Firmest Mattresses From Consumer Reports' Tests
Beds from brands including Avocado, Ethan Allen, Ikea, and Sleep Number are among the best in our ratings
Mattress manufacturers often pepper their product names with descriptive terms like “firm,” “soft,” or “plush.” But what do those marketing terms really tell you? Not much.
Rather than take a manufacturer’s word for it, we measure firmness precisely for each mattress we test. Using an objective industry test standard, we apply a load of up to 1,000 newtons (4.4 newtons equal a pound) to the mattress and then plot the results on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the firmest.
That makes it easy for you to compare the firmness of one mattress with that of another. A 7 is a 7, regardless of how the manufacturer describes it. Indeed, our tests have shown that the descriptor in a mattress name doesn’t often match its firmness rating, and a so-called firm mattress can be anything but.
Top 7 Firm Mattresses From CR’s Tests
CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of seven firm mattresses that earn our recommendation and a score of 7 or above on the firmness scale.
And if you want more choices, you can browse our full mattress ratings chart and sort the results by firmness. (Click the Firmness rating column at the top right of the chart.) The mattresses below appear in order by CR's Overall Score.