The right bed begins with the right retailer.
If you've had a positive experience somewhere, start there. Make sure they offer the quality and the selection you desire.
Dress comfortably so you can test many mattresses. Bring your favorite pillow to replicate your regular sleeping position. Know what size you have now (for example: whether it is a queen mattress set) and know the dimensions of your current mattress set: floor to top of mattress, length and width. Know your room dimensions for possibly purchasing a larger set; you may decide it's time to upgrade.
Be smart in-store.
Start with a comfort / technology test on good-quality mattresses. Determine your comfort preference first. Try a luxury plush and an ultra firm innerspring mattress. Next try our hybrid half foam/half springs mattress.
Found one you really like?
Ask about the product's features and benefits. Compare it to one of higher and lower price. Learn the difference between apparently similar mattresses with different prices. Buy the best mattress you can-if it passes your comfort test.
What to ask.
What's inside the mattress that offers proper back and body support? What's inside the mattress that minimizes tossing and turning? If it's an innerspring, insist that the coils be twice-tempered. This helps the coils retain strength and prevent mattress sag. All mattresses must meet Federal Flame Retardancy guidelines. Purchase one that uses fabric and fiber for flame retardancy versus one treated with chemicals.
Know the types of mattresses.
Traditional Innerspring or Hybrid: half foam/half springs.
Know the difference in the coils inside an innerspring mattresses.
Innersprings have many types of coils, which can cause confusion. Here's what you need to know. Four things factor in to the support of an innerspring mattress.