The purchase of a new mattress should be considered carefully.
While it may be easy to get whirled away by the excitement of the amazing discounts and special promotions over the Black Friday weekend, don't forget that a new mattress is an investment.
We would highly suggest that you bookmark your favourite mattresses well before Black Friday and then check back to see what discount they're offering.
Here are a few things to consider if you're planning to buy a mattress on Black Friday.
Cheap isn't always a good choice
The quality of your mattress affects the quality of your sleep. And the quality of your sleep affects the quality of your life.
This suggests that the decision of buying a new mattress should not be taken lightly - and buying a cheap mattress isn't always a good choice.
Instead, familiarise yourself with high-quality mattresses that meet your specific requirements in terms of firmness, your body type, and your preferred sleeping position.
We really enjoy high-quality options like the Emma Original, Emma One, Eve Original, Eve Lighter Hybrid, and the Eve Premium.
Also, check out our mattress reviews for more options.
Find the right degree of firmness
Mattresses come in different degrees of firmness. Some are softer and others are firmer.
There is no right degree of firmness - but there certainly is the right degree of firmness for you!
Choosing the right degree of firmness depends largely on your body size, type, and your favourite position to sleep in.
Different degrees of firmness will be suitable if you like to sleep on your stomach, back, or side.
Many of the mattresses sold online are universal mattresses.
These are medium-firm mattresses that have been specifically designed to suit a wide range of people, body types, and sleeping preferences.
Consider the materials used
Mattresses not only come in a range of shapes and sizes but they are also comprised of a host of different materials.
Different types of materials will have different features and will make them more or less suitable for you.
The most common materials used include:
- Memory foam: This is an enormously adaptive foam that's great to support your body and offer a soft, cocooning feel. Most luxury mattresses contain memory foam. They are often combined with cooler foams or pocket springs for greater breathability.
- Springs: Pocket sprung mattresses are more breathable and tend to have a cooler sleeping climate than memory foam mattresses. There are different types of spring mattresses available.
- Latex: Latex mattresses are a great choice if you don't suffer from a latex allergy. They can be quite expensive though.
- Hybrid: Hybrid mattresses usually combine foam with springs, producing a mattress that features the best of both.
- Cotton or wool: Organic cotton or wool are popular options for organic mattresses.
As with the degree of firmness, there is no right material to choose, though we'd recommend memory foam or hybrid mattresses for superior comfort and support.
Also consider if you're sleeping alone or sharing your bed with a partner.
If you share your bed, you'd need to also pay attention to the motion transfer of the mattress as you wouldn't want to be disturbed by your partner's movement.
Take a look at our mattresses for couples guide.
Pay attention to the trial period
Most mattresses purchased online come with a risk-free trial period.
This can be anything from a 30-day trial to a 365-night trial, depending on the brand purchased.
These elongated night trial periods are great as they give you the chance to really try out the mattress in the comfort of your own home and allow your body to get used to it.
After all, it may take up to three weeks for you to feel comfortable on a new sleeping surface.
Who says that you need to purchase a mattress in isolation?
Many brands, like Nectar, offer you free pillows with any mattress purchase.
You can also check out mattress purchase bundles, that combine the best online mattresses with bedding, duvets, pillows, and more.
Buying for children or babies
If you're expecting, Black Friday can be a great time to plan ahead.
While most children from the age of 6 can sleep on adult mattresses, babies and toddlers will benefit from specially designed mattresses.
We'd recommend the Emma cot mattress or the Eve cot mattress.
Also take a look at our article on mattresses for babies and children to help you in your decision-making process.