In the old days – back when online shopping was unheard of – buying a new mattress was a simple affair. You walk into a store, probably do a bit of a lie-down and a few bounce-ups on the mattresses in the showroom, tell the salesperson which one you like, haggle to bring the price down, pay for your purchase then wait until your mattress gets delivered to your doorstep.
Now, with the number of products available in stores and online, it would seem that shopping for a mattress has become quite an ordeal. The options are overwhelming, especially in the realm of memory foam mattresses where you can find products of various specifications, all boasting to have the best that memory foam technology has to offer.
Finding a quality memory foam mattress can seem daunting at first but it’s definitely not impossible. Follow this method that uses elements of both in-store and online shopping to find the best one for you.
- Research about the different kinds of memory foam
Memory foam mattresses are usually made from different memory foam layers, with each layer having a different density and thickness. There are even memory foam mattresses that are infused with cooling gel for added comfort and to disperse heat while you sleep.
If you’re on a quest to find a quality mattress, it would be to your advantage to be aware of how memory foam is used in mattresses, what the different layers are and how a mattress is constructed so you can have an idea of the kind of mattress that would suit your needs best. A quick search online can bring up all the information you need.
- Read reviews
In addition to mattress specifications, you can also read reviews about the memory foam mattresses available today. Consumer websites, mattress-centric sites, online shopping platforms and even personal blogs are good sources of product reviews. Keep in mind that these reviews are other people’s opinions – your own experience with a particular mattress may be different. Still, reading reviews can give you a general idea of how a mattress is and if it’s worth buying.
- Make a list and compare prices
Now that you have a clearer picture of what you want your memory foam mattress to have, it’s time to make a shortlist of your top candidates. Based on your criteria (firmness, foam layers, materials, foam density, certifications and price, to name a few), you can list down the mattress models you’re interested in. Make a list of three to five models, writing down their best qualities.
Next, do a price comparison online to see which retailer is offering the best deal on each mattress. Use an online price checker or visit different mattress retail sites to compare prices.
- Visit a showroom
Narrow down your list further by testing mattresses in person. Go to a mattress showroom and ask to see the memory foam mattresses that you have on your list. If the store doesn’t have a particular model, ask if they can show you a model that is similar in terms of specifications. Your aim is to test out the mattress to see if it’s a good fit for you.
Lie down on the mattress for up to 15 minutes before trying the next. At the end of your visit, you should already have a clear idea of which model is “the one.”
- Make your purchase
Once you’ve picked out the memory foam mattress you feel is best for you, it’s time to make your purchase. You can negotiate with the store to match the price you saw online. If that’s not possible, buy the mattress online instead.