HOW WE DECIDED
The Best Beds Under $500
Now, we know this is a best under 500 list, but we did sneak in a a few options that are just above this price threshold. Technically, it should be considered the best queen size mattress “under 600” but with discounts, it lands closer to 500 and we really do think it’s worth your consideration, so we included it anyway. With that out of the way, here are our selection for the best mattresses under $500.
- Soft Foam Mattress – Brooklyn Bowery
- Best Firm Mattress – Nest Flip
- King Mattress Under $500 – The Allswell
- Ultra-Budget Memory Foam – AmazonBasics
- Best Hybrid Spring Mattress – Lucid Hybrid
Some of these beds are sold exclusively on Amazon, which is fine but keep in mind that when you buy from Amazon as opposed to buying directly from the brand’s website, the policies won’t always adhere to online mattress industry standards. Just make sure to check the product page for details and terms regarding shipping, returns, trial periods, and warranties.
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Soft Foam Popular Pick!||20% Off Code: SUMMER20||Bowery is one of the top budget mattresses online today. It’s soft and comfortable, and sells for a really approachable price point.|
|Mixed Foam||See on Amazon Applied in Cart||FLIP by Nest Bedding is a double sided coil mattress that’s made in the USA.|
|Memory Foam Value Pick!||15% Off Code: RIZSLUMBER15||The Allswell is hybrid mattress that sells for a surprisingly low price and still comes with free shipping and returns.|
|Memory Foam||See On Amazon Applied in Cart||The AmazonBasics memory foam mattress is cheap, but surprisingly comfortable. If price is your main concern, it’s hard to find a more affordable bed than this one.|
|Memory Foam||See on Amazon Applied in Cart||The Linenspa 12″ Memory Foam Hybrid is one of the most popular beds on Amazon. If you like a memory foam feel, there’s a decent chance you’ll like this bed.|
Finding A Bed For Under $500
Mattresses aren’t cheap and we all know this, but that doesn’t mean you have to go into debt to avoid sleeping on the ground.
How much you spend on a mattress is really up to you. Sure, there’s an established price range, but it’s a wide range. We’ve tried $200 mattresses, but we’ve also tried $2,000 mattresses. And, truthfully, you’ll find beds that stretch it even farther.
Where in that spending range you find yourself is a personal decision. You’ll have to consider your financial situation, as well as what features of a mattress are important to you. It’s a balance. We will say, though, that spending more doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get a better bed for you. So don’t splurge on a mattress thinking that the extravagant price tag will buy you a better night’s sleep.
Also, if you’re not totally sold on a new bed, we’ve posted an article about the best mattress toppers for your reference. We made sure to include a memory foam mattress, an innerspring mattress, and basically all the types of beds you might be interested in.
The Brooklyn Bowery pushes the budget a bit (it’s technically a mattress under $600 with discounts) but it’s a great mattress for the price you pay.
The Bowery has a soft neutral-foam feel and will work for all sleeper types, though we’d say it’s slightly preferable for side sleepers. It isn’t a very thick mattress and it doesn’t have innersprings, so we don’t suggest it for heavier folks but it’s still quite comfortable nevertheless.
Ultimately, the Bowery is a solid mattress, especially considering its price point. We think of the Bowery as a more affordable, slightly softer Casper mattress. It’s from a well known brand (Brooklyn Bedding) and it truly is a very nice bed for just over $500 (queen size).
The Nest Bedding Flip is a budget-tier mattress that you can get on Amazon for around $550 for the queen size. Usually, with a flippable mattress, you’re looking at $1,000 out-the-door, especially if that bed has innersprings. Nest Flip has coils and is really comfortable—and yet is still highly affordable.
This particular bed comes in around a medium on the firmness scale for the “Medium” side and a medium-firm to firm on the “Firm” side. The bed also has 6″ springs for added support and durability. As a result, all sleeper types and just about any body type should be fine on this mattress.
Bottom line, the Nest Bedding Flip is a solid option if you’re interested in a flippable mattress, but are working with a tight budget. While it’s a little more expensive, often times, than Allswell, we can’t help but think that it’s a tremendous value.
If you’re on a tight budget and just want a durable, accommodating bed, look no further than the Allswell Hybrid mattress. It’s no doubt one of the best mattresses for the money you can buy online.
The Allswell Hybrid is actually manufactured by Brooklyn Bedding, which is a well-respected US-based mattress company. As such, the bed has a high-quality construction that mixes pocketed springs, poly foam and a quilted memory foam cover.
However, despite the top layer of memory foam, we’d say the bed has more of a neutral-foam feel overall. In other words, the top layers don’t quite conform to your body as much as the top layers on more traditional memory foam beds.
Still, we found the bed to be very comfortable. Given it lands in-between a medium and medium-firm on the firmness scale, we think the bed is best for back, stomach and combo sleepers. It might just be a little too firm for people who spend the majority of the night sleeping on their side.
At the end of the day, it’s difficult to find many negatives with this bed. It’s just solid in almost every respect. And let’s forget that it’s insanely affordable. You can often snag a queen size for around $300 after discounts. That’s crazy town considering all you get with this bed.
As they have in other industries, Amazon has figured out a way to produce their own bed and undercut the competition. However, don’t let the extremely low price fool you, the AmazonBasics memory foam bed-in-a-box is actually quite comfortable.
Despite its title, the bed really only uses a thin layer of memory foam. As such, the mattress has more of generic, soft foam feel overall that is very accommodating. We think the bed lands around a medium on the firmness scale and will work for all types of sleepers (side, back and stomach).
However, because it is a budget all-foam bed, we wouldn’t recommend it for people who weigh more than 250 pounds. If you fall into that category, you’d be better off with one of the hybrid beds on this list that provide more support.
Still, if price is your main concern, I don’t know if you’ll find a cheaper, more accommodating mattress. You can often find a 10″ queen size for under $250. It might not last you ten years but it will definitely get the job done for awhile.
Like the Allswell Hybrid, the Lucid Hybrid mattress combines memory foam, poly foam, and pocketed coils, and it’s priced well under $500. You can typically find this bed on Amazon for around $320-$250 for the queen size, though prices do fluctuate.
This Lucid mattress looks surprisingly good—a nice reminder that cheap doesn’t have to mean cheap-looking. This is a pretty accommodating mattress in that it’ll work for all sleeper types and all body types. You get a nice balance of pressure relief and support thanks to the foam layers and coils, respectively.
Overall, we think the Lucid 10” memory foam hybrid is a good buy for the price and we think it will be fairly durable because of the innersprings. That actually brings up another topic: innersprings versus hybrid. In general, a hybrid mattress such as this one is also an innerspring mattress because both of them have springs. That’s basically all that you need to know.
Mattresses Under $600
Again, we know that this is not technically a best mattress under $600 list, but the budgets are so close that we thought it made sense to merge the lists. As such, all of what we have to say about the under $500 beds also applies to the under $600 beds. As we always say, a mattress is subjective, so you should be looking for comfort and durability, not necessarily a strict price range.
About The Slumber Yard And Our Testing Process
Here at the Slumber Yard, we aim to provide consumers with helpful, accurate, and unbiased information. The online mattress shopping industry can be an intimidating place, overflowing with buzzwords, marketing tactics, and seemingly endless choices. We’ve done our best to take the guesswork out of buying an online or mail order mattress without the opportunity to feel it for yourself.
You can trust the Slumber Yard to give you real commentary on each product we review. Regardless of how we get our hands on a product—whether we paid for it or received it for free—we have full control of our content and all opinions are 100% our own. We will never over- or undersell a bed. That’s not the point of what we do here. It’s not our goal to sell you a mattress; it’s our goal to help you find the right mattress.
When we get a new mattress (a bed-in-a-box mattress or otherwise), we put it through a litany of tests. We evaluate its feel, firmness, responsiveness, motion isolation, edge support, and a handful of other features. Our Slumber Yard team is comprised of diverse body types and all sleeper types, which allows us to consider each bed from various perspectives.
Why A Hybrid Spring Mattress Makes Sense
We talk about weight and body type all the time in our reviews because comfort is so affected by a person’s build. Different bodies require different things, just as different people have different preferences. Heavier folks, for example, will generally experience a bed to be softer than rated, while someone who’s quite petite will think the bed is firmer than rated. This is the chief reason that we consider hybrid or spring mattresses to be the most ideal for heavy people. Larger individuals need support, absent of firmness level, and hybrid spring mattresses often provide that more than foam mattresses.
In our content, we do our best to account for all body types and let you know how a mattress will feel for petite, average, and heavier folks. It’s a simple concept, but it’s also an easy one to overlook when you start reading up on a mattress. That’s why we make an effort to remind you to keep your own body in mind while considering a bed.
About The Innerspring Mattress
In general, most hybrid mattresses are also innerspring mattresses. As such, our pick above for the best hybrid mattress is also the best innerspring mattress under $500 since both beds have the coils. So then, what’s the difference? For the average consumer, both beds are the same. Technically speaking, they are different since not all hybrid mattresses are innerspring mattresses, while all innerspring mattresses are indeed hybrids. What we mean is that you can have a hybrid that combines two types of materials (i.e. foam and springs or foam and air). An innerspring mattress by definition has springs, and since it needs a comfort layer it will be a hybrid mattress since 99% of the time it will use foam on the top.
The Memory Foam Mattress
For internet shoppers, the memory foam mattress is synonymous with the bed in a box mattress. And that makes sense because many of the first bed in a box mattresses were in fact memory foam mattresses. They typically start with a deny poly foam on the bottom, and will have memory foam as some part of the comfort layers. There are a few different types of memory foam mattresses that you’ll see.
Dense Memory Foam — This is the more typical/traditional type of memory foam that you’re used to seeing on TempurPedic mattresses, as an example. Good luck getting a TempurPedic mattress under $500, though. A few online beds with a dense, viscous memory foam feel are Nectar, Eve, and Novosbed. They might not be under $500 for the queen mattress, but they’re quite budget-friendly nonetheless. Usually people will say that a bed with a more traditional/dense feel is a firm mattress.
Light & Airy — It’s still memory foam, but you will see some beds, such as Layla, that have a fluffy and airy memory foam feel. They’re not quite as dense and viscous as Nectar, and therefore can offer more pressure relief. Another example of this type of memory foam bed is Puffy Lux.
Responsive Memory Foam — We’ve only seen a few types of memory foam that are responsive, but they’re pretty neat. They offer the deep contouring effect you’re familiar with, but they snap back into shape a little faster. The quintessential memory foam mattress with this responsive feel is Amerisleep. They make everything from a soft to a firm mattress, and everything in the middle.
Single Layer — So far, we have only discussed memory foam beds with a true memory foam feel, but there are several beds that use the foam, but feel more neutral overall. The best such examples here are Leesa and Casper, which have a soft foam feel, despite having memory foam in the center of the bed.
What Is A “Sleeper Type”?
“Sleeper type” refers to the position you sleep in—back, stomach, side, or a combination of those. We reference sleeper type in our content because how you sleep plays a role in determining what kind of mattress is best for you.
We like to break down our reasoning in each mattress review, mattress comparison, and best list, but here’s a quick explanation of what we mean when we say a bed is good or bad for a certain sleeper type: In all cases, it’s important to keep your spine in proper alignment while you sleep. For back sleepers and stomach sleepers, that means supporting your hips and trunk area to prevent uncomfortable sinkage. You will probably prefer a firm mattress if this is you. For side sleepers, that means allowing pressure relief around the shoulder and hip areas to prevent uncomfortable gapping under the stomach or compression in the torso.
Different Sizes To Consider
While most of this post focuses on the full mattress for under $500, we do want to at least point out that a lot of people need the queen mattress and yet their budget is still $500. By far, the most popular size online and in-store is the queen mattress. Typically they are around the $1K price, but you can sometimes find some really budget-friendly queen mattresses under $500. These will most likely be memory foam mattresses, but they aren’t designed to last for ever. Often times they might be built outside the mattress even if they carry the CertiPUR-US certification.
So then, what are the dimension for the queen bed? Typically a queen mattress is 76″ wide by 80″ long. It’s meant to comfortably fit two people. If you do have two people on the queen mattress, however, you need to worry about edge support. Same goes for the full mattress. You probably want to try a firmer hybrid mattress in this case so that the bed is not giving way along the edges.
Let’s now talk about the case for the full size mattress. It offers plenty more space than the smaller sizes, but it’s usually a good deal cheaper than a queen mattress. We usually recommend the full mattress for single people, kiddos, and teens. One person can definitely get comfy, but it’s not what endorse for couples. The size of the full mattress is 75″ long by 54″ wide. The full size about 68% of the surface area of the queen mattress and usually about 75% of the cost of the queen.
Different Firmness Levels
Most people do not ask for a “medium” mattress. They specifically ask for something on the softer end of the spectrum, or they want a firm mattress. We have made sure to select a best firm mattress for this list since that is the most popular comfort profile. So, how firm is good, and how firm is too firm?
In our experience people usually want (knowingly or unknowingly) a bed in the MS to MF range with the mid-point being the “medium” mattress. That said, the second most popular is a firm mattress that still offers some “give,” which is otherwise known as a med-firm. Typically, you find that back/stomach sleepers prefer a firm mattress, while side sleepers are drawn toward the softer beds.
Buying A Mattress Online
Amazon has just about anything you could think to buy, including mattresses. And generally speaking, purchasing a mattress on Amazon can save you a decent amount of money.
A few things to note if you go this route, though, are the return, trial period, and warranty policies. Online mattress industry standard is to offer free shipping, free returns with full refunds, a 100-night trial period, and 10-year warranties. Amazon, however, is under no obligation to uphold those standards and rarely do. They still offer those things, just on their own terms. So be sure to read up on how they handle returns, trials, and warranties before you click “Place Order.” You can usually find that information on the product page.
Something else to think about when considering an online bed through this outlet is how long you want your new bed to last. When do you plan on replacing it? I know, it seems silly to think about when you’re going to replace a mattress you haven’t even bought yet, but it matters because these beds aren’t usually the ones that are built to last you 15+ years. I’m thinking of brands like Lucid, Linenspa, and Zinus, for example, which are great beds for guest rooms, teenagers, college apartments, or the interim between moving out of your parents’ place and moving in with a partner. But if you want a bed that’s going to last a good, long time, it’s probably worth spending a bit more and investing in a better-made mattress through a company that offers longer, more inclusive warranties and the like.
Finding The Best Time
We don’t think there’s a “best time,” per se, because when you need a new bed, you need a new bed. As far as timing for the best deals, if you have the option of waiting for a major holiday, you can usually cash in on the sales that pop up around those times of year. You can also find good deals on cyber and shopping event days, like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Prime Day.
If your situation is dire, though, and you can’t put off your purchase, that’s okay—there are many, many companies that toss out coupons and promo codes year-round. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look (like the Slumber Yard!). Be sure to check out our Mattress Deals page to see the best discounts companies are currently offering.
It depends on the size. If your budget for a new twin mattress is $500, you’ll find plenty of fantastic options. If you need a queen mattress under $500, there are a few nice beds, but the list isn’t long.
Most likely. Even if you spend $500 on a new mattress, you will almost certainly get free shipping.
That’s up to you, but there are plenty of innerspring beds that retail for under $500.
Typically mattresses will come with a 10-year warranty.