Don’t Waste Your Money: Finding the right mattress

Posted at 8:30 PM, Jul 26, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-26 20:30:14-04

The right mattress can let you sleep like a baby.

But trying to buy one can give you nightmares.

Consumer Reports surveyed more than 12, 000 subscribers about their mattresses.

It turns out innerspring mattresses did not rate as well as others.

“We found that people who bought memory-foam mattresses or air beds actually said they slept better than people who bought the traditional innerspring mattresses,” says Celia Lehrman.

The survey also asked people about their shopping experience.

“You hear the big retailers, and they`ll say `best mattresses, best price.' It sounds like a slogan, you think it`s true, but that`s really not what our survey found. The biggest stores didn`t necessarily have the best selection or the best prices,” says Lehrman.

For example, Sleepy`s claims to be the 'mattress professionals' but was among the lowest-rated retailers.

Macy`s and Sears rated better than Sleepy`s, but their ratings were still mostly so-so.

But some larger stores did very well in Consumer Reports` survey.

Select Comfort, which sells adjustable-firmness mattresses, is one. But they`re pricey. The median price for a queen is almost $2, 000.

But don`t worry. Consumer Reports says you can get a decent mattress for much less at Costco and Ikea. While customer service was lacking at both stores, the median price for a queen mattress is well under a thousand dollars.