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What is the Best Budget Mattress?

Many different factors contribute to mattress prices, including the quality of materials and construction, the brand, and where you purchase the mattress. If you're in the market for a new mattress, an important first step is to determine a realistic shopping budget.

Here's an important thing to remember: an expensive mattress isn't necessarily high-quality, and by the same token, an affordable mattress may perform quite well compared to its costlier competitors. Rather than focusing on the sticker price, you should evaluate a mattress based on how comfortable and supportive it feels. Any bed that improves your overall sleep quality is a sound investment.

If you'd prefer to spend less on your new bed, check out our picks for the best budget mattress models sold today. These picks are based on a combination of owner reviews and our own product testing. Further down, we'll take a closer look at some options for high-quality, low-cost beds – and where to find them.

Our Top Picks

Tulo
  • Mattress Type: All-foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $699
Casper Essential
  • Mattress Type: All-foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $595
Linenspa 8" Memory Foam Hybrid
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: See best price
Nectar
  • Mattress Type: All-Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $799
Yogabed Unplug
  • Mattress Type: All-Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $695
The Allswell
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $375
Zinus Green Tea Mattress
  • Mattress Type: All-Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Medium (5)
  • Price: $156 (6"), $238 (8"), $278 (10"), $344 (12")

Tulo

Price: $699

Height: 10"

Firmness: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 2/5 (Medium Soft); 3/5 (Medium Firm and Firm)

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 2/5 (Medium Soft and Medium Firm); 3/5 (Firm)

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement:  2/5 (Medium Soft and Medium Firm); 3/5 (Firm)

Sex:  2/5 (Medium Soft and Medium Firm); 3/5 (Firm)

Off-Gassing: 2/5

Tulo Mattress

Highlights:

  • Breathable and pressure-relieving memory foam layer
  • Very good motion isolation and no noise
  • Multiple firmness options to accommodate different sleepers

Ideal For:

  • People who prefer the close contouring of memory foam
  • Side and back sleepers
  • Couples

Our best affordable mattress picks begin with the Tulo, a budget-friendly mattress constructed with comfort layers of gel-infused memory foam and open-cell polyfoam.

These foams conform very closely to create a deep, pressure-relieving cradle for your body. This sensation can be described as sleeping "in" – as opposed to "on" – the mattress. The Tulo also features a transitional polyfoam layer to prevent you from sinking too deeply and a high-density polyfoam support core that stabilizes the mattress.

You can choose from three firmness levels for your Tulo. The medium soft (4) option offers the deepest contouring, making it ideal for people who weigh less than 130 pounds. This firmness may also be suitable for side sleepers, who often need extra padding around the shoulders and hips for even spinal alignment. The medium firm (6) and firm (7-8) options sink less and provide more support. These designs are best suited to people who weigh at least 130 pounds, including back and stomach sleepers. Couples will also experience fewer sleep disruptions on the Tulo because the foams isolate motion very well and the mattress itself is completely silent.

With a price-point of $699 in a queen size, the Tulo is considerably more affordable than the average mixed-foam model. Tulo offers free shipping within the contiguous U.S., while also backing the mattress with a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.


Casper Essential

Price: $595

Height: 11"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool:  3/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 2/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 2/5

Casper Essential Mattress

Highlights:

  • Comfortable balance of conforming and support
  • Excellent motion isolation
  • Better-than-average edge support

Ideal For:

  • People who prefer foam layers with a bit of responsiveness
  • Side and back sleepers who weigh 200 pounds or less
  • Couples

The Casper Essential makes our list, as well. Although this model is a relatively affordable mattress in a box, it performs as well (if not better) than many of its more expensive mixed-foam counterparts.

The Essential features a polyfoam comfort layer on top of a memory foam transitional layer. The polyfoam is somewhat responsive and gives the surface a light bounce, while the memory foam provides body-contouring and reduces pressure in the shoulders, lower back, and hips.

The mattress has a medium firm (6) feel, so you won't sink too deeply beneath the surface. These conditions are optimal for many side sleepers who weigh 200 pounds or less. They receive ample cushioning for their bodies, which can improve their spinal alignment, but they won't sag around the midsection as they might on a softer bed. Back sleepers – particularly those who weigh less than 130 pounds – may also find the mattress comfortable, thanks to its conforming-yet-supportive feel. The mattress also isolates motion very well and does not produce any noise, making it ideal for couples, and its firmer feel results in above-average edge support.

At $595 in a queen size, the Essential is Casper's best value mattress. If you live in the contiguous U.S. or Canada, your shipping will be free, as well. The mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial to test out the mattress, along with a 10-year warranty.

Read Our Full Casper Essential Review


Linenspa 8" Memory Foam Hybrid

Price: See Best Price

Height: 8"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 2/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 2/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Linenspa Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress

Highlights:

  • Responsive hybrid construction with memory foam cushioning
  • Coil layer promotes steady airflow to keep the mattress cool
  • Strong edge support results in minimal sinkage

Ideal For:

  • Back and stomach sleepers
  • People who tend to sleep hot
  • Those who prefer low-profile beds

The Linenspa 8” Memory Foam Hybrid is an affordable mattress option for people who prefer to sleep on shorter beds. Some sleepers feel more comfortable on low-profile models, especially when getting in and out of bed.

The Memory Foam Hybrid has a thick pocketed coil system to reinforce the perimeter, so you'll feel more secure sitting on or lying near the edges. The coils circulate air very well, too. This helps to regulate the mattress temperature and keep you feeling cool.

The mattress also features a memory foam comfort layer, along with extra memory foam quilted into the cover for additional padding. The mattress is very responsive and you'll notice a significant bounce on the surface, but the foam offers some body-contouring and pressure relief – especially if you're a back or side sleeper. The foam also absorbs motion and eliminates a fair amount of transfer, so you'll experience fewer disruptions when your sleep partner changes positions or gets up during the night.

All of the beds on this list are best value mattress picks, but even by these standards the Linenspa 8” Memory Foam Hybrid is low-priced. If you are in the market for a low-cost king size mattress or need to buy more than one bed, then this model will save you a considerable amount. Linenspa also offers free shipping within the contiguous U.S. for all mattress orders, as well as a 10-year warranty.


Nectar

Price: $799

Height: 11"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 2/5

Motion Isolation: 5/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 2/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

nectar-mattress

Highlights:

  • Best-in-class motion isolation
  • Three memory foam layers promote deep body-contouring
  • Above-average edge support

Ideal For:

  • People who prefer the close body-conforming of memory foam
  • Couples
  • Shoppers seeking a mattress with a very long sleep trial

If you tend to experience pressure points, the Nectar is one of the best inexpensive mattress models you can buy.

The Nectar features two comfort layers of pressure-relieving memory foam, along with a memory foam transitional layer for added contouring. These three layers form a deep cradle for your body to reduce pressure and, if you're a side sleeper, align your spine. However, the bed's medium firm (6) feel and thick, high-density polyfoam base will keep you on an even plane, so you won't sag excessively and will be able to move about the bed freely.

Even compared to other memory foam models, the Nectar offers excellent motion isolation. This ensures you and your co-sleeper won't wake up due to movement in bed. The mattress is completely silent, as well. The Nectar also offers decent perimeter reinforcement, allowing you to sit or sleep on the edges and experience relatively little sinkage.

In addition to its low price-point of $799 in a queen size – much lower than the average memory foam mattress – the Nectar ships for free within the contiguous U.S. The company also offers a 365-night sleep trial, which is one of the longest in the industry, as well as a lifetime warranty to give you extra peace of mind.

Read Our Full Nectar Mattress Review


Yogabed Unplug

Price: $695

Height: 10"

Firmness: Medium (5)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation:  3/5

Edge Support: 2/5

Durability: 2/5

Ease of Movement: 2/5

Sex: 2/5

Off-Gassing: 2/5

yogabed mattress

Highlights:

  • Gel-infused memory foam alleviates pressure for side and back sleepers
  • Isolates motion for couples and does not make any noise
  • Sleeps cooler than average

Ideal For:

  • Side sleepers up to 200 pounds
  • Couples
  • People who usually sleep hot on all-foam beds

Built with a memory foam comfort layer of a dense polyfoam base, the Yogabed Unplug delivers close yet consistent body-contouring and pressure relief to the shoulders, hips, and other sensitive areas.

The mattress has a balanced medium (5) feel, so you won't sink too deeply beneath the surface. This makes the Yogabed Unplug ideal for side sleepers who weigh 200 pounds or less, particularly those who prefer the conforming feel of memory foam with a bit of added support. Back and stomach sleepers who weigh less than 130 pounds may also find the mattress comfortable, though heavier people who sleep in these positions will likely experience some sagging around the midsection.

The memory foam is infused with cooling gel to help the surface resist excessive heat absorption, and the bed's Thermocool cover offers added cooling. As a result, you won't feel as warm on this mattress as you might on a model with a softer, denser memory foam layer. The Yogabed Unplug also isolates motion very well, so you won't need to worry about sleep disruptions from your partner.

The Yogabed Unplug is priced at $695, which is well below the average cost of a memory foam mattress. You'll also receive free ground shipping if you reside in the contiguous U.S. The mattress is backed by a 101-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.


The Allswell

Price: $375

Height: 10"

Firmness: Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 4/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

allswell mattress

Highlights:

  • Sturdy coil system provides strong support and great responsiveness for sex
  • Steady airflow helps to keep the mattress cool
  • Contouring memory foam with a firmer feel

Ideal For:

  • People who prefer a very responsive mattress
  • Side sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds, as well as back and stomach sleepers
  • Hot sleepers

The Allswell earns a spot on our best budget mattress models list due in part to its exceptional support. With a firm (7-8) feel and a thick pocketed coil system, the mattress offers excellent stability and perimeter reinforcement. This leads to less sinkage when you get in and out of bed, and you should feel fairly secure sleeping near the edges. You'll feel a lot of responsiveness on the surface, which allows you to move around in bed rather easily, and many couples prefer this level of springiness for sex, too.

Due to its strong support, the mattress should be suitable for back and stomach sleepers across most weight groups. Side sleepers who prefer a firmer surface may feel comfortable, too. We also recommend The Allswell if you tend to sleep hot. The mattress has a comfort layer made of memory foam – a notorious heat-trapping material – but the foam is infused with copper to help the surface resist heat build-up. The coils also promote steady air currents, which regulate temperature very well.

Considering the average hybrid costs $1,600 or more, The Allswell – which is priced at $395 in a queen size – is one of the best-price mattress models you can find. Shipping is free if you live in the contiguous U.S., and you'll receive a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty with your mattress purchase.

Read Our Full Allswell Mattress Review


Zinus Green Tea Mattress

Price: $156 (6"); $238 (8"); $278 (10"); $344 (12")

Height:  6", 8", 10", 12"

Firmness: Medium Soft (4) or Medium (5)

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Pressure Point Relief: 2/5 (6"); 3/5 (8"); 4/5 (10" and 12")

Sleeps Cool: 3/5 (6"); 2/5 (8", 10", and 12")

Motion Isolation:  2/5 (6"); 4/5 (8", 10", and 12")

Edge Support: 3/5 (6"); 2/5 (8", 10", 12")

Durability: 1/5 (6"); 2/5 (8", 10", and 12")

Ease of Movement: 2/5

Sex: 2/5

Off-Gassing: 2/5 (6" and 8"); 1/5 (10" and 12")

zinus green tea mattress

Highlights:

  • Adaptive memory foam contours and reduces pressure points
  • Antimicrobial green tea infused into the cover
  • Multiple firmness and thickness options

Ideal For:

  • People who prefer the conforming feel of memory foam
  • Side sleepers
  • Couples

If you're in the market for a memory foam mattress, the Zinus Green Tea Mattress is a very affordable mattress model that is highly customizable. You can choose from four different profiles with varying firmness levels. The 6-inch and 8-inch models have medium (5) feels, and the 10-inch and 12-inch models have medium soft (4) feels. This is a mattress that conforms to your body very closely, so you'll experience the signature sink of memory foam. This makes the Green Tea very well-suited to side sleepers who prefer moderate firmness levels.

Each profile and firmness has unique strengths and weaknesses. The 6-inch feels the firmest, so you won't sink as much and should sleep somewhat cool. This profile also offers the strongest edge support. The thicker 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch models provide better motion isolation, which is beneficial to people whose sleep is easily disturbed by their sleep partner's movements. These models also alleviate the most pressure – particularly those with 10-inch and 12-inch profiles. If you aren't sure which firmness and thickness you prefer, we recommend testing the Green Tea out in a mattress store – they are sold at brick-and-mortar locations across the country.

Regardless of which thickness you choose, you won't spend more than $350 for a queen size Green Tea. Shipping is also free if you live in the contiguous 48 states. The mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.


How Much Does a Budget Mattress Cost?

A new queen size mattress may cost less than $200 or more than $4,000. Based on industry averages, any queen size model priced at less than $800 could be considered a "budget mattress." However, you should take mattress type into consideration as you comparison-shop.

For example, the average all-foam mattress costs between $900 and $1,200. A memory foam model priced at $800 would be considered a reasonable deal, while a similar model that costs less than $500 is a very good deal – especially if the mattress performs well. The same is true of innersprings, which have an average price range of $900 to $1,100. Now contrast that with a hybrid mattress, which costs between $1,600 and $2,200 on average. An $800 hybrid would be an exceptional deal.

That said, some mattress types rarely have sticker prices that qualify them as budget models. All-latex mattresses rarely cost less than $1,000 in a queen size, and airbeds priced below $2,000 in the same size are exceedingly rare. If you're shopping for a mattress with a limited budget, we suggest narrowing your search to all-foam, innerspring, and hybrid models.

What Affects the Price of a Mattress?

Many different factors contribute to the price of a mattress. These include:

  • Mattress Type: As we discussed above, an all-foam, innerspring, or hybrid mattress is much more likely to fall within a budget-friendly price range than an all-latex or airbed model.
  • Special Features: Many of today's mattresses are made with unique comfort layer materials, innovative designs, and temperature-regulating covers that set them apart from other similar models. While these features frequently drive up the price, many budget-friendly mattresses also have special components to enhance your sleep experience.
  • Thickness: Thicker mattresses tend to be softer, and this is because they are padded with extra foam, latex, and coil layers to build a high profile. Considering each layer constitutes an added cost for the manufacturer, it's no surprise that taller mattresses generally cost more than those with lower profiles.
  • Customization: Let's say you and your sleep partner prefer sleeping on a split queen or king. A mattress with this customization will likely cost more than the same model in a standard queen or king size. Some models are also available with optional pillow-top layers for extra padding, and this will – in most cases – increase the sticker price.
  • Place of Sale: While online mattress brands generally offer the lowest prices, you may find some good deals at brick-and-mortar stores. We do not recommend purchasing a used mattress online or in-person. You won't be able to determine the bed's quality or whether it is damaged, and mattress warranties are not transferable.
  • Country of Manufacture: Mattresses manufactured in the United States or Canada tend to be more expensive than models made in other countries.
  • Delivery: Online mattress brands frequently offer free ground shipping. If you'd like White Glove delivery – which includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal – or expedited ground shipping, expect to pay extra. Customers in Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories often need to pay extra delivery charges, as well.

How Long Can a Budget Mattress Last?

Durability is an important concern when shopping for a budget mattress. The average bed will perform for six to eight years before you'll need to replace it due to heavy wear and tear and/or loss of support. However, the lifespan of any given mattress largely depends on what it's made of and how it's used.

Innersprings have the shortest average lifespan, which typically falls between five and seven years. These models are more susceptible to sagging due to their thick coil systems and thinner comfort layers, which develop bumps and lumps over time.

Hybrids are a bit more durable with an average lifespan of six to seven years. These beds have thicker comfort layers that won't wear out as quickly. All-foam beds also have an average lifespan of six to seven years. As the foam begins to deteriorate, you might notice a softer surface feel and more sinkage along the edges.

There are a few steps you can take to preserve your budget mattress.

  • Use a Topper: A mattress topper is a thin cushioning layer placed on top of the bed. Toppers are intended to make a mattress feel softer or firmer, but they also prevent body impressions from forming in the bed's surface.
  • Rotate Regularly: Another way to minimize surface impressions is to rotate the mattress head-to-foot every three to six months.
  • Choose the Right Foundation: The most supportive foundations have evenly spaced slats and strong leg support.

Is It Worth It to Get a Hybrid Budget Mattress?

Among the five mattress types, hybrids tend to have the widest price variation. The average hybrid costs between $1,600 and $2,200 in a queen size. However, our top budget mattress picks include two hybrid models that are priced below $400. Other queen size models fall between $400 and $800, but realistically, any hybrid that costs less than $1,200 is a reasonable deal.

For many sleepers, hybrids offer the best of both worlds. They contain adaptive foam and/or latex layers that conform to your body, reduce pressure, and isolate motion, while the coil layers ensure strong support and consistent breathability. If you're looking for a mix of contouring and responsiveness, then you'll probably feel very comfortable on a hybrid.

Are budget hybrids up to par with their most expensive counterparts? Some hybrid models perform very well given their price-point, but ultimately you won't know how comfortable and supportive a hybrid feels until you've slept on it. Many online brands offer sleep trials for their mattresses, which allow you to test out the bed for a certain length of time (usually at least 90 nights) and return it if you are not satisfied. We suggest taking part in these sleep trials to determine which hybrid will work best for you.

What Is the Best Time of Year to Buy a Mattress?

As you've probably noticed while shopping online or driving past stores, mattress sales are very common. These sales commonly align with federal holidays, such as President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day. Today's brands also offer special discounts for major shopping days, such as Amazon Prime Day on July 15th, or Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the days following Thanksgiving.

Year-round promotions are also widely available from some online brands. You'll notice discount codes pop up when you visit their websites. To redeem this discount, simply enter the code during checkout. Free pillows and other bedding products may also be included with your purchase. If you have questions, don't be afraid to reach out to customer service representatives via email, phone, or live webchat.

Mattresses may go on sale for other reasons, as well. Many online brands offer lowered sticker prices for models that are being phased out. Going-out-of-business sales are also common for brick-and-mortar stores.