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How to Buy a New Mattress


Before you start shopping for your new mattress, we recommend that you think about your lifestyle and consider your answered to the following questions:

  • What has changed in your life since you last bought a mattress, and how might these changes affect your purchase?
  • Do you have a spouse or partner?
  • Do you or your partner have special support needs or comfort preferences?
  • How much space in your home do you have to work with?

It’s important to find something to meet both your support needs and comfort preferences. Armed with this information, go to a mattress retailer you trust and take a “rest test” to compare the feel of different mattresses by lying down on them. You will quickly find some mattresses you like and others that do not meet your personal preferences and needs. Through this process of elimination, you can determine which mattresses you like best.

When evaluating a new mattress, four keys to keep in mind are support, comfort, space and matching sets.

The mattress that’s right for you will keep your spine in proper alignment – how your spine is when it’s in good standing posture – supporting your body and cradling it along its curves. The right mattress will also be comfortable for your body, a factor that is likely to change as you age. It’s also important that the mattress provides enough space for easy, free movement. For couples, this means opting for a Queen or King size bed. Keep in mind that a mattress and foundation are designed to work together. Buy them as a set to get the most out of your investment.