Finding The Best Place To Buy A Mattress

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We’ve received a few messages of people wondering where the best place to buy a mattress is, or generally where to buy a mattress.  We thought we would put together a quick little overview and comment on who might want to buy from each type of place.  Shoppers certainly have plenty of options, and it really depends on their individual circumstances.  Here is a a quick list of everyone’s options.

Mattress Store

This would be a place like Sleepy’s.  Depending on where people live, there should be mattress specialty stores.  They don’t have to be big chains like Sleepy’s, but every major metropolitan area will have multiple specialty stores.  Here people can talk to a mattress salesperson who can show them a number of different brands and models.  If people were to go to a store like this, I would recommend waiting for a sale, as they come fairly frequently.  I would recommend going to a store if people really don’t know what they want, and they don’t want to do a bunch of independent research.  Certainly if people want to try out several mattresses ahead of purchasing one, this is a great option.  The stores will probably have very knowledgeable people working there to help people out.

General Furniture Stores

Stores like these may not have quite the selection as mattress specialty stores have.  However, there are probably more of these available, so it might be much more convenient for people, depending on where they live.  I don’t think the sales staff will be as knowledgeable, and the sales cycle will be different from a mattress store.  A place like Ikea is different and will have its own brand of mattresses available.

Department Stores

This would be a place like Macy’s or Sears.  The selection will be more limited, and the sales staff will be much less helpful for people.  I would only recommend going to a place like this if people have few other options.


I recommend going online for people who are willing to do some research on their own.  The potential to get a lot of savings is much higher by going online because the business model cuts out the middleman.  There are more options than ever now (see Saatva as an example), and if people are willing to do a little research, there are some really great options for them available online.
Those are the big players.  I probably left something out, but generally people have a lot of options available to them.  If you want to do some serious research, I strongly recommend considering buying online.  Otherwise, there are a lot of physical store options available to you as well.

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Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.

He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.

Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.

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