Use this handy cheat sheet to comparison shop for your mattress.
Do your research! Determine which type of mattress suits your needs: innerspring, memory foam, hybrid, latex, airbeds, waterbeds? Each one offers advantages and disadvantages. It all boils down to personal preference and what works for you.
Before purchasing a mattress online, visit a brick-and-mortar store first to see, touch and try out the mattresses that appeal to you. Be sure that it’s a reputable store and one that values offering great customer service.
Which brings us to the next tip. Enquire about the store’s return policy, delivery of your mattress, financing, removal of your old mattress as well as any additional delivery fees in the event you want to return your mattress.
Check the terms of the manufacturer’s warranty: each manufacturer has its own warranty. Be aware that the warranty on a new mattress and foundation covers only product defects. It does NOT cover the wear and tear, loss of support or loss of comfort.
Shop with your partner, so that you both can get a sense of how the mattress feels when you are both lying on it. Toss and turn to test for motion transfer.
Seeing physical cutaways of a mattress interior gives you a better idea of the quality of a mattress. Doing so will make your mattress shopping a lot less stressful, as you’ll have a visual reference by which to compare each mattress.
Ask the salesperson about foundations and if the mattress you like is compatible with all the foundations; for example, a box spring or adjustable bed.
Sleep Metro Tip
If you’re on a tight budget, focus on spending your money on a good quality mattress and purchase a less expensive box spring.
In-store salespeople are out to put on the pressure in order to make a sale, no matter whether or not it’s the best mattress choice for you. Stand firm and don’t be bullied into making a purchase that you’ll regret later.
Everyone likes a good bargain and to save money, but purchasing an inexpensive mattress while compromising on quality is a slippery slope and a temptation you should resist. Remember, your mattress is a big-ticket item and you’ll be spending a minimum of 8 hours a night sleeping on it for at least the next 7-10 years. That’s a long time to be uncomfortable and not have the proper support.
Which brings us to the next tip: Shop for the best value that you can afford, not the lowest price. You can still get a good deal on your mattress, only be aware that there is a direct correlation between quality and price. Your purchase should make sense to you financially.
Purchase a new pillow to go with your new mattress. Since your mattress will be providing better support, your neck alignment may be out of whack if your current pillow is softer.