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. You certainly have plenty of options, and it really depends on your individual circumstances. Here is a a quick list of your options.
This would be a place like Sleepy’s. Depending on where you 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 you can talk to a mattress salesperson who can show you a number of different brands and models. If you 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 you really don’t know what you want, and you don’t want to do a bunch of independent research. Certainly if you 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 you 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 you, depending on where you 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.
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 you. I would only recommend going to a place like this if you 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 you are willing to do a little research, there are some really great options for you available online.
Those are the big players. I probably left something out, but generally you have a lot of options available to you. 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.
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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