The Mattress Material Myth

Mattress companies make a lot of claims. The biggest one of all? The discovery of new and innovative materials that will revolutionize your sleep!

Oh boy, here we go.

You’ve heard that one before, right? I mean, how could you not? It’s in all the ads, commercials, the online customer reviews. This kind of claim runs rampant in our industry; especially with newly-popular online companies. They’ll bash every mattress material on the market, then claim years of research has led them to the answer.

We’re here to set the record straight.

A magic mattress material doesn’t exist

There’s nothing new about your bed. The most recent mattress material was introduced into the market approximately 35 years ago. It’s fast approaching middle age and not looking back.

So, what are these new and “innovative” materials companies claim to have developed? Most of the time, they’re nothing more than a different type of memory foam, layered on top of the more industry-standard foams to make a nice foamy sandwich of cheap lies.

Leaves a bad taste in your mouth, doesn’t it? There’s nothing industry-changing about their methods, and their mattresses won’t revolutionize your sleep. At least, not for the better.

What are the pros doing?

Two of the top mattress companies, Vispring and Hastens, proudly manufacture mattresses using the same materials and practices they did over 100 years ago. In fact, Vispring’s founder, James Marshall, invented the very coils still found in innerspring mattresses today.

Why do they do this? Because it works. While other companies work around the clock to cut costs and keep customers flooding back into the market more frequently, Vispring and Hastens concern themselves with providing customers quality products that last.

It’s one of the many reasons why we choose to partner with both companies and sell their products in our store.

Shop with confidence

If you’re unsure whether a company’s claims are legitimate, educating yourself is the best option.

Know your mattress materials

The most common mattress materials on the market include latex, innerspring coils, memory foam, wool, and cotton. You’ll occasionally run into things like coconut fibers and horsehair, but these are more often found in higher-end mattresses.

A good rule of thumb to follow: If a company claims to have discovered a “new” material, it’s probably some form of polyurethane foam. And polyurethane foam is full of petrochemicals. We like to suggest you steer clear from these materials as much as possible. You’ll both sleep better and feel better.

Ask questions

Whether online or in-store, don’t be afraid to ask questions and expect answers. Your salesperson should be able to provide you with any information you may need in order to make an informed purchase. And if they can’t or won’t give you an answer, it’s probably a sign to shop elsewhere.

Take our class

Not sure who to trust? The mattress market can be a confusing, stressful place. Bedrooms & More works to combat this confusion with our Saturday morning classes. Come in to our Wallingford store any Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for a free educational class on how to shop for a mattress. We’ll answer all of your questions to the best of our ability. No sales pitch.

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