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Mattress Quiz: How to Select the Perfect Serta Mattress For You

September 14, 2023

Author: Josie Sivigny

You finally did it! You decided to invest in a lifetime of better sleep. Not only are we proud of you for it, but we’re here to guide you along every step of the way. Mattress shopping can feel stressful, and with a myriad of mattress sizes, materials, and feels available, it can be difficult navigating which type is perfect for you. Buying a mattress doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems, though, and at Serta, we make it even simpler for you. By highlighting key features you may want in a bed—and clarifying how they can affect your sleep—we’ll help you buy a mattress that feels great, lasts long, and delivers quickly—so you can experience better sleep, faster.


Serta Mattress Quiz Infographic to help you find your perfect match for the best sleep


Why You’ll Love The Arctic Collection

With comfortable, cushioning foams, three layers of advanced temperature management, and our exclusive Reactex® System for cooling, The Arctic Collection brings you 15x better cooling power* on even the hottest nights. Rest deeply as specialized foams conform for pressure-relieving comfort, and sleep cool as our Reactex® System absorbs body heat all night. With Arctic foam and Arctic hybrid options available in Firm, Medium, and Plush, plus Twin XL, Queen, King, and Cal King sizes, Serta Arctic promises to keep you and your family cool, all night.

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Why You’ll Love The iComfort Collection

The iComfort Collection promises Serta-fied comfort that’s easier on the earth. It’s innovatively constructed with select materials that are up to 70% sustainable*, so you can rest easy and sleep comfortably too. Featuring a 5-Zone Support System, made from 85% recycled steel, Terra Fusion™️ Memory Foam, made from 28% plant-based material, and a cool-to-the-touch, breathable cover—made with the equivalent of 120 recycled plastic water bottles*—this mattress promises support for you and the environment. The iComfort Collection provides lasting support exactly where you need it, plus cooling comfort too. And with iComfortECO foam, iComfortECO quilted hybrid, and iComfortECO smooth hybrid options available across a range of mattress feels, you can experience your choice of iComfort’s lofty and lifted or cushioned and cradled support, each and every night.

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Why You’ll Love The Perfect Sleeper Collection

Whether you’re an older couple who loves to cuddle, or a young child who prefers to stretch out, The Perfect Sleeper Collection is our greatest solution for perfect sleep, every night. Featuring specialized foams for all-night comfort, three zones of targeted support, and a cool-to-the-touch cover, this mattress offers the ultimate comfort no matter your preferred mattress size, feel, or sleeping position. Plus, with the inclusion of contouring, cushioning gel memory foam, the Perfect Sleeper mattress provides more than 40% better pressure relief for every type of sleeper. With foam, hybrid, and innerspring options available from Extra Firm to Plush, the Perfect Sleeper Collections helps you enjoy a cool, comfortable, pressure-relieving sleep each and every night.

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Why You’ll Love The Serta Collection

Classic for a reason, The Serta Collection provides Serta’s trusted support, night after night. Designed to contour and support your body while delivering cooling comfort, The Serta Collection includes budget-friendly options that don't skimp on quality. With all-foam, mattress-in-a-box and classic innerspring models available in Firm, Medium, and Plush feels, The Serta Collection gives sleepers Serta’s classic comfort and motion isolation at a classically comfortable price.

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The Breakdown: How to Choose a Mattress


How Many Sleepers Will Share the Mattress?

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If your first question of your mattress quiz is, “What kind of mattress do I need?”, your second should be “How many sleepers am I shopping for?” Determining the number of sleepers who’ll share the bed provides insight into the size and features you may want in a mattress. For example, when shopping for:


  • One sleeper — like you, a guest, or a child, you may only need a Twin, Twin XL, or Full-sized mattress. Also, features like comfort or support may feel more important to your search than those like motion isolation.
  • Two sleepers — like you and a partner, or two guests, a Full or Queen-sized mattress may be a better fit. And with an extra person sleeping in the bed, features like motion isolation become an added plus.
  • Three or more sleepers — like you, a partner, a young child (or, let’s face it, even a pet) a King or California King-sized mattress is absolutely necessary. And with the squirming of a young child or the snoring of a dog added to the mix, features like cooling and motion isolation can make all the difference.


Determining how many sleepers will share a bed is an essential first step in the process. It helps narrow your search by eliminating options that won’t work for you. For example, when shopping for two sleepers, a Twin XL mattress may not work for your family. Likewise, when shopping for three sleepers, a cool, motion-isolating mattress may be the perfect fit. At Serta, we offer select mattresses in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King sizes. As you begin your search, keep in mind how many people will share the mattress. And remember we offer options in all mattress sizes—so each sleeper can rest deeply night after night.


What's Your Usual Sleep Position?

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Once you know which mattress size you’ll need, it’s time to think about your usual sleeping position. The position you routinely sleep in determines what type of support you’ll need throughout the night, so you can wake up without aches or pains. If you’re a:


  • Back or stomach sleeper — you’ll need the support of an Extra Firm or Firm mattress. When sleeping on your back or stomach, it’s important to keep your spine aligned. This way, the pressure across your body can be evenly distributed, without the sagging that causes lower back pain. The durable support of an Extra Firm or Firm mattress ensures your body remains upright and supported, so you can rest peacefully all night.
  • Side sleeper — a Plush or Plush Pillow Top mattress is perfect for you. Side sleepers place more pressure on their shoulders and hips. Therefore, you need the soft cushioning of a Plush or Plush Pillow Top mattress to cradle those pressure points for all-night relief.
  • Combination sleeper — You’ll need a Medium-feel mattress. As the Goldilocks feel between Firm and Plush, medium-feel mattresses offer both the zoned support and the pressure-reliving comfort perfect for those who switch positions throughout the night.


Knowing what type of sleeper you are determines how much support—or, what type of mattress feel—you’ll need every night. With options available across the spectrum, from Extra Firm to Plush Pillow Top, each Serta mattress is crafted especially for your comfort. So, whether you’re a stomach sleeper who likes to starfish or a side sleeper without fail, you can find the perfect comfort level and support for your body with Serta.


How Would You Like To Feel Supported?

Pregnant Mom, Dad & Child all sleeping on top of a Serta Perfect Sleeper Mattress


It’s a question we should all be asking ourselves, but it’s specifically important when choosing a mattress. Deciding the right level of support you need is easy, but knowing how you want to experience that support is trickier. Mattresses are offered in many materials, and each material brings a separate benefit to your bed. From the durable support of coils to the cushioning comfort of memory foam, a mattress’s construction ultimately determines whether you feel light and lifted throughout the night or cushioned and cradled. While both options provide the support and comfort you need, they all respectively can impact your sleeping experience. If you want to feel:


  • Light and lifted — it’s best to buy an innerspring mattress. An innerspring mattress’s main support comes from a dense system of coils located inside the mattress. These coils, often layered under quilted tops of comfortable foam, provide loft to the mattress. Known for their exceptional support, innerspring mattresses are perfect for sleepers who want to feel as if they’re laying on top of the mattress surface while still experiencing optimal comfort.
  • Cradled and cushioned — you should consider a memory foam mattress. These options layer dense, supportive foam layers with additional foam layers specialized to provide comfort, cooling, and pressure relief. The result cradles sleepers on a cushioning, conforming surface, typically great for pressure relief.
  • A combination of both — then a hybrid mattress is a great option. Hybrid mattresses combine the durability of coils with the pressure-relieving comfort of memory foam. This makes them great options for comfort and motion isolation. Built with a supportive coil layer and finished with a memory-foam top, hybrid mattresses give sleepers that comforting, cradled feel while ensuring they remain lifted throughout the night. For a traditional tufted top, choose a quilted hybrid model; for an even, memory-foam feel, choose a smooth hybrid model.


Though each is crafted with premium materials for comfort and support, innerspring, memory foam, and hybrid mattresses help you experience those benefits in different ways. When thinking about how you want to experience support, consider how many sleepers will share the bed and what those sleepers’ usual sleep positions are. This can help guide whether you’ll prefer a lifted feel, a cradled feel, or an exceptional combination of both.


Pro-tip: Mattresses-in-a-box are offered in both memory foam and hybrid options, but offer the convenience of movability and minimal setup.


What Features Are Most Important In A Mattress?

Woman laying happily on her Serta Arctic Mattress smiling


From exceptional cooling to durable support, all of our mattresses are crafted to give you the support, comfort, and cooling that you need to sleep well. But sometimes, you may want more of one feature over the other; we’ve got you covered there too. With four distinct mattress collections catered to specific features, there’s a Serta available that’s perfect for you. If, above all else, you mostly value:


  • Exceptional cooling — Look for mattresses that offer specialized cooling technology, like cool-to-the-touch surfaces or cooling gel memory foam. While innerspring mattresses are naturally breathable, many memory foam and hybrid options have special additives to keep you cool. If cooling is your #1 priority, we recommend our Arctic Collection, which offers premium cooling in both its foam and hybrid models.
  • Pressure-relieving comfort — Search for mattresses that are designed specifically for pressure relief, like our Perfect Sleeper Collection. Advanced pressure relief is unlocked as foam cradles your body, giving it a soft cushion to lean in to. If pressure relief is a large priority, look for mattresses with specialized foams that cushion and conform to your body—without sacrificing support.
  • Sustainable support — Support is something everyone needs in a mattress, but for those who desire support and sustainability, look for mattresses crafted with eco-friendly materials, like our iComfort Collection. Sustainable mattresses are constructed with durable, recycled materials, making their support features even greater. With select materials that are up to 70% sustainable*, plus a specialized, 5-zone support system, the iComfort Eco is easy on the earth and easy on your body.
  • Motion isolation — If resting undisturbed is #1 on your list, we recommend the Serta Collection. Motion isolation ensures your mattress doesn’t bounce or jostle when you or your partner moves. It’s best achieved with memory foam or hybrid mattresses, which concentrate all movements to one area—giving you the freedom to rest peacefully every night. Plus, as a budget-friendly bed that doesn’t skimp on quality, the Serta Collection is great for shoppers with affordability in mind.


Pick the Right Mattress Every Time with Serta

In a world where decisions can feel complicated, Serta makes the choice easy. From exceptional cooling to durable support, all our mattresses are crafted to give you the cool, pressure-relieving comfort and support you need. Each collection is designed specifically with your sleep needs in mind. With sizes available online in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King, plus select feels offered in Extra Firm, Firm, Medium, Plush, and Pillow Top variations, we have a bed perfect for you and your family. Whether you’re shopping for a child who wants to lay on a cloud, or looking for two back sleepers who prefer to sleep cool, trust Serta to keep your family cool, comfortable, and supported, each and every night.



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