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Consumer Reports rates mattresses

Casper, Tuft & Needle rank in top three for memory foam

YONKERS, N.Y. — The beds-in-a-box offered by leading online mattress retailers got high scores on Consumer Reports’ new ratings of memory foam mattresses.

Casper and Tuft & Needle took the No. 1 and No. 3 spots on that list, but memory foam leader Tempur-Pedic ranked No. 33 on that list — dead last.

Consumer Reports also rated 39 innerspring mattresses, giving Charles P. Rogers the No. 1 rating and putting four Sealy Posturepedic mattresses and one Stearns & Foster Estate mattress in the top 10.

The influential consumer products rating group gave high ratings to several bed-in-a-box offerings on the memory foam list. In addition to the high scores for Casper and Tuft & Needle, two of the largest players in that category: Luxi rated No. 7, while Yogabed was No. 8, and Leesa was No. 13, among others.

Bedding’s big names had mixed results on the memory foam list. Serta’s iComfort Savant EverFeel rated No. 4, and Spring Air’s Back Supporter Natalie (at Costco) rated No. 5. But Cocoon by Sealy, that brand’s direct-to-consumer bed-in-a-box, rated No. 22, Sealy Posturepedic Optimum Inspiration rated No. 26, the Serta Perfect Sleeper Kelloway rated No. 27, and the Serta iComfort Guidance Firm rated No. 28. Optimum by Sealy Posturepedic Gel Memory Foam Series Radiance Gold rated No. 29.

The beds were rated on several factors, including how well they performed in support tests for a petite side sleeper, an average side sleeper, a large/tall side sleeper, a petite back sleeper, an average back sleeper and a large/tall back sleeper. The beds were also tested for durability and stabilization.

Casper scored very good on seven tests and excellent on another (durability.)

Casper’s overall score on the memory foam list was 79, while the No. 2 Novaform 14-inch Serafina Pearl Gel (at Costco) received a 78, and the Tuft & Needle Mattress received a 74.

The Tempur-Pedic Cloud Supreme, in the No. 33 spot, received an overall score of 42.

On the innerspring list, the Charles P. Rogers Powercore Estate 5000 rated No. 1, while the Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Elite Kelburn rated No. 2, the Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Trust Cushion rated No. 3, the Denver Mattress Doctor’s Choice rated No. 4, and the Charles P. Rogers St. Regis Pillowtop rated No. 5.

The rest of the top 10 was comprised, in order, of the Sealy Posturepedic Grant Park Cushion Firm Euro Pillow Top, the Sealy Posturepedic Posturepedic Plus Deveraux, the Ethan Allen EA Signature Firm, the Stearns & Foster Estate Easing-wold Luxury Cushion Firm and the Simmons Beautyrest World Class Bridgewater.

Two Tempur-Pedic hybrid beds, which combine inner-springs and specialty foams, made the innerspring list. The Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Flex Prima Firm rated No. 13, while the Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Flex Flex Supreme rated No. 26.

In the adjustable air category, two mattresses by Sleep Number were rated.

“Secrets To A Great Night’s Sleep” is the cover story of the February Consumer Reports issue. The cover notes that 74 mattresses were tested and rated for the report.

David PerryDavid Perry | Executive Editor, Furniture Today
dperry@furnituretoday.com

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