How to Buy a Mattress Recommended by Consumer Reports

The quality of your mattress has a direct correlation to your sleep quality.
It may be time for a new mattress if you wake up with a sore back or find your bed so uncomfortable you can't fall asleep. Consumer Reports publishes reviews that can help you find the ideal bed, which is helpful in an industry where there are dozens of options. Save yourself time and money by making sure a CR-recommended mattress is right for you, and by comparison shopping to get the best price.

Step 1

Review the current mattress recommendations by Consumer Reports. The magazine publishes a lab review of new mattresses every year in addition to its annual readership survey. If you aren't a subscriber to the magazine, you can buy an online membership on the Consumer Reports website to view all of its product ratings.

Step 2

Note the manufacturer and model number for the Consumer Reports-reviewed mattress that you want to buy.

Step 3

Test the bed to make sure it's comfortable for you. Contact the manufacturer of the mattress to find showrooms or stores that currently have the bed on display. Visit the showroom and lie on the bed, testing its springiness and size.

Step 4

Shop around for the best prices. Obtain a list of authorized resellers in your area from the mattress manufacturer and get prices from each of the resellers.

Step 5

Compare the price of the mattress offered locally to those sold by third-party mail order or online retailers. Such retailers may offer discounted prices due to increased sales volume, but watch for shipping and handling fees.

Step 6

Buy the mattress from the outlet that offers you the best total price.

Tip

  • Remember that comfort is relative. Make careful note of the characteristics listed by Consumer Reports to ensure the recommended bed you buy matches your comfort ideals. For example, a CR-recommended bed that's listed as "extra firm" likely won't appeal to you if you prefer soft mattresses.

Warning

  • Don't take the mattress' label at face value, as manufacturer descriptions aren't scientific and may rely on advertising terminology to appeal to you.

About the Author

Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.