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Is a Good Mattress Worth the Cost?

A young couple testing out a mattress in a store.

Is a Good Mattress Worth the Cost?

A young couple testing out a mattress in a store.

When you’re in the market for a new mattress, the budget might be a concern. Mattresses range in price, and the numbers on those price tags can vary drastically.

You may be able to find a mattress for a few hundred dollars, but more luxurious models may soar into the thousands. Is the pricier option better? Is a good mattress worth the cost?

Yes, a good mattress is worth the price of the investment. However, that doesn’t mean you have to go into serious debt to ensure a good night’s sleep. Instead, you need to research the options available and, of course, set your spending budget.

Once you know how much you can comfortably spend, you can begin to narrow down the choices.

There are numerous factors that figure into the price of the mattress, including:

  • Size
  • Composition
  • Thickness
  • Where You Purchase (in-store vs. online)
A stack of mattresses in various sizes.


Typically, as the size of the mattress increases, the price tag also gets a bump. While you can find an inexpensive King mattress (some may be only a few hundred dollars), consider the reason for that low price. Perhaps the mattress features a less than desirable thickness or is made from cheaper materials.

You should always choose a mattress size that allows for maximum comfort. If you have a partner, be sure that the mattress is large enough for you both to move around at night.

For kids, though, a Twin or TwinXL mattress might be just fine. If you’re shopping for your guest room, you may be able to choose a Full or Queen sized mattress.

Most importantly, the mattress has to fit in your bedroom. While your bed may typically be the dominant piece of furniture in your bedroom, the bed shouldn’t swallow the entire room.

If you’re confused about what size mattress is best, check out the mattress dimension chart.


The materials used to make the mattress affect the price. High-quality materials will increase the price of the mattress. A mattress with many layers of foam and/or latex cushion may be more expensive than the same size mattress that features a lower grade foam with less density.

Always review the construction of the mattress. If you’re shopping online or in store, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Manufacturers may use buzz words that confuse shoppers, so don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.

Manufacturers also may provide illustrations or models that show the internal construction of the mattress. This allows you to see the springs, foam or gels used in the mattress and to get a better grasp of the support system.

There should be pamphlets or educational material available for each mattress, especially online or on their website; review the material and pay close attention to depth/thickness, composition and other special features. And ask their sales person or customer support if you have questions about whether it’s the right choice for your needs.

Looking for foam mattresses? Be sure the one you choose features cooling technology. Traditional memory foam is known for sleeping hot, and this could cause you to have trouble falling asleep.


What’s the ideal thickness (or depth) of a mattress? Really, that’s a personal preference. Some buyers love a thick firm mattress. Others want something thinner or less dense.

To decide what you like, try lying on a few mattresses in a store. Then you can hunt online for models with similar compositions and depth features.

No matter what mattress you choose, there is one feature that you want to avoid: sinking. Any mattress that makes you feel like you’re sinking into the structure might not offer the ideal support for your body. The mattress also shouldn’t compress down so much that you can feel the structure of your bed!

If you’re shopping online, you may be concerned about blindly buying a model that you cannot test at night. Relax… A reputable online mattress brand should provide a sleep trial period that allows you to try out the new mattress without risk.

At 2920 Sleep, we offer a 100-night trial period! Don’t be afraid to buy now and try it out.

Buying In-Store vs. Online

Where you buy your mattress also matters, though. Brick and mortar stores might have higher prices than online retailers, so you never want to limit your search to certain retailers.

Prices can vary considerably in-store versus online. We’ve all seen, however,  those famous Memorial Day sales advertised on the radio or on television that proclaim the lowest mattress prices. Don’t be fooled by in-store sales! Those special sales might not be the best deal you can snag as there’s always room for you to negotiate a lower price with the sales rep.

Online retailers offer the same price on their mattresses meaning you don’t need to haggle or negotiate. While there are no special sales or gimmicks, these prices are still often much lower than promotional holiday sales.

Don’t assume a major sale is the lowest price you can find. Compare the sales prices to similar mattresses online and then make your choice.

Invest in Quality and Care for Your Purchase

A good mattress should last you almost a decade, and any reputable manufacturer should stick by its product for years of use. Be sure you understand your mattress warranty and what it covers during the expected life of the mattress.

Most warranties won’t cover daily wear and tear like stains, tears, or snags. However, warranties stand by the internal structure of the mattress—like indentations or collapse.

The 2920 mattress comes with a 10-year warranty that covers indentations of more than one inch, foam construction flaws or issues associated with the workmanship of the mattress (the zipper, seams, etc.). This comes at no additional cost to the consumer.

Read the warranty for the mattress you wish to purchase and make sure it covers the life of the investment, and there aren’t any hidden pro-rated costs to use the warranty. Some warratnies charge you for ‘inspection services’ or require you to pay 50% or more of the retail price after 10 years. While some individuals may need to replace their mattress before the warranty expires, most should sleep easily for many years on that purchase.

There are reasons that may cause your mattress to expire before its time that have nothing to do with the quality of the mattress. If you had a bed bug infestation, you will likely be advised to ditch the mattress (if it was affected).

Do your children jump on the bed? This could signal a shorter lifespan. Beds are not trampolines, and jumping on them could cause major issues. Likewise as we get older our bodies change and the right mattress for us will change too.

Some people hate the look of stains on their mattress and buy a replacement because of the unseemly appearance. Don’t let your mattress become a stain on a good night’s sleep; always use a waterproof mattress protector or cover to keep that mattress protected from spills, stains and dust.

Is a good mattress worth the cost? Yes! A good mattress should last for nearly a decade. However, you need to set a budget and purchase the size that best suits you  for your comfort needs and the size of your bedroom. Research different mattress compositions to find the design that offers optimum support, and don’t forget to compare prices online.

Whatever mattress you choose, protect your investment with a quality protective cover and sleep soundly on your new bed!

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