You don't buy a new mattress every year, unless you're Consumer Reports. In which case, you buy 50 of them for expert testing. From innerspring to memory foam, new shopping tips and ratings are revealed to help you get a better night's sleep.
To test mattresses, Consumer Reports simulates 8 to 10 years of use to see how well a mattress will hold up. It checks whether a mattress will support your spine. And, recently, testers added more tailored information to mattress ratings.
"In the past our back and side support scores were based on an average-sized individual. Now, we have broken apart that into a petite, an average and a taller or larger individual," said Chris Regan, Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports finds you also don't have to spend thousands of dollars.
Online mattress companies like Casper, Lull and Tuft and Needle are offering performance as well as very competitive pricing.
Nervous about buying online? A recent Consumer Reports survey found the highest satisfaction scores went to two online mattress brands: Tuft and Needle and Casper.
The $950 Casper mattress just earned top ratings in Consumer Reports tests of memory foam mattresses.
"Casper delivered very good performance whether you sleep on your side or on your back," Regan said.
Consumer Reports said be sure to check the trial period and return policy before you buy online. If you want the traditional in-store experience, Consumer Reports said it's still the best way to try before you buy.
"You want to spend at least 15 minutes lying on that mattress, trying it out. Get comfortable, find your ideal position, kick off your shoes, maybe even bring your pillow from home," Regan said.
Consumer Reports said whether you're online or in store, haggle. In stores, start by asking for 50 percent off the list price and take it from there.
Another way to save is to ask for a price guarantee, so if the mattress goes on sale within 30 days you can get a refund for the difference.
Checking for free delivery and haul-away service can also save you some money.
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Consumer Reports: Buying a new mattress