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Published on July 22nd, 2014 | by Mattress Journal

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Consumer Reports 2014 Mattress Tests & Review Comparison

A few months ago, we covered the release of Consumer Reports’ 2014 mattress guide, and the review publication just recently announced a new round of testing.

See what Consumer Reports has in store for their next round of reviews, and see how CR’s Picks compare in Mattress Journal’s own reviews as well.

Consumer Reports Announces Next Round of Mattress Tests

Consumer Reports announced their latest round of testing July 10, 2014, with results expected by the end of summer. See what beds they’ll be examining soon, and recap their previous mattress picks from this Spring.

Consumer Reports’ March 2014 Mattress Reviews

Previously, in their March 2014 issue, Consumer Reports’ announced the results of tests covering 24 different models. They used electronic sensor testing to measure support, a roller test to measure durability, and compared firmness claims.

While the full rankings were only available to paid CR subscribers, their media releases reported their top-rated picks as including the Novaform Serafina 14” memory foam mattress ($800), and the Serta Perfect Day iSeries Applause spring mattress ($1075).

The models CR rated lowest among the group were the Ashley Sleep Ellis Bay 15” memory foam ($1200) and IKEA Sultan Holmsta spring mattress ($580), which earned low support scores; the Spa Sensations 10” memory foam mattress ($360) which earned low durability scores; and the Duxiana Dux 100 spring mattress ($4800), which lacked back support, motion isolation and comparative value.

Consumer Reports’ Summer 2014 Mattress Tests

In this latest round of testing, the publication announced they will be comparing several budget beds to higher-end  mattresses.

They will also be adding tests of the Original Mattress Factory’s Orthopedic Luxury Firm mattress ($540) based on positive consumer surveys, and comparing this lower-priced bed to March’s more expensive options.

Consumer Reports will be testing two more mattresses-in-a-box from Costco, including the Novaform Altabella ($1300) and the Spring Air Natalie Back Supporter latex hybrid ($1200).

Mattress Journal’s 2014 Mattress Reviews

We collected specification information and online consumer reviews for the mattresses Consumer Reports tested in March and models they are currently testing to see how they compared. We’ve also included information on other fairly popular models in each category (not addressed by CR) to offer perspective.

Innersprings

Model

Specs

Reviews

Price

Where to Buy

Serta iSeries Vantage (replaces Applause)12” high
3/4” memory foam
1” regular foam
1008 pocket coil in coil
78%+$1100-1299Serta.com, Many nat’l retailers
Duxiana Dux 10112-3/4” high
2” removable latex topper
Wood frame
1776 interlocking coils
74%*$4800Duxiana stores
IKEA Sultan Holmsta12.6” high
1.5” synthetic latex
484 pocket coils
67%*$549IKEA stores
Original Mattress Factory Orthopedic Luxury Firm12.5” high
3.5” foam
2-sided design
486 offset coils
96%^$540OMF website/stores
Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Cushion Firm12-14” high
0.5-1” gel memory foam
825 pocket coils
74%+$1299-2500Many nat’l retailers
Simmons Beautyrest Recharge World Class Alexandria/Phillipsburg11-14” high
1-2” gel memory foam
1-2” memory foam
1000 pocket coils
80%+^$899-1699Many nat’l retailers
Denver Mattress Madison Plush12” high
5” regular foam
567 pocket coils
85%+^$599Furniture Row website/stores
*Reviews from SleepLikeTheDead.org; +Reviews from Retailer Website(s); ^Reviews from Viewpoints/ResellerRatings/Goodbed

The latest round of Consumer Reports tests will include the Original Mattress Factory Orthopedic Luxury Firm, which will be compared against previous tests of Serta, Duxiana, and IKEA models.

The Serta iSeries Applause (now replaced by the Vantage model) scored highest in previous Consumer Reports tests. It does indeed earn reviews considerably higher than average for an innerspring. The Dux 101 and Sultan Holmsta models are also above average as well, however the Dux 101 is a whopping $4800, while the Holmsta is only $549.

Compared to the similarly priced IKEA Sultan Holmsta, the Original Mattress Factory Orthopedic Luxury Firm has similar coil counts, but uses regular foam rather than latex and features a two-sided design. The OMF model also shows strong reviews in the small sample on the OMF website, so it just may impress the CR researchers.

Other popular models we compared also have good ratings for spring mattresses. The Denver Mattress Madison is also in the lower price range, and has several positive reports online.

The Simmons Beautyrest Recharge World Class Alexandria (aka Phillipsburg) also has many good reviews, and some models are available under $1000. However, the Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Cushion Firm series costs more, and also has less favorable (but still above-average) reviews.

Memory Foam

Model

Specs

Reviews

Price

Where to Buy

Novaform Serafina14” high
3” gel memory foam (3.5lb)
84%+*$800Costco and others
Novaform Altabella14” high
1” memory foam (3lb)
2” gel memory foam (3lb)
80%+^$1300Costco and others
Ashley Sleep St. George Shores (replaces Ellis Bay)15” high
4.5” memory foam (3.5lb)
3” TorsoTec foam (?lb)
?
(old model 65%)
$1100-1700Ashley Furniture retailers
Spa Sensations MyGel 10″10” high
1.5” gel memory foam (3.0lb)
1.5” memory foam (3.0lb)
80%*+$360Walmart, Amazon, others
Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme11” high
1.2” memory foam (4.1lb)
1.6” memory foam (5.3lb)
80%*+$2399Tempurpedic.com, Several nat’l retailers
Amerisleep Revere12” high
3” memory foam (4.5lb)
91%+^$1299Amerisleep.com
Sealy Posturepedic Optimum 2.0 Destiny Gold10” high
2” gel memory foam (4lb)
1” gel memory foam (4lb)
81%+*$1400Several nat’l retailers
Serta iComfort Savant Everfeel Plush11.5” high
2” memory foam (3.0lb)
1.5” gel memory foam (4.0lb)
81%+*$1574Serta.com, Several nat’l retailers
*Reviews from SleepLikeTheDead.org; +Reviews from Retailer Website(s); ^Reviews from Viewpoints/ResellerRatings/Goodbed

As memory foam beds continue gaining popularity, Consumer Reports has included more models into their tests. The Novaform Serafina has been a CR favorite for awhile, but the new tests will also look at the Novaform Altabella.

In specifications, the Altabella appears quite similar to the Serafina. However, the Altabella has slightly less positive reviews on Costco.com and costs 40% more for no apparent reason.

Consumer Reports’ previous tests didn’t reflect favorably on the Ashley Sleep Ellis Bay or the Spa Sensations MyGel 10 inch models. The Ashley St. George Shores appears to have replaced the Ellis Bay with similar specs, but there are no online ratings currently. The Spa Sensations MyGel 10-inch continues earning average reviews online, despite the poor durability ratings from CR.

Other popular mattresses we compared included the Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme, which earns average to below-average ratings on Tempurpedic.com and retailer websites, but costs more than most other brands.

The Amerisleep Revere earns consistent above-average ratings, and has a lower price point than most other major brands. The Sealy Optimum Destiny Gold and Serta iComfort Savant Everfeel both earn similar average ratings but the Destiny costs a little less and uses higher density memory foam.

Latex

Model

Specs

Reviews

Price

Where to Buy

Spring Air Natalie Latex Hybrid10.5” high
2.25” quilt foam
3/8” gel memory foam
1” gel latex
7” poly foam core
74%+$1099Costco
IKEA MORGONGAVA7.8” high
7.8” blended latex
83%*$999IKEA stores
Astrabeds Serenity Bed8” high
8” natural talalay latex
92%^+$1999Astrabeds.com
Savvy Rest Serenity10” high
1” wool
9” natural dunlop/talalay latex
82%*^$2899-3699Savvyrest.com, select retailers
*Reviews from SleepLikeTheDead.org; +Reviews from Retailer Website(s); ^Reviews from Viewpoints/ResellerRatings/Goodbed

In the past rankings Consumer Reports released, they haven’t reviewed many latex mattresses. And, despite being called a “latex hybrid” there is not much latex in the Spring Air Natalie that the publication is currently testing. The mattress also earns reviews below average on Costco’s website (74% vs 80% average).

Compared to other options, the Spring Air also may not offer the best overall value. For example, the IKEA MORGONGAVA contains almost 8” of blended latex, costs less, and rates a little better according to SLTD.

As far as natural latex mattresses go, two brands we’ve previously compared offer 100% natural beds with organic fabrics and 100% latex constructions. The Astrabeds Serenity Bed receives well above-average consumer reviews, and contains 8 inches of latex. The Savvy Rest Serenity contains 9 inches of latex and earns slightly above-average ratings, but costs 45-85% more.

 

As Consumer Reports and the above comparisons show, brand and price alone don’t tell you the full story. Expensive beds are not always the most durable or most comfortable, and sometimes cheaper or lesser known brands can deliver good values.

Overall, if you are looking for a new mattress, Consumer Reports offers helpful insight into support potential, value and durability. However, it is important to keep in mind that they only review a small subset of available beds, and that their testing won’t necessarily tell you everything you need to know to choose a comfortable mattress.

Doing your own research, knowing what to compare, and understanding your needs are still important parts of the equation. Online reviews can provide helpful insight into durability, satisfaction and potential issues. Taking a close look at specifications like foam density, coil gauge/type, and layer compositions can also give you insight into potential durability and value.

We will issue an update once Consumer Reports releases their latest mattress test results, but in the meantime, feel free to browse our other guides or leave questions below!

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