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Best Mattresses for Guest Rooms

CR's picks for comfortable, affordable beds from our ratings

Company's coming, and the mattress in the guest room is old and lumpy. And though you may be persnickety about your own mattress, you might be less choosy when buying one for a guest room, so long as it's comfortable for most sleeping styles and doesn't cost a lot. You don't want folks to be too comfy.

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“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 testing.

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

And if you decide to be slightly less accommodating, check out the best and worst air mattresses from our tests.

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 rubberlike grid as a top layer to promote air-flow.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews for nine of the best mattresses for guest rooms from Consumer Reports' tests. Prices are for queen-size mattresses and don’t include a box spring or foundation.

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Best Mattresses for Guest Rooms

They're relatively inexpensive and easy to find—online or at a store near you.

Innerspring Mattresses

These traditional mattresses are composed of steel coils in various configurations. The most widely sold, they tend to be the least expensive.

Denver Mattress Doctor's Choice
Price: $500
Overall score: 76
Ranking: 8 of 79 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. It earns a Very Good rating for side and back sleepers of all sizes in our test. It rates a 3 out of 10 in firmness, which is on the softer side. It also earns an Excellent rating on our brutal durability test—the one with the 308-pound roller that simulates eight years of use. One thing to look out for: It's stabilization isn't the best, as it earns a middling Good rating. The company has 90 locations in 30 states.

Sleep Trends Davy, from Classic Brands 
Price: $780
Overall score: 74
Ranking: 19
CR’s take: The Sleep Trends Davy mattress is great for petite and average side sleepers, and petite and average back sleepers, earning a rating of Very Good for support for all four body types (for large and tall side and back sleepers, that rating was a moderate Good for support). It ranks on the softer side of our firmness scale, earning a 4 out of 10, and earns an Excellent score for durability. This mattress has no grips, and weighs more than 70 pounds.

Night Therapy 12-inch Euro Box Top Spring
Price: $248
Overall score: 69
Ranking: 45
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 earns a Very Good rating for side support for all sleeper sizes and a Good rating for back support. It earns a Very Good rating at stabilization, or muting vibrations when someone shifts in bed, and it showed little wear after eight years of simulated use.

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