The magazine Consumer Reports has rated just about every product under the sun, from automobiles to cat food. There's one product that the magazine's editorial board refuses to rate - mattresses. The reason? The members of their consumer review panel can't make a decision because they're too widely divided in their opinions of which mattresses are best. It highlights a simple fact: the right mattress is a highly personal thing. According to the experts at the company that makes Sealy mattresses, choosing the right mattress is a decision that you should not take lightly. Take the time to be sure that the mattress you choose is going to be comfortable for the long run, and that it is built to stand up to the years of use it will get. Here are some hints and tips for buying the best mattress for you from Sealy. 1. Make price as little a consideration as possible. That goes both ways. Don't believe that just because it's an expensive mattress, it's a good one. Expect to pay a fair price for your new mattress, though. Keep in mind that you'll be getting 7-10 years use out of it. 2. Visit a sleep shop staffed with knowledgeable sales staff. Expert advice can be invaluable. The sales staff should be able to tell you more than how much a mattress set costs. There ARE mattresses that will suit you better if you weigh a bit more than average, as well as those that will do your aching back a world of good. Ask for help - it can save you a damaging mistake. 3. Test out the mattress. Too many folks are shy about lying down on a mattress in public. You'll never know if a mattress is comfortable unless you stretch out on it and check it out. Even then, a few minutes on your back is no substitute for an in home warranty. Be certain that the mattress you buy can be returned after a home trial so that you're not stuck with a mattress that causes more problems than it solves.