Best Mattresses of 2021
Take your pick of the top adjustable air, innerspring, and foam mattresses from CR's tests
Firm or plush? Cooling gel layers? Natural or organic materials? Buying a new mattress can be a headache because it’s difficult to separate the marketing fanfare from a mattress’s true attributes.
“You might think you’re getting a superior product with all the hyped-up mattress claims you read or hear,” says Christopher Regan, who oversees CR’s mattress tests. “Our testing separates the good mattresses from the subpar.”
To make those distinctions, Consumer Reports gauges firmness and measures precisely how much support each mattress provides to people of different sizes, whether they sleep on their back or on their side.
Below, CR members can read ratings and reviews of top-rated picks from each of the three types of mattresses we test: adjustable air, innerspring, and foam. In our most recent tests, a Denver Mattress innerspring took one of the top spots in our ratings, performing better than the Casper Original Hybrid. (More details below.)
Best Adjustable Air Mattresses
You can inflate each side of these mattresses, meaning each partner can select a desired firmness using a remote control.
Best Innerspring Mattresses
These traditional mattresses are composed of steel coils in various configurations. The most widely sold, they also tend to be the least expensive.
Best Foam Mattresses
The most innovation is in the foam mattress category, with a flurry of mattresses-in-a-box coming on the market.
Tips for Buying a Mattress
Tossing and turning all night? Maybe it’s time for a new mattress. On the “Consumer 101” TV show, CR expert Chris Regan shares tips on what to look for when mattress shopping.