Questions To Ask When Shopping For A Mattress

Make the most of your time shopping for your new mattress by asking these questions while you’re in a showroom:

What does my spine look like?

Ensuring your spine is aligned in it’s natural S shaped position while you sleep is what leads to good, pain-free sleep.

What type of sleeper was each mattress collection designed for?

Collections each have an ideal sleeper in mind. Knowing this will help guide you toward the one best suited for you.


The quality of the materials are a big piece in ensuring you get the comfort and longevity you want. What you want to know is:

Coils: What types and how many coils are in the mattress? 

  • The coils are the support layer of the mattress.  The more coils used generally equates with a more supportive sleep.
  • Pocketed coils do a better job of contouring or your body, adjusting as you move around through the night, and minimize disturbances if your partner is tossing and turning.
  • A traditional innerspring coil is best if you are looking for an extra firm sleep surface.
  • Edge support makes it easier to get in and out of bed.

Foam: What types of foam are used and are they certified to prevent off-gasing?

  • Density: Asking about foam density is critical.  This refers to the weight of the foam. Higher is better in terms of longevity, conforming to your body, and pressure relief. If a company isn’t willing to share the density they use, that is a red flag. 
  • Certifications: If a bed uses an upholstery or memory foam and it is not certified byCertiPur US, that is also a red flag. 
  • Features: The foams used will dictate the comfort (i.e. firm or soft) and additional features of the bed.  Some foams are more breathable.  Some have cooling elements.  Some let you sink into them.  Some keep you buoyed on top.  Make sure you understand what foams are used and what they do. 

What’s the proper long-term care?

These instructions are critical for extending the life of your mattress.

What’s the warranty?

Understand what it covers and how long it’s for.  The industry standard is 10 years, but most companies will also prorate those 10 years.  Ensure you understand all the fine print. 


Some companies will store beds and sell them overtime.  You can always check the date the bed was made by looking at the law tag.  If a bed was sitting around for a long-time before you bought it, it could impact the longevity you will get out of it. 




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