What Do People Look for in a Mattress?

Features your new mattress should have

Mattress shopping seems like a basic, standard task you don’t need to think much about. Yet it’s one that should be taken seriously, with thought and consideration put into it. You sleep on your mattress for 6-8 hours a night, seven days a week, so it affects your body and mental health more than you might assume. So instead of just ordering some random mattress online, really think about what people look for in a mattress and what you personally need for a good night’s sleep.


Comfort is the most obvious thing people look for in a mattress. We all know the secret to sleeping well is being comfortable in your bed. For some people, a king-size, super-soft mattress is the very pinnacle of comfort and luxury. Others might find a firm, full-size mattress to be exactly what they want. It all completely comes down to personal preference.

Yet other factors affect comfort, too. For example, if you’re a person who suffers from allergies, you won’t be comfortable sleeping on a mattress that will aggravate them. You’ll want to choose a mattress with hypoallergenic materials, like horsehair or organic flax, so you don’t have negative reactions from your bed.


Proper support is just as important as comfort in a mattress. The last thing you want is to wake up every morning sore and achy because your mattress didn’t properly support your body. When shopping for a mattress, be sure to lay on the bed for more than a few minutes. A super-soft mattress might feel like heaven at first, but as time goes on, you might realize that it’s not supporting your body in the right places, causing pressure points.

Your sleeping position definitely plays a role in which mattress you should look for, as you’ll need one that supports your body in that specific position. For example, back sleepers might find that a medium-firm to firm mattress offers them the best support in their sleep, as it distributes their weight the best.

Correct and incorrect posture of spine during sleepQuality 

Your mattress is something that you can’t skimp on the quality of, as this is a piece of furniture you’ll be using more consistently than even your couch or dining table. A cheap mattress might seem appealing at first, but if it’s low-quality, you’ll be replacing it within a few years, which will add up and become more expensive than if you had bought a high-quality mattress with a long lifespan. This is why you shouldn’t buy second-hand mattresses, as the quality has already degraded from someone else having used it. 

You might be paying a little more for higher quality, but the cost becomes worth it within a few years of usage. Doing a bit of research before you buy a mattress and asking questions about the materials and craftsmanship will help explain why it might be more expensive and why it’s worthwhile.

The key factors that people look for in a mattress are quality, comfort, and support. When you find a mattress that satisfies all three criteria, you know you’ve got yourself a winner. Come to one of our showrooms to test out our mattresses and see for yourself that we have the mattress for you.


Visit one of our four conveniently located showrooms. Our original factory and showroom in Salem, our showrooms in Needham and Woburn, and our newest location in Boca Raton, FL.

Massachusetts Locations

Gardner Mattress Showroom in Salem, Massachusetts

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Monday-Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Hours of Operation

Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Hours of Operation

Sunday: Closed
Monday-Thursday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Florida Location

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 9:00am – 2:00pm*

Monday: 9:00am – 1:00pm*

Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed*

Thursday & Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm*

Saturday: 9:00am – 2:00pm*

*By appointment during off days and hours. Contact to schedule.