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The Truth Behind How Often You Should Replace a Mattress

by Olly Mason

When tucking in for sleep leaves you tuckered out when you wake up, it’s time to have a serious conversation about whether you need to replace your mattress. Knowing when to make the transition can be a little tricky, which is why we’re setting the record straight in this quick guide.

Inside, we cover the lifespans of each mattress type, signs your current mattress needs to be replaced, plus expert tips and answers from us, your local sleep specialists, including how to find the best mattress for your unique sleep needs.

At a Glance:

How Often Should You Replace Your Mattress?

Mattress Lifespans

Signs to Replace Your Mattress

Tips for Increasing Mattress Lifespan

Mattress FAQs

Why Trust Us?

How Often Should You Replace Your Mattress?

Regardless of the type of mattress you sleep on, most health and sleep experts suggest you can get a good eight years of use from a bed. With that in mind, some mattress materials are more resilient than others. And since every person is unique in shape and sleep position, how long a mattress lasts ultimately depends on the person(s) using it.

To stay on the safe side, consider a replacement as early as five years, especially if wear and tear are already compromising your health. Otherwise, start thinking about replacing your mattress once it’s hit its seven-year mark.  

How Long Do Mattresses Last?

Similar to materials, variations from brand to brand make this target hard to precisely say, but in general, here’s what you can expect.

Innerspring & Pocketed Coil Mattresses

Side by side of traditional and pocketed mattress coils

As the oldest model on the market, innerspring mattresses have had the most time to improve on design. Regularly emerging technology has made this mattress type more durable than ever, with an average lifespan of six to eight years.

Upgrade to a pocket coil mattress, and you can experience up to 10 years of reliability. The difference are individually encased coils that offer superior, isolated flexibility. Each spring works independently to support your body, rather than the interlocked network found on traditional mattresses.

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Memory Foam Mattresses

Hand leaving an indentation on memory foam

On the surface, memory foam mattresses appear to be a solid unit of support from the cover to the core, but in reality, several layers of foam make up the interior. The density, foam structure, and even thickness all correlate to the firmness and a mattress’s support level, so expect these factors to affect lifespan. Overall, memory foam mattresses are capable of lasting between 6–10 years, give or take.

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Hybrid Mattresses

With a lifespan between 5–10 years, hybrid mattresses offer the widest range of usability. Like their alternatives, it all comes down to the materials used and the type of sleeper you are. Naturally, high-end hybrid mattresses come with boosted support from quality-grade coils, as well as better foam materials, both which extend the life of the mattress when cared for properly. 

Signs You Need to Replace Your Mattress

We’re all about stretching dollars, but once your bed starts to affect your health, you have to wonder the true cost of sleeping on an outdated mattress. In case you need any more convincing, check if your current sleep situation pass these tests.

Pain

Under no circumstances should a bed feel uncomfortable. Even from the first moment you relax on it, its comfort should conform to your body, but that sensation does have an expiration date. Regular use will naturally cause a mattress to degrade, be it memory foam compacting and creating stiff surfaces that trigger pressure zones or coils that have become warped over time.

Common areas of pain include:

  • Hips and shoulders for side sleepers
  • Lumbar and hips for back sleepers
  • Neck, hip, and lower back pain for stomach sleepers

Allergies

Whether you believe the alarming statistic that the average mattress doubles in weight over its lifetime from accumulated dust and dander, the fact is the soft surfaces on a mattress are prime spots for debris to gather. While routine vacuuming can help alleviate this issue, it’s impossible to remove all the residue from a mattress, which is a serious issue for allergy sufferers. If your bedtime routine includes puffy eyes, a runny nose, or other common allergy symptoms, the best solution might be to replace your mattress altogether.

Sagging

You might think sagging is reserved exclusively for coil mattresses, but it’s also a concern for memory foam and hybrid models too. Solo sleepers will probably only experience dipping toward the end of a mattress’s lifespan, but for couples, double the weight means the problem can start prematurely. A little groove won’t mean the end of it all, but considerable indentations make it hard to get out of bed, limit the usable surface space, and can compromise the support and comfort of a mattress, resulting in pain, discomfort, and lower sleep quality.

How to Extend the Life of Your Mattress

Person vacuuming the surface of a mattress

Luckily, increasing the life of your mattress can be accomplished by following a few simple guidelines, starting with these tips below.

Proper Maintenance

In order for your mattress to take care of you, it needs to be taken care of itself. For starters, avoid moisture at all cost, and ensure your bed has proper ventilation, including below. From there, make sure to wash your bedding every two weeks to reduce the amount of buildup and to keep the surface clean. When possible, pass a brush and vacuum hose over the bare surface to catch any crumbs, dirt, dust, or pests. 

Mattress Covers

As an added layer of protection, we also recommend investing in a mattress cover. Not only are they pretty affordable, but they protect your mattress from damage, including liquids, mold, and bacteria growth, plus they act as a natural barrier between you and any allergens that may be harbored within its materials. 

Regular Rotation

Unless your mattress is double-sided, you can skip the flip and stick to a simple mattresses rotation as part of its regular maintenance. By resetting which areas you sleep on, each zone gets used equally and helps to retain an even surface that’s less prone to sagging and unevenness. The best part of this tip? You only have to do it once every six months.

FAQs about Mattress Durability

Q. Should you always replace a foundation when replacing a mattress?

Not necessarily. In fact, users can typically anticipate a decade of use from quality mattress foundations, which can be up to twice the lifespan of certain types of mattresses. However, make a note of any squeaking, wobbling, or structural damage. Additionally, it’s a good idea to identify your ideal foundation type and whether your current bed base is compatible with your new mattress.

Q. If I own an adjustable bed frame, will I need to replace my mattress more often?

While adjustable bed frames angle mattresses anywhere between 40–70 degrees from their standard positions, the only really affects a mattress’s lifespan if it’s not compatible with a powerbase. Make sure to read the manufacturer’s warranty to determine whether your new mattress selection can be used with an adjustable bed base—or let one of our mattress specialists find out for you!

Why Trust Us?

Behind every one of our satisfied customers, there’s a team of dedicated sleep experts who understand the science of sleep on a deeper level. While other chains can recommend a mattress, we guarantee you’ll enjoy rejuvenating sleep, thanks to our exclusive BedFIT technology that performs an astounding 11,000 calculations across 18 essential body measurements to ensure full-body relaxation night after night.  

In other words, we don’t doze when it comes to the quality of your sleep. With over 13 million sleep profiles built, the Mattress Land experience is unlike any other on the market, with a proven record of success that can only be found at our stores.  

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For a better you, start with a better mattress. At Mattress Land, we carry a large stock of quality mattresses in every type on the market, plus the bed sizes and comfort levels you’re looking for. And with our BedFIT experience, our sleep specialists can pair you with the right kind of support you need to help put an end to sleep discomfort.   

Shop today online, by phone at (877)-477-5337, or at one of our mattress showrooms located in California, Nevada, Idaho, and Washington.