I recently had a lady come into my shop seeking a “low priced queen mattress”. When I asked what price range she was in she told me $300. As sometimes happens she was not concerned about laying on a mattress. She went by a few and pushed her hand into the mattress. I attempted to persuade her to lay on them. I was offering her information as to what to look for when purchasing a mattress. When I showed her my good quality 390 coil count mattress with steel reinforced edges mattress and box set priced at$275 which includes free delivery, she mentioned that it is not thick enough. (That mattress measures 8″). She quickly left and I realized that she is likely heading down the street to purchase a mattress from a nearby competitor.
This particular competitor has stacks of nice thick 14″ mattresses out in the parking lot on display for everyone to see. These mattresses do not have any steel or springs in them. They are low density, low quality polyurethane foam. I don’t believe you can really call them a mattress. They are more like big expensive pillows. They are priced at $299 for a queen set. I personally would not put mattresses outside on display and then sell them as new. (I have seen them do this in 100 degree weather). I’m sure those mattresses were in terrible condition due to heat and the Sun by the time they reached the buyer’s home.
Had this lady understood what I was trying to tell her she would have been happier with her purchase and investment. What she ended up buying is a mattress that is mostly filled with air. Had she simply laid on theirs and then laid on ours to compare, she would have felt much more support on my $275 mattress set as compared to their $300 mattress set. Our $275 set is 13.5 gauge steel coils and will last the average 160 lb. person about 5 to 7 years. The one she purchased would not be good for sleeping on day one.
I also would like to add that her best option would have been to spend $400 for our top of the line heavy duty 10″ 13 gauge spring plush mattress. It would likely lasts a good 8 years and give the support that is needed.
This lady will have to buy another mattress in a very short time. She will likely pay another $300 for another cheap mattress. At that point she could have purchased a really great heavy duty double sided mattress and box set for $550 which would have lasted her 10 or more years.
It is frustrating to see people being taken advantage of and investing in a mattress based on how it looks rather than how it sleeps.
- Don’t buy a mattress based on the looks
- Don’t buy a mattress without laying on a few and comparing
- Don’t buy cheap polyurethane foam
- Do come by and let me educate you on mattress construction and some things you should know before purchasing