How Much Does a Good, New Mattress Cost?
Selling mattresses online has revolutionized the sleep industry in many ways. More people are able to have access to a variety of products and more companies are able to offer them.
The bed-in-a-box market has grown tremendously in the past few years … and so have your options. We know it can be tough to navigate the world of online mattress shopping and along with quality and function, we know the cost of such a purchase can be a major concern for all kinds of shoppers.
This guide will help you discoverthe cost of a mattressand what factors may be involved in determining that, along with some helpful tips on how to save a few bucks!
Average Mattress Price
We will go into the specific reasons for fluctuations in price in more detail below. But for now, we can see that there is a wide range of mattress costs, especially across different types of construction. For the most part, latex and air beds tend to cost the most, with foam and hybrids coming in the middle and innersprings being the cheapest on average.
While the high and low ends can fluctuate quite a lot, the average prices stay relatively close to each. There may be a difference of $500 to $1,000, but most seem to be around the $1,000 range. This should allow most shoppers to choose the construction that meets their own individual needs without worrying too much about the price.
Influential Price Determinants by Material Type
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The price of an all-foam mattress is likely to vary depending on both the density and construction of the materials. The more these factors increase, the higher the cost is likely to be.
Higher density foam is likely to last longer because it often reclaims its shape easier, reducing long-term impressions. However, this can raise the cost and some shoppers may find higher density beds to be too firm for some shoppers to find comfortable. Lower density foams may need cost less and need to be replaced more often. It is possible to find a product at a mid-range price point that combines both higher and lower density materials for a blend of comfort and durability.
Additional features that enhance the usability of the product, such as reinforced edges or cooling properties like copper or temperature-regulating gels and phase-changing technology or aerated materials, will likely raise the cost of the bed. The tradeoff is that consumers are promised a more comfortable and convenient sleep experience. Some companies design their own foams or offer zoned materials with different levels of compression.
Just like a mattress made of foam, the way an innerspring is built will largely determine how much companies charge their customers for it. Coil counts, gauges, comfort materials, and additives are all factors to become acquainted with when choosing an innerspring model.
These items work differently from all-foam products, where higher density materials cost more, innersprings with a higher gauge are typically less expensive. Springs with high gauges are usually thinner than low gauge springs. This can cause the beds to breakdown quicker, driving the fees down.
The number of coils inside a mattress can also affect the price, the more coils are present, the more metal is used to create them. Many shoppers prefer a bed with more springs inside, which may help to justify the cost.
Shoppers should also consider other construction factors like whether or not the bed has more than one spring system or if the coils are wrapped in fabric. If there is a comfort layer inside the innerspring, the thickness, materials used, and cooling technologies employed will all affect the cost.
Hybrid beds have witnessed a lot of innovation over the past few years, as other products evolve, so do hybrids. Companies have begun to experiment with different types of construction styles and material types, which can then lead to a variety of price ranges. The cost of a hybrid is also determined using many of the same factors involved in pricing an innerspring or all-foam bed as these products combine both springs and comfort materials like latex, foam, or both.
Some hybrid products feature taller coils or a dual-coil construction. The thickness of the comfort materials and the construction of these layers can have an effect on the money spent to build the bed. Many of these items also include cooling technologies, pocketed springs, or enhanced edges.
Check to see whether or not the item is double-sided, as these models are often thicker and contain more materials. Certified organic models and zoned designs will also play a part in determining the cost of the item, so be sure to look into these issues, as well.
There are two main types of latex and each different kind will probably run you a different amount.
Many sleepers consider Dunlop latex to be firmer and more durable, this material may be seen frequently in foundation layers. Talalay is usually considered to be softer and is considered a good choice for adding pressure relief. In general, Talalay beds are more expensive, though there are many models out there that combine both types.
Shoppers should also check to see if their latex mattress is natural or organic — these two features are not one and the same. A natural latex product means that the item is created using natural and not synthetic latex; some shoppers may be allergic to natural latex, but others are glad to have a product that is not chemically engineered. Natural latex beds can be organic or non-organic, of course, an organic product will usually cost more.
Latex can also feature many of the same qualities found in foam, like gel infusion or aeration that allows for air circulation. Some of these models may also feature enhanced edge support or zoning.
Airbeds are an interesting corner of the market with lots of different factors determining their price. The materials used in the construction, along with mattress height and technological advances, are the main considerations when determining the cost of an airbed.
People no longer need to pump up an airbed by hand or manually tell an electric pump when to start and stop. Many of these products now come with remote controls, or even smart controls, that add convenience for an extra fee.
Some of these items may also contain micro coils, latex, or memory foam. Those that do will be held to many of the same pricing standards as those materials.
Shoppers may want to find out how many air pockets are used inside their airbed. Traditionally, airbeds featured only one or two air pockets, but may not hold up to six. Finally, the taller the airbed, the more expensive it is likely to be, as more materials are required to create a thicker bed.
Generally speaking, the cheaper a mattress is, the less durable it is likely to be, and vice versa. Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule, but many budget-friendly models reduce their expenses by using simpler or fewer materials. However, more expensive does not always mean better, some beds may come with features that you simply do not need or that could even hinder your own personal sleep experience.
There is certainly nothing wrong with buying either a budget-friendly or expensive product, especially if it calls to you. For the most part, however, mid-range items should offer the most “bang for your buck,” especially if they are offered with a lifetime warranty or comfort guarantee.
Add-on and Hidden Costs
Buying a mattress doesn’t always end there. There can be many other hidden factors that end up burdening your wallet. Shipping and handling, set-up fees, and other considerations may affect your bottom line.
But that doesn’t mean these extra costs aren’t worth your time! Some people are more than happy to spend a few extra bucks on White Glove delivery if it saves them a little hassle. We will break down some of the more common factors that might end up getting tacked onto your bill so you can decide what works for you.
White Glove Delivery
White Glove service refers to a standard of delivery in which the company will send people to bring the bed right into your home and have them set it up for you. Some businesses are willing to offer this service for free, while others will charge a nominal fee for the set-up. Similarly, White Glove service is not always available in every location a company ships to.
Be sure to check which you are getting when you place your order.
Much of the time, bed-in-a-box brands are willing to ship their products for free. However, there are some circumstances in which this is not possible. Some businesses will charge an additional fee to ship to Hawaii and Alaska, or companies in the United States will charge more to ship to Canada and vice versa.
It may also be beneficial to check to see whether or not different sizes are more difficult or expensive to ship. King, Cali King, or Split sizes may be pricier. Most places will have chat representatives on hand to answer these questions.
Removal of Old Bed
What do you do with your old bed once you get a new one? Some businesses will offer a convenient service that disposes of your unwanted mattress for you, and they may even find a way to recycle or donate the bed in the process – no need to cut up a whole mattress all by yourself!
Sometimes the removal of the unwanted product is included in the White Glove service, whether or not the White Glove option is free. Other times, companies will expect you to pay extra to have your old bed removed.
Platforms, Frames, and Foundations
Maybe you already have a frame or foundation, but that doesn’t always mean it will work for the mattress you choose. Many companies have specific recommendations for their beds as to the proper ways to set them up. Find out whether or not you will need to purchase a new or proprietary base, if the set up you already have will work, or if the brand offers an included frame with purchase when choosing a mattress.
Comfort Level or Model Exchanges
Some brands are willing to allow shoppers to send in their mattress or comfort materials in exchange for a different comfort level or a new model altogether. If you find yourself tossing and turning because you accidentally purchased a mattress that is too firm or too soft, you can simply switch it out for one that suits you better. This is often free within the trial period, but after that time there may be a fee required.
The great majority of bed-in-a-box businesses offer trial periods so that consumers can get an idea of how their new mattress will work for them. Since you can’t go to a store and actually lie down on the product, they give you plenty of time to test it out in your own home. Much of the time, if you return an unwanted bed within the trial period the cost of shipping is free, but some companies may withhold a small amount while refunding the rest of your purchase.
Generally, the warranty included with your purchase will ensure that you can quickly and easily replace a defective mattress within a given amount of time. Most of these arrangements will last at least 10 years, while some are extended 20 or 30 years, and in some cases, you will even be granted a lifetime warranty.
Some companies include comfort guarantees along with their warranties, to ensure that shoppers receive proper sleep for as long as they own their mattress. These offers usually allow people to trade in their comfort layers, or in some cases the entire mattress, every so many years to make sure the materials do not compress too much over time.
Each company uses a different policy to determine whether exchanges under warranty are free or not. Sometimes this will vary depending on the size of the mattress or the amount of time elapsed before making a claim.
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Mattress Disposal Guide
Many bed and mattress retailers recommend replacing your mattress every 8 years or so. When it’s time to say goodbye, here is our simple guide on how to get rid of your old mattress:
Reuse – can you donate or sell an old mattress?
Before throwing away your mattress, it’s always worth asking the question can it be reused?
a) Donate – how can I donate my mattress?
Charities, shelters and churches might take your mattress off your hands as long as it’s still in good condition, or you can pay a professional to clean it if you’d really like it to go to a new home. A few larger charities that take mattresses are the British Heart Foundation, Emmaus, Furniture Donation Network, British Red Cross, Stella’s Voice UK and the Furniture Re-use network. Others that may be interested are local women’s refuges and homeless shelters
You’ll need to make sure the fire safety label is still intact when you’re donating or selling your mattress. It won’t be accepted without it. The label will be sewn onto the underneath of the mattress and looks like this:
b) Sell – can I sell my mattress and how much for?
You can sell your mattress on websites such as Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace. Prices vary according to the condition, size and age of the mattress but most sell for between £15 and £50. In practice, nobody wants a stained or torn mattress, so only consider this option if yours is in great condition. Also, if yours has reached the end of its life and become uncomfortable with springs sticking out or sagging in places it shouldn’t, then someone else isn’t going to want to have it.
Retailer – will your new mattress retailer take it away?
Many mattress retailers will take away your old mattress if you buy your new one from them. Some charge and a few offer the service for free.
Below is a table showing how much the major retailers charge to collect and dispose of your old mattress. Be aware that this service isonlyavailable if you buy a new mattress from them at the same time:
Table of prices charged by UK bed & mattress retailers to remove an old mattress
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£40.00 – king & super king
Source: Anyjunk December 2019
*only as part of a premium service
Dump it – drive it to your local tip
If you’re a householder with a car, often the cheapest option is to take your old mattress to the local council tip / civic amenity centre because tips don’t normally charge anything. The only downside is that it might not be very near to where you live – so the whole process can take up quite a bit of time.
Bear in mind that although you can roll up memory foam mattresses to take up less space, this is not possible with a traditional pocket sprung mattress. So, depending on the size of your car and type of mattress, you may not always be able to fit the mattress in your car.
Lastly, unlike householders, businesses either have to pay to use the council tip or are prohibited from using it altogether. So if you are a business (eg. a hotel) with an old mattress to get rid of and plan on taking it to the tip, always call the council in advance to check if you are allowed, because you may need to find an alternative solution.
Council collections – book a bulky item collection from your council
If you are a householder, instead of driving your mattress to the tip, one alternative is to book a council bulky waste collection from your home. All councils provide this service to their residents but prices and service levels vary considerably. For example, Southampton Council charges £10 for a single mattress, £20 for a double and £30 for anything bigger than a double; whereas Greenwich Council charges £10.30 for any size. In general, while this service is rarely free, it is subsidised – so will normally be cheaper than a private waste removal service. However, a private service will usually be able to collect your mattress a lot quicker than your council and also take a wider range of waste types at the same time.
Man & Van waste carrier – use a specialist waste collection company
The fastest, most convenient way of getting rid of your old mattress is to use a private waste removal contractor like AnyJunk. We charge £42 (£35 ex VAT) to remove just a mattress, or £18 (£15 + VAT) per mattress to remove one as part of a larger clearance. A larger clearance would be ideal if you had other junk to get rid of such as fridges, carpet, sofas and other household bulky items. The team can remove it from inside the property for no extra cost, or you can put it outside so you don’t need to be there when they come. More information on our mattress collection service can be found here.
For more information on how a man & van service works, check out this guide.
Put it in a skip – are mattresses allowed in skips?
If you just have a mattress to dispose of, this option isn’t worth it. But if you (or a friendly neighbour) already have a skip on your property for some other reason (for example, building works) then a skip is worth considering. Bear in mind though that skip companies normally charge extra for a mattress (around £10 – £25) and some prohibit you from putting them in the skip altogether – so it’s best to double-check with the skip hire company before you use it.
For more general guidance on skips, check out our skip hire guide.
What happens to old mattresses when they go to the tip?
Mattresses have been found to be 85% to 95% recyclable however sadly only 16% are recycled in the UK, with the rest being incinerated for waste to energy or shredded and sent to landfill. Recycling centres take the mattress apart and recycle the components such as foam padding, metal springs and coconut fibres in different ways. For example, foam padding can be reused to make carpet underlay and metal springs can be melted down to be used again for a new product.
Mattresses don’t belong in landfill – they take up a lot of space and more than ten years to decompose, polluting soil and groundwater in the process as a result of their non-biodegradable parts. But the challenge is that it takes such a lot of time and money to break them down into their constituent materials that recycling them is less cost-effective than sending to landfill.
TerraCycle are a recycling company who create programmes for hard-to-recycle waste such a crisp packets. They explained why mattresses aren’t easy to reycle: “Due to their size and the multi-material composition, mattresses are considered hard-to-recycle waste. Generally, a mattress is composed of different material such as springs/coils, foam and fabrics. Indeed, reycling a mattress requires deconstructing the actual mattress to reclaim such things as the springs/coils, foam and fabrics that can be reprocessed to make new items or used as insulation. For all these reasons, most of the councils in the UK send this type of waste to incineration or landfill.”
How Many Springs Are in a Good Mattress? & Other Pocket Sprung FAQs
Joy Richards – March 1, 2019 Hi, I’m Joy – Happy Beds’ Sleep Specialist. Aside from Italian food and my three lovely boys, nothing makes me happier than helping our customers find what works for them, and how they can make the most of their forty winks.
Shopping for a mattress can be an incredibly daunting process, with the endless technical terms, it can sometimes feel like you need a degree in mattress-buying to make the correct decision.
What are pocket sprung mattresses? How many springs are in a pocket sprung mattress? How do you know which spring-count to go for? Who are best suited to them? Don’t worry; these questions are commonly asked and this blog is here to put your mind at rest.
In this blog, you’ll be taken through a brief course of pocket sprung expertise and by the end of it, you’ll be equipped to get mattress shopping and gain that good night’s sleep you’ve been longing for some time.
How Do Pocket Sprung Mattresses Work?
Pocket sprung mattresses work by maintaining balance irrespective of weight. Each individually nested spring is placed in a fabric pocket and moves independently when you lie on the mattress. When two people are on the mattress, neither of them will be disturbed if the other one moves. Mattresses with pocket springs offer more comfort than those with open coil springs.
How Many Springs Are There in a Good Pocket Sprung Mattress?
When shopping for a pocket sprung mattress, there is one thing that retailers will shout at you: the spring count. If you don’t know the difference between spring counts and how many springs make up a good quality mattress, this information will fall on deaf ears and mean nothing to you. People tend to see numbers in a mattress name and feel confused, but it really is much simpler than you might think.
The bottom line is that the more springs, the better the mattress. However, when you are unaware of what an average spring count may be, it is difficult to analyse the quality of a mattress.
A ‘good’ mattress will generally have above 1000 springs, with the acceptance that a higher spring count equals to better quality (and a higher price). There really is no compromising with your sleep, so we cannot recommend enough that you shop around to find the perfect mattress for you. Our mattresses range from 1000 pocket springs and beyond, varying in features and firmness to cater for all sleepers.
Although spring count is an important way to assess a mattress quality, you shouldn’t obsess over the number of springs alone. There are many factors of a mattress that you should consider to ensure it is suitable for you.
Why Buy Pocket Spring Mattresses?
With all this talk about springs, it’s completely understandable for all of this descriptive talk to go over your head. Mattresses don’t have to be complicated, once you know what you need to look for to suit your own sleeping requirements, getting a good night’s sleep has never been so easy. With plenty of pocket sprung, coil sprung and foam mattresses available on the market, it can be difficult to choose. Let me tell you a little bit about pocket sprung mattresses and what makes them so flexible to all sleepers…
Pocket sprung mattresses are considered a modern improvement on your average coil sprung mattress, offering an innovative design featuring thousands of individual springs cased in a fabric house which are stitched together to create lengths of connected springs. Each pocket spring moves individually and contours to everybody for personalised comfort, making it a favourite of many mattress-shoppers looking for the perfect place to unwind.
The individual spring design ensures there is plenty of air circulation throughout to both prolong mattress life and provide the perfect temperature control for your own comfort.
Is a Pocket Sprung Mattress For You?
Pocket sprung mattresses are so popular due to their immense flexibility to all sleeping requirements, with varying options designed to cater to a large market of people. Pocket sprung mattresses come in a range of firmness ratings, varying from soft to firm in order to provide the perfect sleeping space for all weights. The general rule when selecting firmness is the heavier the sleeper combination weight, the softer the mattress should be. Our firmness rating tool found on our mattress product pages allows you to input your weight to identify the perfect firmness for you – easy!
Due to their high quality, pocket sprung mattresses are usually deeper than most, with the ability to flip and rotate the mattress for an even longer lifespan. Pocket sprung mattresses are considered a worthy investment, granting many people around the world with perfect comfort. With additional features such as orthopaedic and natural fillings, our range of Pocket Sprung Mattresses cater for all and make this form of sleeping solution perfect for all requirements.
Why Pocket Springs Are Great for Lovebirds
If you are a loved-up couple or you share your bed with another sleeper, pocket sprung mattresses are for you! With individually nested pocket springs, the mattress is designed to isolate movement across the sleeping space to ensure you are never disturbed from your slumber, regardless of how much your partner is wriggling around. For this reason, pocket sprung mattresses are a favourite for couples and make sharing a bed much more comfortable and limit disturbances – that just leaves the snoring to deal with!
I hope I’ve cleared up some of the common concerns about pocket sprung mattresses and allowed you to fall in love with them as much as we have. Here at Happy Beds, we believe that everyone deserves a good night’s sleep and pocket sprung mattresses are a great way to do so. If you have any more questions or want to share your favouritepocket sprung mattresseswith us, then get in touch – we would love to hear from you! You can reach us via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Happy sleeping!
How many pocket springs should I get in my new mattress?
A common issue you may have encountered when looking to purchase a new pocket sprung mattress is with regards to how many pocket springs you should be aiming for. With all the different amounts out there it is hard to know how many pocket springs you need. Although this is something that sounds straightforward, it isn’t as obvious as “the more the better”.
It is understandable why so many get confused at the spring count in pocket springs mattresses, as this is one of the many areas some mattress manufacturers design their mattresses around and focus their marketing.
So how can a 1000 pocket spring mattress be £700 whilst a 2000 pocket spring mattress is only £400? Hopefully, this guide should help make things a little clearer.
What are pocket springs?
Pocket springs are simply individual springs that have been placed inside fabric pockets so that they can work independently of the each of the other springs in the mattress.
Rather than each spring being directly linked to the next, they are connected to each other via their pockets. This can be done with glue, stitching or by a method known as center tying. Pocket spring mattresses have many benefits over other types of sprung mattresses as their design allows them to minimise movement through the mattress when a person using it moves whilst providing a more supportive sleeping surface that contours more closely to the body of the user.
What is a mattress spring count?
A mattresses spring count is simply how many pocket springs are in the mattress. Sometimes, however, the springs in the base may also be included in this figure.
So why are spring counts confusing?
It makes sense to think that the more springs there is the better support you will receive or the more accurately the mattresses will shape to you. This may be the case much of the time but it, unfortunately, isn’t always the case.
The spring count is now used by many bed and mattress manufacturers to give the impression that their mattresses are more superior than others. By squeezing as many springs as possible into a mattress, whether that be on top each other or even inside each other. Manufacturers can be guilty of using pocket spring numbers as the be all and end all.
The fact is, that a good quality 1000 pocket sprung mattress can be far superior to one that has 2000 or more. This can be down to build quality, the materials and methods used in construction and/or the use of other technologies such as foam encapsulation. A method that uses a foam wall around the edge of a mattress takes up space normally filled with springs.
Does having more pocket springs make the mattress firmer or softer?
No, the tension of a mattress or bed isn’t always defined by the number of pocket springs. For example, there are plenty of mattresses out there which have more than 2000 springs inside them and are very soft, whilst other mattresses with the same spring count are very firm. The tension of a mattress or bed can be down to a number of things. A few examples are:
- The fillings that have been used inside the mattress
- Whether the base has springs, slats or is a platform top
- What the thickness of the wire is used to make the spring
- How many turns are in each spring
How many pocket springs should I get?
As you can see, How many pocket springs there are isn’t the only thing to take into consideration when choosing a mattress. So, how many pocket springs should I get in my new mattress? Unfortunately, this isn’t something we can advise in a one-page article. As you can see there are many other factors that come into play. What we can give you are a few pointers to help you when making your choice.
- Choose a pocket spring mattress that has been designed and made by a manufacturer with a good reputation.Over the years we have seen many small bed companies manufacture pocket spring mattresses that seem to have all the features but aren’t the best where quality is concerned. Therefore if it seems to good to be true, it’s probably best to avoid.
- Spend as much money as you can but make sure the brand is a reputable one.In most cases, the more you spend the better you get. Better pocket spring mattresses tend to be made from companies that know what they are doing. Companies that have years of experience and a reputable name. Spending more money, however, isn’t always a guaranteed way to get a better mattress.
- Try to stay over 1000 pocket springs –We would always recommend keeping the spring count above 1000 springs. An exception to this would be if other technologies were used in the mattress such as foams, encapsulation etc. In this situation, we would possibly choose another spring system such as a Posturepedic or Miracoil. There are however some decent, yet rare, pocket spring mattresses out there with around 800 pocket springs.
To summarise, don’t fall for the numbers game but do buy the best you can afford. Take into consideration the manufacturer of the mattress you are purchasing and research the other features the mattress carries. Try to stay above 1000 pocket springs and consider other factors such as the fillings and it’s build quality. How many pocket springs are in your mattress are important, but only to a point.
At Prestige Beds we have a full range of pocket sprung mattresses from the best manufacturers out there. See our full range here.