When shopping around online, it’s tough to judge a product based on pictures and specifications. Sure it looks and sounds great, but how do you know it’s the right product for you without seeing it first hand?
One of the most popular (and resourceful) online shopping techniques is to search for reviews that other consumers have made and published. Websites like Epinions and Consumer Reports provide detailed customer reviews on a huge range of different products available for online purchase. They are honest, open, and varied, which can be very helpful when it comes to making your own decision about whether or not to buy.
So, when it comes to purchasing something like a mattress, sorting through consumer reviews can be tiresome – there can be as many mattress reviews as their are mattress models on the market, which is a huge number. Here are some helpful pointers on how to search for helpful mattress reviews:
1. Figure out what type of mattress you’re interested in
With so many different kinds available, try your best to narrow down your choices. It will make things far less daunting when the research begins. Here are the more common mattress types:
- Latex foam
- Memory foam
- Air mattresses
- Waterbed mattresses
Narrowing down to one or two of the above will help eliminate a large amount of irrelevant mattress reviews.
2. Choose a brand of mattress
Try to find a brand you’re familiar with, or one that has been recommended to you. Going with a more well-known brand will likely deliver more mattress reviews in your search, making it easier to decide. Also, purchasing from a reputable company with a secure online checkout system is safer.
3. Find some reliable websites that contain reviews written by honest customers
The last thing you need is to read “reviews” written by the companies themselves, which end up promoting their products rather than providing genuine product evaluations. Websites like the ones mentioned earlier contain reliable, real customer reviews.
4. Take it with a grain of salt
Try to read as many reviews about your product as possible to get a general idea of what consumers think. Some may be extremely negative or positive, but it’s important to remember that every customer experience is different, and many reviews can be biased. Stick to objective, honest reviews about the product itself, rather than reading about a specific personal preference which may have skewed a reviewer’s experience.
Overall, online reviews can be very helpful when deciding which product is right for you. Purchasing from a company that offers long in-home trials and warranties also gives you the freedom to test out a product before fully committing to keeping it.