How to Choose a Mattress

One of the important purchase decisions we ever have to make is a mattress. Sure, it may not be the most expensive item we may ever buy, but it gets its importance by being one of the things (if not the #1 thing) we use the most in our life.

Mother Daughter on Bed

Even if you only sleep six hours a night (which is less than recommended) you are still sleeping 42 hours per week, which is probably as much or more time than you spend at work each week. That means getting the right mattress is important!

Since we don’t usually purchase mattresses often, it can be a little daunting knowing what to look for or how to go about the decision making process. I’ll try to help with a few starting points to help you make the best mattress choice.


How to Choose a Mattress


Mattress Size:

The most obvious starting point is to decide what size mattress to get. If you’re replacing an old mattress, that decision is probably easy. If you’re buying a mattress for the first time you’ll have to decide what size mattress you’ll need to accommodate yourself and your spouse/partner, if that’s the case.

You also have to think about the size of your room. We have lived in several older houses with very small bedrooms that meant making a choice between having a queen size or actually having less than 5 inches to walk around the sides of the bed. We opted for full size – something I don’t recommend – it’s very tight for two!

Couple Sleeping on Bed

What Type of Mattress:

These days there are several different types of mattresses on the market. The most popular include:

Coils: This is a traditional innerspring mattress that has one (or more) layers of spring coils to provide support to the mattress.

Memory Foam: Memory foam mattresses offer good support, provide pressure relief and can contour to the shape of your body. Some people have disliked memory foam because they felt hot while sleeping on it, but recent improvements and features have helped to resolve this issue.

Latex: Latex mattresses can be made from either natural or synthetic latex. They are similar to memory foam in that they provide pressure relief and body contouring, but generally not to the same level of memory foam.

Hybrid: A hybrid mattress is made up of the best of both worlds, combining the sturdy base support of a level of coiled springs, topped by a layer of memory foam.

Serta iComfort Hybrid Label

My newest mattress is the Serta iComfort Hybrid, which is actually the only mattress that combines the cooling memory foams of Serta’s iComfort sleep system with their newest and most advanced coil support system. That means you get both the TempActiv™ Gel Memory foam with two layers of EverCool® Fuze foams for luxurious comfort with enhanced breathability AND the Serta® Hybrid Coil™ support system. To top it all off it has a Blue Fusion 300 Plush Pillow Top, finished with soft, yet durable TempActiv™ Balance Fabric for high-performance heat and moisture regulation. (More on this mattress later!)

Serta iComfort Hybrid Pillowtop

Where to Purchase:

Just like there are many types of mattresses to choose from, there are many places to purchase a mattress – some much better than others! Things to consider include mattress selection, personal recommendations, service reviews, length of time in business, delivery options and fees, mattress disposal options.

When it comes to delivery, memory foam mattresses you purchase online are often delivered by FedEx or UPS and it’s up to you to get the mattress inside yourself and set up in your bedroom.

Serta iComfort Hybrid Mattress

Our Serta iComfort Hybrid came from Sears. They have a wide selection of mattresses from many top brands. They also offer free delivery on purchases of $599 or more. Our delivery service was excellent. The delivery personnel brought the new mattress into our home and set it up for us in the bedroom. The only thing left for me to do was put on the sheets and blankets!

Sears will also haul away your old mattress for a small fee. We chose to give our old mattress away via NextDoor – I personally would not want someone’s used mattress, but there is always someone who is in need!

Serta iComfort Hybrid Layers

About Serta iComfort Hybrid from Sears:

We have been sleeping on our new Serta mattress for about three weeks now and we ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! It offers great support, but the pillowtop also makes it soft and cozy. My husband said to me just two days ago, “This is the most comfortable bed I have ever had.” For me, once I added my favorite sheets and a nice fluffy comforter my bed is my favorite place to snuggle up and relax. It just makes it extra hard to want to get out of bed in the morning!

Special Offer:

Right now you can save up to 50% off select mattresses from Sears. They also offer a 180 night comfort guarantee and free delivery on purchases over $599.

About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 9-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. Bernie Wallace says:

    We are due for another matress. I am putting buying another matress off for another year.

  2. shelly peterson says:

    I could a new mattress for sure Thanks for the post.

  3. Melanie Walsh says:

    My mattress is pretty much the worst. I am desperately researching so I can get a good night’s sleep. This helps a tired mama so much!

  4. We just bought a new one and went with a bed-in-a-box. Went with a relatively unknown company, but they seem to be making high-end ones. We’re happy so far!

  5. This sounds like a great mattress! I love that hybrid design so we can get the best of all worlds. I have to look in to this.

  6. lisa charleston says:

    We are looking to update our mattress very soon. I just received one two years ago but I swear every time I awake my back hurts. Now, I’m seeking to find the right one for my back issues and I’m glad I read your post. I now know what I am seeking in a good supportive mattress, thanks!

  7. I have a queen size bed in a tiny room too. We can barely walk around but at least we have room to sleep. I’ve never heard of a hybrid mattress but I may consider it the next time we buy one.

  8. Choosing the right mattress is so important! You use it everyday so you definitely want to get one that fits your needs best! Great tips!

  9. We are going to be in the market for a new mattress soon. We want to renovate our bedroom, and a new matterss is a must. Thanks for the great tips.

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