If you are looking for mattress ratings from a credible source, such as Consumer Reports, there’s good news and bad news.
The Bad News
Consumer Reports does not rate mattresses. There are a couple of reasons for this, they say. First, their testers disagree on which mattresses are most comfortable. As a result, Consumer Reports says that mattress choice is largely a matter of personal preference.
Second, Consumer Reports says that model names from the top consumer reports mattress brands differ from store to store. As a result, they say it is impossible to compare models. In addition, they say that even for mattresses that are similar, there are differences in important characteristics that can affect comfort, such as quilting, padding, springs, etc.
Consumer Reports, however, does offer some sound general advice on mattress shopping, such as the importance of lying on different beds to see which one you personally prefer. But in regard to which mattress is best, they will not be of much, if any, help.
The Good News
Is it futile, then, to search for which mattresses may be best? Probably not — if you know where to look. A terrific source of mattress information can be found on hundreds, if not thousands, of online message boards that are scattered across the web.
People often use these message boards to ask others which mattresses they think are best. People then reply, often giving advice based on their own mattress ownership experience. The responses tend to be very informative, credible and free of “guerrilla marketers” — people within the mattress industry who provide bogus online mattress reviews to sway consumer opinion one way or the other.
By the way, you don’t necessarily have to post a mattress question yourself on a message board. You can simply search the web for existing message board threads about mattresses or a particular mattress type or brand you are interested in.
And while you may not find out which mattresses are best on a model level, you will get a good sense of which is best on a brand level, and that can be very valuable information.
For mattress ratings that are based on over 3,000 owner reviews gathered from hundreds of online message boards, visit Mattress Ratings and Reviews or Best Mattress Brands The information is free.
In the July issue of Consumer Reports a feeble attempt is made to discredit all whey-based protein drinks. Their opinion piece is worth responding to as it seeks to denigrate one of the finest quality food sources in the American food supply.
For their report they purchased multiple samples of 15 different protein drink products and tested them for toxic metals (lead, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury). Their portion size tested was three times the recommended serving size, based on the idea that some people may consume that much. Three of the products were just slightly over their idea of a safe limit, the rest were fine. The products over the limit contained many junk ingredients including artificial sweeteners, junk vitamins, and junk forms of whey and milk protein. I realize there are uninformed individuals that will consume such products, but any health-savvy individual would have already avoided these products based on the obvious garbage they contain. Such tests cannot possibly determine which additives or components in the product have the slight elevations of toxic compounds. No product that was just whey protein isolate “failed” their test.