Need a New Mattress? Here are Some Buying Tips

Some people have a flair for upgrading their homes. They seem to instinctively understand the different styles and products. For most of us, however, a little outside help usually comes in handy, and we may wonder whether to consult an interior designer or a friend. 

It may be that you currently need to replace your mattress. Sadly, there is not a generic solution or a ‘one size fits all’ remedy. They come in a range of different sizes and styles, and different versions meet different needs. If this is the area where you are currently struggling, this article will provide you with some valuable shopping tips. 

Buy The Right Size

If either you or your partner is a restless sleeper, more space may be highly beneficial. You also need to consider the size of your bedroom, ensuring there will be sufficient space to walk around it. 

It can be difficult finding the right sized mattress because the dimensions can vary globally (e.g. between the UK and Europe). If this is a problem for you, the solution probably lies online. It’s possible to find out your options on specialist websites that display size and dimensions guides. The California King is 72’’ x 84’’ and the Full is 54’’ x 75’’. Then there’s the king (76’’ x 80’’), queen (60’’ x 80’’), and twin size (38’’ x 75’’) to consider. 

Try Before You Buy 

You can’t test a mattress by looking at an online photo, and even lying on one in a shop won’t fully help you. 

Fortunately, many suppliers let people use them at home for weeks, months, or a 100-day trial. In the end, you can either keep it or return it. 

The Advantage Of Shops

Stores that sell mattresses provide you with the chance to see the actual product and to give it a very quick try. Don’t feel under compulsion to buy the first one you see, or to cave into a pushy salesperson. It’s actually worth trying to negotiate a discount with the sales advisor. 

If you proceed, you’ll have the delivery person carrying the mattress for you, and many companies agree to take the old ones away.

The Advantages Of Buying Online

You have two options here: visiting specific internet stores or going to price comparison websites. It’s possible to view the photos and read the product specifications from the comfort of your own home. You can compare prices and read customer reviews before you buy. You may wish to wait for things like Black Friday or the New Year sales in order to receive a discount. 

On the downside, you would need to find a way to dispose of your old mattress, and you’ll probably be the person carrying it upstairs to your bedroom. 

Check The Warranties

As with any product, mattresses can sometimes be faulty. You, therefore, need to check the returns policy and see if it’s guaranteed for ten years. 

There may be a requirement you need to comply with in order to receive the benefits, such as using a mattress protector or specific bed base.

Understand The Different Types Of Mattress


These mattresses use coils that are bouncy and resilient. They get less hot during the night than memory foam. Whilst you can choose different levels of firmness, the mattress won’t mold around your body shape like memory foam or latex. It’s a good traditional option, however, and it can be great for bouncing kids. 

Memory foam

This costs more than pocket spring mattresses, and it’s often used for people with medical conditions. It’s warm at night and provides pressure relief, (e.g. helping patients who need to avoid bedsores). If two people are in the bed, someone who is tossing and turning will be less likely to disturb the other. 


These mattresses solve the issue of getting too hot at night, and they are more bouncy than some products. You can choose from two types of latex, one of which is dense (Dunlop) and the other soft (Talalay). 


Hybrid mattresses feature springs but have toppings made of latex or memory foam for added comfort. They provide a sense of buoyancy, yet can mold to your body contours. 


Whilst air mattresses need to be pumped up, this provides you with the option to choose how firm you want it to be. If it’s a double size, there will be two chambers to allow for different personal preferences. 

Be Wise If You Have Back Problems

If this is relevant for you, the solution isn’t as easy as you think. If you buy a mattress classed as an orthopedic version, it may not be right for you. They come in different levels of firmness, so there will still be an element of personal preference. The hardest mattresses aren’t necessarily the best for peoples’ back conditions. No medical authorities endorse orthopedic mattresses, so you need to understand you’re just dealing with branding. 

Memory foam or latex mattresses may be best for you, but it will still depend on the product’s quality. 

Consider How You Sleep

If you snooze on your back, you’ll need a mattress that is supportive and that will keep your spine well-aligned. Side sleepers should aim for a mattress that offers pressure relief such as memory foam or soft toppers.

A pocket sprung mattress could be suitable for you if you sleep face down. Whilst you’ll want it to be firm, you won’t want one that adapts to your shape and feels suffocating.  

Consider Allergies And Pests 

If you have allergies, it’s wise to read the product label. This should say if it’s been tested on peoples’ skin and been certified hypoallergenic and antimicrobial.

If you choose a foam or latex mattress, this would prove pest resistant, helping keep dust mites and mold from becoming an issue. 

This comprehensive list of tips should stand you in good stead as you shop around. Hopefully, you will find one that is both a quality product and that meets your individual needs. Then you can literally rest assured that you’ve made the right choice.

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