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How to Compare Serta Mattresses

Serta mattresses are available from a variety of retailers, each of which might sell Serta mattresses with different style names. This can make it difficult to comparison shop for price among Serta retailers. Fortunately, by asking a few key questions, it is possible to judge Serta mattresses based on a simple set of criteria.

  1. Visit mattress retailers and test the mattress to find the firmness most comfortable. It will be called firm or pillowsoft. Decide whether you wish to purchase a pillowtop or not.

  2. Ask the salespeople the same questions about the mattresses they have in your desired firmness and top. This will allow you to make a comparison. Ask how many springs are in each mattress. Ask whether or not the mattress has edge supports or if its edges are entirely cased in foam. Ask if the mattress uses Air Rest, a Serta system which allows the bed's firmness to be adjusted separately on each side of the bed.

  3. Inquire about costs for delivery, set-up, and removal of the old set. Ask about the length of warranty provided with the bed.

  4. Determine what level the coil count falls in. For full-size beds, quality levels 1 and 2 contain 442 springs, while levels 3 and 4 contain 760 springs. For queen-size beds, quality levels 1 and 2 contain 532 springs, while levels 3 and 4 contain 880. For king-size beds, quality levels 1 and 2 contain 672 springs, while levels 3 and 4 contain 1120. Twin beds are only offered in levels 1 or 2.

  5. For beds with level 1 or 2 coil counts, determine whether the mattresses have edge supports or have edges encased in foam. Edge supports denote level 1, while edge supports denote level 2.

  6. For mattresses with level 3 or 4 coil counts, determine whether or not the beds have Air Rest. Beds with Air Rest are level 4 quality, while those without are level 3.

  7. Compare the prices of beds within the same quality level, factoring in delivery costs, where appropriate.

About the Author

Faith Davies has been writing professionally since 1996, contributing to various websites. She holds an LAH insurance license in the state of Pennsylvania and has experience as a bank branch manager and lending officer. Davies graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in art history.