In the quest for a restful slumber, choosing the right mattress is pivotal. However, the process can be overwhelming, and common mistakes often lead to restless nights and buyer's remorse. To assist in your mattress shopping journey, here are the top mistakes to avoid.

Ignoring Personal Sleep Preferences

One of the gravest errors when mattress shopping is disregarding individual sleep preferences. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another. Your preferred sleeping position, whether you're a side, back, or stomach sleeper, greatly influences the type of mattress that will provide optimal support and comfort. Factors such as firmness level, mattress types (memory foam, latex, pocket coil), and overall support need consideration. Take note of any existing conditions like back pain or allergies and prioritize a mattress that caters to these needs.

Focusing Solely on Price

While price is a significant factor, making a mattress decision based solely on cost can lead to regret. Investing in a quality mattress is an investment in your well-being. Although higher-price doesn't equal better, a higher-quality mattress translates to better sleep, improved health, and durability. Strike a balance between cost and quality, considering long-term benefits over immediate savings. Remember that you spend a third of your life sleeping, and your mattress should always be a long-term investment so make sure it is a great investment!

Motion Reduction Matters

Couples often deal with the challenge of one partner's movements disturbing the other's sleep. Opt for a mattress with excellent motion isolation, such as memory foam or pocket coil mattresses. These materials absorb movement, preventing disruptions when one partner shifts or gets out of bed.

Neglecting to Test the Mattress

In the era of online shopping, make sure that your mattress isn't one of those impulsive and regretful online purchases. We firmly believe that you should always try your mattress, before you buy your mattress. Visiting our showroom and testing the mattress in-store is crucial. Lying down in your preferred sleeping position for several minutes to gauge comfort, support, and firmness can make a huge difference when shopping around. Don't be shy to test different positions to mimic your typical sleeping posture. What might feel comfortable for a few minutes might not necessarily be ideal for a full night's sleep.

Overlooking Mattress Type and Material

Understanding the various types of mattresses and their distinct features is essential. Foam mattresses, pocket coil, hybrids, and latex mattresses each have unique qualities affecting factors like pressure relief, temperature regulation, motion isolation, and durability. Research these materials to align with your sleep needs and preferences, and ask our sleep experts to explain the pros and cons of each mattress type, we are here to help after all!

Not Checking the Warranty 

Assuming that all mattresses have similar warranty and return policies can lead to disappointment. Familiarize yourself with the warranty terms, including coverage, duration, and conditions. Also, understand the exchange policies to ensure a safety net in case the mattress doesn’t meet your expectations. 

Waterloo Mattress offers a 10 year warranty to most of it's mattresses and we also have a 45 day comfort exchange policy which is the perfect trial period to make sure you love your mattress and if not, we can help you find the right one,

Neglecting to Measure Your Bed Frame

Neglecting to measure your bed frame or the space available for the mattress can result in an ill-fitting purchase. Ensure accurate measurements to match the mattress size with your bed frame or room dimensions. A mattress that's too large or too small can disrupt comfort and the overall aesthetics of your bedroom.

Disregarding Your Health Conditions

If you have specific health conditions like chronic back pain, allergies, or respiratory issues, your mattress choice can significantly impact your sleep quality and overall health. Finding a mattress that can address these concerns, such as hypoallergenic materials for allergy sufferers or firmer support for back pain relief. There are also custom mattress accessories that we can make that can address respiratory issues, the most common being a wedge which props up your upper body while you sleep. Issues such as pressure points can be addressed with the unique mattress toppers that we produce which can make your mattress softer if it is feeling too firm for you. 


Choosing the right mattress involves considering various factors and understanding personal needs. By avoiding these common mistakes and being mindful of your individual sleep preferences, you can make an informed decision. Take your time, conduct thorough research, ask your local sleep experts and prioritize comfort and quality to transform your bedroom into a haven for restful sleep.

Contact Your Local Sleep Experts

At Waterloo Mattress we pride ourselves in being knowledgeable about all of the essential sleeping needs! We have been in the mattress and sleep industry since 2005 and we are dedicated to supplying and manufacturing high quality Canadian made mattresses and bedding. We can cover everything from your bedroom essentials to your RV, camper or custom bed needs. Contact us now by calling us at 519-747-3729 or visit us in our showroom at 136 Dearborn Pl, Waterloo, ON

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