Mattress Rating Sources
SleepLikeTheDead.com rates mattress brands based largely on its compilation of more than 22,435 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 useful information on how to shop for a mattress.
ConsumerReports.org tests several dozen mattresses, including innerspring, memory-foam and adjustable air 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 site analyzes the accuracy of manufacturer claims of firmness.
MattressFirm.com is an independent retailer with both a website and an extensive network of brick-and-mortar stores. Unlike some mattress retailers, who focus on only one specific brand, MattressFirm deals in a wide variety of different mattresses of all types and brands. The number of reviews tend to be inconsistent, and some rate the store as well as the mattress, but there are enough reviews of popular brands and models to give a good overview of satisfaction.
Amazon.com carries primarily off-brand mattresses, and many of these are sold exclusively through Amazon. However, this is a surprisingly good resource to find reviews of very affordable mattress brands, particularly memory foam. Some of these mattresses get hundreds or even thousands of reviews, and there are several highly-rated models that most mattress shoppers would not otherwise realize were available.
Derek Hales and his wife, Samantha, personally test every mattress they review here. Reviews tend to be thorough and Hales will go back and updates the original write-up with his longer-term impressions. The Hales' tend to lean toward higher-end and online-only mattresses; notably absent from this site are the inclusion of leading brands such as Sealy, Simmons, Temper-Pedic and others.
Stephanie Watson 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.
In this free article at ConsumerReports.org, Ed Perratore explores the meaning of various organic "labels" as they relate to mattresses. He points out that only two organic labels have any meaning, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). Perratore also notes that the latter is found on the OrganicPedic by OMI, which is currently in the testing process.