The Complete Mattress Buying Guide 2024

The Complete Mattress Buying Guide 2024

Written by Faisal Mughal

Last Updated on Mar 19, 2024

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    Buying a new mattress is a pretty big deal. In fact, most people would agree it’s the most important component of any bedroom. To make this investment in good sleep a little easier, we’ve compiled the only mattress buying guide you’ll ever need. If you want to find some of the best mattresses of 2024, it is important to know what you want from you sleeping experience.

    Read on to discover the top reasons people decide to buy a new mattress, how to choose the perfect match, and finally why buying online is the way to go.

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    Understand the Reason Behind the Mattress Purchase

    Now, let’s begin! We’ve all been there, one day our trusty old mattress works for us and the next day it doesn’t.

    Here are the top four reasons people decide to buy a new mattress:

    Back Pain:

    If you’re waking up with aches and sore muscles, your mattress might be to blame. It could be applying pressure in the wrong places, or letting your body sink into an uncomfortable position. Either way, “putting up” with a bad mattress isn’t worth it especially since missing sleep can leave you feeling cranky the next day.

    Mattress Deterioration:

    A good mattress is like a car or a favorite tee-shirt, the more you use it—every night!—the more it wears down. Due to this, it’s recommended that you replace your mattress every 5-10 years. A good rule of thumb is to get a new one if you notice parts of the mattress sagging, if your partner’s sleep is disturbed when you move around, or if you wake up feeling stiff or with pains. Finding hotel beds especially comfy is another sign that your mattress at home needs an upgrade.

    Moving To a New House:

    Moving to a new place can be exciting or a bit nerve racking depending how you look at it. Transporting a bed from one bedroom to another is expensive and particularly annoying. After all, you’ll need at least two people, the right vehicle, and a lot of patience. Because, who wants to deal with turning the corners on narrow staircases, squeezing into an elevator, or tripping over something since you can’t see anything but that bulky mattress right in front of you? Not us. If you order a new mattress with NECTAR, you instantly get free shipping and returns, not to mention the mattress comes conveniently rolled up, ready to be placed anywhere you like.

    Need A Bigger Mattress:

    Life happens. If you plan to start sharing a bed with someone, you will definitely need a bigger mattress. Same goes, if you find that you’ve simply outgrown a smaller mattress that you got years ago. Finally, if you are moving into a bigger bedroom, you might find it a great excuse to upgrade to a bigger mattress.

    Sleep Position And Firmness

    Back Sleeper

    Back Sleeper

    This type of sleeper needs support for the lower back. Most chiropractors recommend medium-firm mattress that hug the spine and that you avoid a spring mattress at any cost! They are way too stiff for the back sleeper.

    Side Sleeper

    Side Sleeper

    This sleeping position needs a mattress that lets the shoulders and hips sink in a little. Look for a memory foam mattress that contours around these areas to ensure your spine remains properly aligned overnight.

    Stomach Sleeper

    Stomach Sleeper

    Stomach sleepers come in two varieties: the type that genuinely prefers this position and the type that subconsciously chooses this position due to lower back pain. Either way, you’ll need a firm mattress that holds your body up. Too much sink will spell sleeping troubles.

    Combination Sleeper

    Combination Sleeper

    The combo sleeper will rotate through all of the above sleeping positions and even invent a few of their own! A gel memory foam mattress will let your body sink slightly when you’re your side, hold firm while you’re on your back, and not be too soft when you’re on your stomach. It’s the way to go when you want to take the guesswork out of choosing the right firmness.

    Layers of Differences

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    Speaking of satisfaction, let’s talk layers. NECTAR has five layers that are just waiting to cradle you into sleepy bliss. We use the best materials, integrated with a totally unique design to give you comfort without ever sacrificing support. Each tier of our five layered mattress construction works together to make sure that your sleep will be as good on the thousandth night as it is on the first. So what makes these layers so unique? We’re glad you asked.

    Memory Foam:

    Memory foam was initially developed by NASA in the 1960s to keep pilots and passengers cushioned and properly supported during flights. Since then, it’s been the gold-standard for mattresses because it helps to relieve pressure on your spine and accommodates different sleeping positions.

    Couples often prefer a memory foam mattress because it helps absorb motion, meaning that if one person moves or gets out of bed, the other won’t feel the bounce and accidentally wake up. A full-size memory foam mattress can start at $600 and increase in price depending on quality. Nectar prides itself on using premium foams while keeping the price low.

    Latex Mattress:

    While memory foam will contour to the exact shape of your body, latex conforms only to the general impressions of your body. Latex also gets points subtracted because it doesn’t isolate motion very well. Due to its bounciness, if one person moves, the other might find their sleep disturbed. These types of mattresses are expensive to make, so for a full-size mattress, you’re looking at prices that start at $900 for natural latex.

    Hybrid Mattress:

    A hybrid mattress has an innerspring core covered in foam and topped off by multiple memory foam top layers. While bulky in size, these can be a good choice for those people who actually want a little bounce in their mattress. It’s important to remember that hybrids can vary in quality from one brand to another. The cost for one of these can be as low as $400 or over a thousand, depending on construction.

    Mattress Sizes and Room Sizes

    Which mattress size to choose based on room size

    Choosing the right mattress size is a bit of an art. You have to consider the size of your bedroom, whether you will share the bed with a partner or pet, and finally strike a balance to find your ideal sleeping to living space ratio.


    At 39 inches by 75 inches, a twin mattress works great for small spaces. It has enough space to fit one adult.

    Twin XL:

    The twin XL mattress measures 39 inches by 80 inches making it 5 inches longer than a twin. It’s a must for someone tall and a good option for someone in a small space who wants a little more leg room.


    The full is the go-to choice for a starter mattress. It measures 54 inches by 75 inches, which gives a single sleeper room to stretch out. Most average-sized rooms and studio apartments can accommodate a full-sized bed.


    A queen bed, 60 inches by 80 inches, is the most popular choice. It allows for two people to sleep comfortably. A bedroom should be at least 10 by 10 square feet to accommodate this size.


    A king bed measures 76 inches by 80 inches and requires a larger room that is at least 10 x 12 square feet to allow room to walk around. This is the way to go for couples who share their bed with a larger pet.

    California King:

    A California King is 72 inches by 84 inches. So, it’s four inches narrower than a king-size bed, but four inches longer. This makes it a comfier option if one or two of the sleepers are over six feet tall. Like, the king, the California king requires a larger room.

    What To Consider Before you Purchase a Mattress

    Now that you know what kind of mattress you want, it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty details. To make a smart decision, read about the top three things to keep in mind:

    365 Night Home Trial

    It’s super important to try a mattress in your own home because the only way to know it’s comfy is by trying it for yourself night after night. NECTAR offers the longest home trial in the industry. This means that you get to try any NECTAR mattress for 365 days. If for whatever reason, it’s not what you expected, you can return it for free.


    Buying a mattress is no different from buying anything else. Before making any decisions, be sure to read mattress reviews written by others. Scrolling through different reviews, you might be pleasantly surprised to find someone with an issue you have raving about what works for them. For example, someone with lower back pain might go into details about how a memory foam mattress compares to different types of mattresses they’ve tried in the past.


    When buying a bed, you want to make sure that what you buy is what you get. It’s important to consider the warranty on a mattress if the mattress experiences sagging or compression which can disrupt your sleep and cause unwanted aches in the morning. You’ll also want to think about how long a company is guaranteeing the life of it’s mattress. Do you really want to go through the process of shopping for another new mattress in 5-8 years - the average life of many mattresses? NECTAR offers an unrivaled Forever Warranty.

    This means that NECTAR stands behind its products: within the first ten years, we will replace any mattress purchased from us with a brand new one if it has any defects in materials or workmanship. After year 10, we’ll completely repair or re-cover your NECTAR if a manufacturing or materials defect is verified. NECTAR will also happily cover any transportation costs involved.

    Where to Buy a Mattress

    When it comes to buying a mattress, you have two main options: buying online or in a store. Let’s dive into the pros and cons of each method:

    Buying A Mattress From A Store


    In a store you can see and feel the bed for yourself. Depending on what kind of store you go to, you might also be able to compare different brands under one roof. There will also usually be a sales assistant who you can ask questions right on the spot.


    On the other hand, these “pros” can also be seen as “cons.” Trying a bed for a few minutes in a public place with your shoes on doesn’t really give you a sense of how that bed will feel in your room, night after night and year after year.

    Buying A Mattress Online


    Shopping for a mattress online is usually cheaper, you can browse through as many as you want, and you can compare prices and read reviews at your own pace—all without leaving your home. Online retailers also tend to offer better trial periods so you can give your new bed a real-world test for comfort and support. At Nectar, we provide every sleeper a full 365 nights to try their new mattress and then offer a refund if it isn’t a perfect fit.


    You won’t get to touch and feel the mattress before you buy it, this is true. But as we mentioned, getting to experience it in the comfort of your home risk-free is exactly what’s on offer with the NECTAR mattress. If you don’t like it, just send it back within the first year. We made it easy to buy a mattress online so you can feel safe and secure in your decision.

    This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.
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