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Posted: 10:27 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

The Best Mattress for Your Money



By Clark Howard

ClarkHoward.com


Looking for the best mattress for your money? To cut through the clutter of advertising you'll see out there, the November 2014 issue of Consumer Reports has a look at the best mattresses and mattress retailers.

Here's a look at the best affordable mattresses

The magazine broke out their findings by category: Traditional innerspring, memoryfoam, and adjustable air. In each category, Consumer Reports recommended a best buy.

For innerspring, the best buy choice went to The Original Mattress Factory's Orthopedic Luxury Firm mattress ($540).

The memoryfoam caterogy was dominated by the Novaform Memory Foam Collection Serafina 14" (available at Costco for $650).

In the adjustable air category, there was something really telling: The $700 Sleep Number c2 bed beat out both the $3,000 Sleep Number i8 and the $3,200 Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Choice Supreme.

Now that's a Clark Smart buy!

It's important to remember that price does not necessarily equate to satisfaction with mattresses. A more expensive mattress may not make for a better product.

 

Who is the best mattress retailer?

On the question of retailers, Consumer Reports ranked the Original Mattress Factory stores as the top choice for customer satisfaction. Costco Wholesale was a close second.

The high placement for Costco may reflect their return policy on mattresses: A full money back refund without penalty and no time limit. That really makes Costco stand apart!

I particularly like the warehouse clubs for mattress shopping, and I've long advised people to test the mattress right there in the store for an extended period. Bring a book or tablet to Costco or Sam's Club and get those mattresses off the displays or yank them off the walls. Then lay there for 15 minutes and see how you like the feel before you buy.

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