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Eight Questions to Ask Before Buying a New Mattress


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Shopping for a new mattress can be a little overwhelming. Today’s mattresses come in a wide variety of sizes, types, materials, and more. If you’re in the market for a new mattress, here are eight questions you should ask before sealing the deal.

What Size Mattress Do I Need?

Is your current mattress big enough to meet your needs? Having room to stretch out isn’t a luxury; it’s a requirement. Unless your bedroom space is a limiting factor, you want to make sure you have plenty of room on your mattress. Most adults should be looking for a queen or king size mattress, especially couples. This may mean buying a new bed frame, but this is the time to make those decisions.

How Firm or Soft is Right for Me?

Everyone is different. Firm mattresses provide strong support for your back, but may be uncomfortable for side and stomach sleepers. Plush, or medium-firm mattresses remain fairly firm, with a bit of softness for pressure relief on shoulders and hips. Pillow or euro top mattresses, which are among the softest mattresses you can buy, focus on a cloud-like sinking experience, but may not give you maximum support. 

What Do I Like About My Current Mattress?

Consider your current mattress. What do you like about it? Anything you like about your current mattress is something to look for in your next mattress purchase. For example, is your current mattress soft or firm enough? Do you especially like the materials? Some thought here goes a long way toward finding your next mattress.

What Do I Dislike About My Current Mattress?

Concerning your current mattress, think about what you don’t like. Anything that comes to mind is something to consider when buying a new mattress. Your next mattress purchase should be a step up from the past.

Which Materials Are Right for Me?

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to mattress materials. Innerspring mattresses provide time-tested support, and comfort layers dial in the softness. Memory foam mattresses can still provide firm support, but the foam conforms to your body’s curves for better pressure relief. However, memory foam also traps body heat, which can lead to warmer nights. Many manufacturers include a cooling cover to help overcome this potential issue. Latex mattresses give you good pressure relief, but don’t hug the body like memory foam. Also, latex is breathable, so it’s naturally cooler. Quality latex is sustainably sourced, with no harm to the rubber trees. A hybrid mattress combines an innerspring support layer with comfort layers of memory foam or latex, for a compromise of technologies.

Is a Bed in a Box a Good Option?

A Bed in a Box is a mattress that’s compressed, rolled, and then shipped in a box only a few feet long. The advantage of this is that you can shop for your mattress online, then have it shipped to your door in an easy-to-handle box. Simply move the box to your bedroom, open it, and slide the mattress onto the bed frame. You don’t even have to get out of your pajamas! Most Bed in a Box mattresses are either all memory foam, or hybrid mattresses.

How Much Can I Afford for a New Mattress?

Your mattress budget is an important factor in buying a new mattress. You’ll want to budget as much as possible, because a quality mattress is an investment in your health. There are a lot of things in our lives we can skimp on, but your mattress shouldn’t be one of them. Many people own cars for less time than they own a mattress, so make sure your mattress budget is in line with your sleep needs.

What Happens After the Sale?

Buying a new mattress is one thing. Getting it home and installed is another. At City Mattress, we offer free local delivery and setup with every mattress we sell, regardless of purchase price. We can even haul away your old mattress for a nominal charge. We do our best to remove the hassle from buying a new mattress.

Final Thoughts

If you’re shopping for a new mattress, City Mattress is here to help. With your answers to the questions above, you’ll be well on your way to finding the right mattress for you. In addition, you can always speak to one of our Sleep Experts, online or in-store, for excellent advice for your next mattress purchase. Let City Mattress help you get the deep sleep you deserve!