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Many people are somewhat reluctant to make major purchases, such as mattresses, online. The truth is that there is no method of ordering a mattress that is more convenient and potentially cost saving than doing so via the Internet. These tips will help you make an informed decision about the mattress you purchase online.

Research the Company

You want to give your business to a company that has an excellent reputation and good standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). A lot of people spend a lot of time comparing one mattress to another. Most of them overlook the obvious and fail to find out the facts about the company offering the mattresses. Call the company and gauge your response. Ask questions, and determine whether or not the sales associates are genuinely interested in helping you, or if they’re trying to up their commissions by selling a higher-priced item. What kind of feedback and reviews are you reading about them through independent, third party resources online?

Learn About the Construction of the Mattress

The latex used in the construction of the mattress is the single biggest concern when purchasing latex mattresses. If you’re interested in longevity along with lower impact on the planet, 100 percent natural latex is the only way to go. Other options, such as synthetic latex or blended/hybrid latex mattresses, do not have the durability of authentic latex mattresses and contain petrochemicals that can create off gassing, aggravate allergies, and invite other problems.

Aside from the type of latex used in the mattress, one of the big things people interested in an environmentally-friendly mattress want to know is whether or not glue is used in the construction of the mattress. While it’s not the only concern, this is one that can lead to potential health consequences, allergic reactions, and off gassing.

Investigate the Manufacturing Process

Talalay and Dunlop are the two styles of manufacturing used to create natural latex mattresses. The Dunlop style of manufacturing offers firmer support, while the Talalay style is generally softer – better suited for people who sleep on their sides and need a little cushioning for pressure points. Also, in general, Dunlop latex will last longer; Talalay is still a good option for a top comfort layer upon a thicker (at least 6 inches) Dunlop latex mattress core.

Examine the Mattress Cover

The best choices for mattress covers are those that are certified organic. The mattresses cannot be certified organic because the certification only, at this time, applies to food items and fabric. Choose covers that are made with certified organic cotton and wool backing (and that are knit, not woven for best elasticity) for chemical-free moisture wicking and unsurpassed breathability.

Compare Warranties

Warranties are not the same across the board. Your mission is to find the warranty that offers the most protection for the longest length of time. For a 100 percent natural latex mattress, the warranty should be no less than 20 years. Variations in coverage exist over time. Full replacement warranties, for instance, vary from as few as two years to as many as ten. Once the full replacement warranty period ends, most warranties offer pro-rated coverage to help cover the costs of repairing or replacing your mattress.

Get the Skinny on the Return Policy

Most people who purchase latex mattresses do so understanding that they are making an investment. For the most part, you’ll sleep on your new latex mattress for at least ten years if not twenty or more before it needs to be replaced. This means that you need to make sure you’re getting a mattress that allows you a good night’s sleep and has the resilience and longevity you need. The standard industry trial period is 30 days. That gives you time to adjust to the new mattress but not really an adequate amount of time to formulate a real opinion of the mattress. That’s why you need to look for a longer trial period (100 nights ideally) and/or a generous return policy. You also need to know if the company offers a return or exchange policy, who is responsible for the shipping, and if there are any fees involved in the return that buyers must pay.

When you work out these details before you buy the mattress, you’re able to make an informed decision. This means you’re more likely to get the mattress you want, the first time and less likely to have to go through the hassle of returns or exchanges. However, you want to know you have that safety net if there is some reason the mattress you buy doesn’t work for you.

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