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Best Mattresses in Consumer Reports' Tests

Check out our latest reviews of air, foam, and innerspring models

Consumer Reports just added 40 new mattresses to our mattress ratings, and that’s a big deal. Now there are more than 120 innerspring, foam, and adjustable air mattresses to choose from, and some of the newcomers made Consumer Reports’ rarefied list of top mattress picks.

“There’s a three-way tie at the top of the foam mattresses, and two of them are brands that are new to our tests,” says Chris Regan, the CR test engineer who oversees our mattress program. The long-time adjustable air champ was knocked off its throne, but the top innerspring is still holding its own.

How CR Tests Mattress

In our tests we measure support for people of small, average, and large stature; the subjects lie on their sides and their back. The idea is to mimic how people actually sleep, but the test is anything but subjective.

For side sleepers, we graph several points along their spine and measure how much they deflect from a straight line. Those points must remain in line, fairly parallel to the mattress surface, for a mattress to score well. With our back sleepers, we graph dozens of points along the spine and track whether the mattress maintains its natural curve. It should for it to score well on this test.

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And we don’t stop there.

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. We also use a machine to test firmness, with great precision. The results prove that there's no correlation between our results and manufacturer claims or descriptions of firmness. So we give you the actual firmness on a scale of one to 10.

Couples should pay special attention to our stabilization scores, which tell how much the mattress moves when one partner changes position. On a mattress that scores well, you won’t be bounced awake by your mate. It’s rare for a mattress to ace that test, but this time two did.

Our full mattress ratings and recommendations include such traditional brands as Sealy, Stearns & Foster, Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic, and new brands like Reverie, Ghostbed, Essentia, MyCloud Cirrus, and even a mattress from My Pillow.

Click through and keep reading for the highlights and access to our full ratings of more than 120 thoroughly tested models.

Adjustable Air Mattresses

For the past several years, our top-scoring mattress of any type has been the Sleep Number i8 bed, $3,000, and it still makes our list of recommended models. But a new mattress has taken the top slot, the Comfortaire G12 12-inch Faux Euro Zip top, $2,540, which clocks in at 87 compared with the i8’s 84. But at least they kept the competition within the family: Both Sleep Number and Comfortaire are owned by Select Comfort.

The Comfortaire scored Excellent for petite and average-sized people who sleep on their back and Very Good for side sleepers of all sizes.

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