Buying Guide – How to Shop for a Mattress under $2,000
Below, our mattress buying guide for customers with a $2,000 budget will walk you through what you need to consider before making a purchase, including important factors like type, materials, firmness, and more.
Buying Guide – How to Shop for a Mattress under $2,000
Choosing a Mattress Type
Customers with a budget of $1,000 to $2,000 should expect to see a standard set of features within each mattress category, with some models offering additional luxury touches. Each type has its own average price, making this budget range above-average for some mattresses and close to average for others.
Pairing pressure-relieving memory foam or latex comfort layers with responsive pocketed coils, hybrid mattresses are a comfortable, supportive choice for a wide range of sleepers. The average hybrid costs just over $2,000, making this price range an excellent target for those in search of a great deal.
Customers can expect that well-reviewed hybrids at this price-point will offer solid construction, with adequately thick comfort systems and durable pocketed coils. Many have features to improve temperature neutrality, such as gel-infused foam, but these rarely include the latest innovative materials. Ergonomically zoned coils are a good touch to look for in this category, as they improve support and can result in better motion isolation.
Balance is one of a hybrid mattress’s greatest strengths, and the best combine ideal features of both all-foam and innerspring beds for both pressure relief and support. Hybrids are available with memory foam or latex comfort layers, though memory foam is more common. Both offer their own benefits, but their very different feels makes deciding between them largely a matter of preference.
Mattresses which pair pressure-relieving memory foam comfort systems with high-density foam support cores are some of the most popular on the market. Given their low average cost overall, memory foam mattress in this price range often offer high-end touches like sustainable construction, innovative design, and premium materials.
At this price range, mattresses usually perform to very high standards in the categories where memory foam excels — such as pressure relief and motion isolation — while improving on weak areas like temperature neutrality and durability. Luxury touches are common, but not all are created equal for each customer. Consider what matters most to you, whether it’s an innovative cooling system or natural materials, before being swayed.
Different memory foams have different feels, but a shared characteristic is their deeply-contouring pressure relief. Depending on a mattress’s construction, sleepers may sink more or less into these comfort layers. However, almost all memory foam leaves sleepers feeling as though they’re sleeping ‘in’, rather than ‘on’, their bed.
Latex is a natural, sustainable material which offers resilient pressure relief, durability, and temperature neutrality. With so many benefits, it’s no wonder why latex mattresses are gaining in popularity. They also have an average price of just below $2,000, allowing this budget to include some of the best latex options on the market.
Both Dunlop and Talalay latex are common at this price-point, though Talalay tends to be pricier, and choosing between them is largely a matter of personal preference. In comparison to other mattress types, where sustainable construction is often considered a luxury feature, you can often find eco-friendly latex mattresses at below-average prices. Other high-end touches are rarer, but what the beds in this range lack in opulence, they make up for with solid construction and quality materials.
Latex is often considered a more natural alternative to memory foam, but it has a significantly different feel. Our sleep-testers regularly report feeling as though they’re ‘floating’ on latex beds, with the sensation of sleeping ‘on’, rather than ‘in’, the sleep surface.
Because they are the least expensive mattress type on average, innerspring mattresses at this price range can be top-of-the-line offerings with a range of appealing features. Thin but effective memory foam or latex layers, coil-on-coil design, and other innovations all make the most of a traditional innerspring’s temperature-neutral support.
The cost of an innerspring mattress is tied directly to its durability. More expensive innersprings tend to be very well-crafted, with offset or continuous-wire coils in the support core rather than the weaker Bonnel coils. Overall, customers should be able to expect that an innerspring at this price-point will have an above-average lifespan, in addition to offering comfortable support.
Innersprings share the superior airflow (and therefore improved temperature neutrality) of pocketed coils, but have the added benefit of only having thin comfort layers. This construction makes them some of the coolest-sleeping mattresses on the market, even without complex cooling systems.
What to Expect When Ordering a Mattress by Mail
Deciding on a budget and a mattress type are two critical steps in choosing a mattress, but they’re not the only considerations.
- Warranty and warranty length. For most people, purchasing a mattress can be an overwhelming investment. Solid warranties with longer lifespans can alleviate some of the anxiety, helping you sleep better knowing that you’re covered in the case of defects.
- Sleep trial. Online mattress companies almost always offer a sleep trial. Sleepers can sleep on their mattress at home before deciding whether to keep it, so long as they decide within the trial period.
- Delivery options and old mattress removal. Free delivery is common within the contiguous states, but rarer for Hawaii and Alaska. Some companies offer old mattress removal and White Glove delivery, though usually for a fee.
- Sales and discounts. Whether by using one of our exclusive discounts or by waiting for a sale day, there are lots of ways to avoid paying full price when purchasing online. Before deciding against your above-budget dream bed, learn more about when to purchase a mattress.
How to Care for Your New Mattress
- Use a mattress protector. Protect against dust, dirt, and stains by using a mattress protector from the beginning.
- Rotate beds with foam layers head-to-toe. While deep impressions are usually covered under foam mattress warranties, customers can prevent more shallow impressions by rotating their bed every 3-6 months.
- Stay clean. In addition to changing your sheets regularly, it’s important to keep your mattress clean. By addressing stains as they occur and staying on top of mattress maintenance, you’ll extend its lifetime significantly.