When it comes to shopping for a new mattress, you’re going to see a wide range of different price points when browsing. Many people assume that less expensive mattresses are of poor quality and if they shop at the higher price points that they are automatically getting a quality bed. However, this is a common misconception. Price correlates with quality to some degree, but inexpensive mattresses can also be luxurious.
When shopping for a quality mattress, the more you know the better equipped you are to make a wise decision and come away satisfied. We've listed 8 mattress myths below to help uncover the truth about deluxe mattresses. Join us in debunking the luxury mattress myth...
What Does it Mean to Have a Luxury Mattress?
Firstly, what is a luxury mattress? “Luxury” is a term that means something different to everybody. In terms of beds, a luxury mattress should improve your sleep quality, enhance comfort and support levels and leave you waking up feeling refreshed without those niggling aches and pains. A luxury mattress isn’t just about being expensive, it also comes down to the feel, fabrics and construction and should be precision-crafted and made from high-end materials with thick comfort layers.
Myth #1: Mattresses Made Quickly are Lower Quality
It’s believed that an efficiently made mattress is of lower quality than a mattress made over a longer period of time. When you purchase a mattress from a manufacturer who’s committed to quality, you get a mattress that has been quilted, tufted, and made by hand. Although machines may be involved in parts of the process, you have a skilled craftsperson overseeing the manufacture of the mattress.
Factory-direct mattress retailers like Memory Foam Warehouse can offer consumers a lower price than a traditional mattress store because they’re eliminating the middle man. This means that you can still get a good mattress at a lower cost!
Myth #2: Cheap Mattresses Feature Substandard Materials
There are indeed many cheap mattresses that are made with low-grade, subpar materials, but just because a mattress costs less, it doesn’t mean that it’s low quality and cheap. It’s important to find out which materials were used to make the mattress - the density of the foam used or how many springs the mattress has. At Memory Foam Warehouse, all products are handcrafted and manufactured in our Yorkshire factory.
Myth #3: Expensive Mattresses Help Improve Sleep
The reason you want dense foam, a high spring count and other quality materials, is because these elements can improve your night’s sleep. On an uncomfortable mattress, you’re unlikely to get the support you need while you sleep. In some cases, cheaper materials may cause joint and pressure point pain and be more prone to harbouring allergens such as dust mites. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to pay above and beyond if you want a good quality mattress and a sound, healthy night’s sleep.
Myth #4: Name Brand Mattresses are Higher Quality
While many of the industry giants have established brands and reputations, they don’t necessarily produce beds of higher quality than smaller manufacturers and are often unclear on mattress specifications in order to boost profits. We’d advise checking real reviews to see what consumers are saying rather than relying on brand reputation.
Myth #5: Higher Prices Mean a Better Bed
When it comes to products, it’s easy to believe that the more expensive something is, the better it will be. But, this is simply a myth. Some brands are arbitrarily expensive, with a hefty price tag attached but their products are made using cheaper materials. It’s not always a brand’s top-of-the-line mattress that is the best fit for you - when shopping for beds, look at the bigger picture and consider comfort rather than prestige.
Myth #6: All Memory Foam Mattresses Sleep Hot
If you’ve heard that you’ll wake up drenched in sweat on a memory foam mattress, this isn’t necessarily true. How hot a memory foam mattress will feel depends on a few things, so if heat is a concern for you look for open-celled memory foam, medium or low density, and foams with temperature neutral properties. Our CoolMax cooling memory foam mattress could be key in achieving that perfect night’s sleep, made from innovative 21st Century materials. The breathable fibres that make up the CoolMax fabric disperse moisture to keep your skin cool and dry all night long. Ideal for those who find themselves waking up feeling hot and stuffy.
Myth #7: Mattresses Need to be Regularly Flipped to Keep their Shape
Modern mattresses are designed in a way in which flipping a mattress is no longer required. They shouldn’t sag, leave a body impression or lose their shape for many years, regardless of which side you sleep on. Most mattresses only have one usable sleep surface these days anyway, so flipping them over isn’t is actually an option. Rotating your mattress, however, is never a bad idea, especially if you share your bed with a partner. Turning your mattress from end to end can help it wear more evenly, offer support and pressure point relief and keep you both sleeping soundly for longer.
Myth #8 You Should Replace your Mattress Every 8 Years
The Better Sleep Council recommends replacing your mattress every 7-10 years, depending on comfort, support and wear and tear. but how can you tell if a mattress is worn out? The truth is that the life of a mattress varies widely, depending on the following;
- Materials used and if they conform to your weight
- If a mattress topper or pillow top is present
- How you take care of your mattress
- How you sleep on it - your favourite sleeping positions and how often you move during the night
- The firmness of your mattress
- How often you rotate it
A supportive mattress can deliver better, healthier sleep. You’ll know when it’s time to change your mattress based on how refreshed you feel when you wake up.
Whatever you see as a luxury mattress, our British made, high-quality, affordable memory foam mattress range will steer you in the right direction towards a good night’s sleep. All of our mattresses offer factory-direct prices, mattress warranties and meet UK safety standards. Browse our full collection to get started.