Preparing for the Best Sleep of Your Life: Tips for First-Time Mattress Buyers

by Janis Blonde

Purchasing your first high-quality mattress is an exciting step towards better sleep and overall well-being.

However, with so many options available, the process can feel overwhelming. Whether you’re moving into a new home or simply ready to upgrade your sleeping situation, here are essential tips to help first-time buyers choose the perfect mattress.

Understand Your Budget

Before diving into the various types of mattresses, it’s important to establish a budget. Remember, a mattress is an investment in your health and quality of life, so consider it wisely. High-quality mattresses can vary significantly in price, but don’t let the cheapest option tempt you. Often, spending a bit more can mean better durability and comfort in the long run. Determine a range that you’re comfortable with, but be flexible enough to allow for options that may offer a better sleep experience.

Determine the Right Size

Choosing the right size mattress is crucial for comfort, especially if you share the bed. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Twin: Ideal for children or single sleepers with limited space.
  • Full: Better for single sleepers who want more room.
  • Queen: A great choice for couples or individuals who like extra space.
  • King: Best for couples who prefer maximum personal sleeping space.
  • California King: Perfect for taller individuals or couples who value both length and width.

Consider your room size, your body size, and your sleeping habits when selecting a mattress size.

Select the right firmness for your mattress

Select the Right Firmness

Mattress firmness is a critical factor that affects your comfort and support:

SOFT: Best for side sleepers or those who prefer a plush feel.

We suggest the Lux Pillowtop Hybrid

MEDIUM: Suitable for all sleeping positions, offering a balance of support and comfort.

We suggest the Hybrid Eurotop

FIRM: Ideal for back and stomach sleepers who need more support to align the spine.

We suggest the Lux Rejuvenate

Think about your preferred sleeping position and any back or joint issues you might have. Sometimes, the choice between soft, medium, and firm can be subjective, so it’s helpful to test mattresses in person if possible.

Consider the Material

The material of your mattress affects its comfort, durability, and even temperature regulation:

  • Memory Foam: Offers excellent support and body contouring. Ideal for those with joint pain or who prefer a bed that hugs their body. (Lux Rejuvenate)
  • Latex: Known for its durability and cooling properties. Great for those looking for a responsive, natural bedding option.
  • Innersprings: Provide traditional bounce and strong support. They are usually firmer and have better airflow.
  • Hybrid: Combines the benefits of foam or latex with innersprings, offering a balance of comfort and support. (Lux Pillowtop Hybrid and Hybrid Eurotop)
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Test Your Mattress with Haven's Risk-Free 100-Night Trial

Haven offers a complimentary 100 night sleep trial. We suggest you spend at least 30 days trying out your mattress, sleeping in your usual sleeping position. This test will give you a real feel for the comfort and support the mattress offers. If the mattress isn't what you expected, you can return it before the 100 days is up.

Read Reviews and Check Warranties

Online reviews can provide valuable insights from other buyers that may help you make your decision. Additionally, check the warranty and return policies. Haven offers a 10-year warranty, which is the average lifespan of a mattress.


Buying your first high-quality mattress doesn’t have to be intimidating. By understanding your budget, size needs, firmness preference, and material options, you can make an informed decision that ensures countless nights of restful sleep. Remember, the right mattress is key to waking up refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

Take your time, do your research, and soon you’ll be prepared for the best sleep of your life!

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