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How Much Does a Mattress Cost?

If you haven’t bought a new mattress in awhile, you may be wondering how much you’ll need to spend to get a high-quality bed. The price of a new mattress can range from $500 to $5,000 or more. This wide price range makes it important to set your budget before you go shopping. Doing so helps you narrow down your choices and makes the shopping experience less overwhelming. However, there are many factors that determine the price of a mattress and additional costs you will need to keep in mind.

We’ll break down the average price of a mattress based on mattress type, materials, and construction so you know what to expect before you start shopping. We’ll also take a closer look at shipping charges, return fees, and warranty coverage. To help you in your search, we also answer frequently asked questions about purchasing a new mattress.

What Type of Mattress is Most Expensive?

There are several types of mattresses on the market. We’ll cover the most common types, including foam, latex, hybrid, and airbed mattresses. Breaking them down by type allows us to give you an idea of the average price point. Since there are budget and luxury models within each category, we’ll also give you an idea of those price points.

Materials and construction play an important role in mattress pricing. Natural and organic mattresses tend to be pricier than ones made with synthetic materials, and a complex construction will result in a higher price point than a simple one. There are benefits and drawbacks to each mattress type beyond price point, so keep in mind your unique needs and preferences when shopping.

Foam Mattresses

Starting Price: $500 or less

Average Price: $1,000

Luxury Price: $1,500 or more

A foam mattress is made with various layers of polyfoam and/or memory foam. It can be an affordable option, though the density of the foam used and the number of layers affect the overall price and lifespan of the mattress. There are typically two to three layers in a foam mattress, often with a high-density polyfoam support core and comfort layers of memory foam or polyfoam. Memory foam is often more expensive than polyfoam, and can be infused with gel or copper for added benefits.

One of the main benefits of a foam mattress is its conforming nature. Memory foam offers pressure point relief by contouring the shape of the body and cushioning areas like the hips and shoulders. It also isolates motion and prevents sleep disturbances throughout the night.

Latex Mattresses

Starting Price: $1,500 or less

Average Price: $2,000

Luxury Price: $2,500 or more

A latex mattress can be made with natural or synthetic latex. Natural latex is manufactured with sap harvested from rubber trees, which is processed using either the Dunlop or Talalay method. Dunlop latex is dense and supportive and is often used as a base layer in latex mattresses. Talalay latex requires additional processing, but is lighter and more breathable as a result. It’s often used as a comfort layer. Natural latex mattresses are more expensive than those made with synthetic latex. Organic certifications can also increase the price of the mattress.

Latex mattresses are resilient and supportive, with moderate contouring and bounce. Natural latex is more durable than synthetic foam and regulates temperature better.

Hybrid Mattresses

Starting Price: $1,500 or less

Average Price: $2,000

Luxury Price: $2,500 or more

A hybrid mattress combines memory foam or latex comfort layers with pocketed coil support. Some include a transition layer of micro coils. Depending on the complexity of the construction and the materials used in the comfort system, hybrid mattresses can get expensive. However, they offer a balance of pressure point relief and full-body support that is ideal for a range of body types and sleeping positions.

Airbed Mattresses

Starting Price: $1,500 or less

Average Price: $2,300

Luxury Price: $2,500 or more

Airbed mattresses include a support core of one or more air chambers, which can be inflated or deflated to adjust the firmness of the bed. This type of mattress also has comfort layers of foam or latex. The price of an airbed mattress depends on the construction of the support core, how many air chambers it has, and what materials are used in the comfort system.

Most often, the air chambers can be adjusted by a remote control. Some airbed mattresses use smart technology to adjust the firmness as needed, track sleep cycles, and more. For couples with differing comfort preferences, it is worth considering an airbed with dual air chambers and sides that can be adjusted independently.

What is the Pricing Difference Between Mattress Sizes?

Most mattresses are available in standard sizes twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king. Custom sizing is available for some mattresses, though this can increase the price and affect the return policy.

When looking at a mattress, you’ll notice that the price increases with each size. There is typically a difference of $100 to $200 between each size, especially when jumping from a full to a queen size, or a queen to a king. King and California king mattresses are often similarly priced for the same model.

What Else Affects the Price of a Mattress?

In addition to mattress type and size, there are additional factors to consider that affect the price of a mattress. These include quality of materials, construction, and where you buy the mattress. We’ll break down each of these factors here.

Quality of Materials

The type of mattress is a determining factor when it comes to cost, but as you can see, there is a wide range of prices for each mattress type. Where a mattress falls in a given range comes down to the quality of materials used. The quality of materials impacts not only the price of a mattress, but also its lifespan. Premium materials include natural latex, high-density foams, and tempered steel coils.

Low-quality mattress materials make a mattress much more affordable, but these mattresses are often less durable. A mattress made with high-quality materials, on the other hand, will cost more upfront but you won’t have to replace your mattress for at least six to eight years.

Mattress Construction

Mattresses are constructed with two to three integral components, including a comfort system, transition layer, and support core. A simple mattress construction would consist of one to two layers, including the support core and a comfort layer. This typically results in a lower profile and affordable price point. A more complex construction would include multiple layers in the comfort system, transition layers of polyfoam or micro coils, and a support core. When you look at mattress types, hybrid and airbed mattresses are typically the most complex.

Where You Buy the Mattress

Whether you buy a mattress online or in-store can affect the price. Traditionally, to buy a mattress you would need to visit a physical store and work with a salesperson. Purchasing a mattress from a retail store tends to be more expensive than buying online due to operating costs, sales commissions, and retail markups. However, there is the possibility of negotiating for a discounted price or add-ons like White Glove delivery and old mattress removal.

The increasing popularity of direct-to-consumer mattress companies cuts out the middleman and results in less of a retail markup. Without the overhead operating costs and commissions for salespeople, online mattress companies pass the savings directly onto the customer. The downside to this is that you are not able to try out the mattress before purchasing and there is no room for negotiating.

Shipping

Online mattress companies usually provide free standard shipping within the contiguous United States. You should expect to pay an additional fee for orders shipped to Alaska, Hawaii, or international destinations.

White Glove delivery, which includes assembly of the mattress, is often available for an additional charge. Expect to spend around $100 to $150 for this service, which usually includes old mattress removal. Luxury mattress companies sometimes offer White Glove delivery free of charge.

While most mattress companies offer free returns, some charge restocking or return transportation fees. Be sure to read the fine print before purchasing.

Warranty Coverage

Another reason to read the fine print is to understand what your mattress warranty covers and what charges you may be responsible for in the event of a defect. Most warranties cover defects in workmanship and materials. The average warranty lasts 10 to 15 years, with more generous warranties offering coverage for 25 years or more. Some warranties are prorated, meaning you could be responsible for a portion of the original purchase price and/or transportation charges associated with a warranty claim.

FAQs

How Do I Get the Best Deal on a Mattress?

The best time to buy a mattress is often during holiday sales and promotions. Some companies offer coupons and discounts year-round to entice customers. Be sure to search for coupon or referral codes before purchasing and keep in mind the following dates for U.S. holiday sales:

  • President’s Day: the third Monday in February
  • Memorial Day: the last Monday in May
  • Independence Day: July 4th 
  • Labor Day: The first Monday of September
  • Veterans Day: November 11th
  • Black Friday: the Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Cyber Monday: the Monday after Thanksgiving

Are There Hidden Costs I Should Know About?

When purchasing a new mattress, there is more than just the price of the mattress and shipping charges to consider. If you are upgrading your bedroom or changing the size of your mattress, you will need a new bed frame. You’ll also need bedding that fits the size of your new mattress, which may include a comforter or duvet, sheets, and pillowcases. Other accessories include mattress protectors, mattress toppers, and pillows. Set your overall budget with these additional expenses in mind.

Should I Just Buy the Cheapest Mattress?

You shouldn’t base your mattress decision on price alone. Set a budget that is comfortable for you and research possible options. There are plenty of budget mattresses that are both affordable and high-quality. Keep in mind that a mattress is an investment. It has a direct effect on your quality of sleep each night, which can impact your quality of life. You’ll want to choose a mattress that provides ample support for years to come.