How to Shop For a New Mattress

woman shopping for a mattress

Shopping for a new mattress can be easy when you have the right information. Here are 9 tips to make you have a great shopping experience:

Be Comfortable

Mattress shopping involves a lot of lying down, getting up and moving around. It can be fun, but it’s also a lot of work.

Wearing supportive shoes and casual, comfortable clothing will make your shopping experience easier and more enjoyable.

Know Your Mattress Size

Write down the width, length and height of your current mattress so you can be sure your new mattress is going to fit. Jot down the dimensions of your room as well, in case you decide to upgrade to a larger mattress.

Check our mattress size chart for standard mattress dimensions.

shopping for a new mattressRest Test

Your Sleep Expert will suggest several models for you to test out. Lie down in your usual sleep position and give yourself a few minutes to see if it’s right for you. Turn from side to side, evaluate the support level, and make sure you feel relaxed and comfortable in all positions.

Mattress Model Names

Mattress model names can sometimes vary between retailers. Do a little research to determine the brand, style, comfort and support level you’re interested in and share those details with your Sleep Expert. She’ll help you find the mattress that matches what you’re looking for.


The support system of a mattress is comprised of innerspring coils (these can be wrapped or linked), high-density foam, or a combination of the two.

Coil count and gauge can vary among different brands of innerspring mattresses. Check with your Sleep Expert and take a look at the price tag to know exactly what you’re getting.


Foam and padding layers are what determine a mattress’s comfort level. Memory foam, latex, high-density foam, and natural and synthetic fibers are all common comfort layer options.

Some padding and foam varieties are exclusive to certain manufacturers. For example, EverCool® memory foam is only available in Serta iComfort mattresses. Your Sleep Train Sleep Expert will guide you through the benefits and differences of each option.

It’s Personal

The best way to know if a mattress is right for you is to pay close attention to the way it feels. Ask yourself whether the mattress conforms to your exact shape, relieves pressure points, supports your back and aligns your spine.

how to shop for a new mattressSolid Foundation

A great night’s sleep is built on an equally great foundation. The foundation’s job is to provide your mattress with the support it needs to achieve lasting comfort, safety, and durability.

Sleep Train recommends purchasing a matching mattress and foundation. For example, a Tempur-Pedic mattress should be paired with a Tempur-Pedic foundation. Mattresses are designed to be used with, and have been fire tested in conjunction with, a specific foundation as part of a set.

Read more about the various types of foundations available.

Trusted Retailer

Not all mattress retailers are created equal. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with a retailer’s services and satisfaction guarantees.

What is their exchange policy? Do they charge for delivery? What if you find a comparable product at a lower price after your purchase? Look out for hidden fees. Some retailers charge extra fees for delivery and exchange privileges.