Consumer Reports 2016 Mattress Reviews: Compare Memory Foam and Innerspring Beds

Consumer Reports Best Mattress Reviews of 2015

Consumer Reports mattress reviews are known for being a great place to find a lot of information when you are shopping for a new bed. The consumer advocate magazine recently published their 2016 mattress report, and we have some of their findings here.

Each year Consumer Reports evaluates a number of brand names on support, durability and a number of other factors to help customers weed out the good beds from the bad. In our guide, we’ll walk you through their best innerspring and memory foam  picks for the year and offer some of what we’ve learned.

Our Top Picks of 2016

These are the picks we feel are the best mattresses of 2016. They may have been overlooked by Consumer Reports, but Smart Sleep Reviews feels these beds are a significant value and must be mentioned. We picked the memory foam and spring mattress we felt is the best value based on specs, customer reviews and independent reviews. Here they are:

Brand/ModelTypePriceSpecsReviews (source)
Amerisleep Revere BedMemory foam$1,299Med-firm
3” 4.5lb MF
9” 2.0lb foam base
4.7 / 5
(Amerisleep)
Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid Tracy FirmInnerspring$1,800Firm1” gel memory foam
2” gel memory foam
.5” poly foam
1000 Pocket coils
5 / 5 (USMattress)

The Revere Bed from Amerisleep, like all of their beds, is made from a newer type of memory foam that is derived from soybean oil. This eco-friendly, plant-based foam uses a construction that creates more open cells, which improves air flow through the mattress and helps to keep temperatures neutral. It is the company’s highest rated mattress, receiving an average of 4.7 stars from over 400 customer reviews.

Another unique thing about Amerisleep mattresses is that they are covered with a material made from Celliant-infused fibers. Celliant is a thermoreactive material that converts body heat into healing infrared light, a proven vasodilator. This promotes circulation, increases tissue oxygen levels and enhances cell vitality.

Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid Tracy Firm is an innerspring bed that receives solid reviews from customers. It has gel memory foam and poly foam in the comfort layer and is rated as firm.

WIth 1,000 high-carbon steel coils of gauge 13, this mattress provides good support and durability. The individually-wrapped springs ensure motion is isolated so one partner doesn’t disturb the other much when moving. In the upper price range, this mattress is a good choice for those who prefer innerspring mattresses.

Consumer Reports 2016 Mattress Ratings

The Consumer Reports 2016 mattress guide has some newer brands mixed with some of the old stalwarts. These are the beds the magazine has rated the highest with their rating system. The higher the number, the better the bed rates. What’s interesting is those in the mid-range for price seemed to rate best for the most part. That is pretty good news for the budget-conscious shopper.

If you’re curious as to how one rates a bed, Consumer Reports shows us how they test mattresses in a short video. You can see they put beds to the test. A heavy roller goes over the bed 30,000 times, various spinal alignment tests are performed and many other exhaustive measures are taken to see how the brands measure up. Here are the winners from the limited number Consumer Reports tested.

Best Spring Mattresses of 2016

Innerspring mattresses have long been the most commonly purchased type of bed, if for no other reason than they are the most widely available. Consumer Reports looked at twenty different beds from brands like Ashley, Shifman, Sealy, Serta, Saatva, Casper, Original Mattress Factory and many more.

After subjecting them to rigorous testing, here is what they came up with. These are the top ten spring according to the Consumer Reports mattress reviews.

Consumer Report’s Best Innerspring Mattresses of 2016

Here are the top ten innerspring beds according to Consumer Reports mattress reviews, followed by their firmness rating and price:

  • Charles P. Rogers Powercore Estate 5000 – Medium, $1,500.
  • Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Trust – Soft, $1,250.
  • Beautyrest Recharge Hybrid Jeffery’s Bay – Medium, $1,800
  • Charles P Rogers St. Regis Pillowtop – Medium, $1,100
  • Stearns & Foster Estate Scarborough Luxury Firm – Soft, $1,575
  • Duxiana Dux 515 – Soft, $7,595
  • The Original Mattress Factory Orthopedic Luxury Firm – Soft, $540
  • Duxiana Dux 101 – Soft, $4,800
  • Serta iSeries Vantage – Soft, $1,075
  • Stearns & Foster Estate Walnut Grove Luxury Firm – Soft, $1,575

Best Memory Foam Mattresses of 2016

For this category, Consumer Reports actually tested 16 different models of memory foam, latex and foam beds from some of the best mattress brands. Some of the names include Serta, Spring Air, Ikea, Novaform, Sealy, Tempurpedic and more.

Here are the top ten foam and memory foam beds according to the Consumer Reports mattress reviews.

Consumer Report’s Best Memory Foam Mattresses of 2016

Here are the top ten foam and memory foam beds according to Consumer Reports mattress reviews, followed by their firmness rating and price:

  • Serta iComfort Savant Everfeel – Soft, $1,575
  • Spring Air Back Supporter Natalie – Medium, $1,200
  • Ikea Morgongava – Medium, $1,000
  • Comforpedic iQ180 – Soft, $2,750
  • Sleep Innovations 12″ Gel Swirl – Medium, $470
  • Novaform Altabella – Medium, $1,300
  • Ikea Myrbacka – Medium, $550
  • Serta iComfort Sleep System Genius – Medium, $1,375
  • Serta iComfort Directions Acumen – Soft, $2,220

Consumer Reports Mattress Review

It is interesting to see Consumer Reports rate some innerspring beds higher than their highest memory foam mattresses. Most customer reviews and independent reviewers find that memory foam rates much higher than spring beds. Bed review site, SleepLiketheDead.com, shows memory foam in general rates almost twenty percentage points higher than innersprings.

The difference in ratings may be attributed to Consumer Reports more quantitative approach than most review sites, which tend to use actual customer testimonials. Which is better? The “numbers” approach may seem like the best route because it appears the more objective, but the qualitative estimations of actual users should not be discounted.

Comfort is largely subjective. Consumer Reports doesn’t rate comfort, exactly. They use technology to map pressure points, measure support and test for firmness and basically use the data collected to create a numerical value for comfort. Another potential reason for the difference in reviews is that the mechanical tests were designed with springs in mind, and may not translate the same way to foam beds.

When customers rate a product for comfort, they are qualitatively analyzing it and coming up with a value related to a feeling they have. While this may appear less scientific, it can reveal things about the products other tests may miss. When looking for something as subjective as comfort, it isn’t a bad idea to consider qualitative assessments.

Don’t just buy the most popular mattress, do some research and find out which bed is right for you. There are plenty of good beds on the market. If you check Consumer Reports’ mattress ratings and other review sites regularly, you’ll have no trouble finding one.

Shop Smart: Compare the 10 Best and 10 Worst Mattresses of 2016

Shop Smart: Compare the 10 Best and 10 Worst Mattresses of 2015

Are you trying to find the best mattresses of 2016 and some information on how to avoid some of the worst beds? This guide is for you. We’ve sorted through a lot of reviews and information to bring you the top rated mattresses, so you don’t have to.

Shopping for a new mattress should be an exciting time. A new bed usually means better sleep,and we all love our sleep. Don’t let your excitement lead you to a bad or hasty decision, though. Beds are considered larger purchases for most households and they last awhile. You don’t want to be stuck with a lemon.

What is the Best Rated Mattress?

This question is the inspiration for our making this review. In the next sections we have highlighted the top 10 mattresses of 2016. We list the five best memory foam mattresses followed by the five best innerspring mattresses.

If you are on the fence between innersprings and memory foam, you should know memory foam tends to get better customer approval ratings than spring beds overall, according to review sites like SleepLikeTheDead.com. Customer satisfaction rates for coil beds average about 63% and memory foam averages about 81%. Since memory foam beds are now comparable in price to coil beds, you may want to give one a try.

Best Memory Foam Mattresses

Bed / BrandDetailsWarranty / ReturnsPrice (queen)
Amerisleep Revere BedFirm
12” profile
3” 4.0 lb memory foam
9” 1.5 lb foam base
20 years
100 days
$1,499
iComfort Aura EFX Cushion Firm setFirm
9" profile
.75” foam
2" 4.0 lb gel memory foam
6" foam base
10 years
120 days
$1,275
LUCID 12 Inch Gel Memory Foam MattressMed-firm
12” profile
2” 4.0 lb gel memory foam
2” 3.0 lb memory foam
8” loam base
25 years
30 days
$510
Sleep Innovations 12″ Inch ShilohSoft to Firm
12” profile
2.5” memory foam
9.5” foam
20 years
30 days
$390
Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme BreezeMed-soft
11” profile
2” 4.1 lb memory foam
2” 5.3 lb memory foam
7” foam
10 years
90 days
$3,199

1. Amerisleep Revere Bed

Amerisleep mattresses are all made from plant-based memory foam. This sustainable foam is derived from soybean oil and omits far fewer VOCs than synthetic foams. The Revere is the company’s most popular and highly-rated bed averaging 4.7 stars from over 400 verified reviews.

The Revere, like all of the Amerisleep line, is covered in a Celliant-infused fabric that converts body heat into therapeutic infrared light. It has been clinically proven to improve circulation and increase blood oxygenation. Your heat activates it all night to provide health benefits.

2. iComfort Aura EFX Cushion Firm

The EFX line is named after the EverFeel foam technology it contains, which Serta claims conforms to the body well without needing time or temperature to adapt. It receives 4.3 stars from customers on Sleepy’s.com.

The profile is only 9.5 inches, so heavier people or side sleepers may need to find a thicker model. Gel memory foam and foam make up the comfort layers and the base is 6 inches. Customer reviews indicate the mattress they received being less firm than anticipated.

3. Tempurpedic Cloud Supreme Breeze

The Cloud Supreme Breeze is in the middle of Tempurpedic’s line up as far as price is concerned. It is priced in the luxury range in relation to the rest of the market, however. This bed receives 4.5 of 5 stars from over 80 customer reviews on Tempurpedic’s website.

It has 4.1 lb and 5.3 lb density memory foam for the comfort layers, which is good. The density of the base foam layer isn’t specified.  The Supreme Breeze receives about 35% fewer complaints about heat than other Tempurpedic mattresses according to SleepLikeTheDead.com.

The main complaint many people have about Tempurpedic mattresses is the price. When a customer feels they paid too much for an item, they want it to stand up to strict standards of quality and not everyone feels like this brand is great value.

4. LUCID 12 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

The Lucid 12” Gel is the one of the most affordable memory foam bed in our review today. It is medium firm and has eight inches of high density foam for the base layer. On top of that is two inches of 4 lb memory foam and on that layer is two inches of 3 lb gel memory foam.

This Lucid bed provides great support and comfort. The problems with beds that are inexpensive is they tend to have problems with durability and don’t last long with regular use. Cheaper mattresses are better for infrequent or light use.

5. Sleep Innovations 12 Inch Shiloh

The 12” Shiloh  from Sleep Innovations mattress is the most inexpensive in our review. It receives 4.3 stars from over 3,000 customers on Amazon. It is a medium firm bed with 2.5 inches of memory foam on top of a 9.5-inch foam base.

Again, while cheaper mattresses may perform well, they probably won’t for very long with regular use. Price and durability are often correlates with mattresses.

Best Innerspring Mattresses

Bed / BrandDetailsWarranty / ReturnsPrice
Sealy Posturepedic Market Street Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop Queen Set14.75” profile
Firm
3” polyester
.5” gel memory foam
825 pocket coils 13.75 gauge
10 years
120 days
$997 (set)
Denver Mattress Doctor’s Choice Euro Top1.5” 1.8 lb foam
1” soy foam,
4” 1.8 lb foam
750 pocket coils
15 years
365 days
$549
Serta iSeries Vantage Firm1”-1.5” foam
?“ gel memory foam
?“ foam
1008 pocket coils 15-16 gauge
10 Years
120 Days
$1,074
Simmons Beautyrest Recharge 11.5 Luxury FirmFirm
11.5” profile
1/2“ gel foam
1/2“ foam
2“ foam
800 pocket coils
13 gauge
20 years
Depends on retailer
$850 (approximately)
Stearns & Foster Signature Cape May Luxury Plush14” profile
Plush
?” gel foam
? pocket coils
? gauge
10 years
Depends on retailer
$1,175

1. Simmons Beautyrest Recharge 11.5 Luxury Firm

The Beautyrest Recharge is one of the most popular models from Simmons. It has a 11.5-inch profile and rates around 4.5 stars from customers, depending on the site. This bed is at the upper-end of the entry level price range at $850.

Featuring 800 pocketed titanium coils, the Recharge has more than others in the price range. Some customers still report a lack of support, however. It does receive good motion isolation reviews and doesn’t have problems with heat retention.

2. Serta iSeries Vantage Firm

This Serta bed receives an average of 4.6 stars from over 90 reviews on SamsClub.com. It is a newer version of the Serta iSeries Applause and is a little over $1,000 for a queen. The mattress has 1008 pocketed coils of 15-16 gauge, which provide adequate support. The iSeries line can be soft to firm.

The comfort layers are made from memory foam of unknown densities. Serta isn’t very forthcoming with information regarding the contents of their beds. The foams they use seem to be of decent quality in relation to the price.

3. Sealy Posturepedic Market Street Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop Queen Set

On Macys.com, the Sealy Posturepedic Market Street Cushion Firm Euro Pillowtop averages a 4.3 out of 5 stars. At 14.75 inches tall, this mattress is the biggest in our review. The coil count isn’t disclosed, but the springs are individually wrapped.

Motion transfer is not a problem for this spring mattress. However, some customers do say the mattress isn’t as firm as they expected.

4. Stearns & Foster Signature Cape May Luxury Plush

The Cape May Luxury Plush from Stearns & Foster has 13.5-inch profile. It has a no-flip design and has a firmness level of plush. The coils are pocketed and the mattress does well with motion isolation.

The comfort layer is made from gel foam, helping to reduce heat retention. The pillow top provides adequate comfort, but the mattress may have problems with premature sagging and durability for the price.

5. Denver Mattress Doctor’s Choice Euro Top

This bed is in the middle price range for Denver Mattress. On their website it has a 4.6 average from over 140 reviews. It is the least expensive innerspring in our review. Spring mattresses in general tend to have problems with early sagging, especially inexpensive ones. The Doctor’s Choice Euro Top receive complaints related to longevity.

This bed does provide good value for the money, however. If you need a mattress for a guest room or somewhere else it will not be used frequently.

Best and Worst Mattresses by Type

Owner satisfaction percentages from study by SleepLikeTheDead.com with a sample size over 15,000. 

Worst Mattresses or Beds to Avoid

There are more good beds out there than bad, but if you end up on a poor mattress it can feel like the end of the world. Here are some things to try to avoid when you are bed shopping:

Thin mattresses. These are often too thin to provide adequate support for heavy people or side sleepers. Look for at least 10 inches in a mattress, thicker if you or are your partner are side sleepers or over 250 pounds..

Heat retention issues. Some mattresses sleep hot. Check reviews and ask questions to make sure you can keep yourself cool at night.

Low-density memory foams. Typically the higher the density foam used, the longer it will last. Most people prefer foams in the medium density range (3.5 to 5.0 lbs), as they tend feel supportive and comfortable and not overly cumbersome. Try to find out the densities of the foams used in your bed.

Motion transfer issues. Motion isolation can be a problem for couples. Memory foam beds tend to rate significantly better than innersprings in this category, though individually pocketed coil systems aren’t bad.

Bad warranty or return policy. A good bed should be backed by good policies. A warranty should be at least 7 years and you should have a trial period of at least 30 days.

The best and worst mattresses on the market are being purchased every day. If you play your cards right and use your head, you’ll end be one of the people buying a good one.

Remember, some of the highest rated beds aren’t super expensive, or from the biggest brands. Shop around, don’t be afraid to look online, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Being thorough when researching and checking reviews are two of your most effective tools when it comes to finding the best mattress.

Best Brands: A Look at Adjustable Bed Reviews

Adjustable Bed Reviews

The best adjustable beds will make your bedroom nearly impossible to leave. These mechanical beds that raise and lower are the pinnacle of bedroom comfort. With prices so affordable, more people are living the dream of supreme relaxation.

Not many people are experienced in shopping for an electric adjustable bed frame. Why would they be? That’s why you have to do a lot of research prior to making your purchase. Thankfully, we’ve done much of it for you in our adjustable beds reviews.

First, we’ll show you Smart Sleep Review’s top two picks. In the following sections we’ll get into some of the other choices and how to shop for the best adjustable beds on the market currently.

The Best Adjustable Beds

These are the frames we feel represent the best value for the dollar in two price categories. We considered owner satisfaction, price, durability, features, warranties and more when making our determinations.

Best Adjustable Bed Over $1,500

Astrabeds Ergo Evolution Adjustable Bed

ErgoStar Evolution from Astrabeds.com.

Astrabeds ErgoStar Evolution has a wide-range of features for a bed at this price range. It offers an unmatchable value among the adjustable bed frames we reviewed. With a wireless remote, you can effortlessly move between any of the preset positions or customize your position yourself. The remote also controls the variable levels of the dual-rolling massage. This is a great bed from a reputable company, and the base has dozens of excellent, verified reviews.

Best Adjustable Bed at or Under $1,500

Amerisleep Designer Series Adjustable Bed

Designer Series at Amerisleep.com.

The Leggett and Platt Designer series available through Amerisleep is more affordable than many reclining beds and it offers a lot for the price. It has dual massage and is controlled with a wireless remote. The wall-hugging design keeps your head near the nightstand regardless of position. This bed is available elsewhere, but Amerisleep is a reputable company with great customer service.

Adjustable Bed Reviews

Here are all the models we looked at while making our adjustable bed reviews. Take a look and see what the top brands have to offer. There are models of many different prices and with many varying features.

Brand/ModelMaximum ArticulationFeaturesWarranty
Amerisleep Adjustable Bed58° head angle
44° foot angle
Pillow-tilt adjustment
Wireless remote
App controls
Massage
Flat button
Programmable
USB Ports
Lighting
1 year full / 3 years limited
Astrabeds ErgoStar Evolution60° head angle
45° foot angle
Wireless remote
Massage
Zero Gravity
Flat button
Programmable
1 year full / 3 years limited
Leggett & Platt Designer Series58° head angle
44° foot angle
Wallhugger
Wireless remote
Massage
Zero Gravity
Flat button
Programmable
1 year full / 3 years limited
Leggett & Platt ShipShape58° head angle
44° foot angle
Wired remote1 year full / 3 years limited
Leggett & Platt S-Cape58° head angle
44° foot angle
Wallhugger
Wireless remote
Massage
Flat button
Programmable
1 year full / 3 years limited
Leggett & Platt Prodigy58° head angle
44° foot angle
Wallhugger
Wireless remote
Massage
Zero Gravity
Flat button
Anti-snore
Programmable
Sleep timer
1 year full / 3 years limited
Reverie 5D (Deluxe)70° head angle
47° foot angle
Wallhugger
Wireless remote
Massage
Zero Gravity
Flat button
Anti-snore
TV
Sleep timer
1 year full / 3 years limited
Reverie 3E (Essential Plus)65° head angle
38° foot angle
Wallhugger
Wireless remote
Massage
Zero Gravity
Flat button
Anti-snore
TV
Sleep timer
1 year full / 3 years limited
Reverie 7S, 8Q (Supreme)65° head angle
38° foot angle
Wallhugger
Wireless remote
Massage
Zero Gravity
Flat button
Anti-snore
TV
Sleep timer
1 year full / 3 years limited
Serta Motion Perfect60° head angle
47° foot angle
Wallhugger
Wireless or wired remote
Massage
Zero Gravity
Flat button
Reading
1 year full / 5 years limited
Serta Motion Signature60° head angle
47° foot angle
Wallhugger
Wireless remote
Massage
Zero Gravity
Flat button
Anti-snore
Programmable
1 year full / 5 years limited
Serta Motion Essentials 260° head angle
47° foot angle
Wired remote1 year full / 5 years limited
Tempur-Pedic Ergo Premier70° head angle
47° foot angle
Wallhugger
Wireless remote
Massage
Flat button
Programmable
5 years full
Tempur-Pedic Ergo Up65° head angle
Foot doesn’t raise
Wired remote
Flat button
3 years full / 5 years limited
Tempur-Pedic Ergo Plus70° head angle
47° foot angle
Wireless remote
Flat button
Programmable
3 years full / 5 years limited

Data gathered from SleepLikeTheDead.com and retail sites.

Owner Satisfaction Rates

Mechanical Bed Frame Features

Remotes – Either wired or wireless, these devices control the various functions and position of the bed.

Massage – Many adjustable beds have vibrational massage features. Some have rolling or wave massagers which vibrate while rolling head to toe.

Tablet/smartphone compatibility – Some new models can be controlled by your smartphone or tablet over a wifi network.

Preset positions – You’ll find some adjustable beds with positions pre-programmed into the bed and remote to easily be moved from one to another. “One-touch flat” will move the bed to a flat position. Zero gravity position makes you feel as if you are floating. Both TV and reading settings are designed to be comfortable for those activities.

Programmable/memory buttons – These programmable positions are like presets you make yourself. You can reprogram these positions as often as you’d like.

Safety features – To keep fingers, toes and pets from being pinched in a power outage or during regular use, many have safety features built-in.

Wake/sleep functions – Sleep functions will move the bed to a sleeping position at a preset time. Wake functions are like alarms that gently vibrate at a time you set beforehand.

Shopping for an Electric Adjustable Bed Frame

Don’t go shopping without doing some research first. If our guide didn’t give you what you are looking for, you can find reviews of products elsewhere. You should know the difference between different brands of beds. You don’t have to know every Tempurpedic adjustable bed, but you should be familiar with many brands and models.

Take your time. Go over our adjustable bed reviews one more time if you have to. We did our best to put all the best adjustable beds in one spot for your convenience.