It’s a question we often get asked: ‘How much should a good bed cost?’ – and the answer is, what price can you put on a good night’s sleep?

Some people swear by the most expensive mattress on the market, some think it doesn’t matter what you sleep on. And how do you define ‘good’? We know that bed buying is a very personal purchase – what suits one person doesn’t necessarily suit another. The most expensive mattress may not be the right one for your comfort and support levels.

But it is important to remember that a bed is the foundation of achieving a good night’s sleep. And when we sleep better, we feel so much better too.

How much should you spend on a mattress?

As much as you can afford!

If we said you could get a decent double bed for just 20p a night, what would you say?  Would you snap it up? Because that’s what the cost of £1,000 bed, shared with a partner over seven years, will cost you. And given that the average person spends a third of their life in bed, it makes for excellent value-for-money – people spend a lot more on sofas and holidays!

Even if you regularly replace your mattress every seven to eight years, the chances are you may only purchase half a dozen over the course of your lifetime. Did you know a mattress tops the list of most regretted purchases? It’s better to invest in buying the right mattress than to save money buying the wrong one.

Is an expensive mattress worth it?

Prices for mattresses range from under £100 to several thousands. As a general rule of thumb, you get what you pay for – both in product and service – so our advice is to spend as much as you can reasonably afford. After all, what other household item gets used every day for between six and eight hours at a time?

There are two things that make a mattress worth its price: the comfort you get and the physical quality of its materials. Usually a more expensive mattress will feature high quality materials like wool or cashmere, more springs or deeper layers of foam etc. But that doesn’t necessarily mean all expensive mattresses are great for you.

Why are beds expensive?

Mattresses are a big consumer purchase – but that’s because they are designed to last for a long time and feature many different fillings such as foam, springs or latex.

Be wary of sites that claim to offer discounts of up to 70% or 80% off the ‘normal’ price. If they appear to be offering very high specification mattresses (with, for example, generous layers of memory foam or thousands of pocket springs) at budget prices, ask yourself whether it looks too good to be true. If it does, it probably is – and you may find that the so-called luxury mattress may have a basic spring unit in it with a very thin layer of memory foam.

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