How to Assess Value When Buying a Mattress ─ 5 Steps to Follow

You spend nearly a third of your life in bed, so it’s important to have a mattress that’s comfortable and supportive. But how do you know if you’re getting a good deal on one? It can be tough to tell!

A quality mattress should last for years, but unfortunately, many people overspend on mattresses without getting what they need or want. Here are five steps for assessing value when buying a new mattress.

1. Know What You Want

Before you start shopping for a mattress, it’s important to know what you want from your new bed. Are you looking for something firm and supportive? Or perhaps soft and cushy?

It may also be helpful to consider how long the mattress will last in terms of its lifespan and whether or not that’s important to you. For example, some people prefer foam mattresses because they tend to have longer lifespans than spring-based mattresses. However, these types of beds tend not to offer much support over time (which can lead to back problems).

If possible, try out some different types of mattresses at local stores so that when it comes time for decision-making time at Home Depot or Amazon prime shipping times are not as much of an issue as they could potentially be if one were ordering online without ever having tried out any similar products beforehand!

2. Determine Your Budget


Before you start shopping, it’s important to determine how much you can afford to spend on a mattress. The first step is figuring out how much money is available in your budget and then determining what percentage of that amount should go toward purchasing a new mattress.

The most common way people determine their budgets is by using their monthly income as the basis for their numbers. For example: if your monthly income was $3,000 per month (before taxes), then perhaps $500 would be appropriate for spending on furniture or other purchases like mattresses. This means that if you wanted to get a good quality mattress with some extra features like gel memory foam and adjustable firmness settings that cost $1,000 at full price but could get one for half off during Black Friday sales (or whatever), then buying one would still leave plenty left over from your monthly paycheck after paying all other bills and expenses.*

  • Note: This does not take into account any savings goals such as retirement plans or college funds; those should be factored into any long-term financial planning decisions before making any purchases such as this one!

3. Do Your Research

Before you can assess the value of a mattress, you have to know what it is worth. As with any other product, this requires research.

You should look for:

  • Reviews of the mattress online. Are there many? Is there one that stands out? If so, why?
  • Information about the materials used in making your chosen product and their quality ratings (especially if they’re not 100% natural). You may also want to find out where these materials are sourced from─this can help determine whether or not they were produced ethically and sustainably by workers who earn fair wages (and don’t have to deal with dangerous chemicals).
  • What kind of warranty does your chosen company offer? How long does it last? Do they offer an extended warranty at additional cost if needed later down the road? * If there’s a trial period available during which customers can return their purchases without incurring fees based on how long they’ve owned them prior. This means less risk for buyers concerned about whether or not buying a new mattress will actually improve the quality of sleep!

4. Buy From a Reputable Store


When you’re shopping for a mattress, it’s important to buy from a reputable store. It’s also important that the store has been around for a while and is local─you want to be able to return the item if it doesn’t work out for you.

In addition, it’s good if the store has a good reputation. This will help ensure that they’re honest with their assessments of your needs and budget.

5. Don’t Overspend

A quality mattress can make for a great night’s sleep, but many people overspend on mattresses without getting what they need or want. If you’re looking to buy a new mattress and don’t know where to start, here are some tips:

  • Choose the right size for your needs. Mattress sizes vary from twin (39″ x 75″) to California king (72″ x 84″). Make sure that your new bed will fit comfortably in your bedroom before making any purchases!
  • Determine how firm or soft you like your mattress by lying down on different ones at the store and seeing which one feels best─you’ll be able to tell right away whether or not it suits your preferences. If possible, try asking friends who own similar models of mattresses how theirs feel so that they can provide insight into what type of support level works best for them personally too!



Buying a mattress is a big investment, and it’s important to get the one that will meet your needs. Whether you want something firm or soft, long-lasting or disposable─and at what price point─you should know what kind of mattress will work best for you before heading out into the world of retail shopping.

By knowing what type of mattress is right for your body type and preferences, as well as having a budget in mind when looking around at stores or online vendors, there is no doubt that finding an appropriate choice will be easier than ever before!