What you like in a mattress is as unique as you are! Because a mattress is a major purchase, it might feel overwhelming to shop for.

Don’t panic! There are several steps you can take to set yourself up for success – and ultimately a better night’s rest – by doing a little research before you start shopping, and once you’re at the store comparing your options.

Rands and sense

Before you research your mattress options, determine your budget and consider your personal needs.
A mattress is an investment in your health and well-being.

Do your homework

Research your options before you go to a store, narrowing down the mattress size and mattress type that suits your individual needs. Think back to a time when you had an amazing sleep at a hotel or friend’s house. Use that as your starting point to help narrow down choices.

Consider online reviews

Seeing what types of mattresses other shoppers have liked or disliked may help you decide what mattress type is the fit for you. Read reviews on websites you trust. Also, the more reviews a website has, the more likely it is to be a reliable source.

Store selection

Furniture stores, sleep speciality shops and online retailers all sell mattresses. Look for a retailer that provides you with the amount of information and attention you need. If you don’t know where to shop, ask friends and family for suggestions.

Rely on a pro

Work with knowledgeable salespeople who can guide you through your bedding choices. Ask questions and look for detailed explanations when needed. If you don’t feel your salesperson is knowledgeable or helpful, take your business elsewhere.

Go for a test drive

Once you’ve found a few mattresses you’re interested in, try them out using the S.L.E.E.P. test. Take off your shoes and lie down in various positions. (It’s best to go mattress shopping in a comfortable tracksuit so you can move around.)

Get comfy

While testing out a mattress, spend extra time in the position you usually sleep in. It can take up to 15 minutes to relax enough to feel the true support of a mattress, so don’t rush it. The more time you take in a store, the less likely you’ll have buyer’s remorse later on.