Deciding Between A New Mattress & A Clearance Mattress
According to The Better Sleep Council, the average person spends about one-third of his/her life in bed. In all likelihood, there is no piece of furniture in your home that you use more than your mattress, making it all the more important to choose one that will keep you sleeping happy for years to come.
If you’re on the hunt for a new mattress, you are probably aware that there are several brands to choose from, and most offer a more affordable gently used mattress option. You may wonder – why would anyone want a pre-owned mattress, and is it worth the discount? We’re here to bust some of the myths around mattress clearances and fill you in on the pros and cons of buying a used mattress.
What’s The Definition of Used Or Clearance Mattress
What is the definition of a “used” mattress? A mattress can be considered “used” for several reasons:
The Mattress Was Returned
It can take your body a minimum of 30 nights to adjust to a new bed, so Mattress Firm offers guests a 100-day Happiness Guarantee in case, ultimately, they are unable to adjust. These beds have been in someone’s home for no more than 100 days and are still in great condition.
The Mattress Has Been Scratched Or Dented
Sometimes in transit, beds get scuffed or damaged. They still make for a comfortable sleeping surface so we mark them down and make them available in our clearance section.
The Mattress Is A Floor Model
When it’s time to switch to a new line or we need to make room on the showroom floor, we’ll sometimes mark floor models down, which results in great savings for our guests.
The Pros & Cons Of Buying A Used Mattress
If you buy a clearance mattress, you should do so with the understanding that a portion of its recommended eight years of use has been reduced. For this reason alone, pre-owned mattresses can mean big savings for consumers. A used mattress is also a great option for a guest room or second home, where the bed will only be used a few times out of the year. Buying a quality brand at an affordable price often makes the most sense for a mattress that won’t be used every single night, and most discount mattresses are still in great shape, if lightly used.
Are Clearance Mattresses Sanitary?
Before being placed in the store clearance section, each used mattress undergoes a thorough step-by-step sanitation process to ensure that it’s ready for its next owner. Keep in mind that if you purchase a pre-owned mattress, it will not be covered by our 100-day happiness guarantee for money back or exchange. However, standard measures are taken to ensure your new mattress is cleaned before it is put on sale.
We know that purchasing a used mattress isn’t for everyone; however, even at our clearance locations, we carry all the best brands at the best prices. You can use our handy Mattress Firm store-finder tool to find a clearance center or regular store location near you. Remember, just because you can keep your mattress forever doesn’t mean you should! We recommend replacing your mattress every eight years, or sooner if it’s used, to eliminate saturation, dead skin cells, dust and uncomfortable dips that may have appeared over time. Happy sleeping!
About The Author
Craig McAndrews is the former chief strategy officer for Mattress Firm. In his role, he led product development and merchandising strategy, both in-store and online. When he was a regular contributor to The Daily Doze, he shared insights on to how make the mattress buying process a little easier, and what is really important when it comes to selecting your sleep system.
Craig’s career in the bedding industry initially began with Sealy’s Stearns & Foster, where he regularly worked with Mattress Firm, giving him the opportunity to witness the company’s special culture first hand. He soon joined the Mattress Firm team as a franchise owner, and played a part in the company’s expansion into Arizona. Later, Craig served in a variety of roles for Mattress Firm; and his passion for helping customers “Sleep Happy” and commitment to sharing his extensive industry knowledge with his teammates have garnered the respect and admiration of coworkers and peers alike.
Craig graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He lives in Houston with his wife April and their two sons Ben and Nate.
Best Night’s Sleep: His best nights’ sleep happen at home when he is with his family – and, of course, following a Cowboys win.