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Choosing a mattress on a budget doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort and support. Almost every type of mattress, from hybrid to all-foam, is available in models that cost less than $1,000. Shoppers on a budget, college students, parents buying a mattress for a growing teenager, couples buying their first mattress for their new home, or people looking to fit out a guest room should all know that it’s possible to get a quality mattress without breaking the bank. The mattresses on this list all cost less than $1,000 for a queen-size mattress, and often even less once the Tuck discount is applied.
Of course, budget isn’t the only thing to consider when buying a new mattress, so we’ve divided our top picks into different categories based on their strengths and weaknesses. While there are many worthwhile mattresses available in this price range, we’ve narrowed down the best models based on extensive research, in-house and external sleep testing, and verified owner reviews.
Hop down to our Buyer’s Guide for a crash course on finding the best mattress under $1,000.
Our editor’s pick, the Nectar, is priced well below average for a mattress in its category. Constructed with quilted gel memory foam and a gel memory foam comfort layer, the mattress conforms fairly closely to help reduce pressure points. Thanks in part to the breathable Tencel lyocell and cotton cover, the Nectar provides better temperature neutrality than other all-foam mattresses. A transitional layer made of high-density memory foam forms a deep cradle and keeps sleepers from sinking down into the high-density polyfoam support core.
The Nectar mattress is 11 inches tall and has a medium firm feel. It provides adequate pressure relief and support across all weight categories, especially those who weigh more than 130 pounds.
With its three layers of memory foam, the Nectar mattress is silent when bearing weight and stands out for its superior motion isolation. The dense foams used in the mattress also provide better-than-average edge support. This makes the Nectar a good mattress for people who share a smaller-sized bed, as it enables full use of the sleep surface.
The Nectar mattress is constructed with fairly durable foams that give it a long expected lifespan. It also comes with a lifetime warranty and a 365-night sleep trial.
The Nectar sleeps cool for an all-foam mattress and has a relatively firm, yet conforming sleep surface. The mattress reduces pressure points while providing spinal support for sleepers over 130 pounds.
Hybrid mattresses provide the best of both worlds: contouring comfort layers and a supportive coil base. The biggest downside is usually the price, which tends to be high. The Allswell is a notable exception to this rule. This mattress has a quilted cotton top, 2 inches of copper- and graphite-infused gel memory foam, and a pocketed coil support core at an extremely affordable price-point.
The mattress is 10 inches tall and measures a 6.5 out of 10 on the firmness scale, or medium-firm, which leads to the feeling of sleeping “on,” not “in,” the mattress. While lightweight and side sleepers may find the mattress too firm, individuals who weigh more than 230 pounds receive adequate cushioning and the necessary support to keep the spine aligned.
Like most hybrid models, the Allswell has strong airflow through the pocketed coils that helps maintain a neutral temperature overnight. Couples will also appreciate the strong edge support and responsive surface, which facilitates sex.
The Allswell is a great choice for budget-conscious heavyweight sleepers who need more support than an all-foam mattress can provide.
The Allswell provides all the advantages of a hybrid mattress: temperature neutrality, strong edges, and extra support for heavier individuals, for a fraction of the price. A great entry-level hybrid that’s friendly on the wallet.
The Leesa mattress features polyfoam and memory foam comfort layers over a high-density polyfoam support core. As a memory foam mattress, the Leesa has excellent contouring abilities, forming a close “hug” that virtually eliminates pressure points for most sleepers. The high point elasticity and slow response to pressure also reduce motion transfer, which many sleepers find ideal when sharing the bed with a partner.
The mattress is 10 inches thick and has a medium firmness level, or 5 out of 10, perfectly suited to individuals weighing less than 230 pounds. The memory foam cradles the body and cushions pressure points, while the high-density support core helps keep the spine aligned.
Leesa is a Certified B corporation known for its emphasis on giving back to the community. The company donates mattresses to charity and plants trees to offset its carbon footprint. Since these ideals are usually accompanied by a higher price tag, the Leesa is an attractive option for socially minded consumers on a budget.
Leesa mattresses are available in the U.S. and Canada, with free shipping to all 50 U.S. states. The mattress comes with a standard 100-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty.
The Leesa’s conforming memory foam provides above-average pressure relief in lightweight and average weight sleepers. People who sleep with a partner will appreciate the fact that the mattress absorbs motion transfer and keeps noise to a minimum.
The Tuft & Needle Mint is the perfect choice for those who like some conforming but prefer to avoid the “stuck” feeling of traditional memory foam. At 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale, or medium firm, this 12-inch all-foam mattress offers a balance between sleeping “in” and sleeping “on” the mattress. The T&N Mint is made up of three polyfoam layers: graphite- and gel-infused polyfoam, a gel-infused transitional layer, and a high-density polyfoam support core.
The top layer is infused with graphite and gel beads, and the second layer is infused with gel. These additions are formulated to draw heat away from the sleeper’s body, in order to combat the body-heat retention that often occurs in all-foam mattresses.
As its comfort layers are made of polyfoam instead of memory foam, the Tuft & Needle Mint is slightly more responsive than other all-foam mattresses. However, it still manages to prevent most motion transfer, making it suitable for people who sleep with a partner.
Despite the budget price tag, the T&N Mint is made with high-quality foams and a dense support core that should give it a longer lifespan than the average all-foam mattress. The Tuft & Needle Mint comes with a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty, plus free shipping within the contiguous U.S.
The all-foam Tuft & Needle Mint provides a balanced, medium firm feel perfect for individuals under 230 pounds, regardless of sleep position. Slightly responsive polyfoam layers provide some contouring and motion isolation, while graphite and gel infusions minimize heat retention.
The Awara mattress is a latex hybrid with an organic cotton and New Zealand wool Euro top cover, 4 inches of Dunlop latex, and a zoned pocketed coil support core. The latex is certified sustainable and organic by the Rainforest Alliance and the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), certifications which are rarely found in this price range. Overall, the mattress measures 13 inches tall.
The Awara mattress has a medium firm feel, equivalent to a 6 out of 10 on the firmness scale. Average weight and heavyweight sleepers experience targeted spinal support and decent pressure relief from the latex layer. Thanks to the breathable cover and airflow through the pocketed coils, the Awara mattress boasts very good temperature neutrality.
The Awara has a strong perimeter that enables full use of the bed. The latex and individually wrapped coils absorb some motion, and the mattress makes much less noise than other hybrid mattresses. In addition, the bed is very responsive and excellent for sex. All of these factors make it a great pick for couples.
With the Tuck discount, this is one of the cheapest mattresses in its category. Latex hybrid mattresses tend to be fairly durable, so you can expect this mattress to be a good-value purchase in the long run. Awara offers a generous year-long sleep trial and lifetime warranty.
Dunlop latex and pocketed coils in the Awara mattress provide sturdy support for average and heavyweight sleepers. With moderate contouring, strong edge support, decent temperature regulation, limited motion transfer, and a responsive surface, this mattress suits a variety of preferences.
The Signature mattress by Brooklyn Bedding combines a cotton cover quilted with polyfoam, two polyfoam comfort layers, and a pocketed coil support core over a high-density polyfoam base. The breathable cover and gel infusions in the polyfoam layers help draw heat away from the sleeper and allow it to dissipate through the coil support layer, keeping the mattress cool.
The Brooklyn Bedding Signature has a 11.5-inch profile and comes in three firmness options: soft (3.5), medium (5.5), or firm (7.5), giving it appeal for a wide variety of sleepers. Lightweight sleepers and side sleepers experience a pressure-relieving cradle in the soft version, while average weight sleepers and back sleepers receive an even balance of support and pressure relief from the medium version. Meanwhile, the firm version gives added support for heavyweight side and back sleepers.
The Signature performed remarkably well on almost all our sleep tests, providing a cool night’s sleep, reinforced edges, and a responsive surface for sex. High-quality polyfoam and pocketed coils promise above-average durability, giving customers excellent value for their money.
The Brooklyn Bedding Signature is very reasonably priced for a hybrid mattress and comes with a 120-night sleep trial, 10-year warranty, and free shipping.
The Brooklyn Bedding Signature is an all-round mattress that provides pressure relief and spinal support for virtually any body type or sleeping position. Pocketed coils and polyfoam comfort layers ensure adequate motion isolation, strong edge support, and negligible heat retention.
Brooklyn Bedding’s firmest mattress is fittingly named the Plank. This flippable mattress has two firmness levels: firm (7) and extra firm (9). On the firm side are 1.5 inches of quilted foam and a 2-inch transitional polyfoam layer. In contrast, the extra firm side has just .75 inch of quilted foam before sleepers hit the shared high-density polyfoam support core.
The firm surface prevents heavyweight sleepers from sinking in too far, helping promote proper spinal alignment. With some cushioning in the quilted cover, the “firm” side of the Plank is also suitable for average-weight sleepers, as well as lightweight back and stomach sleepers who prefer a firmer sleep surface.
Due to its solid construction, The Plank has strong edges that won’t sag when bearing weight. Sleepers sleep “on” and not “in” the mattress, which improves temperature regulation thanks to airflow around the body. The hard surface also limits motion transfer, and firmer foams are less susceptible to sagging so The Plank should have a longer lifespan than most foam mattresses.
A 120-night sleep trial and 10-year warranty back The Plank, with free shipping in the contiguous U.S.
The Plank’s extremely firm feel is favored by many heavyweight individuals and stomach sleepers, who appreciate the solid spinal support. The mattress has sturdy edges and allows for sufficient airflow to keep heat retention at a minimum.
Price is one indicator of quality in a mattress, which is why more expensive mattresses often offer added features and a longer lifespan. However, there are plenty of options that offer excellent value for money.
The majority of mattresses priced under $1,000 will either be hybrid, latex, memory foam, or innerspring models. If you’re not sure what kind of mattress you like, here’s a quick guide on what to look for when shopping on a budget.
Hybrid mattresses incorporate at least 2 inches of memory foam, polyfoam, or latex comfort layers over a pocketed coil support core. This usually rests on a high-density polyfoam base. Because of their more sophisticated construction, hybrid mattresses tend to come with a higher price tag.
Thanks to their construction, hybrid mattresses provide an even balance of pressure relief and support. Hybrid mattresses also tend to have strong edges, a responsive surface, decent motion isolation, and better-than-average temperature regulation. While they are usually suitable for every type of sleeper, they are particularly appreciated by heavyweight individuals who need the extra support from the pocketed coils.
Average price (Queen): $2,076.70
Expected lifespan: 6 to 7 years
The term “latex mattress” can refer to any mattress that includes latex in the comfort layers, including hybrid mattresses, latex-foam mattresses, or all-latex models. Naturally breathable and very resilient, latex’s high point elasticity gives it a bouncy feel with moderate contouring.
Latex can be natural, synthetic, or a blend of both. Since it’s possible for the material to be almost 100% organic, natural latex mattresses are also very popular with eco-conscious shoppers and those who suffer from allergies. They don’t tend to be cheap, but natural latex mattresses are among the most durable type of mattress
Like other types of foam mattresses, latex mattresses make hardly any noise when bearing weight, and keep motion transfer to a minimum. These attributes make latex a good option for couples.
Average price (Queen): $1,970.51
Expected lifespan: 7 to 8 years
Memory foam responds to heat and pressure, contouring closely to form a pressure-relieving cradle. Lightweight sleepers, average weight sleepers, and side sleepers in all weight categories find that the material allows just the right amount of sink to keep the spine aligned. Memory foam mattresses typically have a firmer support core made of high-density polyfoam to prevent excessive sagging.
As with most foam mattresses, memory foam mattresses are virtually silent when bearing weight. Memory foam’s high point elasticity and slow response to pressure help to absorb motion, preventing it from transferring it across the bed. Traditional memory foam has a reputation for trapping heat, but many manufacturers attempt to reduce this effect with gel beads, copper, or graphite infusions.
Memory foam mattresses are available in almost every budget, with higher prices for proprietary foams and higher-density foams.
Average price (Queen): $1,044.16
Expected lifespan: 5 to 6 years
Innerspring mattresses are defined by their coil support core, usually made of tempered steel for a supportive and sturdy base. They provide the firm sleep surface that is most comfortable for stomach sleepers, and they provide adequate support for heavyweight individuals who sink too far into foam mattresses.
Other advantages include excellent edge support and a very bouncy surface conducive to sex, as well as excellent temperature neutrality thanks to the airflow that passes through the coils.
Innerspring mattresses are typically some of the cheapest mattresses available, and they are still very popular because most people grew up with them. While there are luxury innerspring mattresses that retail for thousands of dollars, there is also a wide selection of innerspring models for well under $1,000.
Average price (Queen): $1,037.97
Expected lifespan: 4 to 6 years
A warranty can provide peace of mind should you find workmanship or manufacturing defects in your mattress. However, it’s important to keep in mind that warranties don’t cover normal wear and tear. Extra-long and lifetime warranties are a nice touch, but shouldn’t be a deciding factor in choosing a mattress.
Standard mattress warranties are usually 10 years or longer, and some only offer prorated coverage which decreases as time goes on.
Most online mattress companies offer the option to shrinkwrap the mattress and ship it to your house for free, at least in the contiguous U.S. Some companies also offer expedited shipping options.
White Glove delivery service is usually available for an optional fee and includes set-up of your new mattress and removal of the packing materials. Old mattress removal is often bundled with this service or offered for an additional fee.
It can take up to 30 nights for your body to become accustomed to the feel of a new mattress. Most online mattress companies recognize this, and give customers a sleep trial during which they can return the mattress and receive a full refund if they are not satisfied. Look for at least 100 nights, which is more or less the industry standard, and look out for companies that charge a “return fee” or “restocking fee.”
On holidays like Black Friday and Labor Day, online mattress websites often offer considerable discounts and special offers such as bundled pillows or other accessories.
Buying a new mattress is an exciting investment, and it’s important to treat it properly so you can enjoy it for years to come. A waterproof mattress protector can help prevent damage from spills and stains. If stains do occur, cleaning them will depend on the type of mattress. Check out our mattress cleaning tips for more information.
While most mattresses nowadays are not made to be flipped, rotating foam mattresses from head-to-toe every 3 to 6 months can extend the lifespan of a mattress before it starts to develop permanent body impressions.