Know when it’s time
The most important thing about choosing a mattress is making sure you’re doing it often enough. Sales associates might urge you to replace your mattress every five to seven years, but Michael Magnuson, CEO of goodbed.com, an independent mattress review website, told Good Housekeeping a good mattress should last at least eight to 10 years. Signs you might want to get shopping sooner than later include lumps or bumps (or worse, an imprint of your body), back pain, or coils you can feel with your hand. To make your mattress last longer, vacuum regularly to keep allergens at bay, flip or turn the mattress once a year, and invest in a padded mattress cover.
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Leave time to shop around
If you’re shopping for a new mattress ahead of a big move, we get it: You literally have no free time. But when it comes to an item that could affect your health and happiness for up to 10 years, it’s worth it to make the investment. Finding a mattress could take anywhere from one day to several weeks. And because mattresses vary from store to store—even if you’re looking at the same brand—you’ll probably want to hit up a few shops.
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Do your research
Before you get to the store, read a few reviews online for brands that fit your price range. Websites like Consumer Reports are a great place to start, but so are the customer reviews on each seller’s website. See what peoples’ critiques are, and bring them up to the sales associate. Doing your research will also give you an idea of price points and general customer satisfaction.
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