If you're ready to jump on the Boxing Day bandwagon - as we're all excited to do - then take some time to consider the purchase you'll be making.
As always, the purchase of a new mattress should be considered carefully.
Of course, there are some quality and delivery details to consider, which we explore in more detail below, but many of these factors are related to personal needs.
Are you a side sleeper? Do you prefer to sleep on firm surfaces? Do you need to consider double mattresses, a king size mattress, or are you buying a single mattress for your child? Are you actually looking for a sofa bed for a guest room?
Here are a few things to consider if you're planning to buy a new mattress on Boxing Day.
Pay attention to quality
The quality of your mattress directly affects the quality of your sleep - and the quality of your life!
Even if you're paying attention to the price, quality should always be the first point of consideration.
We'd always recommend that you invest in a high-quality mattress that meets your requirements in terms of firmness, body type, and preferred sleeping position.
High-quality options we can always recommend include the Emma mattress, Eve Lighter Hybrid, Nectar memory foam mattress, and the Eve Premium.
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Find the right degree of firmness
Mattresses come in different degrees of firmness.
There is no right degree of firmness - but there certainly is the right degree of firmness for you!
While the right degree of firmness largely depends on your personal preferences, the optimal degree of firmness can also be influenced by factors such as your body size, age, and preferred sleeping position.
For example, heavier-weight people will often require a firmer mattress that provides more support and stability.
Consider the materials used
There are dozens of different mattresses out there, all made from different materials.
Each material used will have features that may make it more or less suitable for you.
We cover these in detail under our Best Mattresses section but you can use the below as a guideline.
The most common materials used include:
- Memory foam: This is an adaptive foam that offers great support and pressure relief. It's also very comfortable.
- Springs: Pocket sprung mattresses are more breathable and tend to have a cooler sleeping climate than memory foam mattresses.
- Latex: Latex mattresses are a great choice if you're looking for a more natural option.
- 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.
That said, we'd recommend memory foam or hybrid mattresses for superior comfort and support.
Choose risk-free trial periods
Most mattresses purchased online come with a risk-free trial period, free delivery, and free returns for a full refund.
Generally, your trial period will begin from your delivery date.
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.
And if you're not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can simply return the mattress - free of charge - and receive a full refund.
Buying for children or babies
If you're expecting, then Boxing Day can be a great time to buy ahead.
Most children from the age of 6 can sleep on adult mattresses but babies and toddlers will benefit from specially designed mattresses.
We'd recommend the Eve cot mattress.