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How often should you replace your mattress? (A simple guide)

We rely on our mattresses to help us get a good night's sleep, but after years of use, they lose their durability and can cause back pain or poor sleep quality. Buying a new mattress is an inevitability, but knowing when to replace it is another matter entirely. In this guide, we will look into the lifespan of mattresses and the best reasons to buy a new one.

What is the average lifespan of my mattress?

Mattress guides have recommended time frames for when you need to buy a new one, but the length of time varies when it comes to different types.

Memory foam

A memory foam mattress is ideal for couples. Offering low motion transfer, this type of mattress provides an effective solution to the problem of pressure points. With the right amount of care, a memory foam mattress can last for about 10 to 15 years.

Innerspring

Considered a traditional yet widely used type of mattress, an innerspring mattress provides a comfortable sleeping surface. Most innerspring mattresses come with a box spring support system. However, compared to memory foam, innerspring mattresses generally last for up to six years, or a few years longer if they are made from high-quality materials.

Bed in a box

This type of mattress is all foam and easy to transport, as it's shipped inside a box. The only downside is the factory smell that accompanies it after the unboxing. Depending on the manufacturer, your bed in a box should last for about 10 years, or until the warranty expires.

Hybrid mattress

Hybrid mattresses have a spring and memory foam combination that's ideal for most sleeping positions. These mattresses are perfect for side sleepers, stomach sleepers, and couples who share a bed. With constant care, a hybrid mattress should give you better sleep for at least six years of use.

Air mattress

This type of mattress is beneficial for portable applications such as camping or traveling. It makes use of an electric pump that inflates the mattress, but they are vulnerable to punctures that can cause deflation. If you are careful, your mattress should last for at least eight years.

General signs it is time to replace your mattress

While there’s no exact estimate for the lifespan of your mattress, you’ll know it’s time for a replacement if you notice these signs:

Your mattress negatively affects your sleep

If you find that you’re not sleeping well or that you’re dealing with excessive back pain, your mattress may not be giving you the comfort and support that you need. Replacing your mattress is essential for better sleep.

You have an increase in allergies

The condition of your mattress has an impact on your overall health and well-being. A buildup of dead skin cells, dust mites, bed bugs, and other allergens can all cause respiratory issues. If frequent washing and vacuuming isn’t enough to solve these problems, consider buying a new mattress.

Your mattress is showing obvious signs of wear and tear

The life of your mattress decreases with frequent use. If you sense that it’s not in good condition anymore, it could be that the materials have lost their functionality. Springs may pierce through the surface and the foam could go bad. If you are experiencing any of these, don’t delay. Purchase a new mattress.

You’ve had your mattress for more than five years

The lifespan of a high quality mattress can reach 10 years or more, but a safer threshold for getting a new one is after five years.

Do you need to replace your mattress?

The decision to replace your mattress will depend on the type you have, along with other factors such as comfort, your common sleeping positions, and more. If you think now’s the right time, we’re here to help you find the best replacement mattress for your needs. Browse our lineup of mattresses including latex mattresses, pillow top mattresses, and euro top mattresses.