Mattress Buying Guide

Start your shopping process at a store that you know and trust. To find the mattress that best meets your personal preferences and needs, it is important to have an educated salesperson who can guide you through the many choices.

Why Shop at Jonathan Stevens?

Where you choose to buy says a lot about your values. Do you want to support your local community, make environmentally-friendly choices, and look for a good value with a fair price and high quality? Jonathan Stevens has all of that and more. We have made it a priority to train our staff on every aspect of mattress construction, features, accessories, and more. Plus, we just plain don't do sales. We believe in having straightforward prices that are always a great value, so you never have to worry if you're being fooled, or if the mattress is going to be cheaper next week. On top of all of this, we have lasting warranties, friendly customer service, and comprehensive support to help you find the best investment for your sleep future. If you'd like to stop by a store just to learn more, please do! We're always happy to give you the information that you need to make the best choice for your family, even if you are just looking. When you're ready to buy a better mattress, we'll work within your budget to make sure you get a better mattress that will give you many dreamy nights for years to come.

How to Buy a Mattress

How to Test a Mattress In-Store

Be sure to wear comfortable clothes when you go out to shop for your new mattress. If you have a coat or a heavy sweater on, take it off. No need to remove your shoes, as most reputable stores will have foot protectors on the mattresses. Once in the store, be sure to "test rest" several mattresses. Lie down on several different models of mattresses that your sleep consultant recommends in various positions, especially the position you usually sleep in. (Note: If you're a woman, it's best to go mattress-shopping in jeans or pants.) These few extra minutes of focusing on the "feel" of different mattress choices can save a lot of time and discomfort later. Partners should shop and test beds together. Try several different mattress comfort levels to ensure your best selection.

Criteria for Evaluating a Mattress

Regardless of the type of sleep system you decide to purchase, always evaluate a mattress for:

  • Comfort. Today's top-quality mattress/foundation ensembles are built for superior comfort. Luxurious new cushioning materials and extra-soft surface treatments create a plusher, more comfortable feel. However, the core provides the needed support for your body. You'll sleep best on a mattress and foundation that offer you superior comfort as well as appropriate support. Trust your body to tell you which one feels best.
  • Support. A good mattress and foundation will gently support your body at all points and keep your spine in the same shape as a person with good standing posture. Pay special attention to your shoulders, hips and lower back - the heaviest parts of the body. If there's too little support, you can develop back pain. But if the mattress is too rigid for you, you can experience uncomfortable pressure.
  • Durability. The quality of the materials used and how they're put together will determine how long a mattress and foundation will provide comfort and support.
  • Space. Cramped quarters can turn sleeping into a nightly wrestling match. A healthy person moves anywhere from 40-60 times a night, including dozens of full body turns. You need freedom of motion while you sleep and to help you relax while getting to sleep. Make sure that your mattress gives you room to move around comfortably throughout the night.

The mattress that best addresses these needs is the mattress for you!