Top 10 things to consider when buying a mattress

This list compiles the top 10 things to consider when buying a mattress, in order of importance.  Go through the list and see if your upcoming mattress purchase checks all the boxes!

1.)  Support vs comfort

It’s difficult to gauge the support vs comfort argument – and it often devolves into a spring vs memory foam argument.  Decide which is more important to you, and dive in head first.

2.)  Price

Like you weren’t thinking about this already.  Mattresses come in three ranges, basic ($200-$500), medium quality ($500-$1200) and luxury ($1200+).  Decide what you’re willing to spend ahead of time, and set your expectations accordingly.

3.)  Preferences of spouse

This is a big one, and something that is long overlooked.  If you’re sleeping with another person, consider their needs.

4.)  Sleeping position

Do you sleep on your stomach?  That foam mattress is going to be awfully uncomfortable.  On your side?  Stay away from springs!  Your sleeping position should have a big impact on the type of mattress you buy.

5.)  Weight

If you’re overweight, you need to purchase a very firm mattress.  Particularly if you have a big belly, this might make your mid section sink in if the mattress is too soft.  I know it’s not fun to talk about, but it will have a big impact on the way the mattress provides support.

6.)  Durability

Do you treat things well?  Do you expect to have this mattress for 2 years or 10 years?  Make sure to ask about the durability of the mattress to ensure that you’ll be well supported for as long as you need to be.

7.)  Warranty

You don’t want to think you made the wrong decision before it happens, but sometimes you do.  Make sure you’re protected for at least 10 years in case something goes wrong with the mattress.

8.)  Return policy

Particularly if you’re switching mattress types (e.g. spring to memory foam), then consider going for a mattress with a great return policy.  Sometimes something feels great in the store, but after two weeks you know that you made the wrong decision.

9.)  Brand recognition

Decide if a brand is important to you.  Something like Sealy is a known brand, but there are a lot of unknown brands out there that make truly quality mattresses.  Decide if the brand is important to you, or if you’re willing to do some research to identify other brands that might suit your needs even better.

10.)  Recommendations

Always be ready to read recommendations, and ask your friends if need be.  Go to your friends places, see their mattresses, and ask the hard questions.  This is not the time to skimp on research.

If you follow these 10 items when buying your mattress, you’re going to make a great decision.  Good luck!