7 Tips for Buying a Mattress Without Trying It Out First

Selecting a mattress can be a challenging task, especially when buying online without the ability to try it beforehand. There are a few things you can do to ensure you like your new mattress. Start by conducting thorough research on different mattress types, firmness levels, and sizes to understand available options. Taking advantage of online mattress quizzes can help narrow down choices based on personal preferences. Looking for brands that offer generous home trials allows for testing the mattress in the comfort of your home before committing to the purchase. Considering additional factors like return policies, delivery options, and warranty terms is essential. By following these tips, you can make an informed decision and find the right mattress for your needs.

Choosing a new mattress can be a daunting task. And if you’re considering purchasing your mattress online, that means you might not be able to try it out first. So how can you make sure you like what you purchase? This article will offer a few simple tips to help you buy a mattress without trying it first.

How to buy a mattress without trying it out

Here are a few tips to help you select and purchase the right mattress for your needs online.

1. Do your research

It’s important to understand the basic differences between mattress types, mattress firmnesses, mattress sizes, etc., so you have a general understanding of the available options out there before narrowing down your decision.

Mattress type refers to the mattress’s construction and materials. There are different pluses and minuses of each mattress type in terms of their comfort, price, and durability. The primary mattress types are memory foam, hybrid, innerspring, and latex.

A mattress’s top comfort layers determine its firmness—how soft or firm it feels. Firmness levels include 1 (extra soft), 2-3 (soft), 4 (medium-soft), 5 (medium), 6 (medium-firm), 7-8 (firm), and 9-10 (extra-firm). Your preferred sleep position and body weight are important considerations in selecting an appropriate firmness level.

Standard mattress sizes include twin (38” x 75”), twin XL (38” x 80”), full/double (54” x 75”), queen (60” x 80”), king (76” x 80”), and California king (72” x 84”).

2. Take a mattress quiz

Taking a mattress quiz is a fun and easy way to help you figure out which type of mattress is right for you. You’ll be asked questions about who sleeps in the bed with you, what you like your mattress to feel like, whether you have back pain or sleep hot, and then be given options that best suit your needs.

3. Look for a generous home trial

Many online mattress brands offer home trials so you can try the mattress out in the comfort of your own bedroom for a few weeks or months before deciding if it’s right for you. Most home trials last anywhere from three months up to a year. Always read the fine print to see if there are any fees associated with returns.

4. Visit a showroom

Some online mattress brands have showrooms where you can test out the mattresses before you buy one. If there’s one near you, this can be a good option before you hand over your credit card. (Here’s how to test a mattress before buying it.)

5. Choose the right extras

Beyond just the mattress, it’s important to consider whether you’ll need a new foundation, bed frame, and/or accessories like sheets, pillows, and protectors to ensure you get the most comfortable sleep. Many online mattress brands offer all of these products so you can do your shopping in one place.

6. Read the fine print

It’s important to read all of the fine print so you know what you’re getting into when it comes to a company’s policies on returns, delivery, and warranty.

7. Shop the best online mattress brands

Buying a mattress online is a great way to save a bundle of money because online brands have fewer overhead costs than traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. But be sure to choose only a reputable online brand known for its quality materials and construction, as well as good customer service.

Choose the right mattress for you at Saatva

Saatva Classic Innerspring Mattress

Our flagship luxury mattress is expertly engineered with coil-on-coil construction for durability, a layer of memory foam for enhanced back support, and a cushiony Euro pillow top for extra comfort.

Loom and Leaf Memory Foam Mattress

Premium memory foam, handcrafted in the U.S. with eco-friendly materials. Breathable organic cotton, cooling spinal gel, and layers of high-density support foam assure a cool, comfortable night's sleep.

Zenhaven Latex Mattress

Natural latex responds to every curve for pressure-free support and responsive comfort. Natural latex is supple, resilient, and durable, for the ultimate in elevated sleep. (It's naturally hypoallergenic too.)


Should I buy a mattress without trying it?

The key to buying the best mattress for you online is to make yourself an informed consumer. Do your research on companies and their policies and on different mattress types. Understand your own and your sleep partner’s sleep positions and body weight. Consider customers’ reviews but bear in mind that individual experiences with a particular mattress can vary because of different needs and expectations.

Can you test a mattress before buying it?

Traditional mattress stores offer the chance to try out their mattresses, but they tend to have only a limited selection. Mattress shopping online gives you the chance to check out a number of mattress brands within a short time. Some companies, including Saatva, offer brick-and-mortar viewing rooms where you can see and try out different types of mattresses.

What if I buy the wrong mattress?

Even after you’ve done your research, familiarized yourself with mattress types, and understand your own sleep preferences, you still may choose the wrong mattress. This is why it’s important to make sure there’s a liberal return policy—such as the one-year policy that Saatva offers.

Find your perfect mattress at Saatva

Saatva offers a wide range of high-quality mattresses available through our website. We have a mattress quiz that can help you find your perfect mattress. We also have Viewing Rooms across the country where you can try our mattresses to see which one is right for you. All of our mattresses come with a 365-night home trial, free white glove delivery, and a lifetime warranty. Mattress shopping has never been easier!

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