Review the current mattress recommendations by Consumer Reports. The magazine publishes a lab review of new mattresses every year in addition to its annual readership survey. If you aren't a subscriber to the magazine, you can buy an online membership on the Consumer Reports website to view all of its product ratings.
Note the manufacturer and model number for the Consumer Reports-reviewed mattress that you want to buy.
Test the bed to make sure it's comfortable for you. Contact the manufacturer of the mattress to find showrooms or stores that currently have the bed on display. Visit the showroom and lie on the bed, testing its springiness and size.
Shop around for the best prices. Obtain a list of authorized resellers in your area from the mattress manufacturer and get prices from each of the resellers.
Compare the price of the mattress offered locally to those sold by third-party mail order or online retailers. Such retailers may offer discounted prices due to increased sales volume, but watch for shipping and handling fees.
Buy the mattress from the outlet that offers you the best total price.
- Remember that comfort is relative. Make careful note of the characteristics listed by Consumer Reports to ensure the recommended bed you buy matches your comfort ideals. For example, a CR-recommended bed that's listed as "extra firm" likely won't appeal to you if you prefer soft mattresses.