I want you guys to feel like you can trust me
In the interests of full transparency, I thought It was important to write a short post that breaks down exactly how I gather my information for a review, then decide whether to recommend a product to you.
As you might know if you’ve read my “about” page, bestmattressforyou.com is run by just me. I do all the research, all the writing… everything! You might even have watched my introduction video on that page in my frizz haired no make up glory. I did that on purpose. To show you there’s nothing fake about me. What you see is what you get, warts and all. And that is how I want to present my reviews to you. Real, honest, trustworthy!
Companies don’t send me mattresses to test
And even if they did…. I would never in a million years have enough time to sleep on any of them for long enough to give a comprehensive review anyway.
I therefore spend time scouring the internet hunting out what I judge to be quality comments and reviews from other people who are already using the mattress as I feel these are the people you really need to be hearing from. I spend the time researching so you don’t have to. You can just jump straight onto one of my review posts and take the information from there.
I look at comments people leave on Amazon, Reddit, Quora, news articles, other mattress review sites, lifestyle sites…. you name it, if they’re talking about mattresses and which ones are better, I’m probably reading it on your behalf!
I also go hunting on the internet for questions people have asked about the mattress. Some have hundreds of questions! I’ll read all these for you and bring you a FAQ with helpful answers on my reviews. This will also save you a ton of time.
I mainly review Amazon products, here’s my process for Amazon
Have you looked at just how many mattresses are available on Amazon? There are 382 pages of them! That is a lot!! They range in price from under $100 to over $11000. That is a massive range! How do I deal with so much information to give you the best information possible? Here’s a list of my criteria
- Star rating. When people leave comments on Amazon, they can give a product a star rating. Amazon then takes the rating everyone has given the product and gives the product its overall rating. Five stars is perfection, 1 star is a dud. I will only ever recommend products to you that are four stars or more. There is enough variety out there that you should not have to settle for less. I may review products with less than four stars from time to time, but I will not use affiliate links on those posts as I will not be recommending you buy them.
- Number of reviews. Which would you have more confidence in, a product with a five star rating but only three reviews or one that has a 4.3 star rating but thousands of reviews? The more reviews a product has, the more likely it is that there is a good balance of comments between positive and negative. If a product has thousands of reviews but a good star rating, it means no one really has anything bad to say which is a great indicator of a good purchase. I have therefore decided I will only review Amazon products that have 100 reviews or more.
- Questions. A great thing about buying on Amazon is that you can ask questions about a product you are interested in, and people who already have the item will answer them for you. I read through all of these (some mattresses have hundreds of questions, I’m saving you SO much time) to form a FAQ for that specific mattress.
- Price category. I’ll figure out for you whether a mattress is a good buy for the money. This will help you decide if that cheap mattress with a good star rating is too good to be true, or whether that really expensive one is actually worth it.
I check in with the mattress companies
I do this to make sure you are getting the best deal. If I’m recommending you buy something from Amazon I want to check first if you could get a better deal direct from the mattress company or not. This could be things like longer warranties. If I think I can get you a better deal on a mattress I’m recommending you buy, I may direct you straight to the company via an affiliate link instead of recommending you purchase from Amazon. Even if I don’t have an affiliate link for the company but I think it’s better to buy through them than Amazon, I will still recommend the company even if it is at the cost of an affiliate commission. This is because what is best for YOU is my top priority.
I’ve said this on several of my posts and I’ll say it again here. Any affiliate link I direct you to is as unbiased as I can be. I will not be beholden to any company for a higher commission for a good review. The simple fact that I cannot actually test all the mattresses myself immediately removes the risk of being tempted down that path anyway.
So there you have it. If you were wondering how I go about collecting information and deciding how to review something, I hope I have answered your questions. If not, or if you have a suggestion for what you would like to see in a review please leave me a comment. As always, I’d love to hear from you.