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Last updated November 21, 2018

How to Determine the Best Mattress

Buying a new mattress can be daunting: Not only are there hundreds of options (both through brick-and-mortar stores and online), but they’re expensive, so you’ll want to invest wisely.

When searching for the best mattresses, there are a few key things you’ll want to consider.

Mattress Size

If you’re looking for a new mattress, chances are you already know what size you want. While most mattress companies carry everything from a twin XL to a California king, this isn’t the case for all, so if you are searching for an obscure size, you can easily eliminate companies that do not carry what you searching for. As there are so many good mattress companies out there, the process of elimination is a good way to narrow down the best mattress for you.

Once you have narrowed down a list of companies that carry the mattress size you want, take a look at thickness. The average mattress is between 9-12 inches high, with some going up to 15 inches or more. If this is an important factor, you can again rule out certain mattress brands that are either too high are too low.

Price

As with any new purchase, price is important. Once you determine what mattress size you are looking for, you need to set a budget. Compare prices for various mattress companies. Accept all that are under budget, and add a few that are slightly over budget in case you decide to stretch it. If you see any that are way outside your budget, eliminate them immediately.

In addition to the price of the mattress, make sure to check out any applicable delivery fees. Most companies offer free shipping or delivery. If you find a company that doesn’t, make sure you factor these costs into the final price of your mattress.

Trial and Return Policy

Most online mattresses companies offer generous trial periods, with some offering a full year. Many brick-and-mortar companies offer them as well. If you are nervous you won’t like your new mattress, compare policies. While the 365-day trials are quite generous, three months is usually more than enough time to determine whether or not you like your new mattress.

In addition to the trial period, make sure you take a look at the companies’ return policies. Most offer free returns, but some charge a fee.

Customer Reviews

Without trying a product yourself, the best way to get an idea of whether or not you’ll like it is to read reviews from real customers. If a customer doesn’t like a product, he or she is usually going to be honest as opposed to posting a fake review. Keep in mind the best mattress for you isn’t necessarily what someone else deems the best mattress, but if a company has fair number of negative reviews, chances are you should pass.

Warranty

Mattresses aren’t meant to last forever, but good mattresses should last at least 10 years, depending on use. When researching mattress companies, make sure to check out the warranty. Some companies offer a lifetime satisfaction policy, while others offer a 5-10 year warranty or more.

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A Saatva mattress is “built for luxury comfort and maximum sustainability” and differs from most others in the boxed mattress space as it is comprised of coil-on-coil construction as opposed to foam or hybrid options. It offers:

  • Customizable firmness levels
  • 15-year warranty
  • 120-day sleep trial

Nectar offers a four-layer foam mattress. Each layer is designed to suit your body’s different needs, including firm support and keeping cool throughout the night. Additional benefits include: 

  • Plush, yet firm support
  • Everlong Warranty
  • 365-day sleep trial

Leesa mattress sells two types of mattresses: a foam mattress called the Leesa mattress and a hybrid mattress called the Sapira mattress. Both rate as a five on the firmness scale. The company also offers:

  • 10-year warranty
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • Free shipping and returns

Loom & Leaf mattress is a luxury memory foam mattress brought to you by e-commerce mattress company Saatva. Designed for those who sleep hot and want more support for their joints, Loom & Leaf is comprised of eco-friendly materials and offers:

  • Free white glove delivery and old mattress removal
  • 15-year warranty
  • 120-day sleep trial

The DreamCloud mattress is a hybrid mattress and is higher than most mattresses, standing 15 inches tall versus averages of 11 to 14 inches. The mattress consists of eight layers that combine latex, memory foam, cooling gel, a hand-tufted cashmere-blend, proprietary coil technology and a Euro top for added comfort. Additional features include:

  • The mattress is geared towards every type of sleeper, so it’s perfect whether you sleep on your back or your stomach or toss and turn all night.
  • Everlong Warranty
  • 365-day sleep trial