Product Research Process - How We Choose & Review Sleep Products
At The Sleep Shop Inc., we're deeply committed to giving our readers the best quality, unbiased reviews of the most popular sleep products on the market. Our reviews and buyer's guides are created after extensive hands-on testing from our team, which in turn influences which products we include for our readers.
Our Unique 2 Stage Review Process
All of our tests are done in two stages - the "evaluation" stage and the "practical" test stage.
The Evaluation Stage
During the evaluation stage, we test things like firmness, mattress build quality, motion responsiveness, edge support, off gassing and any unique features from the manufacturer. The goal of this stage is to make sure the mattress is what it's advertised to be. If the manufacturer says it's a soft mattress, we verify this by comparing it to other mattresses with the same distinction.
The Practical Stage
During the practical stage, we sleep on these mattresses and use the toppers, pillows, and sheets we get for product testing. That's right. These mattresses get delivered to our product testers home. Each product tester has a space dedicated to practical product reviews. Rather than review mattresses in a lab, we like to review them in a way that most reflects how you're going to use a mattress - to sleep on all night.
Our Product Testing Team
Product Research Manager
Head of Product testing
Why Trust Us?
Our team tests and reviews sleep products as a full time job. Since starting The Sleep Shop Inc., we've gathered an in-depth knowledge of the sleep industry through experience. Members of our team are trained on the process of testing mattresses, how mattresses are designed, and how they're manufactured and sold to the public. This gives us a well rounded and transparent approach to content creation and product reviews.
We've toured mattress stores and manufacturing warehouses to get a hands-on look at the mattress build process from start to finish. We're familiar with what parts of the mattress build process influences build quality, and what parts of it are marketing jargon. We use this knowledge to help filter out what's important to the end consumer.
3 Product Data Sources
We review our products based on multiple data sources to give our readers the most well-rounded take on each product we test.
- Hands on testing
- Industry expert analysis
- Manufacturer information
This combination of data gives readers a look into how the products will perform in their home, as well as how they compare against other products based on information from industry experts and the product manufacturer.
Product Performance Rating Factors
For mattresses, we use a set list of rating factors to consistently analyze each mattress we test.
- Medium - Low
- Medium - High
- Soft: 1-3
- Medium Soft: 4
- Medium: 5
- Medium Firm: 6
- Firm: 7-1
- 6Extra Firm: 8-10
- Side sleeper
- Stomach sleeper
- Back sleeper
- Combination sleeper
We frequently update our process as the industry changes. Check back here often to see how we judge each product we test, including mattresses, mattress toppers, pillows, sheets, weighted blankets and more. If you have questions about our process, feel free to reach out to us and we'd be happy to share more.