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.
There are a lot of mattresses to choose from these days thanks in large part to the rapid growth of the online bed-in-a-box industry. And while we clearly like more mattresses than the five or six we’ve included on this list, we had to draw the line somewhere. Therefore, we paid special attention to price for people on a constrained budget.
For the record, all of the beds on this list are under $1,000 after discount for a queen size, and some for the king size. If you’re not tethered to a specific budget, we’ve published dozens of other reviews. For the rest of you, here’s a look at our list of the best mattresses for under $1,000.
Now, just in case you aren’t too familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing an online mattress, here’s a quick overview. 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.
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|Layla is a memory foam mattress that has much more to offer than just an affordable price tag. Namely, the bed is double-sided and offers sleepers two different firmness profiles (soft and firm). They even make a super comfortable mattress topper that feels similar to the bed.|
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|If you love memory foam mattresses, Nectar might just be the one for you. Not only is the mattress super accommodating but the company typically throws in two free pillows with each purchase as well. The queen size bed is well under $1,000 no matter how you slice it.|
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|One of the best beds available today in terms of airflow, pressure relief and responsiveness. If you’re open to a new type of mattress, you'll definitely want to check out Purple. While the coil beds are expensive, you can usually get the original mattress in the queen size for $1,000.|
|The Signature mattress comes in three different firmness options and has more of a soft, neutral-foam feel that is really accommodating. It's also worth noting the bed uses pocketed coils, which make it a great option for heavy people.|
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|Comfortable hybrid bed that is ideal for back, stomach and combination sleepers. If you want a durable bed for a very affordable price, look no further than Allswell. Interestingly, the Allswell king size mattress is well under $1,000 despite being made in the USA.|
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|This is a popular all-foam bed-in-a-box that uses a special top layer called LSA200 foam. Overall, the bed has a soft, neutral foam feel and accommodates all types of sleepers.|
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Chance are that you’ve heard of the most common 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 even more information about the beds on this list. Just so you know, we have published a number of other mattress reviews on our website.
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Of the dozens of mattresses we’ve tested, very few are doubled-sided and flippable, which is part of the reason that we like the Layla mattress so much—it’s unique, comfortable, and has a design we think most people will like. The bed combines poly foam and copper-infused memory foam for a light and airy memory foam feel. The bed also comes with a lifetime warranty, which is pretty rare in the industry.
It’s worth mentioning that there is no “main” side to the Layla mattress. It really just depends on your sleeping preferences. If you want a softer mattress with a fluffy memory foam feel, try out the “soft” side. It’s best for side sleepers that want a lot of pressure relief.
If you want a firmer mattress that’s in the medium to medium-firm range (good for all sleeping positions), try out the “firm” side. It will have less of a memory foam feel since the actual layer of memory foam on the “firm” side of the bed is only about 1″ thick. Also, keep in mind that all beds soften with use, so even though the “firm” side might be a touch too firm from the outset, it will soften after the first few weeks of sleeping on it.
In addition to having a really cool and unique look to it, the cover on the Layla mattress is extra soft. Apparently, Layla uses a special softening process, and you can tell. This is one of those covers that you don’t want to put sheets on because it looks so neat and is so comfortable.
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Nectar is one of the most popular foam mattresses online, partly because it’s really affordable and party because it’s really comfortable (assuming that you like memory foam, of course).
The bed has what we consider to be a dense memory foam feel. As you lay down, the surface of the bed feels firm at first but then after a few seconds, you’ll notice the top memory foam layers start to contour and conform to your body’s curves and pressure points.
Overall, we think the mattress comes in around a medium to medium-firm on the soft-to-firm scale and is good for all types of sleepers. The Nectar mattress provides a good amount of support for an all-foam bed (back and stomach sleepers will like that) yet the memory foam top layers also do a good job of cradling your hips and shoulders (side sleepers will like that).
Lastly, the other 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.
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Purple is one of the more unique beds available today. The big star of the show is a proprietary material that makes up the bed’s top layer—Hyper-Elastic Polymer. It was invented and patented by the founders of the company before they even dreamt up a mattress. What makes Hyper-Elastic Polymer interesting is that it’s oddly supportive and pressure relieving at the same time, not to mention that it’s great for airflow, responsiveness, and motion isolation.
Having said that, since the bed is so unique, it tends to divide people a bit (even within our company). Some people love the material and others just find it too different.
Additionally, since the Original Purple mattress is only 10” thick and has a foam support core, it’s not really the most ideal option for heavier individuals in terms of long term support. Normally, I’d then add that you should look into the New Purple mattresses since those have coils, but they are also quite a bit more expensive—certainly above $1,000 for a queen size bed.
Bottom line with Purple is that we think it’s extremely comfortable with lots of advantages, but you have to be open to something completely new.
The Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress is interesting for a number of reasons. Most notably, the bed is offered in Soft, Medium, and Firm feels. This means all types of sleepers (side, back and stomach) will be able to choose a model that accommodates their particular sleeping habits.
On top of that, the mattress is highly supportive because of its foundation of pocketed coils. Generally speaking, coils are more ideal than foam support cores since they’re more durable and supportive. As such, we think the Brooklyn Signature mattress is a good option for people of all sizes.
All in all, if you want a softer mattress that’s more ideal for side sleepers, we’d point you to the Soft or Medium option. If you sleep primarily on your back and stomach, you may want to look into the Firm option. And lastly, if you tend to move around and don’t sleep strictly in one position, the Medium option is very accommodating. And similar to beds like Casper and Leesa, the Signature mattress has more of a soft neutral-foam feel, which people tend to really like.
It’s also worth noting that the Signature mattress 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).
If you’re working with a particularity tight budget, it’s hard to find a better mattress than the Allswell Hybrid. Not only is it surprisingly cheap (you can often find a queen size around the $300 mark after discounts), but it also has a sturdy, durable construction. In fact, the bed is actually manufactured by Brooklyn Bedding (you know the company we just talked about above). Even more, the king size mattress from Allswell is (well) under $1,000—more like half that price.
Like the Brooklyn Signature mattress, the bed has a neutral-foam feel and uses individually pocketed coils, which make it a viable mattress for heavy people in addition to small and medium sized individuals. However, unlike the Brooklyn Signature, the Allswell Hybrid comes in just one firmness option, which we think lands around a medium to medium-firm on the firmness scale.
Overall, we think the bed is best for back and stomach sleepers given the amount of support it provides. Combination sleepers who spend a little bit of time on their side will like the mattress as well but if you’re a strict side sleeper, you might want to opt for the Layla or Purple mattresses, which provide a little more pressure relief.
All in all, we are big fans of the Allswell Hybrid mattress. I mean how can you not be. It’s a comfortable, well-built mattress that you can often snag for around $300.
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If you were to rank foam mattresses in terms of popularity, Leesa would absolutely be in the top 5—and we think for good reason. It’s a very accommodating mattress that is both pressure relieving and supportive.
The mattress recently got an overhaul in which the company revamped the top layer. Instead of using Avena foam, the mattress now uses a 2″ layer of what the company calls its LSA200 foam. The new foam is fluffy, soft, and responsive, almost like a marshmallow (in a good way). It’s among the most comfortable foams we’ve tried and is what gives the bed a neutral, dangerously-comfortable feel.
It’s rare to find a king size bed for under a thousand dollars, however, we make an effort to find a bed whenever we update this list. If you check the list above, we have a designation for “budget” or something to that effect. Typically, that bed is under $1,000 for the king size.
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. On our list of the best RV mattresses we mainly link to poly foam beds because they offer such a good blend between price and comfort.
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. If you’re not sure whether you like memory foam or not, you may want to stop in your local mattress store to see how it feels. Chances are, the store will have a wide selection of memory foam beds for you to test. Alternatively, you can also take advantage of the generous risk-free trial periods online companies offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.