How To Shop For a Mattress

08 Oct , 2022

Did you know that you spend a third of your life on your mattress? Choosing the right one can make a big difference in your day-to-day life. Mattress shopping can be confusing and stressful, so let us help you find the perfect mattress.

If you'd like more information, you can always call us at 954 303 1476 and speak to one of our friendly mattress experts who will be happy to help you.

Buying Online Has Many Advantages!

Our customers are four times more likely to be satisfied than customers who shop at other stores. This is due, in part, to greater access to relevant information and helpful selection tools like our Comfort Scale and Durability Charts.

By carrying all the major brands, we maintain our unbiased independence, focused solely on getting you the best night's rest. We also offer great deals throughout the year, which you can check out on our sale page.

Choosing the right mattress online is much easier when you don't feel high-pressure sales tactics. There's no pressure here, shop at your convenience and at your pace - we're here to help!

There Are Several Ways to Shop For a Mattress, Depending on What You Need

-Completely new to mattress shopping or don't know where to start? Try our 1-2-3 Method (below).

-Know what brand you'd like but aren't sure of the exact model? Use our Comparison Charts.

-Need a mattress fast? See our Get It Fast selection..Looking to upgrade to the best sleep science and technology? Shop our Hybrid Section.

-Want to know more about the inner workings of a mattress before shopping? Check out our Mattress Research Center.

The 1-2-3 Way to Find Your Perfect Mattress

1. Select Size

This is probably the easiest of the decisions you'll need to make before your purchase. If you're comfortable with the size you currently have, then stick with it, but try to account for factors such as growth, sleep movement, and space restrictions.

King Size Mattress IconKing California King Size Mattress IconCal King Queen Size Mattress IconQueen Full Size Mattress IconFull Full XL Size Mattress IconFull XL Twin Size Mattress IconTwin Twin XL Size Mattress IconTwin XL

 

2. Select Comfort

Everyone enjoys a unique level of comfort. Thankfully, we have the only proprietary 10-Point Comfort Scale®. Rather than lying on every mattress until you find the right one, let our Comfort Scale help you recognize your preference. From 1 (super firm) to 10 (super soft), you'll surely find your desired comfort.

Comfort Scale

Extra Firm Firm Medium Plush Extra Plush

3. Choose Your Model

Now, you're only a few clicks away from choosing your model. Remember, you'll be spending a third of your next few years on this mattress. It may be tempting to buy the cheaper "no-name" mattress you saw on sale at your local store, but if you don't recognize the name, you can't know what's actually in the mattress. That's why we only carry time tested name brands.

If you use the links above to find your mattress, you'll be able to refine your search by materials, brands, price, and more so that you can find exactly what you need. If you're still having problems, don't worry! Our mattress experts receive training several times a year from the nation's top mattress brands, and they're ready to help you select the right mattress. Find out more about our guarantees and policies.

Compare The Top Brands

Below is a brief summary of the top six brands that we carry. When you see the brand that fits your needs, you are done with this section and ready to select the model that's right for you. Just click over and start shopping. You can complete your selections online, or you can call one of our mattress experts who will help you select the right mattress.

Stearns and Foster

Stearns & Foster mattress in a room

Stearns & Foster, often sold in the finest furniture and department stores, was established in 1846 and has been this nation's luxury brand for many years. The upholstery materials used in Stearns & Foster products are usually the best available. Durability and comfort have long been the reputation of this brand.

Stearns & Foster sets have the highest average price. They do not produce any low or mid-priced mattresses. Queen sets range from $1,299 to $1,799.

Sealy Posturepedic

Sealy Posturepedic mattress in a room

Sealy Posturepedic is one of the best selling brands in the United States and has been around since 1881. With their mass distribution and volume, Sealy affords today's mattress shopper the best mid-priced mattress sets available. Sealy offers a wide selection that blends comfort and durability with value to provide the best mid-priced mattresses.

Queen sets range from $579 to $2,299, before any promotions

Simmons Beautyrest

Beautyrest Harmony Lux mattress in a room

Simmons Beautyrest mattress have been produced with a pocketed coil since 1925. The pocketed coil reduces more motion between partners than any other coil system in the industry today. If your partner's movements are keeping you from sleeping at night, this is the best choice for you.

Built with high quality and luxury materials, a Beautyrest mattress is well worth the price. Queen sets range from $749 to $2,199, before any promotions.

Serta Perfect Sleeper

Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress in a room

Serta Perfect Sleeper is a highly regarded, well-respected brand. The Perfect Sleeper line ranges in price from about $750 to almost $3,000 (queen).

More Mattress Information

-Upholstery layers (the padding)

-An innerspring coil unit

-The box spring or foundation

Let's take a look at them:

1. The Upholstery Layers

The upholstery layers account for the major portion of today's mattress cost. Twenty years ago, the average mattress height was nine inches. Today, the average mattress height is fourteen inches. Standing at about six inches, the coil unit itself hasn't gotten much taller. However, the upholstery layers, commonly referred to as padding, are the reason for the thicker mattresses. Through research, the mattress manufacturers have found that adding a greater quantity of high-quality comfort materials provides a more comfortable sleeping surface and contributes to a longer comfort life.

These layers can consist of man-made materials, natural fibers, and a variety of foams. Every bed will have approximately 3-8 layers of padding, with a different material for each layer. Looking at these three major components, the padding alone costs more than the innerspring unit and foundation/box spring combined. Wool, cashmere, silk, memory foam, and latex foam are high-quality comfort materials and usually signal a high-quality mattress. As with most items, these padding layers also come in different grades, so don't expect the wool in a $1,000 mattress to be as good as the wool in a $3,000 model.

2. The Innerspring Coil

The innerspring coil unit is the base of your mattress. It allows for even distribution of your body mass while you are lying down. The innerspring, often called the coil, will hold its strength for many years. The coils offer support to your body where you need it most. Sealy, Serta, and Simmons Beautyrest offer three or four different grades of innerspring coil units in their lines, usually providing more coils in higher priced mattresses. Stearns & Foster does not alter coil count. They use the same high-quality coil count throughout their entire line.

Many people ask if more coils are better. The answer is, it depends. More coils are better when the manufacturer spaces the same size and type of coils closer together, providing more coils in the same size mattress. It is not wise to compare the quality of mattresses between brands based on coil count. For example, of all the major brands we sell, Stearns and Foster mattresses have the fewest number of coils, but they also use the thickest wire. Even with fewer coils, the Stearns & Foster coil unit has more working steel in it than any other mattress we sell. You can be confident that all of the premium mattresses we sell have a strong innerspring unit.

3. Box Spring or Foundation?

Today, the words "box spring" and "foundation" can be used interchangeably. Some manufacturers still use a true box spring that has a coil or modular coil spring system within it. These coils act as little shock absorbers, so when force and weight are applied to the top of the mattress, the box spring will give slightly underneath. In many cases, a good box spring will extend the life of your mattress and help to prolong your investment. A working box spring has long been considered the best way to build a premium mattress set.

Framed in either wood or steel, foundations look like traditional box springs but have no give or shock-absorbing abilities. For example, the Simmons Beautyrest mattress sets are built on a foundation. The non-flexing base makes for the great "do not disturb" sleep that Beautyrest mattresses are known for. The base has no components to wear out and provides a more rigid feel. The true box spring has been around longer, but today, most box springs and foundations perform equally.

 

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