best mattress under 1000

Best Mattress Under 1000

A comprehensive list of the top rated beds that won't break the bank

Getting the right mattress is key, but spending a fortune to get a top-of-the-line bed just doesn’t make sense for some people. In fact, we’ve received a good deal of interest in beds that retail under the $1,000 mark, which is precisely why we created this list.
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This could be the most popular bed-in-a-box mattress. Casper has a soft neutral-foam feel that’s universally comfortable.
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Neutral Foam (Firmer)15% Off + Gift

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This is an all-foam bed with a firmer, neutral-foam feel. Leesa is a great bed for all types of sleepers.
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Innerspring Check Current OffersThis is one of the most affordable luxury beds available online. Saatva comes in three firmness levels and is a very supportive mattress.
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This a super comfortable, supportive bed that comes in three different firmness levels. It also has more of a soft neutral-foam feel, which is really accommodating.
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Memory Foam$125 Off + Gift

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If you love memory foam, chances are you’ll be all about Nectar. Plus, you typically get two free pillows with the purchase of a mattress.
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Latex (mixed)Up to $200 Off

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Latex beds are expensive, but if you want some of the advantages of a latex bed without the high price point, check out GhostBed.

HOW WE DECIDED

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Finding The Best Mattress For Under $1,000

There are a lot of mattresses out there, especially in the bed-in-a-box game. And while we clearly do like more than we’ve actually put on this list, we had to make the cut somewhere. For the record, all of these beds are under $1,000 after discount for a queen size. You can see the rest of our mattress reviews here.

Now, just in case you aren’t too familiar with the advantages and disadvantages with an online mattress, here’s a quick overview since all of these beds can be purchased online (some can also be purchased in-store).

All of these beds come with completely free shipping. They will typically all also come with a trial period where you can test the bed for yourself. If you don’t absolutely love your bed, you can usually get all of your money back as long as you’re within the trial period. Basically, all of these brands really want you to have the opportunity to try their mattress in-person and are willing to put up with the cost of returns because they’re so confident that you’ll be happy with your bed.

Additionally, you should expect your mattress to come with a 10-year warranty at minimum. Obviously, if it’s the cheapest mattress you can find, then the warranty won’t be 10 years, but that should be the minimum of what you’re looking for.

Casper

BEST FOR:

  • People that want a softer, accommodating mattress that’s extremely comfortable
  • All types of sleepers (back, stomach, side, combo)
  • Couples (good for motion isolation, edge support, and it’s pretty much universally loved)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Extremely hot sleepers
  • Really heavy individuals

The original Casper mattress is almost universally loved. It’s accommodating and has more of a soft neutral-foam feel, which makes the bed dangerously comfortable.

To be honest, it’s hard to poke holes in this bed—there’s just a lot to like. It’s ideal for all types of sleepers (stomach, back, side, and combo) and is really good in terms of motion isolation, edge support, and responsiveness. And even though it does use memory foam, there’s none of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling, which a lot of people seem to appreciate about the bed.

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The Casper mattress is accommodating for all sleeper types

Since it’s only 10” thick and has a foam support core, though, we don’t recommend it to particularly heavy individuals. There are better options (even on this list) if you’re 250 lb or more. If, however, you’re around the 200 lb mark or less, it’s pretty likely you’ll enjoy sleeping on Casper. You don’t achieve all that Casper has achieved as a company by selling a sub-par mattress.

Leesa

BEST FOR:

  • All types of sleepers
  • Those who want more of a neutral-foam feel
  • Petite and medium sized individuals
  • Folks who want a responsive foam bed

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Super heavy individuals
  • Folks who need/want a coil bed
  • Memory foam fans

Leesa is another extremely well-known and highly-regarded online mattress brand. The mattress is similar to Casper in that it’s comprised entirely of foam and has a memory foam middle layer, but in our opinion, it’s just a hair firmer than Casper.

We think it’s ideal for all types of sleepers. The bed provides a good amount of support, yet it’s also soft and comfortable.

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The Leesa mattress is ideal for all sleepers

Overall, we view Leesa as a very safe pick. It’s a well constructed all-foam bed that is very comfortable. If you like more of a neutral-foam feel and you want a bed that is slightly firmer than Casper, Leesa is your ticket.

Saatva

BEST FOR:

  • Heavier individuals that want the support provided by a coil mattress
  • Anyone looking for an affordable, luxury mattress
  • Those who want white glove delivery (someone else sets up the mattress for you)
  • People that want to choose from multiple firmness levels

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Anyone that wants a true memory foam feel
  • Those who don’t want a mattress with bounce

Saatva is quickly becoming a top online mattress brand and is one of our favorites. The original Saatva mattress is truly hard to beat for the money, especially considering how durable and luxurious it is.

Saatva actually comes in three different firmness levels, which allows you to pick which is best for your particular situation. They have a Plush Soft, Luxury Firm, and Firm model, which means they have a mattress for almost everyone. And Saatva uses not just one layer of coils, but two, making it durable and supportive and adding a little bounce.

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The Saatva mattress comes in three different firmness options

If you want a luxurious bed at an affordable price, Saatva is hard to pass up. A queen and king size will run you just over $1,000, but the other size options fall below the $1,000 mark. The biggest downside, really, is that Saatva charges a $99 return fee, whereas most other companies offer completely free returns.

Brooklyn Bedding Signature

BEST FOR:

  • Anyone that wants a supportive, bouncy mattress
  • Those who want your pick of three different firmness levels (Soft, Medium, Firm)
  • All types of sleepers ( back, stomach, side, and combo)
  • People that want an accommodating mattress with more of a neutral-foam feel

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Especially hot sleepers
  • Couples who want a softer firmness level (not great edge support on the Medium and Soft versions)

The Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress is interesting for a number of reasons, including that it’s offered in a Soft, Medium, and Firm feel.

On top of that, it’s highly supportive because of its foundation of pocketed coils and is actually made in a facility in Phoenix, AZ that is owned by Brooklyn Bedding (i.e. they actually make their own mattresses, which is rare in the online bedding space). We see the Signature mattress as being ideal for all sleeper types and body types.

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Slumber Yard team member Jeff is a big fan of the Brooklyn Signature Hybrid mattress

If you’d like a softer mattress that’s more ideal for side sleepers, we say check out the Soft or Medium option. If you sleep primarily on your back and stomach, you may want to look into the firmer option. If you tend to move around and don’t sleep strictly in one position, the Medium option is highly accommodating. And similar to beds like Casper and Leesa, the Signature mattress has more of a softer neutral-foam feel, which people tend to really like.

Nectar

BEST FOR:

  • Memory foam lovers
  • Budget shoppers
  • Back, stomach, and combination sleepers (not the absolute best option for strict side sleepers)
  • People that are interested in a 365-night risk-free trial (about 3x longer than average)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Anyone that sleeps hot during the night
  • If you can’t stand memory foam
  • People that want a mattress that’s made in the USA

Nectar is one of the most popular foam mattresses online, partly because it’s really affordable and party because it’s comfortable, assuming that you really like memory foam.

It has more of a dense feel and you do sink in if you stay in one position. Since it’s memory foam, though, there is a bit of that “stuck” feeling, which makes switching positions a little more difficult and could cause certain individuals to be more restless at night—that’s if you tend to switch positions frequently.

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If you like memory foam, you’ll like the Nectar mattress

One really nice thing about Nectar (beyond the affordable price tag) is that you almost always get two free pillows with your purchase of a mattress.

GhostBed

BEST FOR:

  • Anyone that wants a bit of a latex foam feel, but without the high price tag
  • All types of sleepers
  • Those who want good pressure relief, but a bed that also makes it easy to switch positions
  • People that want a bed with a long warranty (about 2x the warranty for the average bed-in-a-box mattress)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Anyone over 250 lb (all-foam beds generally won’t be as supportive over the long haul)
  • People that tend to warm up at night

There are a lot of people out there that don’t like poly foam, don’t like memory foam, don’t like springs, and know unequivocally that they want a latex bed. The only downside with that plan is that latex beds tend to be somewhat pricey—almost always above $1,000 for a queen.

As such, we went with GhostBed as our latex pick even though it only uses a fairly thin (1.5”) layer of latex, albeit as the top layer. Even so, you do experience some of the benefits of latex. For example, switching positions is fairly easy and you end up sleeping more on top of the mattress.

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A peek inside the GhostBed mattress

It’s about a medium in terms of overall firmness and we think it’s very comfortable with zero of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling. Bottom line is that if you want latex, but can’t pay up, GhostBed is a nice solution and a very nice bed.

Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Kaite

Kaite Johnston

Combo Sleeper

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Carla Thrower

Back Sleeper

Different Types of Mattresses

Chance are that you’ve heard of various materials used in mattresses, but you aren’t completely familiar with their relative advantages and disadvantages. We’re lucky in the sense that there are plenty of mattresses and mattress types to choose from nowadays, but making a decision can be hard given the marketing rhetoric from all of these brands. It’s hard to know exactly what a bed is like without actually trying it in person. With that in mind, here’s a brief overview of a few popular materials that you find in mattresses. Hopefully, this will clear things up and make your decision easier.

Polyurethane Foam

This is the most common foam that you’ll see with online mattresses. It comes in various thicknesses, densities, and firmness levels, and is incredibly affordable to manufacture. You will generally see it as the foundation for all-foam beds and even the middle and top layers depending on the mattress. While it’s affordable, it also can be really comfortable and there are a lot of people that like its more neutral feel.

Memory Foam

This is just polyurethane foam, but with a viscous material injected to make it remember shapes, hence the name “memory” foam. It is fairly cheap to manufacture, but is usually great in terms pressures relief and support. It also can be somewhat of a dividing material—some people love it and some people really don’t. In terms of downsides, it can warm up as it contours to your body and retains heat. It can also make switching positions a little more difficult. And it tends to feel firmer when in colder environments and softer in warmer environments—not surprisingly, some people do not like this. We’ve also posted a review of the best memory foam mattresses.

Innerspring

Innersprings are more of a traditional support system and—like anything—they have pros and cons. One the positive end, the innersprings can be very supportive and grant the bed a little of that bounce that you may be used to and prefer. Also, they allow for plenty of airflow and typically last longer than their poly foam counterparts, especially for heavy folks. As for the negatives, innersprings generally transfer motion more, which can disrupt your partner if you’re active during your sleep. And given how much space there is between the coils, there is technically more room for dust mites, which may perturb people with allergies.

Pocketed Coils

While innersprings can have issues with motion transfer, pocketed coils tend be much better here. Unlike an innerspring unit, pocketed coils are just individually-wrapped coils that are stacked next to each other. Therefore, the motion or pressure on one coil doesn’t necessarily impact the other. Like innersprings, pocketed coils are generally regarded as being more durable and supportive than foam materials, particularly for heavier individuals who can wear down thin, all-foam mattresses in short order. Just so you know, we’ve also published a list of the best hybrid and spring mattresses.

Latex

This is a natural material actually made from the sap of a rubber tree. Latex (whether Talalay or Dunlop) is bouncy, airy, and really supportive. In fact, if you lay on an entirely latex mattress it may actually feel like the bed has springs, that’s how bouncy the material is. As such, it tends to be very resilient and you’ll end up sleeping more on the mattress rather than in it. It’s naturally cooler than a lot of poly foam products, as well. There are a lot of people that are drawn to latex because it’s natural (mostly), durable, responsive, and comfortable, but latex beds tend to be quite expensive, heavy, and hard to move, which is partly why you see so many poly foam beds out there.

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