Consumers now have more mattress choices with online offerings

Mattresses sold in store, online put to the test

By Marilyn Moritz - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - As online mattress sales rise and shine, Consumer Reports put several brands and types sold online, as well as in stores, to the test.

And, it turns out, you don’t have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars to find a good one.

Consumer Reports’ durability test simulates eight years of use. CR has also developed a standardized firmness scale to help compare mattresses across different brands, from one (for softness) to 10 (for firmness).

One size does not fit all, so testers also check to see how well a mattress will support big, tall and petite people.

For memory foam, the $995 Casper Mattress is a CR best buy. It’s one of the few mattresses that does well for back and side sleepers, especially petite sleepers. It earns top scores among memory foam mattresses for durability.

If you like a mattress on the firmer side, CR suggests you consider the $1,400 Avocado Green. It’s an innerspring mattress that performs well for all types of sleepers of all sizes.

But if you prefer a softer mattress, CR says you may want to try out a new mattress from Sealy Posturepedic, the Performance Copper 2. It’s a softer hybrid mattress combining memory foam and innerspring materials for about $1,500.

CR says you may still be able to try out a mattress that’s sold online. Some online retailers, like Casper, now have showrooms.

In any case, most online mattress retailers have generous return policies. For example, many offer a trial period of 100 nights. If you don’t like the mattress you bought, the retailer will take it back, free of charge.

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