Consumer Reports: Do you need a box spring?

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When buying a mattress, you often don't think about the added cost of a box spring or foundation. (WLS)

When buying a mattress, you often don't think about the added cost of a box spring or foundation. Do you really need to spend the extra money? Consumer Reports' experts weigh in.

"You may be tempted to skip the cost of a box spring, but depending on where you buy the mattress and what type of mattress you're buying, that can be a really tricky decision," said Haniya Rae, Consumer Reports Home Editor.

The Better Sleep Council said, "while most people focus on the mattress for comfort, in reality, your foundation is responsible for much of you bed's comfort and support."

Some companies, like WINK, recommend you use its own foundation or base.
But what about memory foam and latex mattresses?

"Some memory foam and latex mattress sellers will say all you really need is a sturdy surface," Rae said.

For example, online mattress company, Lull, said its mattress will work with anything from a box spring to a slatted bed frame to the floor.

Still, others recommend a foundation or a slatted or solid bunkie board or bed frame.
Consumer Reports said it's best to do your research before you choose your mattress.

"It really all comes down to the warranty. If you don't follow the manufacturer's instructions, then you might be voiding the warranty and that might cost you in the long run," Rae said.

Consumer Reports recently top-rated the $1,400 Avocado Green innerspring mattress. Its warranty says you should use a rigid, solid surface or slatted bed base. It's durable and ideal for a variety of sleepers whether you sleep on your back or side.

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