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Things to Consider When Buying a New Mattress

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Feb 24, 2018 2:47 PM

Getting a new mattress is a very important decision, since you'll be spending a lot of time on this piece of furniture. Although mattresses may seem expensive when you look at the price tag, remember that a good one will have a positive impact on your sleeping habits, which will in turn improve your overall health and wellbeing. So, if you're thinking of buying a new mattress, then here are some things that you should consider.


Comfort is the most important thing that you should look for in a new mattress. After all, there would be no point in getting a mattress that you don't even enjoy sleeping on. In order to choose the right mattress, you will need to get familiar with a few different factors including firmness, materials, and its size.

You'll also need to try it out before you take out your wallet. Even though it may seem awkward to lie down on a mattress in the middle of the story, it's very important you do this in order to find out which one is perfect for you. Don't be ashamed to curl up in your usual sleeping position on a mattress in the store. In case you share your bed with your partner, then it's suggested that you both try it out at the same time. Know that it's recommended you spend at least ten minutes trying out the mattress you want to buy.

The Price

If you want to get a good mattress, then you will need to have a generous budget. Keep in mind that getting a new mattress is not just a purchase, but rather an investment, since it will greatly impact your mood and overall health. Getting a good night's sleep will reduce your stress levels and make you happier.

Return Policies

Even if you've tried it out in a store, the only real way to find out whether a mattress is good if you spend one or more nights sleeping on it. This is exactly the reason why a lot of mattress dealers offer a comfort-trial period. This trial period usually lasts 30 days, which will give you plenty of time to return the mattress if you don't end up liking it. However, know that some stores will charge you a fee if you choose to return it during this trial period.

The Size

The first thing that you should know when picking the size of your new mattress is that it doesn't have to have the dimensions as the one you're replacing. If you've had a king size up until now but don't need it anymore, then you should consider downsizing. Keep in mind that going for a smaller mattress will free up a lot of space in your bedroom. Nevertheless, if you choose to do this, then you will need to get a new bed frame as well. You should also consider getting familiar with all of the popular sizes.


If you're planning on buying a mattress online, then you should consider reading some reviews. Make sure to read what other people are saying about the brand that manufactures the mattress you plan on getting. For example, if you want to get a Casper mattress, then make sure to read a detailed Casper bed review.

Your Weight

One of the things that you will need to take into consideration when buying a new mattress is your weight. This is an important factor that will help you determine exactly what type of mattress you should get. For example, if you're overweight, then your best bet would be to get an innerspring mattress, since it is fairly thick. In case you're unsure about what type of mattress to get, consider getting a memory foam mattress, since it is designed to suit all people, no matter their body weight.


Some mattress manufacturers don't offer a warranty at all. However, you should only make a purchase if your desired mattress has a warranty. This way, you will ensure that you get a replacement if your mattress somehow gets ruined.

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