Too firm? Too hot? The new tech embedded in mattresses can cure most common complaints, but finding the right one is tricky. To make your search easier, here are a few tips: Don’t rely on the descriptive model names — one company’s firm could be another’s medium, so shop by features instead. Start by making a list of what you like and dislike about your current mattress, and bring the list to a showroom.
An in-store test is not only recommended, but the salespeople also expect it. “Don’t rush,” says Mary Helen Uusimaki, VP of marketing and communications for the International Sleep Products Association. “It can take up to 15 minutes to relax enough to feel the true support of a mattress.” Be sure to try out the positions you sleep in. And, just in case, shop somewhere that has a 30-day return policy.