It is impossible to create an entire set of criteria for selecting the ideal mattress that will fulfill the distinct demands of every person. However, there are a few that no one should overlook. We’ve compiled a list of the most important and straightforward characteristics to look for while shopping for a mattress in-store and online.
The suggestions provided below might serve as a guide to assist you in narrowing your search and saving time when looking for the ideal mattress to meet your specific requirements and preferences. As a result of compiling this list, we want to alleviate some of the difficulties that customers often encounter while making this specific “grudge purchase.” The following suggestions may help to lift the veil on some of the mysteries surrounding the process of buying a mattress.
Tip 1: Certifications
Are they significant? In a nutshell, YES. However, be wary of deceptive certificates. Natural and organic mattresses that have earned certifications such as GOLS, GOTS, OEKO-TEX, and GREENGUARD GOLD are highly sought after. If a product is GREENGUARD Certified, it has been tested for various contaminants, including VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), phthalates, and formaldehyde, and confirmed to emit minimal amounts of chemicals. All certificates must be validated by independent third parties (laboratories/organizations). It is preferable if these certificates are readily available and accompanied by documentation.
Tip 2: Be Wary of Product Descriptions
There are many different foam manufacturing processes and formulas. However, the variety of raw materials available for use in today’s mattresses is limited, and the pool of industry suppliers from whom to pick is even poorer. Some general guidelines to follow while exploring this element are as follows:
- When googling, you should be able to find the product name or foam type.
- Searching for the product’s name should provide a plethora of retailers selling the same mattress.
- A search for a particular foam layer should return a list of companies that utilize the same foam.
Most products that deal with hazards include safety features so that an injury can be prevented. These products should also contain warnings on the label.
Tip 3: Star Ratings
Websites have evolved into excellent tools in the form of star ratings. They give basic information on client satisfaction regarding a specific brand, product, or service. However, it is worth noting that almost all “mattress reviews” submitted by consumers are returned to mattress manufacturers within the first week or two of ownership. Is it possible to prove this assertion in the long run? A large number of favorable reviews is quite encouraging. On the one hand, most of these assessments are not based on years of usage or overall effectiveness. On the other hand, reviews could be incredibly useful in gaining a realistic idea of the brand’s return policy, delivery methods, general customer care, and commitment to supporting its consumers.
Tip 4: Find Out More About the Materials Used in Making the Mattresses
Many of the mattresses on the market today have the potential to harm you and your loved ones. For example, an interior cover constructed of fiberglass may discharge millions of fiberglass particles into the air. As a consequence, furniture, clothing, carpets, and toys, among other things, may get polluted, particularly if the fiberglass is sucked into your HVAC system. Fiberglass exposure may result in various ailments ranging from skin rashes and lacerations to upper respiratory infections and persistent breathing issues. The medical expenditures may be devastating for some families, especially if their home has also been flipped upside down due to fiberglass exposure. Hiring a professional team to remove fiberglass might cost up to $20,000.
Many popular mattresses are built of polyurethane foam derived from a petrochemical base and then mixed with a chemical concoction of stabilizers, catalysts, surfactants, fire retardants, antimicrobial agents, and dyes to create a chemical nightmare. These substances have been linked to environmental concerns and human health risks such as chronic bronchitis, reduced lung function, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and allergic responses.
While selecting a comfortable mattress to sleep on is essential, you should also research the materials utilized to make the mattress. Most importantly, the best-made mattresses should be free of any dangerous elements or chemicals that may pose a threat to the health of you and your family.
Tip 5: Opt For a Concise and Clear Return Policy
A mattress’ return policy is one of the most important considerations when buying a new one. However, not every retailer has a good return policy, and many customers are unaware that they are putting their money at risk by buying from these shops. You must find a company that has a concise and transparent return policy. What exactly does this mean? First and foremost, they must have one. Second, they must provide you with sufficient time to test the mattress. Last but not least, the return policy must be reasonable. Unfortunately, there are firms out there who are just interested in making a fast buck at the expense of their customers’ experience.
At Austin Natural Mattress, we are proud to support businesses that promote safer goods and practices via advocacy, grassroots organization, and consumer involvement to secure a healthier future. That’s why our partnership with Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. is a perfect fit.
Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. is a law firm specializing in toxic exposure cases that initiated the Zinus Replacement Campaign with the goal of providing a new and safe mattress free of charge to as many affected families as possible. If you or someone you know has been affected by fiberglass exposure from their mattresses, fill out the form on the campaign page above, and you have your mattress replaced free of charge.