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Consumer Reports: top-rated mattresses

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(WMC TV) - A new survey by Consumer Reports found one in five people wished they'd bought a different mattress.

So Consumer Reports tested a dozen queen-size foam and inner-spring mattresses, ranging from less than $500 to almost $2,000.

Body support is Consumer Reports' most important test. Technicians mapped the natural
curve of the spine for a range of people. Then they recorded how well each mattress
maintains that curve when sleeping on your back.

Testers also checked how well your body is supported when sleeping on your side.

In another test, technicians checked for firmness by applying increasing amount of weight
to each mattress. Many of the mattresses tested aren't as firm as they claim.

Because you want the mattress to last, there is also a test for durability. Testers passed a heavy roller over each mattress 30,000 times.

Consumer Reports also cut open the mattresses to inspect the construction. It turns
out that you don't have to spend a fortune to get a great mattress. Higher-priced frills
such as additional coils or fancier fabrics really don't guarantee a better mattress.

Consumer Reports named three queen-size mattresses that cost under a $1,000 Best

For inner-springs: the Simmons Glover Park Firm Pillowtop from Sears, $780 and the Serta Perfect Sleeper Elite Pastel Firm Pillowtop from Macy's, $835

For foam mattresses:  the Novaform Serafina from Costco, $900 that comes in a box. You just roll it out, and it's ready for you to get a good night's sleep. 

Consumer Reports said its ratings are a place to start, but if at all possible, try any
mattress in the store before you buy. If you can't do that, check the return policy
carefully and make sure there are no restocking fees. While you can't try the Costco
mattress, you can return its mattresses without re-stocking fees. There's also no charge for pick-up.

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