|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Affordable hybrid mattress that has a high-quality construction. We like this bed for a variety of reasons but first and foremost, we really like its price tag. It's one of the best value beds on the market, plain and simple.|
Below $1,000 (Hybrid)
|Well-constructed mattress that has a very comfortable, soft foam feel. This hybrid bed comes in three different firmness options, as well.|
Below $1,000 (Foam)
|$135 Off + Gift|
|If you like memory foam, we'd bet good money you'll love this mattress. It's extremely comfortable and we like that it's double-sided with different firmness profiles.|
Below $1,500 (Hybrid)
|Check Current Offers||Luxurious innerspring mattress offered at a fairly affordable price. The bed features an organic cotton cover and is available in three different firmness options.|
Below $1,500 (Foam)
|Premium, double-sided foam mattress that features two different firmness profiles and an organic cotton cover.|
Number of Contributors
“The Best Mattress For The Money” title can be a little vague. Is is the best mattress, period? Is it the cheapest mattress? Our answer is no to both of those questions. In our eyes, it means the most bang for your buck. Basically, which mattresses gives you the most value for your money or which ones offer the best balance between quality and price. That’s how we approached this list.
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.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Allswell Home, this is one of Walmart’s house brands. The retail giant launched Allswell is early 2018 to compete in the red hot direct-to-consumer mattress space. Before you just assume this is a cheaply made mattress from China though, think again.
The Allswell Hybrid bed-in-a-box is actually manufactured by the well-respected mattress company Brooklyn Bedding right here in the USA. We’ll talk more about Brooklyn Bedding in the next section because big surprise, they made this list as well. Back to Allswell though, if you’re on a tight budget, it’s hard to find a better value than this bed. It checks a ton of boxes, plain and simple.
First, let’s start with construction. This is one of a few hybrid mattresses that you can actually find under the $500 mark. Why does a hybrid mattress matter? Glad you asked. Well, the term hybrid means the mattress contains both coils and layers of foam, and coils in general are much more durable and supportive than the typical firm poly-foams most budget beds use for their support foundation. So, durability—check that box.
As such, we think people of all shapes and sizes will be just fine on this mattress. In other words, the bed will be able to properly support you regardless of whether you weigh 100 pounds with Timberland boots on or 250 pounds after a ten day juice cleanse.
What about comfort? Well, although this bed has a quilted memory foam top layer, it actually has more of a neutral-foam feel. This means the mattress has a soft foam feel, but it doesn’t quite contour to your body the way traditional memory foam does. A lot people out there prefer this type of feel.
In terms of sleeping positions, we think this bed is most ideal for back, stomach and combo sleepers, however, side sleepers will likely find the bed suitable for their needs as well (especially heavier side sleepers). Overall, the bed comes in right around a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale, which translates to a pretty nice balance between support and comfort.
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 $300 mark (queen size), it’s hard to find many negatives, which is quite rare considering its competition. If you want to learn about more budget beds, be sure to check out our Best Cheap Mattresses list.
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 hybrid option under $1,000 (queen size). 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.
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 hybrid 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.
$135 Off + Gift
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.
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 memory foam 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 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 hybrid (or innerspring) option under $1,500.
The Saatva mattress is not your typical hybrid 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).
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 to 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 Plush Soft model.
But perhaps the best part about the Saatva mattress is that it’s relatively affordable. You can snag a queen size for around $1,100. 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.
Think of the Nest Alexander Signature as the Layla mattress on steroids. Like Layla, it’s a flippable, all-foam mattress that offers two firmness options for sleepers. However, the Nest Alexander Signature mattress takes things to the next level in terms of construction.
To be specific, the mattresses is comprised of six different layers and totals a whopping 13″ thick. Included in the bed are layers of energex foam, copper infused memory foam and the company’s proprietary CoolFlow foam. Plus, wrapping the different layers of foam is an organic cotton cover for eco-conscious shoppers.
Overall, it’s an extremely comfortable mattress. Given the bed only uses a 1″ layer of memory foam, it has more of a soft, neutral-foam feel, which we think most people will really like. The Signature Series, along with the company’s Signature Hybrid mattress, are universally loved in our office. We think all types of sleepers will find the mattress accommodating. Lastly, let’s not forget that the bed comes backed by a lifetime warranty.
We’ve reviewed a lot of mattresses! That’s all we do. We spend all night and the majority of our days testing beds. 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. 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 produce reviews. 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.
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.
Pretty much all online mattress companies offer 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.
We pay special attention as to how each mattress is built. The construction of the mattress can tell you a lot about the quality of the materials and long term durability of the bed. To keep things simple, we try to bucket each mattress into one of two categories—innerspring and hybrid (i.e. includes coils) or all-foam. There are several different types of commonly used foams (memory foam, latex foam, polyurethane foam), all of which have different positives and negatives.
This is a very subjective area, 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 memory foam and how it sort of slowly hugs their body. Another member of our testing team can’t stand memory foam; they prefer the more responsive, neutral-feel of latex foam.
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.
The position in which you sleep (back, side, or stomach) is a huge consideration when choosing a mattress. Generally, back sleepers and stomach sleepers will want a mattress that is a little on the firmer side and provides a good amount of support. 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.
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. Generally, foams (especially memory foam) 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.
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.
This is an important subject for couples or families with small children who often crawl into bed with their parents. Let’s face it, we 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 have the proper structural support around the edges so you don’t feel like you’re going to roll right off the bed.
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.
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. 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.
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.