We all love a good night’s sleep, and a good mattress can help. But a mattress can
be one of the hardest things to buy, and a new survey by Consumer Reports found
that about one in five people wished they’d bought a different mattress. So Consumer
Reports tested a dozen queen-size foam and innerspring mattresses, ranging in price
from less than $500 to almost $2,000.
Body support is Consumer Reports’ most important test. Technicians map the natural
curve of the spine for a range of people. Then they record how well each mattress
maintains that curve when sleeping on your back. Testers also check how well your
body is supported when sleeping on your side.
In another test, technicians check for firmness by applying increasing amount of weight
to each mattress. Many of the mattresses tested aren’t as firm as they claim. And
because you want the mattress to last, there is also a test for durability. A heavy roller
passes over each mattress 30,000 times.