The Mattress Buying Checklist | Got These 20 Points Covered?

The Mattress Buying Checklist

When you buy a new mattress you start to look more forward to bed time and that added comfort will be sure to boost the quality of your sleep. This is of course an expensive purchase to make (especially with a bed frame) and so it is critical to find the best suited design at the right price! The companies we feature do offer 100 night trials and so the opportunity is always there to return, but you do want to get it right the first time around. It is important to know exactly what you’re looking for and so this mattress buying checklist will run through 20 basic points to consider before placing that order.

Mattress Type

1) Depth:
What is your ideal depth? Most mattresses measure at 25cm deep.

2) Firmness:
Soft, soft-medium, medium, medium-firm, firm? As far as firmness levels (scored out of 10), most mattresses in this sector will range between 6 and 7.

3) Layers:
How many layers? There are typically 3 or 4 combined (not including the cover).

4) Material:
Full foam or hybrid with pocket springs? We’d personally opt for hybrid designs.

5) Space:
Is there enough space in your bedroom? It is only the extra width that you are benefiting from in greater sizes. The sizing measurements in centimetres for the 4 main sizes are single (w90 x l190), double (w135 x l190), king (w150 x l200) and super (w180 x l200).

6) Special Requests:
You may have some special requests. This could perhaps be a latex top, a greater focus on cooling, a hypoallergenic surface etc.

7) Styling:
Finding the right style is important? Some mattresses look very similar in the trademark grey & white. Others are more feminine such as Eve through their main bright yellow design. Most brands have catchy names, but are their designs striking enough for you?

8) Washing:
Must the cover be removable for easy washing? Some covers can’t be removed and can only be spot cleaned! If you don’t wish to remove then it can be a good idea to pick up a protector.


9) Budget or Premium:
Are you seeking a low budget design or are you willing to go premium? There can be a huge difference between each. An example would be Eve’s Hybrid (£249+) against Simba’s Luxe (£1299+).

10) Frame:
Is a bed frame required? These can be expensive to bundle. The price is quite high in singles (typically £300 to £400). In testing, doubles dropped to £214 with Made although £450 was more common elsewhere in this size. These mattresses don’t require a frame, but one is advised (either old or new) for extra support and obviously the height.

11) Other Products:
Are other branded sleeping products needed? When splashing out on fancy mattresses, we’d assume that some customers decide to upgrade their duvets, pillows, sheets etc.

12) Spreading the Cost:
0% finance is available from most sector brands, but do you have good enough credit to make the grade? Just remember that promo codes don’t always work with financing (since they have to pay the finance provider).

13) Which Size?
Sizing was covered above for space, but perhaps more important is whether you can afford the upgrade. Without any offers attached, the average price to pay would be single (£350), double (£450), king (£550) and super king (£650). This shows a £100 bump. There are of course other sizes such as small single & small double. We’d skip those and also the various EU variants that are common.


14) Delays:
How long do you wish to wait for your order? Sometimes it can take days, sometimes it can take weeks. Deliveries for beds can take months when they need to be made to order. We have seen more companies struggling with stock issues due to high demand in recent months. We’ll examine average time periods soon.

15) Premium:
Is premium shipping a must? Standard delivery is mostly free, but there are often optional extras such as for Saturdays, shipments before 12pm etc.

16) Removal:
Is a bed and/or mattress removal required? Many companies charge for this.

The Brands

17) Good Causes:
All businesses are profit focused, but are they helping to make a difference with good causes? As an example, Leesa is helping to make a difference with the homeless community and Sleepbear is helping to support the well-being of polar bears. There may be charitable contributions on returns or some may have greener credentials. Perhaps using a company like this is important to you?

18) Reviews:
How does customer feedback measure up online? Many firms tend to collect reviews on Trustpilot. We’d say that it is important to be using a company that has a 90% or above score. Positive feedback on other independent portals would also be ideal.

19) Social:
An active social media presence is always useful to see for things like competitions and loyalty rewards. Such a presence would also make them more reachable if you have any issues with a past order.

20) The Deals:
The all-important deals concludes this checklist. Offer codes are as well known as 100 night trials in this space. You should definitely look out for those brands that offer some kind of bonus whether that’s a sizeable discount or free pillows. Promotions often last days though and so it can be easy to miss them.

= Over the coming months we’ll be adding new comparisons and expanding on the points raised above. We’ll soon also be listing our personal recommendations based on the data that we have collected since launch.

Data Recorded May-18.