The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Shopping for Mattresses


We bought a new mattress about six months ago. It was a very tedious process that I hope I won’t have to go through again for another 10 years or so. There’s just so much information to take in before making a decision: Do we want firm, extra firm, medium, or soft? Do we want a traditional mattress or a newer foam mattress? Do we want a pillow-top or a plush-top; flip or no flip?

The choices were seemingly endless, and we spent several days trudging around to different furniture stores to test out as many mattresses as we could find.

And then of course there was the whole matter of price. Once we finally settled on what kind of mattress we wanted, we had to go back to all the stores again to compare prices, ask about sales, and try negotiating better deals. It was completely exhausting!

I’m going to write down all of our mattress preferences now so when it comes time to make another purchase, we can avoid the hassles by buying online.