How To Test A Mattress At Home and In Store

August 12, 2022 | Casper Editorial Team

Like tasting a fine wine before ordering the whole bottle, you deserve to be sure of a meaningful investment—especially when investing in your comfort and sleep. As such, before you decide on a new mattress type, it’s essential to test its comfortability, support, and breathability before committing to a decade of tossing and turning

While you can take to a mattress store to start testing mattresses, Casper also offers a 100-night risk-free trial for online purchases to help you and your test mattress become intimately acquainted. 

Whether you’re buying in-store or online, testing out your future bed base before buying is a must. 

In this mattress expert guide, we’ll outline a few simple tips for how to test a mattress before buying to ensure you get the marshmallow-soft springiness, cool temperature control, and dependable back support you’ve dreamed of. 

How to Tell if a Mattress is Good Quality

Good quality sleep is dependent on a good quality mattress. When testing bedtime contenders, consider the following factors for your bed base:


Mattresses are made from a variety of materials, including latex, memory foam, and innerspring. Overall, memory foam mattresses are considered to be the most comfortable materials because they mold to your body type to provide a snug sleep. However, if you’re looking for a longer-lasting mattress, a resilient latex mattress may be your best choice. They’re also bouncy and won’t cause you to sink if you’re looking for more support and pressure relief.  An innerspring mattress is perhaps the most firm, but not as plush as other mattress types. 


Everyone sleeps differently—while some may opt to slumber on their sides, others prefer to lie on their stomachs or backs. Your unique sleeping position will determine the mattress type that’s best for you. 

No matter what mattress firmness or material you choose, adequate support is essential to a quality mattress. 


Some prefer their bed to be blissfully balmy, while others need constant cool to achieve deep rest. You’ll want to check your sleeper mattress for any cooling features to guarantee a temperate slumber. A hybrid mattress base provides maximum airflow, like Casper’s Original Hybrid, Wave Hybrid, and Wave Hybrid Snow mattresses. 

You can also take Casper’s mattress quiz to explore your sleeping habits and find your perfect mattress match before visiting us in-store or online. 

How Should You Lay On A Mattress To Test It?

Once you’ve factored in a mattress’ materials and support elements, it’s time to lie atop its pillowy top to see if it’s a fit. Whether you’re testing a mattress at home or in-store, you’ll want to follow these mattress expert steps: 

  • Step 1 – Lie on your trial mattress for at least 20 minutes. This gives your body time to fully acclimate, settle into the material, and test its firmness. You’ll be able to gauge any pressure points, and hopefully, you’ll feel your body naturally melt into a comfortable, stress-free position that supports your Zs. 
  • Step 2 – Be sure you lie the same way you sleep. Whether on your side, stomach, or back—your mattress should cradle you naturally in whatever shape you gravitate towards. If you’re in the store, try mimicking the position you sleep in. At home, you can enjoy the benefit of an actual catnap. 
  • Step 3 – If you share a cozy bed with other sleepers like pets or humans, you’ll want to be sure there’s enough room for you and your bedfellows to luxuriously sprawl. Bring a partner to the store for testing or invite them over for at-home lounging. 

Is It Better To Test At Home or In-Store?  

While Casper offers a 100-night risk-free trial for online purchases, you can also book a nap appointment at one of our brick-and-mortar Casper locations. Our sleep specialists will be waiting to help you find a snug fit. 

But, is it better to test a mattress at home or in a store? Ultimately, that depends on your personal preferences. While an at-home trial may provide you with more privacy and comfort, the sleep specialists at our Casper Sleep Shops can help you identify exactly what you’re looking for. 

Testing A Mattress At Home

With Casper’s speedy home delivery and three-month trial period, testing your future bed in the familiarity of your home has never been easier. Wondering how to test mattress firmness and compatibility? You can:

  • Take a bonafide snooze on your mattress for a clear impression of how your sleeping body feels before, during, and after a respite. 
  • See how your mattress visually fits into your space and confirm your current frame or box spring pairs well. 
  • Share your mattress trial with a fuzzy pet or family to prove its merit as a spacious hang-out zone. 

Testing A Mattress In The Store

Casper Sleep Shops can be found across the country and offer the eager sleeper a chance to cut their shipping time in half. To learn how to test a mattress in the store, visit one of our outlets where you’ll:

  • Enjoy the perks of having a whole range of mattress styles at your fingertips, making it possible to test the lot and weigh your options.
  • Walk out with your new mattress that same day, so you no longer impatiently dream of better sleep. 

Take a Sleep Walk with Casper

For cloud-like softness and a dreamy slumber, look for a mattress that supports your pain points, shapes to your sleeping style, and provides adequate airflow. The best way to identify a winner is to test it in-store or at home yourself. 

Engineered with memory foam, breathable materials, and ergonomic support, Casper mattresses are made for top-quality sleep. Whether you’re opting for our online trial or an in-store catnap, you can rest assured that the decision you make is the right one.

Elevate every step of the journey toward better sleep with Casper. 


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