Mattress Reviews 2016
Are you looking for the best mattress reviews in 2016? Here are the TOP 3
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Top Mattress Reviews 2016
- Casper offers a single mattress, dubbed The Casper, that includes a top latex foam layer with memory foam beneath. It is sold mostly online, with free shipping, though the company also has two showrooms in New York City and Los Angeles. Although you cannot try out the mattress in most parts of the country, you get a 100-night trial with free, no-hassle returns. Another plus: This brand, along with Tuft & Needle, was rated the highest in overall satisfaction in our survey of almost 62,000 Consumer Reports subscribers.
- Sleep Number, from Select Comfort, is best known for adjustable air beds with DualAir technology, which lets users set the degree of firmness on each side of the bed. Prices range from $1,000 for an entry-level C2 queen set to $4,700 for the m9 model, which has memory foam and a digital remote. The brand is sold nationally in 410 retail stores and through the company’s website. Moreover, in our recent survey of almost 62,000 Consumer Reports subscribers, Sleep Number was among the mattress brands rated highly for overall satisfaction.
- With but two showrooms in Phoenix and San Francisco, Tuft & Needle is mostly an online seller of its one foam mattress, The T&N. You cannot try out the bed except in the showrooms, but you do get a 100-night trial. (If you are shopping through Amazon, it is 30-night.) Should you want to return the mattress, the company will work with you to donate it to a local charity—and then refund your money in full. Another plus: This brand, along with Casper, was rated the highest in overall satisfaction in our survey of almost 62,000 Consumer Reports subscribers.
Is it time for a new mattress? Do you wake up tired or achy, or does your mattress look saggy or lumpy? Alternatively, maybe you sleep better at hotels. If you dread a trip to Sears or Sleepy’s, realize that you have got more options than ever before—department and specialty stores are no longer the default destination. Now great mattresses at fair prices can be found at Costco and online retailers.
We test queen-size mattresses (60”w x 80”l) because they are the most common size purchased. (For your reference, the other standard dimensions are king, 76×80 inches; California king, 72×84; full, or double, 53×75; and twin, 38×75.) We subject each mattress to a battery of tests, including running a 308-pound roller over each one 30,000 times to simulate 8 to 10 years of use. Still, there’s much to know even before you start shopping. Here’s your path to a good night’s sleep.
Four Mattress Myths
Common claims that haven’t held up in our tests:
Foam Layers Make a Better Bed
More innerspring mattresses now include foam on top. However, the foam is often too thin to make a difference on some of the hybrid models. Hybrid Innerspring models that scored well in our tests had a foam layer several inches thick, though performance still varied.
More Coils, the Better
The better innerspring models we tested had 600 to 1,000 coils. However, even if one mattress has more coils than another, the coils could be made of thinner-gauge metal. You will also hear about coil variations such as Bonnell (hourglass type), continuous wire, and individually pocketed springs. None of those is inherently superior.
Gel Provides a Cooler Sleep
Some mattresses (noted in our Ratings) have a layer of gel-infused foam that’s supposed to provide a cooling effect. However, that layer is buried beneath other layers. While our tests have shown that innerspring mattresses containing gel did tend to sleep slightly cooler, the reverse was true with gel-infused foam beds.
Extra Lumbar Support Helps Back Sleepers
An exclusive lumbar support zone is one of many ways manufacturers try to differentiate their product lines. However, there’s no guarantee that it makes any real difference, and it has not shown significant benefits in our tests.
Check Our Mattress Ratings
If possible, lie on any mattress that you are considering. Wear loose clothes and shoes you can slip off. Make yourself comfortable, and shoo away the salesperson if you are feeling pressured. Sellers should expect you to take your time. Spend at least five or ten minutes on each side and on your back (your stomach, too, if that is a preferred sleeping position). Panelists who took beds home for a month-long trial rarely changed the opinion they formed after the first night. Shopping online or at a warehouse club? Tryouts are not usually an option, so checking return policies before you buy extra important.
Check Return Policies
Make sure the store offers a full refund or credit toward another mattress. Return periods, often called “comfort guarantees,” range from a couple of weeks to 120 days. Some retailers, including Macy’s and Sears, charge a 15-percent restocking fee. Costco and some online sellers provide free pickup if you want a refund or exchange, but otherwise, you will have to pay for it—or cart the mattress to the store. Moreover, you will be responsible for any damage.
Try to Haggle
Once you have settled on a model, try to bring the price down. Many businesses, such as warehouse clubs, have fixed prices and won’t budge. However, for retailers that do negotiate—particularly specialty chains—huge markups allow them to lower prices by 50 percent or more during their frequent sales. Our recommendation: Any time of year, insist on a sale price you have seen for the mattress you know you want and don’t be afraid to walk out if you feel you are getting a raw deal.
Don’t Be Bullied Into Buying a Box Spring
You might not need it. For an innerspring mattress, the box spring (also called a “foundation”) is a wood frame enclosing stiff wire and covered with fabric to match the mattress. For foam or adjustable air mattresses, it is a box several inches high. If you are switching to a foam or adjustable air bed from an innerspring, you will need a boxy foundation that lacks springs and wire. Otherwise, if your box spring is not broken and is still structurally sound, consider keeping it and saving money (roughly $150 to $300 for a queen-size). One caveat: Some brands require you to buy their box spring to receive full warranty coverage.
Understand the Warranty
It can range from 10 to 25 years and covers only manufacturing defects such as sagging and loose or broken coil wires. Coverage is frequently prorated, meaning that it decreases over time.
On Delivery Day
Never accept delivery without inspecting the mattress (and the box spring, if you buy one) for stains and other damage. Also be sure that the mattress has a label that states “all-new material” before you send the driver on his way. If it is not there, refuse delivery. Moreover, keep it on afterward in case you do have to file a warranty claim in the future.