Take one look at Consumer Reports' mattress Ratings, and you’ll see a few innerspring, foam, and adjustable-air mattresses that make our list of top picks yet cost $700 or less. But for the slice of our readership that covets a luxury mattress, we’ve just gotten in the Duxiana Dux 515 for testing. The $64,000 question: Are you guaranteed the ultimate in back and side support when you pay almost $7,600 for a mattress?
Because we buy what we test, we spent that amount so we could tell you how the Duxiana Dux 515 compares to mattresses that cost thousands less. Among those models is, in fact, another Duxiana, the Duxiana Dux 101. At $4,800, the Duxiana Dux 101 is the company’s low-end offering; the pricier Duxiana Dux 515 is mid-range in the product line. But although the Dux 101 offered impressive side support, we feel a mattress costing nearly $5,000 should be at least as good for back support, which we found only mediocre. Lots of bounciness could also allow a restless sleeper on one side to wake a sound sleeper on the other.
The Duxiana Dux 515 comes with the same 2½-inch latex-foam top layer that all Dux beds have. And the same innerspring portion found on the Duxiana Dux 101 forms the bottom layer of the Duxiana Dux 515. As the video below explains, in between the two is something you don't get from paying merely $4,800: three pairs of interchangeable modules of springs, called “individualized personal comfort zones” that range from soft to firm. They lie beneath each sleep partner’s shoulders, mid-frame, and legs—sorry, no benefit from sleeping in the middle.
The Duxiana Dux 515 is just one of the new batch of mattresses whose test results we expect to publish next spring when our tough testing is complete. But what if you need a mattress now? Check out our Ratings of 25 mattresses, including two top picks: the Serta Perfect Day iSeries Applause innerspring, $1,075, and the Novaform Memory Foam Collection Serafina 14”, $650, sold at Costco. Read our mattress buying guide to familiarize yourself with the selection process before you shop. And once at the store, be sure to try out any mattress you’re considering by lying on it for at least 10 minutes on each side, your back, and your stomach if that’s how you sleep.
—Ed Perratore (@EdPerratore on Twitter)