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What is a Sleep Trial?

Learn why mattress companies are offering in-home sleep trials and why you should take advantage of them.

By Tyler Moyer

Over the years, mattress companies have come to realize that a standard return period just is not long enough to truly decide whether a mattress suits a person. This is because science has shown it takes several weeks for a person’s body to adjust to a new mattress, and it also takes several weeks for the mattress to adjust. 

Therefore, in an effort to improve customer service and satisfaction, the majority of mattress companies have instituted sleep trials for customers so that they can know for sure that they have chosen the right mattress and made the best investment in their health.

What is a Sleep Trial?

A sleep trial is a predetermined amount of time that a customer has to adjust to a new mattress and return it without cost if they don’t like it. This way you have several weeks or even months of sleeping on your new mattress risk free to truly know whether or not the mattress is a good fit for you. 

If during this trial period, you decide your mattress purchase is not a good fit, you can return the mattress for a full refund and in most cases, the company will pay for return shipping or pick up the mattress themselves.

How Long is a Sleep Trial?

The amount of time for a sleep trial varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. We’ve seen trial periods advertised as 30 days (or a 30 night sleep trial), but we’ve also seen 100 night sleep trial advertisements and even a whopping 365 night (one year) sleep trial period. So you will have to check the manufacturer’s website to verify if they offer a sleep trial and how long it is. 

What’s the Catch?

There is no catch but you should verify a couple of details to make sure you get the most benefit out of the sleep trial period.

  • How do you initiate a return, should you need to?
  • Do you have to pay for a return or will the manufacturer pay for it?
  • Do you have to handle the packaging and preparation of the mattress or will they come pick it up?
  • Are there any conditions that will void the trial period?

A sleep trial is a great way to be sure you’ve made the right investment in your mattress purchase. A standard return period is just not long enough for your body as well as the mattress to fully adjust and to determine whether it is a good fit for you. Therefore, we encourage you to take advantage of trial periods and if your choice is narrowed down to a couple options, go with the option that offers the longest sleep trial so you can be confident in your purchase.


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