Like automobiles, mattresses are durable goods with a usable lifespan. Over the course of ten years, we use our mattress almost ten times as much as our car. In fact, we use our mattress more than any other durable good we own, and we're less able to tolerate its wear. While we accept a decline in performance in our car, we expect our mattress to perform like new for years despite extensive use.
The Truth about Mattress Lifespan
Mattresses don't last fifteen years. Most don't function well past ten. Conventional mattress warranties reflect this truth and often don't cover wear at all. At European Sleep Works, we consistently see customers replacing a "premium" conventional mattress that is less than five years old. Many mattress companies sell expensive mattresses made of substandard materials that just don't hold up well over time knowing that consumers believe a more costly product is a better one.
Mattresses Have a Normal Arc of Wear
Mattresses do wear with use—and they should. If the weight of your body doesn't cause the mattress to yield, your body will experience increased pressure in the shoulders and hips (think crumple-zones on a car). This yielding leads to the mattress gradual breakdown. Put another way, either the mattress wears out—or you do. A well-built mattress with durable, flexible components will generally last about ten years. Wear should occur gradually without dramatically affecting comfort or function.
The European Sleep Works Solution
At European Sleep Works, we are mattress designers and builders. Our mattress is designed for function and built to last with components that we select and buy from the European market. Our all-natural latex foam and pocketed steel coils are more durable—and more comfortable—than those found in conventional mattresses. And we offer a full ten-year warranty on every mattress we sell.