Our Review Process

At Mattress Advisor, we’re relentless in our pursuit of providing the most comprehensive, to-the-point, and unbiased reviews of the best mattresses and bedding accessories on the market.

We know how important a good mattress is to getting great sleep but not every mattress is as good as it claims to be. Our expert review team has spent a collective 1,200+ hours personally testing, evaluating and comparing mattresses to recommend only the best products for our readers.

Our review methodology is complex, scientific and comprehensive, but at the end of the day, we ask ourselves a very simple question before giving a product our stamp of approval: “Would we recommend this mattress to someone we love?”

How We Test Mattresses

We use a combination of customer reviews, in-depth interviews, and a proprietary testing methodology to conduct our reviews. Each mattress we test gets a Mattress Advisor Score, which is a calculation of human performance tests, material evaluation, ease of purchase/return, customer service and brand integrity. Our testing methodology and scoring system is the most comprehensive in the industry.

Each mattress we get in hand will go through a thorough 6-point testing procedure and 8-point evaluation in our Mattress Lab. The same precise methodology is applied to all mattresses we test.

After we conclude our testing for each mattress (which we film and publish), we generate our Mattress Advisor Score. This is a weighted score that takes into account 14 different factors related to performance, function, convenience and the brand’s social responsibility including:

What we test What it means
Pressure relief How well the mattress relieves pressure, (particularly on the hips, shoulders and thighs) and provides even body weight distribution.
Spinal alignment How well the mattress keeps your spine in its natural alignment.
Edge support  How much edge support the mattress provides, accounting for functional use of the end of the mattress and how comfortable it is to sleep on the edge of the bed.
Responsiveness/ ease of movement  How well the mattress responds to your movement and adjusts to your body position. This is especially important for combination sleepers or those who change positions throughout the night.
Motion transfer How well the mattress isolates movement and absorbs motion. Motion transfer is important for couples who don’t want to be disturbed by their partner moving around or getting up in the middle of the night.
Durability/ lifespan Quality and durability of materials, structural support, and expected lifespan of the mattress.
Cooling properties How well the mattress promotes airflow and breathability, factoring in heat retention and any substantive cooling properties/features.
Ease of setup How easy the set-up process is, including factors like weight, mobility, the time it takes to unbox and set up, and how many people are needed.
Trial period  Length of time offered to decide whether or not you like the mattress.
Return policy Ease of return process including refund policy and how the mattress is removed from your home.
Warranty   Length of warranty and what is covered.
Shipping  Time and cost (if any) for shipping the mattress to your home.
Customer service Response time, level of detail provided to answer questions, how helpful the support team is.
Social impact  Evaluates social missions, charitable causes, sustainability efforts – including the quality of the mattress materials used where they are made. This matters for two main reasons:

  1. Companies who care about social mission and actively give back are not only more financially stable, but also care about their communities and the world around them. Some customers prefer to buy from companies that are making a difference.
  2. Companies who make their mattresses using quality, sustainable materials made in the US care about the durability and safety of their mattresses. The US also has the highest standards for safety and quality in the world.

The Mattress Advisor Score

Each of these factors is rated on a scale from 1-10 and then weighted based on importance to generate the Mattress Advisor Score. The score will be a quick and easy way for you to compare different mattresses that have been through our rigorous testing, and take a closer look at how it performs on the factors that are most important to you.

You can find the total score as well as a breakdown of how a mattress scored on each test on all of our review pages. Here’s an example of what it looks like:

You can also take a look at our YouTube channel, where we demonstrate our testing methodology for each mattress that is being reviewed.

We take the guesswork out o­­f the buying process by thoroughly researching and testing hundreds of different mattress and bedding products so you don’t have to. We know that this process can be overwhelming, and we thought it was about time someone made it simple, and maybe even a little fun.

If you have questions about our content or would like to suggest a mattress brand for our team to test, please email questions@mattressadvisor.com.

Our Testing Lab: Behind the Scenes

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