Brand New is Better: Reasons Not to Buy a 2nd Hand Mattress

Mother and father playing with the mattress with the kids

Buying a mattress? You might be thinking that buying a before owned mattress would be a good deal. After all, before owned items are much cheaper than brand new ones.

While it’s true you might be able to save a little money on a secondhand buy, it could cost you a lot more in the long run. Buying a before owned mattress might even cost you your good night’s sleep in the years to come.

Compromised quality

A good mattress is the key to a good night’s sleep. Sellers might claim that their before owned mattresses are in perfect condition, but people have used them for a few years — there’s bound to be years’ worth of sweat and other bodily fluids there. Moreover, previous owners may have spilled food and stained them, or bed bugs might be living in their folds. Buying a before owned mattress may cost less, but it might cost you extra to have it inspected and thoroughly cleaned afterward.

Older than claimed

According to The Mattress Department, mattresses are designed to last about seven years. But unscrupulous sellers could gloss over the numbers of their product. With it also being difficult to assess the age of a mattress just by inspecting it in a store, you might be setting yourself up for a bad sale.

Furthermore, even if the before owned mattress were actually its claimed age, you would still have to buy another mattress in a few years’ time.

Not suited to your preferences

Different people have different preferences when it comes to mattresses. Some prefer soft, padded surfaces to firm mattresses. Some prefer traditional innerspring beds to memory foams. A before owned mattress may not be customized to your preferences. You may have difficulty sleeping if the mattress you’re sleeping on is not exactly what you had in mind for a bed.

Mattress buyers have countless options. In Salt Lake City, for example, there is a host of shops with affordable new mattresses. You might need to shell out more for a new mattress but bear in mind that it’s a good investment.