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Mattress Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on August 02, 2016

Confused about mattresses? You're not alone. Shopping for a new mattress can be almost as overwhelming as buying a new car. Knowing the differences between types and understanding pricing can help you make a purchase you won't regret. Rest assured, our editors consult objective buyer's guides, professional reviews and user ratings to identify the best brands and models.

Sealy Posturepedic Review
Best Reviewed

Best innerspring mattress

The Sealy Posturepedic innerspring mattress gets very good reviews from experts and owners for comfort for any sleeping position. It also gets high ratings for stability, so you don't have to worry about your partner's movements waking you up. In professional tests, Sealy Posturepedic gets excellent scores for durability, and we saw very few customer complaints about premature sagging or lumpiness. Sealy mattresses are covered by a 10-year warranty. See our full review »

Tempur-Pedic Classic
Best Reviewed

Best memory foam mattress

Tempur-Pedic is the leading brand of memory foam mattress, and owners enthusiastically praise the comfort and durability of its multi-product line. The brand uses a proprietary foam that conforms to each person's shape, weight and body temperature, providing individualized support while reducing motion transfer -- meaning your partner's movements won't affect you. Mattresses and flat foundations carry a 10-year warranty. See our full review »

Best Price Mattress 12-inch Memory Foam Mattress and Bed Frame
Runners Up

Cheap memory foam mattress

You can't find a better deal than the Best Price Mattress: For $600 you get a memory foam mattress and a bed frame with under bed storage hidden by an included dust ruffle. Beyond the value, this mattress gets stellar reviews from owners who say it's extremely comfortable and, unlike many memory foam mattresses, does not trap and hold body heat. Some reviewers who have had the bed for several years says it is holding up well.

Buy for $469.99
Ikea latex mattress
Best Reviewed

Best latex foam mattress

One of the few latex mattress lines to garner professional and expert reviews, the Ikea latex mattress assortment receives positive feedback from multiple sources. Users widely say the mattresses are comfortable, and they also find the prices relatively low. There are three model, all made from a combination of natural and synthetic latex, or latex foam and polyester. All come with a 25-year limited warranty. See our full review »

OrganicPedic by OMI
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Organic latex mattress

No mattress gets better marks for eco-friendly design than those made by Organic Mattresses, Inc. The line includes both innerspring and latex models made entirely from natural and sustainably produced materials, including metal, organic cotton, latex and wool. Some mattresses have a separate pillow top, customizable zones or interchangeable layers, for individualized support and comfort. All have a 20-year warranty.

Select Comfort Sleep Number 5000 Pillowtop
Best Reviewed

Best mattress for back pain

Adjustable air mattresses get the highest ratings for easing back pain of any other type, and Sleep Number mattresses are the top choice in this category. In one professional test, Sleep Number beds are both "Recommended" and a "Best Buy." Many owners report improved sleep quality, and these mattresses are particularly popular with sleep partners who have radically different firmness preferences. They come with a 25-year warranty. See our full review »

Choosing the right mattress can help assure a good night's sleep

Considering that most people spend about one-third of their lives in bed, it's hardly surprising that a mattress can have a big impact on your overall health. There are several types of mattresses, each with a particular set of advantages and disadvantages. Traditional innerspring models remain the most popular type, but newer alternatives -- including memory foam, latex foam, air mattresses with adjustable firmness "zones" (as exemplified by the Sleep Number brand) and organic mattresses made of various materials -- have gained favor with owners.

One of the big issues with buying a new mattress is that it generally requires a fairly significant cash outlay -- in most cases about $500 for a twin; $1000 or more for a queen or king. Some cost two or three times as much, depending upon features. And that often does not include the box spring or other foundation. However, with as much time as you spend in bed, and the average length of time you'll own the mattress, it pays to buy the best one you can afford.

Figuring out exactly how much a mattress costs can also be difficult. Most mattress companies have a specific line (or several) of a mattress (Posturepedic by Sealy and Beautyrest by Simmons are good examples of this), and then, within that line, have dozens of different models that are not detailed on the manufacturer's website. So, while several retailers may carry the same line, there is little consistency from retailer to retailer. In addition, the same model may be sold under different names at different retailers. Because of that, for the purposes of this report, we don't rate specific mattresses; rather, we rate mattress lines that get the best reviews across the board. As for price, we have quoted the manufacturer's suggested retail price, which are usually much higher than the actual prices you'll find in stores. We discuss price in more detail -- as well as how to get the best deal -- on our buying guide page.

Also, if a mattress is just one of several bedroom purchases you're planning, check out our related reports on bed sheets, pillows and mattress toppers.

Type of mattresses

Innerspring mattresses have been the most popular type for decades, and countless styles, features and options are available. Models vary greatly in cost, from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. Price differences may depend on the number and size of the coils, the amount and type of padding, and details such as fabric and stitching. Compared with other types, innerspring mattresses tend to retain less body heat and come in a wider range of firmness levels. They do tend to transfer more motion, which can be a concern if you share your bed with a partner, but can be a plus during sex. They're also less durable and more prone to sagging than other types of mattresses. Most experts say innerspring mattresses should be replaced after 10 years at most.

Memory foam mattresses are made from visco-elastic foam, a type of foam that molds itself to the body. While the best-known manufacturer is Tempur-Pedic, quite a few companies offer less expensive versions. Many owners love sleeping on memory foam because of how well it conforms to the curves and lines of the body. Memory foam is also a good choice if you have a restless partner as it minimizes movement transfer. Going from innerspring to memory foam can take some getting used to, but most who give it time say making the switch was well worth it. Some people find that memory foam traps heat -- a complaint that makers have addressed with the development of gel-infused memory foam, which is designed to create a cooler sleeping surface.

Latex foam mattresses, which are made from natural or synthetic rubber, are springier than memory foam mattresses and don't retain as much body heat. They are also resistant to mold and dust mites. In addition, mattresses made of natural latex are eco-friendly, since natural latex is a renewable resource. Many latex mattresses go for several thousand dollars for a queen set, although some lower-end brands that incorporate synthetic latex and a less expensive processing method can run as low as $3000 (for twin).

Some mattresses may help to ease back pain. Experts say that adjustable, permanent-use air mattresses may be the best choice for back pain sufferers. Don't confuse them with inflatable, temporary air mattresses, though, which we cover in a separate report; those aren't considered suitable for long-term use. Permanent air mattresses, such as those sold under the Sleep Number Bed label, have air chambers that can be adjusted to provide customized support, and are topped with padding. Some even allow each side of the mattress to be adjusted independently. Permanent air mattresses can be expensive, running at least $1,000 for a queen set. They tend to be quite durable though, because, while they rely on mechanical parts that can fail, those parts are replaceable.

How we found the best mattresses

Although it would seem as if the experiences of mattress owners would be the most crucial aspect of finding the best mattress; in fact, owners reviews are fairly hard to come by for specific mattresses. This may be because, as noted earlier, there is little consistency between mattress models. So, while we did evaluate a few user reviews, to determine our Best Reviewed mattress picks, we primarily drew on professional testing at ConsumerReports.com and the results of a detailed analysis of consumer satisfaction feedback at SleepLikeTheDead.com -- which has compiled more data about mattress satisfaction than any other site. Factors including comfort, value and durability are included in our analysis. The result of our research is the best mattresses for your best night's sleep.

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