Why Are Mattresses So Expensive?

One of the biggest concerns of a customer buying a mattress is “Why are mattresses so expensive?”

The answer to the question is mattresses contain a large a number of expensive materials to give you a sound sleep like memory foam, pockets, a protective covering (it is optional though), springs and latex.

Mattresses these days come with additional features like border trimmings which add further to their price. Other factors that play a major role in deciding the final cost of mattresses are – where they are coming from and where they are being delivered, shipping charges, labour costs and, finally, brand and reputation.

How Much Does A Good Mattress Cost?   

There are no fixed markers to indicate an ideal price-range of a good mattress, but there are certainly some indicators to keep in mind while buying a mattress so that it doesn’t burn your pocket.

It is always advised to do a certain level of research on your part before investing your money in order to have a smart and well-informed purchase. And if it is something like a mattress that you are going to use daily for years to come, it becomes even more important.

Mattress cost depends on its durability, its life span and the type of material used. A normal mattress usually lasts for 10 years and a good quality one can serve you comfortable sleep for as long as 15 years. Mattresses are one of the most important items in our homes and therefore cost accordingly.

But in view of the fact that they are used for one of the most important things, that is, sleeping, they are therefore the most used item in home, it becomes essential that you choose the best one within your budget and not compromise the quality just for a few bucks due to lack of knowledge.

Many times, people keep on delaying purchasing new mattresses because of the cost. It’s important to note that there are plenty of options in the market giving you quality material and which have got great reviews. Therefore, stop enduring sleepless and uncomfortable nights and check out the various options.

Reasons For Mattresses Being Expensive

Cost of raw material:

Mattress companies use the material of the finest quality to give you a quality product and all these costly foam, springs, coils, etc. add up to a considerable amount.

Supply chain:

The supply-chain means the transportation company that delivers your mattress of choice from a distantly located warehouse to your house. This sector is thus bound to get affected by the price hike of fuel. Mattress makers and suppliers are making their best efforts to scrutinize every little thing to economize your product.

Good sales margin on the mattress:

Mattress industry has a hefty margin of up to 900%. This indeed is a huge figure. An average mattress is sold for about 1000 dollars while the manufacturing cost is hardly 300 dollars. People don’t buy mattresses that often, but you can find a store like any other shop. This competition has compelled the manufactures to charge a considerable margin in every sale they make.

The frequency of purchase:

How often do we buy a new mattress for our home? Mattresses are meant to last for at least ten years, and therefore no one buys a mattress every other day, week, month or even year like other commodities. This results in less number of sales in the mattress industry as compared to others. But the store has to be run every day, all round the clock for the whole year, and thus companies charge a handsome amount in one go.

Technology and innovation:

Technology and innovation in mattresses have changed the way we sleep today and that has happened for the better. Mattresses no longer look the way they used to look a decade or two ago. Pocketed coils to sending the whole bed in a box have become a run of a mill. Some of the innovations that have changed the whole scenario of the mattress industry are:

Compressing and role packing inner springs:

In the twentieth century, even the thought of fitting an entire mattress into a box was nothing less than trying to fit an elephant into a kennel. But in the twenty-first century with the internet becoming a part everyone’s daily life and online shopping getting popular, companies had to think of a way out to deliver their products across the world to beat the competition. Mattress companies came up with the technology of compressing and role packing inner springs to fit any mattress in a box and deliver it right at your door.

These advance role packing machines apply a weight of about 60 ton to compress anything from mattresses to hybrid foam beds. This way, the cell-based structure and integrity of the mattress also improve the enhancing of the breathability of the mattress once the mattress expands.

Individually pocketed – spring technology:

Earlier mattresses had innersprings with steel coils joined together with metal wires, but these mattresses were a nightmare for couples and only served solid sleepers, as even a slight movement of one would cause the other to jump and move too. With the evolution of individual pocketed-spring technology, individual springs can be pocketed in separate compartments. This would not cause movement in other parts of the mattress.

Latex alternative foams:

Latex alternative foam is a substitute for latex foam which is derived from the sap of the rubber tree. The latter was expensive, but with the introduction of the latex alternative foam, the cost of the mattress was significantly reduced.

Cool phase change surface infusion:

With the introduction of cooling regulation in mattress foam, the heating of a mattress from body heat is no longer an issue. Earlier, the mattress used gets heated up by the sleeper’s body heat which was good for initiating sleep. But, constant heating of the mattress used to be disturbing. Now the cool phase change infusion technology, which uses gels to convert into the cooling liquid upon reacting to technology and innovation in a mattress has changed the way we sleep today and that has happened for better. Mattresses no longer look the way they used to look a decade or two ago. Pocketed coils to sending the whole bed in a box have become run of a mill. Some of the innovations that have changed the whole scenario of the mattress industry are:

Compressing and role packing inner springs:

In the twentieth century, even the thought of fitting an entire mattress into a box was nothing less than trying to fit an elephant into a kennel. But in the twenty-first century with the internet becoming a part everyone’s daily life and online shopping getting popular, companies had to think of a way out to deliver their products across the world to beat the competition. Mattress companies came with the technology of compressing and role packing inner springs to fit any mattress in a box and deliver it right at your door.

These advance role packing machines apply a weight of about 60 tons to compress anything from mattresses to hybrid foam beds. This way, the cell-based structure and integrity of mattresses also improve enhancing the breathability of the mattress once the mattress expands.

Individually pocketed – spring technology:

Earlier mattresses had innersprings with steel coils joined together with metal wires, but these mattresses were a nightmare for couples and only served solid-sleepers as even the slightest movement of one would cause the other to jump and move too. With the evolution of individual pocketed-spring technology, individual springs can be pocketed in separate compartments. This would not cause movement in other parts of the mattress.

Latex alternative foams:

Latex alternative foam is a substitute for latex foam which is derived from the sap of the rubber tree. The latter was even expensive and with the introduction of latex alternative foam, the cost of the mattress was significantly reduced.

Cool phase change surface infusion:

With the introduction of cooling regulation in mattress foam heating of the mattress from body heat is no longer an issue. Earlier mattresses used to get heated up by sleeper’s body heat, which was good to initiate sleep, but with constant heating, it becomes troublesome. This new technology uses gels that convert into cooling liquid when the temperature rises, giving relaxing experiences.

Overhead charges:

Overhead charges include the store running costs, staff payments, commissions, the salary of the staff and other taxes which directly or indirectly are borne by the store-owner. All these are added up to arrive at the final selling price of the mattress and thus consumers have to pay a hefty amount.

Negotiation is the key to buying a mattress you want at your price. As the margin in mattresses is huge, so is the scope for negotiation. Compare and present the figures to the salesman in order to get a smart purchase. With bargaining, one can get the same product for up to 30% discount.

Make use of store-credit and coupons to crack the deal in your favour. Choose pillow-tops that are separable since they are easy to wash and unnecessarily add in total cost even when you don’t need one.

Take good care of your mattress and follow the user manual to clean it. This way you can extend your mattress’s life by two to three years and won’t have to pay for a new one often.

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