Would You Buy The Same Mattress?

A just-released Consumer Reports' survey finds 72% of readers surveyed said a new mattress improved their sleep. Many said they'd purchase the same one, many other would not.

"A mattress is one of the most difficult consumer products to buy, for a couple of reasons," said Consumer Reports Tod Marks. "One: mattress names differ from store to store. Second: Mattress prices are really all over the place."

But a survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center of more than 17,000 subscribers asks: "Would you buy that mattress again?"

The answer could help you narrow down your choices.

"Two of the biggest names that came out low in our ratings were Stearns and Foster and Spring Air," said Marks.

But more than 60% of those who had trouble sleeping said a Tempur-Pedic or Select Comfort mattress improved their sleep...and they'd buy one again.

Key to getting a mattress that's right for you is an in-store tryout.

72% of those polled who spent at least 10 minutes trying out a mattress were very happy with their choice.

"Lie down on it. Don't be embarrassed. The retailers expect people to do this. You lie on your stomach, lie on your side, lie on your back for about five minutes each," said Marks.

Now for the cost-get ready to negotiate.

"Haggling is a great things to do when you're buying a mattress, just as it is when buying a car. Some 72% of those who tried to get a better deal secured a lower price," said Marks.

And in case you don't like the mattress once you get it home, always check the return policy, including shipping fees, before you buy.

Consumer Reports says some people think older people need a firmer mattress, but that's just one of many mattress myths.

The fact is the best bed is one that feels comfortable to you.

And if you don't need to buy a mattress in a hurry, shop for one you like, then watch for a sale.

Mattress sales are frequent and can be big money savers.

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