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    Best Mattresses of 2024

    Our rigorous lab tests cut through the hype and zero in on the top innerspring, foam, and adjustable air beds

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    Sleep Number 360 p6 Smart Bed Mattress, Avocado Green Mattress, and Casper Original Mattress.
    Over the years, CR has tested hundreds of mattresses, including those from popular brands like (from top) Sleep Number, Avocado, and Casper.
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    A mattress brand may claim to have the “best” or “most comfortable” bed on the market, but the key to finding the right mattress for your individual needs is focusing on what works best for your sleep position and body type.

    That’s because comfort depends on a variety of factors and differs greatly from individual to individual. Instead of getting bogged down in marketing-speak during your mattress search, let our lab testing and surveys of actual mattress owners show you the way.

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    We evaluate the three most common types of mattresses—innerspring (including hybrid mattresses, which combine foam with coils), all-foam, and adjustable air—for a myriad of features and specifications so that you have the information you need to choose the right one.


    Whether they’re from established brands like Beautyrest and Tempur-Pedic or popular mattress-in-a-box companies like DreamCloud and Tuft & Needle, we put each mattress through stringent testing.

    Of the 19 mattresses we recently evaluated (including those from popular brands Purple, Sealy Posturepedic, and Nectar), 10 scored high enough to earn CR’s recommendation. This batch also ushered in the return of Sleep Number to our mattress ratings following the popular adjustable-air brand’s revamp of its product line. We tested a total of four Sleep Number models, and two clinched a spot in our “best of the year” roundup below.

    Another brand touting a new lineup is Casper. The leading mattress-in-a-box retailer recently overhauled its product offerings, discontinuing popular models and reconstructing others, like the highly rated Casper Snow. Those included in our roundup have been discontinued but are still widely available for purchase at partner retailers. We’re currently testing the manufacturer’s newest beds and will add those to our ratings this summer.

    To learn more about how to shop for a mattress and determine which one fits your needs the best, check our mattress buying guide or explore our mattress selector. To read about more mattresses we’ve tested, check our comprehensive ratings of more than 250 mattresses.

    Best Innerspring Mattresses

    Innerspring mattresses are composed of steel coils topped with layers of cushioning made with fiber-filled padding or foam (or both). They’re typically a better choice than foam mattresses if you prefer a bit of bounce.

    Best Foam Mattresses

    Foam mattresses consist entirely of foam layers. Latex foam mattresses have a somewhat springy feel to them; synthetic foam mattresses (memory foam in particular) tend to lack resilience. You’ll feel as if you’re sleeping “in” the mattress as opposed to on top of it.

    Best Adjustable Air Mattresses

    Adjustable air mattresses can be inflated to your desired firmness level using a remote control or a smartphone app. In some cases, you can opt for separate chambers on each side. So if you’re sleeping with a partner, each of you can select a preferred firmness. Just note that these nice-to-haves often come with an inflated price.

    How CR Tests Mattresses

    There are more than 250 mattresses in our ratings, each with an Overall Score that’s determined, in large part, by its performance on each test: sleeper support, firmness level, stabilization level, and durability. 

    To test stability (also known as motion isolation), we drop a 38.5-pound weight onto the mattress and measure the vibrations at the point of impact and across the mattress. This tells us how easily sleepers should be able to shift their weight without disturbing a partner. We also test how well the mattress keeps its shape over time by operating a machine that moves a 300-plus-pound wood roller across the surface of each mattress 30,000 times. 

    The ratings for mattress comfort and owner satisfaction included in the Overall Score are based on data from survey results on almost 67,000 mattresses. To learn more about how we test and rate mattresses, and how to choose the right one for you, check our mattress buying guide.

    We also recently started examining a mattress’s impact on the environment and health, taking into account a range of factors, including materials and construction, durability, owner satisfaction, and shipping footprint. Our Green Choice recommendations are designated with a green leaf icon in our comprehensive mattress ratings.

    Looking for a mattress for your specific needs? Explore our mattress selector.

    How CR Picks the Best Mattresses

    It can be difficult to find the best mattress for a particular person because comfort and feel are so subjective. For the best outcome, we recommend that you lie on a mattress before committing. That said, CR’s engineers and survey teams assess every mattress that comes into CR’s labs for several objective criteria that can define a high-quality mattress.

    Support: A great mattress should help keep your spine aligned throughout the night. For this roundup, we chose mattresses that performed well all-around for both side sleepers and back sleepers. (But keep in mind that a mattress with a low score for, say, back-sleeper support may be a good choice for side sleepers. That’s why it’s important to explore our comprehensive mattress ratings and filter specifically for your needs.)

    Durability: Mattresses shouldn’t sag, soften, or provide less support after just a few years, so we highlight those that score well in our durability test, which simulates eight to 10 years of use.

    Stability: We look for mattresses with high stability scores, meaning they isolate motion well, so your partner’s movement on one side of the mattress won’t jostle you awake on the opposite side.

    Positive feedback on CR’s member surveys: Our member survey ratings cover thousands of mattresses purchased in the past decade, allowing us to collect the data needed to determine comfort and owner-satisfaction scores according to brand.

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    Tanya A. Christian

    Tanya Christian joined Consumer Reports as a multimedia content creator in 2021, bringing with her more than a decade of experience in the home and lifestyle space. As a content manager for small kitchen appliances, home remodeling products, and the sleep category, she’s happy to provide readers with recommendations on great design, helpful cooking tools, and smart ways to achieve better sleep. Follow her on Twitter @tanyaachristian.