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|Below $500||Check Current Price||Extremely affordable hybrid mattress that has a mixed foam feel and accommodates all sleeper types and body sizes.|
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|Well-constructed mattress that has a very comfortable, soft foam feel. This hybrid mattress comes in three different firmness options, as well.|
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|If you like memory foam, we'd bet good money you'll love this mattress. It's extremely comfortable and we like that it has coils for extra durability.|
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|Premium hybrid mattress that is universally loved by our team members. One of the most comfortable beds out there, plus we like that it's available in multiple firmness levels.|
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|Extra thick, durable hybrid mattress that is an excellent choice for heavier individuals. This bed looks and feels like a luxurious hotel bed.|
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“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 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 you may also find one that we think is undervalued given its quality. However, we have broken them down into price tiers for your convenience based on the price of a queen size.
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.
If you’re on a tight budget, it’s hard to argue you can find a better value than the Lucid 10″ Gel-Memory Foam Hybrid mattress. It checks a ton of boxes, plain and simple.
First, let’s start with its durability. 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 dense poly-foams most budget beds use for their support foundation. So, durability—check that box.
What about comfort? Well, although this bed has a memory foam top layer, it actually behaves more like a neutral or proprietary foam. 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.
Also, unlike traditional memory foam, this Lucid mattress is quite responsive, which means you won’t get that stuck-in-the-mud feel when you go to switch sleeping positions. And speaking of sleeping positions, we think this bed is good for all types of sleepers (back, side, and stomach). It comes in right around a medium on the firmness scale, which translates to a nice balance between support and pressure relief.
Additionally, since this bed incorporates coils and the top layers of foam don’t behave like true memory foam, we think all body types (small, medium, and large) will be supported by this mattress. So back to the boxes: Comfort? Check. Accommodates all sleeper types? Check. Supports all body types? Check.
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.
Brooklyn Bedding is another company known for making super high quality beds. They operate out of a massive, state-of-the-art facility in Arizona where they manufacture their beds. So rest easy knowing your bed was constructed in the good ol’ US of A. 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. Keep in mind, given the bed is on the softer side, heavy folks might find that they warm up a little during the night since they’ll sink into the top foam layers a little more. For that reason, heavier people may opt for the Firm version.
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.
You starting to see a trend here? There are a lot of hybrids and innerspring mattresses on the list. You can tell we really value durability, which coils are known for. Yes, this mattress is a hybrid, as well, so the durability claim rings true, but this mattress in particular is a little different in that it’s a true memory foam hybrid bed. Hence, it takes our best memory foam option under $1,000.
If you like memory foam, I’d bet good money you’ll love this bed. It has that prototypical memory foam feel where you sort of slowly sink into the bed and the top layer starts to conform to your body’s shape. It’s a very soft mattress and it offers a good amount of pressure relief. And like a lot of the beds on this list, it’s available in multiple firmness options (Medium-Firm and Medium-Soft).
The Medium-Firm option is their best seller—that’s the model we took for a spin. We think that model is best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers. It finds a pretty nice balance between comfort and support. If you’re a strict side sleeper that’s on the lighter side of the scale, you may want to check out the Medium-Soft option for added pressure relief.
Since this is a softer memory foam bed, big folks might find themselves heating up a little at night. Keep that in mind. Petite and average sized sleepers will be fine, though—they’ll sleep more neutral.
All in all, this is a super comfortable mattress that is manufactured by one of the largest bedding companies in the world, Serta-Simmons (you starting to see another trend?). Bottom line, if you like memory foam, it’s hard to find a better option under $1,000 considering the durability and comfort this bed provides.
Saatva is a well-known luxury online mattress brand. They’re known for producing high quality beds that last a long, long time and the Saatva mattress definitely fits the bill. It takes our spot for best innerspring option under $1,000. But it’s not just your traditional innerspring bed. 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, having dual layers of coils gives the Saatva mattress more of a traditional innerspring feel (i.e. firm support with bounce and a thin, soft top layer).
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 a Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, or Firm model. 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 level, though—that’s the model we tested. That 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 the $1,000 mark. 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.
The Nest Alexander Hybrid is universally loved in our office. Everyone that has tested this mattress finds it extremely comfortable. In fact, Slumber Yard team member Matt slept on this mattress for over six months because he liked it so much.
Besides being ultra-comfortable, this bed also shares some commonalities with the other mattresses on the list. Specifically, the mattress is available in different firmness levels, contains coils for added support and durability, and accommodates all types of sleepers and body types. It is a memory foam bed, but it has more of a soft, comfortable pillow feel. It’s really nice. Slumber Yard team member Kaite Kale likes to say it’s like laying on a pile of yarn in that you sort of nestle into it.
On the downside, since you do sort of sink into the bed, heavy folks may find that they’ll warm up throughout the night. Also, this bed is slow to respond after releasing pressure and since it does have memory foam, sleepers may find it requires a little extra effort to switch between positions.
Back to the positives, though. The Nest Alexander Hybrid is an excellent choice for couples. It provides solid edge support around the perimeter of the bed. You never feel as if you’re going to roll or fall off the edge. It also performs well in terms of limiting motion transfer. If you have a partner that has a habit of moving around a lot or getting up in the middle of the night to get into the cookie jar, the other person won’t be disturbed (or be tempted to down the extra calories).
Like a lot of the beds on this list, Nest Bedding is known for making high quality, durable beds. They actually have a partnership with Brooklyn Bedding, so that Nest beds are constructed in the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility I mentioned earlier. All in all, it’s hard to find a more comfortable, luxury hybrid mattress under the $1,500 mark (queen size).
I know I sound like a broken record at this point, but WinkBed offers a lot of the same features as the other beds on this list. As you can tell by now, there are certain aspects of a bed that we really value.
To save you time, here are the main reasons why Wink is on this list:
Those are the major boxes the WinkBed checks, but that’s not it. We also like that WinkBed offers a Plus option for heavier individuals that uses a triple-zone pocketed coil system for extra support. They recommend this mattress for heavy sleepers that are over 300 lb.
On the downside, the motion isolation on this bed is just average, so that might be a tiny issue for people who share a bed with an active sleeper that tosses and turns a lot. Also, this is one beast of a mattress. It’s 15″ thick, extremely heavy, and doesn’t have any handles. As such, it can be hard to move or even lift up the corner to make the bed. You also might need to buy special sheets that can fit around and stay on a mattress this thick.
Still, we are being very nit picky with those negatives because at the end of the day this bed really doesn’t have many cons. WinkBed likes to say their bed is like a “Luxury Hotel Mattress” and we’d have to agree. It’s definitely like a mattress you’d find at the presidential suite at the Ritz-Carlton in Hawai’i.
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.
We’re also 100% independent. We’re a fairly new, young startup that is not backed by any mattress brand or related entity. We have no financial interest or incentive to promote one brand over another. 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.