Dont Buy a New Mattress Till you Read This!

By: Jo Ann LeQuang

Mattress shopping is not for wimps. Picking out the right mattress can be a real challenge, particularly when you confront all of the many types (not to mention brands and models) of mattresses on the market. It's no wonder all those mattress commercial pitchmen sound nuts Here is some basic information to help you before you sprawl out on your first show room mattress.

Mattresses are not cheap. Even a relatively low-end product is still going to cost you hundreds of dollars. Before you start comparing prices, figure out what you will need. Delivery of the new mattress, and removal and disposal of your old mattress are not necessarily included in the price. Always ask. (And if you can arrange to transport the mattress yourself and deal with your old mattress on your own, you may be able to get a better deal.)

Next, narrow down the type of mattress you want. There are four main types of mattresses: the inner-spring mattress, waterbeds, foam, and air.

Airbeds are starting to gain in popularity and they definitely are a smart choice for a guest room or to be a store-away mattress you only need a few times a year. Don't think of the old air mattress. Some airbeds are regular height and can be made up to look just like a regular bed. They also inflate quickly and easily. But most people don't want to make an airbed a permanent bed, so this is not likely the choice you'll make if you're shopping for you main new mattress.

Foam mattresses, including the famous TempurPedic

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