March 27, 2016 We provide a free professional two man delivery service that will deliver your purchases to your room of choice. Most good mattresses these days have features to help mitigate this (advanced foams, phase change materials, ventilation, etc). Most of the average or better innerspring mattresses use the upgraded foam encasement around the edge, but some of the very cheapest mattresses just use a steel rod on the side. Luckily, the real mattress shopping experience isn’t nearly as bad as I just made it sound, and in this section, you will be better prepared to know where to shop. In fact, websites like US Mattress , and tend to have the lowest prices anywhere. There are also direct-to-consumer mattresses like Leesa , Nest Bedding , and Tuft and Needle which sell good mattresses at reasonable prices. Another exception: If you try a mattress in person, you can buy the same or similar model online if you can do the comparison shopping. Cons: Like online, you often cannot try all of the mattresses (they might have a couple out on display), and even if you can, you will get no expert help in selecting the right one. Also, there tends to be a lot more foot traffic through the department, so it’s awkward to try out the mattresses. Pros: It is convenient to have a whole bedroom set and a new mattress delivered at once. Sometimes they’ll give you a very low price on a mattress if you’re buying an entire bedroom set. Some are huge chains (like Sleepy’s and Mattress Firm), some are little local shops. Pros: Most salespeople will be well-trained and knowledgeable about mattresses and sleep. Alright, so you’ve selected a few stores to go to and you’ve checked out some online mattress stores to get a general lay of the land. Most salespeople I work with genuinely want to help you find the right mattress. The slimy used car salesman” stereotype is somewhat uncommon ( though not unheard of ) in the mattress business. Most of the better stores will have a process in place to help find the right mattress. Once you’ve narrowed down which mattresses offer the proper support and relieve the most pressure, it’s important to spend some time on that mattress to make sure it works for you. I have a mattress negotiation guide , so read that for an in-depth treatment of this topic. Whichever you can spend longer in one position on without tossing and turning is likely the better mattress. In mattress shopping, the general strategy is to play one retailer off of another. You can also look up the mattress online (like at US Mattress ) and get the retailer to match the online price. So you can find the mattress that works best for you, and then just buy the comparable model online. Comparing mattresses can sometimes be tough, though, since the exact model name will differ between stores. You might have noticed that in all of this time, I haven’t mentioned any details about the construction of the mattresses. The lower priced mattresses tend to use the older style coil in which they’re all tied together. You can get a mattress with firmer foams on the top or softer foams on the top. This type of coil allows the mattress to contour to your body from the coil level, which give better support and causes less pressure. Some will be in the style of a pillowtop” (which means the manufacturer sewed an extra cord around the side of the mattress to indicate it has a good amount of foam). They’re generally not important, as long as you’re not getting the least-expensive mattress. There are too many variables to consider to compare coil counts in one mattress to another. The Leesa is a good alternative to the whole mattress buying process outlined here.