific sleep habits, lifestyle, preferred sleep position, need for support, and several other factors. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all mattress because personal comfort is always going to be key.
Trust Your Sleep to the Best Mattress Store in the Valley
It’s one thing to shop for clothes or home décor online, but making your next mattress purchase with just a virtual view of the product isn’t the best idea. Instead, take the opportunity to see, feel, and even try out mattresses in person when you make an in-person visit to Arizona’s favorite sleep store.
At MATTRESS360, we have a wide variety of mattresses to choose from, offering up a great mix of brands, mattress types, sizes, and price points. Our Glendale mattress store is locally-owned and operated, so we take pride in serving the Valley community and don’t cut corners when it comes to quality or service. Our friendly team is here to help you pick a good mattress for your needs, using their expertise to make the shopping process as simple and stress-free as possible.
No matter what generation you’re a part of, quality sleep is a necessity. Come to MATTRESS360 for a new mattress and experience the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had.
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