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Best Mattresses for Guest Rooms

CR's take on comfortable, affordable beds that you can buy in a hurry

Company is coming, and the mattress in the guest room is old and lumpy. You want to replace it fast without spending a lot on a bed that will be slept in only occasionally. And while you may be persnickety about your own mattress, you might be less choosy when buying one for a guest room as long as it's comfortable for most sleeping styles and doesn't bounce your guests awake when one of them turns over.

“The trick is finding a mattress that can suit a lot of different types of people for the right price,” says CR engineer Chris Regan, who oversees our mattress tests.

Easier said than done, which is why we decided to put together a list of mattresses that won't empty your pocketbook but are as great for Uncle Fred as they are for your young nieces and nephews. Some you can find at a nearby store, others you can order online and they'll arrive in a matter of days.

How We Test Mattresses

At CR, we buy and test queen-size mattresses because they're the most popular size. Using lab equipment and human subjects, we evaluate how well they support the body for both back and side sleepers, how easily sleepers can shift their weight without disturbing their partner, and how well the mattress keeps its shape over time.

To mimic the typical eight- to 10-year useful lifespan of a mattress, we conduct a mechanical test in which a 308-pound roller is pushed over each model 30,000 times. For firmness, rather than take a manufacturer’s word for it, we measure that attribute with a highly calibrated instrument and give the mattresses a score from 1 to 10, with 10 being the firmest.

We test mattresses from the big names you'd expect, such as Sealy, Serta, Stearns and Foster, and Tempur-Pedic. We also look at direct-to-consumer brands such as Casper and Tuft & Needle and bring in mattresses with innovative construction, such as the Reverie, which consists of foam springs you can rearrange to adjust firmness, and the Purple, which has a rubber-like grid as a top layer to promote air-flow.

With all that in mind, here are the best mattresses for guest rooms from Consumer Reports' tests. All prices are for queen-size mattresses and don’t include the box spring or foundation.

Best Mattresses for Guest Rooms

They're affordable and easy to find at a store near you.

Innerspring Mattresses

Denver Mattress Doctor's Choice
Price: $500
Overall score: 76
Ranking: 8 of 67 innerspring mattresses
CR's take: Be forewarned that if you buy this mattress your guests may never leave. Many innersprings in our tests offer equal support for the side and back, but that support is often mediocre. The Denver Mattress Doctor's Choice is the exception. We judged its support for both side and back sleepers to be impressive, and it aced our durability test as well. The company has 90 locations in 30 states.

Night Therapy 12-inch Euro Box Top Spring
Price: $248
Overall score: 69
Ranking: 34
CR's take: The lowest-priced mattress in our ratings, the Night Therapy from Sam's Club is a bargain at less than $250. The mattress is very good for side sleepers but only so-so for back support. It's very good at muting vibrations when someone shifts in bed, and it showed little wear after eight years of simulated use.