Why Buy a Mattress Online?
If you’re used to traditional mattress shopping, online mattress shopping may strike you as a little crazy. How can you know if you’re making the right decision? Online retailers have you covered. If you want to skip the haggling, hassle and dissatisfaction, you’ll want to purchase your mattress online.
No Pushy Salesman
For many, the classic mattress buying experience is going into a large store flooded with fluorescent lighting and the oppressive smell of plastic and air freshener. You’re confronted with an ocean of identical white boxes. While you lie awkwardly on each one in your “on-the-town” clothes and with your shoes on, you try every variation of “I’m fine, thanks” you can think of to get the salesman to leave you alone.
The salesman circles back around every few minutes like a fly at a picnic and tries to tell you about the features you already read about on the mattress’s signage. You spend only a couple minutes on each mattress before just choosing something to get it over with. You then spend an hour in negotiations trying to get the price down to something you can swallow.
Purchasing a mattress online lets you skip the bad lighting, pushy salesman and even wearing shoes. From the comfort of your own home, you can browse options at your leisure and take your time with no outside pressure. When you’re ready to try something out, in-home trials will have you covered.
Better In-Home Trials
When trying a new mattress, the in-home trial is a gold standard. Your body needs time to adjust to the new kind of support and may even ache while it shifts back into alignment. You may have a few weeks where you’re too stressed to sleep well and can’t get an idea of how good your mattress is. For such an important decision, you should expect a trial period of at least 90 days.
Unfortunately, most brick-and-mortar stores don’t give you enough time to make that choice. As of 2016, Sleepy’s and Mattress Discounters offer a mere 21-day in-home trial on most of their mattresses. If you do return it, they demand a large “disposal fee.” Tempur-Pedic and the Serta i-series have longer trials, but they don’t allow you to return the mattress within the first 30 days. Sleep Number offers 100 days, but they only allow you to exchange your bed once before you’re locked in.
When you purchase a mattress online, you’ll find longer in-home trial periods and often better exchange policies for companies with several mattress models. Plush & Loom offers a unique 100-Night Comfort Guarantee. If you don’t love your mattress, you can donate it to an organization like St. Vincent de Paul. Just provide us with a donation receipt, and we’ll refund your purchase. No return shipping necessary!
No Confusing Lingo
In 2014, the New York Times did a report on mattress shopping. In 3,000 words, they trod through an exhausting, convoluted maze of an journey with a sad conclusion. The woman whose experience they followed may have finally chosen her mattress more to get the task over with than because she was satisfied.
It may seem mind-boggling, but the same big-brand mattress model can have a different name depending on which brick-and-mortar store you go to. It makes comparison shopping almost impossible, especially if you’re on a budget. Online-only mattress retailers have straightforward options all in one place at one clear, affordable price.
It gets even more confusing when you try to break down the components of the mattresses. What’s the difference between the SupimaSoft memory foam with Ultra Cool beads and the SupraSoft memory foam with Deep Cool gel offered by the same brand? Most online mattress retailers prefer to let their products speak for themselves and offer clear information on what’s inside. They explain what each layer is made of and what is does. No complicated marketing involved.
Conventional mattress store pricing may seem over-the-top, but there is a reason for it. They don’t see a lot of business, so they have to make their keep on just a handful of sales. They have to pay rent and utilities on an enormous showroom space and pay salesman, cleaners and all their other front-end employees as well as back-end employees that move stock, haggle with manufacturers and more.
Online-exclusive mattress brands skip all the middlemen and all the excess overhead. When you purchase your mattress online, your order will ship straight from a warehouse stocked directly by the manufacturer. You can get a high quality mattress at a quarter of traditional store pricing, no haggling necessary.
Don’t be intimidated by online mattress shopping. It’s a different experience in all the right ways. With less risk, a clearer process and lower prices, you’ll be more relaxed from the start.