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Find the best affordable mattresses

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by Kathryn Parkman ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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Everyone deserves a decent night's sleep, but not everyone can afford to spend thousands of dollars on a luxury bed. Luckily, it is possible to find a good, inexpensive mattress that helps you sleep better without breaking your budget.

What is the best mattress for the money?

To select the best mattress for the money, we started by considering 50 popular bed-in-a-box options with reputations for good value. We then compared them based on customer reviews and the quality of materials. To further narrow down our list, we considered whether the manufacturer provides a sleep trial or warranty. All of our top picks budget mattresses are priced at $800 or less for a queen size.

Our favorite budget foam mattresses:Our favorite budget hybrid mattresses:
RUUFCoolvie
AvencoInofia
Tuft & NeedleSweetnight
NectarSven & Son

Compare our favorite budget mattresses

Mattress brandMaterialsFirmness
RUUFFoam constructionMedium-firm
AvencoGel memory foamMedium-plush
Tuft & NeedleFoam constructionMedium-firm
NectarGel memory foamFirm
CoolvieMemory foam and innerspringMedium-firm
InofiaMemory foam and pocket springMedium-firm
SweetnightInnerspring and memory foamMedium-firm
Sven & SonHybrid foam constructionMedium

Find the best budget foam mattresses

RUUF 8” Unique Creative Foam Mattress

RUUF’s Unique Creative Foam Mattress combines 1.5 inches of gel foam infused with bamboo and charcoal plus 6.5 inches of responsive green-tea base foam. It’s medium-firm, which helps it effectively align your spine while you sleep. Many reviewers commented that the mattress helps relieve back and joint pain. Plus, RUUF’s 180-night sleep trial is one of the most generous on our list.

Product details
  • 180-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • $224.99*

BUY ON AMAZON
* For queen-size mattress at the time of publishing

Avenco 10” Memory Foam Mattress

Avenco's premium Memory Foam Mattress includes high-density foam, base support foam and two layers of memory foam. Avenco makes its mattresses out of rayon modal fabric, which is breathable and tear-resistant. Avenco designed this medium-plush mattress with gel-infused memory foam to help keep you cool while you sleep. According to the manufacturer, it is good for side and stomach sleepers.

Product details
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • $363.80*

BUY ON AMAZON
* For queen-size mattress at the time of publishing

Tuft & Needle 10” Adaptive Foam Mattress

The Tuft & Needle Adaptive Foam Mattress is ideal for pressure relief, thanks to two layers of high-density, high-quality polyurethane foam. The foam is breathable, so you don't have to worry about getting too hot while you sleep, and it’s supportive enough to relieve back pain. Tuft & Needle uses CertiPUR-US- and Greenguard Gold-certified materials.

Product details
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • $505.75*

BUY ON AMAZON
* For queen-size mattress at the time of publishing

Nectar 11” Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Nectar makes one of the most expensive mattresses on our list, but it’s still a great value. Its five-layer construction includes a base of super-core support foam, Hi-Core-grade transition foam, medical-grade viscoelastic memory foam and a removable, Tencel long-staple fiber cooling cover. Plus, Nectar includes two free premium pillows with your purchase. The company provides a 180-night sleep trial and a forever warranty that covers the mattress for as long as you own it.

Product details
  • 180-night sleep trial
  • Forever warranty
  • $799*

BUY ON AMAZON
* For queen-size mattress at the time of publishing

Find the best budget hybrid mattresses

Coolvie 10” Memory Foam and Innerspring Mattress

The Coolvie Memory Foam and Innerspring Hybrid Mattress has a medium-firm feel and is an excellent value for the price. Individually wrapped tempered steel coils make this mattress bouncy but still supportive. Its high-density fiber padding is excellent for pressure relief around your neck, shoulders, back and hips, and the soft knitted fabric cover has mesh siding to optimize airflow.

Product details
  • 100-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • $289.90*

BUY ON AMAZON
* For queen-size mattress at the time of publishing

Inofia 10” Responsive Hybrid Mattress

Inofia's Responsive Hybrid Mattress evenly supports body weight and reduces the risk of pressure buildup. An eco-friendly memory foam layer provides pressure relief, and the high-tech pocket springs are extra durable. The breathable cover helps maximize airflow. It is most comfortable for side sleepers, according to reviews. Customers also like that the individually encased coils decrease motion transfer.

Product details
  • 101-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • $299.43*

BUY ON AMAZON
* For queen-size mattress at the time of publishing

Sweetnight 10” Euro Pillow Top Mattress

Sweetnight’s medium-firm hybrid mattresses have individually wrapped coil pocket springs combined with comfortable memory foam. It’s good for motion isolation, and a layer of gel-infused memory foam helps regulate body temperature while you sleep. Since it's a hybrid, sleepers get the benefits of innerspring and memory foam mattresses. This 10-inch mattress is good for those who prefer medium firmness. Sweetnight provides a 10-year warranty.

Product details
  • 30-night sleep trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • $398.00*

BUY ON AMAZON
* For queen-size mattress at the time of publishing

Sven & Son 14” Hybrid Mattress

Sven & Son’s queen hybrid is the most expensive mattress on our list. We like it because its cluster springs isolate motion to help support and align your back and spine. This mattress has an exclusive airflow gel memory layer that creates a luxurious, cloudlike effect. It also comes with Tencel, charcoal and bamboo slip-resistant cover. The charcoal helps absorb moisture and bacteria, while the bamboo is hypoallergenic and softer than cotton.

Product details
  • 30-night sleep trial
  • 25-year warranty
  • $800*

BUY ON AMAZON
* For queen-size mattress at the time of publishing

How to find the best budget mattress

There are seven key steps to follow as you search for a budget mattress.

1. Determine your mattress budget
The first step to finding the right mattress is figuring out your budget. Decide whether you're looking to purchase a mattress outright or if you're going to take advantage of financing options or payment plans. As with most consumer products, a higher price usually indicates higher quality. If you’re shopping for cheap mattresses online, don’t forget to consider shipping costs. Here's what to expect from mattresses in certain price points:
  • Mattresses under $100: Most new mattresses that cost less than $100 are inflatable mattresses, such as the Intex Dura-Beam Airbed (click here to find on Amazon). You can sometimes find an inexpensive used mattress. Some innerspring mattresses fall in this category; these are flexible and move with your body but aren't known for offering consistent and contoured support where you need it the most.
  • Mattresses under $300: Mattresses less than $300 usually fall in the bed-in-a-box category and lack many of the features of more expensive mattresses. Still, some offer upgraded features like moisture-wicking technology and gel-infused materials that help increase airflow while you sleep. Memory foam options are somewhat limited in this price range.
  • Mattresses under $500: As your budget increases, your options for high-quality mattresses improve. Mattresses between $300 and $500 are usually made of memory foam or are hybrids, which means they combine the bounce of an innerspring mattress with the softness and contouring ability of memory foam. You can expect a mattress less than $500 to have two or three layers, often made of synthetic materials.
  • Mattresses under $1,000: Most mattress experts say a long-lasting, quality mattress typically costs between $700 and $1,000. Mattresses in this price range have features like multiple firmness options or models designed to ventilate air so that you stay cool at night. Some mattresses less than $1,000 have cooling gel memory foam and motion isolation technology so your movement doesn't disturb your partner.
2. Shop around and compare
If you have the freedom to shop around, do it. Consider bed-in-a-box options and shop around at department stores and home furniture stores. Look for coupons, promotional deals and discounts to get a great mattress at the right price.

Shopping around and waiting for annual sales help you find a high-quality mattress and still stick to your budget. Keep in mind that you can usually find the best prices on mattresses during the summer.

3. Think about who will sleep on it
The mattress you choose should take into account who is going to be sleeping on it. Is the mattress for a kid? A single adult? Two adults? If it's going in a guest room and will only be used once in a while, you may not have to splurge on high-end features that cater to your specific sleep style.

Some mattress designs are focused on side sleepers or stomach sleepers. Some mattresses are better suited for bigger or taller individuals, while others have innovative features to provide ultimate support or keep you cool during the night.

4. Consider long-term vs. short-term benefits
The benefits of buying a budget mattress include lower upfront costs and easy setup. On the other hand, more expensive, luxury mattresses usually have better features and last longer.

Some customers complain about unpleasant off-gassing odors as lesser-quality bed-in-a-box mattresses expand. Over time, cheaper mattresses also tend to sag. You might spend a few hundred dollars on a budget mattress only to replace it within a couple of years. Budget mattresses sometimes come with extended warranties similar in length to those of more expensive mattresses. Mattress warranties range anywhere from three to 25 years.

5. Look for the right features
The cost of the mattress isn't the only thing to consider when purchasing a budget mattress. When you're looking for high-quality, inexpensive mattresses, there are four things you should think about. You want to find a mattress that is made of quality materials, backed by a decent warranty, offers a reasonable trial period and has a clear return policy:
  • Quality materials: Manufacturers usually make lower-priced budget mattresses out of springs and coils that make it easy to move around but don't isolate motion well. You can find mattresses in the $500 range that feature high-quality foams that come in a variety of firmness options. Look for mattresses with zone support, memory foam and hypoallergenic materials.
  • Warranty: Some budget mattresses come with the same long-term warranty as more expensive models. It's common to find a budget mattress with a warranty that covers at least 10 years.
  • Trial period: Purchase a mattress that lets you try it out with no risk. Some well-known mattress companies offer 100-night free trial periods that let you really get an idea of how a mattress feels. It takes about 30 days to get fully accustomed to a new mattress, so find a budget mattress you can try for at least that long.
  • Return policy: There are several reasons you may return a new mattress, including that it causes you pain, isn't the right firmness or is incompatible with your sleep style. Each company has a different policy when it comes to returns. The average return policy is between 30 to 120 days. Look for a company that offers a full money-back guarantee instead of just an exchange. Some companies send a truck to pick up your mattress, while others provide shipping labels that let you box it up and ship it back yourself.
6. Purchase a good, inexpensive mattress
If you buy a mattress online, most companies offer free shipping, which saves you significant money. If you are buying from a retail store, ask about its mattress delivery policy and fees. Some mattress companies include free shipping when you purchase select mattresses and offer several delivery options. White-glove service usually involves delivering your new mattress, setting it up and removing your old mattress and box spring. There is typically a separate charge for this.
7. Get the most out of your budget mattress
Get the most out of your budget mattress by investing in accessories that add comfort and durability without spending a lot of extra money. Look into mattress toppers that add an extra layer of cushion to your mattress or mattress covers that extend the life of your mattress.

Budget mattress FAQ

Why are mattresses so expensive?
Mattresses are expensive because they are made out of pricey materials, like memory foam, spring coils and latex. High-quality mattresses last a long time and are always in high demand.

There is a precise science that goes into creating a mattress that is the perfect blend of comfort, support, style and durability. Innovative features like border trimmings, airflow technology and premium foam options add even more to the price.

When is the best time to buy a mattress?
Summer is usually the time to find the best mattress deals. Retailers tend to offer sales and discounts on mattresses during the early summer, especially in May.
How much does a good mattress cost?
In the mattress industry, the consensus is that a $500 mattress is a pretty standard mattress. Mattresses in this price range usually won't have many bells and whistles, but they are made of solid materials and last a long time. Higher-end mattresses ($700 to $1,000) typically include innovative features, higher-end materials and superior comfort and durability.
Can you finance a mattress?
Yes, you can finance a mattress. Most retailers offer financing programs for shoppers who don't have the cash to pay for a new mattress upfront. These include monthly payment plans. Some mattress companies will approve you for financing regardless of your credit. You also might consider taking out a personal loan.
Can you negotiate mattress prices?
Usually, the price you see when shopping retail is the price you pay. If a retailer does negotiate, it probably means the price is higher than the industry standard.

Bottom line

You don't have to spend thousands of dollars to get a quality mattress. Before making your purchase, consider your budget and who will be using the mattress. This helps you decide what features you need. If you're looking to keep your costs down, consider buying online — you can save a significant amount of money without waiting for a seasonal deal.

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by Kathryn Parkman ConsumerAffairs Research Team

As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, Kathryn Parkman believes everyone deserves easy access to accurate and comprehensive information on products and businesses before they make a purchase, which is why she spends hours researching companies and industries for ConsumerAffairs. She believes conscious consumption is everyone's responsibility and that all content deserves integrity.