6 mattress shopping tips

February 12, 2019

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You may have noticed that you cannot walk down the street without someone trying to sell you a mattress. There seems to be limitless options for mattress shopping. Even when you are watching television or surfing through your favorite instagram accounts, ads for mattresses will pop up out of knowhere. So, what is it about mattresses that make them a priority?

A comfortable mattress is crucial during both the sleeping and awake times. A good night’s sleep translates to better functionality during the day. A quality mattress is relatively expensive and can be found at warehouses and online stores. If you are considering getting a new mattress, it is crucial that your arm yourself with knowledge before visiting the store or clicking the “Buy now” button on your computer. Here are six mattress shopping tips.

Things to consider when buying a mattress

Know your Size

The size of your bed determines the size of the mattress. You do not necessarily have to buy the same size as the old one. Maybe you had a king-sized bed because you were sharing with your bed. However, now you need bedroom space, and you have downsized to a queen. You could also be moving out on your own, and you want to start with a full-sized mattress. Think about your current needs in every situation and figure out the mattress size that is ideal for you.

Test before Buying

Take the mattress you are considering to buy for a test drive. Lie on the mattress for about 10 to 15 minutes to determine whether it is comfortable. Do not allow the salesperson to hurry you up or pressure you in buying. A mattress is a big purchase, and you need to take your time. Try different positions such as stretching out fully, and rolling from side to side. If you are a couple, test the mattress together and at the same time.

Return Policy

Check whether the store has any return policy. Most of them will allow a full refund or credit toward another mattress. Check for the return periods or the “comfort guarantees.” Some stores may charge a restocking fee. If you want a refund or an exchange, most retailers provide free pickup. However, in case you damage the mattress during this period, you will either take the mattress or pay for the damage.

Try to Haggle

Once you have chosen your mattress, try to bring the price down. Some stores may have fixed prices. However, many retailers provide room for negotiation. Insist on a price you have seen elsewhere. Do not be afraid to walk out if you feel you are not getting a good deal. If you are buying the mattress through online sellers, you may find it difficult to negotiate.

Box Spring

The seller should not bully you into buying a box spring since you might not need it or use it anywhere. However, if the spring box is not broken, you can keep and save money. Some stores may also require you to buy a box spring to receive full warranty coverage.


Always inspect the mattress for strains and other damages. Look for a label that indicates that the mattress is new before signing the delivery. Keep the label with you in case you have to file a warranty claim in the future. If there is a problem with the mattress, call customer care.

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  • MissPond February 13, 2019 at 8:41 am

    We just bought a new mattress – these are great tips for anyone looking to get a new one too 🙂

  • Mellissa Williams February 13, 2019 at 9:04 am

    I think its so important to test a mattress before buying. Some people like soft mattresses and some people like firmer mattresses

  • Samantha Donnelly February 15, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Great tips here, I need a new mattress for our spare bed, am looking at swapping ours and getting a new one for us. It is so important to try before you buy x

  • Clare aka Emmy's Mummy February 19, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    It’s certainly wise to try before you buy. I can’t stand my dons mattress as it’s too firm

  • Mandi February 19, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Great tips, wish i’d read this before our last purchase! We have a Super Kingsize and the actual base splits in two, so it was easy to get up the stairs, the mattress however, not so easy, it took four of us, and a lot of bad words to eventually get it into my bedroom, I did think at one point that it wasn’t going to get up the stairs! It is super comfy and there is lots of room, but I don’t ever want to have to move it from my bedroom!

  • Nikki Turner-Chaplin February 19, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    I am very particular over my mattress and like a soft supportive mattress. I hate a hard mattress! Thanks for the tips!

  • Sabina Green February 21, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    We are in thr market for a new mattress, we have both noticed that we are waking up more often with bad backs, numb shoulders or hips. I do always find it very overwhelming when trying to tfond the right mattress.

  • Nicole - Tales from Mamaville March 7, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Great tips! We often underestimate the importance of a GOOD mattress (it can make or break your back – and day – literally!) and often tend to forget that mattresses too need changing every few years.

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