8 reasons you should never buy a second hand mattress

There’s nothing more satisfying than bagging a bargain. Whether it’s nabbing a used Sodastream on Gumtree for $20 or snagging a refurbished console at EB Games for a third of the price, it’s a satisfying feeling because a) you’re getting what you want, and b) you’re saving money in the process. But where do we draw the line at saving money when it comes to second-hand goods? There’s one easy answermattresses.

Here’s why.

  1. Your mattress hasn’t been faithful.

You know that second-hand mattress you just found on Facebook marketplace? This ain’t its first rodeo. In fact, there’s a good chance this is its fourth or fifth rodeo. One of the scariest parts about going to bed with a used mattress is you’re probably never going to know just how many people it’s slept with. And because you’re in the dark about who’s shared a bed with your mattress, there’s no way of knowing the places it’s been and things it’s touched…

  1. You don’t know where it’s been.

One of the biggest risks you take when you buy a used mattress is that you have no idea where it’s been. Unlike when you purchase a used car, you don’t receive a service history logbook of every time someone spilt coffee (or worse) on the mattress. The best case scenario is that it’s simply been slept on.

It probably hasn’t been dumpster diving in a McDonald's carpark or moshing at a sweaty dive bar, but that doesn’t mean the second-hand mattress you just bought isn’t filthy. Did you know that the average human sheds approximately 3.6 kilos of dead skin cells every year? Or that it’s constantly secreting sweat and oils? And that these secretions feed and attract dust mites, which shed their skin, defecate and reproduce inside your mattress? Well, now you do.

  1. Your time together is limited.

Even the best mattresses don’t last forever. Typically they remain in good condition for an average of seven to ten years when given a little TLC. So, when you buy a second-hand mattress, not only are you accepting its ambiguous bedroom history, it also means you’re accepting the fact that you’ll have to fork out for a newer one sooner.

  1. You’re missing out on the best in mattress technology.

As is the case with cars and phones, mattress technology is forever changing and evolving. If, for example, you were to purchase a three-year-old spring mattress from an op shop, there’s a good chance you’re foregoing countless hours of uninterrupted sleep because you’re prioritising price over comfort.


  1. It doesn’t come with a warranty.

A used mattress won’t come with a guarantee of quality, or a warranty that protects it for the years to come. Any defects you discover down the road, you’re stuck with. At Eva, we’re confident in the quality of our products, and we want you to be, too. So our warranty covers your mattress for 12 years. Unfortunately, with second hand mattresses, there’s no such guarantee.  


  1. You can’t return it.

Wasn’t what it looked like online? Have a change of mind? With second hand there’s often no way of returning it if you and your mattress simply don’t click. With something as important as your sleep, you can’t really afford to take that risk. Eva has a 365 day trial, meaning you can live with your mattress for a year and have the option to return it, for free, at any time. With a trial period like that, you can be certain that your mattress is the perfect fit for you. 


  1. You can’t try before you decide. 

With no returns comes no trial period. Buying a mattress without having a trial period means you’ve got a lot of risk attached to your purchase. There’s no room for change of mind or for testing it before making up your mind. You just have to trust the pictures and the person you’re buying from. Or, if you’re buying a used mattress from a store, you’ve got the five minutes in the shop to make your mind up before committing to it.
Read more about our 365 day trial here


  1. You don’t get the fun of unwrapping a rolled mattress.

Okay, this one’s pretty specific. But it’s true, unrolling your mattress-in-a-box is one of the most satisfying feelings. And you just don’t get that with a second hand mattress. 

These days, award-winning products like Eva Mattress exist to ensure you get the cleanest and best night’s sleep possible. For only $900, you’ll be sleeping on cooling memory foam, latex-foam, high-density support, five zone pocket springs [and none of those nasty eight-legged critters] every single time your head hits the pillow. So, while a second-hand Xbox might be a bargain, a bed of dust mites and strangers’ dead skin cells isn’t.

[Updated for 2022]



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