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Top 10 Questions to Ask When Buying a Mattress


It’s that time, your mattress is dipping and the soreness you feel lets you know it’s time to invest in a new one!

But where to begin?

It can be overwhelming looking at a sea of white rectangles, but with the right questions in hand it will be a breeze to find a personalized sleep system and walk out of the store looking forward to your new sleep!

What brands and technologies do you carry?

The key to finding the right mattress is trying out everything the market has to offer. The top three technologies in mattresses are traditional coil, all foam, and hybrid, which is a combination of both. Comparing those three lets you know what works best for your body.

What sale do you have going on?

Learn the details of the sale, because it can help you in the decision-making process. The bed you love may have a special promotion, or a clearance model may have just become available. Saving is sweet when it’s on something you need!

What kind of temperature regulation does this mattress have?

One of the most common sleep issues is sleeping too warm and because of this, most mattresses today incorporate some variation of cooling technology. These features can range from using a breathable memory foam, to adding Phase Change Material to the cover. Having the knowledge of what your favorite mattress has helps you make the right decision for your needs.

How firm is the support system in this mattress and what is it made of?

When most people start looking for a mattress they usually tell their salesperson they are looking for a very “firm” mattress. However, most shoppers are looking for something that is supportive, yet conforming. Ask your salesperson about the difference in the support systems and try a few models to find what your body needs.

What size would be best for me?

This seems like a simple one, but the size of your mattress has a lot to do with how comfortably you sleep! A sleeping partner, kids, pets and your sleeping position can help determine whether you’d be best suited for a queen- or king-sized mattress.

How do these products help with my specific sleep need?

Most of us have some sleeping concern we’d like to alleviate, whether it be back pain or sleep apnea. Most beds are comfortable, but opening up about your support or sleep concerns helps to determine what sleep system is right for you. Investing in pillows that support your neck and shoulders as well as sheets that fit the mattress properly help tie the whole package together.

How long is the warranty and how can I make sure my mattress lasts?

Durability is important with any big investment, and mattresses are no different! Ask about the length of the warranty and the most common issues it would cover, as well as how to make a warranty claim. How long your mattress lasts has a lot to do with the care that is taken. Regardless of what mattress you choose, a waterproof protector should always be used. This protects against stains and tears, as well as moisture and dust mites that can cause the mattress to deteriorate faster.

What kind of foundation do you recommend?

Mattress technology has come a long way, and so have the foundation options that are available! Instead of just opting for a box spring, ask about an adjustable base and how it can make the mattress even more comfortable. By being able to raise your head and feet you have endless ways to enjoy pressure relief and support that a mattress alone can’t provide.

Do you have a comfort and low-price guarantee?

After the tough part of choosing your favorite mattress is over, you want to make sure you have the peace of mind that you made the right choice and got the best deal! Any retailer you choose should have a return and price matching policy for at least 30 days after the purchase.

What can I expect with my new mattress?

Realistic expectations are vital to being satisfied with your purchase. Every new mattress feels firmer than the floor model, and adjusting to a new support system can cause minor aches and pains in the first few weeks. Ask for tips on breaking in the new foams, because patience in the first 30 days is key to having a mattress you’ll love for years to come!