Best Mattress Reviews | What to Look for
in a New Mattress

By: Kealia Reynolds

What do you look for in a new mattress? We asked three people—in their 20s, 40s and 60s, respectively—what’s important to them in getting a good night’s sleep. Keep reading to compare these consumers’ perspectives on what they consider when buying a mattress. Additionally, we’ll provide five important factors that all consumers should consider when buying a mattress.

Best mattress reviews and considerations

We asked three consumers what to consider when buying a mattress.

Review by a recent college graduate

When we asked a recent college graduate about her most important considerations when buying a mattress, she identified comfort and size above all. She prefers a softer mattress and doesn’t sleep well on more firm mattresses.

Cost is also a factor for this buyer—though this particular recent grad prefers not to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a mattress, she understands that a cheap product won’t provide the best quality or comfort.

This reviewer recommends the Casper mattress as the best mattress for people looking for a soft bed. Her full-sized mattress fits in her apartment and provides the perfect level of comfort—not too firm, but not so soft that she sinks down in the bed.

As a recent mattress purchaser, this recent college grad doesn’t think she’ll buy another for a long time. However, if she fails to regularly get a good night’s sleep or feels that the mattress has lost its comfort, she’ll start the search for a new one.

Review by a consumer in their forties

We also talked to a consumer in his forties who said that the two most important factors for him when buying a mattress are comfort and price. He’s willing to spend up to $800 for a king- and up to $650 for a queen-size bed. He spent $450 on his current full-sized foam mattress and considers that a reasonable price. He also looks for additional features, like cooling technology and pillow-top padding.

Although this consumer says he would buy a mattress approximately every 10 years, he says he would throw out his current mattress if it began to lose its comfort, started squeaking, or lost strength on the sides.

This buyer recommends a hybrid Sleep Trends mattress for its comfort, price, and pillow-top padding.

Retired consumer review

One consumer in his sixties explained just how important finding the right mattress is to him.

Comfort and durability are the two main factors I look for when buying a mattress. A lot of mattresses tend to sink in the middle over time, so it’s important to find a mattress that doesn’t do that.”

The mattresses he’s had tended to go bad after about 10 years. He recommends an innerspring Ikea mattress, like the one he has now, for its durability, comfort, and affordable price.

What to consider when buying a mattress

Now that you have a sense of what’s most important to these consumers when buying a mattress, take a look at the steps all mattress buyers should be taking when shopping for a new mattress.

  • Set your budget—Set a price and stick to it. While the appeal of a bigger mattress brand may be enticing, there are other brands that can provide similar comfort at lower costs, so be sure to look at a number of brands before you buy.
  • Research types of mattresses—There are four main mattress types—innerspring, memory foam, hybrid, and air. These mattresses all have pros and cons, so familiarize yourself with them before you hit the stores.
  • Read reviews—Consumer reviews can be a helpful resource when you’re in the market for a new mattress since they have tried out the same mattress you’re looking at. They can provide helpful insight on pros and cons from real buyers and users.
  • Focus on comfort—Every mattress company will have different standards as to what firm truly means, however there is a standardized comfort scale that rates how soft or firm a mattress is. It really comes down to trying out a mattress before you buy it because the actual comfort level of the mattress could be different than what you expected.
  • Test the mattress—Most online mattress sellers, like many brick-and-mortar mattress stores, will allow you to try out a mattress for a trial period of 30 days. When you test out a mattress, you can determine if that particular product is worth spending your money on, in addition to how comfortable it is.
  • Get a warranty—The length of mattress warranties vary. Before you buy, ask the brand or retailer about their warranty terms, conditions, and length.

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