The best mattress for your money

The best mattress for your money
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Looking for the best mattress for your money? To cut through the clutter of advertising you’ll see out there, Consumer Reports has a look at the best mattresses and mattress retailers.

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The best affordable mattresses

The magazine broke out their findings by category: Traditional innerspring, memory foam and adjustable air. In each category, Consumer Reports recommends a best buy, as well as other mattresses they recommend based on ratings.


The Denver Mattress Doctor’s Choice for $500.  Two other best buys — the Charles P. Rogers St. Regis Pillowtop and the Beautyrest Platinum Hailey Luxury Firm — price out at nearly twice the cost. They’re $1,100 and $1,190, respectively.

Memory foam

There are no fewer than five best buys in this category. Despite a lot of competition from bedding upstarts like Casper and Tuft & Needle, the best buy with the cheap price is from an Old Faithful of the mattress industry. It’s the Serta Luxury 12″ Gel Memory Foam and it costs only $500.

Adjustable air

Check out the Sleep Number c2 Bed for $800.

Price doesn’t equal quality

It’s important to remember that price does not necessarily equate to satisfaction with mattresses. A more expensive mattress may not make for a better product.

For more tips on finding the right mattress for you, check out Consumer Reports’ buying guide here.

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Who is the best mattress retailer?

On the question of retailers, Consumer Reports ranked Amazon as the top choice for customer satisfaction, followed closely by the Original Mattress Factory.

Money expert Clark Howard’s longtime recommendation of Costco as a great place to buy a mattress is getting a little headwind this year. Costco drops to the fourth spot on the tally.

That said, Costco has a great return policy on mattresses: A full money back refund without penalty and no time limit. That really makes Costco stand apart!

Clark loves the warehouse clubs for mattress shopping, and he’s long advised people to test the mattress right there in the store for an extended period. Just bring a book or your phone to Costco or Sam’s Club and get those mattresses off the displays or yank them off the walls. Then lay there for 15 minutes and see how you like the feel before you buy.

Meanwhile, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Casper, which is a new mattress company that’s beloved by millennials. Casper’s mattresses come via package delivery in this tiny box. You open it up and watch the bed unfold before your eyes. The mattress, which sells for between $500 and $950, is made of memory foam and latex.

Here’s the reason a lot of young people really like this company: Casper gives you 100 nights to test out their mattress. If you don’t like it, you send it back for 100% refund.

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Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo is director of content for He has co-written 2 books with Clark Howard, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times.
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