Saving with 6abc: Best mattress choices

March 5, 2013 2:14:50 PM PST
We all love a good night's sleep, and a good mattress can help so Consumer Reports' latest test results help you cut through the barrage of ads and cut costs.

A new survey by Consumer Reports finds 1 in 5 people wished they'd bought a different mattress. So before you get a new one, check out our test results.

Consumer Reports tested a dozen queen-size foam and innerspring mattresses, ranging in price from less than $500 to nearly $2,000. The tests included body support (how well each mattress maintains the natural curve of your spine) when you're on your back and when you're on your side. Another test checked for firmness. Plus, there was a test for durability by rolling a heavy weight over each mattress 30,000 times.

Consumer Reports also cut open the mattresses to inspect the construction.

The results, according to the testers: You don't have to spend a fortune to get a great mattress.

"Higher-priced frills like additional coils or fancier fabrics really don't guarantee a better mattress," said Consumer Reports' Chris Regan.

There were three queen-size mattresses that cost under $1,000 that were named Best Buys.

For innersprings: The Simmons Glover Park from Sears for $780 and the Serta Perfect Sleeper Elite from Macy's for $835.

For foam mattresses: The Novaform Serafina from Costco comes in a box. You just roll it out, and it's ready for you to get a good night's sleep for $900.

Consumer Reports says if possible, try any mattress in the store before you buy. If you can't do that, check the return policy carefully and make sure there are no restocking fees. While you can't try the Costco mattress, you can return it for free and there is no charge for pickup.