9 Tips for Buying a New Mattress

A good mattress can provide relief and comfort, and improve your health and quality of life. Conversely, a bad mattress can cause soreness, poor sleep, low energy levels and other health issues.

A new mattress purchase, therefore, should be made with care. The tips below can help you make a careful purchase:

Know the different mattress types: 

  • Foam mattresses use heat sensitivity to conform to the contours of your body.
  • Innerspring mattresses use wire coils and provide bounce and strong support. 
  • Latex and gel mattresses are similar to memory foam mattresses but have more bounce. They‘re also hypoallergenic.
  • Hybrids combine memory foam and latex qualities in order to provide a mix of softness and support.
  • Adjustable air mattresses allow you to inflate or deflate the mattress so you can control firmness. 

Read reviews

What customers say about a mattress is more important than what the company selling it says. Read a range of customer reviews that look at comfort, quality, warranties, service etc.

Test the mattresses

This is the most important piece of furniture in your home. Don’t buy one without testing it first. And if two of you will be sharing the mattress, bring your partner to test it too.


There is a lot of markup in mattress sales, so always bargain. Even if you don’t get a discount, you can try for other perks like mattress covers or bedding.

Ask about returns policies

Many mattress retailers offer ‘comfort returns’ which allow you to return the mattress if you’re unhappy with it for any reason. Don’t buy a mattress from a store that doesn’t offer comfort returns. 

Buy a new pillow

A new mattress might cause the gap between your head and shoulders to change, so consider buying a new pillow too.

Protect your mattress

Coffee stain, spills etc., will void a warranty, so it’s a good idea to protect your mattress with a waterproof mattress protector.

Don’t accept delivery without inspecting the mattress

Before you accept delivery, inspect your mattress for stains, or other damage and check that an ‘all new material’ label is attached. If you notice anything doubtful, send it back.

Best times to buy

Like other products, you can get the best deals on the big event days. These include Black Friday, July 4th, Labor Day, Memorial Day, New Year’s and President’s Day.

Sleep like a baby

You’ll probably spend more time on your mattress than any other piece of furniture in your home. And the right mattress can make the difference between a good night’s sleep and an awful one. Using the tips listed above to help you purchase a mattress will help you sleep like a baby at any age.