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What is the Best Mattress for the Money?

Mattress pricing almost always focuses on queen-sized beds (over 51% of shoppers are looking for this size) and the average queen mattress costs between $1,000 and $1,500. Shoppers on a budget can easily find beds with much lower price-points, and many of these models rival their more expensive competitors in terms of comfort and performance. However, mattress buyers should decide which is more important to them: an affordable up-front price, or more value in the long run.

Our top picks are based on internal testing and industry insights and cover all of the major mattress types with the exception of airbeds, which are simply not within the majority of sleeper's budgets. We focused on the quality of components used, construction, and company reputation alongside price to make sure every model we recommend truly meets our definition of value. Some of our selections are more expensive than cheap/budget picks, but they represent a long-lasting investment thanks to durable designs and high-quality materials.

Please check out our full buying guide beneath our top picks to help ensure you make an informed decision.

Our Top Picks

Zinus Green Tea – Best Budget Foam Mattress
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft to Medium (4-5)
  • Price: $156 (6"), $238 (8"), $278 (10"), $344 (12")
The Allswell – Best Budget Hybrid Mattress
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Firm (7)
  • Price: $375
Nectar Mattress – Best Budget Memory Foam Mattress
  • Mattress Type: Memory Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $799
T&N Original Mattress – Best Value Mixed Foam Mattress
  • Mattress Type: Foam
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6.5)
  • Price: $595
Brooklyn Bedding Signature – Best Value Hybrid Mattress
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Soft (4), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $999
Saatva – Best Value Innerspring Mattress
  • Mattress Type: Innerspring
  • Firmness Level: Soft (2-3), Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)
  • Price: $1,399
DreamCloud – Best Value Luxury Hybrid Mattress
  • Mattress Type: Hybrid
  • Firmness Level: Medium Firm (6)
  • Price: $1,099

Zinus Green Tea – Best Budget Foam Mattress

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

Height: 6-12"

Firmness: Medium Soft to Medium (4-5)

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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: 2/5

Sex: 2/5

Off-Gassing: 1/5

zinus green tea

Highlights:

  • Memory foam conforms to the body and reduces pressure
  • Foam layers absorb motion and reduce transfer very well
  • Four profile options to suit different thickness preferences

Ideal For:

  • Side and back sleepers
  • People who weigh 230 pounds or less
  • Those who prefer sleeping "in" – not "on" – their mattress
  • Couples

The Zinus Green Tea mattress features a memory foam comfort layer infused with green tea, an antioxidant intended to maintain freshness, along with transitional and support layer of high-density polyfoam. Customers can choose from four thickness options for their mattress. The 6-inch and 8-inch models, which are considered low-profile beds, have a medium (5) feel.

Because they have thicker comfort layers, the 10-inch and 12-inch models conform more closely to the sleeper's body, resulting in even alignment for side sleepers and excellent overall pressure relief. They also offer excellent motion isolation for couples. These models may feel a bit too soft for heavier individuals, but most sleepers who weigh 230 pounds or less will not sink too much.

The 6-inch and 8-inch models conform a bit less than their thicker counterparts, but the foam still cradles the body fairly well. Back sleepers may prefer these profiles because they won't sink as much beneath the surface, especially around the shoulders and hips – two highly pressure-sensitive areas.

Prices for the Zinus Green Tea range from $156 to $344 in a queen size, depending on the selected profile. Zinus also offers free shipping to customers anywhere in the contiguous U.S. The mattress is backed by a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.


The Allswell – Best Budget Hybrid Mattress

Price: $375

Height: 10"

Firmness: Firm (7)

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Pressure Point Relief: 3/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

allswell mattress

Highlights:

  • Zoned coils ensures strong stability and edge support
  • A firm memory foam comfort layer offers comfortable padding for heavier individuals
  • Very good temperature neutrality thanks to steady airflow in the coils

Ideal For:

  • Any type of sleeper (back, side, stomach, combination)
  • People who weigh at least 130 pounds
  • Sleepers who prefer very responsive mattresses
  • Hot sleepers

The Allswell is a hybrid mattress constructed with a comfort layer of copper-infused memory foam and a pocketed coil support core. The mattress has a firm (7-8) feel, and the coils also give the bed a very responsive, bouncy surface. These attributes make the bed a good choice for people who enjoy sleeping "on" their mattress, rather than sinking beneath the surface. The copper-infusion in the comfort layer is intended to draw out body heat, making the mattress cooler.

The Allswell's coils are divided into different zones. Low-gauge (thick) coils reinforce the perimeter to prevent sinkage along the edges when people get in and out of bed. High-gauge (think) coils are located in the middle of the mattress to provide better support for the sleeper's body. The coils also promote steady air circulation to keep the mattress at a comfortable temperature. Due to its firm, supportive feel, the mattress is best suited to sleepers who weigh at least 130 pounds.

Because the mattress is so responsive, it will not isolate motion very well. As a result, co-sleepers may experience more disruptions due to movement. The Allswell also conforms very little and may not alleviate enough pressure for some sleepers.

Priced at less than $400 in a queen size, this mattress is a great bargain. Allswell also offers free shipping within the contiguous U.S. and backs the mattress with a 100-night sleep trial.


Nectar Mattress – Best Budget Memory Foam Mattress

Price: $799

Height: 10"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6.5)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 2/5

Motion Isolation: 5/5

Edge Support: 2/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 2/5

Sex: 2/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

Nectar Mattress

Highlights:

  • Three memory foam layers cradle the shoulders, spine, and hips
  • Makes no noise and eliminates all motion transfer
  • 365-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty

Ideal For:

  • Every type of sleeper (back, side, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers who prefer a bed that conforms closely
  • People with chronic pain issues
  • Couples

The Nectar is constructed with two comfort layers of breathable, open-cell memory foam, along with a memory foam transitional layer and a high-density polyfoam base. The Nectar is considered medium firm (6), but the memory foam contours very closely to create a pressure-relieving cradle for the sleeper's body.

The memory foam layers respond slowly to the sleeper's body to absorb movement and eliminate transfer. The Nectar is virtually silent when bearing weight, as well. Due to a dense base layer, the mattress also provides above-average edge support compared to other memory foam models.

However, hot sleepers may struggle with the Nectar because the memory foam traps a fair amount of body heat, causing the surface to feel somewhat warm. While the mattress is suitable for most sleepers in terms of body type and sleep position, lighter side sleepers will likely find the mattress too firm while heavier stomach sleepers note uncomfortable sagging around the midsection, indicating insufficient support.

The Nectar is the most expensive mattress among our best affordable mattress picks, but at less than $800 the bed is still very inexpensive compared to the typical memory foam model. Nectar Sleep also backs the mattress with a 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty, both of which are much longer than average.


T&N Original Mattress – Best Value Mixed Foam Mattress

Price: $595

Height: 10"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 2/5

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

T&N Original Mattress

Highlights:

  • Comfortable balance of body-conforming and responsiveness
  • Eliminates most motion transfer for couples
  • Breathable, open-cell comfort layer foam offers above-average surface cooling

Ideal For:

  • Any type of sleeper (back, side, stomach, combination)
  • People who weigh 230 pounds or less
  • Sleepers who prefer all-foam mattress with some responsiveness
  • Couples

The T&N Original Mattress from Tuft & Needle is an all-polyfoam model. The comfort layer consists of low-density, open-cell foam infused with graphite, while the support core is made of high-density polyfoam. The mattress is medium firm (6.5) and the polyfoam is a bit more responsive than memory foam. This creates a combined feeling of sleeping "on" and sleeping "in" the mattress, ensuring better support than many of its all-foam competitors.

Open-cell polyfoam is fairly breathable and will not absorb too much body heat. Further, the graphite infusion is designed to regulate the temperature of the foam. As a result, the T&N Original Mattress sleeps relatively cool. And although the polyfoam is somewhat responsive, the material also absorbs motion very well to eliminate most transfer for co-sleepers.

Heavier people may find the mattress too soft and prone to uncomfortable sagging. Edge support may be another issue for owners, as the perimeter tends to sag when people get in and out of bed.

The T&N Original Mattress is available for less than $600 in a queen size. Tuft & Needle also offers free shipping within the contiguous U.S., and backs the mattress with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.


Brooklyn Bedding Signature – Best Value Hybrid Mattress

Price: $999

Height: 11.5"

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

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 3/5

Motion Isolation: 4/5

Edge Support: 3/5

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 3/5

Sex: 3/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

brooklyn bedding signature mattress

Highlights:

  • Gel-infused foam contours closely and cushions the body
  • Pocketed coils reinforce the edges against sinkage
  • Above-average motion isolation for a hybrid

Ideal For:

  • Any type of sleeper (back, side, stomach, combination)
  • People who prefer a balance of body-conforming and responsiveness
  • Hot sleepers
  • Couples

The Brooklyn Bedding Signature is a hybrid model featuring a comfort layer of TitanFlex foam, which contours to the body like memory foam while offering a latex-like responsiveness. The mattress is also made with a transitional polyfoam layer and a support core of pocketed coils, both of which stabilize the bed and help reinforce the edges against sinkage.

Customers can choose from three firmness levels for their Signature: soft (2-3), medium firm (6), or firm (7-8). This range ensures most sleepers can find a comfortable option regardless of their body type or sleep position. The mattress absorbs a fair amount of motion for a hybrid and the coils are reasonably silent, making it a good choice for couples. Further, strong airflow through the coils helps keep sleepers cool.

The soft feel is best suited to lighter people, particularly side sleepers. The foam cushions the body and aligns the spine to alleviate pressure. Heavier individuals may prefer the firm feel instead because the foam will not conform or sag as much. We recommend the mid-level firmness for average weight sleepers due to its balance of body-contouring and even support.

In addition to the Signature's affordable price-point, Brooklyn Bedding also offers free shipping to all 50 states. The mattress is backed by a 120-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty.

Read Our Full Brooklyn Bedding Signature Mattress Review


Saatva – Best Value Innerspring Mattress

Price: $1,399

Height: 11.5" or 14.5"

Firmness: Three Options - Soft (2-3) ,Medium Firm (6), Firm (7-8)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 2/5

Motion Isolation: 5/5

Edge Support: 3/5 (Soft) and 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

Durability: 4/5

Ease of Movement: 2/5

Sex: 2/5

Off-Gassing: 2/5

Saatva Mattress

Highlights:

  • Responsive and supportive coil-on-coil design
  • Euro-top cover adds extra cushioning to the surface
  • Strong airflow through coil layers ensures very good temperature neutrality

Ideal For:

  • Any type of sleeper (back, side, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers who prefer very responsive beds
  • Hot sleepers
  • Shoppers looking for hassle-free delivery, setup, and old mattress removal

The flagship Saatva innerspring features an innovative, coil-on-coil design with a transitional layer of pocketed minicoils over a support core of recycled-steel bonnell coils. The dual coil systems offer excellent support for heavier individuals, and also give the surface a very responsive feel. The Saatva's padded Euro-top cover features comfort layers of polyfoam and memory foam for added cushioning and spinal support.

The Saatva is available in three firmness levels – soft (2-3), medium firm (6), or firm (7-8) – to accommodate sleepers with different comfort preferences. Customers can also choose from 11.5-inch or 14.5-inch profiles. Both coil systems promote steady air circulation to help the mattress maintain a comfortable temperature, as well.

The soft Saatva alleviates the most pressure and provides the best motion isolation for couples, but this model also has the weakest edge support. The firm feel is the opposite – strong edge reinforcement to minimize sinkage, but very little conforming and less pressure relief. Those looking for a balance of contouring and support should opt for the medium firm model.

Saatva offers free White Glove delivery to all customers. This service includes in-home assembly and old mattress removal, and is ideal for people who cannot (or would rather not) set up the mattress themselves.


DreamCloud – Best Value Luxury Hybrid Mattress

Price: $1,099

Height: 14"

Firmness: Medium Firm (6)

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Pressure Point Relief: 4/5

Sleeps Cool: 4/5

Motion Isolation: 3/5

Edge Support: 3/5 (Soft) and 4/5 (Medium Firm, Firm)

Durability: 3/5

Ease of Movement: 4/5

Sex: 4/5

Off-Gassing: 3/5

The DreamCloud Mattress

Highlights:

  • Thick comfort layers cradle the body and reduce pressure
  • Excellent breathability and temperature neutrality
  • 365-night sleep trial and lifetime warranty

Ideal For:

  • Any type of sleeper (back, side, stomach, combination)
  • Sleepers who prefer a combination of conforming and responsiveness
  • Hot sleepers
  • People who want a high-profile mattress

The DreamCloud is a luxury hybrid with an affordable price-point that's much lower than that of the average hybrid model. The mattress features layers of gel-infused memory foam and polyfoam, along with a coil support core reinforced with base foam. Altogether, the DreamCloud measures 14 inches thick, giving it a higher profile than other best value mattress in a box models.

The mattress has a medium firm (6) feel and the individually-wrapped coils make the surface rather responsive, but the foam layers conform to the sleeper to support the spine and alleviate pressure points. The coil layer also circulates air to cool off the mattress and regulate the sleeper's temperature.

The DreamCloud has earned positive ratings from sleepers across most weight and position groups, but side sleepers under 130 pounds may not feel enough padding beneath their shoulders and hips. Motion isolation is also minimal due to the bed's springy surface.

The DreamCloud is backed by a 365-night sleep trial and a lifetime warranty, both of which are longer than average. Customers in the contiguous U.S. qualify for free shipping, as well.

Read Our Full Dreamcloud Mattress Review


Where to Buy a Cheap Mattress

Contrary to popular belief, the term "cheap mattress" does not necessarily indicate an inferior model. In many cases, the price of a mattress depends on where it is sold. Online brands typically offer more affordable beds because they have lower overhead costs compared to brick-and-mortar companies. Other variables include mattress type and material quality, not to mention the brand itself.

Rather than searching for the cheapest mattress, we encourage shoppers to choose an affordable model that best suits their needs and preferences. The best value mattress for any given sleeper will provide years of comfort and support without breaking the bank. To determine the best mattress, buyers should consider two individual factors: body type and sleep position.

Body type: Lightweight people (less than 130 pounds) often prefer softer mattresses that conform closely to their bodies. These models provide more pressure relief, and also ensure better spinal alignment for side sleepers. Alternatively, heavyweight people (more than 230 pounds) typically need firmer beds that will support their bodies without sagging too much. People in the average weight group (130 to 230 pounds) may find that a medium soft to medium firm mattress offers the best balance of body-contouring and overall support.

Sleep position: For side sleepers, a mattress should provide enough cushioning around the shoulders and hips to support the body and align the spine. Back and stomach sleepers have slightly different needs. These positions naturally align the spine, so the ideal mattress should keep their body on an even plane without sinking too much around the midsection.

Please note the information listed above reflects the general consensus among different sleeper types. The best way to learn which mattress designs are best for you is to test out different models through online sleep trials and visits to brick-and-mortar stores.

How Much Does a "Budget" Mattress Cost?

As we mentioned above, mattress type often influences the bed's price-point. Most mattresses sold today fall into one of five categories, all of which differ in terms of average cost.

Foam: The average memory foam, mixed-foam, or all-polyfoam mattress costs between $900 and $1,200 in a queen size. Best value memory foam mattress models – like the Zinus and Nectar beds listed above – are widely available for $300 to $800. All-polyfoam and mixed-foam models usually cost less than memory foam beds. The T&N Original Mattress, for instance, is priced at less than $600 in a queen size.

Latex: Latex mattresses are somewhat pricey, with an average price range of $1,600 to $2,000. However, many online brands offer affordable latex beds that rival their costlier competitors in terms of durability and performance. The best budget latex mattresses are available in the $800 to $1,100 range.

Innerspring: Innersprings carry an average price range of $900 to $1,100. However, customers should beware that many inexpensive innersprings are of questionable quality and may not be very durable. The best value innerspring mattress models, including the Saatva, may cost slightly more – $1,100 to $1,400 on average – but their sturdy materials and durable designs make them a smarter investment for sleepers.

Hybrid: The average hybrid is priced between $1,600 and $2,000. However – as we've seen with the Allswell, Brooklyn Bedding Signature, and DreamCloud – some hybrid models are much more affordable. The best value hybrid mattresses may cost anywhere from $400 to $1,300.

Airbeds: Airbeds are the most expensive mattress type on average, with a price range of $2,000 to $2,400. Finding airbeds for less than $1,500 is exceptionally rare. Although these mattresses offer unparalleled levels of firmness customization, most high-quality airbeds will be too pricey for budget shoppers.
This can cause the comfort layers to lose shape over time, resulting in less support for the upper back.

What Affects the Price of a Mattress?

In addition to general mattress type, the following factors may affect the price of a new bed.

Materials: We've discussed how average mattress costs vary from type to type. Within each type, prices often differ based on the quality of materials used. Examples include:

  • Foam: Density refers to the weight of foam, and is expressed in pounds per cubic foot (PCF). High-density memory foam (5.5 PCF or higher) is exceptionally durable and responds slower to pressure, giving it that “sticking” feel people most associate with memory foam . Low-density (Lower than 4 PCF) and medium-density (4 to 5.5 PCF) memory foam lose shape more quickly and is and are commonly found in cheaper mattresses. One advantage of lower-density memory foam: it absorbs less body heat from sleepers and feels more temperature-neutral.
  • Latex: Organic and natural latex contain very few chemical fillers. The material is naturally durable and breathable, and provides very good contouring. Blended and synthetic latex have more chemical components. They may sleep a bit warmer and alleviate less pressure. However, these latex types are reasonably durable.
  • Coils: The coil systems found in innersprings and hybrids must be thick enough to support and stabilize the mattress, but also gentle enough to ensure sleeper comfort. Zoned coils are usually the best option. These coils are thicker around the edges to minimize sinkage, and thinner beneath the sleeper for a more comfortable cradle. Zoned coils are found in many high-end models, as well as budget mattresses (such as the Allswell hybrid).

Unique Features: In addition to standard mattress components, some of the best beds feature specialized materials not commonly found in other models. These may include:

  • Minicoil comfort or transitional layers, which promote responsiveness and improve surface airflow.
    Phase-change material, which is infused into covers and comfort layers to help the surface maintain a steady temperature.
  • High-density foam encasements around coil layers for exceptionally strong edge support.
  • Luxury cover fabrics, including organic cotton, natural wool, and rayon from bamboo.
    Euro-top or pillow-top covers for additional surface padding.

Brand: We've already discussed why online mattress brands tend to be cheaper than brick-and-mortar sellers. Shoppers will notice significant price differences between online brands, as well. Time in business may play a role, as more experienced companies with established reputations can often charge more for their products. Brands offering mattresses made from high-end materials and special features like those listed above also tend to have higher price-points.

What About Cheap Memory Foam Beds? Or Cheap Hybrid Beds?

When choosing a memory foam mattress, shoppers should first determine their desired firmness level. Do they want a soft bed that conforms very closely, a firm model that offers more sleeper support, or a mattress with mid-level firmness and a more balanced feel. They should consider their body type and preferred sleep position when making this decision. We encourage budget memory foam mattress shoppers to visit brick-and-mortar stores to test out different firmness levels. The best value memory foam mattress models are usually priced between $300 and $800.

One thing to keep in mind about cheap memory foam mattresses is that many contain lower-density foams. These materials may lose shape more quickly than high-, or even medium-density memory foam, leading to more sagging and body impressions in the surface – both of which can affect how supportive the mattress feels. Inquire about the memory foam density when researching different options. A model with a higher price-point and more durable memory foam may be a wiser investment than one with lower-density foam that will deteriorate more quickly.

Hybrids are a bit trickier to choose due to their wide price range. A budget hybrid mattress may cost as little as $400 to $1,200, while luxury models often exceed the $2,000 mark. When browsing different hybrids, be sure to inquire about the comfort layer and support core materials. The ideal hybrid mattress should conform closely enough to alleviate pressure in any position while reinforcing the edges against sinkage and maintaining even, sag-free support for sleepers.

Expensive hybrids often contain high-density memory foam, organic/natural latex, and other high-end materials. Budget hybrids may substitute these components with cheaper materials, such as polyfoam or blended latex, without sacrificing comfort and conforming ability. Similarly, durable pocketed coils – including zoned coils – are commonly found in pricey and affordable hybrids.

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

Most online and brick-and-mortar mattress brands host annual sales throughout the calendar year. Many of these promotions align with federal, religious, and consumer holidays. These include:

  • New Year's Eve/Day (December 31/January 1)
  • Presidents Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Easter (rolling Sunday in April or May)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Amazon Prime Day (July 13-14 in 2020)
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in November)
  • Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving)
  • Cyber Monday (Monday after Thanksgiving)
  • Christmas (December 25)

Brands with sales for these holidays or other times of the year will prominently advertise them on their websites and/or at their brick-and-mortar locations. We encourage shoppers to buy beds during these sales, as this may knock hundreds of dollars off of the bed's original asking price.

In addition to sales, mattress buyers should seek out coupons and discounts for certain models. Most brands offer these promotions in the form of checkout codes, which customers can enter during the final purchase to receive their mattress discount.