It’s taken 77 years for the venerable testing mag to get in bed with a mattress or two. The top line results are out and they’re all cheap thrills–less pricey than the cool to the touch, high thread count, European linens the 1% like in the bedroom. Examples here from Frette and Porthault.
A new survey by Consumer Reports found about one in five people wished they had bought a different mattress.
A mattress can be one of the hardest things to buy, so Consumer Reports tested a dozen queen-size foam and innerspring mattresses, ranging in price from less than $500 to nearly $2,000.
Consumer Reports named three queen-size mattresses that cost under $1,000 best buys. For innersprings – the Simmons Glover Park from Sears for $780 and the Serta Perfect Sleeper Elite from Macy’s for $835. For foam mattresses – the Novaform Serafina from Costco comes in a box and you just roll it out; the mattress costs $900.
It turns out you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great mattress.
“Higher-priced frills like additional coils or fancier fabrics really don’t guarantee a better mattress,” said Regan.
Then testers record how well each mattress maintains that curve when sleeping on your back. Testers also check how well your body is supported when sleeping on your side. In another test, an increasing amount of weight is applied to the mattress to check for firmness. Many of the mattresses tested aren’t as firm as they claim. Another test checks for durability – rolling a heavy weight over each mattress 30,000 times.
Consumer Reports also cut open the mattresses to inspect the construction.