Angie's List Report: Buying a New Mattress

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Updated: 2/05 10:50 pm
(WDEF) Foam, innerspring, two-sided, one-sided, pillow top, adjustable - you have a lot of choices.   When shopping for your next mattress, take time to consider these common myths.
     Lauren Taylor is the president of a company called Holder Mattress.  She said, "Right now we see a lot of pillow tops. Those are becoming a lot more popular and also foam mattresses - something that is all foam as opposed to having an inner spring."
    Myth number one: Replace your mattress every eight years.
    Taylor added, "There are going to be some mattresses that won't last eight years and there are going to be some mattresses that last twice that long. It really comes down to the quality of mattress that you purchase."
     Myth number two: dust mites live in your bed.
     Mattress manufacturers and scientists agree dust mites love the mattress environment, but there's still debate over how much weight they actually add to your bed.
     To ward off these invisible guests, regularly wash your sheets and your mattress cover.
     Taylor said, "Typically your body will tell you when it's time. If you wake up and you don't feel like you're getting a good quality sleep at night. Sometimes it's a matter of visiting someone's home or going to a hotel and figuring out that you don't sleep as well at home as you should."
     Myth number three: Removing the mattress tag means time in the slammer.
     Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "The warning on a mattress tag can be pretty daunting, but the truth is once you buy the mattress and you want to remove the tag, you can. Keep in mind, a lot of times that tag is necessary for the warranty to stay intact."
     Myth number four: Flipping a mattress keeps it in better condition.
Rotating and flipping makes sense if you sleep on a two-sided mattress that's made with materials on both sides, but most mattresses made today are one-sided and shouldn't be flipped.
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