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How Much Should a Mattress Cost?

Mattresses are generally the third-largest investment you make, after your house and your car. You’ll spend roughly 29,200 hours with your mattress, so it’s definitely one purchase that is worth making carefully. Like cars or houses, mattresses can range from very, very cheap to quite expensive. Unlike houses or cars, your mattress affects your sleep and overall health more than anything else you own. If you wake up on a bad mattress, the resulting back pain, diminished energy, and cognitive impairment you feel affects the quality of your day and everything you do.

How much does a poor night’s sleep cost?

As US News & World Report points out, the costs associated with poor sleep are staggering:

  • The cost of a car accident: 30-40 percent of heavy truck accidents are caused by fatigue.
  • The cost of medical expenses: poor sleepers are 15% more likely to have a stroke, 48% more likely to have a heart attack, and 75% more likely to be obese.
  • The cost of bad financial decisions: you’re more likely to make risky gambles when you’re tired.
  • The cost of insomnia: employees with insomnia cost their bosses $3,225 more than their refreshed cohorts.
  • The cost of convenience: the fatigued are more likely to pay for help with housekeeping and cooking.
  • The cost of caffeine: expect to pay $1,900 a year for that cup of joe to keep you sane each day.

Given this reality, choosing the right mattress is one of the most important decisions you’ll make.

What factors go into mattress pricing?

The importance of choosing the right mattress doesn’t mean you need to take out a second mortgage on your house to afford the quality sleep you crave. Naturally, you want to know you’re getting a great product for a fair price. Consider the following factors that go into the price:

  • Type of Mattress: There are generally three types of mattresses you’ll find in today’s mattress retailers: inner spring, memory foam, and latex. Each type of mattress comes in all price points and comfort levels. Air mattresses are another popular option for those looking for customized comfort and are often found in specialized showrooms.
  • Material Quality : Materials used in the production do have a substantial impact on the price of a mattress which does makes sense when you consider the range within each type of material. For example a $33,000 E.S. Kluft & Co. Palais Royale mattress earns its price tag due to the time it takes 10 craftsman to manufactur 2,000 coils and “more than 10 pounds of cashmere, mohair, silk, and New Zealand wool that has been washed, dried and crimped,” according to the Wall Street Journal. They add, “Natural latex foam and certified organic cotton are among the materials used to reduce motion transfer and provide cooling.” They even include a layer of horsehair for added resiliency. Like a good Porsche, you pay more for quality.
  • Density: The density of your chosen mattress material will determine the cost, durability, and conformability – which, in turn, affects the amount of pressure relief, blood flow, tissue recovery, and support provided by the mattress. Generally, the higher the price, the more “stuff” in the mattress.
  • Eco-Friendliness: It costs less to produce a mattress made of synthetic materials than it does to make a mattress from 100% organic materials. US News & World Report cites a report issued by the Specialty Sleep Association which found consumers expect to pay 10 percent more for a mattress with an environmentally-friendly claim.

What are the general price ranges for mattresses?

Nearly every mattress brand carries a range of different offerings so you can find something that aligns with your budget. Very generally speaking, the average cost for a queen-sized mattress ranges from $500 to $10,000.

According to Michael Magnuson, CEO of independent review site, “Most likely, you won’t find good materials that can withstand daily uses for under $1,000.” As he explains to Good Housekeeping Magazine, “For something that you’re going to sleep on every day for 10 years, you want materials that are durable and high quality.”

Many queen mattresses that retail for less than $1,000 may not last very long before showing signs of wear and tear.

Where can consumers find the best mattress prices?

Mattress World Northwest offers great selection, fair pricing and excellent value, whatever your budget may be. Our shoppers can feel confident knowing that every mattress you test will be of the utmost quality within their relative range. Save on shipping costs by shopping local at one of our 11 Oregon stores.

“If you buy something online and have issues, you’re going to have a real problem resolving it because the cost of shipping a mattress back [to the seller] is prohibitive,” warns Ron Czarnecki, retired mattress salesman and author of the book Shop for Sleep and Survive the Bite. He says not only is it easier to return or exchange a mattress with a brick-and-mortar store, but it’s also the only way to ensure that you are buying the right product. On-line mattress reviews do not always tell the whole story.

Compared to big box stores offering mattresses, you’ll find more individual attentiveness by working with a Mattress World Northwest sleep specialist. We encourage our shoppers to take their time, take some space, and ask all the questions they have in order to make the best choice.  We don’t rely on tag descriptions or mere brand recognition to sell, and we don’t trick customers into paying more just so we can offer inflated guarantees that will further affect the average price of our mattress inventory.

Quality, affordable beds within your budget

If you’re in the market for a new mattress, know what you’re willing to spend and test mattresses in your general price range. Aim for the most comfortable bed at the most comfortable price. The sweet spot for a mattress is normally around $1,500, with extras leading to greater comfort moving up with the price.

Beyond $2,000, “you’ll start to redefine what comfort is,” says Omaha World-Herald writer Casey Logan. Remote-adjusted inclines, massage features, built-in speakers – there is no limit to what modern beds can do.

Before you spend too little or too much on your next mattress, visit your nearest Mattress World Northwest.  Now, 11 Oregon locations throughout the greater Portland area.

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