Consumer Reports Mattress ReviewsJanuary 15, 2017 By Michael Magnuson
“None of the memory foam mattresses earned excellent scores for stabilization, so steer clear of that type if this is a big concern for you and your partner.”
- Their durability tests don’t accurately measure durability, especially for all-foam mattresses.
- Durability differences are not weighted sufficiently in their overall ranking algorithm. For example, the Tempur-Pedic reported “no changes in performance” while brands like T&N reported “minor changes in performance” — yet both received the highest score for durability.
- The Cloud Supreme scored low for back support, esp for back sleepers. This actually passes the smell test IMO. This particular model has not only a lot of memory foam, but it also has a medium-soft feel — a combination that isn’t ideal for support, esp for back sleepers. Of course, in real life a back sleeper could just choose a different Tempur-Pedic model.
- Pressure relief (which, along with back support, is the other critical thing that everyone needs from their mattress) is not weighted sufficiently in their ranking algorithm. If it were, then a model like the Cloud Supreme that got a relative ding in the support ratings would get a similarly-sized boost from the pressure relief ratings. This was not the case. As a result, brands with less memory foam (or none at all) got way better overall scores.
About The Author
Michael Magnuson is the founder and CEO of GoodBed.com, the leading mattress research destination for consumers. He started GoodBed after a fatefully frustrating mattress shopping experience, during which he saw the need for a trustworthy and personalized guide that helps people search across brands and stores to find and buy the best mattress for them. Prior to GoodBed, Magnuson was a private equity investor focused on digital media and marketing, as well as a management consultant. Magnuson received his MBA from Stanford and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Finance and Systems Engineering.