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When should you buy a new mattress?

February 28, 2019 By Keerthi Balakumar

 

We don’t buy mattresses every day. We don’t even buy one every year. Mattresses are long-lasting consumer products which are essential to your health and well-being. Most mattresses are built to last for a substantial period of time. Unfortunately, this means that many people are unaware of how often to buy a new mattress.

What is the right time to buy?

Knowing when to buy a new mattress isn’t easy. Each mattress will have its own properties, and how each mattress has been used and treated will impact its longevity. However, you can make some general presumptions based on the basis of the materials being used.


Coir mattresses, for instance, tend to have a shorter lifespan. Made by sandwiching coir between layers of foam, the stuffing becomes compressed and lumpy in just a few years. If you have a coir mattress for more than 3 years, look for signs of lumpiness or sags. If there is a depression where you usually lie down or sit, it is bad for you to continue sleeping on such a mattress.


Spring mattresses have a longer life span, but their springs use their elasticity after 4-5 years. They get lumpy and the internal empty spaces often have dust and allergenic compounds in that time. If you have had a spring mattress for more than 5 years, you should check to see if it has retained its shape and looks and smells fresh. Chances are that it will need replacement by that time.


Memory foam mattresses last substantially longer than either coir or spring mattresses. The lack of empty spaces ensures that there are lower chances of impurities or dust to settle into the mattress. The nature of memory foam as a substance ensures that even after many years of use, the mattress still springs back into shape after use. You will only need to be careful about your memory foam mattress’ age after 5 years, and even longer when you get one from the right manufacturer. Wink & Nod, for instance, offers a 10 year warranty on its mattress.

What steps should I take to check?

Over and above the age of your mattresses, there are a set of steps you can take to see if your mattress still has some use left in it.


  • The age of the mattress - As we mentioned earlier, taking stock of the age is the first step. If it’s coir, you need to be wary after 2-3 years. If it’s a spring mattress, you need to be wary after 4-5 years.
  • The shape of the mattress - Providing a flat and comfortable surface is the main function of a mattress. Make sure that the surface is flat and doesn’t have any valleys or depressions. Check the sides to make sure they’re not lumpy or sagging.
  • The fresh feeling - Mattresses might maintain shape better than they maintain cleanliness. If you live in a dusty urban environment, chances are your mattress is home to dust as well as potential toxins and bacteria. If it smells musty or old, it might be time to bring in a new mattress.
  • The sound of comfort - If your mattress creaks or makes loud noises every time someone lies down on it, the springs/coir filling might not be aging well. The louder and more disturbing the noise, the more likely it is time for a change.
  • The sleep experience - Nothing is more important than sleeping comfortably and waking up refreshed. If you have poor sleep quality because you couldn’t find a comfortable way to sleep, your mattress is probably to blame.

  • Take a sleep vacation
    - It’s a good idea to compare your mattress to others when you’re not sure. Sleep a night on a newer mattress or in a hotel room somewhere and compare to see how comfortable the experience was.