5 Things To Consider When Shopping For A New Mattress

By Shannon Gurnee
In Body
April 16, 2020
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Today, we’re sharing about 5 things to consider when shopping for a new mattress as a partnered guest post.

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There comes a time every decade or so, where you have to bite the bullet on a new mattress purchase. However, it seems to get harder and harder each time because every year there are new brands with even more beds to choose from. Knowing what to look for before you start your search can spare you valuable time, and even money. Below are five different things you should keep in mind if you’re interested in buying a new bed.

1.) Your Dominant Sleeping Position

We never think about the position you primarily sleep in — but everyone has one. Or you’re a combo sleeper who switches between a few different positions. Whatever the case may be, you should cater to your most dominant sleeping position when you’re searching for the best mattress. Most mattresses aren’t one sleeper fits all, and you should find one that accommodates your sleeper type.

Back and stomach sleepers usually need something on the medium to firm end of the spectrum, because it keeps their spines in neutral alignment. If their backs sag into a soft mattress, it could mean annoying aches and pains the morning afterwards.

Side sleepers, on the other hand, are usually most comfortable on soft mattresses that contour to the side of their body. They want something pressure relieving so they don’t wake up with a stiff arm and shoulder. Combo sleepers can either go for something more in the middle of the firmness spectrum, or accommodate the side they sleep on the most.

2.) Your Body Weight

Weight should also come into play when you’re in the market for a new mattress. A mattress will feel much different to your 5-year-old niece than it will to your 230 lb cousin, and that’s because of the extra pressure that heavier body types exert. Essentially, the more you weigh — the softer a mattress is going to feel. So if you’re looking for a bed with more support, you might want to consider a hybrid bed. A soft mattress with foam and an innerspring system is a great hybrid mattress for side sleepers, while back and stomach sleepers should consider firmer hybrid mattresses.

3.) Your Budget

You can spend as low as $200 on a mattress, or you can spend a big chunk of change on a new bed that costs $4,000. So before you take on the challenge of choosing a new mattress, consider how much money you want to spend on your mattress. How often will someone be sleeping on this bed? How old is the individual sleeping on it? Will you have this mattress for a short period of time, or do you hope to sleep on this mattress for the next decade?

If you’re looking for a durable, supportive mattress — you might want to stray away from the budget beds. Though, for those of you who want a spare room mattress or something to get your kid through their dorm days at school, you can get away with a cheaper bed.

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4.) Your Personal Preferences

Of course, it’s important to consider your own personal preferences when you’re shopping for a mattress. For example, hot sleepers who tend to warm up at night may not want a memory foam bed because they’re notorious for retaining heat. Instead, latex foam mattresses or beds with active cooling technology would be a more comfortable choice.

Those with arthritis or hip pain may want a soft mattress that relieves those pressure points. Additionally, someone with allergies may prefer a natural latex mattress that’s hypoallergenic and antimicrobial, meaning it’s resistant to household allergens like dust mites and dander. If you do enough research, odds are, you’ll find a mattress that makes sleeping at night a lot more comfortable for you.

5.) Your Living Space

You don’t want to purchase a mattress that looks too big or even too small in a bedroom. Otherwise, you risk feeling cluttered or boring and empty. Luckily, mattresses come in a wide range of sizes so you can find the sweet spot between big enough for you, but sizable enough for the space. Master or larger bedrooms can hold a king size bed, or a queen if you’re looking to save money. Queen and full size beds fit best in average-sized rooms, while twin and twin XL beds are best for small rooms meant for one individual.

About Has 1885 Posts

Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

45 Responses to “5 Things To Consider When Shopping For A New Mattress”

  1. A quality mattress is so important to a proper night’s sleep. Great tips!

  2. Jen says:

    These are excellent tips. Making a mattress is more of a commitment than a lot of people realize!

  3. Tasheena says:

    These are really helpful tips. I have to make sure to use them when I’m in the market to purchase a mattress.

  4. Robin Rue says:

    All great tips, my friend. I’d love a new mattress one of these days.

  5. Surekha says:

    These are great tips! I’m actually in the market for a new mattress. Quarantine has shown me that I definitely need a mattress that is far comfier than the one I have now.

  6. Kathy says:

    Budget is a HUGE factor when it comes to buying a new mattress. I recently fell in love with a mattress BEFORE I checked the price. I was very sorry to say goodbye to it. LOL

  7. Rog Willis says:

    This will come in handy for when we go shopping for our furniture, when we’re ready to move into our new home.

  8. Yup, we did most of this when we got a new mattress. I am less picky, so I had my husband try a bunch out so he knew for sure if he liked it.

  9. These are great tips! There are so many things to consider when purchasing and mattress and I think you named them all. Good sleep is everything!

  10. rika says:

    These are wonderful tips. I am thinking to purchase a new mattress next month. Can’t decide if I should go with Queen or King size.

  11. Liz says:

    Super helpful! Will definitely keep these tips in mind.

  12. Hybrid mattress… is there such a thing? Glory Be!! As you can tell, it’s been awhile since Babushka has bought a mattress. Glad to know things have progressed in the options.

  13. Thank you for this guide.I always think that a mattress is very important.

  14. Ann says:

    I should have read this before we shopped our bed, its way to soft for us…

  15. Valerie says:

    I love my memory foam mattress and did not know that they retain heat. Good to know. I am a back sleeper and also did not know that I should have looked for a firmer mattress. This would explain my not feeling like I got a good night’s sleep sometimes. Luckily, I have a great sleep mask that helps. Thank you for these tips for next time.

  16. We are thinking of buying a new mattress but still considering some things. These tips will be a great help for us in choosing the best one. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Those are all great things to think about when shopping for a new mattress. I had a hand me down mattress that I slept on for years. It was amazing to finally get a new memory foam mattress, haha.

  18. Thanks for coming up with this list. <3 Although budget is really a factor, comfort in the long run should also be considered.

  19. So true to check your living space! You can want a king sized mattress but it’s no good if you can’t get it up the stairs! We just recently replaced two of the kid’s mattresses here. One is Mira bed and we are happy with that!

  20. Lynndee says:

    Perfect because I’m actually going to shop for a new mattress for our son soon. Thank you for the tips.

  21. Marysa says:

    My husband and I definitely need a new mattress. Our old one is so hard! I am not getting a very good’s night rest and it would make a huge difference to have a good mattress.

  22. Rena says:

    My husband and I were discussing this over the weekend. We are going to look for a new mattress set for our bedroom. It’s definitely time.

  23. Jessica Formicola says:

    We are actually in the market for a new mattress, so this is so helpful! Thanks for sharing!

  24. heather says:

    We need a new mattress bad! These are great tips to consider when we look for a new one.

  25. Kathy says:

    My husband and I are actually planning on getting a new mattress soon. We also want to get one for our kids. That means we’re in need of three new mattresses. I’m glad I saw this post. You’ve got some good info here.

  26. Kuntala Bhattacharya says:

    Good tips. In fact I like to read reviews and suggestions before purchasing a mattress and I have done that for all the beds in the house. I do it for my parents too as my father has a backbone problem, ergonomy is important for him.

  27. I had never heard of a hybrid mattress. And that’s very interesting that the body weight is one of the things to consider when buying a mattress. Thank you.

  28. Kita Bryant says:

    I would really love to get a new mattress. My sleeping has suffered from my old on.

  29. Wendy Polisi says:

    I really would love to get a new mattress. These are some great points to keep an eye on.

  30. Catalina says:

    I think we need to change our mattress this summer. Thanks for these tips.

  31. Stephen says:

    This is very interesting, I must admit I didn’t think of these things last time I bought one

  32. Katrina kroeplin says:

    My boyfriend is looking for a new one for his son right now. Will share this with him.

  33. Lizzie Lau says:

    These are great mattress shopping tips. I need to get one for my daughter’s bed, she has a thin IKEA foam on it now and it’s not comfortable.

  34. Thank you for sharing these tips. Sometimes we tend to buy a mattress because of one factor ony. But, using the tips you shared here, then I think we can buy what is the best one to use.

  35. Swathi says:

    Thanks for sharing this tips, Yes good mattress is needed for good night sleep. I will use these tip next time I am in market for Mattress.

  36. Very good post and I like your insights. Some may not know how important it is until you have a sore back or neck. You spend 1/3 of your time on a mattress after all. Knycx Journeying

  37. Rose Ann Sales says:

    Thanks for the tips. Buying a good mattress is crucial for a better sleep. I will definitely keep in these in mind if ever I have to buy a new one.

  38. Ana says:

    These are some great insights to consider when shopping for a new mattress! I totally believe in investing a good mattress because, at the end of the day, no one should comprise the quality of their sleep!

  39. Anna says:

    Great tips! I´ve never really thought of my dominant sleeping position, but it´s definitely an important factor to consider while shopping for a new mattress.

  40. Elicit Folio says:

    This post came right on time! We are actually in the market for a new mattress for our guest bedroom! I will take all of your tips into consideration!

  41. Nilakshi says:

    I’m planning to buy a new bed. And of course, with a new bed comes with a new mattress. Thanks for this wonderful mattress buying guide.

  42. Those are some great tips to keep in mind. You can’t buy a mattress without thinking about those important factors.

  43. Awesome tips in buying a mattress, love this buying guide I now have an idea on what are the things that needs to be consider in buying a mattress.

  44. Willow says:

    That is a extremely useful and enlightening article, undoubtedly. I discovered this very intriguing and it has to go in my own collection. Very excellent job!

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