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.

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