Buying a mattress is always a tedious process. You walk into a mattress store and immediately a salesperson jumps on you, asking rapid-fire questions about what kind of mattress you like, directing you to the most expensive options, and standing next to you while you awkwardly lay on a display mattress, making you feel pressured to get up.
On the off chance that you walk into a mattress store and it is quiet, or you get particularly lucky with a non-pushy salesman, it’s still hard to figure out exactly what you want. You can’t really get the feel of a mattress until you’ve slept on it, and you can’t do that while fully clothed in the middle of a store under harsh fluorescent lights.
Here’s where buying a mattress from an online mattress store comes in. Many web-based mattress stores have popped up over the past year or so, providing a streamlined and efficient mattress buying shortcut. After you examine your options and select and pay for the one you want, it’s shipped to your door in an extremely compressed format. Packed tightly in a box that seems too small for it, it expands to full size over a few hours. You can then pop it onto your bed, make it up, and enjoy. It’s actually a really fun experience to check in every few minutes to watch as your brand new, tightly wrapped mattress expands to enormous proportions!
Because buying a mattress online can feel like a scary proposition, many online stores have extremely generous return policies. Often, these include minimum down payments (sometimes as low as $1!) and 100 days to try out the mattress in daily life. If for any reason the mattress isn’t what you were looking for, these online mattress companies will pick up the mattress for you. Many physical mattress companies charge $200 to $500 dollars just as a restocking fee, which can make returning a mattress a difficult choice to make, as losing hundreds of dollars in restocking fees can make purchasing a new mattress after all that much more difficult! Online stores know this, and they also know that consumers may be hesitant to make such an investment purchase without being able to try the product, so they offer extremely generous return policies as compensation.
Typically, stores that sell mattresses exclusively online sell mattresses that are of extremely high quality – as high quality or even higher than mattresses you can buy in stores. Due to the fact that ordering online has less retail costs, it’s possible to get these high-quality mattresses for much less than you’d pay in a store. Additionally, while most mattresses purchased online are foam because of the logistical challenges in shipping mattresses with springs, it’s also possible to find high-quality inner-spring mattresses available online!
No matter what you’re looking for in a mattress, an online store could be the answer. Don’t rule them out the next time you’re in the market for a good night’s rest.