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Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Five tips for choosing the best mattress; plus, three new tricks for old mattresses
Yonkers, NY — Getting a good night’s rest doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Consumer Reports’ most comprehensive test of mattresses found models that performed well and cost under $1,000. The full report, which includes detailed buying advice and Ratings of 12 mattresses, plus 10 ways to get more shuteye and what to ask before buying, is available in the May 2013 issue of the magazine and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.
”You don’t have to spend thousands to get a great mattress,” said Bob Markovich, home and yard editor for Consumer Reports. “Our first full performance Ratings make it easier to find one that works for you and your sleep partner if you have one – and we found there are many affordable options.”
Consumer Reports tested 12 models from Ikea, Sealy, Serta, Simmons, Stearns & Foster and Tempur-Pedic, plus Costco’s Novaform brand. Simmons’ performance varied the most in this test. The manufacturer’s Beautyrest Glover Park Firm Pillowtop (sold at Sears), a CR Best Buy at $780, topped the Ratings of conventional, innerspring mattresses while its ComforPedic Loft Crestwood Luxury Plush, $1,920, earned the lowest scores among foam models and overall.
Overall, foam models fared a bit worse than innerspring mattresses in Consumer Reports’ tests. The recommended Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Simplicity, $1,200, earned the highest scores. But Sleep Innovations Novafoam Memory Foam Collection Serafina (Costco), a CR Best Buy at $900, virtually tied the Tempur-Pedic for $300 less.
When it comes to mattress shopping, roughly 40 percent of surveyed subscribers said that they had buyer’s remorse. Consumer Reports has some helpful tips for those in the market for a good night’s sleep.
Five Tips for Choosing a New Mattress
Consumer Reports’ latest tests confirm that more coils, fancier fabrics and frills found on pricier models don’t guarantee a better mattress. And the best mattress isn’t always necessarily the firmest, even for those who suffer from pain.
Three New Tricks for Old Mattresses
People typically keep their mattresses roughly ten years before replacing them. Consumer Reports recommends tossing any mattress that shows sags or lumps. For a mattress that looks serviceable but causes discomfort, try these quick fixes before buying a new one.
Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.
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