There is a lot of confusion about when is the right time to change your mattress. There is no concrete answer, because a lot of factors contribute to the wear and tear on your bed. These factors include:
- Weight of sleepers – the heavier the users of the bed, the quicker it will degrade
- What the bed is used for – if it’s used for more than sleep, for example watching TV, reading, or sex, it can become worn faster.
- Abuse – if the bed has been jumped on, spilled on, moved excessively, or stored incorrectly, it can lose support and comfort quicker.
- Maintenance – if the mattress has been turned and flipped (if two-sided) regularly, it may last longer than if it was just left or turned only occasionally.
All of the above notwithstanding, there is a basic time frame when you need to think about replacing your mattress set. While many experts like the Better Sleep Council just state that a mattress over seven years old isn’t providing the best support and comfort, we’ve found some other resources that are a bit more specific:
- Standard Quality Innerspring Mattresses–eHow.com says that a low to mid-quality mattress should only last for between five to seven years. These beds usually cost between $500 and $1000 in a queen size.
- Premium Quality Innerspring Mattresses – eHow.com states that premium innerspring sets, which usually cost over $1000 in a queen, should last about ten years.
- Standard Memory Foam Mattresses – eHow.com gives standard memory foam (meaning not the higher density models) about ten to fifteen years. Standard memory foam beds range in price from $500 to $1400 in a queen size, approximately.
- Premium Memory Foam Mattresses – these mattresses range in price from $1500 to $8000 in a queen size, and last for about twenty to twenty-five years.
According to the above time frames, a memory foam mattress will get you more sleep for your buck. Premium memory foam, like a Simmons Comforpedic Mattress, will have higher density memory foam in it, which is more durable and resilient than lower density, softer memory foams. Another way to gauge the life expectancy of a new mattress is to take a look at the warranty. Most innerspring mattresses come with a ten year full replacement warranty, while memory foam like the Simmons Comforpedic Mattress come with up to twenty-five years of warranty protection.
Regardless of the estimated life spans listed above, you should listen to your body to assess if it’s time to go mattress shopping. According to Abe Abbas, an about.com guide, when your body starts to ache, ifyou feel uncomfortable on the mattress, or if you see visible wear and tear like lumps, sags, or coils crunching. He also states that if you suffer from allergies due to dust mites in the mattress, or if you’re over forty and have been sleeping on the same bed for more than ten years, it’s time. Abe says that this last reason is because your body becomes more sensitive to pressure points after forty, and you may be tossing and turning too much, and affecting your health.
Finally, we’ve heard some unproven facts, stating that your mattress’ weight can increase 10-20% over 10 years, due to dust mite feces, dust mite carcasses, and bodily fluids leaking into the mattress. And if that doesn’t make you want to change out your mattress, I don’t know what will.