How Long Do Mattresses Last?
Mattresses aren’t exactly cheap, most people replace them very infrequently and consider buying a new one either a chore or a burden. It’s easy to delay or prolong this process simply by taking proper care of whichever type you own. As a general rule, most should be replaced within ten years for best results in sleep and health, however, the average life of a mattress can last beyond ten years or more if taken care of properly. While it is true that how long one lasts depends on different factors, you can easily increase its life expectancy by undertaking a small number of simple steps. Here is a look at a few of the factors that can decide how long should a mattress last, and possible ways to increase its lifespan:
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1. The Type
What type do you have? For instance, is it air, innerspring, memory foam or latex? Each one has its own life expectancy; air and innerspring being the shortest, memory foam being mid length, while latex types are known to last the longest.
- Air mattresses will over time either develop leaks or generally become less effective at retaining air pressure. If they have a built-in pump that becomes faulty, this too can lead to premature replacement. Overall, the average air mattress life expectancy is placed at five years.
- Spring mattresses are good for sharing couples who like a springy and bouncy surface, but unfortunately, due to the inner core being thin metal wire, this type does tend to sag and lose its support even if flipped and rotated regularly. Even ones which have been well cared for will most likely need replacing within 7-8 years.
- Memory foam mattresses are less prone to sagging but not invincible. They too require rotating, and foam does eventually lose its support but after a long while. This type should be good for at least ten years if kept ventilated, clean, and rotated.
- Latex mattresses are the creme de la creme and tick all the boxes for quality and longevity. The naturally hypoallergenic and anti-microbial properties add to the durable nature of latex rubber foam to combine a core which can last up to 15 years.
2. Regular Cleaning
Another important factor which determines mattress life expectancy is to do with cleaning.Howdo you clean it? Do you clean itregularly? Do you give it to aprofessionalcleaner? It’s essential that you clean your mattress regularly to prolong the life. If you do not, it won’t last long at all. This is due to the invisible bacteria, mildew, and mattress mold that can slowly eat away at the materials involved. Moreover, it may be better if you could have it cleaned professionally from time to time, as mattresses are home to bacteria and germs in plenty, which might not get adequately cleansed with household cleaning products and methods.
3. Amount of Use
As you can imagine, anything that is used more will last less. However, there are two things that need to be kept in mind. Whichever type you own, it wouldn’t last as long in cases of extreme use, for example sharing couples who use for 10+ hours per day, and secondly on the other hand, if it has been left unused and uncleaned for prolong periods of time. Mattresses that are moderately used, where people sleep on it for around 7-8 hours a day, and then cleaned regularly are the ones that have the longest life.
4. The Cleaning Products
The question of how long do mattresses last really is to do with many supporting factors, but quite often depends on the cleaning methods used to clean them. For instance, in case of blood stains, you might have to use hydrogen peroxide to get rid. Too much of this chemical (and other heavy duty stain removers) would lead to a reduction of mattress life as these are not made to withstand such chemical uses.
5. Proper Precautions
It is always nice to have kids around the house. However, if your kids want to use your bed as a trampoline, it seriously isn’t a good idea. You would rather have them play elsewhere since this can seriously damage your bed. Imagine you have an innerspring, the springs will become too soft and compressed in no time at all and will leave you with a creaky and sagging surface. Additionally, whether it’s latex or memory foam, soon there will be indentations which are beyond repair. To prolong its life, you can also rotate and flip it from time to time, but that’s only if it’s double-sided and permits you to do so. You could perform this every few months for the duration of its life, which will significantly improve how long a mattress can last.
When Do You Know You Cannot Use Your Mattress?
Usually, mattresses that are over seven years old do not provide the comfort and support you need on the bed. Once you see there are signs of the surface and support wearing out, or you’re feeling uncomfortable in the bed when you are sleeping on it, you would be better off changing it. Some of the common visible signs of wearing are sagging, holes and tearing. If you cannot get a full night’s sleep and feel that you’re having a better slumber elsewhere than your bed, you need to start looking for a replacement.
You might buy the most expensive mattress, but if you do not care for it properly, it might not even last ten years. On the other side, ones which are taken care of correctly are known to last more than 15 years.
How Long Does A TempurPedic Mattress Last? (Explained)
Everything you need to know about the durability and lifespan of TempurPedic beds.
If you’ve read any of our buyer guides, you probably knowwe expect a quality mattress to last you about 8-10 years. Of course, there are a ton of factors that go into how durable a mattress will be, like your body weight, volume of use, its construction, the quality of materials inside and much more.
An overhead look at the TempurPedic Pro Breeze mattress
If you think about it, a mattress that’s sitting in your guest room will probably last longer than the mattress you sleep on with your loved one every single night. Also, a $300 mattress that sources low density foams from overseas is way less likely to hold up as long as a premium $2,000 mattress that’s made right here in the USA. But in general, a good mattress that’s used consistently should last you about a decade, give or take a year or so.
Hybrid Mattresses vs Foam Beds
Above we briefly touched on how mattress construction can have an impact on its durability, and that’s especially true if you’re dealing with a hybrid mattress. A hybrid bed is simply a mattress that contains both foam and coils, and those coils play a big role in the prevention of sagging. Not only docoils provide more support compared to dense foams, but they also provide bi-directional resistance to pressure when you lay down.
A look at the construction of the TempurPedic Tempur-Adapt hybrid mattress
Accordingly, if you’re looking to use your next mattress for as long as possible, we think you should spring for a hybrid mattress (pun intended). TempurPedic sells all-foam beds, as well as hybrid ones. You can check out full reviews of the TempurPedic hybrid beds here.
TempurPedic Mattress Warranty Analysis
The warranties mattress companies offer can sometimes be a dead tell for how long they expect their products to last. In TempurPedic’s case, theyoffer a 10-year “full replacement limited warranty.”
A 10 year warranty is pretty standard in the mattress industry. That’s what most companies offer. There are only a handful of brands that actually go above and beyond the 10 year period. For example, Nest Bedding and Layla are two companies that back their mattresses with lifetime warranties.
The Layla mattress comes with a lifetime warranty
For the most part, the TempurPedic warranty is pretty straightforward and normal. It essentially covers any manufacturing defects for a 10 year period. For example, thewarranty covers indentations (sagging) more than 0.75″, cracks and splits in the foam and defects related to the zipper. The warranty does not cover physical abuse such as burns, cuts, liquid stains or damage stemming from the use of improper bed frames. We recommend you check out all the details related to the warranty on the company’s official website.
The company also recommends you keep proof of purchase documents in a safe place. That way, you won’t run into any issues in the event you want to make a claim.
What Actual Customers Say
As your trusted bedding reviewers, we felt an obligation to get down and dirty and research what actual customers of TempurPedic had to say about the durability of their mattresses. We went through literally hundreds of reviews dating back several years looking for folks who specifically mentioned how long their mattress lasted.For the most part, people had great things to say about their beds. Below are a few reviews that might be of interest to potential customers. We didn’t include their entire comments for brevity’s sake, just a brief snippet to get the point across.
- Customer from Portland, OR said “My original TempurPedic mattress was great for 18 years.”
- Customer from Philadelphia, PA said they had just purchased their “second TempurPedic mattress in 12 years,” and they had “no complaints” after sleeping on their new Breeze Hybrid for a few months.
- Customer from Hammon, LA said they purchased a king size bed 14 years ago and “they can’t imagine replacing it any time soon.”
- Customer from Cornelius, NC said “I adored my TempurPedic for 15 years.”
- Customer from New York, NY said they only started to “experience back pain” after they had their TempurPedic “for 12 years.”
- Customer from Cocoa Beach, FL wrote “first one lasted 10 years.”
- Customer from CDA, ID said they had their TempurPedic “just over a year, love it”
We could keep going, but we think you see the pattern here. And for the record, all of these reviews were from this year. The folks who claimed their TempurPedic was long-lasting kept their bed for an average of 10-15 years, which is a little longer than your standard mattress.
There were a total ofthree negative reviews we could find:
- Unhappy customer from Houston, TX said her and her husband had their TempurPedic for “over a couple of years, and there were indentations where my husband and I sleep.”
- David from Texas said his TempurPedic “doesn’t hold up” and that it “does good for 6 months, but doesn’t support after.” He also claimed to have a “¾” dip in the side of his mattress.”
- Unhappy customer in Carmel, IN said it was “great for one year,” but now they’re “going into year 3 and it’s worn.”
However, based on the majority of these reviews, most people claimed their TempurPedic mattress lasted them over a decade. Just please, for the sake of a good night’s sleep, don’t be like that guy from Oregon who kept theirs for 18 years. No matter how good a mattress is, you should probably bite the bullet andpurchase a new bed after 10-12 years.
How to Restore and Fix a Sagging Memory Foam Mattress
After sleeping on your memory foam mattress for a couple of years, you may notice it losing shape, responsiveness, and support, causing you to sink deeper into your bed. In short, your mattress is sagging.
Why is a sagging mattress bad? When a mattress sags, it compromises the support the bed gives you. A mattress that can’t support you leads to issues such as lower back pain, hip pain, neck pain, and sleep deprivation.
Slight body indentations are normal, even on a good quality mattress. Lasting indentations indicate more extreme sagging, which impacts your bed’s comfort. Most mattress warranties cover sagging, but only if the impressions are deep enough— typically, greater than an inch.
It’s not just memory foam mattresses that sag. Most types of mattresses are at risk of sagging. Traditional mattresses collapse as their coils systems wear out, while foam beds lose support as the material is worn down.
The best solution is to buy a new mattress, but you may not be ready to do so just yet. If you need a temporary fix, we have some tips for repairing your old mattress until you can get a new bed.
Fix 1: Mattress Toppers
A common solution to a sagging bed is a memory foam mattress topper. A thick topper can even out a sleeping surface. Still, a topper follows the shape of the mattress, so while it can help with the mattress’s feel, a topper won’t add support.
A mattress topper is good for a side sleeper, but a back sleeper or stomach sleeper may sink uncomfortably deep, causing misalignment and back pain.
You can find a memory foam mattress topper between $50 and $300, although the price range is dependent on the size and thickness you want.
Fix 2: Pillows
Lining pillows on top of the mattress is an inexpensive option to fix a sagging area. Small, firm pillows will reinforce support where your mattress lacks it. After the pillow is placed in the hole, you can cover the pillow and mattress with a fitted sheet or a mattress pad.
Fix 3: A Bed Frame or Foundation
A sturdy foundation keeps your mattress steady once it starts sagging. A platform bed frame, a sheet of plywood, or even your floor provides enough solid support for a memory foam mattress. If a memory foam mattress is not kept on a solid enough foundation, parts of the mattress may sink below the foundation, stretching the bed out of shape.
However, a solid platform prevents air circulation through the bottom as well as heat and moisture-wicking, which may lead to mold growth or a pest infestation. A foundation with slats no more than 3 inches apart can cool down a hot memory foam mattress while still providing consistent support against sagging.
Why Does A Memory Foam Mattress Sag?
There are four main reasons why a memory foam mattress sags. You can’t completely prevent your mattress from sagging, but you can take steps to prolong your mattress’s lifespan.
Lying on your mattress night after night means your mattress bears constant weight, which can eventually cause foam materials to wear down. Shared beds will wear out even quicker.
A good mattress with a 10-inch thickness can take a sleeper’s weight constantly while maintaining support; thinner mattresses lose support much more rapidly with less material to hold them together.
While you can flip or rotate your mattress to even out wear or add support to your bed by placing it on a sturdy foundation, memory foam mattresses will need replacing once every 8 to 10 years.
Poor Mattress Support
An old or cheap mattress may have poor support cores — an old mattress from the material wearing out, while a cheap mattress lacks the material to prevent wear. A durable memory foam or latex mattress uses high-density foam to deter sagging and avoid an uneven surface.
A mattress experiences the most wear where a person sleeps every night. If your mattress has insufficient support, try bolstering it with a sturdy foundation or evening out the surface with a memory foam topper. You can also look for a memory foam mattress with a transition layer to add contouring and keep you from sinking into the support layer.
Keeping your memory foam mattress on a foundation with slats greater than 3 inches apart can cause the bed to dip, leading to foam damage. Box springs usually don’t have the support needed for memory foam mattresses. Bunkie boards are a good alternative if you want to reinforce a foundation that doesn’t meet the support needs of memory foam beds.
Minimizing the space between slats prevents the mattress from losing its shape.
If you do not maintain your mattress regularly, it may wear out faster. Sleeping on dead skin cells and other tiny debris grinds them into your mattress, which degrades the mattress’s materials and compromises its support.
To clean your mattress, strip the bedding off. Take time to vacuum not just the top but each side of the mattress and any crevices. Spot clean stains by spraying cleaner onto a cloth, then blot the stain. Do not spray cleaner directly onto your memory foam bed.
To further protect your mattress, consider a mite-proof cover with a tight weave to keep foreign matter out. Moisture, dust mites, or other particles accumulating inside the mattress can compromise the bed’s hygiene and cause a decline in your health by irritating your throat, nose, and mouth.
How to Prevent Sag
All mattresses sag eventually, but by keeping your mattress in excellent condition, you can reduce the risk of premature sagging.
Sleeping in the same spot every night can cause that area of the mattress to lose support faster than other portions of the mattress. To even out the wear, rotate it on a regular basis— once every three months.
Additionally, spot-clean and vacuum your bed often. We recommend dedicating a few hours for a thorough cleaning every three months, but give it a quick vacuum as often as you can. And avoid eating and drinking in your bed, to prevent food particles or spills from damaging your mattress.
Buy A Mattress With A Great Warranty
Mattress warranties protect a customer from a sagging mattress by outlining the company’s responsibility to repair or replace a defective mattress. Warranties cover only structural defects, and not damage caused by misuse and mishandling.
Many mattress companies won’t repair or replace a saggy mattress unless the indentations are more than an inch thick. The best mattresses come with warranties covering sagging under one inch, as a guarantee of their quality.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many years does a memory foam mattress last?
The average memory foam mattress lasts about seven years. Caring for a memory foam mattress can stretch out its lifespan to a decade or more.
Can you flip a memory foam mattress?
The majority of memory foam mattresses contain a support layer on the bottom and a comfort layer on top. Flipping a mattress with this construction will compromise its support.
A few memory foam mattresses are double-sided, however, so check with the company if it’s flippable.
Did We Help?
A memory foam mattress keeps your spine neutral and leaves little to no space between your body and the top of the mattress. If the mattress starts to sag, it can no longer provide the support and comfort a sleeper needs to get a good night’s sleep.
Fixing up your mattress with our DIY methods will make your mattress usable until you can replace it. Still, it may not provide the same support as a new mattress. If you’re still waking up with backaches or other pain after trying our tips, look into replacing your mattress.
This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.
The Ins and Outs of Memory Foam: Is It Worth the Hype?
April 10, 2017
Filed under: Shopping Tips
Memory foam mattresses have soared in popularity over the last decade. Memory foam pillows are a more recent addition to the product line. But what’s so great about memory foam? A lot, it turns out.
What is memory foam?
Memory foam material dates back to 1966 when it was developed by NASA to absorb shock in airplane seats. Since then, “slow spring back foam” (as it was initially referred to) has been used in NFL helmets, hospital beds, shoes, and prosthetics.
Memory foam has evolved in recent years, and technologically advanced foams are common materials in mattress construction. For example, Serta’s gel foam mattresses are made up of a combination of tiny cushioning chambers, each infused with millions of Titanium gel beads uniquely designed to relieve pressure points, provide added support and aid in temperature regulation.
Why do some sleepers prefer memory foam?
Memory foam is a great mattress material for many reasons. It evenly distributes weight and pressure over an area, giving many sleepers pressure point relief. The foam contours to each individual’s body shape, allowing for a high level of mattress personalization. Memory foam is also resistant to movement. If your bed partner gets up frequently or tosses and turns at night, the activity doesn’t ripple throughout the entire mattress.
Now, advanced memory foam technology helps keep you cool while you sleep. Serta’s iComfort mattress collection, for example, features EverFeel® Triple Effects™ Gel Memory Foam which provides a cool and comfortable night’s sleep.
How long does memory foam last?
Memory foam mattresses can last anywhere from eight to ten years, depending on how well they’re cared for. Typically, a memory foam mattress will last as long as any other type of mattress, whether it’s an innerspring or hybrid.
A liquid resistant mattress protector is a good way to keep your memory foam mattress clean and free from stains, which can impact the warranty. Our iComfort TempActiv mattress protector is a great choice for your memory foam mattress due to its cool-to-the-touch feel and water proof barrier.
What if I’m still not sure?
That’s okay! A new mattress is a big decision. If you prefer the traditional feel of an innerspring mattress, Serta offers the best of both worlds. Our hybrid mattresses mattress models combine gel memory foam with the most advanced individually wrapped steel coil innerspring systems. No matter your comfort preference, we’ve got you covered.
How Long Does a Mattress Last? #5 Sign You Need Mattress Replacement
Mattresses have a lifespan and need replacement if you are to get the best sleeping environment. There are different types of mattresses like Tempurpedic, memory foam, latex and other types with different lifespan. On average, mattresses take between seven to ten years with many experts recommending a replacement after seven years.
All in all, a review of the different mattress types will be of great help as far as mattress replacement is concerned.
How Often Do You Need Mattress Replacement?
Just like with most products, it is not just fair but necessary that a mattress is replaced after it has served its maximum possible time. If you thought that the mattress you are about to buy will serve you your lifetime, maybe you are wrong.
There will come a time when you will need to replace it. The question is how often should you change your mattress? There is no certain duration of time or standard period followed to change the mattresses. This is because different people use mattresses in different ways and different frequencies thus the difference in the span of their mattresses.
#5 Signs You Need Mattress Replacement
Below are clear signs that you need to replace your mattress:
- When you wake up with body pains, numbness, stiffness and/or aches
- You feel tired even after a full night sleep
- You enjoy sleeping elsewhere such as in a hotel than in your bed.
- Mattress sags rip off, tears, stained, damaged or shows other visible indications of overuse
- Your mattress is between seven and ten years old
How long does a pillow top mattress last?
Even though it is recommended that you replace your mattress averagely after around seven to ten years, mattresses such as the top pillow mattress may take a shorter span, especially if not well taken care of.
A pillow-top mattress features an extra soft cushioning layer that is attached to the surface of the mattress. It, therefore, requires more specialized care and attention lest it breaks down before seven years. A frequent switch up of the pressure points will extend the life of these mattresses. Also, ensure to constantly protect the cushy top and keep it always clean.
To enable it to go for at least seven years, periodically vacuum the mattress to remove skin flakes, dust mites, and other debris. The vacuum pump will also pump the cushy pillow mattress top-up. Also, flip the mattress after every three months and rotating it 180 degrees at least once a month.
Depending on a person’s size & weight, the number of people using the bed and the protection and maintenance measures put in place by the owners, the pillow-top mattresses can last between four and seven years.
How Long Should You Keep a Tempurpedic Mattress?
The main feature of a mattress design is the density. The same density is also the main factor responsible for the durability of these mattresses. These mattresses feature billions of open cells together with tiny balloons having large holes and within them.
It is important to understand that the denser the foam, the more cells therein in the mattress. Tempurpedic is known to come with high densities of about 5.34 pounds/ft3.
High-density Tempurpedic foam comprises of a couple of billions of cells that are tightly packed close to each other thus the heavy mass characterized with these foams. On the contrary, other low-density foams have fewer cells.
Air is attracted and repulsed faster within the cells of the low-density foams than the high-density ones. The high-density Tempurpedic cells suffer less strain hence lasts longer than the common low-density foams. It is not uncommon to find these mattresses serving their full ten year period.
Read in detail about Tempurpedic Mattress: How long does a tempurpedic mattress last?
How long should a memory foam mattress last?
Mattresses get old just like any other thing. The question is whether there is a lifespan over which a foam mattress will last. There is no straightforward answer to such a question. Lifespan completely depends on how you care for your foam mattress will determine its lifespan. Other than the maintenance, the quality of material used to make the mattress will also matter a great deal.
On average, Memory Foam mattresses last longer than the average lifespan of a mattress as they are capable of lasting up to between ten to fifteen years.
However, even though they can last this long, the rule of the thumb still remains that if you want to get the optimum sleeping environment, a seven-year limit should not be exceeded before you think of acquiring a new mattress. Needless to say, memory foam mattresses are some of the most durable mattresses the market has to offer.
Read in detail about Memory Foam Mattress: How long do memory foam mattresses last?
How long does a box spring last?
The lifespan of a box spring depends on the original construction. However, on average, the box spring is just the most durable type of mattress as it is capable of existing for up to 20 years or even more. The market provides poor quality box springs as well as the high-quality box springs to choose from. With some being made of wood to attract a cheap retail price, the highest quality ones meet quality standards.
To know if your box spring is bad and needs replacement, you need to answer the following questions:
- Has my box spring started squeaking?
- Is it bowed or sagged?
- Are its coils more than 10yrs old?
- Does it have loose or broken springs?
- Is its steel grid broken or bent?
If any of your answers to the above questions is yes, then it is a high time you need to replace your box spring. In Review, do you have a mattress that sags, torn, rips off or has a depression? Or do you always enjoy sleeping in a hotel but wake up tired, with a stiff body, pain, and/or aches when you sleep in your bed? Or has your mattress lasted more than seven years?
Then it is a high time you need to replace your mattress and maintain that great sleep environment you had been enjoying ever since.
Average Life of a Mattress
The rule of the thumb is that a mattress needs replacement once signs of wear and tear are seen or when it works no more. The same principle you use on your worn pair of shoes will be applied here as well.
Once you feel that the mattress is depriving you of the much-needed comfort and your body no longer gets the support it has been getting earlier on, it is an indication that the bells for changing the mattresses have ringed.
Needless, to say, after about seven to ten years, most mattresses always exhibit the characteristics of a mattress that needs replacement. After these years, the mattress will sag and form a depression, mostly at the center.
The mattress will also show visible signs of wear, tear and rip off. Whoever uses a mattress that has lasted over seven years will most likely wake up the following morning with a stiff body, pains on the ribs and body aches, not forgetting fatigue even if they slept for the recommended eight hours every day.
After seven years, you probably will be enjoying your nights at the resort than in your bed hence the need to replace your mattress when it isseven to ten yearsold.
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I am Jim Thomas and I am the editor of this blog. The sole purpose of this blog is to help people make an informed decision rather investing in a wrong Mattress. I work with a team of enthusiastic people who research sleeping experience and how mattresses should be designed for ultimate comfort and better health.
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