best mattress under 1000

Best Mattress Under 1000

A comprehensive list of the top rated queen and king size 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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The Layla mattress is a comfortable memory foam bed 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 to choose from (soft and firm).
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Memory Foam

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If you love memory foam, Nectar might just be the bed for you. Not only is the mattress super accommodating but the company typically throws in two free pillows with each purchase as well.
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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.
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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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Finding The Best Mattress For Under $1,000

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. If you’re not tethered to a specific budget, you can see the rest of our mattress reviews here.

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.

Layla Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Fans of memory foam
  • Consumers who want options (soft and firm side)
  • Petite and medium sized individuals
  • Side, back, stomach and combination sleepers

NOT BEST FOR:

  • People who prefer hybrid/coil beds
  • Memory foam critics

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.

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The soft side offers a good amount of pressure relief for side sleepers

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.

Nectar Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Memory foam lovers
  • Value shoppers (affordable price + free pillows)
  • All types of sleepers
  • Indecisive indidivuals (long trial period and warranty)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Folks who dislike memory foam
  • People that want an extra soft bed

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.

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

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.

Brooklyn Bedding Signature

BEST FOR:

  • Anyone that wants a supportive, bouncy mattress
  • People who want to choose their firmness profile (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:

  • Folks who prefer memory foam

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.

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

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).

Allswell Mattress

BEST FOR:

  • Folks who want/need a supportive coil mattress
  • Back, stomach and combo sleepers
  • People of all shapes and sizes
  • Consumers with an extremely tight budget

NOT BEST FOR:

  • People who want an ultra-soft bed
  • Strict side sleepers

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 below the $300 mark), 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).

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.

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Back sleepers will really like the Allswell mattress

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.

Leesa Mattress

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:

  • Larger body types
  • Folks who need/want a coil bed
  • People who want a true memory foam feel

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.

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We are big fans of the new top layer on the Leesa mattress
Overall, Leesa is a nice mattress for all sleeping positions and most individuals that weigh under 230-250 lb. We also appreciate that Leesa—despite being a mega brand—actually keeps prices relatively low. The company is aggressive when it comes to discounts and coupon codes so you can typically snag it for a very affordable price (well under the $1,000 mark).

Review Team

Jeff Rizzo

Jeff Rizzo

Combo Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Kaite

Kaite Johnston

Combo Sleeper

kenzie

McKenzie Dillon

Combo Sleeper

Different Types Of Mattresses

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 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. 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.

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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