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Buying a mattress can be a confusing experience. There is a lot of information about mattress shopping online, but a lot of it is confusing, contradictory, and sometimes just plain wrong. Additionally, it’s difficult to find an unbiased source. Many mattress guides out there are written by the companies trying to sell you their particular mattress.

People have the same two concerns when buying a mattress. They don’t want to buy the wrong mattress, and they don’t want to spend a penny more than they have to. It is my goal to make sure you don’t make either of these mistakes.

I worked as a salesman for a mattress retailer for 7 years before I started this website, so I have a lot of experience with helping people how to find the right mattress. Now, instead of helping one person at a time, I can help thousands a day through my website. I know the ins and outs of the mattress business, and now I’ve switched teams to be on the side of the customer.

I focus on three major topics here on The Mattress Nerd:

If you have any specific questions for me, I can be reached on Twitter at @MattressNerd or by email at jack at mattressnerd.com. I also like getting comments on my posts. If anything I’ve written has helped you, leave a comment and let me know.

 

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Rhonda Says

November 30, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Thank you for the information on your site. After going to several local mattress stores and trying out mattresses we came back and did some research online and found your site. We ended up ordering from one the recommended sites you have and got the mattress we were looking for at a better price than local stores and plus a warranty included. (Was surprised to find out that for the same price as we ordered online, getting that same price in the stores did NOT include a warranty :-/ ) Thanks again.

John Says

November 24, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Looking at st Regis King from Charles p Rogers. Any thoughts? My problem is I am looking for a bed at vacation house currently and will not have a long break in/test period. This will be my bed when there so do want something comfortable.... Thank you for any help John

Gina Light Says

September 8, 2016 at 11:59 am

Thank you very much -- helpful!!

MattressNerd Says

August 22, 2016 at 7:58 am

1) I have never seen a study showing that synthetic materials are harmful for the end user. I've read studies that show there are some risks for the factory workers who are inhaling large amounts of the stuff every day as it's being made. However, in my experience, it's futile to try to change somebody's mind on the issue. 2) Pillowtops are a cosmetic feature. That's just when you sew a cord around the mattress and put an indent above it. You can make the exact same mattress, same height, same foams, everything, without the pillowtop. 3) That depends on the company. Generally, the mattress-in-a-box companies look to donate the mattress, and if there aren't any in the area, they recycle them. Retail stores will often recycle the cheaper mattress, and resell the more expensive ones. (Note, they do not get resold as new. There are companies that specialize in refurbishing mattresses, and those mattresses are clearly labeled as refurbished. A company like Mattress Firm or Sleepy's will sell their mattresses to one of those refurbishing companies for a steep discount, and they'll clean it up and sell it).

Gina Light Says

August 20, 2016 at 10:39 am

I read your site and it's really helpful -- thank you! I do, however, have a couple of additional questions to which I couldn't find the answer. (1) Many sites offer suggestions "if you're concerned about all-natural materials." But no one has addressed *if* I should be concerned with all-natural materials. Have there been any studies? Are there health risks associated with synthetics? (2) Do you recommend pillow tops? Or is that just a new invention to get people to pay more money? (3) Many companies offer free returns. But then what do they do with the mattresses? Re-sell them? Or add to earth's waste? Recycle? THANK YOU!!!

MattressNerd Says

April 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm

You can either use a daybed with a twin mattress, or get an adjustable base with a twin.

Dee Says

April 23, 2016 at 11:50 am

Jack, I'm ecstatic I found my way to you/your site. Interesting reading as I contemplate a new direction. I'm planning on downsizing my entire living space. Given that, a bed/mattress/box/etc requires (alot of) space in a room, a decent expense, for an item(s) that is critically important to one's well being both mentally and physically but is an eyesore in a studio apt. I've seen what I'm looking for but don't know how to categorize it and what options you suggest. Basically I would like to check out twin - full size chaise type sleeper with the ability to elevate upper torso for utilizing to say, read/write/relax. And then to retract for more level sleeping at night. Also i need to elevate my feet but can accomplish that with pillows underneath. I'd like this to be part of some frame that obviously supports what I've described. This way, in my apartment it can look like a piece of furniture like a chaise lounge during the day. And of course, ONLY I would be allowed to use the chaise but that's another (feng-shui) matter. This may be the dumbest question you ever got but found your website to be informative and user-friendly. Can you help me with what's it called, what do you suggest and any retailers to check out or online. I thank you in advance. Dee

MattressNerd Says

December 5, 2015 at 1:08 am

There are a lot of problems with this. 1) I have no such database 2) Prices change all the time. It varies based on retailer and time of year. I don't have the ability to scrape pricing data from a dozen different websites 3) Not everybody feels the same firmness on the same mattresses. For example, compare a plush mattress to a firm pillowtop. A heavier person might sink further into the pillowtop, and say it's softer. A light person will only feel the firmer foams, and claim the pillowtop is firmer. It varies based on purson.

G Says

December 2, 2015 at 5:55 pm

seems to mea great asset would be a listing / database of mattresses in order of quality. One could then narrow search on brand/ price/ firmness/ etc. my assumption is that you already have a database similar to this but not sorted in this way, therefore would not be a big project for you. I imagine starting with this would allow a consumer to narrow their search in hours instead of weeks!

MattressNerd Says

November 16, 2015 at 10:20 pm

I think the Leesa is a good option if you don't want much hassle and as a way out of "analysis paralysis." You can just get it, and if you sleep well on it, great. If you don't, then you get a full refund and you didn't really lose anything. This is the "simple solution" you're talking about. For the frame, get something with slats close together, or get a solid flat platform. If you want to go back in the store and negotiate, you might be able to have some success with it, but it isn't always easy. To get the best deals, you often have to commit to going into several different stores over the course of days. A lot of it depends on which salesman you get. When I was working in a mattress store, I was usually pretty easy going about matching prices, but then again, I wasn't the "best" salesman.

Dorian Alexander Says

November 15, 2015 at 11:57 pm

Hi Jack, I am a first time mattress buyer....you know the whole new apartment, new job, new salary, new life kinda thing. I went into Sleepy's for the first time ever after reviewing your website - spoke to a greasy salesman, who tried to sell me an i series pillowtop firm ( i have realized that I am happy with medium to firm beds, comfort 3-4) for 2000+ No bargining, no boxspring, no frame, no pillows - needless to say I wasn't satisfied but I was instantly turned off from store shopping. I spent an easy hr n half in the store testing the beds so I am comfortable on what I think I want. I then searched US mattress......OVERWHELMED! Then I looked deeper into your Leesa reviews and I was interested in leaning in that direction But now I am seeing different frames leading to better or worse results, flex frames, 3 inches spaces, 2 in spaces - use this don't use that... Any help on a simple solution? should i go and try to bargin in store on US mattress prices again? for a better deal on an iseries? Leesa + floor; or is there the "perfect bedframe"? sorry for the length and top notch job on the website, you have opened my eyes to the subtle details of a good night's rest!

Joe Says

September 16, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Jack saved me over $500 on a mattress purchase. This is no joke, he has got skills and my wife and I cannot thank him or this website enough. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

MattressNerd Says

August 17, 2015 at 10:40 pm

Sleepy's does not carry the Black line, and the mattresses aren't all that similar. They're both higher end Beautyrest lineups, but the coils and foams are different.

RICKY HERST Says

August 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm

I hope you can help me, as this is most definitely a blind item when it comes to comparing mattresses. I went to Sleepys and actually paid for the k.s. legend pillow top, but have put it & the delivery on hold until I am sure which mattress I want. I then sent my husband to compare prices for this mattress at Raymour & Flannigan. They compared it to the black Evie mattress. There is almost a $1000.00 difference in price between them, with Sleepys being higher. Neither my husband or I are large people, but I do have concerns about the pillow top showing indentations. I did go back to Raymour & Flannigan to try the mattresses. For comfort I preferred the Legends plush pillow top over the Evie—when it came to the firm –Evie had a firm pillow top whereas the legend was not a pillow top for the firm. They both seemed to feel almost the same. I am assuming the Sleepys also has the Black line so I could actually compare them at the same time for comfort. I told both salesmen I would try to be back to them by tomorrow night. I know that is short notice, but quite honestly I just found your website. Your help would be most appreciated.

b.Jonh Says

July 10, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Thank you ! My daughter says it is working perfectly and she is sleeping better.

Glenn Says

June 20, 2015 at 11:38 pm

Any word on the testing of the newly formulated Novosbed?

Mike Says

May 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Jack, Thanks for this website and the helpful reply to my inquiry. We took the plunge and ordered a mattress from Mattress.com. Not only did I get the best sales price amongst the similar mattresses in your cross reference table, your website gave me the extra awareness of a coupon code that saved me even more (all summed, a total savings of about $250 vs. the equivalent but renamed ~$800 mattress). The biggest uncertainty after deciding on the mattress was the delivery, so to your readers that live in a "Zone 3" delivery area, I'd like to note that our bed arrived within the 2-3week window as advertised!

Anna Says

April 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm

I can't thank you enough for your comparison chart. You guys are JUST AWESOME. I was able to save almost $500 on my mattress with a price match guarantee. I'll recommend you to everyone!

Dan Says

March 17, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Jack, Thanks for the help sorting through the FUD in a new mattress purchases. The information you provide on your site is very useful and the questions you answer for me were a tremendous help. Buying a mattress should not be as hard as it has been made to be. Thanks for helping to blunt the confusion. I have bookmarked your site for future reference and will share it with anyone I know who is shopping for a new mattress. Thanks again, Dan

You Don't Know Jack (But You Should if You Are Buying a Mattress) • MichaelSalamey Says

March 6, 2015 at 5:53 pm

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Leeann Says

February 8, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Jack, Your site is so helpful, useful and informative. Thank you so much for saving us hundreds of dollars!! Wish there was some way to repay you for this information!! Can't wait to share this website with our friends who are also looking to buy a new mattress. It is great to know this stuff before you even think about buying a mattress. You totally ROCK!!

Deidre Says

January 4, 2015 at 2:49 am

Jack, your site has helped me save soooo much money that I feel I've won the lottery!! To make a long story short Mattress Firm refunded me 1145.10 because of there price match policy. Thank you Jack! You ROCK!!!

Herb Johnson Says

December 31, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Hey Jack! With your suggestions I approached Sleepy's about their Legends King Plush. I showed them your letter you e-mailed me and they confirmed all you stated. The Manager then surprised me when he stated Sleepy's owned U.S. Mattress and could get any mattress they advertised even though Sleepy's doesn't carry many of their web advertised models in their showroom,"e.g. Beautyrest Black Models" Furthermore he would beat U.S.Mattress prices by at least 20%. I asked about the Ava model in the Black Series of Beautyrest. King,Plush with Standard boxspring. He matched their,"U.S. Mattress" advertised "lowest" price,plus threw in the boxspring for free,"a stated $360.00 value on U.S. Mattress web site" and included 2 king beautyrest pillows plus no tax,no delivery fee.I told him I'd go double check at Raymour and Flanigan"s...their stated nemisis and major competitor,if I was 100% happy with that model" Black Ava". I left Sleepy's,went down the street to Raymour and Flanigan's,and did as I said I would. Content,I was approached by a saleswomen. After explaining the deal Sleepy's offered me,she approached her Boss with my offer,then offered her own. Same deal,plus a mattress protector for free which allows me 45 days to confirm my satisfaction with this mattress or exchange it for another and 3 day free delivery. Also getting 2 King Temperpedic pillows valued at $159.00 each. SO....In all I feel I achieved an excellent deal on an excellent mattress with some nice perks. On the printed Raymour and Flannigan invoice where its marked "COMMENTS"is printed "Pricing to take out of market from Sleepy's.." I think I did all right on this one. Thanks again,Jack! Appreciatively,Herb

Skip Says

November 15, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Jack got back to me within a few minutes of my initial email (a question about different names for the same mattress I was looking for), then followed up with a detailed email outlining my options and reco that saved me about $650. Wow. Is this real life??? Thank you Jack!

Rick Says

November 15, 2014 at 9:17 am

Hi, my wife and I are in the market for a new mattress. I suffer from analysis paralysis which makes me research for a very long time. My last mattress purchase was a temperpedic which turned out to be uunsatisfying. I have looked at consumer reports and google. Thats how I got to you. Im looking for a very good quality queen with alot of support. I saw a link on your site for a brand I never heard of. As consumer reports recommended, I started with looking at the serta perfectday applause. But this is a difficult decision. Any suggestions? Thanks, Rick

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