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    Mattress Buying Guide


    Buying a mattress can feel overwhelming—especially if it’s your first time purchasing one. New buyers often ask: Which mattress brand is best? Which type of mattress should I buy? Which mattress size is right for me? Well, read on! Our mattress buying guide takes the confusion out of purchasing a mattress.



    Mattress Buying Guide

    Mattress Buying Guide

    Innerspring Mattress

    The most common mattress, an innerspring mattress combines supportive coils with cushioned upholstery. Encased (or pocketed) coils conform to the body and reduce motion transfer while other types of coils are less elastic, providing extra support.

    Latex Mattress

    Hypoallergenic and breathable, latex mattresses are made of materials derived from the rubber tree. Boasting a long life span and good support, they lightly conform to the body’s shape with a springy feel. And because they’re breathable, they also offer excellent airflow to help regulate body temperature.

    Memory Foam Mattress

    Foam mattresses mold to your body, offering support while relieving pressure. Memory foam mattresses also reduce motion transfer, so you’re less likely to be disturbed by movement on the other side of the bed.

    Pillow Top Mattress

    A pillow top mattress is constructed of extra layers of upholstery that are separately quilted and then sewn to the top for added cushioning. Pillow top mattresses are perfect for those who prefer the added cushioning.

    Tight Top Mattress

    A tight top is a mattress that has a standard, non-pillow top. Because tight top mattresses do not have an extra layer of cushioning, they are typically preferred by those who enjoy a firm bed.

    Hybrid Mattress

    Hybrid mattresses combine the comfort of memory foam or latex with the support of an innerspring. Both structures work together to conform to your body, relieve pressure and muscle tension, and maintain correct alignment.

    Handmade Mattress

    Experienced craftspeople utilize traditional techniques to individualize luxury handmade mattresses. This includes hand-woven quilting layers, hand-sewn edges, and hand-tied box springs.

    Two-Sided Mattress

    Recommended for anyone sensitive to body impressions, durable two-sided mattresses are upholstered on both sides and can be flipped regularly to extend the bed’s life.


    The amount of support you need varies significantly from person to person. A comfortable mattress should relieve pressure points for you. The perfect mattress firmness offers the same natural curve as your back when you’re standing.

    Firm Mattress

    Firm Mattress

    A sturdy top with little to no give. A firm mattress is typically preferred by stomach sleepers.

    Medium Firm Mattress

    Medium Firm Mattress

    A firm top with some give. A medium firm mattress is typically preferred by back sleepers.

    Plush Mattress

    Plush Mattress

    Noticeable give, medium soft. A medium plush mattress is typically preferred by side sleepers.

    Ultra Plush Mattress

    Ultra Plush Mattress

    Soft with significant give. A plush mattress is typically preferred by back and side sleepers.


    To check your mattress, lie down and slide your hand under the small of your back. If it passes through too easily, your mattress may be too firm.


    A mattress foundation is designed to provide sturdy, stable support for your mattress. The foundation will also absorb shock, reduce wear, and make it easier to get in and out of bed. Increasingly, more foundations are being created from wood alone, a style that provides excellent support for modern memory foam and latex mattresses.

    Mattress Foundation

    Standard Box Spring

    The most common foundation. Consists of tight, supportive springs in a wood frame. 9" high.

    Low-Profile Box Spring

    Usually 5" in height, these are ideal for high frames or thick mattresses to reduce overall height.

    Split Box Spring

    Two separate box springs. This method is used on all king and California king beds to more easily transport the box springs.

    Adjustable Base

    Adjustable bases allow for unlimited ergonomic positions to support the natural curvature of the spine and ensure the ultimate comfort. With a host of customizable options, these bases allow you to fine-tune your support.


    Twin-Size Mattress

    Twin-Size Mattress

    Twin-size mattresses are 38" x 75". The smallest of adult-size mattresses, they are typically used by toddlers and children, single adults, and those who have a small bedroom.

    Full-Size Mattress

    Full-Size Mattress

    Full-size mattresses are 54" x 75". Also known as a “standard double,” they are typically preferred for children, single adults, and couples. Full-size beds are great for those who have a small bedroom and active sleepers who like to sprawl out.

    Queen-Size Mattress

    Queen-Size Mattress

    Queen-size mattresses are 60" x 80". They are the most popular mattress size in the U.S. and are typically preferred for children, single adults, couples, and those who share the bed with their pets or children. Queen-size beds are also great for active sleepers who like to sprawl out.

    King-Size Mattress

    King-Size Mattress

    King-size mattresses are 76" x 80". The widest of the mattress sizes, they are great for sprawling out, while also leaving your partner enough space to do the same. They are typically preferred for couples and couples who share the bed with their pets or children.

    California King–Size Mattress

    California King–Size Mattress

    California king–size mattresses are 72" x 84". The longest of the mattress sizes, California king-size mattresses are great for tall sleepers, those who want extra length, or those who like to sleep cushioned by multiple pillows. They are typically preferred for couples and couples who share the bed with their pets or children.


    What Size Are You Looking For?


    38" x 75"


    54" x 75"


    60" x 80"


    76" x 80"

    California King

    72" x 84"

    What Is Your Preferred Comfort Level?


    A sturdy top with little to no give


    A top with some give


    Soft with significant give

    Which Style Do You Like?


    Supportive coils with cushioned upholstery


    Hypoallergenic, breathable, long lifespan

    Memory Foam

    Molds to your body, reduces motion transfer

    Pillow Top

    Soft with significant give


    Supportive coils with cushioned upholstery

    Kluft Mattresses


    Striking an elegant balance between old-world craftsmanship and the latest industry advancements, Kluft’s unique designs reflect a dedication to quality. Each mattress is built to conform to your body as well as provide exquisite comfort, support, and relief from pressure points.

    Shifman Mattresses


    One of the only manufacturers to exclusively offer two-sided designs, Shifman has been producing fine, handcrafted mattresses for over a century. More than 50 highly skilled craftspeople work together to create each mattress by hand for ultimate quality, durability, and comfort.

    Asteria Mattresses


    Family-owned since 1933, Asteria crafts its mattresses in the USA, using exclusive natural materials that help to promote spinal alignment, reduce pressure points, and control body temperature.

    Frette x Shifman Mattresses

    Frette x Shifman

    This luxe mattress collection from Frette x Shifman marries the 160-year-old Italian linen label’s elevated fabrics with the American company’s expert workmanship. Constructed from ultra-refined cashmere, cotton, and horsehair, this collaboration feels just as sumptuous as Frette’s beloved bedding.

    SFERRA Mattresses


    Founded in 1891, the Italian label SFERRA produces exquisite linens and mattresses that are fixtures of the finest hotels in the world. Exotic upholstery fibers like alpaca and New Zealand Joma wool give each piece a remarkable springlike support and loft.



    The average person gets approximately eight hours of sleep per night. That’s a third of your day spent in bed! Considering how much time you spend in bed, it’s very important to choose a mattress that provides you with a good night’s rest.

    • Sleep helps your brain process new information into long-term memories.
    • Poor sleep can cause weight gain and affect the body’s metabolism.
    • A good night’s sleep helps to reduce irritability and aid in concentration.
    • Regular sleep has been shown to help your body lower stress levels and benefit overall health.



    Luxurious Exclusives

    Our collection of luxury mattresses is carefully curated with the highest standards in mind. Many styles we carry are made exclusively for us, which ensures the utmost in quality, comfort, and support.

    1-Year Comfort Guarantee

    Bloomingdale’s is the only retailer to offer a comfort guarantee with every mattress we sell, at no additional cost. During the first year, if you are not satisfied with the comfort of your mattress, Bloomingdale’s will issue a credit toward a one-time preference reselection of a new mattress.


    We offer a comprehensive mattress protection plan, which covers most stains and accidents for 10 years.

    Free White Glove

    With any mattress purchase of $1,499 or more, we’ll deliver and set it up for FREE. Plus, we’ll remove your old mattress at no additional charge. Limitations and exclusions apply. Please call for details.

    Customer Service

    Purchasing a mattress is a big decision. And we understand that you may have questions. Our mattress experts can help you find the right bed and answer any questions you may have. Call 1-866-593-2540, Mon–Fri, 8AM–10PM ET; Sat–Sun, 10AM–9PM ET.