Mattress Ratings — How to Find the Best Rated Mattresses

Mattress ratings are not easy to find. While you can easily access a variety of consumer mattress reviews, getting objective ratings in a systematic way is much more difficult. There are several reasons for this.

One reason is that mattress manufacturers seem determined to avoid any objective rating system for their mattresses. They do this by making it very difficult to find the same mattress model in more than one outlet.

As the Consumer Reports mattress guide points out, if you shop for one model, say the Sealy Blankety-Blank, at a mattress sale at high-end department store, and then head over to your mattress discounters to see if you can get a better price — you will not find that same mattress there.

Or more accurately, you might find the same mattress, but you’ll never know it because it will have a different name, such as Sealy Bloopidy-Bloop, and may also look completely different, with a different fabric, stitching pattern, and other details.

So how can a good mattress rating system develop if no one knows what exactly what they’re rating? Well, it can but it’s just not as easy as rating a car model, which remains exactly the same in name and construction no matter which dealer you go to.

First, you must do a little research about mattress manufacturers. Find out how each manufacturer rates their own product lines. Usually there is a “good, better, best” type of hierarchy. At least three or four mattresses usually make up each product line, starting with the lowest-priced model and working up to the “luxury” model.

At this point, you must understand which features are added to make the next mattress in line “better” than the one below it. In an innerspring mattress, you might be looking at:

  • Coil count
  • Coil type
  • Construction
  • Foundation
  • Padding
  • Fabric

Now, interestingly enough, not all of these features affect the actual amount of comfort or discomfort you experience when you sleep on the mattress. Some may have an effect on how long the mattress keeps its shape (and such durability is certainly worth considering), but others are just for appearance and “feel”.

Some features which are advertised as adding comfort might have the opposite effect for you personally. Every body is unique, and that thick, plush, fancy, “luxurious” mattress topper might leave you entirely unimpressed and possibly less comfortable than you’d be without it. Score one for your wallet!

This is why it’s important to try out as many types in a product line as you can so that you can see for yourself which added features give you, as an individual, or both of you as a couple, more sleeping comfort.

Mattresses also make rating and comparing difficult by giving their construction materials cute trademarked names that only they can use. So you might see something like “Intelli-Gel-Pedic-Foam” in their padding layers and have no way to compare it to “Genius-Gel-Hybrid-Foam” that another brand will boast about. to use the same analogy of cars, think how easy it is to spot the features of each brand and model, such as “antilock brakes” and “4-cylinder engine.” Quite a difference.

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