by Wesley Vaughn [Guest Blogger] December 06, 2019 4 min read
Since the launching of the Casper Mattress in 2014, there has been a virtual explosion of online mattress sales. BedInABox had been selling online since 2006, and Tuft & Needle since 2012, but this was the big push, with many online mattress companies selling mattress-in-a-box models, which are compressed, rolled, put into boxes, and shipped by package carriers such as UPS and FedEx.
Online Mattress Shopping
Those who have always purchased mattresses in stores wonder why they should buy one online. At the same time, some younger shoppers wonder why anyone would shop for a mattress in a store.
There are several advantages to online mattress shopping. It is more convenient to sit at home and order a mattress online. Online prices are generally lower, and the sleep trials are longer.
The biggest objection to buying a mattress online is that you can’t see, feel, and test it before buying it. Another is that the delivery person (a FedEx or UPS driver) won’t take the old mattress away.
Online Mattress Shopping Tips
Here are a few pointers to help you in shopping for a mattress online:
Decide What Kind of Mattress
There are different kinds of mattresses:
Find the Brands of Your Kind of Mattress
If you know what kind of mattress you want, look for it online. See what brands are online.
Determine Which Mattresses Fit You
Read Unbiased Online Mattress Reviews
Online mattress reviews should give you an indication of how well customers feel about the mattresses they bought. However, not all reviews are unbiased. Not all independent reviewers are that independent. Several review sites, such as BestMattress-Reviews.org, belong to the maker of mattresses. Trusted review sites include Sleep Like the Dead, GoodBed, Tuck, Consumer Reports, and many more.
Compare Specifications and Prices
An old saying is, “The devil is in the details.” Details matter when shopping for a mattress.
Where is the mattress made?
China and some other countries are not known for quality. For mattresses, especially those with memory foam, this is a serious consideration. Memory foam made in China has inconsistent quality. Mattresses made in North America and Western Europe are higher quality.
Try It if You Can
Many online mattresses are available for testing in certain stores or you may find a similar mattress to test out. You can check them out and either order one at the store or buy it there and take it home if it’s a boxed bed.
Shopping for a mattress online is more convenient and less expensive than shopping for it in stores. Just be a smart online shopper.