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Why purchasing a second-hand mattress is never a good idea

Why purchasing a second-hand mattress is never a good idea

For many, buying second-hand goods is a great way to save money. Lots of us enjoy looking out for a great deal where we can, like a quirky antique table, or something smaller, like an old book to read on a cosy night in. Most of the time, these purchases are win-win situations, not only are you getting something cheap, but you’re giving life to something that might have ended up clogging up a landfill if it weren’t for you buying it. However, there are some things you should really consider buying new. Your mattress is one of them.

We spend roughly a third of our life asleep, and good sleep is considered important for your health and wellbeing. It’s not a good idea to cut corners with a purchase that can have such a big impact on your life. And you don't need to. Here at Sleep Express, we offer a variety of high quality mattresses at affordable prices.

In case you need further persuading that buying a new mattress is the right thing to do, here are our top reasons why you should forfeit second hand and buy your mattress brand new.

Previous care and attention

What do you really know about the care and attention a second hand mattress you buy received from its previous owners. There are certain things we can figure out on our own, we can see if there are any rips, tears or stains, but do we see internal damage? Or, worst case scenario, past bedbug infestations?

Let’s not forget, when you sleep you leak body fluids onto your mattresses, such as sweat. Over time, unless loved and cared for with sufficient cleaning, lots of mattresses become unsanitary.

If money is the deciding factor, even the cheapest new mattress tops a second hand one for cleanliness.

The unknown quality    

When buying anything new, we insist we know the quality of the product before purchase, unless it’s something really cheap. Perhaps that book has a coffee ring stain on it, but that won’t matter, because you’re likely reading it once and then giving it away, but do stains like that matter if you’re buying something more expensive, like a mattress?

Perhaps it doesn’t, but what about other quality issues, like the state of the springs inside? Mattresses are a very personal purchase - at least they should be - so research into quality is imperative. The quality of mattresses is easier to determine if you’re buying new.

The materials used to build your mattress can diminish over time and lose their quality. To the eye, it might seem perfectly alright. To get a good feel for your mattress, you need to test it out by sleeping on it, but how can you do that if your mattress is second hand? By the time you realise there is anything wrong, it will probably be too late. Second hand dealers and people who sell their things on the internet don’t usually trade in refunds.

To ensure good quality in a mattress, it’s a better idea to buy new. Not only with you know that nobody has been jumping on your bed, but mattress dealers usually provide warranties, or will at least offer to replace your mattress if the quality is no good for you. 

The physical impacts of a bad mattress

As mattresses age, the materials they are made from become less purposeful, and the structure of the mattress deforms, starting to sag and curve. This means your body is not being properly supported.

Many chiropractors and other body experts agree sleeping on a used mattress can be detrimental to your physical health. Tossing and turning because you are uncomfortable also causes poor quality sleep, which will leave you struggling to concentrate and impact your overall health and wellbeing. Exhaustion causes all manner of problems, and has even been linked to depression.

You might be sore and stiff in the mornings, and over time this can lead to chronic back pain. As you spend more and more time on a mattress like that, it can create a vicious cycle of discomfort and physical harm, in which you spend more and more time in the bed that caused the problems.

Life expectancy 

Like almost everything you buy, a mattress comes with a life expectancy. It’s hardly something you can reserve for best, which means you’ll be using it every night, which means we can estimate pretty well how long it should last, and that timeframe is about seven to ten years. This projection changes wildly depending on how well the mattress is taken care of.

If your mattress is second hand, how will you have any idea of how long it’s been alive for? Perhaps your seller can show you a receipt, but you still don’t know how well they’ve been treating it. You might get five years out of it, or it might already be ruined, but you won’t know for sure until you have spent a few nights sleeping on it.

New mattresses, on the other hand, come with information to tell you how long they will last, as well as guidance on how you can take care of them to extend their lifespan.

Looking for a new mattress?

If you’re looking for a mattress, Sleep Express offers a catalogue of different options, each with their own amazing features, so we know we have something you’ll like.

If price is your worry, do not despair. Take a look at this article, in which we choose our favourite mattresses under £500.

For more information please contact us at 020 3633 0002.  

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