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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, Consumer Reports’ mattress ratings mechanically measure firmness and detail 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 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 most widely sold size. 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 newcomers such as Casper, Leesa, Reverie, and Tuft & Needle.

Below, ratings and reviews for 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 c2
Price: $900
Overall Score: 81
Ranking: 2
CR’s take: You don’t have to pay thousands for an adjustable air mattress to get impressive side support and even better back support, and the c2 mattress proves it. The pricier Sleep Number i8 bed edged this one out in overall performance, but you’ll pay $2,000 less without a noticeable difference in support. Trying out the bed before buying will tell you whether this mattress’s thinner top foam layer is comfy enough for you. The mattress measures just 8 inches high, so, again, you’ll get by with your normal sheets.

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