Making the Right Mattress Purchase for Couples: What You Need to Know About Mattress Shopping

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When you and your partner are in the market for a new bed, mattress stores seem to be on every corner. But the abundant availability and countless options only make the prospect of your next mattress purchase more daunting. You need to find a mattress that gives both of you a great night’s sleep and improves your quality of life, without either of you having to compromise. That is not too much to ask. However, it can feel like it’s impossible to find. Driving  from store to store and lying down on what feels like hundreds of beds for a few minutes each is overwhelming. And, more often than not, you like one mattress while your partner prefers another. At each stop, you’re buried in sales jargon, only to forget which one you liked a few mattresses ago. So you pick one that feels reasonably comfortable in the moment, and unfortunately, one or both of you are forced to compromise vs. the mattress you actually preferred...Sold!Now it’s yours, exactly the way it is today, for the next 7 to 10 years.

If that sounds like your last mattress purchase, you’re not alone. We think there’s a better way to buy a mattress, and that starts with prioritizing adjustability to help couples get their best night’s sleep for years to come.

Conventional Mattress Purchase 101

The mattress shopping experience described above is pretty common. We’ve been conditioned to believe that we buy a mattress and the only time it changes is when we go through the painstaking process of purchasing a new one. Mattresses are manufactured to last for up to 10 years, when in reality, we change all the time, and our sleep needs and perceptions of comfort change with us. Check out these insights before you shop.

Mattress Showrooms Are Hit Or Miss

To make finding a great mattress especially tricky for couples, we often don’t even know which mattress suits us until we’ve already slept on it. A study by Duke University and RTI International found that people who make their mattress purchase during a traditional showroom shopping experience are less likely to find the right mattress to improve their sleep than people who take home a randomly selected bed. This is because sleep quality is not based on how a mattress feels when you’re awake, but on how well it supports restful, deep sleep.

You need to be home in your own environment to test sleep quality, so the most important moment in your mattress purchase is actually the minute after you buy it…or at least the first few times you sleep on it.

Conventional Mattresses Are Not Designed For Couples

Think about it. Generally, a firm mattress is ideal for stomach sleepers (who very likely sleep this way because of lower back pain), a medium firm mattress is a comfortable choice for back sleepers, and side sleepers need a slightly plush mattress to cushion the shoulders and hips.

But, what about partners who have different sleep needs or simply don’t agree on what level of support they’d like in a mattress? Unfortunately, one partner inevitably gives up their best sleep for the needs of their loved one, or both partners compromise and neither one experiences the comfort and restful night’s sleep they need to thrive. Then, add in unexpected injuries and the way bodies change over time, and that high-priced mattress purchase starts to lose its intended value: the ability to offer restful sleep and wellbeing to you and your partner.

Mattress Technology Is Evolving

The good news is, there’s a light at the end of the mattress buying tunnel. It starts with a different approach to sleep altogether, one in which your mattress could change anytime you need or want it to. To give you the best sleep quality for years to come, your mattress really needs to change all the time. This change should start the minute after you buy it and every day, month, and year for the remainder of its life. But how? Through ever-evolving mattress technology and innovation.

In the 1980s, the adjustable air mattress was introduced and, for the first time, provided consumers with a degree of control over their sleep comfort. But nearly four decades later, innerspring mattresses still account for roughly 90 percent of mattress sales. It seems that people who prefer spring and foam mattresses have not given up their favorite sleep surface for the adjustability of air beds. Even with the evolving air mattress technology, couples couldn’t experience the comfort of a foam or innerspring bed and the sleep benefits those materials can deliver. Until now.

For the first time, isense has integrated it’s patented Comfort Control™ technology  into foam and innerspring sleep surface mattresses so individuals can control their comfort with the touch of a mobile app. Each partner can adjust their side of the bed to their sleep needs, the first night after their mattress purchase and every night . Adjustability makes it easier for individuals and couples to get the best sleep possible with their mattress and eliminates the stressful and disappointing showroom shopping experience. In fact, a high-quality adjustable mattress purchase can be completed entirely online.

Online Mattress Purchase Tips

Online mattress purchases are a fast-growing trend with no signs of slowing. Advances in foam technology have made it possible to compress mattresses for easier delivery without damaging the integrity of the mattress. Plus, skipping the storefront cuts overhead costs and helps make mattresses more affordable for you. The issue with ordering a standard foam mattress online is the same problem you get with conventional mattresses—no adjustability. Because if you can’t adjust even the most state-of-the-art mattresses, you and your partner will have to compromise at some point.

There’s also a level of uncertainty that comes with making your first mattress purchase online. What if it’s uncomfortable for you or your partner? If it doesn’t work for you, how do you send it back? Read these three tips to get the most out of your online mattress purchase.

 1. Look For a Risk-Free Trial

Many brands offer a risk-free trial period, which can make a huge difference in boosting your confidence. Remember how we said the most important moment in your mattress purchase is after you bring it home? A trial period is part of a more realistic mattress shopping process—take advantage of that benefit. isense adjustable mattresses come with a 180-Night Comfort Promise, so you can adjust your new bed to your heart’s content until you’re well rested and confident in your new sleep system as a couple. Don’t purchase a mattress online without a risk-free trial period or a transparent refund policy.

 2. Ask About After-Sale Support

Mattress sales associates take care of you until you sign on the dotted line. But what about when you complete your mattress purchase online? You might not have talked with a real person before clicking “purchase now.” When your mattress arrives, you and your partner will test it out for the first time. Before you purchase your mattress online, confirm that it’s easy to reach a knowledgeable customer service team to answer your questions and offer product education. Buying a mattress is a long-term commitment, and you deserve a brand that stands by their designs and their customers. Our team of Comfort Control™ specialists is one of the reasons why isense mattresses are unique.

3. Make Sure It’s Truly Adjustable

One more time for the people in the back: A great mattress purchase starts with adjustability. It’s not a gimmick either. This is especially important when you’re buying a mattress sight unseen and as a couple with different preferences and sleep needs. Some brands say their mattresses are adjustable, but they really mean that it’s compatible with an adjustable bed base. That’s an important feature, but if the mattress support levels can’t be adapted to your bodies, the bed isn’t adjustable; it’s just flexible. All isense mattresses move easily with our Elite Adjustable Base, and you can adjust the support level of each side of the mattress with over 40 different comfort settings.. It’s a win, win for couples.  

With the power to control your own comfort and support, you should never be limited to purchasing a mattress that just sits in your bedroom, exactly the same, day after day. And you definitely don’t have to settle for disagreements or compromises with your partner. That’s yesterday’s mattress purchase experience. Today, the technology is here that enables you to control your comfort on whatever type of mattress surface you prefer.

The sky's the limit when it comes to enjoying a restful night’s sleep on an isense adjustable mattress, starting the moment you take it home and every day after that.

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