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AmazonBasics Mattress Review

AmazonBasics Mattress Review

Everything you need to know about the ultra-affordable Amazon Basics memory foam mattress

Last Updated: October 13, 2020

Given the robust growth of the bed in a box mattress industry over the last few years, it was only a matter of time before Amazon jumped in on the action. In this post, we cover everything you need to know about the Amazon Basics memory foam mattress, including feel, firmness, sleeper type, and more.

Who Is This Best For?

If you need a cheap mattress

People that want a comfy foam bed

Who Won’t Love It?

Anyone that’s looking for a luxurious bed

Heavier individuals

AmazonBasics Mattress Review

They sell almost anything you can think of on Amazon, and the company took the opportunity to compete in the online mattress business. In the case of the AmazonBasics Mattress, its name is a huge reflection of what it offers to sleepers. This mattress is provided to you by Amazon (no surprise) and we think it’s ultimately best for individuals in the market for a simple foam mattress who are fans of the convenience the online marketplace offers. Budget shoppers will likely appreciate the bed’s wallet-friendly price, and it’s generally comfortable for folks who want a neutral-foam feeling mattress.

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In this review, you’ll learn more about the AmazonBasics Mattress, and get an idea of how well it will (or won’t) work for you.

Price Of The AmazonBasics Mattress

AmazonBasics, for those of you who don’t know, is Amazon’s house brand (similar to Walmart’s Great Value brand). Basically, Amazon uses contract manufacturers to produce a variety of products at very low prices. For example, they offer batteries, office chairs, HDMI cables, bed sheets, and more, all of which contain the AmazonBasics logo.

Given this, it should come as no surprise that the Amazon mattress is priced very affordably. In fact, it’s one of the cheapest bed-in-a-box mattresses you can buy, coming in at less than $300. Here’s how pricing breaks down for the 10″ model.

SizePrice (MSRP)

We haven’t seen Amazon offer any coupon codes or promo codes for the mattress. However, as with most beds sold on Amazon, pricing seems to fluctuate weekly. We’d recommend you check the current price on Amazon frequently. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Amazon drop the price by about $50 from time to time.

Height Options

It’s important to note the AmazonBasics mattress is available in three different heights (or thickness). You can choose between 8″, 10″, and 12″ options. As you would expect, the price increases as you go up in thickness. Regardless of the height you select, though, the mattress is composed of three foam layers, which we will discuss in more detail in the coming sections.

In addition, as of the date of this post, the AmazonBasics mattress is only available in twin, full, queen, and king sizes. No word yet whether Amazon will offer twin XL or Cal king sizes in the future.

What Is The AmazonBasics Bed Made Of?

The AmazonBasics mattress has a simple three-layer foam construction

  • Base layer – A dense layer of support foam on the bottom that Amazon calls its “Hard Foam”
  • Transition layer – A layer of what Amazon calls its “Soft Foam” to serve as a transition so you don’t really feel any of the “Hard Foam” on the bottom
  • Comfort layer – For the top, the bed uses a layer of memory foam which acts as the true comfort layer for the mattress
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Simple all-foam construction (8″ model pictured)

We’d also like to point out that the mattress is manufactured by a third party in China. I know this matters to some consumers who prefer to purchase products made in the USA. Manufacturing overseas is part of the reason why Amazon is able to keep the price down. With that said, the bed uses CertiPUR and Oeko-Tex certified foams, meaning they are free of any harmful chemicals or toxins.

Mattress Cover

Wrapping the three layers of foam is a soft, removable polyester-based cover. On Amazon’s product page, it states you can remove the cover for “easy washing,” which leads you to believe that the cover is indeed machine washable. However, the tag on the mattress states “do not wash” and “do not tumble dry,” which essentially means you’ll have to spot clean the cover if it happens to get dirty (by the way, that’s the case with the vast majority of bed-in-a-box mattress covers out there).

For spot cleaning purposes, we’d recommend using a mild detergent and water. Also, make sure you dab the dirty area instead of rubbing it.

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Soft, non-removable cover

If the thought of a dirty mattress disgusts you, it might be a good idea to shop for popular mattress protectors on Amazon to help protect against spills and stains. I think Amazon even offers a mattress protector under the AmazonBasics brand.

What The AmazonBasics Mattress Feels Like

Although the bed’s title uses the term “memory foam,” we wouldn’t say this bed has a traditional memory foam feel. It does have a slight hint of memory foam, but overall we’d say the bed has more of a neutral-foam feel.

The top layers are soft and comfortable, but they don’t quite conform or contour to your body’s shape as much as the top layers on the Tomorrow Sleep Memory Foam Mattress, for example. All in all, our team thinks the AmazonBasics mattress feels more like Tuft & Needle or Tulo, both of which have more of a soft, generic foam feel.

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Soft, neutral-foam feel similar to Tulo

In addition to feel, the AmazonBasics mattress (like Tulo and T&N) is fairly responsive. In other words, the top layers snap back to position quickly after pressure is released.

As you see above, the responsiveness is not immediate, but it’s definitely faster than traditional memory foam. As such, you don’t get any of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling that memory foam is known for. This is good news for active sleepers who tend to move around a lot in their sleep. Generally speaking, these types of sleepers find it requires much less energy to switch between positions on responsive mattresses.

AmazonBasics Bed Firmness

In terms of firmness, we think the mattress comes in right around a medium on our soft-to-firm scale. Overall, the bed finds a nice balance between comfort and support. You can tell Amazon wanted to design a bed that would be accommodating for the vast majority of people out there.

amazonbasics mattress review firmness

Keep in mind that not everyone will think the mattress feels a like a medium. Heavier folks will likely find that the bed feels a tad bit softer and belongs more in the medium-soft range. On the other hand, more petite individuals will likely think it belongs more in the medium-firm range.

Sleeper Type Analysis 

Side Sleepers

Although the top layers of the bed don’t quite cradle your pressure points like traditional memory foam, side sleepers will find the bed to be very accommodating.

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Soft and gentle top layer for side sleepers

Our testing team didn’t experience any sort of discomfort or irritation while sleeping on their side. If you’re a side sleeper that wants/needs extra pressure relief, you may want to check out our reviews of the Layla or Nolah mattresses. These are two plush, bed-in-a-box mattresses that offer a ton of pressure relief.

Back And Stomach Sleepers

Like side sleepers, back and stomach sleepers will find the mattress to be very accommodating, as well. The mattress provides an adequate amount of support under your lower back and trunk. Your hips will sink down a little into the top layers (that’s normal), but not to the point where they fall out of proper alignment with the rest of your body.

If you’re a primary back sleeper or stomach sleeper that needs/wants extra lumbar support, we recommend you read our reviews of Saatva or Cocoon Sealy.

Combo Sleepers 

The AmazonBasics mattress is a good option for combo sleepers who rotate between positions. As we mentioned above, Amazon created this mattress to accommodate a wide range of people.

As a result, we wouldn’t put the mattress on any of our lists of the Best Beds For Back, Stomach or Side Sleepers; instead, the bed sort of straddles the line between the three. Additionally, remember that the top layers of the AmazonBasics mattress are fairly responsive. Again, this is a good thing for combo sleepers who rotate between positions frequently. These types of sleepers won’t ever feel like they’re stuck in the bed.

Amazon Mattress Body Type Analysis

ghostbed flex sleeping positions

Petite/Average Sleepers

Overall, we think the AmazonBasics mattress is a great option for small and average sized individuals. It provides enough support for lighter-weight individuals, regardless of the position they choose to sleep in. 

Heavy Sleepers

Given the simple, all-foam construction of the mattress, we just don’t think it’s the best option out there for folks who weigh more than 250 lb. Instead, we almost always recommend heavy individuals pick a mattress that contains coils or innerspring units. That’s because coils tend to last longer and provide more support than the dense polyurethane foams that all-foam beds (like AmazonBasics) use for their primary support structure.

SEE ALSO: Best Mattresses For Heavy People

Look, at the end of the day, if you’re a larger person and you’re on a tight budget, the AmazonBasics mattress will work, just don’t expect it to last a long time. After all, there’s got to be a reason why the mattress only comes with a one-year warranty, right?

Will Amazon’s Mattress Sleep Hot?

No, even though the top layer of the mattress is comprised of low-cost memory foam, which is generally known for retaining heat, we think the mattress will sleep more temperature neutral. We say that for two primary reasons. First, remember the bed rates out around a medium on the firmness scale. This means it’s not an ultra-plush mattress in which you immediately sink to the bottom and the top layers proceed to wrap your body. Instead, you’ll sleep more on top of the bed’s surface, which should help keep you from warming up.

Learn more: How we grade temperature

Is AmazonBasics Mattress An Option For Couples?

Lastly, we think the AmazonBasics mattress is a viable option for couples who share a bed. It performs decently well in terms of motion isolation and edge support. Let’s discuss each topic individually.

Edge Support

The bed provides decent edge support for an all-foam bed. It’s certainly not the best mattress we’ve ever tested in this regard, but it will get the job done. As you approach the side, you will notice a slight bit of compression, but you won’t feel like you’re going to slide right off the edge.

Read more about edge support.

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Decent edge support

Motion Isolation

The bed limits motion transfer well. This isn’t big surprise; most all-foam beds do a pretty good job of deadening movement. As you see above, the water in the glass stays fairly stable despite our testing team walking around on the opposite side of the mattress. This is a good sign for people who share a bed with an active sleeper. It’s safe to say the bed will deaden a large amount of the movement initiated by your partner.

Amazon Basics Mattress Review Verdict

Overall, we think the AmazonBasics mattress is a good value considering its price tag. It’s comfortable and accommodates a variety of different sleepers. However, don’t expect this bed to knock your socks off. There’s definitely higher quality mattresses available for a just few hundred dollars more. At the end of the day, it’s a basic, soft foam bed-in-a-box. We think it’s best for college students, kids, car camping or truck bed, and anyone on a strict budget.

AmazonBasics Reviews

  • BBB Rating: A+
  • Amazon Reviews: The Amazon mattress review from customers is a 4.5 out of 5 stars on average. Customers love the price but many find it too soft, especially after a few months of use.

Company Info

AmazonBasics Mattress Contact Information

  • Online Form
  • Phone number: 1-206-922-0880
  • Website: http://www.amazon.com/

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Comparing AmazonBasics Vs Tuft and Needle

AmazonBasics and Tuft and Needle are both affordable bed-in-a-box mattresses. AmazonBasics is less expensive, but Tuft and Needle’s original mattress comes with a longer, 10-year limited warranty, compared to Amazon’s one-year warranty. T&N’s mattress has a 2-layer foam construction while AmazonBasics has a 3-layer construction that comes in multiple firmness options. 

Comparing AmazonBasics Vs Casper

The AmazonBasics mattress is far more affordable, but Casper Mattress comes with a zoned support design to offer maximum support and pressure relief for sleepers. Casper also comes with more generous company policies, like a 10-year warranty and longer risk-free trial.

Review team

  • JD
    JD Christison

    Combo Sleeper

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • Owen Poole

    Side Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper


How did the Slumber Yard team get this mattress?

We purchased the AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress with our own money. We retain full editorial control over the content we publish.

Where is the Amazon Basics mattress made?

According to the tag, the mattress is manufactured in China.

How much does the AmazonBasics mattress weigh?

The weight of the mattress depends on which size and thickness you select. It ranges from around 33 lb for a 8″ twin size to about 75 lb for a 12″ king size.

How long after the mattress arrives can I sleep on it?

According to Amazon, you should let the mattress fully inflate for 72 hours before sleeping on it.

What kind of frame do I need?

The Amazon Basics mattress is compatible with most foundations, box springs, and slatted frames. As always, it’s important your foundation has little to no flex for best results, though.

How firm is the AmazonBasics mattress?

It’s not too firm. It’s around a 5/10 on our firmness scale.

Is it available in multiple heights?

Yes. They offer different height profiles that range in price.