8 Tips for Buying a New Mattress

Published March 24th, 2015 by Dr. Hoder

Choosing the right type of mattress can help with your back pain. Although there is no fool-proof way to predict if it will be the right mattress for you, there are a few things you can do BEFORE you buy that might help you:

  1. Research before shopping. Search online or ask for recommendations for mattresses. Just make sure to use resources that provide information instead of a sales pitch.

  2. Talk to your chiropractor. I get asked all the time to recommend mattresses. Talk to your chiropractor, they will probably have good advice about what mattress may work best for you.

  3. Firm mattresses aren't always better for your back. Research has shown that the best mattresses for low back pain are medium firm mattresses. There is a difference between firm support and a firm feel.

  4. Consider an Adjustable bed. If you tend to be more comfortable sitting in a recliner than lying down, an adjustable bed might be a good fit for you. They allow you to elevate your head and knees to relieve pressure on the low back.

  5. Check for money-back guarantees. Some brands will offer a 30 day money-back guarantee if you're not satisfied. So if you are trying a new type of mattress see if you can send it back if you change your mind.

  6. Ask for the warranty. A good mattress will have a minimum of a 10 year full replacement or non-prorated warranty.

  7. Test the mattress in the store. You test-drive a car before purchasing it. Do the same thing for your mattress! Try to spend at least 10 minutes lying on the mattress in the store. That will give you a real feel for it. 

  8. Explore your options. Conduct a comfort test in the store. Ask to try a firm, plush, and pillow top mattress in the same brand and price point. When you find the most comfortable mattress, ask to see more of that kind in other brands.

Your mattress will affect your back so take the time to research and get the best mattress for you!

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