By Stacey Morgan

Even when you are looking over a reputable brand like Saatva and comparing it to other mattresses, it can be difficult to place the appropriate gravitas on the brand behind the product. Mattress brands are not advertised like shoe brands, so many people may not be familiar with the company histories and quality procedures that go into each bed.

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The fact is that brand does matter in the bedding industry. Knowing your stuff can save you a lot of money or keep you from investing in the wrong bed. We are not here to promote one mattress brand over another, but we can tell you the characteristics to look for in a great mattress brand.

Quality

The first quality check for any mattress brand starts with your own two eyes. Is the stitching visible or are there loose ends everywhere? Do the edges look as though they are about to split at the seams? Are the interior stitches properly positioned and parallel to each other? Once a mattress has passed your eye test, you can go to the website to see the interior.

Performance

You should be able to test any mattress that you are planning to commit to. The industry standard for bed-in-a-box mattresses is about 100 days – you can try it for that period and send it back for a full refund if you are not fully satisfied. However, you can try out mattresses in storefronts even if you plan to buy online. Go in and test for firmness, edge support, bounciness, motion isolation and any other characteristic that is important to you. Note which brands give you the performance that you need.

Durability

Your mattress should be a long term investment. The average mattress should last you at least seven years. Look out for brands that don’t last this long! The industry standard for a warranty is far beyond the seven year mark, with some companies providing warranties for the life of the product. Do not accept anything less, and do your homework online to see which brands are the most durable before committing.

Heat Dissipation

Some mattresses sleep “hotter” than others, which can become a problem for heavier sleepers, sleepers in warmer/more humid climates and people who just sweat more than normal. The interior of a mattress determines if it dissipates heat or holds it, so check out the materials that are used from top to bottom.

Does the brand of your mattress matter? Yes, it absolutely does! Certain brands will focus more on certain aspects rather than others – mattresses for heavier sleepers may need to be more durable. High end mattresses may focus more on performance.

Doing your due diligence on mattress brands is easier than ever. Every brand has a website with a company history, employee roster and inventory. Make sure that you know the brand behind the mattress you are sleeping on. You will spend one-third of your life there, and it is one of the best ways to hold them accountable!

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