Mattress shopping can be a tricky business with decision after decision that could have long-lasting impacts if you make the wrong one. A good night’s sleep is too important to mess with. That’s why you should take your time and find the best mattress for you. There are a couple things you will need to consider.

  1. Prices Vary

Mattresses have a wide price range from about $500 to a few thousand dollars. Depending on your preferences and needs, you should be able to find a high quality mattress for around $800 though. Special features, such as all organic materials, may increase the price. Once you set a budget, look on either side of that amount. Say, your budget is $800, widen your search to mattresses priced down to $600 and up to $1,000. A sale could drop that $1,000 mattress into your price range or you may find that a $600 mattress meets your specifications just as well as an $800 one.


  1. Online Reviews Can Help

Years ago, mattress buyers had to rely on the opinions of salesmen and people they knew to help them sort through the many options. Now, the Internet puts thousands of opinions right at your fingertips in the review section that is conveniently attached to products. These reviews are especially useful because they come from people who purchased that specific mattress and are sleeping on it. As you read reviews, you can keep an eye out for someone who has similar needs and preferences — for example, a side sleeper with chronic back pain — and see how that mattress is working for them.


  1. Learn the Details

Educating yourself about how various mattresses are constructed and what materials are used can help you decide which one is best for you. Some mattresses are more durable than others. Some are more eco-friendly. Some are better for people with chronic pain or allergies. These details can make all the difference between picking an OK bed and a great bed.


  1. Go for a Test Drive

Even if you plan to purchase a mattress online, you may want to visit a store and try laying on different mattresses, particularly if you are looking at a type of mattress you haven’t slept on before, such as a memory foam mattress. If you skip this step and buy from an online retailer, be sure to check on the company’s return policy. Some online retailers have generous risk-free return policies that allow you to sleep on the mattress for up to 100 nights and you won’t have to pay shipping either way.


  1. It’s an Investment

Mattresses aren’t cheap. Instead of looking at the initial purchase price, figure out your potential cost per year. A high quality mattress may last as long as 20 years, though it should make at least 10 years. That $1,000 mattress could end up costing you $100 to $50 a year. Even if your annual cost is higher, remember that a good mattress is an investment in your health and wellness. You can put a price on a good night’s sleep, and it’s worth paying.