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Pros and Cons

Before we get into the guide, let’s quickly go over the pros and cons that can come with purchasing a mattress online. It’s important to be aware of these points so you can decide if buying online is still something you would like to further explore.


  • You get a larger variety / more options
  • You can easily compare different price points
  • You are in the comfort and convenience of your own home
  • No added pressure from sales representatives


  • You can not try, feel, or experience the mattress before purchasing
  • More research is required on your part
  • It can be harder to ask questions and get a quick response ( being fully aware of this, we have a handy contact us page where you can ask a question and one of our experts will quickly get in touch with you.)

How To Shop For A Mattress Online: Step-By-Step


The first thing to consider when surfing the web for a new mattress is your budget or desired price range. Pinpointing what that is beforehand will help you narrow down your search and help you not waste any time on options that would have been over budget.

The price of a mattress can depend on a variety of factors such as size, materials used, brand name, and mattress type. Silica offers financing options so you can have some extra piece of mind when deciding what your final budget will be!


There are a lot of different types of mattresses for you to choose from, each style accommodates or rather prioritizes certain needs such as higher comfort or pressure relief. Let’s break down the main types of mattress styles available on the market so you can better identify what it is that you are looking for.

Memory Foam: All memory foam mattresses are made from polyurethane materials that mold to the shape of your body due to temperature and pressure sensitivity. When we lie on a memory foam bed, our body’s natural heat will then soften certain areas making the foam curve to your body’s natural shape. This type of mattress is denser than normal foam and is meant to help relieve you of pain and pressure which in turn promotes deep and restful sleep.

Foam: Foam mattresses are typically made out of various polyfoams (normally lower priced than memory foam) layered on top of each other and this construction can vary greatly from brand to brand. Because of this, there are many unique foam mattresses that each serve different purposes and are crafted to meet different needs. Overall foam mattresses tend to offer good support, pressure relief, and motion isolation.

Latex: Surprisingly enough, latex mattresses fall into the foam category, who would have thought right? Because latex in its purest form is a naturally occurring substance (created from the sap of rubber trees), most of these mattresses are hypoallergenic and are considered the most eco-friendly mattress filling on the market.

Made from a combination of latex foam and reflex foam, latex can bounce back to its original shape faster than memory foam and curves to hug your body in response to weight instead of body heat. They offer high-pressure relief due to their elastic properties and provide a lighter more cushioned feel that delivers soothing comfort.

Innerspring: Innerspring mattresses are the most traditional (typically more affordable) option having been around the longest and being one of the most commonly used styles on the market. Using a metal wire system (coils wrapped in a fabric cover) and springs as their main tools for support, innerspring mattresses tend to be a great option for back sleepers.

These mattresses come with a smooth quilted top where you can typically pick from a variety of firmness levels such as plush, medium, and firm. Something to keep in mind about this style is that it lacks motion isolation and is prone to noise however, it does offer a lot of support and has a bouncy feel to it.

Hybrid: A beautiful blend of both innerspring and foam mattress technology, hybrids have a thicker layer of coils and a luscious layer of either memory foam or latex. This option brings you the solid support system from innerspring mattresses and the comforting pressure relief that comes from foam mattresses. There are various designs of hybrid models in the market to meet your desired needs, this style generally tends to be great for hot sleepers and anyone who wants a balance of cozy bounce and high support.

Desired Support

Now that we have gone over the different types of available mattress styles, it’s time to begin considering the level of support and firmness that you would like from your mattress. Make sure to take into account your preferred sleeping position when considering if you should opt for a firm or plush support finish.

If you are a side sleeper then you concentrate most of your weight onto one side of your body which can put higher pressure on your shoulder and hips. Because of this, plusher mattresses tend to provide higher comfort for side sleepers.

If you are a stomach sleeper then we suggest going for mattresses that are higher up on the firmness scale to provide optimal support. Back sleepers tend to find mattresses with a medium firmness level the most comfortable as they provide enough support while still offering some level of contouring to the body.

Overall, deciding on a final plushness or firmness level comes down to what you personally enjoy the most. No one knows your personal preferences better than you so make sure to trust your own judgment on this, what is comfortable for someone else may not be ideal for you.


Next up is deciding what size you are looking for, this step tends to be relatively simple but it is still important to give it some thought. The standard mattress sizes can universally be found in every retailer regardless of the brand or model, these are the typical sizing options that are offered: twin, twin XL, full/double, queen, king, and California king.

Consider the size of the room, how many people will be sleeping on the bed, how tall you are, and what your budget is to come to a final decision on what your ideal mattress size should be.

Trusted Sources

Probably one of the most important things to look out for when shopping online is to ensure you are buying from a trusted retailer. Especially when you are making a big purchase (like a mattress), you want to be able to have peace of mind knowing you are using a reliable source. Buying from trusted sources will make sure your new mattress arrives in top shape and ensures that you are getting exactly what was shown to you on the website.

Make sure to keep an eye out for customer reviews and testimonials that can give you clear validation on which online retailers to trust. Silica has proudly been in the mattress industry for around 100 trusted years (since 1922), we guarantee your mattress-buying journey with us will be nothing but smooth sailing.


Recommended Mattresses

Now that you are fully equipped with the necessary tools to make an informed decision when it comes to shopping online for a mattress, we’re going to recommend a few of our personal favorites!

Stearns & Foster Lux Estate Hybrid Collection - Pollock - Luxury Ultra Plush

Why We Love It: This premium model takes the ultra-plush comfort of indulge memory foam and beautifully merges it with the high support of IntelliCoil®HD to offer a combination of dreamy comfort and sturdy sleeping support where your body needs it the most.


  • Premium Soft Gel Memory Foam
  • Indulge HD Memory Foam
  • Premium Extra Soft Gel Foam
  • IntelliCoil Micro + AirVent
  • IntelliCoil HD
  • Tencel Cover

Type: Hybrid

Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-PRO

Why We Love It: Designed to create a cooler sleeping environment, this mattress features cutting-edge cooling technology that will make you feel up to three degrees cooler. After only a few minutes of lying down, you will begin to feel the cooling sensation of the PureCool+ Tempur-PRObreeze feature that will help you quickly fall into a deeper more relaxing sleep.


  • SmartClimate Cover System
  • PureCool+ Technology
  • TEMPUR-CM+ Material
  • 3-Level Cooling System

Type: Innerspring

Sealy Hybrid - Premium - Silver Chill - Firm

Why We Love It: With exclusive Posturepedic Technology designed to reinforce the parts of your body that need the most support, this mattress is the perfect blend of both memory foam and supportive innerspring technology. With a patented cooling system made to deliver crisp cool-to-touch comfort, you will be sleeping soundly and comfortably in a matter of minutes.


  • Posturepedic Technology
  • ChillTech
  • Advanced Memory Foam with Chill
  • DuraFlex Edge
  • AllergenProtect
  • DuoChill

Type: Hybrid

Ready To Purchase?

If you'd like more information on any of the recommended mattresses, feel free to give us a call or visit one of our in-store locations in Wisconsin. Make sure to take advantage of our flexible financing options, where you can get your dream mattress with convenient monthly payments and no hidden fees. We strive to make every appliance, electronic, and furniture purchase attainable for your budget and needs!

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