At Mattress Gurus, we have talked a lot about the advantages of purchasing a mattress in-store as well as some do’s and don’ts that you should pay attention to. We talk about this subject a lot because it is something that many people, especially those that do not enjoy the internet, take advantage of. However, even if some people do not enjoy shopping online, there are still many that actually prefer it over visiting physical stores. Because there are many of these people, we feel that it is important to touch on buying a mattress in-store or online. Here are some of our best tips that will help you decide which of these shopping methods will work better for you! Be sure to consult our top mattress buying questions as you begin shopping.

Buying a mattress in-store or online

Price difference

Due to the convenience factor of online shopping, there is a possibility of finding mattresses for cheaper than they would normally be at an in-person mattress store. One problem with the cheaper mattresses that you may find online is the fact that you will not be able to try them out beforehand and must rely on customer reviews. If you are uncertain about trusting online reviews, we have some tips for you here.

Although prices may be a little higher when you are shopping for a mattress in-store, the price difference is worth it. Plus, the selection of mattresses at a mattress store is often some of the best mattresses that the store’s owner or staff personally recommend. When you purchase in-person at a mattress store, you are getting a product that the professionals stand by rather than something that could potentially be an online dud.

Testing the mattress

As mentioned before, there is a wide range of mattresses and mattress-related products available on the internet. Unfortunately, you will not be able to try many of these out before you consider purchasing them. Many mattress brands you will see online are online-only, which means that no local stores carry them. This is a very big risk to someone that has specific mattress needs as it could either go really well or really bad. This is one of the biggest reasons that we recommend customers to visit in-person mattress stores because it lowers the chance that they will be unhappy with the mattress they choose. If testing your mattress before buying it is not important to you, online purchasing may be a good option.

Selection size

When you shop at a mattress store, you will find only the best of the best products. You will find brands including Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Stearns & Foster, Serta, Purple, and more. These are renowned brands that are popular for a reason; they exceed the expectations of almost everyone who buys one of them. Most mattress stores will refrain from carrying new brands or brands that may be deemed as bad or untrustworthy. You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you will be choosing a great mattress.

While shopping for your mattress online, options can feel nearly endless. You will likely see brands that you have never heard of. The prices of these brands may seem unrealistically cheap and that should make you think twice about purchasing from them. As many say, quality over quantity is the best motto for many things, including buying a mattress in-store or online.

Warranty, trial period, and returns

For many mattress stores, warranty and trial periods are a big selling point. Most mattresses that you buy from an in-person mattress store will give you a generous warranty, and some even have a comfort guarantee for anywhere from 90-180 days. They will also allow you to return your mattress if you do not like it, sometimes for a small fee. Many mattress stores will even send a crew to come to pick up your unwanted mattress and help you pick a new one out. This process is made a whole lot more complicated if you have purchased your latest mattress online.

As for a mattress purchased online, the warranty and trial period information can be a little tricky. Trusted online mattress sellers will likely give you a good warranty and maybe even a trial period, but newer online mattress companies might not offer that. Returns can also be a pain as you must pack the mattress up yourself and find a way to ship it back in some cases. This is a key point that we made in our mattress buying mistakes blog post from 2020.