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Published on December 3rd, 2012 | by Best Mattress Brand

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Consumer Reports®’ Best Mattress Brands of 2012

The year is almost over, and with that comes the latest polling from Consumer Reports® regarding the best mattress brands of the year. Not all mattresses are created equal. In order to better identify the best mattress brand, a good place to start is to understand the different types of mattress brands that are available.

Consumer Reports®’ Best Mattress by Type

Innerspring Mattresses

The most widely sold mattress remains the inner spring mattress. These are the traditional mattresses consisting of inner coils, or springs; which lies underneath layers of padding. Even within inner spring mattresses, there are differences. Consumers now have a wide range of mattresses to choose from in this category, including different types of pillow top mattresses.

Pillow top mattresses have been considered the best mattress type when it comes to inner spring mattresses, and this is because many people prefer to separate themselves from pressure causing springs. For this, many pillow top mattresses are starting to feature memory foam and latex as the material for the pillow top. Overall, innerspring beds have average comfort ratings, but still lag behind many of the specialty mattresses.

Best Mattress Brands: Inner Spring Mattresses

Consumers have reported that the best mattress brands for inner spring mattresses are Sealy, Serta, Simmons, and Spring Air. This is based on a 12,000 person poll, which suggested that about 73% of consumers, who purchased an inner spring mattress, were satisfied.

Air Mattresses

This category refers to the advanced air bed mattresses which feature air chambers within a mattress encasement (as opposed to camping mattresses). This category is known for adjustability, as most allow the consumer to adjust the firmness of the mattress by controlling air pressure via a remote control pump.  The consumer can raise or lower the numbered value to fit their comfort, and many offer split chambers for couples.

Best Mattress Brands: Air Mattresses

Consumers have reported are familiar with leading national brand, and often mention it as one of the best mattress brands for this category. Most know them by their tv commercials and mall stores, and they remain the most dominant brand in the category due to their retail strongholds. Satisfaction for air mattresses was higher than innerspring, but lower than memory foam.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses are derived from a polyurethane based material. Memory foam is a unique type of foam which conforms to your body shape to provide maximum comfort and minimal resistance. This is accomplished by distributing weight evenly across the beds surface, and eliminates painful pressure points common with other mattresses. Another added quality is that the sleeper is shielded from the movements on the other side of the bed, as the memory foam shuts out vibrations and movements.

Best Mattress Brands: Memory Foam

Consumers have reported that the best memory foam mattress brand was Tempur-Pedic, the most well-known and advertised brand of memory foam. In general, over 83% of consumers who purchased a memory foam mattress sited that they were satisfied. Both memory foam and air mattresses were concluded to provide a better night’s sleep than innerspring, but memory foam ranked highest overall.

Best Mattress Brands of 2012 by Reviews

 
Consumer Reports(TM)
Best Mattress Brand
Ranking Top Brands by Sales Top Brands by Reviews
#1 Serta Amerisleep
#2 Sealy Serta (iComfort)
#3 Simmons Tempur-Pedic
#4 Tempur-Pedic Select Comfort
#5 Select Comfort Sealy

The above chart indicates the best mattress brands of the year based on both sales and Best Mattress Brand’s assessment of consumer and third party reviews. The reviews largely correlate with Consumer Reports® studies, but there are also other highly rated brands able to compete with big names in terms of value and reviews. Here is an overview of the brands mentioned above:

Amerisleep

Amerisleep distinguishes itself with US-made, plant-based memory foam mattresses. Their proprietary BioPur material utilizes natural extracts to replace a majority of petroleum products, and is manufactured with zero emissions and zero VOCs. In addition to eliminating the offgassing concern from traditional memory foam, Amerisleep memory foam features a larger cell structure shown to sleep cooler and be more responsive to sleepers. Customer ratings for Amerisleep are largely favorable, ranking higher than average for memory foam beds.

Sealy

While Sealy has been a traditional inner spring mattress dealer for the better part of it’s history, it has made recent additions to it’s brand by offering both latex mattresses and foam mattresses. Their most sold models are the Posturpedic, a line of firmer coil mattresses. Their more popular latex model is the SpringFree by Sealy Posturepedic and their foam mattress model is the TrueForm by Sealy Posturpedic. Overall Sealy tends to receive ratings on par with average mattress satisfaction. The Sealy umbrella also includes Basset and Stearns and Foster.

Serta

The Serta brand is best known for the slogan of “We Make the World’s Best Mattress” and also by their wooly mascots; the counting sheep. While also traditionally an innerspring retailer, they have began adding memory foam options as well. Serta recently launched a few celebrity endorsed lines with names including Vera Wang and Donald Trump.

Simmons

Simmons most recognized marketing tactic are the bowling ball commercials and ads, which highlight it’s superiority among spring mattresses when it comes to non motion transference; allowing consumers to toss and turn without affecting their partners. They also have a line of latex and memory foam mattresses. Simmons most popular line is the Beautyrest collection, which includes a wide range of spring mattresses and more recently, some foam additions as well.

Tempur-Pedic

Tempur-Pedic is known the mattress brand that revolutionized sleeping over 10 years ago, by introducing the first memory foam mattresses. Tempurpedic offers a range of mattresses from their classic collection, plus many newer additions like the Breeze line, designed to sleep cooler, and the Simplicity, a 2.5lb density mattress designed to be more affordable. Extensive advertising has helped Tempurpedic become a household name in recent years, though their prices put them in luxury end of the market. Reviews on Tempurpedic beds tend to above average compared to memory foam offered by Simmons and Serta.

 

The Consumer Reports® studies poll a range of shoppers on for bed opinions, providing a useful tool for shoppers. Perhaps the most noteworthy outcome is that “alternative” mattress types like memory foam and air were rated better than the common innerspring. Assessments of customer and third party reviews supports many of Consumer Reports®’ findings, though it is important to note some smaller or newer brands are beginning to make waves as well. Seeing the best liked mattress brands and types to give you an edge in decision making, but remember that the “big name” brands are always likely to have more recognition and reviews which doesn’t necessarily make them the best overall. You should always look at a variety of options because what proves the best mattress for one may not for another, and often the big names’ inflated price is a result of bigger markup and advertising.

Disclaimer: Consumer Reports is a trademark of the Consumers Union of United States, Inc. and is neither affiliated in any way with nor endorsing any content on Best Mattress Brand.

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