It’s the big question when it comes to bedding – how do I choose a mattress? As you’ve probably seen, there are literally hundreds of retail stores to choose from, many of which have dozens of mattress options available. Not to mention the dozens of ‘mattress in a box’ options you have available online! Yes buying a new mattress is overwhelming, confusing, and is a big hit to the wallet. Let’s talk you through a step by step guide to help you decide on the right mattress for you!
1. What size mattress ?
The first thing you need to decide on is what size mattress are you after. Mattresses in Australia are typically available in 5 sizes (single, king single, double, queen, and king) with some also available in a long single and a super king size. Make sure that the mattress that you desire can fit into your space. Keep in mind that some doorways, stairwells, and corridors may not fit larger size mattresses or bed bases. Get out the measuring tape to avoid any problems. Deciding on what size mattress you want is the first and possibly easiest step in this process.
2. Retail Store or Mattress in a Box ?
This is where things start to get a bit more involved. You must decide on from where you want to buy your new mattress. Buying from a retail store is the traditional and familiar way of purchasing – walk into a store, choose your mattress, and make your purchase. This involves face to face customer service and allows you to ‘try before you buy’. The other option is a new and popular trend in bedding that allows you to buy a ‘mattress in a box’ online without trying the mattress out. There are several advantages when you buy a ‘mattress in a box’, namely their affordability and convenience of easy delivery. Before you make this decision, be sure to check out our article here which discusses the pros and cons of each option.
3. Springs, Foam, or Latex ?
Deciding on the ‘type’ of mattress construction is also a very important part of the your decision process. You have 3 main options to consider here, that being a spring mattress, a foam mattress, or a latex mattress. Each have a unique feel and will depend on personal preference. Spring mattresses are generally quite durable and have that characteristic ‘bounce’ during normal body movements. Foam mattresses have a more spongy feel and tend to ‘mould’ to your body. Latex has its own feel all together with a bouncy, ‘rubbery’ feel that appeals to some people. This is another big question that must be decided upon before you make your final purchase. For a more detailed discussion of these mattress options, click here.
4. How much can I spend ?
The amount of money that you have available to spend on a new mattress will obviously influence your final decision. There is no right or wrong amount to spend on a new mattress, it depends on your financial situation at the time of purchase, and who the mattress is for. If you are buying a mattress for the guest room, you may only want to spend $500 – $1000 (queen size) considering it won’t be used that often. If it is for you and your partner and you see it as a long-term ‘investment’, you may want to spend $1000 – $2000, or even more. The average retail store mattress sells for around $3000 and the average mattress in a box (online) sells for around $1000. To see how much we recommend you spend on a mattress, click here.
5. Other considerations
Without trying to add more layers to this process, there are a few other questions that you may need to consider before you select your new mattress. Things like, do you want to buy Australian made, or do you suffer from allergies? Do you prefer a firm mattress or a soft mattress? Are you a hot sleeper? Do you have a restless partner? What position do you sleep in? These questions will also help to refine your options and help you choose the right mattress for you. If you want to discuss the finer details of your mattress purchase, please contact our friendly team!
A real life example
Simone is looking for a new mattress. She has worked through the steps above and her decisions for each step are noted below:
- Queen Size Mattress
- Retail Store
- Spring Mattress
- Up to $2000
- Australian made, side sleeper
Based on her answers from the process above, her best recommendations are:
- Silent Night London Mattress (Queen size $1739*)
- Orthokinetic Splendour Mattress (Queen size $1799)
- Allay Nature Soft Mattress (Queen Size $1399)
*The discounted price listed on this review is a special Bedbuyer price that may differ from the price indicated on the Beds n Dreams website. To claim this discounted price with the additional coupon, please contact us.
We know that buying a new mattress is difficult and confusing. We hope that the above information will help you through the process, but as always our team of mattress experts is standing by if you have any questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team.