Mattress ratings are generally a good way to compare one type or brand to another and determine which may be the best choice for you, but if you look closely at many of the ratings available to consumers you might find a few things you weren't expecting. There are several sources of ratings, including Consumer Reports and several websites that focus on mattress comparisons, any of which can serve as a good resource.
What stands out the most in the majority of these ratings is that the top rated mattresses aren't the name brands that most people think of, such as Serta and Simmons. There are several lesser known brands, including Saatva and Loom & Leaf that rate quite highly among consumers. These brands have received high marks for quality, price and services such as delivery and warranty.
At the top of many mattress ratings these days is Bed In A Box. Offered through their website, there are six models available including innerspring and memory foam. The mattresses score top marks for lack of noise and motion distribution, making them ideal for shared beds. Since Bed In A Box mattresses are purchased online and delivered right to your door, as with all online mattress purchases they preclude the ability to actually try out the mattress before purchasing. Despite this major drawback, customers have been extremely satisfied with these affordable mattresses, which range from $400 to $2200.
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Among the better known brands, the only one that consistently rates toward the top of the list is Tempur-Pedic. Known for their memory foam construction, these are among the pricier mattress on the market today, ranging from $1,300 to $5,300 or more but consumers find them well worth the cost. They rate especially highly among individuals with joint and back issues, for whom pain relief and pressure point relief is a particular necessity.
Because of their unique construction, Tempur-Pedic mattresses tend to be much heavier than the average mattress and are thus more difficult to move, but that doesn't seem to affect their standing in most mattress ratings. They do have a good lifespan and perhaps most important in the often confusing world of mattress sales, their marketing approach tends to be more straightforward and understandable than most.
Surprisingly, the top names among traditional innerspring mattresses, Sealy, Serta and Simmons, don't usually rate as highly as most people would think. In general, innerspring mattresses are not as durable as either memory foam or adjustable air and many customers have complained about lack of longevity. All three of the top brands have had issues with customer satisfaction, and Simmons in particular has had a higher than average number of complaints via the Better Business Bureau.
So what does this look at mattress ratings tell a prospective buyer? The main lesson to learn is that price and reputation don't necessarily equal the best product. When you're talking about your ability to get a good night's sleep, which can have an impact on your overall health, it is particularly important to ensure that you choose the best product for your individual needs.
If you are in the market for a new mattress, by all means do your research and consult the various mattress ratings available and don't just rely on the many sales pitches and marketing materials put out by mattress companies. Your ability to sleep well is far too important to take lightly so the more informed you are, the better equipped you'll be to make the right choice.