As I was surfing the net a few days ago, doing my “research”, I ran across a video about Consumer Reports actually testing mattresses. Up until now, they’ve had the stance that they cannot recommend a specific model or brand because everyone needs something different, support and comfort wise. Now, they are apparently having people lay on them and rate them, put them through virtual wear and tear tests, and measuring the disturbance between partners. Which is the best mattress? Check it out below:
First, the good news – Simmons has been rated the number one innerspring mattress, followed by a Serta model, and a Stearns and Foster in third. As you already know, I’m a huge Simmons fan, because of their support system, durability, and quality of craftsmanship, so this was no surprise to me. The one that they tested, while I’m not sure of the model, was probably at the beginning of the Classic line-up, so it had all the guts, but none of the thrills. Regardless, I’m happy that Beautyrest has received their due and got the best mattress designation, even if they didn’t show up on the memory foam section…
I find a few flaws with this particular endeavor by Consumer Reports. First, how long did these testers actually lay on the bed? Did they have back pain? How does that translate to eight hours a night for ten years? Were they average sized, overweight, short, tall? Did they use a variety of different body types and medical issues? Do they tell you this? I couldn’t find out myself, because I don’t subscribe to Consumer Reports, so I couldn’t access the whole report. But when you think about it, I think that probably most people don’t subscribe, so they’re just going to go off of the top three best mattresses that were on the news, and not know the rest of the story. Did they test every manufacturer, and every model? Which did they test? The news story stated that they would be doing more testing and releasing more results in the near future, so I’m sure that they didn’t cover all of the bases. Finally, are they going to be doing this every year, since models change every year?
I do think that the durability testing and motion disturbance testing is valuable. Manufacturers have long done durability testing on their own beds, to improve their warranty exchange rates, and it’s great to have an independent third party doing it.
It’s a step in the right direction, but far from perfect. However, I applaud Consumer Reports for wading into the murky waters of mattresses, and trying to recommend the best mattress for the masses.