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Buying a Mattress


You spend a third of your life sleeping, which is why the right mattress can make the other two thirds that much better. Real, natural, sleep fuels the human body, and with a quality mattress you can wake up after a great night's sleep feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Whether it's for the master bedroom or the guest room or your child’s room, a proper mattress can provide the rest you need to keep you energized throughout a long day. Picking the right mattress is much like buying a new car or your new home, making the right investment results in making your life better for several years. Our goal is to help you find the right mattress because Sears knows how much your dreams matter to you.

Why buy a new mattress?

If you've been sleeping on the same old mattress for a while, you might not realize that there are some great reasons to switch up your sleep surface. Here are a few factors to consider.

First of all, understand your old mattress. Figure out the size, spring construction and topper material. The more you know about your old mattress, the more you know what worked for you.

If you're moving into a new home or apartment, it's the perfect time to upgrade from a small mattress to something a bit larger. It's also easier to move if you don't have to transport a bulky older mattress.

Whenever your kid grows out of their bed, a new mattress set is in order. New mattresses range from twin to king sizes, and can suit any height or body type.

As your body changes, your sleeping patterns change too. It's crucial that a new mattress is constructed of the right materials to give you proper support. Certain models come with different comfort layers, ranging from firm to pillow top, that cater to your needs.

Dust, dander and other particles tend to build up on an old mattress over time. A new, clean mattress can help you sleep comfortably and keep you healthy.

Features of new mattresses

Comfort layers

  • Firm mattress tops are best used if you sleep mostly on your back or stomach, giving you the proper comfort and support
  • Plush layers work best for helping sooth pressure points throughout your body as you sleep
  • Pillowtop mattress layers are constructed of material soft enough to let your body sink in
  • Tight tops are made with a flat surface and uses a firmer upholstery than other mattresses


When considering the size of mattress to buy, there's more to consider than just the size and age of the sleeper. Remember that you'll have to move the mattress into your home, so make sure your doorways and stairwells are wide enough to accomodate your choice of mattress size.
  • Twin size mattresses, also known as single size mattresses, are 39 inches by 75 inches and ideal for young children or in rooms with limited space
  • Twin XL size mattresses are slightly longer than normal single size mattress, measuring at 39 inches by 80 inches
  • Full size mattresses, also referred to as double size mattresses, are 54 inches by 75 inches and usually work best in guest rooms or for teenagers
  • Queen size mattresses provide more space for two people and are slightly larger than full size mattresses, measuring at 60 inches by 80 inches
  • King size mattresses are ideal for master bedrooms or couples, measuring at 76 inches by 80 inches
  • California king size mattresses give tall people optimal space and measure 72 inches by 84 inches, which is slightly longer than regular king size mattresses
Learn more about mattress dimension sizes

Bedding accessories

  • Box springs and foundations provide the proper base to support the size and weight of your mattress. Box springs come in two heights: standard and low. When choosing between the two, consider your mattress height. Those with thicker mattresses may want a lower box spring to achieve a comfortable overall bed height, and vice versa.
  • Bed frames help raise the box spring, mattress and entire set off the floor, creating maximum support
  • Headboards are placed behind the head of the mattress, and create security and add style to your new bed
  • Mattress pads and protectors help guard your mattress from spills, accidents and other unexpected messes
  • Different kinds of pillows can either decorate your bedspread or align your body properly as you sleep
  • Comforters and down comforters add style to your bed and give you an extra layer to keep you warm on a cold night
  • If you prefer to read, watch TV or lounge in bed before sleeping, take a look at an adjustable bed. These beds tilt up to give you a comfortable backrest for sitting, then tilt down when you're ready for sleep. 

Coil types

When you're looking for a new mattress, it's easy to get confused about all the different coil types on the market. Each coil type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you want to be sure you pick the right style for you. Take a look at your old mattress and check what spring style it is. If you liked it, stick with the same coil type. If you didn't like it, you can try a new type for your next sleep surface.

  • Pocketed coils are independently wrapped in a fabric casing. Because pocketed coils move independently, they work well at conforming to your body shape and dampening side to side motion.
  • A continuous coil is one framework of metal made up of many connected coils. Each coil in the framework is supported by its neighbors, making the continuous coil a great choice for long-term durability.
  • A Bonnel coil system is made up of individual hourglass-shaped coils. Each coil is shaped like an hourglass, with a thinner portion in the middle which allows compression. Bonnel coil mattresses tend to be inexpensive, making them a great choice for budget-minded shoppers.
  • In a tied coil system, individual coils are connected by helical lacing. This connection gives a tied coil system a high level of mutual spring support, making this a good choice for those who prefer a firm sleep surface.

Innerspring mattresses

An innerspring mattress uses different steel core constructions to create both comfort and support.


Quick Specs

  • Typically 12-15 coil gauges
  • Available in Bonnell, offset, pocket and continuous coil configurations
  • Offers ideal flexibility for any size or sleeping positions thanks to their spring cores

Price range: $200-$5,500


Innerspring mattresses are best for . . .

Side sleepers: Innerspring mattresses are built to handle the increased pressure that comes from sleeping on your side.


Consumers on a tight budget: Compared to other mattress types, innerspring versions are more affordable.

Diverse comfort: Innerspring mattresses have different coil systems that provide sleepers with the proper support and comfort to enjoy a peaceful night's sleep. They also come in a wide variety of top layers to suit any sleeper's needs.

Recommended Products:

Serta Perfect Sleeper

Serta Coralee

Beautyrest Recharge

Memory foam mattresses

A memory foam mattress uses state-of-the-art technology that conforms to your body and evenly distributes your weight, which alleviates pressure for proper support.


Quick Specs

  • Constructed with polyurethane materials
  • Hypoallergenic alternative foam is made from latex
  • Adjusts from firm to soft based on cool and warm temperatures, respectively
  • Available with dual-adjustable firmness settings in some models

Price range: $200-$6,800


Memory foam mattresses are best for . . .

Alleviating high-pressure points: High-pressure points sometimes require special attention when you lie down. Memory foam mattresses conform to your body's shape and evenly distribute bodyweight, which helps provide better comfort and support to these areas.

Couples that share a bed: Sincea memory foam mattress lets your body sink into one spot, it also reduces heavy motion transfer. This allows sleepers to move without disrupting their partners.


Recommended Products:

Serta Amber Creek

Tempur-Pedic Temper Cloud

Serta iComfort

Hybrid mattresses

A hybrid mattress gives sleepers resistance with its center comfort core, but it also conforms to your body with a foam surface.


Quick Specs

  • Typically constructed with pocket spring core
  • Made with a 3 to 4 inch foam surface
  • Available for most adjustable beds

Price range: $680-$6,900


Hybrid mattresses are best for . . .

People who want optimal comfort and support: For sleepers that require top tier support and pillow-like comfort, a hybrid mattress is the perfect choice. Its coils provide plenty of flexibility while the memory foam properly adjusts toyour bodyweight.

Adjustable beds: Most hybrid versions are constructed with pocket coil cores, which reduce motion transfer on each side of the mattress. This configuration fits perfectly with adjustable bases, allowing you to sleep, watch TV or read a book comfortably in bed.

Recommended Products:

Serta iSeries Vantage

Beautyrest Black Kate

Serta iSeries Honoree

Air mattresses

An air mattress allows you to change your bed from soft to firm easily.


Quick Specs

  • Constructed of lightweight materials, such as polyvinyl chloride or thick plastics
  • Features standard firm, plush, pillowtop and tight top surfaces
  • Includes valve to inflate or deflate mattress 

Price range: $20-$150


Air mattresses are best for . . .

Guest beds: Air mattresses make ideal guest beds whenever family and friends are staying over. Not only are they easy to set up and take down, but air mattresses don't take up lots of space when deflated.


Adjustable comfort: Not everyone enjoys the same level of comfort when they sleep. You can easily change an air mattress' firmness or softness by inflating or deflating it fit anyone's preferred setting.


People who travel: Certain versions are portable so you can take them with you on trips. Air mattresses are a great option for camping, sleepovers and even dorm rooms.







Recommended Products:

Coleman Raised Air Bed

Northwest Territory Air Bed

Intex Ultra Plush Air Bed

Bottom Line

Mattresses come in various comfort layers, dimensions and configurations that suit all kinds of sleepers. While each mattress has its own benefits, the final decision should come down to which one suits your needs best. Your choice should factor in several variables, including the size of the room, your height and support. An innerspring mattress might be best if you sleep on your back, but if you find yourself sleeping on your side, a memory foam mattress could be more comfortable. If you require flexible support but enjoy pillow-like relief, a hybrid model makes a great alternative. Remember that whichever type you choose, your new mattress will need the proper accessories and regular cleaning to deliver maximum lifespan and sleep comfort. Make sure you know how to clean your mattress and how to set up your box spring properly to maximize the serivce life of your new mattress.