Mattress Buying Guide

Mattresses: How to find your best rest

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Find the mattress that meets your budget, comfort preferences and health requirements at Sears. Knowing that the right mattress is such an important choice, Sears offers a Comfort Guarantee so you can make sure it's the mattress of your dreams. Here are some things to consider.


accessories compatability

Accessories such as foundations and bed frames are critical to the support and longevity of your mattress, while mattress toppers and pillows enhance your overall sleep experience.

Bed Frames

Most bed frames are metal with wheels, and some are adjustable to fit two mattress sizes. An alternative is a platform bed, which allows you to use your mattress without a foundation. If using a platform bed please ensure that you use the proper amount of slats required for the warranty.

Bedding and Pillows

Bedding and pillows come in a variety of sizes, styles, materials and prices. If you're looking for convenience, check out bed-in-a-bag products, which include color-coordinated sheets, pillow cases, comforter or quilt. Some even include a bed skirt. Or buy each piece separately, plus browse duvet covers, decorative pillows and more. If your mattress has a pillow top or an added mattress pad, look for deep-pocket sheets that can accommodate the extra loft. Don't forget to buy an extra set of sheets for when the first set is in the laundry.

Foundations and Box Springs

The purpose of the foundation or box spring is to provide strong, even support to the mattress, so choosing a foundation is almost as important as choosing a mattress. For the best match with your mattress, use a foundation recommended by the mattress manufacturer. Special options include foundations that are low profile (to add less height to the bed) and folding foundations (for easy storage and moving).

  • Split and folding foundations. These foundations are a smart choice if you have narrow hallways or other tight spaces. King and California king foundations are split into two pieces and generally require you to buy each piece separately. Queen foundations may also be split for enhanced maneuverability.
  • Standard height vs. low-profile height. Most mattress sets are displayed with a standard-height 9" foundation, but many mattress sets also offer an alternative low-profile option that is usually 5" - 6" in height. A low-profile foundation may make it easier to get in and out of bed, particularly if you have chosen a high mattress, such as a pillow top or box top. If you have a low or ornate headboard, consider a low-profile foundation to avoid covering up too much of the headboard. Low-profile foundations offer the same quality and construction as standard-height foundations; they simply provide an additional option to help you control the overall height of your new mattress set.

Mattress Pads and Toppers

It's easy to add something extra to your mattress with the array of mattress pads and toppers available on Choose from heated, hypoallergenic, waterproof, fire-resistant, quilted, foam, memory foam, feather and more. Because a stain on your mattress will likely void its warranty, you should strongly consider purchasing a stain protection pad. More than a mattress pad, stain protection pads offer 10 years of protection from stains. If a stain passes through the pad and onto the mattress, the stain protection company will have the mattress professionally cleaned. If the stain cannot be removed, the stain protection company will replace the mattress or provide one of comparable quality.


Sears has a great selection of decorative headboards to give you the perfect finishing touch.

Basics for Buying

basics for buying

Determine your reason for purchasing a mattress, as it will affect the price range and features you seek. For example, if you're buying a mattress for a guest room, and the bed will be used infrequently, you may wish to invest less than if you are buying a mattress for your primary bedroom.

For Children

If your child's room is a primary play area, make sure there is space for activity. Today's mattresses, especially those with built-in toppers, can be much higher than older models. Make sure the combined height of the mattress set and bed frame is not too high for your little one. Consider a larger, sturdier mattress if it will be used for 10+ years.

Health Issues/Concerns

When buying a new mattress, health issues or concerns and special needs should be a top priority.

New Guest Room

Estimate how much use the mattress will get. Consider buying a mattress that is neither too soft nor too firm, so it will be acceptable to the widest range of guests.

New Home

Consider the size of the bedrooms and how much space you will have after bedroom furniture is in place. Develop an idea of how you will configure each room to determine which mattress size works best.

Replacing an Old Mattress

Determine the qualities you like about your current mattress and what you would change. If your old mattress has seen better days, don't forget to add the haul-away service (see below).

Upgrading to a New/Larger Bed

You have more choices than ever before, from plush pillow top to high-tech foam to innerspring and more. Comfort designations range from firm to ultra plush, with lots of built-in top options. For example, you can add a mattress pad, topper or featherbed.

Choosing a Size

Choosing a size

For single occupancy, twin, extra-long twin, full and extra-long full mattresses generally provide plenty of room. For double occupancy, choose from full, extra-long full, queen, king and California king based on your needs and preferences. Following is a list of the standard mattress sizes you can select from.

  • California king - 72" x 84"
  • King - 76" x 80"
  • Queen - 60" x 80"
  • Full, extra long - 54" x 80"
  • Full - 54" x 75"
  • Twin, extra long - 39" x 80"
  • Twin - 39" x 75"

Beds for Children

Most children can sleep comfortably on a twin or extra-long twin mattress. Consider if the mattress will need to accommodate your child into the teen years or if you plan to upgrade.

Existing or New Bed Frame

Using an existing bed frame will dictate the size of the mattress you buy and may affect your mattress height options. If you have a bed frame or platform that you want to use, check the measurements of the current mattress to be sure you're ordering the right size. King and queen bed frames should have a center support to ensure longevity of the mattress.

Frequency of Use

For frequent use, you need a mattress that is big enough to be comfortable night after night. For infrequently used mattresses, such as those in guest rooms, a slightly smaller mattress may be acceptable. Also, if your guest room is a multipurpose room, a smaller mattress will allow more room for other furniture.

Number of Sleepers

If you need to fit more than one person comfortably, you need at least a full (double) mattress. If one or more of the bed's occupants is larger or taller than average or needs extra space to sleep comfortably, consider a queen, king or California king mattress.

Room Size

Two main factors to consider are practicality and aesthetics. From a practical standpoint, you need enough room to get in and out of bed comfortably. Also, make sure there is enough space to move throughout the room. From an aesthetic standpoint, consider the scale of the bed in comparison to the scale of the room and the other furniture in the room.

Who Will Use

If two larger adults share a bed, a bigger mattress may be more comfortable. For taller children and teens, an extra-long twin provides 5" more head or foot room than a regular twin. If you (or your partner) like to spread out or move during sleep, a larger mattress may provide needed space.

Choosing a Type/Comfort Designation

Choosing a type

When it comes to mattress types and features, you have more choices than ever before. Before you buy, make sure you thoroughly consider your needs and preferences to determine which features you must have and which you would like to have.


Mattress prices range from over $100 for a twin-size mattress to several thousand dollars for a high-end king-size mattress. Foundations or box springs are usually sold separately and range from $100 for a twin-size foundation to several hundred dollars for a high-end king-size foundation.

If your new mattress will receive daily use for at least 10 years, divide the cost by 365 days per year, then again by 10 years. You may be surprised to find that a mattress costs just pennies per night. For example, a $2,000 mattress costs 55 cents per night over 10 years. So the question is: What is a good night's sleep worth to you?


Comfort refers to how firm or plush a mattress is. One important comfort consideration is your sleeping position. A firm mattress will likely provide maximum comfort for sleeping on your stomach. Plusher mattresses are suitable for sleeping on your side. And, if you sleep primarily on your back, an ultra-plush mattress helps eliminate gaps between your body and the mattress for added comfort.

  • Firm mattresses have less "give" than plush or ultra-plush mattresses, making them best suited to stomach sleepers.
  • Plush Mattresses are softer than firm mattresses but not as supple as ultra-plush mattresses, making them a good choice for back sleepers, side sleepers and flip-floppers.
  • Ultra-plush mattresses have an extra layer of softness and comfort to sink into, which helps relieve pressure points for back sleepers.


Most mattresses are designed to last at least 10 years, and the quality of the comfort materials impacts how well a mattress will hold up. Lower quality comfort materials won't maintain loft and plushness as well as higher quality materials Innerspring mattresses with a higher number of coils and/or thicker coils tend to provide more consistent, longer lasting support than those with fewer coils and/or thinner coils.


Be sure to consider your health issues or special needs when choosing a new mattress.

  • Adjustable beds: These complete bed systems let you adjust the head and foot position to comply with medical recommendations (for example, keeping your legs elevated) and make it easier to eat and perform other activities in bed.
  • Height: If getting into and out of bed is a concern, avoid features that add loft, such as pillow tops, euro tops and box tops. Instead, look for a low-profile foundation. Consider the height of the mattress and foundation with the frame and any mattress topper you intend to add. Eliminate the added height of the foundation entirely by choosing a platform bed frame rather than a traditional bed frame.
  • Comfort and support:If you have back problems or health issues that may be affected by comfort and support features, consult your doctor to determine which comfort levels (firm, plush, ultra plush) and support systems (innersprings, foam, water, etc.) are best.
  • Material:Before purchasing a mattress, consider any sensitivities to materials that you may have. With the variety of materials available, even allergy-prone individuals can find a quality mattress.


Support refers to the system the mattress uses to resist downward pressure, which is determined to some degree by mattress type. In innerspring, foam and other types of mattresses, manufacturers often use proprietary support systems. These systems may be designed to conform to your body shape, minimize the transfer of motion between sleepers and provide other benefits.


Mattress type refers to the overall design. Each has distinctly different properties and options, and there is a variety of choices. These are the basic types of mattresses available on See the glossary section of this guide for details on each type of mattress.

  • Latex conforming foam
  • Visco conforming memory foam
  • Euro top
  • Pillow top
  • Tight top
  • Waterbed
  • Soft-side waterbed
  • Adjustable bed


Before you shop for a mattress, get to know the terminology. Our helpful glossary contains terms related to mattress types, sizes, materials, comfort and support.

Terms Relating to Size

  • Double: Another term for a full-size mattress. Measures 54" x 75" (54" x 80" for an extra-long double mattress).
  • Eastern king: Another term for the standard king mattress. Measures 76" x 80".
  • Low profile: Indicates a foundation or box spring that is somewhat lower, which may make it easier to climb in and out of bed.
  • Super single: Size that is larger than an extra-long twin and smaller than a full-size mattress. Measures 48" x 84".
  • West coast or Western king: Same as the California king. Measures 72" x 84".

Terms Relating to Support

  • Bonnell coils: These original mattress coils were adapted from the coils used in buggy seats in the 19th century. Hourglass-shaped and tied off at the top and bottom, Bonnell coils are still found in today's less expensive mattresses.
  • Continuous coils:Rows of coils constructed from single lengths of wire for increased strength and durability. Like offset coils, continuous coils use a hinging action for enhanced support.
  • Foam core: An alternative to traditional innerspring support systems.
  • Offset coils: Hourglass coils that feature a hinging design to conform to the body and provide stable, reliable support.
  • Pocketed coils: Also referred to as Marshall coils, pocketed coils are individually encased in fabric so you feel less disruption when your partner moves.
  • Wire/coil gauge: The thickness of the wire used in innerspring mattresses. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the steel and the firmer the feel (for example, 13-gauge wire is thicker than 15-gauge wire). Higher gauge wire results in a softer feel.

Terms Relating to Types of Beds

  • Adjustable bed: A bed that allows the head and foot of the mattress to be raised and lowered using button controls.
  • Box top: An extra-high pillow top.
  • Euro top: Essentially the same as a pillow-top mattress but with the edges of the pillow top sewn to the mattress so the two separate pieces are not discernible.
  • Latex conforming foam: Latex conforms to the shape of your body and is more resilient than visco memory foam. Available in both natural and synthetic forms, latex has become a popular option in premium bedding to increase softness and relieve pressure points.
  • Pillow top: A mattress that has a cushion attached to the top for extra plushness. Although the pillow top is attached to the mattress, the edges show a distinct differentiation between the main mattress and the pillow top.
  • Soft-side waterbed: Looks like a traditional innerspring mattress because the water mattress sits inside a foam cover with foam side rails that provide sturdy edges. Unlike hard-side waterbeds, soft-side water mattresses are used in combination with foundations.
  • Tight top: A mattress that has a standard top rather than a pillow top, box top or euro top.
  • Visco conforming memory foam: Also referred to as viscoelastic memory foam. Visco memory foam is a synthetic material that responds to temperature and weight, so it conforms to your body and maintains an imprint for a short time even after pressure has been removed from the foam.
  • Waterbed: Also referred to as a hard-side waterbed. A standard water mattress is a flexible bladder that sits inside a platform frame with hard rails that keep the mattress in place and provide an edge for sitting on and climbing into the bed.


Proper mattress maintenance is essential to ensure maximum comfort, support and use. Failure to properly care for your mattress may void the warranty, so be sure to read and follow the instructions carefully. Refer to your owner's manual or contact the manufacturer about your specific model.


Jumping on a mattress may damage the support system; make sure your kids know that a mattress is not a trampoline. To achieve and maintain maximum comfort, support and longevity from your mattress, read the manufacturer's care guidelines and follow them carefully. Some mattresses need to be rotated regularly to minimize body impressions and sagging. The recommended frequency varies by manufacturer and model. Water mattresses usually require a water conditioner treatment intermittently. Check with the manufacturer to see which treatment, if any, you should use.


Always check the manufacturer's guidelines before cleaning your mattress. Vacuuming is usually acceptable, but most manufacturers do not recommend the use of cleaning solutions. Prevent problems by using a mattress pad to help keep your mattress clean and stain-free. If a stain does occur, some manufacturers recommend using mild soap and water to clean it, but it is important not to get the mattress very wet. Note that any stains will likely void the manufacturer warranty, so it's best to use a stain protection pad to help safeguard your investment. If a stain passes through the pad and onto the mattress, the stain protection company will send a professional cleaner directly to your residence.

Getting Used to Your New Mattress

If your mattress has a "new" smell when you first get it, keep it uncovered in a well-ventilated area until the smell dissipates. Make sure your mattress and foundation are set up properly on a sturdy bed frame. It may take a few days for your body to adjust to your new mattress and vice versa. If you are still not used to it within a couple of weeks, consider adding a mattress topper for extra comfort or taking advantage of our 60 Day Comfort Guarantee. Modern mattresses use a variety of foams and comfort layers. As these materials conform to your body to relieve pressure, it is normal to find some body impressions in your mattress. Regular rotation according to manufacturer's guidelines will help minimize these impressions. Leave the tag on your new mattress in case it is required under the terms of the warranty.

Non-flip Mattresses

All of the mattresses sold at Sears are non-flip. However, some manufacturers recommend rotating your mattress to avoid body impressions and sagging. Check the manufacturer's guidelines to see how often your mattress should be rotated.


Mattresses should be stored in a cool, dry place away from sunlight if possible. It's critical to keep moisture away, so a plastic mattress bag is advisable. Store the mattress flat, rather than standing it on a side or end, to avoid shifting and distortion of the comfort materials or inner support system.


At Sears we're committed to offering you a satisfying buying experience and to providing the service and support you demand, from our delivery and haul-away services to our 60-Day Comfort Guarantee

60-Day Comfort Guarantee

Our 60-day Comfort Guarantee for mattresses and foundations allows you to have the chance to sleep on the bed you purchased at home to ensure the comfort is what you expected. With this policy, we require you to use the mattress for a 30 day time period in order for your body to adjust to your new sleep set and your new sleep set to adjust to you. If, after 30 days of sleeping on your mattress and foundation, you are not able to adjust to a comfortable level of support, you have an additional 30 days to contact us at 1-800-479-5899 to request a one-time refund or a one-time exchange for a different mattress and foundation. There are no refunds or exchanges during the first 30 days.

You are responsible for paying any increase in price for the new mattress and foundation. Delivery fees for the original purchase will not be refunded. A pick up fee will be charged for our delivery team to pick up the mattress or foundation from its location and a 15% usage/restocking fee* will apply.

Mattress and foundation must be undamaged, unsoiled and free of stains with all law tags attached to be eligible for exchange or refund. The 30 day required adjustment period does not apply to defective mattresses. Defects in mattresses must be confirmed by physical inspection arranged through Sears. Other than the 60 day Comfort Guarantee, we offer no other return policy for mattresses and foundations.

Extended Comfort Guarantees provided for Certain Mattresses

The manufacturers of Tempur-Pedic, Serta icomfort, Sealy Optimum and Simmons Comforpedic mattresses offer a longer 120 day Comfort Guarantee on their products. These comfort guarantees also require you to sleep on your mattress for a period of time. *Usage/restocking fees are not applicable to defective products or to items purchased in Hawaii.

Delivery and Haul Away

Our delivery and haul-away services make purchasing a new mattress a snap. The Sears delivery team is made up of trained professionals who deliver products to the homes of millions of satisfied customers nationwide every year. Let Sears deliver your new mattress and haul away your old mattress for a hassle-free buying experience.


Use a Sears credit card to finance your purchase, and you may be eligible for additional discounts and promotions. From time to time, Sears offers special deferred interest financing promotions on qualifying merchandise when you use your Sears card.

Manufacturer Warranty

First and foremost, save your receipt; without it, you have no warranty. Secondly, be aware of the warranty terms and conditions. For example, stains of any kind may void a mattress warranty. Purchasing a stain protection pad with the mattress offers peace of mind against warranty-voiding stains. Sagging or body impressions generally need to be a certain depth before the mattress can be repaired or replaced. Also, mattress warranties may be prorated, so if you have a problem with your mattress 5 years into a 10-year warranty, your warranty will cover only the remaining value of the mattress. 10 years is a standard warranty term, but some manufacturers do offer longer warranties.

Damage Reporting Requirement

Upon delivery, carefully examine your purchases. Customers must report any visible damage (including stains, tears, smudges, snags, handprints, marks or other damage) to any mattress, foundation, bedframe or head/foot board within 72 hours of home delivery to be eligible for a refund or exchange based upon such visible damage. If delivered items with visible damage are not reported within this time frame, you cannot obtain a refund or exchange because of the visible damage. To report damages and obtain the required claim number, call 1-800-732-7747 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and midnight CST seven days a week (except Christmas Day).

Return Policy

Our goal is that you are completely satisfied with your purchase. Our return policy for mattresses, foundations, bed frames and head and footboards can be found here:

Special orders cancelled later than 24 hours after purchase are subject to a 15% order cancellation fee.

Please note: Some mattresses and beds may not be returnable. Look for a note in the product description indicating that the item is non-returnable before purchasing.

Stain Protection Pads

More than a mattress pad, stain protection pads offer 10 years of protection from stains. If a stain passes through the pad and onto the mattress, the stain protection company will have the mattress professionally cleaned. Depending upon the terms, if the stain cannot be removed, the stain protection company will replace the mattress or provide one of comparable quality.

Stain protection warranty does not cover or apply to gross negligence or abuse by user, improper installation and maintenance, normal wear and tear, soiling, commercial use, stains caused by inks, nail polish, cosmetics, bleach, non-food-related grease, corrosives, alcohol, dyes, or solvents, sides of the mattress, ensembles and mattress base, or a mattress not fitted with a protector. Review the details of the warranty before purchasing.