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Best Mattress For The Money

Best Mattress For The Money

Wondering what is the best mattress for the money? Search no further than this list.

Last Updated: September 10, 2020

Jeff Rizzo

Shopping for a new mattress online these days can be infuriating. There are dozens and dozens of choices out there, not to mention different materials like poly foam and latex foam to consider. Then there’s the decision of whether to get a king size or something smaller. In this post, we give you our list of the best online mattresses from a pure value for the money perspective.

HOW WE DECIDED

  • Mattresses Reviewed

    150+

  • Brands

    60+

  • Made the List

    5

  • Number of Contributors

    8

Outline For This Best Mattress For Your Money List

It’s All About: Best Mattress For The Price

“The Best Mattress For The Price” title can be a little vague. Is it the best mattress, period? Is it the cheapest mattress? Our answer is no to both of those questions. In our research, it means the best mattresses that give you the most bang for your buck-which mattress gives you the most value for your money or which one offers the best balance between quality and price.

That’s how we approached this list. And speaking of this list, let’s take a look at our picks for the best mattresses for the money:

There’s no minimum or maximum price that each mattress had to meet in order to qualify for this list. That means you won’t just find budget level mattresses in this post. You might find a luxury mattress that is priced around $1,500, but one that we think is undervalued given its quality. However, we have broken the beds down into different price tiers for your convenience based on the cost of a queen size mattress.

All in all, we created this list because we feel this is what consumers ultimately want. Consumers what to get the most value possible. They don’t want to cheap out and get a low quality product and they don’t want to overpay for an average quality product. The trick is to find a healthy balance between the amount you spend and the quality of the product you receive back, which can be a difficult task given all the fluff and marketing rhetoric mattress companies like to use.

If none of the mattresses on this list catch your eye, though, you may want to check out our Mattress Finder Quiz to find a bed that best suits your particular sleeping habits.

Top 5 Best Mattresses For The Money

We based our picks for the top 5 best mattresses on a number of criteria, like price, quality, how well they stood up over time, which is best for each sleeping position, and more. Not all fit all criteria and some we reviewed never made our list. But, overall, we think if you’re spending money on a mattress, these 5 are the best mattresses for the price.

Introduction To Online Beds

Pretty much all online mattress companies offer a tremendous value for the money, considering they give you free shipping, free returns, a risk-free trial period, and a limited warranty. However, the length of the trial period and warranty vary quite a bit by company. Obviously, we prefer companies that offer a longer trial period and a stronger warranty than their competitors. Having said that, the most important thing is the mattress itself, and whether or not it’s a good value. If the bed is fantastic, the trial period and return policy shouldn’t matter that much since most people will end up keeping the bed.

Bear Mattress – Best Cheap Mattress For The Money

Bear Mattress is a value mattress that’s made right here in the USA. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s hard to find a better mattress for the money, particularly if you just want a comfy bed. It checks a ton of boxes, plain and simple.

First, let’s start with construction. It is an all-foam mattress with a familiar memory foam feel. It measures 10” thick and has three layers of foam, with graphite-infused gel memory foam being the main comfort layer. It even has a special Celliant cover that’s designed to help people achieve more restorative sleep.

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A look at the all-foam Bear Mattress

In terms of sleeping positions, we think this bed is suitable for all sleeping positions, so long as you’re aware that it’s about a 6-7/10 on the firmness scale (i.e. it’s between a medium and medium-firm). If you need an especially soft bed, you might want to look elsewhere, but we think for many people, the firmness level is about right.

So all in all, you can start to see why this bed made the list. For a bed that you can often find below the $950 mark for the king size mattress, it’s hard to find many negatives, which is quite rare considering its competition. For the record, the queen mattress is below $800, post-discounts.

If you want to learn about more budget beds, be sure to check out our Best Cheap Mattresses list.

Brooklyn Signature – Best Value Coil Mattress

As we alluded to above, Brooklyn Bedding has a reputation in the online mattress industry for making super high quality beds. They operate out of a massive, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Arizona so rest easy knowing your bed was constructed in the USA. I know that matters to a lot of people.

Getting to the actual bed, though, their Signature mattress takes our spot for best coil option under $1,300 (king size mattress). The Signature is available in multiple firmness levels (Soft, Medium, and Firm). The Medium option is their best seller—that’s the model we tested and we love it. Slumber Yard team member Jeff actually slept on this bed for months because he liked it so much. It has an ultra soft, neutral-foam feel that we think the majority of people out there will really like.

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You can’t really pick apart the Brooklyn Signature mattress

We think the Medium option is actually a bit softer than what the name implies (medium-soft to medium on the firmness scale). However, given this is a coil mattress that has 6″ pocketed coils, we think the Signature is another great option for heavy body types.

If you’re a small or average sized person, though, you’ll find that the Medium option strikes a nice balance between being comfortable and supportive. As such, all types of sleepers will find the Medium model ideal. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on your side, stomach, or back. If you’re a strict side sleeper that is on the lighter side, you may opt for the Soft model for a little more pressure relief.

As you can tell, we are big fans of the Signature bed. We think it’s a durable mattress that sort of sits perfectly at the intersection between comfort and support. Plus, Brooklyn Bedding is fairly liberal when it comes to discounts and deals. They regularly offer meaningful coupon codes and promo codes. In fact, you can often snag a queen size below the $800 threshold, which is highway robbery in our eyes.

Layla Sleep – Best Value Foam Mattress

The Layla mattress has a ton of things going for it beyond its affordable price. Most notably, it’s one of the few online beds that is double-sided and flippable. This means you get to choose which side of the bed you want to sleep on. There’s a soft side and a firm side for you to test.

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Two distinct sides on the Layla mattress

Overall, we feel like the soft side lands around a medium-soft on the firmness scale. This side is going to be best for side sleepers looking for a good amount of pressure relief. The firm side, in our opinion, lands in-between a medium and medium-firm on the firmness scale. This side is best for back and stomach sleepers since it’s going to provide a little more support under your lower back and trunk.

Now in terms of feel, let me give it to you straight. If you like memory foam, I’d bet good money you’ll love the Layla mattress. The soft side in particular has that prototypical dense/viscous feel where you sort of slowly sink into the bed and the top layer conforms to your body’s shape. Based on our 2019 independent research survey, we found that over 80% of consumers like the feel of memory foam. Given this, I think it’s safe to say the Layla mattress is a crowd pleaser.

Lastly, the bed wouldn’t be on this list if we didn’t think it was a solid value. You can often times snag a queen size for less than $900. That’s not bad considering you’re sort of getting two beds in one.

Saatva Classic – Best Luxury Innerspring Mattress For The Price

Saatva is a well-known, luxury online mattress brand. They’re known for producing durable beds that last a long time and the Saatva classic mattress is no exception. It takes our spot for the best coil (or innerspring) option under $1,500.

The Saatva mattress is not your typical coil or innerspring bed though. Yes, it has a steel coil innerspring system at the base of the bed for its support structure, but it also has individually wrapped coils in the middle of the bed. Two layers of coils? Wowza, that’s a lot of support. That’s why we recommend this bed for heavier body types (250 lb+). As you can imagine, the dual layers of coils gives the Saatva mattress more of a traditional innerspring feel (i.e. firm support with bounce and a soft, comfortable topper).

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Lots of support for big guys like Jack

Saatva isn’t just a one trick pony, though. It checks a whole lot of boxes. One of those boxes is options for consumers. You can choose between “Plush Soft,” “Luxury Firm,” or “Firm” models. That means all sleeper types will be able to find exactly what they’re looking for from a soft bed to a firm bed.

The Luxury Firm option is their flagship bed, though—that’s the model we tested. We found that particular model comes in right around a medium-firm on the firmness scale. As such, we’d only recommend this model for back and stomach sleepers. If you’re a strict side sleeper and need more pressure relief, you’ll most likely want to check out the softer model.

But perhaps the best part about the Saatva mattress is that it’s relatively affordable. You can snag a queen size for around $1,300. Bottom line, given the construction of the bed (multiple layers of coils) and the different choices available to consumers, we think this mattress is an excellent value.

Avocado – Best Natural And Organic Mattress For Your Money

When it comes to finding the best value mattress, we have to take a step back to analyze what value means. To some, it is all about getting a cheap mattress for the money, but to others, they want a luxury mattress that won’t break the bank. Avocado is appealing more to the latter type of consumer.

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The popular natural/organic Avocado Mattress

Avocado is the internet’s favorite natural/organic mattress, by far. It’s hugely popular and is an incredibly nice mattress. The bed starts off with recycled steel coils, pocketed coils in fact. These offer a good deal of support and much better motion isolation as compared to traditional innersprings with a perimeter rail.

The main comfort layers are organic latex foam, which is a naturally-derived material that’s responsive, resilient, and breathable. It’s known as a high quality material that’s expensive, but completely worth it for a lot of consumers, including hot sleepers.

Overall, Avocado is a firm mattress, but not too firm, particularly if you add the optional topper. By default, it’s around an 8 or 9/10 firmness wise, but with the topper it’s about a 6-8/10, otherwise known as medium-firm. If you do get the topper we think Avocado will work for all sleeping styles.

So just to reiterate, Avocado is one of the best mattresses for the money, not because it’s cheap, but because it’s really nice. There are almost no flaws in the mattress. It’s made with premium materials. It’s really supportive. Most people find it comfortable. And it sells for a reasonable price.

Review team

  • Dillon Payne

    Combo Sleeper

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

Why You Should Trust The Slumber Yard Team

We’ve reviewed a lot of mattresses! That’s all we do. We spend all night and the majority of our days testing beds, and consider how good/bad they are for the money. Yes, I know it sounds weird, but that’s our job. We love to sleep and we love to help people get a better night’s sleep by choosing the right mattress.

By this point, we’ve slept on and tested pretty much all the popular beds on the market. We’ve seen all kinds of different mattress constructions and understand the primary materials used in beds. We also have experience will all sizes of beds, including the mack daddy of them all, the king size mattress. This is perhaps the most important one to get right for the money since they are more expensive.

Furthermore, we regularly hold calls with industry experts and customers to stay up to date on industry trends and receive their feedback on new mattresses.

Unlike a lot of other sites, we do not accept money to say good or bad things about the mattresses we review. We do this so our opinions are not influenced by the brand whatsoever. Our goal is to provide honest, helpful, and concise content to help consumers make purchase decisions. So, when we say that this is the best value mattress for the money, we want you to believe us.

We also have a large testing team. It’s not just a one man show. We realize that choosing the right mattress is very subjective. There are many factors (weight, sleeper type, etc.) that should be considered. A particular mattress can feel quite different to a wide variety of people. That’s why it’s important to get input from all different types of sleepers. With that said, we’re proud to have a diverse testing team that consists of females that weigh under 100 lb all the way up to males that weigh over 225 lb.

The Best Mattress Brands For The Money

As you know, we have tested just about every mattress that’s worth considering. To date, we’ve had over 150 different beds pass through our testing center. As such, we have a great idea of what are the best mattress brands for the money. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:

  • Allswell Home
  • Amore Beds
  • Awara Sleep
  • Bear Mattress
  • Brooklyn Bedding
  • Helix Sleep
  • Layla Sleep
  • Nest Bedding
  • Saatva
  • Spindle
  • WinkBeds

We could go on and on. Of the 60 or so mattress brands we’re familiar with, there are about 15 that we’d consider to offer excellent mattresses for the money. That’s not to say that other brands make sub-par mattresses—nothing could be more true—but that a select few mattress brands make an incredibly nice bed that sells for a surprisingly low price.

Mattress Construction & Layers

Nowadays, most mattresses are made up of springs and coils, memory foams, polyurethane foams and or latex.  Each type of construction offers slightly different benefits depending on the type of mattress you buy and the materials they use.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is either dense or airy depending on what you get, and highly energy absorbent. This means it molds to your body in response to heat and weight. It also is known to distribute body weight evenly and slowly returns to its natural state once the weight is removed. With most memory foam, you can turn without disturbing your partner and it is a great choice for people who love that conforming, hugging feel you get from memory foam. Though, memory foam can be heavy and is known to sleep a bit hotter than other types of mattresses.

Polyurethane Foam

Polyurethane foam, or poly foam is a neutral-feeling type of foam and it’s incredibly common. Polyurethane is commonly used as the base layer for many foam mattresses, mainly because it is inexpensive and is more durable in higher densities. However, although it can add a layer of softness, it is still much less dense than memory or latex foam and it does not add as much pinpointed support as the other two foams.

Latex Foam

Natural and or certified organic latex foam is derived from the tropical rubber tree and baked to create a soft but supportive mattress material. There is also a synthetic version.  Both offer qualities people love in a mattress, including durability, resilience, elasticity and more. Natural latex foam is also hypoallergenic and antimicrobial.

Both natural and synthetic latex foams are durable and less prone to breakdown or show lasting, premature indents from the body, even in softer versions. It is not uncommon for latex foam to be a bit more expensive than polyurethane or memory foam, does allow for easy movement throughout the night and can sleep a bit cooler than either of the other foams. It is an especially good choice for side sleepers who need the additional support.

Non Spring Mattresses

All-foam beds are exactly what they sound like—made with all foam. The specific layers and types of foams used vary from company to company. We’ll talk about the different types of foam materials a bit later in this post. We’ve also made sure to select several non spring mattresses on this list. Most of the time, it’s just a bed that uses foam as its support core, but we have see air beds as well. In general, though, people that want a non spring mattress are looking for a good bed in terms of motion isolation. They do not want the motion traveling through the coils, disrupting their sleep. We are pretty neutral on the subject. We like non spring mattresses, but we also like beds with the coils. It’s just a decision to be made on a case-by-case basis.

Feel Preference Is Subjective

This is a very subjective area (just like value), which is why it helps to have a diverse testing team. People like the feel of all kinds of different mattress materials and foams. There’s no one size fits all. We do our best to describe the feel of each mattress while leaving our own personal preferences aside because we realize not everybody likes the same thing. For example, one of our testing team members really loves the feel of MF and how it sort of slowly hugs their body. Another member of our testing team can’t stand MF; they prefer the more responsive, neutral-feel of latex foam.

Mattress Firmness

This is another subjective area. How firm or how soft a mattress feels varies by person. It really depends on your weight and preferred sleeping position. Generally, heavier folks will think most mattresses are on the softer side, while more petite people will think most mattresses are on the firmer side. When we rate the firmness of a mattress, we take the point of view of an average sized person (170-180 lb). But again, that’s why it’s advantageous to have a diverse testing team. We get input as to how firm or soft a mattress feels from a variety of weight ranges.

Consider Your Primary Sleeping Position

The position in which you sleep (back, side, or stomach) is a huge consideration when choosing a mattress.

  • Generally, back sleepers will want a mattress that is a little on the firmer side and provides a good amount of support.
  • Stomach sleepers also seem to prefer their mattress to be a bit firmer so that their back and neck are supported and their midsection doesn’t sink into the mattress.
  • Side sleepers will want a mattress that is on the softer side and provides more pressure relief for their hips and shoulders.
  • Combination sleepers (people who rotate between all three positions) will want something in between soft and added firmness.

Temperature Regulation – Does The Bed Sleep Cool?

No one wants to wake up in the middle of the night uncomfortably hot and drenched in sweat. That can lead to some restless nights of sleep. That’s why we pay special attention to how well each mattress deals with airflow and temperature regulation. You’ll want to find a bed that is at the very minimum considered temperature neutral. This is part of getting the best value mattress for the money. Generally, foams (especially MF) are known for retaining heat, but more and more companies have been trying to combat this by infusing special cooling properties like gel, graphite, phase change material, etc. See our list of the best cooling mattresses for hot sleepers.

Mattress Responsiveness & Resistance

This refers to how quickly the mattress pops back to its original form after pressure is removed. Generally, you’ll want a mattress that is more responsive. This will make it easier for you to switch between sleeping positions. With mattresses that aren’t so responsive, you’ll notice it requires extra effort to switch from your back to your stomach or vice versa, possibly making you more restless throughout the night. How responsive a mattress is can also be an early indicator of long term durability.

Edge Support Analysis

Edge support on a mattress is at the top of many couples’ list when choosing a mattress. Good edge support prevents sag, protects you from rolling out of bed, and provides more structure so you can easily stand up out of bed, and allows you to sit without sinking into the mattress.

This is an important subject for couples or families with small children who often crawl into bed with their parents—and it’s part of getting the most for your money. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there before— your partner rolls over and starts hogging the middle of the bed, leaving you confined near the edge. In this situation, it’s very important the mattress has the proper structural support around the edges so you don’t feel like you’re going to roll right off the bed. If you don’t pay attention to edge support, the value (at least for couples) will not be as high.

Overall, all these factors play a role in how we rate mattresses and put together these kinds of lists. Some of these factors are pretty straight forward to test (e.g. does the bed have good edge support or not?). However, some factors are a little more subjective. We realize everybody is different in terms of weight, gender, and body type, and people also have different preferences when it comes to foams, feel, and sleeping positions. Our goal is to be as helpful as possible by interpreting all these different factors as best as we can so you can make a purchase decision based on your personal sleep preferences.

Mattress Sizes

In the United States there are a few core mattress size options. The most popular is the queen mattress, but the king size mattress is the best way to go if you have a partner. Let’s go through each size bed.

Twin — This is the smallest size you will typically find in the United States. It’s usually 38″ x 75” in terms of its dimensions.

Twin XL — This has the same width, but it’s a longer bed for taller people. It’s about 38″ x 80” which makes it the same length as the queen size mattress.

Full — This is the next step up in width and is still targeting younger people. The exact dimensions are 54 x 75” making it less wide and long than the queen size.

Queen — By far, the queen size mattress is the most popular. And if you’re talking about the best mattress for the money, the queen is the way to go since it’s wide and long enough for two people. It’s a way to save money versus a king size mattress, but still remain comfortable. The size is 60″ x 80” in general.

King — Our favorite size is the king because it offers a ton of space to stretch out. The king size mattress measures about 76″ x 80″ making it the same length as the queen but significantly wider. If money is not an issue and you’re under 6″ 3″ the king size is the way to go.

Cal King — Picture the king size, but slightly narrower and longer. The exact dimensions are 72″ x 84” most of the time.

Explanation Of Shipping, Returns, Trial Periods And Warranties

As we mentioned above, pretty much all bed-in-a-box mattress companies offer free shipping. The mattress will either arrived compressed in a box, in a protective covering, or via white glove delivery (i.e. an actual person delivers the mattress and helps you set it up). From there, the majority of online mattress companies offer a risk-free trial period. The industry average is 100 nights, but we’ve seen a few companies go above and beyond that.

For example, Nectar offers a 365-night risk-free trial period, which is just an absurd value proposition. If you decide you don’t like the mattress you purchased at any point during the trial period, just give the company a call. Once you provide some feedback for them to chew on, they’ll schedule a third party company to come pick up the mattress from your house or apartment. Once that happens, just email the company a picture of your pickup receipt and they’ll issue you a full refund. It’s that simple. The whole return process shouldn’t take more than 2-3 weeks total. I’ll also just add that most online mattress companies back their products with a 10-year limited warranty. However, like with the trial period, there are few companies that take it a step further. For example, Layla offers a lifetime warranty on each mattress.

How To Care For Your Mattress

Most online mattresses come with a removable cover. However, to many people’s surprise, you actually clean it the same way as you would a bed with a non-removable cover. If the cover happens to get dirty or you spill something on it, you should spot clean it with a mild detergent and some water. We’ve only run across a couple removable covers that are actually machine washable. Beyond cleaning, you should consider rotating your mattress every six months or so. This will help protect against leaving permanent body impressions in any one place.

What Can Affect The Price of a Mattress?

There are several reasons why one mattress costs over $1,500 and another one costs as little as $500.

  • Quality of materials. Companies use a variety of materials to make mattresses–latex or memory foam, organic and natural materials, steel coils, and polyurethane foam.
  • Cosmetic details.  Although we cover our mattresses with sheets and quilts, the more expensive mattresses have fancy details, more luxurious looking covers, fancier trims and fabrics, and tufting.
  • Workmanship. Some of the more expensive mattresses have hand stitching and hand-made coils, or are made-to-order to your specifications.
  • Innovation.  Mattresses, it seems, have been made the same for centuries. But today, manufacturers are pushing the envelope in sleep innovation in response to consumers’ needs.
  • Social responsibility.  Many companies are supporting the environment by using organic cottons, all-natural latex, wools, and other natural materials that add to the price of a mattress.
  • Size. A twin-size mattress usually costs a lot less than a king-sized mattress.

What Is the Best Time To Buy A Mattress?

Not sure when to buy a mattress? There are several key times during the year that can save you some hard earned cash.

  1. Key holidays. Memorial Day, Presidents Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Black Friday or Cyber Monday are all good times to buy a mattress. Those are the prime days manufacturers usually offer sales and discounts.
  2. Early Spring or late Winter. In March and April, manufacturers ship new models to stores across the nation. That means that last year’s models are now on sale.
  3. Anytime Online. Probably the best time to buy a mattress is when yours is more than seven years old. Most mattress experts agree, anything older than seven is too old. Many online mattresses are consistent with their promotions, and run them basically year-round like Casper.

FAQs

Will I get free shipping?

Definitely. If you live in the Contiguous United States, you should expect free shipping with your new mattress.

What if I need to make a return?

The good news is most of the mattress brands that sell online offer completely free returns. You don’t really need to do anything but call customer service and wait for them to come pick up the mattress.

How firm should my mattress be?

How firm or how soft a mattress feels varies by person. It really depends on your weight and preferred sleeping position. Generally, heavier folks will think most mattresses are on the softer side, while more petite people will think most mattresses are on the firmer side.

What is the best mattress brand for the money?

If you’re talking strictly about value, there are a few brands that we absolutely love. Those include Brooklyn Bedding, Bear Mattress, Saatva, Helix, and others.

How much should you spend on a mattress?

Although you probably wouldn’t want to, you can get a mattress for as low as $150. You can also pay as much as $3,000 or more. However, the average price for a great mattress that should last for years is about $1,500.

Are expensive mattresses worth it?

The two things that make mattresses worth the price are the quality of materials and comfort. Comfort probably trumps materials, and many people are willing to spend a lot to ensure a good night’s sleep. There are some brands that are very expensive and some people who are willing to pay the price, but there are very good mid-range mattresses.

How much should I expect to pay for a good mattress?

Mattresses can range in price from $100 to more than $5,000. A good iFoam mattress can cost less than $600 to more than $1,000.  A Latex mattress can cost as little as $1,500 up to $2,000.  Most people, however, can find the mattress they need for under $1,000.

Do I have to buy a box spring?

No. Some innerspring mattresses require a box spring for longer life and comfort. Foam mattresses and many hybrid beds on the other hand, do not require a box spring for comfort or durability.