How to Choose a Mattress The Ultimate Buying Guide

How to Choose a Mattress: The Ultimate Buying Guide

Getting quality sleep is vital for good health and wellbeing. And your mattress plays a crucial role - after all, you spend about a third of your life sleeping or in bed! However, with so many options on the market, choosing the right mattress can feel overwhelming.

This ultimate guide from Mattress To Door covers everything you need to select the perfect mattress to meet your sleep needs and preferences. We’ll walk through key factors like budget, size, materials, firmness, and special considerations for your body type and sleep style. Read on to learn insider tips for investing in your best night’s sleep.

Determine Your Budget

Setting a realistic budget helps narrow your search to mattresses matching your price expectations. Mattress To Door offers exceptional value across good, better, and best price points:

  • Good Mattresses - Ideal for guest rooms or kids’ beds
  • Better Mattresses - Reliable comfort and support
  • Best Mattresses - Premium features and materials

With this price range context, you can zero in on mattresses delivering features you want, at a price you can afford.

"Finding the sweet spot between your budget and ideal mattress enhances sleep satisfaction.”

Choose the Right Mattress Size

Choose the Right Mattress Size

Your new mattress needs to fit both your bedroom space and sleeping habits. Key factors like room dimensions, existing furniture, solo vs. co-sleeping, and individual height should dictate your best size mattress.

Mattress To Door provides all standard mattress sizes to suit your unique needs:

  • Twin
  • Twin XL
  • Full
  • Queen
  • King
  • California King

For example, queen and king sizes work well for couples, while twin and twin XL better fit single sleepers. Measure your room’s length and width, account for existing furnishings, then select the largest mattress dimensions accommodated.

Getting the right mattress size ensures maximum comfort so you get your best night’s sleep.

Evaluate Types of Mattress

Understanding differences between mattress varieties helps identify optimal sleep surface. Main types include:

Foam mattresses conform closely hugging body contours. Memory foam mattress specifically reacts to pressure and warmth molding to your shape.

Hybrid mattresses combine foam comfort layers with an innerspring coil support core for contouring cushion and bounce.

Latex mattresses offer impressive durability plus consistent cushioning from natural or synthetic rubber foam.

Innerspring mattresses feature steel coil support systems ranging from a few hundred to over a thousand pocketed coils depending on quality.





Pressure relief, motion isolation

Heat retention


Breathability, responsiveness

Higher cost


Durability, pressure relief



Traditional feel, breathability

Motion transfer

Mattress To Door provides a wide assortment of exceptional foam and hybrid mattresses satisfying diverse needs and budgets.

Determine Your Firmness Preference

Identifying your optimal mattress firmness (firm mattress) ensures both proper spinal support and pressure point relief. The right firmness levels largely depend on your:

  • Body type
  • Weight
  • Dominant sleep position
  • Any pain issues

Mattress firmness ranges from ultra-soft to extra-firm using a universal standard rating scale from 1-10. Lower numbers represent softer feels while higher numbers mark firmer feels.

Mattress To Door labels every mattress with its firmness rating so you know precisely what to expect. Their selections span the full spectrum so all body types and preferences get their perfect match.

Consider Your Dominant Sleep Position

Your go-to sleeping pose plays a major role in choosing an appropriate mattress. Different positions create pressure points in distinct areas of the body that your mattress must adequately cushion and support.

Back Sleepers

For back sleeping, ideal mattress firmness falls between medium to medium-firm, around a 6-8 rating. This prevents excessive sinking while supporting the lumbar spine in proper alignment. Many Mattress To Door options like the responsive Beautyrest and Serta collections suit back sleepers’ needs.

Side Sleepers

Softer mattresses work best for side sleeping, conforming closely to cushion pressure points like shoulders and hips. Look for plush to medium feels in the 3-6 firmness range. Mattress To Door’s value collections offer quality picks side sleepers love.

Stomach Sleepers

Stomach sleepers require adequate reinforcement preventing the “hammock” effect which strains the back. Firmer mattresses over a 7 rating prevent sinking keeping everything aligned. Plenty of Mattress To Door selections like the Serta line suit stomach sleepers’ needs.

Combination Sleepers

People frequently changing positions need balance between contouring and support. Medium options around a 5-7 rating cushion side and back positions while preventing excessive sinking for stomach sleeping. Mattress To Door’s value collections offer quality hybrids combination sleepers love.

“Aligning mattress firmness and support with your regular sleep positions results in a more restful night's sleep.”

Consider Special Factors

Certain issues like sleeping hot, larger body types, or age can further impact mattress selection.

Hot Sleepers

If you sleep hot, consider breathable designs, cooling gels, or heat-wicking covers. Mattress To Door’s specially-engineered hybrids offer exceptional temperature regulating features for cooler sleeping.

Plus-Size Sleepers

Heavier individuals over 230lbs require durable mattresses effectively absorbing body weight without sagging. Softer feels around a 4 rating complement plus-size bodies best. Mattress To Door makes supportive hybrids specifically for bigger body sizes.


For seniors, balancing cushioning pressure relief and ample reinforcement for mobility is key. Medium feels around a 6 rating prevent aches and pains while responding to shifting needs. Mattress To Door’s responsive Beautyrest hybrids suit seniors ideally.

Compare Additional Features

Supplemental characteristics like pressure relief, edge support, or motion isolation can make meaningful differences day-to-day:



Product Recommendation

Pressure Relief

Contours closely eliminating pressure points

Mattress To Door foam and hybrid mattresses

Motion Isolation

Absorbs movement so partners stay undisturbed

Mattress To Door foam mattresses

Edge Support

Reinforced mattress edges allow using the entire surface

Durable Mattress To Door coil hybrids

Choosing designs aligning supplemental features with your top priorities results in better sleep satisfaction.

Select Additional Bedding Elements

Complementary items like mattress protectors, pillows, and sheets work cohesively with your mattress optimizing the sleep environment. Conveniently, Mattress To Door offers all accompanying bedding essentials in one place:

  • Mattress protectors
  • Sheet sets
  • Comforters
  • Pillows

Outfitting your sleep space fully maximizes comfort and conveniently meets all bedding needs in a simple one-stop solution.

Compare Policies and Warranties

Reassuring policies and protections support restful sleep without worry. Exceptionally, Mattress To Door offers:

  • 90 Night Sleep Trial - Test drive any mattress for 90 nights. Returns are free if initiated between nights 21-90.
  • 5-20 Year Warranties - All Mattress To Door mattresses come backed by 5-20 year manufacturer warranties.

Unparalleled consumer safety assurances provide peace of mind that your investment is covered.

Determine Your Budget Range

With essential factors now covered, recap desired features against realistic budgets. Mattress To Door’s tiered mattress lines correlate to good, better, and best budgets:


Firmness Rating

Best For


Medium, Medium-Firm

Guest rooms, kids


Medium, Medium-Firm

Back & stomach sleepers


Plush, Medium-Plush

Side sleepers


Soft, Medium-Soft

Combination & plus-size

No matter your finances, Mattress To Door assurances excellent value at every level aligned to individual needs.

Contact Mattress To Door Experts

If questions remain after reviewing considerations covered here, Mattress To Door’s sleep specialists offer complimentary guidance convenient at any retail location or over the phone:

Mississauga Location

600 Matheson Blvd W #1b, Mississauga, ON L5R 4C1


Brampton Location

253 Queen St E Unit 1, Brampton, ON L6W 2B8


Expert Mattress To Door teams happily advise matching ideal mattresses suiting your sleep needs, preferences, and budget.

Start Your Ultimate Sleep Experience

With this complete mattress buying guide, you now have in-depth knowledge to select your perfect model confidently. Prioritize key considerations covered aligned to your individual needs and preferences. Then review Mattress To Door's tiered mattress lines fitting any budget. Contact their helpful experts at retail stores across the GTA or online for final tailored guidance.

Invest in transformative sleep and overall wellbeing with the ideal Mattress To Door match designed for you. Experience the difference unparalleled comfort and support make night after night. Your dreams awaits!

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