How to buy a mattress

How to buy a mattress

On Monday, I mentioned that Kris and I are ready to replace our 15-year-old mattress. I don't sleep well on it, though I sleep fine on other mattresses. I only mentioned this to illustrate a point, but I was surprised at how many readers commented on my situation.

Jason's comment was typical:

I've found that sleep is the absolute root of everything. With decent sleep, I'm a better man, father, athlete, spouse, employee and all around person. With poor sleep, I'm just getting by at best, an irritable mess at worst.

I'd replace that mattress yesterday, as others have already said. Think of the other things you “just do” when they wear out and become unsafe or function poorly — car tires, toothbrushes, sponges, knives, ladders, etc. The mattress very easily fits into the same category.

Unfortunately, “an irritable mess” pretty much describes me lately, and I'm sure that a lot of this stems from poor sleep. I don't need more convincing. I'm ready to purchase a new mattress. But how do I go about it without getting ripped off? For some reason, I think of mattress shopping in the same way I think about shopping for a used car.

In the same discussion, EBYT wrote that she sold mattresses while attending university. She offered the following tips for mattress shopping:

  • Mattresses are hugely marked up (at least here in Canada). I bought one for staff price (brand new, not a display model) that cost 50% less than what we were selling it for. They still made money off of me. Either wait till they go on sale, or make sure you ask for a good deal. Good mattress/box sets start around $1,500 “regular” price.
  • Make sure you buy a mattress pad so you get full warranty. The salespeople will try to sell you on the manufacturer's 10-year warranty, but they don't always tell you the warranty is void if you stain it.
  • To go along with the warranty thing, always buy the matching mattress/boxspring set. Mismatching usually voids the warranty. The boxspring is usually only about 10-15% of the mattress set's price so don't try to cut costs there, or by using your old “perfectly good” boxspring.
  • Don't be afraid to test the beds on the showroom floor — that's what they're there for.

Another reader suggested buying a mattress from a warehouse club. Kris and I made a trip to Costco the other day to look at their mattresses. As always, the prices are great but the selection is poor. Plus, there's no way to “sleep-test” the mattresses (which are just in a big stack in the middle of the store). Would it be bad form to sleep test at a mattress store and then buy from Costco? Could I even find the same models?

Then Garrison contacted me. “My home just flooded and due to renters insurance I was thrown into the market for a new mattress,” he said. “I called up my long-time best friend whose entire family is in the mattress business. I used his advice in my purchase and I've been completely satisfied.” Here's what Garrison's friend, Justin, had to say.

I've written a lot here to help you buy a mattress. Once I started thinking about this, all sorts of information came back to me. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Make sure there is at least a 30-day trial period. This is a deal-breaker and you should absolutely not purchase a bed without this guaranty, no matter what else they are offering. Most beds take 4-6 weeks of sleep to really break in and feel how they are going to feel long-term. Don't give up on a bed after a few bad nights right away. Your body will have to adjust to the new bed.

You should only use a bed about 10 years. Don't pay more for a bed just because it has a warranty longer than that. The one exception would be a Tempurpedic-brand bed. Those come with long warranties and should last longer than 10 years.

Remember that if you need to get rid of your old bed, a lot of places will do that for you if you have your new bed delivered.

Beds are expensive. For a decent king size, you'll spend anywhere from $1,200 to $4,000, depending on what you are willing to pay for. Realistically, I'd recommend closer to $2,000 than $1,000, especially for a king size. King sizes typically run about $300 higher than queens. Keep in mind that over 10 years a $2,000 bed is only like $15 per month, and you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, so it is probably the best “value” of anything you purchase. You get what you pay for when it comes to mattresses.

Ask for a “low-profile” box spring. They will make the bed 6 inches lower to the ground than a regular box spring and should be the same price. You usually have to specifically request that sort of thing. You might have to wait a few extra days to get the bed then.

Remember that you will need a new bed frame for a king size bed. A frame is going to run about $50 at the low end, to $100 at the high end. I've never heard of a frame breaking, so I don't know why you would need a high-end frame. The salespeople get bonus commissions on those though, so they will try to sell you one if they have them.

They're also going to try selling you a “mattress protector” or “mattress pad.” If it is a cushioned pad, then don't bother; you are getting a new bed so why in the world would you need a pad for it, right? But, if it is a waterproof style that comes with a stain warranty for the bed, then it is worth thinking about. We used to sell mattress protectors that cost $80, and they had a 10-warranty that if the bed stained through the mattress protector, they would give you the purchase value of the bed so you could get a new one.

The reason this is important is because if the bed gets stained or ripped, you will lose the 10-year warranty and will lose the 30/60/90 day trial period. They won't take back a stained or ripped bed. Also, you can take the protectors off and wash them and they prevent mold from forming inside the bed and get keep the bed fresher overall. They really are a good buy.

Here are the brands to focus on:

If you venture outside these brands, you are taking a chance. In my opinion these are the best four, and are considerably better than the alternatives. Serta is popular at the lower price points, but I don't think they're really worth their price, from a value perspective, especially at higher price ranges. Simmons and Sealy are better options at the upper ranges.

Bed Tips

The most important thing is that you lay on the bed for a couple minutes in the store the same way you would lay on it at home. If you don't like it in the store, you won't like it at home (you wouldn't believe how many people think they will like a bed better at home even though they don't like it in the store).

If at least one of you spends a lot of time sleeping on your side, if you go with an innerspring mattress I recommend a Simmons Beautyrest. The coils are uniquely designed and are great for side-sleepers because they are “individual pocketed” rather than all connected together like on most beds. Also, if either of you move around a lot and disturb the other person, the Simmons Beautyrest will cut down on that disturbance some. Second choice would be a a Sealy Posturepedic, which is what I have. It is a brand more designed for back-sleepers, but they make great beds.

On the other hand, if you are willing to try something new, Tempurpedic or Stearns & Foster are great brands. They aren't innerspring though. [Note: The author says that Stearns & Foster does offer innerspring mattresses now.]

Tempurpedic is made from visco memory foam, and Stearns & Foster is made from latex foam; no springs in either one. People either love them or hate them. They are very unique. They are fairly firm, but I know plenty of people who prefer soft beds who absolutely love these even though they are firm. Plus, you won't feel the other person moving around on the bed at all. The Tempurpedic is the bed that has the infomercials where a person jumps up and down on the bed and the glass of wine doesn't spill that is sitting on the bed. That actually works.

If either of you get hot during the night, then you will want “natural fibers,” like wool, silk, etc. Polyester is bad if you get hot. But, if you spend over a $1000, then all the beds at that price range are probably natural fibers.

Dealing With a Salesperson

If the salesperson is any good, he will actually be your best resource.

Mattress salespeople are pretty good at finding the best fit for customers — if you are willing to answer their questions. If you return the bed they lose the commission, so they do want to find the best fit for you. They might try getting you to spend some extra, but if you stay firm to your price max then they won't push it because they are all so desperate right now that they won't want to make you leave. The more information you give them, the more they'll be able to help. The worst thing that can happen is that you spend a few extra bucks and get an even better bed. No big deal.

If the salesperson starts talking about “coil counts,” they either don't know what they are doing or are just trying to sell you on the bed. Coil counts don't matter unless that is the only difference between two beds. The coil type and steel gauge are much more important.

If you are looking at an innerspring mattress, ask whether the bed has any kind of “edge support.” The edge where you get out of bed is the first place that will break down, so the mattress should either have some type of heavier steel gauge for the coils or some sort of heavier foam around the edge.

The salesperson might want to do a “comfort test” with you by laying you down on two or three beds as soon as you get in the door, and the price might be really high on those couple beds. Go ahead and do it. It is just going to help him and you narrow down the options by eliminating a bunch of beds based on their firmness/softness levels.

Here's some advice about specific stores:

  • Ashley Furniture is a decent company, but their furniture tends to be overpriced. I'm not sure whether their mattresses are also overpriced, but that is something to keep in mind.
  • Sears sometimes has a good mattress sale. Looking at their prices online, it looks like their “regular” prices are overpriced, but their sale prices are very good, so that might be a good place to look as long as they are still on sale when you purchase. Sam's Club and Costco don't have the trial periods, and they don't let you lay on the beds in the store, so I'm wondering if Sears is the same way.
  • Macy's is majorly overpriced. Avoid them. They overprice their beds more than anybody else in the business. I'm talking several hundreds of dollars too high.

If a store is willing to negotiate mattress prices, then they are overpriced, so make sure you get them down a considerable amount. Mattress manufactures contractually set minimum prices that they allow retailers to sell their mattresses at, so they either have to price them at that minimum or overprice them and negotiate. Most of the larger chains just price them at the minimum right away.

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Michelle
Michelle
10 years ago

Like you, we needed a new mattress. However, our current financial situation prevented us from spending that kind of money right now. We aren’t in debt, but my business is taking in about 40% less income than it was just a year ago, thanks to my clients who are cutting back on spending right now as well as a few who have gone out of business. For about $120, we bought a memory foam cover from Costco. It’s fabulous. The only downside was the smell of the foam first out of the box — let it breathe in the garage… Read more »

M
M
10 years ago

My friend’s dad once told him – always have good shoes and a good mattress, you’re usually on one or the other! Great advice I’d say!

tpgirl
tpgirl
10 years ago

Oddly, buying a mattress is even more opaque than buying a car. It’s very unlikely that you will be able to find the exact model of a mattress you test drive in a store at Costco because there is a ton of white-labeling and different models (even within the same brand) depending on the distributor. Consumer Reports doesn’t provide mattress ratings because of the millions of variations and lack of consistency, but they do have a guide: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/home-garden/bed-bath/mattresses/mattress-guide/ I always get nervous buying a new bed because of all these factors. My advice: spend as much time as you can… Read more »

Jeanine Geissinger
Jeanine Geissinger
1 year ago
Reply to  tpgirl

There’s an even better way. The mattress stores only offer exchanges and many of them require restocking fees and multiple delivery fees if you use the one-time exchange option that some offer. If you don’t get a good mattress the first or second time, you’re out of luck. I did a lot of research on stores and was appalled by what I read on review sites about people being stuck with a mattress that made them hurt when they slept on it and not being able to afford a new one. My daughter suggested I look at direct, online sales.… Read more »

Matt
Matt
10 years ago

One thing about price comparison or testing a mattress at one store and then buying at a warehouse club is that mattress stores do not use the same name for the same mattresses in order to prevent you from price shopping. Mattress salesmen are very similar to used car salesman. The funniest information I found online about buying a mattress was walk into your local mattress store, ask the salesman what is on sale and then yell in unison with him, “EVERYTHING’S ON SALE”. I ended up buying a memory foam topped mattress with a cooling layer (important for foam)… Read more »

Karen
Karen
10 years ago

Don’t buy a pillowtop. Get a featherbed. You will get more out of it by flirting and cleaning it. That is fluffing.

Karawynn @ Pocketmint
Karawynn @ Pocketmint
10 years ago

Stacy at Birds and Bills wrote recently about mattress shopping. For my part, I bought a pillowtop mattress and boxsprings set from Costco about ten years ago, and it’s holding up extraordinarily well. As far as finding a model of the Costco mattress to test elsewhere: you can probably do it, if you’re clever. Goods sold at warehouse clubs nearly always have unique manufacturer model numbers assigned just to the version sold by that club, but by comparing features you can usually figure out which regular model number it corresponds to. I haven’t tried mattresses, but I do that with… Read more »

virginia @ where you hang your hat
virginia @ where you hang your hat
10 years ago

We need a new mattress, too, but are waiting before we drop a bit of cash on it. I’ve been considering Barbara Flanagan’s advice, from Flanagan’s Smart Home. She recommends a 100% natural latex mattress for its long life – 20+ years, renewability and sustainability, and biodegradability. She cites a lot of other very good arguments I won’t go into detail about. You should check out the book; I think it’s up your alley.

MichaelM
MichaelM
10 years ago

Also, if you’re planning on ever moving (houses or furniture) be sure and get mattress with handles. We’ve got a big floppy queen with no handles and it’s a huge pain to move.

Jonathan
Jonathan
10 years ago

I just bought a new mattress about a month and a half ago. I am fortunate to live in a large metropolitan area (LA) and there are many (probably a couple dozen) mattress stores within just 5 miles of my house. I went in five or six different stores, gave the salesman my budget ($1,000) and let him give his spiel and show me the mattresses. I laid on each one a couple minutes and after a couple quickly got an idea what I really wanted. If you tell the salesman the best deal you’ve gotten so far, he’ll suddenly… Read more »

nmh
nmh
10 years ago

When my husband and I bought a new bed a couple of years ago we went to an outlet store for a name brand mattress manufacturer. Many of what we saw were “last year” models and they took a larger percentage off the price of the mattress the longer it had been in the store. We decided that we liked a very firm mattress — apparantly we are in the minority because there were several and we were able to buy a set that had been there for several months. We paid about $450 the warranty and delivery included. Look… Read more »

Starving Artist
Starving Artist
10 years ago

My sister’s boyfriend (who is an AWESOME negotiator), recently bought a mattress, and he used similar tactics one would use for a car. He shopped around. He talked to a salesperson, mentioned that he had a few options. He negotiated, struck a deal, and then WALKED AWAY WITHOUT BUYING. Then he came back a few hours later and negotiated them down a few more dollars. When they finally settled on a price (and this just had me in awe), they rang it up and started to add on tax, he said “No, I’m paying X amount, and not a penny… Read more »

Julie
Julie
10 years ago

The biggest racket the mattress industry has pulled to date is the “no-flip” mattress. I think Simmons started it, and other companies followed suit, and now it’s virtually impossible to find a two-sided mattress. “No-flip” mattresses are touted as being convenient and easy for the consumer, but in reality they are huge money savers for mattress giants – basically, half the manufacturing cost and mattress life at the same sale price. This is like advertising a “no oil-change car”, where the car still requires oil but the cap is glued on. I bought the mid-range latex mattress from Ikea (queen… Read more »

Ken
Ken
10 years ago

My wife and I just bought a new mattress. Its a Keetsa, http://www.keetsa.com/ We were just down in California and went to their store in San Francisco and tried them out. We went with a coil spring with foam top mattress, Keetsa Pillow Soft. Its the middle one, not too firm, not too soft. Last night was the first night sleeping on it, but it was good, much better than our Sealy. I’ll post back in a few nights about how it is. As for the Sealy we bought it 5 years ago at the Costco Home store, which is… Read more »

mark
mark
10 years ago
I actually bought a new mattress afew months ago from Ikea. I fell asleep on it in the showroom. They actually woke me up as they were closing. They loved having me sleeping as others were looking at beds..

I love it and it was a good price. 🙂

Jess
Jess
10 years ago

Wow, I’m fascinated! When I moved to Portland I went to PJ’s Sleep Shop on Hawthorne and bought myself a mattress and boxspring for $250, which included frame and delivery. I have no qualms over my bed and it’s still in fine shape four years later. I had no idea most people spent so much, or haggled so much, or found it so difficult. I count my blessings — I guess I’m just an easy sleeper?

Good luck with the purchase!

Katherine
Katherine
10 years ago

If you have an Ikea near you, they have excellent mattresses (no assembly required!). They are also very economical, but make sure you test one out first!

Matt B.
Matt B.
10 years ago

In my experience, it’s virtually impossible to find the exact mattress at two different stores. Sometimes you may find similar features at two locations, but not to the extent where I would definitively say that it’s the exact same thing with a different name. I had very good luck finding a queen size mattress at Sam’s Club maybe 4 years ago, and paid maybe $400 (mattress & boxspring) for what I believe is comparable to a $750-$1,000 furniture/mattress store. (I normally avoid Sam’s & Wal-Mart, but I did make an exception in that case, given the vast price difference. I’m… Read more »

J.D.
J.D.
10 years ago

Thanks, Karawynn! I added a link to Birds and Bills in the body of the post.

Jessica the hedgehog
Jessica the hedgehog
10 years ago

We also bought our mattress from IKEA. (In fact, we have an IKEA mattress on our bed and on our guest bed too.) I can’t for the life of me remember which styles we purchased, but I was very pleased with the range of prices and styles offered. Plus by shopping at IKEA we were able to lay on the sample beds as long as we wanted and we didn’t have to deal with any bed salesmen either. (Avoiding bed salesmen isn’t as important as trying out the beds, of course, but it sure was nice to be able to… Read more »

J.D.
J.D.
10 years ago

I’m not sure how this didn’t make the final cut of my article, but here’s a story I meant to include but apparently edited out: In April, Kris and I spent a weekend on vacation in Bend, Oregon. We rented a house with some good friends. We do this every year, and we actually rent from one of our friend’s family members. Anyhow, Kris and I had the “second-best” bedroom this year, and the bed was amazing. It’s been years since I slept well at home, but sleeping on this mattress was no problem. It was awesome. I felt rested… Read more »

Meep
Meep
10 years ago

I recently did some shopping around for mattresses, and I found that I really hate the “used car”-type sales people at stores dedicated to only mattresses. I really hate haggling and readily admit that I am no good at it. I ended up buying from Sears, they had a nice area with sample models that you could lie on, non-invasive salespeople, clearly posted prices that are lower than most other places (lower if there is a sale on), and they deliver (mine was free, part of the special), and cart away your old bed. They didn’t have a huge selection,… Read more »

J.D.
J.D.
10 years ago

Also: Kris and have questions about the boxspring. Is it necessary? We’ve removed ours from our bed and have been going without it for the past couple of weeks. Neither of us has really noticed a difference. What’s the boxspring for?

Actually, I’m going to go google this…

Brian
Brian
10 years ago

I pretty much disagree with all the advice listed. My biggest concern was with getting a mattress that had toxic fire retardents (like bromide). Do some research on the fire retardents, they’re nasty stuff, linked to breast cancer and a bunch of other fun things. They are in any common mattress, you have to go out of your way to find natural materials like wool, latex, memory foam, etc, that won’t have it. We went with Savvy Rest, a natural latex bed. It was $1800 for a full sized, but it is supposed to last about 30 years. No toxic… Read more »

Claire
Claire
10 years ago

Although you can often return a mattress if you don’t like it, it’s a hassle. I was considering a Tempur-Pedic a few years ago and discovered that some friends had one. A few weeks later, they were away for a weekend, and invited me to spend the night at their place and try out the mattress. I’m glad I did because I didn’t like it much! So, try “sleeping around” and see if you can find the perfect mattress that way.

JerryB
JerryB
10 years ago

When shopping for a bed, spend at least 15 minutes laying on it before deciding. If it stays comfortable for that long it should fit your needs. Falling asleep, as Mark did, would cinch the sale for me.

Drew
Drew
10 years ago

I highly recommend looking into a “hotel bed.” These beds are designed specifically for individual hotel chains. You buy a new bed, it is not a used bed. My wife and I purchased the W Hotel bed. We love it!

Check out the dealnews.com link for a 40% off coupon. We used it to purchase our bed and all of our bedding.

http://dealnews.com/The-W-Store-coupon-40-off-no-minimum/302777.html

ebyt
ebyt
10 years ago

Wow – didn’t expect my comment to be mentioned in your latest post – blinked a couple of times lol. I’m a “she” by the way, but no worries – no way to tell 😉 I am a big fan of COSTCO, but don’t know a lot about their mattresses. I would go for it if you know that it’s returnable for a 100% refund. They have some great discounts. Usually 2 weeks is a good enough time frame to judge whether a bed is working for you or not. Sometimes it takes a while for your back to adjust… Read more »

almost there
almost there
10 years ago

I love my matteress from the Denver Mattress Company. The think what sold us was their price and construction. The had actual leading brand mattress cut aways on the wall and you got to compare the construction to the ones made by the Denver Mattress. For the price, they had more springs, and material than the other name brands. They are at the furniture rows in WA and OR too.

J.D.
J.D.
10 years ago

@ebyt (#25)
D’oh! I apologize for the mistaken gender. Totally my bad. (Especially since I can see that your e-mail address contains a female name.)

I appreciate the tips, and Kris and/or I may very well e-mail you with questions. Thanks for the offer!

ebyt
ebyt
10 years ago

Haha ok thanks J.D. 🙂

Jesse
Jesse
10 years ago

My wife and I LOVED The Original Mattress Factory. Much like #28, they had cut outs of the competition and of their own beds and they took the time to explain why their beds were better. And there was no pressure at all.

We shopped at a few “normal” mattress stores and it felt a lot like buying a used car from the shadiest people in town. They make it hard to comparison shop because “Everything is on sale” (but, only through the weekend and the one you’re interested in is the last one they have in stock.)

Joel
Joel
10 years ago

Try a ComforPedic mattress. We bought one a few years ago after laying on all kinds of mattresses including memory foam and latex. This bed uses a combination of the two to provide good comfortable support that’s not too hot and is available in several firmness levels. We absolutely love the mattress. We bought from Mattress World since we like the idea of supporting their local ownership. They also seem to be pretty active in various charity activities, which I think is nice. We did haggle a bunch, but the sales people were kind about it.

Ross
Ross
10 years ago

A couple of years ago it was time for a new mattress. My better ½ and I had some out of town trips and stayed in a few hotels. At one point we stayed at a Marriott in Nashville. The bed was UNBELIEVABLE. So much so we took off the sheets to find out who made it. Jamison from North Carolina…very pricey…. I saved up and now have this incredible bed. It just sucks you in and puts you to sleep…just what a bed should do!

Thursday
Thursday
10 years ago

I worked for a furniture liquidator in high school and one item we always sold out of as soon as we got them in were mattresses. We would pick up slightly used mattresses from hotels (a lot of better chains replace their mattresses every three years), clean them and resell them for under $150 per set. There are some pretty strict laws about how these mattresses must be cleaned, making them a perfectly safe option. I slept on a used mattress for several years. It was great – high quality, comfortable and cost me almost nothing. If you do shop… Read more »

ebyt
ebyt
10 years ago

The boxspring supports the mattress. If you don’t use it, the coil alignment in the mattress will be screwed up eventually. VERY IMPORTANT to use unless you have a platform bed (pretty much a slab of wood vs. the 5 or so slats beds usually come with).

Heather
Heather
10 years ago

I would say look for a place that builds their own mattresses. In a couple of states, there is a place called Original Mattress Factory that made a bed that I still use occasionally and have used for longer than 10 or 15 years. When I switched to a bigger bed, I bought one from there, and the salesmen were not pushy in the least, and the prices were reasonable. I would highly suggest it.

Paul
Paul
10 years ago

A while ago I found the following website very helpful in explaining what’s going on when you buy a mattress:
http://www.mattressscam.com/
There are lots of ads at this site, but I found the information useful.

David Farrior
David Farrior
10 years ago

I just recently (2 days ago) pricematched an online distributor cymax.com at Sleep Country USA, and saved 50% off of their advertised retail on a Simmon’s World Class Plush Pillowtop “Madrid”. I was shocked at how willing they were to pricematch. The online store had free delivery, no tax, and Sleep Country also hauled away the old bed. The “retail” price is a joke! I only now wonder if I could have gotten even 60-75% off the retail price. I do love my new mattress, and feel like I got a great deal.

Andrew
Andrew
10 years ago

With Costco’s liberal return policy, I think you can test out beds and then return them if they don’t give you a good night’s sleep. They’ll also have a larger selection online. We got our memory foam mattress online and love it.

Erica Douglass
Erica Douglass
10 years ago

Hi J.D., Definitely NOT bad form to test one out in a store and then buy at Costco! We tested a bunch out at a mattress store and we both really liked the Tempurpedic Celebrity. But 5 grand + tax for a mattress?! NO THANKS! We ended up purchasing online from Healthy Foundations. We ordered their 13″ mattress and it was delivered in the mail. We LOVE it! And best of all, it was only $2079 shipped (no tax) instead of over $5000. They have a 1-year return policy in case you don’t like it, but if you like Tempurpedic,… Read more »

Patricia Graham
Patricia Graham
7 years ago
Reply to  Erica Douglass

do you still like your healthy foundations mattress? Any problems?

Andrew C
Andrew C
10 years ago

Just got a 1 inch latex topper for our 2 year old Cal King. The springs in a bed will hold up pretty good, but the foam and padding will eventually compress. Our bed was getting lumpy (initially mistaken for spring sagging) in our spots and the topper has made a world of difference.

So I’d say get a nice firm bed without a ton of padding and then add your own comfort layers. I like the feel of latex (little bit of spring) compared to memory foam.

Erica Douglass
Erica Douglass
10 years ago

@ebyt wrote: “If you’re a hot sleeper, I would NOT recommend buying a bed that is labeled as latex or memory foam. They REALLY absorb & radiate heat.” I think this used to be true, and it was a concern for us since we live in a warm climate. The Healthy Foundations 13″ mattress has something called a “CoolMax” layer on top that’s supposed to prevent this. It sounded like marketing BS to me, but with a 1-year guarantee I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it out. I have no complaints…you can sleep directly on it and not feel… Read more »

J.D.
J.D.
10 years ago

Holy cats! GRS reader Garrison just sent me a l-o-n-g e-mail from his friend, a mattress salesman. The e-mail contains all sorts of fantastic tips for mattress shopping. I know it may seem strange to have two mattress-related posts in a short period of time, but I’m going to ask permission to re-post the e-mail here at Get Rich Slowly. Maybe I’ll post it once Kris and I are done with our shopping. Some great stuff here.

bethh
bethh
10 years ago

I have a platform bed. I think boxsprings are the hugest ripoff going – AND they’re a pain to move (I’ve moved 9 times in the last 16 years, though the pace is slowing). My parents never had a box spring either, and I met a woman from England who says no one has them over there (I forgot to look for that when I was in the UK this spring).

Let us know what you find out!

sarah
sarah
10 years ago

The Costco out in Hillsboro has tester mattresses and a much wider selection that most. It’s a bit of a drive from SE, but we got ours there and LOVE it. You could look online and if you see any interesting call the store and ask if they have display models. I’m pretty sure they had one example of every model.

Elaine
Elaine
10 years ago

We bought our last mattress from Ikea — a midrange inner-spring, and I find it quite comfortable. Since we got a bedframe with lots of slats, no boxspring. Featherbed on top is lovely, too.

pats
pats
10 years ago

We purchased our last bed from the factory showroom in a city about 100 miles away. It was located in a lower-rent district but had an enormous range of beds of all price ranges set up to try out. Sales people were helpful in providing information but not pushy. Even adding the cost of shipping we ended up with a good price. Disposal of the old one was no trouble. The local Habitat for Humanity resale store was happy to pick it up for resale, since it had been well protected and was unstained, even after 30 years of use.… Read more »

sunny
sunny
10 years ago

We bought a memory foam mattress on Overstock and we absolutely love it. No springs required, we don’t notice any excess heat (we live in Florida and run the AC very conservatively). We got a king pillow-top firm for about $700. It came UPS in a duffle bag and grew to full size in about an hour after opening.

No more aching shoulders for me and not stiff back for my husband, we’d buy it again in a heartbeat and our only regret is not buying it sooner.

Ellen
Ellen
10 years ago

We got a floor model Tempur-Pedic type mattress from Macy’s Home a few months ago. It was orginially about $2500 and we paid $700 for it. Because it was a floor model, half of it is firm and half is soft, which is perfect since my husband prefers a firm mattress and I like a soft one. Maybe some people wouldn’t like to buy a floor model mattress, but it didn’t bother us!

freecia
freecia
10 years ago

JD – please do post the e-mail if the writer is fine with it. I’m curious about the great tips! I’m not in the mattress market now (being a petite person helps keep the weight load down and less wear on the coils) but I know I’ll have to get a new one at some point.

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