Under the American Rescue Act Plan signed on March 11, taxpayers who meet income requirements will be receiving $1,400 stimulus checks with an additional $1,400 per dependent available. For many of us, this money also overlaps with our tax refunds. The average refund for the 2020 filing season was $2,707. Add that together, and you’ve got a considerable amount of money on your way.
If you signed up for direct deposit with the IRS for your taxes, you likely already have the money in your bank account. If not, don’t worry. It’s on the way.
You can use your tax return and stimulus check for anything. Millions will be using this money to cover their bills or pay the potential thousands of dollars they owe in back rent. If you’re fortunate enough to be caught up on your bills, consider using your stimulus or tax return money to buy a new bed.
Do You Need a New Bed?
We know what you might be thinking –– a bed? I could use that money to redo my kitchen or put a new deck in. Sure, you could do that. But think about it like this: we spend around one-third of our life in bed. Quality sleep impacts every aspect of our lives –– our mood, cognition, attention span, and ability to work. Why not put your money towards something so vital to our lives?
If you’re in the market for a new mattress, here are our picks for mattresses you can buy for under $1,400 by sleeping position.
Best Mattresses for Side Sleepers
Tuft & Needle Mint –– $1095 Queen
If you’re a side sleeper, you need a mattress that doesn’t add any pressure to your joints. The Tuft & Needle Mint mattress does just that for a really affordable price. It’s a soft, neutral feel mattress that’s actually two inches thicker than most all-foam options. Its solid motion isolation and edge support also make it a good choice for couples.
Brooklyn Aurora Hybrid –– $1295 Queen
The Brooklyn Aurora Hybrid mattress is suited for all body types. It even has a cool-to-the-touch cover that helps pull heat away from your body during the night. That’s a big plus for people who run hot. The neat thing about the Brooklyn Aurora Hybrid is that it comes in three firmness levels which means some serious flexibility for you.
Nectar Memory Foam Mattress –– $1,198 Queen
The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress is topped with a quilted cooling mattress cover, which means you never have to worry about getting too hot again. It’s a medium-firm mattress with a memory foam layer that makes sure side sleepers are relieved of common pressure points.
Best Mattresses for Back Sleepers
Cocoon by Sealy Chill –– $699 Queen
If you favor a memory foam feel, Cocoon by Sealy Chill might be the perfect fit for you. As an added bonus, it’s also one of the most budget-friendly mattresses on the market. We rated it a medium-firm on our firmness scale, which is great for back sleepers. For people who sleep hot or live in a hot climate, you’ll be glad to know that the Cocoon sleeps cool, despite the dense memory-foam feel.
Saatva Classic –– $1,299 Queen
The Saatva Classic offers you an innerspring support system, a core of pocketed coils and an added memory foam layer for extra comfort. While the classic is a great option for back sleepers, Saatva offers three firmness levels so that any sleeping position can get what they need. Before discounts, the mattress starts at $1,499 for a queen. So it’s not exactly a budget mattress, but the value is worth the cost if you can afford it.
Plank –– $942 Queen
The Plank is one of the more unconventional mattresses out there –– it’s double-sided. It offers a neutral foam feel that won’t swallow you up or leave you wanting more. Even though there is a lot to love about the Plank, it’s not a mattress that’s right for anyone. People who sleep on their back or stomach will benefit the most from what this mattress has to offer.
Best Mattresses for Stomach Sleepers
DreamCloud Premier –– $1,399 Queen
If you’re a stomach sleeper looking for a supportive feel that offers significant pressure relief, the DreamCloud Premier should be at the top of your list. It’s not the cheapest mattress out there, and it would burn through the entirety of your stimulus check. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the cost. You’ll get a taste of everything with the DreamCloud Premier –– memory foam, euro pillow top and pocketed coils.
WinkBeds Classic –– $1,299 Queen
The WinkBeds Classic is built to be supportive with a back-to-back innerspring construction. Unfortunately, it’s not the most affordable mattress on the market, we know. That said, it’s the type of mattress that you find in a five-star hotel. The WinkBeds Classic is a great choice for back and stomach sleepers who prefer firm mattresses that avoid adding pressure on their lower back and spine.
Bear Pro –– $1036 Queen
Unlike other mattresses, the Bear Pro is designed with a Breathable Celliant® Cover that’s designed to help speed up muscle recovery. This makes the Bear Pro extra appealing to athletes or people with demanding careers. The edge support for this mattress is not great, so you will notice some significant sinkage when you are getting in and out of bed. Because of this, it’s not the best choice for couples who need to have access to the entire sleeping surface.
Best Mattresses for Combination Sleepers
Leesa Original –– $949 Queen
The thing that stands out about the Leesa Original mattress is the flexibility and appealing price tag. The Leesa Original keeps it simple. While you won’t find any bells and whistles, that’s generally fine for the average Joe. Think about the Leesa Original like a jack-of-all-trades bed that’s worth reliable and reasonably priced.
Tuft & Needle Original –– $590 Queen
The Tuft & Needle Original mattress is one of the most popular budget mattresses out there. It’s made of two foam layers –– dense memory foam and proprietary foam. It’s worth noting that heavier body types would probably want to consider a mattress with coils inside. Combo sleepers will love the Original from Tuft & Needle for its middle-of-the-road firmness and excellent responsiveness.
Bear Hybrid –– $1356 Queen
With the pocked coil and foam construction, the Bear Hybrid mattress is a great choice for everyone, including heavier body types. If you want a responsive mattress that’s both durable and comfy, then the Bear Hybrid should be on your shortlist. It also boasts a Celliant-infused cover which aims to increase circulation and oxygen in your body. All that said, we can’t ignore the considerable price tag. You’ll be dipping into that tax money for this one.
Too Long, Didn’t Read?
Stimulus checks are intended to stimulate the economy. If you’re fortunate enough to use your stimulus and tax refund money for something big, consider a new mattress. A comfortable mattress that suits your sleeping position will make a huge difference in the quality of sleep you get and how you feel when you wake up in the morning.