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|The Bowery tips the budget a bit, but it’s a comfortable, quality bed—especially for this price.|
|Washable Cover||See on Amazon||The Eve mattress is slightly over budget, but still an affordable option and it comes with a washable cover.|
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Now, we know this is a “best under 500” list, but we snuck in a couple options that are just a bit over budget. With discounts, they’re right in the 500ish range, and we really do think they’re worth your consideration, so we included them anyway.
But don’t worry—we also have three beds on this list that are priced well under that $500 mark. These truly budget beds are Amazon purchases, so keep in mind that when you buy from Amazon as opposed to buying directly from a mattress company, 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, trials, and warranties.
However, there’s only so much information we can fit into one video. Keep reading to learn more about each of these budget beds.
The Brooklyn Bowery is one of the options that pushes the budget a bit, but it’s just over $500 with discounts and it’s a great mattress for the price you’re paying. Check the discount on the right to see what the company is currently offering.
The Bowery has a soft neutral-foam feel, is about a medium on our firmness scale, 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 coils, so we don’t suggest it for heavier folks.
Ultimately, the Bowery is a good, comfortable mattress, especially considering the 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 Eve Sleep mattress is another one that’s slightly over budget, but comes really close. It’s an all-foam bed, that has a distinct memory foam feel. We find it comfortable, but you have to like memory foam to get the Eve mattress. The bed is suitable for all sleeping positions and comes in around a medium on the soft-to-firm scale.
One perk you’ll get with the Eve is a machine washable cover. Washable covers are few and far between in the online mattress industry, so we do think Eve Sleep gets a nod for this detail. Overall, if you’re looking for a comfortable memory foam mattress, without an overwhelming memory foam feel, Eve is a good budget option.
This Lucid mattress is 10” of memory foam, poly foam, and pocketed coils, and it’s priced well under $500. You can get this bed on Amazon for around $320-$250 (queen size), though prices do fluctuate.
This Lucid 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 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 coils.
The Zinus 12” Green Tea mattress is an Amazon favorite. It’s an incredibly affordable bed, priced at around $230 for a queen (last we checked, but remember that Amazon pricing does change).
With the Green Tea bed, you absolutely get that signature, sink-in feel associated with memory foam. We call this one a medium-soft on the firmness scale, so it’s going to be best suited for side sleepers, with combo sleepers coming in at a close second. We don’t suggest this Zinus mattress for heavier folks or for those who sleep on their back and/or stomach, though.
Basically, if you’re on a tight budget, you fall into those “approved” sleeper and body type categories, and you’re a fan of memory foam, the Zinus Green Tea might be just the bed for you. We really see Zinus being best for guest rooms, college students, kids, and teens. It actually would make a really nice mattress for Airbnb given the price. Put it this way. You could outfit an entire vacation rental with Zinus Green Tea mattresses for the price of one Purple 4 mattress.
The Linenspa 10” Latex Hybrid is a budget-tier mattress that you can get on Amazon for around $300. Latex foam is usually a pretty pricey material, so a latex mattress at this price is a rare find.
This one is around a medium on the firmness scale and incorporates coils for added support, which makes it a fairly accommodating bed. All sleeper types and just about any body type should be fine on this mattress. It’s only 10”, though, so it’s not our favorite pick for heavy and obese sleepers.
Bottom line, the Linenspa Latex Hybrid is a solid option if you’re interested in latex, but are working with a tight budget.
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 a mattress online 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.
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. 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.
“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. 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.
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.
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 the Amazon 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 Amazon mattress purchase 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 Amazon 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.
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.