Best mattress for most
Innerspring mattresses are the most popular kind of bedding among consumers, and there's a model and style for nearly every taste and budget, from basic, unadorned beds to fancy pillow-top mattresses with hand-stitched embroidery. While you can find off-brand, no frills innerspring mattresses starting at about $300, experts say you should expect to pay about $800 for a good quality queen-size bed. Simmons, Sealy and Serta rule the mattress market along with Spring Air, Duxiana and Stearns & Foster, and there are dozens of other brands out there. To further confuse matters, many innerspring models are exclusive to certain retailers, and a seemingly identical mattress may have very different internal components. Because of this, experts say they only way to choose the best mattress for you is to try them out at a store. Be aware, however, that while pillow-top innerspring mattresses often feel better initially, owners posting reviews to retailer websites often report that the pillow top goes flat long before the mattress itself wears out, so a pillow top may not eliminate the need for a mattress topper if you prefer an extra-cushiony top layer.
Innerspring mattresses are discussed in detail in most sources that provide a mattress buyer's guide, such as ConsumerReports.org and Choice magazines. SleepLikeTheDead.com offers detailed statistics for both innerspring mattresses as a whole and for specific brands, and WhatsTheBest-Mattress.com includes buyer's guides, reviews and a mattress discussion forum.
Composition: Metal springs, plus layers of cotton, foam, coconut, wool or other materials
Least expensive type
Pocket coil models well-suited for couples
Most no longer need flipping
Hard to comparison shop
Cheaper models use lower-quality materials
More prone to sagging and wear than other mattress types
Contributed by: Our Special Correspondent
City: San Francisco
Date: March 15, 2010