Mattress comparison shopping

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One MAJOR complaint people have about the mattress industry is how difficult it is to comparison shop for mattresses. Every retailer seems to have its own name and model number for what should be the exact same mattress. They may use a different ticking (the “skin” of the mattress), or add a quarter inch extra of foam, or add 5 more coils, or some other minor difference to call it a different mattress. Some people have even claimed it is “impossible to comparison shop for a mattress.” I disagree with this assessment. It can be difficult to comparison shop for a mattress, but it is not impossible. I will give you some tips to help compare mattresses among retailers.

Comparing name brands

Big name brand manufacturers are usually the easiest to comparison shop on, even if everything has a different name. There are often lineups of mattresses within the brand which can be directly compared. For example, consider Simmons. They have several lines of mattresses. They have the BeautySleep lineup and the Beautyrest lineup. Within the Beautyrest lineup, they have Silver models, Platinum models, and Black models.

To make sure you’re looking at the same mattress, you need to look at the specs of the mattress. Compare each layer between the retailers. As a shortcut, you can also look at the height of the mattress (although there are some rounding differences. One place might call it 13″ while another says 12.5″, for example). Once you find a mattress in the same lineup with the same height (and the same firmness), it’s just a matter of double-checking the layers of foam.

Once you’ve found the mattress in the same lineup, same height with the same foams as the mattress you liked, you have a match.

You can do two things with this information. You can just buy it online from the cheapest place (US Mattress is often good for this), or take that price into your local mattress store and see if they can match or beat the price. Buying online is usually a little more convenient up front, but brick-and-mortar retailers are sometimes easier to reach with customer service issues.

Comparing non-name brands

It can be a bit more difficult to compare mattresses from smaller brands, or brands that custom-make their mattresses for various retailers. You cannot go by a lineup name in these cases. You have to go by the specs. This takes a bit more digging around. It works the same as with the brand name ones, but you do not have the help of the lineup. You have to go just by the components.

The way I do this is doing a Google search for the coil system that it uses, and then finding ones with that coil system with similar layers of foam. There’s not always a match, so it’s tougher.

Other factors to consider between mattress retailers

Price is not the only thing to consider when comparison shopping. There are a few other factors to look for.

Exchange policy

Make sure the retailer has either an exchange or a return policy. This is doubly true for internet retailers, since you won’t have the chance to lie on that exact model of mattress before buying it. Expect at least a 30 day exchange policy from a retailer. Some charge a second delivery fee, some charge a flat exchange fee, some charge a percentage of the original price.

Delivery

There are several factors to consider when comparing delivery services. What is the price? How quickly can it be shipped? Do you get to pick your own time window, or do they call you the day of delivery? Will the drivers set up the merchandise, or do they drop it off at your front door? It might be worthwhile to spend a little extra money to get the service that best fits your schedule.

Reputation

If all else is equal, consider the reputation of the retailer. Is this some fly-by-night internet company that will be out of business in a year? Or is it a nationwide brand that has been around for decades?

Conclusion

I hope I have cleared up the process to compare mattresses between retailers. If you are able to comparison shop, you are able to pit one retailer against another and force them to drop their price to earn your business.

Thanks for reading.

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MattressNerd Says

July 26, 2017 at 7:35 am

The Hope Bay is in the "Kirkland Signature" lineup at Costco, which is exclusive to them. It's a step below the "Estate" collection sold elsewhere, because it uses thinner layers of the better foam (and thicker layers of the more basic foam) in comparison to the Estate collection. The closest comparison would be the Addison Grace, but the Addison Grace is a step up.

lester lee Says

July 25, 2017 at 11:43 pm

what is the closest comparison to S and F "Hope Bay" and at what price? Thank you, Lester

MattressNerd Says

July 10, 2017 at 7:28 am

It's the same as the Addison Grace Luxury Cushion Firm (and the ones in that row) on my Stearns comparison chart.

Joakim Says

July 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Hi, I found a Stearns & Foster Nickeline - Firm Tight Top at Ashley furniture. Trying to find the comparable model name at other stores. I think it might be the McKee Luxury Firm, but not sure. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

MattressNerd Says

July 3, 2017 at 4:19 pm

The Kirkland Signature models use thinner layers of the higher quality foams than the "national" models of Stearns and Foster, but otherwise they're similar to the lower priced ones on my chart.

Jackie Says

July 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Hello, I am looking for review of the new Costco Kirkland Signature by Stearns & Foster--Hope Bay model. Can you help me?

MattressNerd Says

June 11, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Eh, kinda. They've always had those models, but they're not the same lineup as everybody else. The Kirkland Signature lineup is just made for Costco as far as I'm aware, and they don't use the same materials as the other ones.

Harry Says

June 11, 2017 at 6:47 pm

Costco now carries Stearns & Foster: https://www.costco.com/mattress-collections.html?brand=kirkland-signature-by-sf&refine=30666+767967

MattressNerd Says

May 30, 2017 at 5:54 am

On my comparison chart in my Stearns and Foster Review, it's the same as the ones in the row that begins with Fiona Rose.

Bob Zanger Says

May 29, 2017 at 4:58 pm

Hello-- I'd like to take you up on your offer to help out with a non-listed retailer for a Stearns and Foster mattress. We found the "Nighthawk Luxury Cushion" at Haverty's here in northern Virginia. Here are some of the specs that might help with naming an equivalent if the name is not sufficient: Mattress Height 16.5 " King Coil #: 2656 Queen Coil #: 2044 2" Prima Sense Gel Foam Hope that is enough. Thanks for your site and assistance.

Ralph Tremaglio Says

May 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Trying to compare a Scarborough V Lux to a McKee Pillow Top

DaveMike11 Says

December 22, 2016 at 10:52 pm

Hello, First of all thanks for the all the information you have shared. It was so much useful for my mattress shopping. Hats of to you. I'm in the market to buy a new mattress. I've decided to buy the Beautyrest Recharge World Class Park Ridge Luxury Firm Pillow top mattress from Raymour & Flanigan. In one of your posting you had mentioned that the Worldclass models are phased out and replaced by the Plantinum models. But i went to most of the big retailers, I found the platinum model only at sears but the others dont even know about it. Is the world class models still good to buy now ? Pls suggest me. Thanks in advance,

MattressNerd Says

January 18, 2016 at 9:43 pm

That's a decent mattress, but since it's exclusive to Sleepy's it tends to be rather expensive and you can't comparison shop it (not that you were comparison shopping anyway, since it's an exchange).

Monique Griffin Says

January 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

Hi, can you please provide me with feedback on the Simmons Beautyrest Luxury Plush Legend Pillowtop. In the store (Sleepy's) I prefered it over the plush version. I liked the conforming softness, it also felt more supportive. I currently have the SBR World Class Recharge Shakespeare Plush model which is wreaking havoc on my back and I want o exchange it. Its extremely unsupportive,uncomfortable and is too firm with pressure point pain. My concern and fear with Simmons would be sagging and more back issues. We have to do the comfort exchange with Sleepy's, what do you recommend/views. Thanks, Monique

meredith Says

August 27, 2015 at 9:06 am

Please please please advice on legend king plush. I have heard so many things about sinking and dips .

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