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Planning to buy a new mattress? Allocating budget based upon the fact: how long does a mattress last? It may not be a big factor as you may be thinking. Read on to know why.

As per recent data, the average lifespan of the mattress is 10+ years now.  There has been a steady shift in this number in the last 5 years. It used to be 7-8 years. Now it is 10 years. And the number of years is expected to increase further.

There has been a considerable advancement in the technology and quality of mattresses being made. Based on the data collected there has been a change in mattress buying patterns. This is largely because of the innovations made in the last few years.  The mattresses are going to last longer than what they have been.

The manufacturers are providing 10-15 years to a lifetime warranty. Can you expect a bed to last longer if the mattress has a longer warranty coverage? Maybe not.

Let us first list down frequently asked a question about the longevity of various mattress types.

Average Lifespan Of Different Mattress Types

Mattress TypeAverage Lifespan
Pillow Top Mattress8 years approx
Innerspring Mattress7 years approx
Latex Mattress15 years approx
Regular Foam Mattress8 years approx
Memory Foam Mattress10 years approx
Gel Memory Foam Mattress 10 years approx
Hybrid Mattress7-8 years approx
Air Mattress6 years approx
Futon Mattress4 to 5 years approx
Mattress Topper3 to 5 years approx

1) How long does a pillow top mattress last?

The life of pillow top mattress depends upon the type of coil, number of coils and gauge of coil used in the mattress. Pocketed coil system with a thick (low) gauge of 12 or less and coil count of 400 or more can last 8 years.  Heavier you are, the lower the coil gauge should be. Most of the good brands are using quality coils so expect a good life of a pillow top mattress.

2) How long does an innerspring mattress last?

Innerspring mattress lasts around 7 years. The same principles discussed above in pillow top about coils are applicable to innerspring. The high count of coils and lower coil gauge enhances durability.

3) How long does a latex mattress last

Latex is a natural rubber extracted from trees. Natural latex has a longer life than synthetic latex. An organic or natural latex mattress will last around 15 years. Most companies do not disclose the density of latex used.  The density of latex can help you predict durability. Higher the density of natural latex, more durable it is.

Mattress density help decide durability of the mattress or how long does the mattress last

4) How long do regular foam mattresses last?

Whenever the term regular foam is used, it is referred to as polyfoam. But these days polyurethane is the most popular bedding material in the industry. It is less durable than memory foam. Regular foam mattresses last around 8 years. Polyurethane with higher density (more firm) will be more durable as compared to low-density soft ones.

5) How long should a memory foam mattress last?

If you are buying a higher density of memory foam, it will last longer. A good quality memory foam mattress will be 4 pounds per cubic foot (PCF)  or more. It will last for around 10 years.

6) How long do gel memory foam mattresses last?

Gel memory foam is a type of memory foam with an extra layer of gel to give you a cooling effect. Its life is the same as memory foam. Gel memory foam will also last around 10 years.

7) How long does a hybrid mattress last?

Hybrid mattresses generally use layers of memory foam/latex over innerspring. The durability will be directly dependent on the quality ( density ) of layers used. The core layer beneath the top layer has coils. It also contributes to durability as discussed in an innerspring mattress. The age of hybrid mattresses on an average is around 7-8 years.

8) How long does air mattress last?

Air mattress generally have below-average life. The average of life of a good quality airbed with comfort layer is 6 years. The most common issues that start arising are mechanical in nature. The air pump may start creating problem or air starts leaking. The issues come much earlier if you are using basic camping-style air mattresses.

9) How long does futon mattress last?

Futon mattress has a very average lifespan. They typically last 4 to 5 years if they are maintained properly.

10) How long does a mattress topper last?

A good quality mattress topper can enhance the comfort of an old mattress. A mattress topper generally lasts anywhere between 3 to 5 years.

Factors Affecting Mattress Life

Cleanliness: Irrespective of brand or type of mattress you are using. The life of a mattress can be easily enhanced by following a proper cleaning schedule. It will hamper or control the growth of bacteria, mold and dust mites. Periodic vacuuming is a must to avoid health issues.

Usage: Are you using your mattress in your master bedroom or guest room? The mattress in a guest room will be subjected to less usage thereby less wear and tear. A kid’s mattress or mattress in your bedroom will have a relatively shorter life. Further, the mattress which is used only for sleeping will last longer. Any eating or drinking on the bed may lead to occasional spillage. It can cause damage in the long run. Kids playing or jumping on the mattress will make the mattress more susceptible to wear and tear.

Body weight: People with more weight create more stress and pressure on the mattress. Individuals with a lean body or lesser weight exert less pressure or compression.

Flipping/Rotating: You might not be rotating/flipping your mattress. Depending on the type of mattress, it should be rotated and/or flipped twice in a year. It helps in even compression on the mattress and avoiding top layers to take the permanent shape of body contours.

Hidden Truth Of Warranty You Should Know

Planning to buy a mattress with a lifetime warranty or warranty as high as 15 or 25 years? Are you making an informed decision by looking into the details of the enclosed warranty?

A warranty of lifetime or 15 years does not mean that you will be given a choice to get a new mattress free of cost.

Warranties won’t cover the wear and tear due to usage. If some part of the mattress like a coil has some issue. The part will be replaced and not the complete mattress. Any sagging, lumps or deformed memory foam within the warranty period is covered. It will be taken care of by manufacturer

Most of the warranties beyond 10 years provide prorated coverage.

Understand the terms and conditions of prorated coverage. Be clear on the percentage you will have to pay under prorated coverage. Make sure you understand the transportation, shipping and pickup cost. It is included or has to be borne by the customer.

Long term warranties have an initial non-prorated warranty and get converted into prorated one after 10 or more years.

How Often Should You Change Your Mattress?

It is a common myth that you need to get a new mattress every 7 to 8 years. You should keep a mattress as long as it is not causing any problems in your sleep.  The sole purpose of the mattress is to provide good quality sleep and support your spine. You may have a difficult time adjusting to a new mattress if you have not selected the right mattress. Let us look at few easily noticeable factors which can help you decide if you need to change your mattress.

Replace Your Mattress if :

Wear and tear: Look for general signs of wear and tear like lumps, sagging. Do you feel coils while tossing and turning?

Body Aches: Have you started developing frequent body aches? Or do you wake with niggles in your back or muscles? Such issues surfacing frequently can lead to health issues.

Motion Transfer: Does you or your partner/co-sleeper can feel the movement in the night when you turn? Increase in motion transfer is a sign that your mattress is old now.

Issues of improper sleep: Do you wake up in the morning feeling not so fresh? There can be many reasons and one of them can be your mattress. Our bodies tend to change shape and weight with time. We may have a new partner with a very different body type and contouring. The old mattress may not be able to accommodate all these changes. The kind of support and comfort provided may not be up to the mark.

Redoing Bedroom: It is that phase of our life when you are going for a complete overhaul of your bedroom. Everything in the room is new and equipped with the latest technology available in the market. You may want to replace your mattress with a brand new plush mattress. An old mattress may spoil the feel new factor.

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