You spend nearly one third of your life asleep on your mattress, so it’s vital that whenever you buy a new one, you buy the right one. With the rapid emergence of online retail stores, it is becoming easier to buy whatever you want online, and that includes mattresses. The question is, how do you know that you are buying the right mattress?

While there tends to be little difference in the mattresses found from online retailers and those at mattress stores, each purchase option does have its benefits.

Mattress Stores Allow You to Try Your New Mattress Before You Buy It

Buying in Store

This is the traditional place to go to buy your new mattress. Stores stock dozens of mattresses on display which allows you to see each one in person and get an idea of their size and shape. The biggest benefit of visiting mattress stores is that you can sample the mattresses before committing to a purchase. As any mattress salesperson will tell you, it is a good idea to make sure the mattress gives you the proper support and comfort that you need—something you cannot do when you buy online.

It is unusual for someone buying a mattress to know exactly which one they want, and that is where the second big advantage of visiting a mattress store comes in. The salespeople are a vital resource for you when you are looking for a new mattress. They will have the most up-to-date information and will be able to advise you best, based on your needs and wants. A salesperson is also incredibly valuable if you are thinking of buying a customized mattress. He or she will possess firsthand knowledge of how they work and guide you through the purchase process to make it hassle-free.

The third biggest benefit of visiting mattress stores is that you have a physical place to go if you have any issues with your mattress, or if you want any advice for the future.

Buying Online

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can purchase a mattress online, which can be a very convenient option. However, it can also be very confusing because of the huge selection available. The main advantage that the internet has over physical mattress stores is that they can offer mattresses at a reduced rate compared to what you might find in a store, although this isn’t always the case.

Obviously, with buying your mattress online you cannot try the mattress before you buy it. Even if you visit a store to try first and then look online, you might not be buying exactly the same mattress. The best thing to do if you are considering buying a mattress online is to visit a mattress store, and then buy it from the same store's website if you would rather buy over the internet. This way, you can ensure you get the same product as the one you tried, and you know that you have a physical location you can visit should you have any problems.

There is no right or wrong place to buy a mattress, but you should always visit a mattress store and talk through your needs with a knowledgeable mattress salesperson. They can ensure that you are getting the right product for your needs.

Sources:

Where is the Best Place to Buy a New Bed? Sleep.org

What Nobody Tells You About Buying a Mattress, HuffingtonPost.com