Your Guide To Buying A Mattress

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So, you’re thinking of buying a mattress. Where do you even begin? Mattress shopping can sound downright exhausting. From a growing selection of online retailers to traditional in-store options, there are more ways than ever to purchase a mattress. And having a bunch of choices doesn’t always make things easier — sometimes, it just makes it harder to know where to start. We’ve put together this comprehensive guide with everything you need to know about your mattress buying options. You got this!

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Online Vs. In-Store

Depending on your needs and preferences, there are pros and cons to buying a mattress online versus in-store. Which way should you do? Let’s break it down.

In-Store Options:

We recommend going this route if you’re not totally sure what style mattress you want. The reason is that you’ll be able to “test sleep” a bunch of different mattress styles and textures to see which one feels just right. This is also the route you should go if you’re into bargaining, as it’s standard to negotiate mattress costs with a salesperson. Approach this the same way you would approach buying a car.

In order to purchase a mattress in-store, you’ll typically need to hit up either a department store, a mattress chain shop, or a high-end “sleep store.” You can also look for local options in your area.

Another pro to going the traditional route is that you may have more options than buying from an online retailer. Just be sure you allow enough time on your mattress shopping trip — if you’re going to try them out, you might as well spend a decent amount of time on the ones you’re interested in buying. Try to lay on each mattress for about 10-15 minutes to get a true feel for how it affects your body.

Online Retailers:

You can buy almost anything online these days, and that includes mattresses. There are several online retailers that specialize in mattresses and streamline the entire mattress purchasing process so that it can be done as easy as anything else you order online. With a click of a finger, you can have a mattress in a box arrive right at your step. We only recommend this option if you know exactly what style mattress you prefer, though. Here are some online mattress retailers to check out:


Casper features three mattresses to choose from the website. There’s the Casper, the Essential, and the Wave. The Casper, which has three layers, and the Essential, which has four layers, are the more affordable options of the three. The Wave boasts five layers, and it’s the most costly option available.

Tuft & Needle

Tuft & Needle offers two mattress options: Original and Mint. Both are under $1000 and can be shipped in a box directly to your door. The Original features two-layers of support, plus graphite and gel blends, which work to reduce heat and moisture. The Mint is a more luxurious option, with three layers of support and additional graphite for an “even cooler” sleep session.


With Purple, you’ve got two choices: the Original and the All-New. Purple prides themselves on their scientifically engineered mattress styles, which adhere to your own pressure points. Both mattresses are made to stay cool and to prevent the transfer of motions, so you can sleep soundly if your partner has to wake up early.

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What Type of Mattress Should You Buy?


Mattresses come in a range of textures, materials, and price points. Here are the most common ones you’ll find.


Innerspring mattresses are your standard, traditional-style beds. They come in various levels of firmness, but all of them feature springs, so they have some “bounce.” If you’re on a budget, an innerspring mattress is likely your best choice.

Memory Foam

Memory foam mattresses mold to your body’s unique shape, cradling you while offering substantial support for your back and joints. Tempur Pedic is the most popular brand, but as this style of mattress has increased in popularity, more options have been popping up, some of which are relatively affordable. If you prefer an extra-firm feel, memory foam might be the way to go.


Latex mattresses are popular in Europe, and they’re starting to become more common here in the U.S. One of the biggest benefits to latex mattresses is that they typically last longer than their counterparts. But they also come with a hefty price tag. Latex mattresses are usually best for people who prefer a softer bed.

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