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If you prefer an innerspring mattress to foam or air, you’re in luck: You can order a top-performing queen-size innerspring for as little as $250 online and have it shipped to your door, mattress-in-a-box style.
“People think that traditional innersprings can't be rolled up and shipped like foam can,” says Chris Regan, who oversees CR’s mattress tests. "But we've seen a number of models that do just that."
At CR we buy and test queen-size mattresses from well-known brands such as Beautyrest, Sealy, Serta, Stearns & Foster, and Tempur-Pedic, and from relatively new players including Avocado, Casper, Leesa, Reverie, and Tuft & Needle.
Using lab equipment and human subjects, we evaluate how well a mattress supports the body for both back and side sleepers, how easily sleepers can shift their weight without disturbing a partner, and how well the mattress keeps its shape over time.
To simulate the typical eight- to 10-year useful life span of a mattress, we conduct a test in which a 308-pound roller is pushed over each model 30,000 times.
You’ll find two new scores in our mattress ratings—for comfort and owner satisfaction—that are based on data from our recent surveys on CR members’ experiences with more than 74,000 mattresses. We asked members to rate the comfort of their mattress, then used the data to generate ratings by brand and type of mattress. Owner satisfaction is based on a member’s overall judgment of factors such as firmness/softness, value, quality of sleep, and more.
CR members with digital access can read on for details on six innerspring mattresses that do well in our tests. All of them cost less than $700 and can be ordered online. For a deeper dive on mattresses, see our mattress buying guide and check our mattress ratings for data-based comparisons of more than 150 air, foam, and innerspring models.