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Where to Buy a Mattress: Offline vs Online Shopping

Buying a new mattress isn’t a flippant decision. To ensure you get the best match for your sleeping style at the right price, you’ll need to do your research first.

Once you’ve decided what type of mattress to buy, the next question is where to buy it from.

Buying online vs offline comes with different benefits and disadvantages. From trying it out in person to getting the best deals - we put online and offline head to head to find out which is best. This is where to buy a mattress: online vs offline.


Where Can You Buy a Mattress?

Before we look at which method is best - let’s go over the different places you can buy a mattress and the pros and cons of each; 

Second Hand

One way to save money on your mattress is to buy second-hand on marketplace websites or from friends and family.

However, one major downside to buying second hand is that a pre-used mattress may not be able to provide the support you need for optimum sleep. 

Department Stores

Until recently, the most obvious place to begin your mattress search was at a mattress store. Browsing in person has the advantage of allowing you to try out different mattresses before you buy and get a good picture of how they’ll look in your bedroom.

However, a quick bounce won’t give you a reliable impression of what a mattress will feel like all night long, week after week.

A trip to John Lewis or another high street store can also be more expensive than looking online, as physical stores have a longer supply chain, meaning there are more costs involved. This trickles down to the consumer- adding a few extra pounds to the price tag.

Mattress Showrooms

Some mattress retailers have mattress showrooms dotted about the country to showcase their products. Visiting a mattress showroom provides a great opportunity to speak to the experts who know their brands inside and out.

The Memory Foam Warehouse showroom is located in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Visit us to see the majority of our mattress brands in the flesh- and even some that are unavailable on the website. From beds and mattresses to memory foam pillows, speak to one of our dedicated team members to discuss what works best for you.

You can even find discounts of up to 30% and take certain products away with you the same day!

Online Retailers

Online shopping is becoming increasingly commonplace, and for good reason! Shopping online saves on travel time and pesky parking fees, allowing you to browse different collections from the comfort of your own home.

Another benefit of shopping for your mattress online is that you can use the handy filter feature to find the exact product you're looking for. Whether it’s super king memory foam mattresses or hypoallergenic mattress toppers- find all the products in each section quickly.

Shopping online takes out the middleman, allowing you to buy direct. This can save you a whole lot of money on your mattress.

The only downside we can think of when it comes to online mattress shopping is that you can’t try before you buy. That brings us to our next point….


Take Advantage of Our 100-Night Trial

To ensure you get it right, we offer a 100-night sleep trial on a wide range of our memory foam mattresses.

Your body needs time to adjust to a new mattress, especially when it comes to memory foam. By sleeping on a mattress for the full trial period, you’ll get a clear picture of the long-term support a mattress can provide. 

If you’re not completely happy with your decision after the trial period, simply switch it to an alternative. Easy!


What's the Best Place to Buy a Mattress?

Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of buying a mattress online vs offline;

Buying Online: Pros

  • A wider selection of products to choose from
  • Shop from the comfort of your own living room
  • Shop on the go via your mobile phone
  • Avoid busy shopping centres and parking fees
  • Convenient filters allow you to narrow down your search more easily
  • Find the best deals and discounts
  • Cut out the middleman and go factory direct to save
  • Get the first pick in sales
  • Convenient delivery services

Buying Online: Cons

  • You can’t try the mattress in person
  • You can’t speak to salespeople face-to-face

To combat these issues - our 100-night sleep trial allows you to try out your new mattress at home, protecting your investment if you change your mind.

We also have a dedicated team of staff on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding your mattress, or alternatively, check out our online mattress buying guide.

Buying Offline: Pros

  • See and touch mattresses in person
  • Speak to salespeople face-to-face
  • Get a better idea of what the mattress will look like in your bedroom
  • Enjoy a fun offline shopping experience

Buying Offline: Cons

  • Travelling to and from the shop can take time and money
  • Shopping centres tend to be busy, especially on weekends
  • Trying mattresses in the shop doesn’t give you enough time to get a true feel
  • You may feel pressured by salespeople
  • Buying in-store is often more expensive due to the extra costs involved in a longer supply chain and shop upkeep


Mattress Buying Guide

It’s not just where to buy, but what to buy that’s important when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep.

Here, we look at some of the considerations to think about when choosing your new mattress;

What Should I Look for When Buying a Mattress?

The type of mattress you choose should be dependent on several factors;

  • Your sleeping position (whether you are a side sleeper or back sleeper)
  • Your weight
  • Your comfort preference (whether you prefer a soft or firm mattress feel)
  • Whether you share the bed with a partner (if so, you will need a king-sized or double mattress)
  • Your price range

The Different Types of Mattresses

When searching for your next mattress, these are the different types you’ll come across;

What is the Best Time of Year to Buy a Mattress?

While there isn’t necessarily a particular month that’s best- looking out for seasonal deals and discounts can help you save on your mattress purchase.

For example, online sales such as Cyber Monday or Black Friday in November dramatically reduce the price of lots of products available online.

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How Much Should I Pay for a Mattress?

How much you pay for a mattress depends on what you want from it, and how far your budget can stretch.

These days, a good mattress doesn’t have to be an expensive mattress. For example, our range of Essentials memory foam mattresses is designed using quality memory foam without the hefty price tag.

Or, if you’re looking for luxurious comfort, the quilted Coolmax Superior Memory Foam Mattress features an ultra-deep layer of temperature-sensitive, high-density foam and is handcrafted using the latest in memory foam mattress technology.

What's the Best Mattress for Back Pain?

Buying a memory foam mattress or memory foam topper is the best option if you suffer from back pain and could help you get a more comfortable night’s sleep.

Orthopaedic memory foam mattresses are designed specifically for back pain sufferers and people with joint pain. An extra thick layer of innovative memory foam provides superior levels of comfort and support to cushion pressure points and soothe aches and pains.

How Can I Make My Old Mattress More Comfortable?

If you can’t quite stretch to a new mattress right now, there are more affordable ways to make your old mattress more comfortable.

A memory foam mattress topper provides a luxurious layer of comfort and support at a fraction of the price of a brand new mattress. Perfect for tiding you over while you save.


Conclusion: Buy Online to Save Time and Money

For us, when it comes to saving you money, buying online wins every time over brick and mortar stores. With 3-5 day delivery and expert online advice, we’re confident we’ve got a mattress for you on our website.

To find a wide range of memory foam mattresses at factory-direct prices, buy a mattress online at Memory Foam Warehouse.

Put the kettle on, grab a biscuit and get browsing!

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