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Mattress Rating Sources

Total of 13 Sources
1. SleepLikeTheDead.com
May 22, 2014
Mattress Reviews & Ratings -- Summary
by Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com
Our AssessmentSleepLikeTheDead.com rates mattress brands based largely on its compilation of more than 18,000 owner reviews. Most of these reviews are drawn from hundreds of online message boards and forums. Other sources include evaluations on retailers' websites and product-review sites, as well as personal interviews. Editors compare customer ratings for each brand on criteria such as comfort, affordability and durability. The site also offers general information on how to shop for a mattress.
2. ConsumerReports.org
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests 24 mattresses, including innerspring and memory-foam models. The methodology is thorough, as testers measure how well each mattress supports the spine for back sleepers and side sleepers, and how much vibration is transmitted across the mattress when the sleeper changes position. Durability is also considered, and the magazine analyzes the accuracy of manufacturer claims of firmness. Ultimately, six innerspring and four memory-foam models are recommended, with one of each designated a Best Buy.
3. Choice magazine
June 6, 2010
Mattress Survey
by Tanya Fong
Our AssessmentAustralia's Choice magazine polls 3,500 readers to see how satisfied they are with their mattresses, with some brands also being sold in the U.S. The high-end Tempur-Pedic mattress -- known as Tempur in Australia -- earns the highest ratings, but owners also report high satisfaction with the budget Sultan line sold at Ikea. The article also includes a buying guide with tips on shopping and caring for your mattress, and a rundown of mattress styles available.
4. Which? magazine
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Mattress Reviews
by Editors of Which?
Our AssessmentWhich? magazine, the U.K. counterpart to ConsumerReports.org, tests mattresses by having people with different body types lie on each model and measuring their spinal alignment in various sleeping positions. They also simulate 10 years of use to measure durability, and they evaluate bounciness and water absorption. The website provides detailed results for 15 mattresses, but only two brands -- Tempur-Pedic (known as Tempur in the U.K.) and Sealy -- are available in the U.S.
5. Which? magazine
March 15, 2014
Best Mattress Brands Revealed by Which?
by Editors of Which?
Our AssessmentIn addition to testing specific mattress models, Which? magazine reports on the best mattress brands in the U.K. Editors survey more than 6,400 mattress owners who have bought a mattress in the last five years, asking them if they are comfortable on it and satisfied with it. Of the 19 brands included in the survey, only three are available in the U.S.: Tempur-Pedic (known as Tempur in the U.K.), Ikea and Sealy.
6. WebMD.com
March 3, 2014
The Best Mattress for a Better Night's Sleep
by Stephanie Watson
Our AssessmentWatson interviews several medical experts, including an orthopedic physician and an allergist, about their mattress recommendations. Although all agree that the best mattress is a matter of personal preference, there are some useful general tips here. One doctor says that people with back or neck pain will do best on a medium-firm mattress; another recommends washable mattress covers for people who suffer from dust allergies. One expert recommends replacing your mattress every 10 years.
7. O, The Oprah Magazine
November 2011
Count Sheep, Not Harmful Synthetics: How to Find an Eco-Friendly Mattress
by Laura Fraser
Our AssessmentWriter Laura Fraser sets out to find environmentally friendly mattresses, and discovers that many manufacturers' claims are misleading. Nevertheless, she calls the Organic Mattresses Inc. line "rigorously green," because its products are "made from cruelty-free wool, certified organic cotton, and 100 percent natural rubber latex." She ends up buying a mattress from Magniflex because it uses memory foam that is "30 percent plant oils" and uses water to expand the memory foam, rather than solvents.
8. Viewpoints.com
As of April 2013
The Best Mattresses: Mattress Reviews & Ratings
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com is a good source of reviews, because it includes owner feedback on all mattress brands and models; retail sites, by contrast, cover only those models they sell. The highest-scoring mattress brands on this website are Bed in a Box and Tempur-Pedic, both makers of memory foam mattresses. Innerspring mattresses by Sealy Posturepedic and Simmons Beautyrest, as well as memory-foam choices by Restava, Serta iComfort and MemoryFoam.com also earn strong reviews.
9. Choice magazine
May 20, 2010
Mattress Buying Guide
by Tanya Fong
Our AssessmentThis lengthy article goes into great detail about coil construction and spinal alignment as well as mattress selection for individuals with special health needs. It's an excellent primer for shoppers who want to understand mattress construction. Fong's advice includes thoroughly testing mattresses before you buy. She reports that consumers who tried out their mattress for between 25 and 29 minutes were more likely than others to be satisfied with their purchase.
10. New York Magazine
Feb. 8, 2009
I Slept on 100 Mattresses
by Sarah Bernard
Our AssessmentBernard describes her experiences testing 100 memory foam, latex and hybrid mattresses, but only a handful are discussed. Her favorite is the now-discontinued David model from OrganicPedic by OMI; however, a slimmer and cheaper latex mattress from Ikea meets with approval, too. Bernard also likes a memory foam mattress from Magniflex, which makes her feel "supported but not swallowed," and a Simmons model that combines springs with latex, memory foam and a pillow top.
11. Good Housekeeping
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How to Shop for a Mattress
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentThis online video provides a quick overview of how to shop for a mattress, noting that making exact comparisons is difficult since the names of mattresses often change from store to store. Editors touch on the pros and cons of different mattress types, and recommend a latex model from American Excellence for those who want the support of memory foam without the "squishiness." For motion isolation, they recommend the Simmons Beautyrest with individual pocket coils.
12. Buyzillion.com
As of April 2013
Mattress Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com compiles owner reviews from various online retailers, and users can also post reviews directly. The site is particularly helpful for finding information on products like mattresses that receive only a few reviews spread across several retailer websites. However, the ones that get the most reviews here are from lesser-known brands like Praxis Comfort Dreams that aren't rated in other sources. Still, Buzzillions.com reviews provide good information about top-rated mattress brands.
13. CasaSugar.com
Sept. 24, 2007
Good, Better, Best: Green Mattresses
by Editors of CasaSugar.com
Our AssessmentCasaSugar.com is the home section of PopSugar.com, a combination online magazine and shopping site. Although this article is more than five years old, it seems to be the only one that focuses specifically on environmentally friendly mattresses. Editors rank and recommend eco-mattresses on the market, but it's unclear what the exact criteria are for favoring these models over others. Top choices include the latex Ikea Sultan, a Keetsa memory-foam model and an EcoChoices innerspring.
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