Everyone that has had to purchase a mattress in their lifetime knows how stressful the process can be. And if you have never purchased a mattress but will be soon, prepare for a unique experience that is comparable to that of purchasing a car. This is because purchasing a mattress is a huge decision in many different aspects. A mattress affects your nightly sleep, which is a big key to being successful during the day. Therefore, you need to perfect mattress for your sleep needs. But finding the right mattress can be time consuming, financially stressful, and mentally taxing depending on how long the process takes. Mattress buying questions are very common and we have the answers for you.

At The Mattress Gurus, we are mattress experts that have a lot of knowledge about different mattresses and what it takes to successfully purchase one that will satisfy your needs. Regardless if you are a new purchaser or someone that has purchased many mattresses, you will probably have a few mattress buying questions here and there. When you are purchasing something as important as a mattress, there is no shame in admitting that you need help. Here are the most common mattress buying questions as well as some other tips to help you on your journey.

Mattress buying questions

Where should I shop for a mattress?

With the prevalence of online shopping, many people do not visit in-person stores as often anymore. That includes in the mattress industry, with bed-in-a-box companies gaining a lot more business than ever before. But in our opinion, there are some things that should only be shopped for in-person with mattresses being one of those. By shopping for a mattress inside an actual store, you will get to test out different firmness options and choose what really feels good to you. If you shop online and purchase from a bed-in-a-box company, you will never know how your mattress feels until it arrives. Purchasing online will set you up for the possibility of not liking your new mattress and having to go through the long process of returning it. Check out our partnered stores for places that you can look for mattresses in person today!

Does firmness really matter?

Yes, the firmness of your potential mattress is incredibly important! As mentioned above, your mattress can make-or-break your sleep cycle. If you get the wrong firmness for your body type, you may not be able to fall asleep and get your important rest. We suggest going into a mattress store and testing out every firmness option they have. Lay on each option for a few minutes and try to relax as you would at night. If the mattress feels good, it may be a good fit for you. If you do not like it at all, it is best to stay away from that firmness option. You may also want to consider if you are a back, side, or stomach sleeper as that can influence your sleep quality as well.

Can I get the cheapest mattress and call it good?

The old saying of quality over quantity fits mattress shopping well. Unless you are on an extremely tight budget, it is not advisable to choose the cheapest mattress option available. This is because the cheapest mattresses out there (especially the ones for less than $100) are created with low-quality materials most of the time. These materials do not offer any of the important support that your body needs to fully rest. They are usually incredibly thin, almost to the point where you would be better off laying on the ground instead. Consider higher quality mattresses and financing options when purchasing a new mattress. You will get your money’s worth in good sleep.

Do I need a return/exchange policy?

While mattress shopping, return and exchange policies are often heavily touted. Most stores will have a comfort guarantee of 60+ days. During these 60 days, you get to try out your mattress and decide if you actually like it and want to keep it. If you do not enjoy the mattress, you should be able to return or exchange the mattress for another model. Be sure to ask the mattress associate at your chosen store if they have policies like these in order to protect yourself in the event that you are unhappy with your mattress.

Should I get a frame/base?

For the most part, it is a good idea to get a frame or adjustable base for your new mattress. Depending on the materials, innerspring for example, a box spring support system may be required. The box spring will allow the mattress to be supported evenly for the correct wear pattern. Other mattresses can do well on a frame or adjustable base, just make sure you ask the mattress sales associate before purchasing.

Go with the Gurus

Mattress buying can be a stressful experience, but we can help you out. Our website contains many helpful resources that will answer your mattress buying questions, including our different brands and types of mattress. If you do not know exactly what you want, try out our mattress selector tool. You can also read through our blogs in the mattress education section!