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Mattress Rating Sources

Total of 13 Sources
1. SleepLikeTheDead.com
Feb. 26, 2013
Mattress Reviews and Ratings - Summary
by Editors of SleepLikeTheDead.com
Our AssessmentSleepLikeTheDead.com provides more detail about consumer satisfaction with mattresses than any other site. It compiles information from more than 16,000 owner reviews, mostly drawn from nearly 1,000 online message boards and forums. Other sources include evaluations on retailers' websites and product review sites, as well as personal interviews. Editors thoroughly analyze mattress reviews, comparing 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
March 2013
Mattresses
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentIn its first-ever lab test of mattresses, including six innerspring and six memory foam models, ConsumerReports.org editors evaluate support by measuring the natural curve of the spine on people with different body types and how well each mattress maintains that curve as testers lie on their backs and sides. Editors use weights to test firmness, and check durability by running a roller across each mattress 30,000 times. They conclude that price isn't the best indicator of quality. A detailed buying guide can be viewed without a subscription.
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 model sold at Ikea. Unlike other articles, this one says higher-priced mattresses are always more comfortable than cheaper ones from the same manufacturer.
4. Which? magazine
As of April 2013
Mattress Reviews
by Editors of Which?
Our AssessmentWhich? magazine, the U.K. counterpart to ConsumerReports.org, tests mattress support by having people with different body types lie on each model and measuring their spinal alignment in various sleeping positions. Editors also roll barrels across the mattresses to test their durability, and measure bounciness, water absorption and stability. The website provides detailed test results for nine memory foam mattresses, but only two are available in the U.S. A useful buying guide can be viewed without a subscription.
5. Which? magazine
Updated Feb. 10, 2010
Mattresses Matter: Ergonomic Guidelines
by Alan Hedge
Our AssessmentIn addition to its tests of specific mattress models, Which? magazine reports on the best mattress brands in the U.K. Editors survey more than 7,000 mattress owners, asking them to rate their mattresses on comfort, value and durability. 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 2, 2012
The Best Mattress for a Better Night's Sleep
by Stephanie Watson
Our AssessmentWatson interviews several sleep experts, including orthopedic physicians and a physical therapist, 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.
7. Viewpoints.com
As of April 2013
Best Mattresses
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentAt Viewpoints.com, consumers can submit reviews of products they own. This is the best source of user feedback we've found because it includes reviews of all mattress brands and models, unlike retail sites that cover only those models it sells. In addition, Viewpoints.com sorts top-rated mattresses onto a single page and shows the overall ratings for a particular brand. The highest-scoring brands are Bed in a Box and Tempur-Pedic, both makers of memory foam mattresses.
8. Choice magazine
May 20, 2010
Mattress Buying Guide
by Tanya Fong
Our AssessmentThis lengthy article doesn't rate individual mattresses, but does go 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 the shopper who wants to fully understand mattress construction.
9. 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 is discussed in detail. Her favorite is the now-discontinued David model from OrganicPedic by OMI, which includes replaceable layers of natural latex foam. However, a much slimmer and cheaper latex mattress from Ikea Sultan 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.
10. Upstate House
May 21, 2009
Saluting Sustainability
by Nancy Meyer
Our AssessmentEditors of Upstate House choose products in 14 categories for the magazine's Innovative Green Design Awards. Criteria include sustainability, use of green materials, energy use, carbon footprint and innovation. Latex mattresses are "naturally anti-microbial, anti-fungal and biodegradable," Meyer says. The Terra mattress from OrganicPedic by OMI is the bedding category winner thanks to its natural latex made from sustainably harvested rubber tree sap. It also contains vegetable-based adhesive, certified organic cotton and cruelty-free Eco-Wool.
11. Good Housekeeping
Not dated
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, all priced in the $1,000 range for a queen size.
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