What is the best mattress for your money?

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What is the best mattress for your money?
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Looking for the best mattress for your budget?

Money expert Clark Howard 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.

However, a number of online-only mattress companies have shaken up the industry.

The great thing about all of them is that they give you plenty of time to test out your mattress purchase in your very own home and return the product if it doesn’t suit your needs.

RELATED: 5 online mattress sellers that are reshaping the industry

Still, there are a lot of options out there when it comes to one of the most important purchases you will make.

To cut through the clutter of advertising out there, Consumer Reports has taken a look at the best mattresses and mattress retailers. Let’s review their findings.

Here are the best affordable mattresses

The magazine broke out their survey by category: Traditional innerspring, memory foam and adjustable air. All prices and dimensions shown below are for queen mattresses.

Innerspring

Innerspring mattresses can be costly. But there were a few affordable outliers all named “best buys” by the magazine:

Denver Mattress
Doctor’s Choice Plush

Denver Mattress Doctor's Choice Plush

  • Dimensions: 80 x 60 x 11
  • Number of grips: 4
  • Warranty: 15 years non-prorated
  • Price: $580

Charles P. Rogers

St. Regis Pillowtop

Charles P. Rogers St. Regis Pillowtop

  • Dimensions: 81 x 61 x 13
  • Number of grips: 4
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Price: $1,160

Classic Brands
Sleep Trends Davy

Classic Brands Sleep Trends Davy

  • Dimensions: 80 x 60 x 10
  • Number of grips: Zero
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Price: $780

Memory foam

None of the “best buys” in this category crack the four-digit territory, which is nice for your wallet.

Online bedding upstarts like Casper and Tuft & Needle make a strong showing here.

And we know you’re curious whether or not any mattresses for sale at Costco show up on this list…

Casper
The Casper

The Casper mattress

  • Dimensions: 79 x 59 x 10
  • Number of grips: Zero
  • Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
  • Price: $995

Novaform
Serafina Pearl (available at Costco)

Novaform Serafina Pearl (Costco) mattress

  • Dimensions: 81 x 60 x 14
  • Number of grips: Zero
  • Warranty: 20-year limited warranty
  • Price: $800

Lull
The Lull

The Lull mattress

  • Dimensions: 80 x 60 x 10
  • Number of grips: Zero
  • Warranty: 10-year warranty
  • Price: $800

Tuft & Needle
T&N Mattress

Tuft & Needle T&N Mattress

  • Dimensions: 80 x 60 x 10
  • Number of grips: Zero
  • Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
  • Price: $575

Adjustable air

There have been several “best buy” choices in each category up to this point. You could say that the “air” starts to get kind of thin in this final category.

Last year, only three mattresses made the cut when Consumer Reports looked at adjustable air bedding, and they were all from the same manufacturer — Sleep Number.

This year, there’s only a single entry and it’s just “recommended,” not a “best buy.”

In fact, we hesitate to even include it in this list because of the price tag. But if you’re a dedicated adjustable air sleeper, you may find the expense justified.

Sleep Number
360 p6 Smart Bed

Sleep Number 360 p6 Smart Bed mattress

  • Dimensions: 80 x 60 x 11
  • Number of grips: Zero
  • Warranty: 25-year limited warranty
  • Price: $2,600

Remember, price doesn’t equal quality when it comes to mattresses!

A more expensive mattress may not make for a better product. Want to find the right mattress for you? Check out Consumer Reports’ buying guide here.

Who is the best mattress retailer?

On the question of retailers, Consumer Reports ranked Tuft & Needle as the top choice for customer satisfaction, followed closely by Casper and Amazon. Notice how those are all online retailers.

A couple of physical retailers with traditional showroom space that ranked well are the Original Mattress Factory and Costco Wholesale — though Costco gets dinged in the ratings because of the lack of selection.

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

RELATED: 12 of the weirdest returns Costco employees have ever seen!

Meanwhile, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Casper once again. Casper’s mattresses come via package delivery in a tiny box. You open up the box and watch the bed unfold before your eyes. The mattress is made of memory foam and latex.

There’s a reason a lot of young people really like this company: Casper gives you 100 nights to test out their mattress, as do many of their online competitors. If you don’t like it, you send it back for 100% refund with free return pickup — no questions asked.

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