What To Look For in a Great Mattress
4/10/2011 5:42:50 PM
Shopping for a new mattress is not an everyday occurrence. But when the task comes up, it is usually pretty intimidating.

Shopping for a new mattress is not an everyday occurrence. But when the task comes up, it is usually pretty intimidating. When you walk into a mattress store, mattresses might all look the same on the outside, but they are made from different materials, come in different sizes, prices textures, levels of firmness and even colours. There is so much to choose from that it can become overwhelming. 

The bottom line is that you have to research all of these things before you walk into the mattress store. You want to be an informed shopper who knows exactly want you like and need. Be prepared. Don’t let the smooth talking salesperson talk you into something that may not be good for you in the end. The following are a few things that you should look for when shopping for a great mattress.


Budget Friendly

Obviously, you should only purchase what you can afford. In order to stick to a budget, decide how much you are going to spend on your mattress set beforehand. Most importantly, while shopping, only look at mattresses that do not go over that amount. Once you find a mattress that appeals to you, haggle the price down even more. 

When the haggling strategy is used properly, you might be able to look at mattress sets that are a few hundred dollars above your budgeted price and haggle it down to where you want it to be. You might buy a mattress that is better than you intended to buy, but still within your price range.



Although you are trying to cut corners and save money, the mattress industry is not really the place accomplish this successfully. Yes, most mattress sets are expensive, but it would be better to buy the best name brand that you can afford than spend money on a cheaper generic brand that has all of the so-called bells and whistles. Many times people find out the hard way that their generic brand isn’t that grand after all. If you can afford it, then stick with a name brand manufacturer when purchasing a new mattress. 



Many people try to fit their mattress and bed to the space in their bedroom. This is a sound plan. However, if you are over 6 feet tall, a king size mattress and bed is the best fit for you. A queen size mattress is not going to provide the comfort and support that required because it does not fit your size or height. A great mattress has to be compatible with your height, weight and size.



A great mattress is not too hard and not too soft. It is just right. Many people think that a firm mattress is best kind to align the spine, but this is not the case. A great mattress allows both your shoulders and hips to dip lower into the bed when you move around. This will also allow you to align your spine better when sleeping on your side.



A great mattress comes with a great warranty, just in case it really isn’t that great after all. Sometimes showroom testing is not enough and your new mattress is not a good fit and has to be returned. Make sure that you have a solid warranty before leaving the store. Most mattress stores will allow you to return unsatisfactory purchases within 30 days. If you are unhappy for whatever reason, you will have the opportunity to return your purchase with no questions asked.


Overall, shopping for a mattress should not be that difficult if you know what you want and need before you even step foot on the showroom floor. Just like anything else, there are certain strategies that you have to research and learn in order to get the best product for your money. Learn and apply the tips in this article and you will do just fine.