Consumer Reports 2015 Mattress Ratings & Buying

Consumer Reports 2015 Mattress Ratings & Buying

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Consumer Reports Mattress Issue

The Consumer Reports 2015 mattress reviews are a great place to see how top bed brands compare against each other. This product review publication is well known for their sound advice on shopping for common household products.

Each year Consumer Reports puts out a guide to help those looking to shop for a mattress. They test a number of beds from popular mattress brands, rank them on a scale and report their findings to consumers in their magazine and on their website. Often their ratings are fairly predictive of how consumers will feel about products overall, but not always.

Customer satisfaction is the best measure of a product’s overall value. Here we’ll show you the best rated beds from Consumer Reports and a couple beds that rate very highly with actual consumers. Consumer Reports only selects a handful of name brands, so many beds are left out.

Best Bed Reviews Top Picks

Brand / ModelTypeSpecsReviewsPrice (queen)
Amerisleep Revere BedMemory FoamMed-firm
12” profile
3” 4.5lb MF
9” 2.0lb foam base
4.7 / 5
(Amerisleep)
$1,299
Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid TrustInnerspringSoft
11.5” profile
1” gel memory foam
2” foam
825 pocket coils
4.4 / 5 (Mattress Firm)$1,250

Amerisleep is a newer company with an innovative type of memory foam that is derived from soybean oil. The plant-based foams used in their mattresses are better for the environment and they are healthier for people, too. The Revere is Amerisleep’s most popular mattress, receiving a 4.7 average from over 400 verified customer reviews.

Our innerspring pick is the Hybrid Trust from Sealy Posturepedic. Consumer Reports rates this mattress a 71 and it rates a 4.8 average from Mattress Firm customer reviews. This hybrid mattress is in the middle range for price, but offers great comfort and durability.

While tests like those performed by Consumer Reports are great for determining things such as durability, they are not so good at more subjective qualities like comfort. Customer reviews show what real people think of the bed over time, which is more helpful in that regard.

Consumer Reports 2015 Mattress Ratings

As mentioned before, Consumer Reports has a series of tests they perform to determine how to rate each of the products they review. The testing they use for beds is pretty scientific and remarkably thorough.

A large, heavy roller is used essentially used to simulate a body rolling back and forth thousands of times. This tests how the mattress stands up to regular use.

They use a group of machines to measure the natural curvature of a tester’s spine while standing and laying down to see how the mattress supports natural alignment.

Consumer Reports Innerspring Mattresses

Best Rated Innerspring

These are the best rated beds in the innerspring category according to Consumer Reports. Higher numbers correlate with a better bed.  

Best Rated Consumer Reports Innerspring Mattresses

  • Charles P. Rogers Powercore Estate 5000 (71) – Medium, $1,500.
  • Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Trust (71) – Soft, $1,250.
  • Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid Jeffery’s Bay (70) – Medium, $1,800
  • Charles P Rogers St. Regis Pillowtop (68) – Medium, $1,100
  • Stearns and Foster Estate Scarborough Luxury Firm (66) – Soft, $1,575

Worst Rated Innerspring

These are the worst rated beds in the innerspring category according to Consumer Reports. Lower numbers correlate with a worse bed.

Worst Rated Consumer Reports Innerspring Mattresses

  • Stearns and Foster Megan-Rose Luxury Plush (42) – Soft, $2,075
  • Ashley Sleep Destin Beach (44) – Soft, $850
  • Shifman Anniversary Collection (52) – Medium, $3,025
  • Beautyrest Recharge Castleton (55) – Soft, $1,490
  • Ikea Sultan Holmsta (58) – Soft, $550

Consumer Reports Memory Foam MattressesBest Rated Memory FoamThese are the best rated beds in the memory foam category according to Consumer Reports. Higher numbers correlate with a better bed.

Best Rated Consumer Reports Memory Foam Mattresses

  • Serta iComfort Savant Everfeel (67) – Soft, $1,575
  • Spring Air Back Supporter Natalie (64) – Medium, $1,200
  • Tuft & Needle 10” (64) – Medium, $600
  • Casper The Casper 10” (64) – Medium, $850
  • Ikea Morgongava (63) – Medium, $1,000

Worst Rated Memory FoamThese are the worst rated beds in the innerspring category according to Consumer Reports. Lower numbers correlate with a worse bed.

Worst Rated Consumer Reports Memory Foam Mattresses

  • Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme (32) – Soft, $2,400
  • Ara 13” 100% Visco Memory Foam (48) – Soft, $1,100
  • Sealy Posturepedic Optimum Inspiration (52) – Soft, $1,775
  • Ikea Matrand (57) – Medium, $399
  • Spa Sensations 10” SPA-1000Q (57) – Medium, $360

Shopping Tips from Consumer Reports There are many things to consider when you are trying to find a new mattress. The Consumer Reports mattress issue has some advice to help make your shopping experience a little easier and improve your chances of success. Here is what they say:

  • Note the size of mattress you need before going.
  • Know that firmness is fairly subjective; Each manufacturer and retailer may have their own idea of firmness, so be prepared for inconsistency.
  • Watch out for some very similar beds that may be called by different names. Retailers often use different names for similar mattresses, which can make shopping confusing.
  • Try your bed for 15 minutes or so when you can to see how it feels, but make sure you can return it if necessary.
  • Know that warranties are important, but they only cover sagging of a certain depth. Also remember that removing tags, faulty box springs or soiling can void your warranty.
  • Be mindful that mattress sales tend to be around the holidays, so wait for one if you can. Also, you can often haggle with brick-and-mortar stores since their prices tend to have negotiation room.
  • Remember that retailers often claim that gel memory foams sleep cooler than non-gels, but research shows little evidence to support this claim.

Make sure you do your research before you start shopping. The internet is a great resource for information. Customer reviews and independent mattress reviewers are abundant online. Take some time to read about your top picks to see what others are saying about it. You’ll be spending a lot of time on your bed, make sure it is a good one.

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