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Warranty Information

Products made before March 1, 2015

Mattress Care

  • Use a new Simmons® foundation or a supportive, rigid, non-yielding foundation. An old foundation unit may not provide sufficient support.
  • Support your Simmons® mattress and foundation only with a frame that provides rigid center support as well as support for the head, foot, and sides for queen, split queen, king and California king size sets (as noted above). For any queen or king frame that does not have a metal center support, you must use at least 5 hardwood (i.e., oak or ash) slats (1” x 4”) and add legs to the 3 center slats. By not providing a sufficient supportive frame, damage can occur to the product and your warranty will be invalid.*
  • Add a solid platform on top of any open slatted mattress support system with openings between the slats that exceed two (2) inches (e.g., a platform bed frame in which a Beautyrest® or BeautySleep® mattress rests directly upon slats with open spaces between the slats). Use of such an open slatted mattress support system with spaces between the slats which exceed two (2) inches (5 centimeters), without the addition of a solid platform will damage your mattress and your warranty will be invalid.
  • Use a quilted protector pad on your mattress at all times to avoid stains (including MoistureBan™ products).
  • Carton your mattress and carry it on its side when moving.
  • If your mattress has a removable cover, use only a professional dry cleaning service to clean the cover.
  • If your Simmons® mattress was manufactured on or after July 1, 2007, it meets the requirements of the Federal Flammability Standard, 16 CFR 1633, when your mattress is used alone or with the Simmons® foundation(s) as specified on the 1633 law label (see example of 1633 law label on next panel).

DONT’s:

  • Do not use an open slatted mattress support system (e.g., a platform bed frame in which your mattress rests directly upon slats with open spaces between the slats) where the openings between the slats are greater than two (2) inches (5 centimeters) as this will damage a Beautyrest® or BeautySleep® mattress. To prevent damage to your mattress if the openings between the slats exceed two (2) inches (5 centimeters), the support system may be modified by applying a solid platform on top of the slat system.
  • Do not remove the white law label or the model name label. These labels serve as a means of identification to establish your warranty rights.
  • Do not bend or fold, stand or jump on product as damage can occur.
  • Do not use cleaning fluids on your mattress; it may damage some of the materials.
  • Do not use any type of fabric protection spray or chemical application on this product.
  • If your mattress has a removable cover, do not machine wash the removable cover.
  • If your mattress has a removable cover, do not remove or wash the inner mattress cover or bottom fabric of removable outer cover.
  • If your mattress has a removable cover, do not wash the foam mattress core.
  • If you purchased a Simmons® product, including ComforPedic,® that contains one (1) inch or more of AirCool® or NxG® Memory Foam, do not use a heating pad or electric blanket.
  • Do not smoke in bed or use open flames near the bed.

Limited Warranty

The duration of any applicable implied warranties, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness, shall not exceed the term of this limited warranty.** Simmons shall not be liable for incidental or consequential damages that result from the use of your Simmons® product.*** No expressed or implied warranties are extended to persons who purchase the product from anyone other than Simmons Bedding Company or its authorized dealers, and all warranties to such persons, including the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness, are hereby excluded.

** Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations may not apply to you.

*** Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.

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What is a Mattress Warranty and What Does it Cover?

Learn about the importance of your mattress warranty—what it is, what it covers, and how you could void it.

One common question I get is what a mattress warranty covers. Some customers remark that mattress warranties are never honored, and there is no point. Others don’t even realize that mattresses come with warranties. I hope to clear up a lot of this confusion in this post.

What does a warranty cover?

A mattress warranty covers physical defects in a mattress. The most common problem is sagging. If a mattress sags beyond a certain threshold when nobody is on it, that is a warranty issue. This threshold is 1.5 inches for most manufacturers, though it’s 3/4th of an inch for others, like Tempurpedic. This sag is usually measured by putting a string or other straight line across the surface of the mattress, and then measuring from the string to the bottom of the sag with a ruler.

Mattress warranties also usually cover coils breaking or popping out of the side, the foams up top bunching up, the seams coming out of the mattress, the boxspring breaking, or any other physical defect. If you suspect you have a warranty issue, contact the retail merchant first, and if you don’t get anywhere with them, contact the manufacturer.

What does a warranty NOT cover?

Mattress warranties do NOT cover against comfort issues. If your mattress feels a bit lumpy, or it doesn’t support you properly, or it causes pressure to your body, you are out of luck. This is one reason some people claim that warranties aren’t honored. Warranties only cover structural problems, not a product that doesn’t maintain its comfort over time.

Things that can void a warranty

There are several things that can void an otherwise legitimate warranty claim. Here are some of the most common.

  1. Removing the law tag. The law tag is the tag on the back of the mattress that says “do not remove under penalty of law.” The “law” part only refers to the mattress retailer and manufacturer. The end-user is free to remove it whenever he or she wants, butthis voids the warranty.It would be the equivalent of filing off the VIN from a car and expecting the warranty to be honored. There is no proof it’s the same mattress that you ordered.
  2. Stains. If a mattress is stained, the warranty is void. This even goes for problems in which the stain obviously didn’t cause the sag. Liquids can wear down the foams and cause them to deteriorate faster than they otherwise would. Additionally, stained mattresses are unsanitary, and no company wants to return those to the warehouse for a warranty claim. You can prevent stains to your mattress by using a waterproof mattress protector. These do NOT have to feel like plastic, and they are also NOT just for the incontinent. Even just perspiration, a little bit every night over the course of 10 years, can cause a stain and wear down the foams. Not to mention, there are other activities done in bed which can produce a wet spot… Protect-A-Bed makes a very popular mattress protector, but there are others as well.
  3. Improper support. You need proper support under your mattress. This can take several forms. The most common is the matching boxspring on top of a metal frame with a center support bar. Using an old boxspring will almost always void the warranty. If you don’t want a new boxspring, consider getting a platform bed with either a solid surface or slats which are very close together. If you use a frame, be sure that it has a center support bar with at least one leg going from the bar to the ground. It should look something like this.

Conclusion

I hope I have cleared up some of the confusion about mattress warranties. They only cover structural defects with the mattress (not comfort). They can be voided if you don’t take care of the mattress. Be sure to keep it properly supported by a frame or platform bed and protected with a mattress cover.

Understanding Mattress Warranties

When purchasing a new mattress, the conditions of the warranty should be one of your primary considerations. How long is the warranty valid? What are the prorated and non-prorated terms? How does the warranty address issues like sagging? These are some of the questions that all potential mattress buyers should ask before finalizing the sale. This guide will cover key terminology, processes and risk factors associated with mattress warranties. But first, let’s discuss some basic information about what warranties are and what they are designed to do.

Why Are Warranties Important?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) defines a warranty as a promise made by a seller or manufacturer to ‘stand behind’ a given product. A warranty guarantees that any product sold with structural flaws, faulty parts or other defects will be replaced or repaired at no added expense to the buyer. For this reason, most major purchases ? such as automobiles, homes, household appliances and electronic devices ? come with some sort of warranty. Per federal law, all product warranties must be available to consumers before a purchase is made.

For mattresses, two types of warranties typically apply.

  • The manufacturer or seller of the mattress will provide awritten warranty, which promises to repair or replace a defective product as long as certain conditions are met. Written warranties provide coverage for a given length of time; most written warranties for mattresses are valid for five, 10, 15 or 20 years, depending on the brand and the seller. Written warranties are not required by law.
  • Implied warranties, on the other hand, are protected by law in all 50 states. Implied warranties include two fundamental components. Awarranty of merchantabilityensures the product will perform all essential functions and meet consumer expectations. Additionally, awarranty of fitnessguarantees that the product can be used for any and all specific purposes agreed upon by the buyer and seller.

For example, ‘warranty of merchantability’ is a promise that a mattress sold to a customer will provide a suitable place for sleeping. If the customer chooses to buy a self-heating mattress, then ‘warrant of fitness’ guarantees the mattress will be self-heating.

It’s important to note that even products not covered by a written warranty are still protected under implied warranties unless the product is sold ‘as is’ to the consumer. ‘As is’ sales are prohibited by law in several states and the District of Columbia.

What Is Covered in a Mattress Warranty?

Next, let’s look at problems that are protected – and not protected – under most mattress warranties. First we’ll look at recognized defects. Although specific warranty conditions vary between brands and sellers, most mattress warranties cover the same general defects.

Sagging, or sinking, is the most common mattress defect covered under warranty. Today’s mattresses are designed to retain a firm, comfortable shape for long periods of time. While some sagging will naturally occur after years of use, premature or excessive sagging is often the result of a product defect ? faulty inner springs, in most cases.

Mattress warranties will include a specific sagging depth; if the mattress sags below this threshold, then the manufacturer must replace the product free-of-charge. The sagging depth for most mattress warranties is one inch (1″), although sagging depth may fall anywhere between half an inch (1/2″) and two inches (2″). To accurately measure the sagging depth, first stretch a length of string over the entire width of a fully stripped mattress; when the line is taut, use a ruler or tape to measure the distance between the string and the deepest indentation.

Other physical defects covered under most mattress warranties include:

  • Coils that break, bend or burst out of the side.
  • Seams that come undone.
  • Irregular bunching in certain areas (usually associated with foam mattresses)

What Is Not Covered in a Mattress Warranty?

Warranties are designed to protect consumers against product defects, but not normal wear and tear that occurs after prolonged use. For mattresses, normal wear and tear may include:

  • Sagging that does not reach the minimum depth threshold as covered in the warranty.
  • Lumpiness or uneven surfaces caused by long-term use.
  • Discoloration as a result of machine or hand washing.

Furthermore, warranties do not cover structural damage caused by the owner. Examples include scuffs or tears that occur when moving, pet-related scratches or bites, and permanent indentations caused by someone jumping or falling on the mattress. Foundational support is another common consideration. Most mattress warranties will specify which types of bases or foundations are permitted, including materials, number of legs, and slat gap measurements.

Another important consideration: mattress warranties do not guarantee that the buyer will ‘like’ the mattress after using it, or that he or she will be satisfied with the product for as long as the warranty is valid. Unless caused by a measurable product defect, problems like ‘reduced comfort’ or ‘lack of softness’ are considered normal wear and tear, and will not be covered under standard mattress warranties. These types of issues are normally handled during the sleep trial.

Finally, warranties will not cover the cost of replacing non-defective pieces or parts. If, for example, a mattress comes with a single defect, then the manufacturer or seller is only responsible for replacing that particular component.

Things that Void a Warranty

The most common factors that lead to a mattress warranty being voided by the seller or manufacturer include the following:

  1. Removal of the Law Tag:All mattresses will be sold with a small tag attached, usually somewhere on the back surface. This tag, referred to as thelaw tag, will read ‘Do not remove this tag under penalty of law’. The ‘penalty of law’ in this case only applies to the seller or manufacturer, and the buyer is allowed to remove the tag at will without facing any legal repercussions. However, the law tag is considered a proof of purchase, and removing it will automatically void the warranty.
  2. Improper Support:Warranties assume the buyer will utilize a box spring and/or bed frame that provides adequate support for the mattress. A warranty may be voided if the box spring is old, misshapen or damaged, or if the bed frame is not equipped with a stable metal bar that supports the mattress in the center. A standard mattress warranty will include specific support guidelines that the buyer must follow.
  3. Stains:Many liquids can corrode mattress foam, causing the product to break down and lose its structural integrity. Mattresses with irremovable stains are also considered unsanitary, and thus legally unfit for storage in company warehouses. For these two reasons, even small stains from water, coffee and other innocuous fluids can void the entire warranty. In order to keep their mattress stain-free, buyers are encouraged to use a mattress protector starting with the first night of use.
  4. Failure to Unpackage the Mattress Quickly:Although compressing mattresses for shipping will not damage the bed, owners should remove their mattress from its boxes as quickly as possible. Some brands stipulate that the mattress must be removed from its boxes within a certain period of time, typically two to four weeks after the delivery date.
  5. Failure to Follow Rotation Schedule:In some cases, mattress warranties will require the buyer to periodically flip over the mattress. This process rejuvenates the upholstery fabric and internal foam layers, and can prevent premature sagging.
  6. The Mattress Has Been Sold or Given to Someone Else:Warranties normally do not extend to anyone who buys or receives a mattress from the original purchaser. Therefore, most mattress warranties will be voided if the mattress changes hands.

Warranty Length and Mattress Lifespan

Next, let’s take a closer look at warranty length and mattress lifespan expectations. For the purposes of this guide, the ‘lifespan’ of a mattress is the length of time it is considered useful and comfortable for sleeping.

Many buyers assume that a warranty will cover a mattress for its entire lifespan. However, this is rarely the case because the lifespan of a mattress usually falls short of the warranty length. Findings from this survey are featured in the table to the right.

The Better Sleep Council notes that most good-quality mattresses should be replaced after seven years, regardless of the warranty length. For this reason, prospective buyers should carefully consider purchasing a mattress with a warranty that extends beyond 10 years – especially if the bed has a high price-point due in part to its lengthy warranty coverage.

Prorated vs. Non-prorated Warranties

Warranty coverage is not always cut-and-dry when it comes to costs for the owner. Most warranties includenon-proratedandprorated coverage.

Non-prorated coveragemeans that the owner will not pay out-of-pocket to repair or replace a mattress that has been deemed defective. However, the owner will often be responsible for transportation and inspection costs. Most mattress warranties of 10 years or less will feature exclusively non-prorated coverage; for warranties longer than 10 years, the non-prorated coverage will usually be in effect for some ? but not all ? of the warranty length.

Prorated coveragemeans that the owner is responsible for covering a certain percentage of repair and replacement costs. Prorated coverage will kick in as soon as non-prorated coverage is invalid, and will continue until the warranty expires. In most cases, the percentage paid by the owner for prorated coverage will gradually increase every year until the warranty expires.

Let’s say a mattress has a 20-year warranty with 10 years of non-prorated coverage. When prorated coverage begins at the beginning of the 11th year, the owner will typically be required to pay 50% of the replacement and repair costs; this number will then rise by increments of 5% for each successive year until the warranty ends.

Mattress buyers should carefully study the non-prorated and prorated terms of their mattress warranty. The two most important considerations are:

  • The length of non-prorated coverage compared to the overall warranty length
  • The percentage owed by the owner for repairs and replacement expenses during the prorated coverage period

How to File a Warranty Claim

If a mattress is defective or not performing up to par with the conditions of its written and implied warranties, then the owner is most likely eligible to file awarranty claim. Consumers should be aware of certain costs they stand to incur during the claim-filing process.

  1. Mattress companies will usually send an inspector to the owner’s home, where they will take measurements of the mattress and evaluate its overall condition to ensure the claim is valid. If the inspector determines that the mattress is defective, then this service may be covered by the manufacturer or seller. However, many owners will be required to pay for the inspection out-of-pocket. Home inspection services typically cost between $40 and $60. In some cases, the mattress owner will have the option of performing a ‘self-inspection’ using a kit that is mailed to them. This option costs roughly $25 to $30, and kits generally arrive within five to seven business days.
  2. If a claim is filed during the warranty’s prorated coverage period, then the owner will be responsible for a percentage of the repair or replacement costs. This percentage will depend on the prorated coverage schedule listed in the warranty (see previous section).
  3. Individuals who purchased their defective mattress are typically required to pay shipping fees for for their replacement mattress. New mattress shipping costs usually start at $80 to $100, but some sellers and manufacturers will discount the shipping fee if they are replacing a defective mattress.

Comparison Chart

Now that you’re familiar with standard mattress warranties, let’s compare the length, non-prorated/prorated terms, sagging depth and other warranty terms for some of the nation’s leading mattress brands. To read the warranties in full, please click the links found in the left-hand column.

BrandModelsWarranty LengthType of CoverageSagging DepthAdditional Notes
AvocadoAvocado Green25 yearsFirst 10 years are nonprorated
Years 11-20 are prorated at 5% multiplied by each year of ownership
Years 21-25 are prorated at a flat rate of 95%
1″Warranty will be voided if mattress is not removed from its packaging within two weeks of delivery
BearBear Mattress,
Bear Hybrid
10 years for the Bear Mattress
20 years for the Bear Hybrid
Bear Mattress warranty is nonprorated
Bear Hybrid warranty is nonprorated for the first 10 years; years 11-20 are prorated at 5% multiplied by each year of ownership
1″ (Bear Mattress)
1 1/2″ (Bear Hybrid)
The mattress cover for both models is covered under a separate 1-year warranty
Brooklyn BeddingBrooklyn Aurora,
Brooklyn Bloom Hybrid,
Brooklyn Bowery,
Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid,
Brooklyn Signature,
Spartan
10 years (all models)The warranty is completely nonprorated1″ (all models)Mattresses must be used on foundations or bases with slats that are no more than 4″ apart
CasperThe Casper,
The Essential,
The Wave,
10 years (all models)The warranty is completely nonprorated1″ (all models)Mattresses must be used on foundations or bases with slats that are no more than 4″ apart
Helix SleepHelix Dawn,
Helix Dual Balanced,
Helix Dual Extra,
Helix Dusk,
Helix Midnight,
Helix Moonlight,
Helix Nightfall,
Helix Sunset,
Helix Twilight,
Helix LUXE models
10 years (non-LUXE)
15 years (LUXE)
Both the 10- and 15-year warranties are completely nonprorated1″If a defect develops and owners must ship their mattress for repair or replacement, Helix will reimburse owners up to $100
LaylaLayla MattressLifetimeThe warranty is completely nonprorated1″Layla owners may pay up to $50 for mattress repairs or replacements
Pinching the foam while flipping the bed may cause tearing, which is not covered as a defect
NectarNectar Memory Foam MattressLifetimeThe warranty is completely nonprorated1 1/2″Beginning in Year 10, owners must pay $100 ($50 each way) to have a defective mattress repaired or replaced; this money is refunded to the owner if a defect is confirmed
PuffyPuffy Mattress,
Puffy Lux
LifetimeThe warranty is completely nonprorated1 1/2″After 10 years have elapsed, owners may choose the Quick Sleep option if a defect develops; this allows them to order a replacement mattress at half the original price and keep the original mattress
SaatvaSaatva Mattress15 yearsThe warranty is completely nonprorated.
In Years 3-15, Saatva will repair and re-cover a defective mattress for a transportation charge of $198 ($99 each way)
Saatva’s Fairness Replacement option allows customers to purchase a new mattress at 25% of the original price between years 3-5; 50% of the original price between years 6-10; and 75% of the original price until the warranty expires
Owners do not pay shipping charges with this option
Tuft & NeedleT&N Mattress,
Mint Mattress
10 years (both models)The warranty is completely nonprorated3/4″Mattresses must remain in the U.S. to qualify for warranty coverage
WinkBedsWinkBed,
WinkBed Plus
Lifetime (both models)The warranty is completely nonprorated1 1/2″WinkBeds offers the ‘Any Reason’ lifetime guarantee, which allows owners to replace their mattress for a new model at 50% of the original price

Conclusion

A mattress warranty ensures that the manufacturer or seller will cover costs related to defects and other specific problems. You can further protect yourself from by exercising the following precautions:

  • Make sure the law tag is intact once the mattress has been installed.
  • Use a mattress protector from day one. This will shield the mattress from stain-causing liquids and substances.
  • Make sure the box spring and bed frame are in good condition.
  • Flip the mattress according to the warranty’s rotation requirements.
  • If the mattress is defective, research inspection, removal and replacement costs to make sure filing a claim is within your budget.
  • Compare mattress warranties before making a final purchase, and research different manufacturers and sellers using the Tuck Mattress Database and other consumer advocacy sites like the Better Business Bureau and Consumer Reports.

Mattress Warranty Guide
What You Need to Know

First, know that a 25-year mattress warranty does NOT mean that your mattress will last 25 years, but mattress companies certainly want you to believe this.

While a warranty can be a gesture of good faith on the part of the manufacturer, and an indication that the company stands behind its products, you’ll want to understand what your warranty can and cannot do for you. And there are several “gotcha” scenarios where you might inadvertently void your own warranty.

Your new mattress will probably be between 10 and 25 years in length for most manufacturers and some offer a “lifetime” warranty.

Also know that many of those super-long warranties are pro-rated after 5 or 10 years, meaning that a fee can be subtracted for the amount of time the mattress was used, in which case the warranty may not cover the full purchase price or replacement value of the mattress.

Problems Covered by a Mattress Warranty

While a long warranty might sound impressive, warranties are only designed to cover defects and construction flaws like broken springs and extreme breakdown of mattress materials. Keep in mind that true defects will likely become apparent in the first year of ownership.

Body impressions and sagging

If you’ve read some consumer-written mattress reviews, sagging and body impressions are THE biggest mattress complaint. You’ve probably been on an old mattress at some point and noticed yourself rolling into a sunken spot. The cause for this is compression of the top couple of layers of a mattress to the point where the mattress fails to come back to shape, leaving body impressions, generally where the heaviest parts of your body contact the bed.

Manufacturer warranties differ greatly by how deep a body impression must be before it triggers a warranty claim. The industry standard for innerspring mattresses is 1.5” while memory foam is typically 3/4," but there’s a lot of variation from brand to brand. And manufacturers measure body impressions in a very specific way. With no one in the bed, a string is stretched across the bed. Then the distance from the string and the lowest point of the bed is measured. The problem? You can feel the ‘sinkhole’ even if it isn’t deep enough to be measured in that specific way, so it’s worthwhile to consider buying from a company that has a body impression warranty of an inch or less. You’ll find that information within the warranty info.

Some mattresses have better than average body-indentation warranties. Examples include the King Koil World Extended Life bed (which is marketed to heavier and plus-size persons), which warrants body impressions of just ½”—that’s the best we’ve seen recently. Several have policies of ¾”, including Loom & Leaf, Spindle, Tuft & Needle, and Tempur-Pedic.

You can help prevent body impressions by rotating your mattress 180 degrees every 3 months. (Note that most mattresses cannot be flipped; check if your particular model is "flippable" and flip periodically according to the manufacturer guidelines.)

Flaws in design, materials, and construction

As a general rule, most warranty failures are the types of problems that will reveal themselves in the first few years of ownership. Examples include broken springs (on an innerspring mattress), poorly stitched seams that haven opened, broken zippers, and split/cracking foam. Be aware that in certain types of beds (like air beds, waterbeds, or beds that have remote controls or other electronics), the warranty for specific components might be shorter. Some warranties exclude the cover entirely or have a separate warranty for it.

What’s NOT Covered by a Warranty

Generally, only observable, measurable defects are covered by a mattress warranty. Some issues that are not covered include:

Changes in comfort

The fact is that all mattresses will change over time. Generally, they become softer over the years. Changes in firmness/softness are never covered by the warranty.

Loss of support

You might find over the years that a mattress is no longer reaching up to support your lumbar area, or you’re sinking in more deeply than you once did. That’s normal, and could be an indication that it might be time to replace your bed, but it’s not covered under the warranty.

Normal wear and tear

Handles can eventually break; trim or cording might become frayed, or the cover may show pilling or wear in certain spots. These are considered normal wear and tear and are typically not covered.

Warranty Gotchas

There are several ways you might accidentally void your own warranty, and they’re all spelled out in the mattress warranty. Most can be prevented, so it’s a great idea to read your warranty before you need it, and to take precautions. Mattress warranty claims can and do get rejected for these reasons:

The mattress is soiled or stained

Most manufacturers state they won’t honor the warranty if the mattress has stains–including sweat stains, spilled substances, etc.–even if the stains aren’t visible. We’ve even heard of warranty inspectors checking a mattress with a black light to find hidden stains. The solution? Get a mattress protector and use it from day one.

You didn’t use a supportive foundation/frame

The mattress must be supported properly in order to make a warranty claim. Check the owner’s manual or warranty for what types of foundations are required for your bed, as well as which are prohibited under the terms of your warranty. Check out our page on foundations.

You aren’t the original owner

Most warranties are not transferable. Especially those with “lifetime’ warranties are not valid if you aren’t the person who initially bought the mattress. The warranty applies only to the original owner, so be sure to save your receipts to prove ownership.

You didn’t buy it from an authorized seller

Think you’ve found a good deal on Overstock? Think again. If you purchase your bed from an unauthorized reseller, it will not be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. (The retailer might offer a substitute warranty, but that’s not a given.)

You removed the tag that says “do not remove under penalty of law”

That tag (called a law label) really isn’t for you – it’s a guarantee by the manufacturer that all-new and sanitary materials were used in the mattress. It’s illegal for a new mattress to be sold without the tag. Once it’s in your home, you can remove it, but it’s a good idea to leave it on, as some warranties won’t be honored without it.

What Happens if I have a Warranty Claim?

In the event of a problem, the manufacturer will want to have the mattress inspected. Depending on the retailer, the store where you bought the mattress might help you coordinate the details of submitting your complaint to the manufacturer. Someone might come to your home to inspect the mattress, or arrange pickup. In both cases, be aware you may be on the hook for shipping or inspection fees. If your warranty claim is approved, those fees might be refunded.

If you do file a claim, document everything and keep copies of any submitted photographs or forms and note all important dates. Be sure to dig up your original receipt and be prepared to verify that the bed has been properly supported.

See our guide on Filing a Warranty Claim for more on what to do.

Mattress Warranties: What You Should Know – 2018

Unbiased Research Based on Data From 4,300 Mattress Owners

Avoid The Void

Mattresses can and often do have their warranties voided due to the use of an improper foundation / frame and the presence of staining, soiling or fluid penetration.

Improper foundation / frame

An improper foundation / frame can result in premature wear and sagging of the mattress. Read your warranty’s foundation / frame guidelines and follow them to the letter. Mattress companies do not give leeway on this issue; your foundation / frame either meets their warranty guidelines or it doesn’t.

Staining, soiling and fluid penetration

These can fully void a mattress warranty. Even if the staining, soiling or fluid penetration is not near a defective area, such as where sagging is located, the warranty will probably not cover the sagging.

Therefore, it is wise to use a mattress protector / pad from the first night onward. See mattress pad reviews for the top-rated pads.

Warranty Length ≠ Mattress Lifespan

Most mattress warranties are for a length of 5, 10, or 20 years. Our research strongly suggests that in most cases you shouldnotbelieve that your mattress will last the length of its warranty with regular, everyday adult use.

Sleep Like The Dead collected data from over 4,000 owners regarding how long they kept their mattress or how long they reported that it maintained most of its original comfort and support. This data was then compared to the length of the mattress warranty.

The results suggest – as the table shows – that the useful life of a mattress is often a fraction of its warranty length, and the fraction becomes smaller as the warranty length increases.

Warranty LengthAverage Useful Lifespan
5 years4.7 years
10 years7.1 years
20 years8.2 years

Keep in mind that our findings are true only in general. In other words, individual brands, individual models, and individual mattresses may perform somewhat better or worse. (Refer to the rating page of a particular mattress for information on its expected lifespan.)

Also, our findings suggest that there is indeed somewhat of a correlation between warranty length and the quality / durability / longevity of a mattress. In other words, good mattresses usually have longer warranties, while not-so-good mattresses usually have shorter ones.

Sagging

The main complaint people have with their mattress is sagging – especially in regard to innerspring beds in general and to a lesser extent foam, latex and air mattresses.

Owner experience data suggests that even moderate sagging can and often does result in less comfort and support. It may also cause back pain, especially for side and stomach sleepers. (See mattresses and pain for more analysis.)

As a result, mattress shoppers should pay special attention to how sagging issues are covered by the warranty. Most warranties will cover sagging only when the problem becomes severe enough, that is, when it reaches a certain depth.

For example, innerspring mattress warranties will often provide coverage for sagging beginning at a depth of 1.5 inches. By contrast, some memory foam mattress warranties, including Tempur-Pedic’s, will provide coverage for sagging beginning at a depth of .75 inches. In other words, innerspring bed warranties often require twice the depth of sagging that these memory foam bed warranties require before coverage kicks in.

It Will Cost You

Making a warranty claim and replacing a mattress under warranty can be expensive to the mattress owner.

There can be a fee to have someone come to your home to inspect the condition of your mattress to determine if it is eligible for warranty coverage. If it is eligible, there will be a fee to take the defective mattress away and to ship a new or repaired mattress to you. Given the heavy weight of many mattresses today, this fee may be substantial.

In addition, depending on the age of the mattress and the warranty terms of proration, you may have to pay a percentage of the replacement or repair costs.

Long Warranties Often Have A Catch

Mattress warranties with impressive length, namely 15 years or longer, usually have a catch. For example, most airbeds including Sleep Number have a 25-year warranty. This causes many owners to wrongly believe that if any manufacturer defect pops up in the next 25 years, the problem will be covered at little or no cost to them.

The whole story is that non-prorated coverage (coverage for which there is no cost to the owner to repair / replace the bed) often ends after just two years. If something goes wrong with the airbed after this time, coverage is prorated which means the owner will often need to pay at least 20% of repair costs.

Therefore, make sure to read the fine print of a mattress warranty that’s over 10 years.

Normal Wear Not Covered

Mattresses are discarded for a variety of reasons, but the main reason not surprisingly is usually related to a loss of comfort and support that occurs through normal wear.

As is true for virtually all product warranties, normal wear is not covered under mattress warranties; only faulty workmanship / materials as defined by the manufacturer are covered. These defects are problems that can be objectively measured or observed, such as sagging depth. Problems not objectively measurable or clearly observable, such as excessive softening or loss of support, are not commonly covered under warranty.

Better Business Bureau Rating

A mattress warranty is only as good as the manufacturer’s willingness to honor it. Often a mattress manufacturer’s BBB rating and or the number of BBB complaints from consumers in regard to warranty-related issues can be a good indicator of how well the company stands behind its warranty.

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