The Definitive Guide to Buying a Mattress
Shopping for a mattress has never been easier if you’re armed with this info.
Replacing your mattress can be exhausting. Navigating the stores and websites, debating between foam and springs, and determining how much to spend can leave you feeling like you need a good nap.
Instead, skip the stress and follow these tips from Lexie Sachs, Senior Textiles Analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute, that will help you navigate the world of mattresses.
Where to Shop for a Mattress
Laying down in the store isn’t the only way to go anymore. New mattress-in-a-box companies have won over thousands of customers with convenient shipping and free trial periods. Online mattress buying has seen a serious boom, but it’s not right for everyone. Here’s what you need to know.
Shop in the store if.
Go the traditional route ifyouwant a greater variety and to feel them before buying.In a mattress store, you should never pay full price. Always shop the sales, and don’t be afraid to negotiate with the salesperson. Most stores will also offer removal of your existing mattress. The downside is it can feel overwhelming and it’s harder to compare prices to know if you’re getting a good deal. A big mistake is rushing the decision by quickly lying down on many different mattresses to find the one that feels best. If you’re going to invest in a mattress,take the time to recline for a while (at least 10 minutes)and make sure you don’t feel any pressure or pain.
Shop online if.
This newer route offers agreat alternative if you have trouble making decisions, since there are fewer options. Plus, you can shop from home!These mattresses generally arrive in a box at your doorstep within a few days and include free shipping and a money-back guarantee (even if you simply don’t like the mattress!) so there’s minimal risk. Online, the price is usually final, but it doesn’t include markups for being sold at a physical store. The downsides are that you typically have to set it up yourself and deal with getting rid of your old mattress.
Either way, always ask about the return policy.Not happy with your pick? You may get a partial refund if you bought it in a store, but online companies often arrange to pick it up for a local charity and will give back 100% of your money. Make sure you can test out a new mattress for a month risk-free; that way, you can get used to it before making a decision.
The Best Mattresses You Can Buy Online
The name Casper is synonymous with "mattress-in-a-box." Itsfour foam layers range from soft to firmto offer comfort and support, which our testers loved (especially the under-40 crowd). There’s both a less expensive version (with less layers) and a pricier one (with more).
Tuft & Needle was priced lowest among its competitors, but still stands out as atop mattress on Amazon. This simple model has two layers of foam: a firm, support layer on the bottom and a cushy, cooling layer on top. Our panel particularly liked the friendly customer service.
Unsure if you need a soft or firm option? This foam style gives you both: Justflip the mattress to change the support level. It has copper built-in to help keep you cool and avoid the overheating that is typically associated with memory foam.
Fill out a survey about your sleep habits, andHelix builds a "custom" mattress for youwith layers of foam, latex, and microcoils. They can even personalize each side, so you and your sleeping partner don’t have to fight about which mattress to get.
How to Choose Your Perfect Mattress
There are three common types of mattresses:innerspring, foam, and adjustable. There’s no one "right" material to choose, but in general, side sleepers need a softer mattress, stomach sleepers need a firm one, and back sleepers fall somewhere in between. Beyond the types of mattresses and firmness, you’ll need to think about a few other factors. From sleep style to negotiating with a bedfellow, here’s what to look for based on your needs:
If you like a bed with bounce
Traditional innerspring styleshave that familiar bouncy feel and may be firmer. Interconnected coils are extra-durable, but individual "pocketed" coils, each covered with fabric, reduce the ripple effect that happens when someone on one side of the bed moves.
If you prefer a firmer base
Memory foam optionshave less spring and offer more pressure relief. To determine quality, look at the density and thickness of the foam, which will determine how deep you’ll sink. The newer, online mattresses generally use several different layers of foam, with heavier ones on the bottom for support and lighter, cooler kinds on the top for comfort.
If you want a plush top
Innerspring mattressestypically have either a fiberfill or foam outer layer, covered in quilted ticking. But even if you want an uber-plush feel, don’t be swayed by a thick-looking pillowtop as it can compress over time. It’s often best to choose a firmer, well-quilted mattress, and then cover it with a replaceable mattress topper.
If you like to change it up
Consider anair-filled mattress, like Sleep Number, which has a remote that controls how much air is inside. Two side-by-side chambers allow you and your partner to customize the mattress firmness separately. There are also foam mattresses (like the ones from Layla) with soft and firm sides, so you can just flip it over as needed, and modular designs that let you move around the springs on the inside.
If you sleep on your side
You’ll want a surface that will support your body weight, and conform to your shape.Innerspringsmay have more pressure relief than some foam or latex mattresses, but asoft foam mattressor one with built-in pressure relief points around the shoulders and hips can work for side sleepers, too
If you sleep on your stomach
The last thing a stomach-sleeper probably wants is an enveloping memory foam — it would feel smothering! Instead, a firmer bed will provide the best support. Consider afirm foam, dense innerspring, or air-filled mattress.
If you sleep on your back
You’ll wantsomething in the middle— a surface that supports, but has some give so your spine is kept in a healthy alignment. You’ll find happiness with any of the mattress types, but you should do your best princess-and-the-pea impression to see what feels best to you.
If your partner tosses and turns all night
Consider aninnerspring mattress with pocketed coils, or memory foam, latex, or a dual-chamber air-filled mattress. Medium-firm picks will all have good "motion isolation." But remember, these models could actually be less comfortable on the body of a restless sleeper, as there’s little forgiveness against one’s movements.
If you and your partner’s preferences don’t match
Theair-filled mattresses with dual chamberscan help, or check out the online mattress company Helix. Each person can fill out a questionnaire and have a side customized based on the responses.
If you sleep hot
Manufacturers can get carried away with claims about cooling properties, especially when you consider all the layers (protectors, toppers, sheets, and so on) that go on top of the mattress. That said,foam or latexcan hold in body heat, especially if they’re very soft and a lot of your body sinks in. Newer technology helps alleviate this issue and you can always accessorize your bed with toppers and sheets that offer cooling benefits.
If you have allergies
Foam and latexare both inherently antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites and mold. If you opt for innerspring or air topped with fiberfill, be sure to encase it in an allergen-resistant cover to keep irritants at bay.
If you have back pain
Memory foam and/or latexis best for those with back pain since it molds to your body for support.
If you’re concerned about chemicals
Look forfoams certified by CertiPUR-USas well as certifications for other materials like GOLS for latex or Oeko-Tex for other fabrics to feel more confident about your purchase.
If you can’t decide what matters most
Some savvy manufacturers make ahybrid-style mattressthat combines the buoyancy of an innerspring core with the motion isolation of memory foam. It’s a best-of-both-worlds option that can satisfy many partner disputes and sleeping styles.
How to buy the best mattress
We explain how to find the best mattress without paying thousands of pounds.
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Do you want a good night’s sleep? Deciding which type of mattress to buy is only part of the story. Whether you prefer a pocket-sprung or a memory-foam mattress, our tests have found big differences between the best and worst of each mattress ‘type’.
Make the wrong choices and you risk being lumbered with a needlessly expensive mattress that’s uncomfortable, unsupportive and unable to stand the test of time without sagging and softening.
Thankfully, we’ve explained everything you need to know below to ensure you get the right mattress.
Video: how to buy the best mattress
Watch our video to help you pick the perfect mattress for your sleeping position, body shape and bedroom.
Types of mattress
Pocket-sprung, latex and memory-foam mattresses have all impressed in our tough tests, so the type of mattress you choose really comes down to personal preference and budget.
If you want a traditional mattress with natural fillings, such as wool, you’ll want a pocket-sprung mattress.
With these, each spring is enclosed in its own fabric ‘pocket’ – each reacts to pressure from your body independently. However, these can be pricey and our tests show they can sag significantly over time.
Memory-foam mattresses can be more durable and mould to your body shape but, in some cases, this can increase your body temperature and restrict your movement.
For more information about mattress types, see our guide to choosing the best type of mattress.
How much does a good mattress cost?
A new mattress can cost anywhere between £100 and several thousand. Factors such as brand, size and the types of material used can all have a significant impact on cost.
But, as the graph below shows, our mattress tests have found you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a mattress that will support your spine and last for years to come. Take a look at our list of the best cheap mattresses.
Number of Best Buy mattresses by price
What are the best mattress brands?
Our April 2018 survey of more than 5,000 mattress owners revealed that three in 10 Which? members bought their current mattress because it’s made by a brand they trust. If you’re not sure what the best mattress brands are, we can help.
Check out our guide to the best and worst mattress brands. This reveals what people think of the brand of mattress they own, including how comfortable their mattress is, and covers major brands such as Casper, Ikea, John Lewis, Sealy and Silentnight.
Soft vs firm mattresses
When it comes to firmness, the most important thing is to buy a mattress that you find comfortable.
Don’t buy a mattress that’s firmer than you’d like on the assumption that it will be more supportive. Time and again, our tests have shown you don’t have to buy a firm mattress to get excellent and long-lasting support.
Equally, don’t assume that a firm mattress in one store will feel the same in other shops. Firmness is subjective and manufacturers describe the firmness of their mattresses in a range of different ways.
That’s why we don’t use terms such as soft and firm in our reviews. Instead, we objectively test mattress firmness on a scale of one to 10, where one is the firmest and 10 the softest, so you can easily compare the firmness of different mattresses.
We also measure how supportive each mattress is for a range of different body sizes and sleeping positions.
Use our mattress reviews to arm yourself with a shortlist of supportive mattresses to try out in store.
Best mattresses: features to look out for
As mattresses serve a single basic function – to help us sleep – they don’t come overloaded with jazzy features. But there are still a few things to look out for.
- One-sidedAs the name suggests, only one side of a one-sided mattress is designed to be slept on. Mattresses can be extremely heavy – the heaviest we’ve seen weighs more than 50kg – so you may be relieved not to feel obliged to flip it. You’ll probably still need to rotate it from head to toe, though, so it’s a good idea to check the ease of use rating in our mattress reviews.
- Natural fillingsMany pocket-sprung mattresses also contain layers of synthetic fillings, such as foam. If you’re keen to avoid these, look out for mattresses specifically claim to be made using only natural materials.
- Memory foamSimilarly, just because a mattress contains memory foam doesn’t make it a memory-foam mattress. We only class a mattress as memory foam if it contains more than just a token layer of the body moulding material. See all our memory foam mattress reviews.
Try before you buy
Buying a mattress online may be cheaper and more convenient but, unless you’re buying a bed-in-a-box mattress (see below), it’s always best to try before you buy.
When we asked Which? members about their experience of buying a mattress, more than a third of them told us they feel intimidated trying out a mattress in the shop. A good mattress shop shouldn’t mind you doing this. See our guide on the best mattress shops.
When trying out a mattress in-store:
- Wear comfortable clothing and remove your outdoor gear.
- Lie on a mattress for at least 10 minutes, in positions that you normally sleep in.
- If the bed is for two, go with your partner.
- Don’t shop for beds when you’re tired, as all the mattresses will feel great.
- Don’t let sales assistants influence you – they can’t decide whether the mattress is comfortable for you.
If you’re buying a memory foam mattress, relax in one position, then move into another. Was it easy or did you struggle to move? If the latter, you might find the memory mattress will restrict your movement too much, especially in cold weather when the memory foam will be harder.
Should you buy a mattress online?
If you’re looking for a bargain mattress, one option is to try a few mattresses out in a shop, before going home to search for the best price online. That’s what 5% of Which? members did when they bought their last mattress, according to our 2018 survey of more than 5,000 mattress owners.
But around 14% bought online without trying their mattress first. That sounds risky – especially when we’ve just recommended you try a mattress before you buy – but it’s not if you buy a bed-in-a-box mattress.
These are mattresses that are bought online, vacuum-packed into a box and delivered direct to your door, and there are three reasons you should consider one:
- By cutting out the retailer and selling direct from manufacturer to consumer, many brands claim you’re getting a higher-quality mattress for less.
- Most online-only mattresses offer a sleep trial of at least 10 weeks. During this time you can try the mattress at home and send it back for a full refund if you don’t like it. In most cases, the manufacturer will collect the unwanted mattress from your house for free before recycling it or donating it to charity.
- We’re yet to test a bad one. More than half of the Best Buy mattresses we’ve uncovered can only be bought in a box.
Make sure your mattress fits your bed base
Manufacturers may encourage you to buy a mattress and bed base together, and this is a good idea if you’ve had your old base for many years.
If you buy the mattress and base separately, or are going to keep your old base, measure carefully to make sure they’re a good fit. Dimensions can vary so don’t rely on a new double mattress being exactly the same size as your old one.
Is your mattress going on to a slatted base? Then make sure that the slats are no more than 6cm wide or more than 4cm apart. This ensures sufficient ventilation, while preventing the mattress sagging through between the slats.
For more information, read our guide: What bed size do you need?
Check the guarantee/warranty on your mattress
Make sure you know what your rights are if there’s a problem with your mattress.
Most guarantees for mattresses will not cover gradual wear and tear, which leads to loss of support. So make sure you use our mattress reviews to pick out a durable mattress that will stand the test of time.
Most online-only mattresses offer a sleep trial of at least 10 weeks.
Before you buy your mattress, check whether there’s anything in particular, such as removing labels or using a base other than a recommended one, that would invalidate the guarantee.
Now you know how to go about buying the best mattress for you, check out ourbest mattressrecommendationsto reveal the mattresses that will support your spine and last for years.
How to buy a mattress online
A mail-order bed may seem crazy, but there are some big advantages to that option. Here’s what you need to know.
This mattress was delivered in my mailbox. Well, not quite, but it arrived in a surprisingly compact container.
Tuft and Needle
Have you ever gone mattress shopping in a store? That tends to be about as fun as car shopping, what with the countless confusing options, the often-pushy salespeople and the awkward "test drives." (Actually, I’ll take driving with a stranger over lying fully clothed on a bed. In public. Repeatedly.)
It usually ends with, "Well, this one seems pretty comfortable, I guess." So you pull out the credit card and hope for the best, because there’s often a hefty (non-refundable) delivery fee, a restocking fee and probably only 30 days to decide if you actually like the mattress.
And that’s how you choose where you’re going to spend one-third of your life? Nah. Time to consider another option — namely, the internet.
Wait, what? Buy a mattress mail-order? I know, it sounds a little nuts, but if the price isn’t enough to convince you, maybe the convenience will be. Let’s take a look at what you should know when shopping for your next bed.
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Try after you buy
The big mattress-in-a-box companies — and there are many, including Casper, Layla, Leesa, Nectar, Purple and Tuft & Needle — all operate on the same basic principle: You order your mattress online , it gets shipped to your door and you try it out for a set amount of time. If you don’t like it, you can return it for a full refund.
Of course, within those parameters are some questions to consider.
What kind of mattress is it?
The reason the whole bed-in-a-box thing works is that most mail-order mattresses are made of memory foam, which means they can be compressed and rolled for easier shipping. Indeed, you might be surprised when you see the box it comes in. The usual reaction: "No way could an entire mattress be in there!"
But it is, and it will expand significantly once you open and unroll it. Just take note: If you’re not accustomed to it — meaning until now you’ve slept on a spring-based mattress — be prepared for at least a few nights’ worth of adjustment. Which brings us to the next question.
How long is the trial?
Most of the mail-order mattress companies give you 100 days to test their product. That’s good, because it can take up to eight weeks for your body to fully adjust to a new sleep surface, according to mattress-maker Live and Sleep.
A few companies offer longer trial periods. Layla, for example, gives you 120 days, while Nectar offers an industry-leading 365 days. That may seem like overkill, but if you live someplace that has cold winters and hot summers, the extended return policy lets you experience sleep during all seasons.
Knowing that some customers are hesitant to buy an expensive mattress before see it in person, you can now try out mattresses from Casper, Purple, Nectar and more in select stores.
What do these things cost?
Nectar’s current promotion includes two free memory-foam pillows.
As you’d expect, prices can vary quite a bit. Below, a sampling: I’ve listed the current prices for each company’s baseline mattress in a queen size. Nearly all of them had sales running, complete with urgency-minded countdown timers, so the pricing is definitely subject to change.
Casper Essential(Queen, mattress only): $600
Layla(Queen, mattress only): $799
Leesa(Queen, mattress only): $845
Nectar(Queen plus two pillows): $699
Purple Original(Queen plus pillow or platform base): $999
Tuft & Needle(Queen, mattress only): $595
As you can see, a queen-size mattress will run you anywhere from $600 to 1,000. But prices can stretch even higher, as in the case of Casper’s Wave model ($1,995 for a Queen) and Purple’s All-New ($1,599).
What happens to your old mattress?
Ah, there’s the rub. When you buy a mattress locally, the delivery guys will usually haul the old one away (either for free or for a small fee). Here, it’s basically the UPS driver dropping a box on your porch.
If you do want help, however, some companies do offer it. Nectar, for example, has a White Glove service option that includes installation of the new mattress and removal of the old one. It’s $149.
My advice: If you have the space, keep the old mattress until you’re sure you like the new one. That way, if you end up returning the latter, you’ll have a place to sleep until your next mattress arrives.
How do you return a mattress by mail?
Your mattress probably came shoehorned into a plastic tube and expanded immediately upon being freed from it — never to reclaim that size or shape. So how can you possibly ship it back?
You may not have to. Many mattress companies actually prefer you to donate your mattress locally, and will issue you a full refund upon receiving a copy of the donation receipt. Thus, when you hear about "free pickup" as part of the return process, that may be from an organization like Purple Heart. The good news is that you probably won’t have to try to cram the thing into a box and haul it to a shipping store.
Is there a charge to return a mattress?
Usually, no — a big part of the appeal here is the no-fee return policy, which is offered by nearly all mail-order mattress companies. Needless to say, you’ll want to fully investigate the policy before buying, just to avoid any unexpected gotchas.
Do you need a special bed frame to use a memory-foam mattress?
Not really, but the more support you can put under it, the better. Most companies recommend a bunkie board, plywood or slatted foundation (provided the slats are close together). A standard box-spring can be risky, because a bent or sharpened spring can easily puncture the mattress.
What else should you know?
Because mattresses are so subjective, it’s not a good idea to rely on a single review when making your decision. Whenever possible, crowdsource your investigation: Ask friends and relatives for recommendations, look for Facebook fan groups (yep, they exist) and, most of all, take your time.
Because I’m a sucker for freebies, I recently ordered a full-size Nectar mattress — which came with two free pillows — for my 16-year-old. (It helped that it was one of the less-expensive options, too.)
It arrived inside a cardboard box containing a long, zippered case with handles, which made it easier to lug upstairs. From there we carefully cut open the plastic shell (using the included tool) and placed it on the bedframe. Done! Although we did notice a smell from the new mattress — common with compressed foam — it wasn’t overwhelming and dissipated quickly.
It’s definitely on the firmer side, especially compared with his previous spring mattress, but Junior says the Nectar is "very comfortable," and he likes it better than the old one. (That was about as much as I could get out of him. Teens, am I right?)
How to Get a Free Tempur-Pedic Mattress
Years ago I dated a girl with a Tempur-Pedic mattress.
The relationship was so-so, but the bed was great.
I wanted one of my own, but there were two problems:
- New Tempur-Pedics are expensive — a full set can easily run $2000 + tax.
- I move around a lot and Tempur-Pedics are super non transportable.
Important: This article’s title is misleading because nobody is going to give you a free Tempur-Pedic mattress. This article is actually about how you can buy a Tempur-Pedic so cheap that when you are done with the mattress you can resell it at a profit.
The Tempur-Pedic Hustle: How to Buy & Sell a Matress
I believe in investing in quality things, and I 100% vouch for the quality of Tempur-Pedic mattresses. I sleep way better on this kind of bed than I do on others, and I find it helps alleviate some back and neck pain. Part of the reason I sleep better is because the mattress is super comfortable, but it’s also super quiet because there is nothing inside to creak if you roll over during the night.
However, if I’m an ardent believer in “buying quality things”, then I’m an obsessive fanatic about not wasting money. These two values are actually pretty compatible; it’s just a balancing act.
With buying a Tempur-Pedic, here is how those values balance out for me:
- A new Tempur-Pedic mattress, foundation and protective cover run $2000 to $5000 plus tax.
- Back when I was a student, spending $2300+ on a mattress would have meant creating $2300 more debt. I think debt is a great option to finance investments, but not lifestyle.
- For some people paying full price for a mattress could be a good deal. $2300 over a ten year life span is $1.58 per day, and you get free days on leap years.
- I don’t stay anywhere for 10 years. I barely stay for 3 months, so full price for me would be $25.55 per day. IMO this is an unnecessary expense.
- You can buy two or three year old Tempur-Pedics on Craigslist for a fraction of the full retail price.
- There are many mattresses available between $300 and $1000. Allow some variation by location, age, size, version, etc.
- My biggest resistance to buying a used mattress would be, “ewww, it’s a big sponge that has soaked up 732 days of people sweat.” The saving grace is that Tempur-Pedic is great at selling people protective mattress covers. Unzip and inside is a pristine “just like new” bed. You can sanitize the mattress cover for reuse or throw it away.
- There are two key advantages of buying a used Tempur-Pedic. First, premium quality mattresses are like cars — they lose half their value when you drive them off the lot. When you buy a used Tempur-Pedic someone else sustains that loss. The second advantage is there is no sales tax on second hand items like this. I’m happy to pay taxes, but I think many people have a kind of “tax blindness” where they calculate affordability based on sticker price not total price.
For me, buying a second hand Tempur-Pedic on Craigslist is a good alternative to buying a new one. Buying used means that my initial investment is much smaller so that I can later resell the mattress and recoup the initial investment and sometimes earn a profit.
So Who Are These People Selling Tempur-Pedics For Cheap?
I’ve done the Tempur-Pedic Hustle four times now, and each time there has been a different result. I feel like now I have the process refined to a repeatable system.
Here’s what happened each time I did the Tempur-Pedic Hustle:
- In 2010 I bought a queen size mattress from a post-doctorate student. He had just bought the floor model for $1500 but his wife hated it and wanted a Sleep Number bed instead. He offered the bed for $1400, sold it to me for $1300 and a year later I sold it to another guy for $1200. The guy picked the mattress up two days before I moved out, so I slept on the floor and then I moved to China and slept on a bamboo mat.
- In 2014 I bought a king size Tempur-Pedic from a couple in my hometown. They were mattress soul mates so he brought his Tempur-Pedic when he moved in, and she was selling hers for $500. I offered her $400 and we settled on $450. I still have that mattress which my family uses some times and I usually use when I visit home.
- In 2015 I moved again and bought a queen Tempur-Pedic from a guy who recently graduated from his masters and was going on a life quest. I think he asked for $600 and I gave him $500. I sold the bed three months later for $800 (we agreed to $1000 but I gave the buyer $200 off to pick it up instead of me delivering).
- In 2016 I bought a queen from a lady who had moved into a new apartment and was downsizing to a twin to save space. She asked for $300 and I paid $300. When I moved I gave the bed to my friend Ethan because he’s awesome. My guess is resale would be $800+.
Every time I’ve bought and sold Tempur-Pedics it has worked out well, so I’d definitely do it again. The next section is some advanced tactics for how to get a lower price when you buy and a higher price when you sell.
How To Buy Tempur-Pedics Super Cheap So You Can Later Resell Them At A Profit
Buying a mattress from a store is easy; you just give the store money and schedule a delivery. If you want to save money by buying a used Tempur-Pedic mattress, it takes a little finesse.
Here are some tips for buying a Tempur-Pedic at a big discount.
- The cheapest place to buy a Tempur-Pedic is Craigslist. Search in your city for variations of “Tempur-Pedic”, “tempurpedic”, etc. You can set email alerts on Craigslist for those searches, but I’ve never had to check for more than a couple of days.
- If you find a mattress that is a great price, like my $300 one, send a super quick message. “Hi, I’ll pay $300 for your mattress. Can I pick it up tomorrow between 5pm and 7pm? Here’s a link to my online profile so you can see I’m a real person.” Replace the variables with yours. The goal is to keep your message super short because other people could be emailing the seller too and you want the seller to prioritize you. Include your online profile because nobody wants a weirdo internet person in their house.
- If there are mattresses a little above your price range, follow my 20:10 rule of online negotiation. Offer 20% lower than the asking price and be willing to accept 10% off instead. “Would you take $400 for it? If yes, I can pick it up any time tomorrow or Saturday.” Just make it really easy for people to say yes, or for them to do easy mental math like “I was selling it for $500 but we can split the difference at $450.”
- Transportation! In some cities you can get a person with a pickup truck to help you move the mattress for about $50. TaskRabbit is a slightly more expensive alternative. I paid $80 in one city and $130 in another. Tempur-Pedics are difficult to move and in some cities parking and four-story walk ups double the difficulty so keep that expense in mind.
All in you should be able to get a reasonably new, good condition Tempur-Pedic mattress for less than $500. Generally, even if you only slept on the mattress for three months and never got the money back it could still be a good investment because you can get way more than $500 of productivity boosts from sleeping better.
But the best part is you can sell the mattress for way more than zero. If you bought your Tempur-Pedic for a good price, you should be able to break even on the sale or even earn a profit.
Here’s how to optimize for high resale value:
- Nobody wants to spend time reading your ad, so keep it short. “Queen Tempur-Pedic mattress for sale. Approx 60” x 80”. Great condition. Originally $1500+. I’m selling for $800 flat including delivery anywhere in the city. Here’s a photo…”
- The goal is to avoid cheap people emailing you or a lot of back and forth. Never say “or best offer” because then you get low ballers, “I’ll give you $200 — can’t blame a guy for trying!” Include dimensions and photos because people will ask for them anyway.
- Mentioning the original retail price frames your asking price as super reasonable. It doesn’t matter that you bought the bed used.
- Including delivery with purchase will attract the most potential buyers, which means you can sell your mattress at a higher price. There are some people willing to pay $800 for a used mattress and there are some people with trucks; you can’t rely on the tiny segment that overlap. By including delivery you remove the #1 barrier most people have to purchasing your mattress, “how do I get this to my house?” If you can’t move the Tempur-Pedic yourself then get a TaskRabbit or Craigslist person to move it for $50 to $150.
I made a Venn diagram
The End: Do You Have Your Own Hustle?
The Tempur-Pedic Hustle is a great way to buy a premium product at a massive discount and takes only very basic negotiation and a little time. The benefit is you get months or years of better sleep and in the end it costs you almost nothing. I haven’t figured out how to do the Tempur-Pedic Hustle in China yet, so if you have ideas send me a message!
Can I Buy A Layla Mattress In A Store
During this review I have a look at the double-sided Layla mattress which permits sleepers to pick in between various firmness levels, depending upon which side they opt to deal with up. Throughout this review I will certainly define the performance of the Layla for both the firm as well as soft sides of the mattress. If you’re interested in finding out more concerning the Layla cushions, continue reading for my complete review! Can I Buy A Layla Mattress In A Store
The Layla is an all foam mattress containing four various layers. As I discussed in the past, it is a dual sided mattress which permits the sleeper to choose between a firm or soft feeling depending on their choice.
Cover— The Layla cover is made of a soft polyester blend that I found to have a little bit of a relaxing sensation to it. Along with the soft feel, the cover has a gel mixture in order to help with temperature policy as well as cooling. I need to additionally note that the cover is fully removable for dry cleansing.
Soft Comfort— The comfort layer for the softer side of the mattress consists of 3 inches of copper infused memory foam (3.5 pound thickness). This is a pretty thick layer of memory foam, which is a soft material that will certainly allow the sleeper to sink in for pressure relief. This material has a sluggish feedback to pressure and provides a contouring feeling to the mattress Sometimes memory foam can have a reputation for capturing body heat, so Layla included the copper infusion to assist with air conditioning.
Transition— Listed below the comfort layer is a 2 inch layer of poly foam (1.8 lb density). This layer starts to add a little of support to the mattress as well as serves as a transition layer from the soft comfort layer over to the strong support core below. I must also keep in mind that this layer is convoluted (with an egg crate layout) to allow air to move via the mattress for temperature level law.
Support— What would certainly be thought about the base or support center of the Layla mattress is made from a high thickness (2 lb) poly foam. It is a firm layer that offers support despite the firmness that the sleeper has selected. This part of the mattress has a fast response to pressure as well as provides the Layla its form.
Company Comfort– The comfort layer of the strong side of the Layla is constructed from 1 inch of the exact same copper instilled memory foam as the soft side of the mattress. With just an inch of memory foam, the sleeper won’t sink far right into the layla with this side up, yet will still really feel some contouring. One more factor this side will certainly really feel stronger is that there is no transition between the comfort and also support layers. Can I Buy A Layla Mattress In A Store
When I pressed right into the soft side of the mattress I found that the memory foam pressed rather conveniently. As I pushed even more right into the mattress my hands sunk quite much right into the construction of the Layla and can really feel the memory contouring to my hands.
When pressing right into the solid side of the mattress there is still some contouring from the memory foam. The noticeable thing about pushing right into the strong side is the quick transition from the soft memory foam to the solid support facility below it, which is a visible adjustment from the soft side of the Layla.
Due to differences in size and body type everyone will really feel the firmness of a mattress a bit differently. Instead of giving simply my viewpoint on the overall firmness level of Layla, I enlisted three other individuals to offer their opinion also. This will certainly provide you a far better sense of the firmness array you could anticipate from both sides of the mattress.
The chart above shows the resulting scores from the testers for both sides of the mattress. Generally a mattress with a 6.5/ 10 on the firmness scale is taken into consideration tool firmness. The soft side of the Layla came in at an average of 5.5/ 10, revealing that the Sleepopolis testers discovered it to be as promoted.
There was a quite large variety on the firmness of the firm side of the Layla, with ratings ranging from 5.5/ 10 to 7/10. I believe the variation in response from testers is due to the amount they felt they were penetrating the support layer of the Layla. I directly felt that the firm side came in at a 6.5/ 10 as it enabled me to penetrate the memory foam a bit, but the thick poly foam under offered good support.
It is significant that there isn’t really a huge distinction in between the firmness degrees of the two sides of the Layla. With some flippable cushions there will be a much broader difference in firmness, however the Layla does seem to sit just on either side of medium firmness.
Rather than just explaining exactly what it seems like to push a Layla mattress I intended to give a visual representation of where somebody might really feel pressure points while lying on it. To do this I placed a pressure map on top of the mattress and also rested on my back, side, as well as tummy. On the image listed below pressure will be represented from blue (low pressure) to red (high pressure).
To begin with in the pressure map test was the soft side of the mattress and also I started on my back. In this setting my weight was quite equally dispersed as well as the outcomes above program low pressure throughout my body. When hing on this placement I might feel myself sinking into the memory foam and it started to contour to my body. The memory foam has a slow-moving feedback to pressure, so I seemed like turning took a bit of added effort on this side of the mattress
Once I rolled onto my side I began to dig a little bit better into the mattress as there was a greater weight focus over a lower area. Side sleepers can sometimes have concerns with pressure factors developing at the shoulders and also hips yet the pressure map results show just a little raised degrees of pressure in those locations. Thick layers of memory foam, like the one on the soft side of the Layla, are generally a favorable for side sleepers as they permit the sleeper to penetrate the mattress for pressure relief. I located this side of the mattress to be very comfy while pushing my side.
Lastly I moved onto my tummy and also with my weight evenly dispersed the pressure map shows low pressure throughout my entire body. Belly sleepers have the tendency to such as stronger bed mattress as they maintain their hips from sinking, which can result in decrease neck and back pain. I did discover that my hips sank in a bit on this side of the mattress, so if you are a stringent belly sleeper you could like the firm side of the Layla. Can I Buy A Layla Mattress In A Store
After I flipped the mattress as well as lied down on my back the pressure map once again reveals reduced pressure throughout my body. There was a slight sensation of contour from the memory foam layer but, with the quick transition to the strong support layer, this side of the Layla did a great job of keeping my spine lined up. Although there was a minor memory foam sensation, I really did not sink in as well much so I didn’t really feel embeded the mattress on this side.
When I rolled onto my side I promptly pushed via the slim layer of memory foam and also began to connect with the support layer. This stronger feeling is normally not fantastic for side sleepers and I assume strict or larger side sleepers will certainly prefer the softer side of the Layla.
I changed to resting on my belly as well as discovered that the firm side of the Layla did an excellent task of keeping my hips from sinking into the mattress and my spinal column lined up. This incorporated with the low pressure on my upper body for simpler breathing, leads me to believe that stomach sleepers would most likely prefer the firm side of the Layla.
If you are sharing the mattress with a partner, you will certainly wish to know exactly what it will certainly seem like when the other individual enters into and also out of bed or tosses and turns throughout the night. This following test is practical in revealing the intensity of motion that is noticeable from one side of the mattress to the other.
For this test I went down a 10 pound steel ball from elevations of 4 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches and determined the disturbance on the other side of the mattress This should be pretty instinctive: the bigger the lines, the larger the disruption.
I did this test on the soft side of the Layla initially and was really amazed with the outcomes on the 4 inch drop. This decrease simulates someone changing positions on the other side of the bed and also the outcomes visuals over reveals the Layla did a wonderful task separating motion. As anticipated there was a little larger disturbance felt for the 8 and also 12 inch drops, yet these are a few of the very best outcomes I have actually seen while performing evaluations.
The strong side of the mattress also executed well on the motion transfer section of the review. The 4 and also 8 inch decreases reveal similar results on the seismometer readout over and both are well listed below the typical disruption when compared with the very same declines on various other cushions. The 12 inch decline showed a larger disruption, yet this is still a good result for this decline.
For many people purchasing a mattress it will certainly be important to recognize whether they are going to feel like they are resting on top of or sinking into bed. So as to get a much better idea of exactly how somebody might sink into a mattress, I use four rounds of differing sizes as well as thickness (a 6 pound conditioning ball, a 10 pound steel sphere, a 50 pound conditioning ball, and also a 100 lb medicine ball) and put them on the mattress to measure how much they compress the surface area. Can I Buy A Layla Mattress In A Store
These various dimensions, weights, as well as thickness aid to mimic various body components or different sized people to demonstrate how far right into a mattress you might sink.
First up in the sinkage test I determined the outcomes for the soft side of the Layla
6 lb conditioning ball: 1.5 inches of sinkage.
10 pound steel sphere: 2.5 inches of sinkage.
50 lb conditioning ball: 5 inches of sinkage.
100 pound medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
Successive in the sinkage test was the strong side of the mattress.
[Image: Layla Company Sinkage Test] Mattress sinkage with 6 pound, 10 lb, 50 pound, and also 100 lb rounds placed on the firm side of the Layla.
6 pound medicine ball: 1 inch of sinkage.
10 lb steel round: 2 inches of sinkage.
50 lb medicine ball: 4.5 inches of sinkage.
100 lb medicine ball: 6.5 inches of sinkage.
If you’re going to share a mattress with a partners and also should utilize the whole surface then edge support is something you are going to intend to have a look at. Foam mattresses can have a hard time sometimes to measure up to the edge support of standard innerspring mattresses, so I wished to take a look at just how I would really feel near the side of the Layla mattress
[Image: Layla Soft Edge Support Laying] Edge support while existing near the edge on the soft side of the Layla mattress
I started on my back on the softer side of the Layla and moved pretty near to the edge. I absolutely really felt as though I was compressing the top of the mattress a good quantity in this setting, which is to be anticipated out of a softer foam.
When I changed positions to my side I once more explored the mattress a bit more. In this placement I could really feel the soft memory foam layer shape to my body. When I hung of the mattress a bit I might feel the comfort layer press a bit, but once again that is anticipated out of softer foams.
By staying up on the edge of the Layla I concentrate all of my weight over one location. I did see a respectable amount of compression in this placement, yet that is to be expected out of such a thick layer of soft foam.
[Image: Layla Firm Edge Support Laying] Edge support while existing near the edge on the strong side of the Layla mattress
Once I turned the mattress company side up I lied down on my back once again as well as I found there to be much less compression with the leading as the transition to the firm support layer is much quicker.
When I rolled into my side and hung off the mattress on the firm side there was compression with the comfort layer, yet the support layer held up rather well.
[Image: Layla Company Edge Support Seatsed] Support while sitting on the edge of the strong side of the mattress.
Finally, I stayed up on the edge of the firm side of the Layla and while there was a bit less compression through the top of the mattress, there was still some overall compression of the mattress. Due to the fact that the soft comfort layer is now at the base of the mattress my boosted weight pressed the whole side down. Can I Buy A Layla Mattress In A Store
- Sleep Trial: There is a 4 month test duration for this mattress.
- Guarantee: Layla provides a lifetime guarantee on this mattress.
- Shipping: Delivery is complimentary to the continental USA. The Layla will get here compressed in a box.
Size and also Pricing Information
|Twin||38″ x 74″ x 10″||50 lbs||$499|
|Twin XL||38” x 80” x 10”||55 lbs||$599|
|Full||54” x 74” x 10”||70 lbs||$799|
|Queen||60” x 80” x 10″||80 lbs||$899|
|King||76” x 80” x 10”||90 lbs||$999|
|California King||72” x 84” x 10”||90 lbs||$999|
Is the Layla Mattress right for you?
Now that we’ve taken a deep study the Layla mattress it’s time to discuss who it would certainly be a good fit for.
- Memory Foam— Both the firm and the soft comfort layers of the Layla usage copper infused memory foam to give pressure relief. This product allows the sleeper to sink in as well as supplies the traditional memory foam feeling of contouring to the body.
- Sleep Cool— The Layla has a few different parts in the materials utilized in the construction of the mattress that have cooling down residential properties. These include the gel infusion in the cover in addition to the copper infusion in the memory foam of the comfort layers, which aid with temperature level policy.
- Flippable Option– The Layla might be a good fit if you’re unsure which firmness degree is best for you and desire two shots at getting it right. An additional possible benefit of a flippable mattress is for usage in a visitor space where there will be sleepers with different choices on the mattress relying on the occasion.