Consumer Reports: Buying a new mattress

Consumer Reports: Buying a new mattress

You don’t buy a new mattress every year, unless you’re Consumer Reports, in which case you buy 50 of them for expert testing. From inner-spring to memory foam, shopping tips and top ratings are revealed to help you get a better night’s sleep.

To test mattresses, Consumer Reports simulates 8-10 years of use to see how well a mattress will hold up. It checks whether a mattress will support your spine. And, recently, testers added more tailored information to mattress ratings.

“In the past our back and side support scores were based on an average size individual. Now, we have broken apart that into a petite, an average and a taller or larger individual,” Chris Regan, from Consumer Reports, said.

Consumer Reports finds you also don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a mattress.

Online mattress companies like Casper, Lull and Tuft & Needle are offering performance as well as very competitive pricing.

Nervous about buying online? A recent Consumer Reports survey found the highest satisfaction scores went to two online mattress brands –Tuft & Needle and Casper. And the $950 Casper mattress just earned top ratings in Consumer Reports tests of memory foam mattresses.

“Casper delivered very good performance whether you sleep on your side or on your back,” Regan said.

Consumer Reports says to be sure to check the trial period and return policy before you buy online. If you want the traditional in-store experience, Consumer Reports says it’s still the best way to try before you buy.

“You want to spend at least 15 minutes lying on that mattress, trying it out. Get comfortable, find your ideal position, kick off your shoes, maybe even bring your pillow from home,” Regan said.