Angie's List: Putting mattress myths to bed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - If getting a good night’s sleep is your dream, it may be time to invest in a new bed. But with so many options out there, buying a new mattress can be confusing.

Angie's List wants to put those mattress myths to bed.

Lauren Taylor is the president of Holder Mattress company and she’s noticed some trends.

“Right now we see a lot of pillow tops. Those are becoming a lot more popular and also foam mattresses, something that is all foam as opposed to having an inner spring.”

Foam, innerspring, two-sided, one-sided, pillow top, adjustable; you have a lot of choices. When shopping for your next mattress, take time to consider these common myths. Myth number one: Replace your mattress every eight years.

“There are going to be some mattresses that won’t last eight years and there are going to be some mattresses that last twice that long. It really comes down to the quality of mattress that you purchase. Typically your body will tell you when it’s time. If you wake up and you don’t feel like you’re getting a good quality sleep at night. Sometimes it’s a matter of visiting someone’s home or going to a hotel and figuring out that you don’t sleep as well at home as you should.”

Myth number two is that dust mites live in your bed. Mattress manufacturers and scientists agree dust mites love the mattress environment, but there’s still debate over how much weight they actually add to your bed. To ward off these invisible guests, regularly wash your sheets and your mattress cover. Myth number three is about that “do not remove” tag.

“The warning on a mattress tag can be pretty daunting,” said Angie Hicks of Angie’s List, “but the truth is once you buy the mattress and you want to remove the tag, you can. Keep in mind, a lot of times that tag is necessary for the warranty to stay intact.”

Myth number four: Flipping a mattress keeps it in better condition. Rotating and flipping makes sense if you sleep on a two-sided mattress that’s made with materials on both sides, but most mattresses made today are one-sided and shouldn’t be flipped. Angie’s List says a new mattress can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. That’s a big purchase so don’t feel pressured to buy on the spot. Lie down for at least 10 minutes to gauge your comfort level and always ask about their return or exchange policy.

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