The U.S Throws Out 50,000 Mattresses A Day
All those mattresses take up a lot of landfill space. How do we resolve this massive burden on the planet? One solution is to extend the life of your mattress by protecting it with mattress pads and toppers. These add a layer of protection because they put less pressure on your mattress which helps to maintain structural integrity. They help keep sweat and dust out of your mattress as well. When it’s finally time to get rid of your mattress, avoid the landfill route and look into mattress recycling programs that your city or state may offer.
A $5,000 Mattress Perfroms As Well As A $540 Mattress
Think twice before you spend a fortune on a new mattress. Mattress models are more alike than the industry would have you believe. In tests conducted by Consumer Reports, a $5,000 mattress performed about the same as one that cost $540. This is a result of the mattress industry’s clever marketing techniques and incredibly high markups - one Consumer Report’s assessment of a $3,000 mattress found that it cost about $300 to make (a 900% markup). Do your research to make sure you’re not paying for bells and whistles that don’t make any difference.
The Only Part Of A Mattress That Matters Is The Top
In general, the comfort layer (the upper 3 inches of most mattresses) is the only thing that significantly distinguishes one mattress model from another because it’s the layer that actually determines how comfortable a mattress will be. Yet, the mattress industry’s prices reflect a different story - they want us to believe the whole mattress plays a role in comfort so that they can charge high prices. So, next time you go mattress shopping, keep this in mind when you see mattress vendors touting unnecessary layers.