How to Pick a Mattress Online

Before you think about mattress shopping, you might be wondering how to pick a mattress online. While we do encourage you to go to one of our El Dorado Furniture showrooms to take a comfort test at our Mattress Shop, there’s nothing wrong with shopping for a mattress online. It’s more convenient as you don’t have to go anywhere and can simply explore your options on your smartphone or tablet while relaxing in the comfort of your home. There are a lot of things to consider before you pick your new mattress though as it’s important to get a full night’s rest every night, especially relevant considering this month is Better Sleep Month! We want to make your choice easy for you so we are going to give you a guide for shopping for a new mattress online, with sleeping style, comfort levels, type of mattresses, mattress sizes, price, and mattress recommendations.

Sleeping Style

The first thing we will go through with you is your sleeping style. It’s important to think about your sleeping position because it will determine the type of comfort your body needs. There are three options, stomach sleepers, side sleepers, and back sleepers!

If you would like to see what comfort level is best for you, we have a quiz here.

Comfort Level

If you’re a back sleeper, it’s actually the best way to sleep as you’re aligning your spine and back in a straight line without curving at all. You’re also keeping your face away from your pillow so it leads to fewer wrinkles. So, because you need support for your back and spine, a firm mattress is your best option. There are even mattresses with medium firmness that would work for you as well.

As a side sleeper, you’re actually sleeping in the most popular position. By sleeping on your side though, you’re putting pressure on your side, like your shoulders, hips, and spine. If you sleep on your left side though, it will help with acid reflux, digestion, circulation, and more. Because of this, you’re going to want a mattress that provides pressure relief and makes you feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud, so this will be a plush mattress.

Last but not least, we have soft mattresses to discuss with you. A soft mattress is perfect for someone who sleeps on their stomach. This is actually the worst way to sleep as you’re putting a lot of pressure on your body, such as your lower back, spine, and neck but it does help with snoring. Using a soft mattress gives you the softness you need to relieve these pressure points.

Type of Mattress

In this section, we will go over the types of mattresses you can choose from. Furniture and mattress companies offer options such as memory foam mattresses, innerspring mattresses, and hybrid mattresses.

Innerspring Mattress Memory Foam Mattress Hybrid Mattress
If you prefer a mattress that has a bounce to it with plenty of edge support, you’ll want an innerspring mattress, which is a traditional type of mattress that you’re probably most familiar with. This type of mattress is made from springs or coils which is what gives it that bouncy feel. Memory foam mattresses are only made of memory foam so there are no springs involved in the construction. This type of mattress has a conforming feel with no bounce, which is good for less motion transfer so you and your partner aren’t disturbed as you sleep and for pressure relief that caters to your own body’s shape, weight, and more! There are also cooling properties so you won’t be hot. A hybrid mattress has the best of both worlds, with both memory foam and springs included in the construction. This is a great decision for you if you can’t decide between memory foam and innerspring. So, you can still get the bounce you might be used to with the great responsiveness of memory foam.

Mattress Size

This section may seem like an obvious choice for some, but we figured it’s still something important to include for those shoppers who are unsure so it’s easier to pick a mattress online.

Twin and Twin XL Mattresses

A typical twin mattress measures 39 inches wide by 75 inches long, so it’s the perfect size for a child. Then there’s a twin XL mattress which is five inches longer, so it’s a good size for a college student in a dorm room, a single mattress to use in a guest bedroom, or if you live in a small space by yourself, this size can be good for you as well.

Full Mattress

A full mattress is 54” by 75”, which is a size that can be used by your teen or even by an adult. You can also add a full mattress to a guest bedroom but it may be a bit tight for two people to share the mattress. It depends on what you are looking for and how much free space you have available.

Queen Mattress

A queen size mattress is the most popular size! Each queen mattress typically measures 60” by 80” so it allows you and your partner to sleep next to each other comfortably with plenty of room. There’s even space for your children and pets to relax with you. If you’re not sharing the bed, a queen mattress is still a great option if you like stretching out. Just make sure your home or apartment has space for this size.

King Mattress

A king mattress brings you even more room to share your bed with your partner. Measuring at 76” by 80”, a king size mattress fits best in a master bedroom. If your children or pets share the bed with you overnight sometimes, there’s even room for them! Definitely measure your bedroom first to see if a king mattress fits.


When you’re trying to pick a mattress online, the price will definitely be something you’re thinking about. With what we have explained to you so far, make sure to carefully read about the benefits of each mattress. Once you’ve compared features and benefits, the price may not be as important as you once thought. For example, if you worry about being hot, see if the mattress has a cooling technology. If you’re a back sleeper, you’re not going to want a plush mattress so make sure you check the comfort level too.

Mattress Recommendations

Here we will mention three mattress recommendations, one for a back sleeper, one for a side sleeper, and one for a stomach sleeper. Don’t feel limited by these though as our selection of mattresses is wide and diverse so there’s definitely a mattress you’ll love. Shop here to see your options. Also, make sure to pair your new mattress with box springs or an adjustable base!

Comfort Level: Firm
Ideal for: Back Sleeper
– reduction of motion transfer
– response to your body’s unique shape
– cool-to-the-touch technology
– high-quality firm foam for more support
Comfort Level: Plush
Ideal for: Side Sleeper
– fabric cover to regulate heat and moisture
– foam for cradling comfort
– full body support
– breathability
Comfort Level: Soft
Ideal for: Stomach Sleeper
– advanced pressure relief
– soft comfort
– dual cover system to move heat away
– adapting to your body temperature and weight

Now that you have seen our online mattress shopping guide, we think you will have a better idea of how to pick a mattress online with our wide selection of mattresses. There’s no better time to experience better sleep than in honor of May’s Better Sleep Month! If you have any questions or concerns, please leave us a comment below.

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