CR's project leader inspecting every mattress as part of our tests to find the best mattresses.

Buying a new mattress can be a headache because it’s difficult to separate the marketing hype from a mattress’s attributes.

“There are so many mattresses out there that claim a layer of this and a layer of that, so you might think you’re getting a superior product,” 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.

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At CR we buy and test queen-size mattresses from well-known brands such as Beautyrest, Sealy, Serta, Stearns & Foster, and Tempur-Pedic, and from relatively new players including Avocado, Casper, Leesa, Reverie, Tuft & Needle, and more.

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 a partner, and how well the mattress keeps its shape over time.

To simulate the typical eight- to 10-year useful life span of a mattress, we conduct a test in which a 308-pound roller is pushed over each model 30,000 times.

Read on for the details on 11 of CR’s top-rated mattresses, based on CR’s latest testing. We will update our ratings and this article throughout the year. You can also browse our mattress buying guide and mattress ratings for even more options.

Best Adjustable Air Mattresses

You can inflate each side of these mattresses—meaning each partner can select his or her desired firmness—using a remote control.

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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.

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Best Foam Mattresses

The most innovation is in the foam mattress category, with a flurry of beds-in-a-box coming on the market.

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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.