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For sleepers on a budget, finding a good mattress for under $500 can feel like a challenge. However, there are a surprising number of mattresses which offer comfort, support, and even luxury details at highly affordable price-points. Using results from our rigorous testing process, we’ve put together a list of our five favorite value-priced mattresses, along with a buyer’s guide to walk you through the process of finding the right bed for your budget and needs.
Choosing the right type of mattress is a crucial step, as different types have varying feels, strengths, weaknesses, and average prices. Innerspring and all-foam mattresses are among the least expensive, while hybrids have an average price of above $2,000. Customers with a budget under $500, however, still have their choice of mattress types, including some high-performing hybrid models.
Hop down to our Buyer’s Guide for a crash course on finding the best mattress for you.
Our Editor’s Pick, the Allswell Hybrid, offers excellent performance and broad appeal at a highly affordable price-point. Although hybrid mattresses are some of the most expensive on the market, the Allswell Hybrid comes in at under $500 while still offering a well-rounded mattress with thoughtful features.
During Tuck’s testing process, our team was impressed by the Allswell Hybrid’s performance in a range of sleep categories. Though it faltered in pressure relief, this budget-priced hybrid out-performed some of its much pricier competitors in categories such as temperature neutrality, edge support, and suitability for sex. Our sleep-testers also found it supportive for nearly all sleeper types, despite its single firmness option.
The Allswell Hybrid’s comfort system consists of a 2-inch layer of copper and graphite-infused gel memory foam. Gel foams are thought to sleep cooler than other varieties, while copper and graphite both have temperature-neutral properties.
The higher firmness level also contributes to the bed’s cool feel, as less contouring results in more airflow with less heat retention. Additionally, it creates a balanced sleeping surface, with our sleep-testers feeling as though they were sleeping both ‘in’ and ‘on’ their bed.
For its support core, the Allswell Hybrid uses a single 7-inch layer of pocketed coils. These are ergonomically zoned for better edge support, with thicker coils at the perimeter to reduce sinkage and sagging.
Our Editor’s Pick for the best mattress under $500, the Allswell Hybrid, offers high performance and well-built support at a budget price. Few other mattresses appeal to such a wide range of sleepers at such a low price-point.
With a range of thickness/firmness options to support a range of body types, as well as impressive pressure relief for a budget-friendly price, the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress is an easy choice for runner-up. Customers can choose from four models — 6-inch (firm), 8-inch (firm), 10-inch (medium-firm), and 12-inch (medium) — which each offer surprisingly robust comfort and support for their cost.
The Zinus’s cover is Jacquard-knit, smooth, and soft to the touch. Beneath it is a two part comfort system, featuring a top layer of green tea-infused, pressure-relieving memory foam and a second 2-inch layer of polyfoam. The green tea in the memory foam is intended to make the mattress more fresh out of the box, counteracting the off-gassing odors common with memory foam. As polyfoam is more resilient than memory foam, this layer helps form a supportive cradle while preventing sinkage.
For its support core, the Zinus uses high-density polyfoam. While this material has its downsides, such as lower durability and edge support, its low cost allows for better overall quality at a lower price-point.
Despite their varying thicknesses, each Zinus Memory Foam mattress shares a similar construction. However, thicker models have similarly thicker layers, and the 6-inch model lacks the 2-inch polyfoam comfort layer found in other options. Each has its own feel, with thicker options offering a softer, more conforming surface than thinner models.
For customers in search of a deal, the Zinus Green Tea Memory Foam mattress’s low price-point and luxurious pressure relief make it an appealing choice. By choosing between four thickness/firmness options, sleepers can customize their bed to their needs.
Whether you’re on a tight budget, furnishing a guest room, or sending a child off to college, the Olee Sleep mattress is one of the best deals available. Its soothing pressure relief is balanced with a medium-firm feel and comfortable support, so a relatively wide range of sleepers can enjoy our pick for Best Value.
Given that even its California king size comes in far below $500, the Olee Sleep proves that a good mattress doesn’t have to be an investment. It is most suitable for average weight sleepers, but may also appeal to side and back-sleeping sleepers under 130 pounds.
Beneath a soft, stretch-knit cover (made from a polyester-spandex blend) is the bed’s comfort system, which uses both gel-infused memory foam and polyfoam. In the core, high-density polyfoam stabilizes the bed and adds support. Together, these materials provide the mattress with impressive pressure relief, a balanced feeling of cradled support, and better temperature regulation than other options at this price-point.
Owners have praised the Olee Sleep, particularly for the relief it offers their back and shoulder pain. The materials used are CertiPUR-US certified to meet standards for performance, durability, emissions, and content, and though the Olee Sleep is less durable than some of the options on this list, it has a longer lifespan than similarly priced competitors.
Shoppers on a tight budget will appreciate the Olee Sleep’s superb pressure relief and ultra-low price tag. With balanced support and a medium-firm feel, it offers both value and comfort to average weight sleepers.
Given that memory foam mattresses have the second-lowest average price, a $500 budget includes some impressive, value-priced options. Among these, Tuck’s pick for the best memory foam mattress in its price range is the Vibe, a medium-soft model which combines highly contouring pressure relief with good support for all lightweight and most average-weight sleepers, particularly side-sleepers. Owners also report high overall satisfaction, with particular praise for the bed’s balance of comfort and support for sleepers with back pain.
To the touch, the Vibe’s stretch-knit cover is soft and seamless. The mattress features a 5-inch thick comfort system, consisting of a 2-inch layer of gel-infused memory foam and a 3-inch layer of gel-infused polyfoam. This is significantly thicker than some of the Vibe’s competitors, resulting in a highly-contouring surface which delivers excellent pressure relief and a supportive sleeping cradle.
The Vibe’s support core is a 7-inch layer of high-density polyfoam, which stabilizes the bed while providing additional support.
Although all-foam beds like the Vibe often have less edge support and overall durability than other mattress types, owners report that it resists sagging and has slightly better edge support than similar models. For luxurious comfort and balanced support, there are few better options.
We’ve chosen the Vibe as the best memory foam mattress under $500 because of its impressive pressure relief, supportive cradle, and soft contouring. Light and average weight sleepers are likely to appreciate the luxury comfort the Vibe delivers at a low price.
Although the average price of a hybrid mattress is over $2,000, our pick for the best hybrid under $500 — the Inofia — offers enough thoughtful design and balanced support. It also offers a 100-night sleep trial, which can be difficult to find when buying through Amazon and allows customers the chance to sleep on their new bed for over three months before making a final decision.
The breathable, stretch-knit cover is soft to the touch, and mesh sides allows for better airflow and improved temperature regulation. In the comfort layer, CertiPUR-US certified memory foam and polyfoam provide moderately-conforming pressure relief along with a supportive cradle.
Owners report that the Inofia sleeps relatively cool, which is primarily the result of the airflow through its pocketed coils. Part of the mattress’s support core, these coils have better motion isolation than a traditional innerspring while offering targeted support.
Each of the Inofia’s coils has been individually tuned into seven separate ergonomic zones. Often seen in more high-end models, ergonomic zoning improves spinal alignment by using thicker coils in areas of more weight (such as the hips) and thinner coils in regions which need more fine-tuned support (such as the neck and shoulders).
Luxury touches like ergonomic zoning and high-quality materials are part of why the Inofia is our choice for the best hybrid mattress under $500. Customers have a 100-night trial before they have to make a decision, but many will quickly be won over by the Inofia’s balanced feel and excellent temperature neutrality.
Below, we’ll walk you through the most crucial steps in buying and caring for a mattress under $500. From what to look for in each type of mattress, to how to prevent stains once you bring yours home, you’ll learn the most important considerations when buying a bed on a budget.
Each type of mattress has its own average price, ranging from $1,038 for an innerspring to $2,283 for an airbed. However, customers with a $500 budget will find they have a range of models to choose from, even for pricier mattresses such as hybrids.
With responsive pocketed coils and either memory foam or latex comfort systems, hybrid mattresses are among some of the most popular choices on the market. Although the average hybrid costs just over $2,000, it’s possible to find great deals on hybrid models under $500. Given that the average hybrid’s lifespan is second only to latex, this means that budget-priced options can work out to be an excellent deal.
Although there are exceptions, most hybrid mattresses priced under $500 lack extra features and luxury touches. However, the best choices make up for this with solid construction and a comfortable balance between pressure relief and support. Inexpensive hybrids also tend to have above-average temperature neutrality, as their pocketed coils encourage airflow, and thinner comfort systems minimize heat-retaining contouring.
Hybrid mattresses have a very broad appeal, and a high-performing hybrid with the right firmness is likely to appeal to sleepers of most weight ranges and position preferences. Different models offer different feels, dependent mostly on their comfort systems, but most in this price range have a balanced sleep surface with moderate contouring.
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Less expensive than all other mattress types except for traditional innersprings, memory foam mattresses are usually made with an all-foam design which utilizes high-density polyfoam for the support core. They tend to offer the best pressure relief and motion isolation of any mattress type, but are often let down by poor edge support and temperature regulation. However, their low price allows customers to find some excellent options within a $500 budget.
At this price-point, memory foam mattresses tend to be less durable than their more expensive counterparts, and cooling features are usually limited to the use of gel-infused memory foam. On the other hand, they often have pressure relief and motion isolation capabilities equal to higher-priced competitors, while still providing plenty of support.
Because memory foam is a relatively fragile material, memory foam mattresses have the second-lowest average lifespan. Lower-priced options usually have similarly low durability, but more expensive brands are not often significantly sturdier.
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Latex, sourced from sustainable rubber trees, is gaining in popularity thanks to its eco-friendliness, resilient pressure relief, and excellent temperature neutrality. However, a relatively high average price makes these beds less attractive to sleepers on a budget. It is possible to find latex mattresses for less than $500, but unfortunately these are almost always partially or entirely made from synthetically produced latex, making them closer to foam mattresses.
Other than natural vs. synthetic, another important consideration is the choice between Dunlop and Talalay latex. Both are ways of turning rubber tree sap into latex foam, and both are popular choices. Dunlop tends to be denser and firmer, while Talalay latex is softer, slightly less durable, and generally more expensive.
Latex offers sleepers a characteristic ‘floating’ feel of sleeping ‘on’, rather than ‘in’, the mattress. As this is similar to the feel of a traditional innerspring in many ways, latex beds tend to appeal to innerspring aficionados in need of better pressure relief.
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Traditional innerspring mattresses have the lowest average price of any mattress type, making them ideal for shoppers with a budget of less than $500. Though they have some downsides, such as poor motion isolation, innerspring beds offer dependable support and some of the best temperature neutrality available at this price point. Many also include pillow top or foam layers, making them more comfortable than older models.
Most innerspring models under $500 share similar features. Comfort systems, when present, tend to be polyester fiber pillow tops, or thin layers of polyfoam. For support, most use Bonnell coils, which are slightly less durable, rather than pricier offset or continuous-wire coils. These budget-priced mattresses often have very good support, but may be let down by poor pressure relief or motion isolation.
Due to limited pressure relief, innerspring mattresses at this price tend to be more suitable for back and stomach sleepers than side sleepers, who may develop pressure points at their hips or shoulders.
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Deciding on a mattress type and budget are two of the most crucial steps when choosing a new mattress, but there are other factors to keep in mind.