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Best Queen Size Mattress (Under 500 & 1000)

Our list of the best-rated queen mattresses, including cheap, affordable, firm, and soft beds

In this review, we discuss our list of the top-rated queen size beds at different price points and with different firmness ratings. You can read our individual reviews to find out more about each mattress.
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Purple is unique, but in a good way. It feels like laying on a giant Dr. Scholls insole. It's comfortable and ends up being soft and firm at the same time.
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Best Queen Size Mattress: Overview

The queen size mattress is the official mattress of an adult. You are more advanced than a full size mattress, or need the length because you’re tall. Did you know that since 1999, the queen size mattress has been the most popular bed size in America? Read this post to learn which are the best queen size beds on the market.

Nectar

BEST FOR:

  • Memory foam lovers
  • Individuals on a budget (i.e. you're spending well under $1,000 for Nectar)
  • All types of sleepers (side, back, stomach, and combo)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Anyone that hates that stuck-in-the-mud feeling
  • Those who want a bed that's made in the USA

Nectar is partially sought after because of its comparatively low price point and partially because some people just like memory foam beds. The bed itself is made entirely of foam and uses quite a bit of memory foam. Overall, it’s 11″ thick and has a true, dense memory foam feel.

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Nectar is perhaps the most popular memory foam bed online.

When you lay on the bed, it actually feels firmer for the first couple of seconds, but because it has so much memory foam, it will soften up. And, keep in mind that memory foam will feel firmer when your room is cooler and softer when your room is warmer.

We would place Nectar at about a medium to medium-firm on the soft/firm scale. This will depend on your height-to-weight ratio, however, so the more weight you concentrate in a single area, the softer that part will feel. Put more simply, Nectar (and all beds) will feel softer the heavier you are. The inverse is true for petite individuals.

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Nectar will work for all sleeping positions (back, stomach, side, combo), though, if you want an especially firm or soft bed, it’s probably not for you. And, let’s say that you’re under 120 lb, it will probably be too firm for strict side sleeping. We mention this just to reiterate that you should consider your weight when you’re looking at beds.

Bottom line with Nectar is that, first and foremost, you have have to love memory foam in order to be happy with this mattress. It’s a bit like Novosbed, Zinus, and Puffy, in that there’s no getting around the true memory foam feel. Beyond that, price is key. Nectar is priced to compete with a lot of Amazon mattresses and would be a great option for kids, teens, guest rooms, Airbnb, college students, and anyone shopping on a limited budget. They even typically throw in two pillows with the purchase of a mattress.

Brooklyn Bedding Signature

BEST FOR:

  • Those who want a very nice bed that also happens to be a great value
  • Back, stomach, side, and combo sleepers (it's available in three different firmness levels)
  • Medium, petite, and even some heavier individuals

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Folks who want a bed with zero bounce (it has coils)
  • Anyone that prefers a memory foam feel

While Brooklyn Bedding is one of the largest bedding manufacturers in the US, they still tend to be underrated when compared to the likes of Cocoon, Casper, WinkBed, Purple, and others. Even so, they make some very nice mattresses, but the Brooklyn Bedding Signature, in our opinion, is one of the best mattresses for the money.

It’s actually priced competitively with Casper, but incorporates coils, which are rare to see on a mattress that costs under $1,000 (for a queen size). These pocketed coils provide bounce, support, and added durability.

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We think the Brooklyn Bedding Signature is a great value.

The Brooklyn Bedding Signature mattress is even available in three different firmness levels (Soft, Medium, Firm). That in and of itself differentiates the Signature mattress from a lot of bed-in-a-box mattresses. You can therefore pick the firmness level that best suits your particular sleeping preferences.

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As you can see in the graphic above, aside from the Firm option, the Signature mattress leans on the softer end of the spectrum. The Soft version is best for more petite side sleepers, while the Medium option is best for medium-size side sleepers.

The overall feel of the mattress is neutral (i.e. no memory foam, sink-in feeling). We find it to be very comfortable and accommodating. It sort of feels like Casper, but with support coils, as opposed to support foam. As such, this bed will end up being more supportive, long-term, than a lot of these all-foam beds, especially if you weigh over 200 lb.

Purple

BEST FOR:

  • Anyone that's sick of traditional beds (Purple is completely unique)
  • Hot sleepers (Purple is great at circulating airflow)
  • Back, stomach, side, and combo sleepers (Purple is very responsive)

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Heavy folks (take a look at Purple 2, 3, or 4)

Purple isn’t your typical foam mattress. In fact, it’s not really a foam mattress at all. Yes, it uses foam as the support layers, but you can’t really feel it. Instead, you feel the top layer, which is a proprietary gel-like material called Hyper-Elastic Polymer. This material bends and contorts itself to match the shape of your body. It essentially provides the deep pressure relief of memory foam, but with the responsive nature of latex foam.

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A close up on Purple’s Hyper-Elastic Polymer top layer

Hyper-Elastic Polymer will not be for everyone, though. We’ve found that about 50% of people like it and the other 50% of people simply find it to be the wrong feel for them. We really appreciate that it’s not like foam—it can be soft and firm at the same time, even though that sounds impossible.

Somehow, the material ends up cradling your shoulders and hips, but still providing support under your trunk and low back. It has really high point elasticity, meaning when you apply pressure on one side of the bed, it doesn’t disrupt other parts of the bed. This is what allows it to be soft and firm.

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It’s almost like a bunch of silicone ice trays.

Hyper-Elastic Polymer is also a naturally cooler material than foams and it allows for hundreds of little pockets of air. In other words, Purple mattresses are fantastic for temperature regulation and do not heat up at night.

In fact, we believe in the material so much that we have Purple on our list of the best mattresses for hot sleepers and individuals with night sweats/hot flashes. It manages to be neutral in terms of temperature although it doesn’t have any cool-to-the-touch materials (i.e. it’s all about circulating airflow).

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Kaite Kale testing out the original Purple mattress and Purple Pillow

As for the firmness rating of the bed, it’s a little hard to place, but we say that it’s hair softer than a medium. It will work for side, back, and stomach sleepers, so long as they weigh under 250 lb. For heavy or obese individuals, we recommend checking out Purple.2, Purple.3, and Purple.4 instead.

Allswell Hybrid

BEST FOR:

  • Budget shoppers looking for a nice mattress for a surprisingly low price
  • Those who want a cheap bed that's made in the USA
  • Back, stomach, and combo sleepers
  • Anyone that wants a supportive bed with coils

NOT BEST FOR:

  • Side sleepers (it's just not soft enough)
  • Folks who want a bed that's available in multiple firmness levels

Allswell is the mattress brand from Walmart. In fact, if you were to go to Walmart’s website, in the footer, they actually show the logo for Allswell. So, while the brand is relatively new, it’s backed by one of the largest companies in the world.

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Allswell is a great value.

If you’re in the market for a mattress under $500, Allswell is pretty much the best that you can do. The bed is made in the USA, has coils, ships for free, and comes with free returns. Other cheap beds, such as Linenspa and DreamFoam look cheap, while the Allswell Hybrid does not.

The bed is about a medium-firm, which makes it best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers. And, since the bed has coils, it’s one of the most supportive, durable, cheap beds on the market right now.

Review Team

Kelsie Longerbeam

Stomach Sleeper

Dillon Payne

Dillon Payne

Combo Sleeper

Matt

Matt Ross

Back Sleeper

Kaite

Kaite Johnston

Combo Sleeper

What Do We Know About Mattresses?

We’re glad you asked, because we actually know a lot about and have reviewed a lot of mattresses. We know stuff about mattresses that you might not even think about, like motion transfer for light sleepers, cooling technology for those who sleep warm, or warm beds for those who don’t like to be cold.

The devil is in the details, so we make sure to account for all your needs while you sleep, with each mattress that we test. And we’ve tested upwards of 75 mattresses, with the list growing monthly.

What Is A Queen Size Mattress?

The queen size bed is your standard mattress size. It’s the size we mostly refer to in our written posts and videos because we’ve found it to be the most common. A queen size mattress is what a majority of college students living in apartments, young professionals, and couples use. The typical queen size mattress is about 60” x 80” (or for our European fans, 152.5cm x 203.5cm).

Benefits Of A Queen Size Mattress

As we’ve stated, a queen size bed is the most popular choice, and in our honest opinion, it’s also a great choice. A queen is perfect for the young adult, sleeping solo or in a couple. A full size mattress is often too short for the average sized adult, and a king can sometimes be unnecessary if you have a small space or sleep alone. A full size bed is only long enough to accommodate someone who is exactly 6’3”, while a queen can accommodate anyone up to 6’8”, which would be a more comfortable choice for tall people. Also, nobody wants a bedroom that’s all bed, and we found that a queen fills out a standard bedroom most aesthetically.

Also, some bedding can accommodate both a full size bed and a queen, so that making the size upgrade doesn’t mean you have to change up your beloved comforter or bed skirt.

Body Type

Body type and weight can play an important part in how you perceive the firmness and feel of a mattress. Let me explain. If you have a larger body type or if you weigh more, you’re going to sink more deeply into the mattress and it will feel softer for you, simply because you’re putting more weight into it. The less you weigh, the less you’ll sink into the bed and therefore the firmer the mattress will feel to you.

For example, Slumber Yard member Kaite Kale is almost 100 lbs, and barely makes a dent in most beds, so she needs a super soft bed like Layla in order to lay on her side. Which then leads us to sleeper type.

Sleeper Type

Your sleeper type will help you determine what firmness level you need from your bed. There are four different categories we address for sleeper type, which are back, stomach, side, or combination (switching between positions). Side sleepers need a softer, pressure relieving mattress to accommodate their hips and shoulders, instead of a firm surface that fights against them.

We usually lump back sleepers and stomach sleepers together, as they both need the same firmer surface. Back and stomach sleepers need to keep their head, hips, and shoulders supported so that their spines stay in neutral alignment. A curving or arching spine can possibly lead to back issues or soreness.

Combo sleepers are more tricky. If you find yourself switching between positions at night, go with either what position you predominantly sleep in, or according to your body type. Of course, if you suffer from back or spinal problems, or anything sleep related, consult your doctor before buying new mattress.

Listen Up, Couples

Some queen beds are slept on by two people, and here is how you can both wake up feeling good and well rested, instead of ready to kill each other.

Edge support refers to the mattress’s ability to support weight around its perimeter. This is especially important if you and your partner aren’t the cuddle-together-in-the-middle type. While one of you is spread out starfish style in the middle of the mattress, the other one is forced to hug along the edge of the bed. If the mattress has poor edge support, you could feel like you’re falling off the bed, or worst case scenario, you get a rude awakening from actually falling onto the floor.

Motion transfer is equally important for couples, especially if one sleeps restlessly or the other is a sensitive sleeper. Most couples want deadened motion in their mattress, which means if one partner gets up frequently through the night or tends to toss and turn, the other won’t feel it because the mattress absorbs the activity, instead of the motion moving the whole bed. Remember those TempurPedic commercials from the 90’s where they put a wine glass on the bed and walked around it? Well, we do the same thing (but with a glass of water) to test our mattresses’ motion isolation. Memory foam beds are usually better at deadening motion, while beds with springs tend to have worse motion isolation. As always, there are many exceptions to this rule, and we’ll be sure to discuss them in our individual reviews and mattress comparisons.

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