Mattress Shopping Tips  
  Shopping for a mattress can be about as fun as going to the dentist (no offense to dentist). Dress accordingly and be prepared to stretch out and lay around a bit.

The larger the retailer the more likely you are to overpay. Brand names, most which are largely own be big wall street  or private investment companies, in my opinion are some of the least values in the business. Smaller mom and pop manufacturers, can and sometimes will offer better quality materials, for better life and value of a mattress. The components in mattresses, basically come from the same producers, just different qualities available depending on what the mattress company wants to spend and the quality they want to make.

Cheap priced mattresses are cheap because they are cheap quality. Higher priced mattresses, DO NOT mean, that they too are not CHEAP.

The biggest single element in how long a mattress is going to stay supportive and comfortable will be the quality of the padding material. Polyurethane foam is the most used padding material in mattresses.

For conventional polyurethane foam you want a density ( a measure of the weight per cubic foot, 12 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches, like a cube) of 1.8 pounds minimum, 2 pound or more is better. We use a 2.3 pound in our Anti-Sag Lumbar Supports™.

Memory type polyurethane foams, regular and Gel, need to be 5 pounds or better. Most out in the market are 2 - 3.5 pounds, which is not good enough.

Yes, better foams are more expensive but worth it and will perform better. Don't trust the sales person for this information, ask for something in writing from the manufacturer.

An "ALL" foam mattress will usually have a conventional polyurethane foam base 6" - 8" or more, then other materials or memory type foam glued on top of it. Again 1.8 # min. for the conventional polyurethane foam base, and 5# min. for the memory foams.

In innerspring mattresses, I prefer the lower coil count with the heavier gauge wire. Example: 368 offset coil, 6 turn and with 12.5 ga wire. Remember coil count varies with mattress size. Some sales people will quote you count based on the mattress size you are looking for, while others will quote based on a FULL size mattress. The 368 I mention is based on the FULL size. Queen and king will have more, a twin less. Be sure you know what you're being quoted. High coil count use thin wire and so it's a trade off, but sounds good when a sales person say one has 800 coil verses 368.

Don't buy 1/2 a mattress. Always buy a 2 sided mattress. Yes, you need to flip it. One sided or "NO FLIP" is sold as a benefit to you but in reality it saves the manufacturer the cost of labor and materials on the other side. It also reduces the life of the mattress so you end up shopping for a new one sooner.

Foundations are about all you see these days. Some are all wood, other have rigid steel. All the same to me, if it doesn't flex, it doesn't flex. A real box spring will flex and act as a shock absorber, like padding under your carpet. More expensive, my preference, good luck finding one.

Mattress retailer ALWAYS have a sale, and I mean ALWAYS! Don't be pressured by a sales person to make a quick decision until you're completely comfort with what your buying.

No matter what the sales price, there is ALWAYS a better price you can get. Also, freebies, bedframe and delivery.

Test rest, be sure you understand the terms, most have a cost associated with them. And beware of floor models, one of a kind or discount on return mattresses. Most state have laws about disclosure and sanitation requirements, but that doesn't mean they are always followed. Bed bugs are a nasty thing to have to get rid of. BEWARE!