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Best Mattresses of 2018

Take your pick of the top adjustable air, innerspring, and foam mattresses from CR's tests

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Buying a new mattress can be a headache because it’s difficult to separate the marketing hype from actual mattress attributes. To help make that distinction, Consumer Reports mechanically 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.

In fact, you can match your sleeping style and your stature to the right mattress for you by scanning the six columns in our mattress ratings that call out the best mattresses for petite, average, and large/tall side sleepers, and petite, average, and large/tall back sleepers.

How We Test Mattresses

At CR we buy and test queen-size mattresses because they’re the size most widely sold. Using lab equipment and human subjects, we evaluate how well a mattress supports 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.

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To mimic the typical eight- to 10-year useful life span 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 well-known brands such as Sealy, Serta, Stearns & Foster, and Tempur-Pedic, and from relative new brands such as Casper, Leesa, Reverie, and Tuft & Needle.

Below, CR members can read ratings and reviews of two top picks from each of the three types of mattresses we test: innerspring, foam, and adjustable air.

Best Adjustable Air Mattresses

You can inflate each side of these mattresses to your desired firmness using a remote control.

 

Sleep Number 360 p6
Price: $2,600
Overall Score: 81
Ranking: 1 out of 1
CR’s take: This is the top air mattress in our ratings—but it's also the only air mattress currently in our ratings. This recommended model has a firmness rating of 4 on our scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the firmest, though it can be adjusted to an even softer firmness of a 3. It earns a Very Good rating for side sleepers and back sleepers of all sizes—but doesn't stand out for any size in particular. It earns an Excellent rating in our stabilization test, meaning you should be able to change your position with ease.

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