Buying a mattress is a big decision, but there’s no reason to throw money away on overpriced mattresses that under-deliver or rely solely on powerful brand names to reel you in. There are a few factors you can consider when looking for the best mattress for your money that will help to guarantee that you make the right choice for your body and your budget.
Different mattress types play a large role when considering the best value mattress. Coil, memory foam, latex foam, hybrid, and pillowtop are among some of the most popular styles in today’s market. In addition to mattress types, there are a few top qualities to look for in good value mattresses- layered construction, material longevity, and warranty are just a few things to consider. By asking the right questions, you can narrow down the sea of mattress choices until you find your best mattress for the money! Let’s get started.
Best Mattress for the Money Top Picks
Some people like to know my top picks. Naturally these reflect my own preferences and biases (as of 2018), so use this list as a starting point! So below are some of my best valued mattresses on the market:
- Pressure Relief: Purple
- Memory Foam: Layla
- Innerspring: Saatva
- Heavy Sleepers: WinkBeds Plus
- Latex feel: GhostBed
- Luxury: Casper Wave
- Side Sleepers: Nolah
Read on for more details on these top picks, or click here for more info on how to spot a great mattress value.
Top Value Mattress Picks Detailed
Pressure Relief – Purple Mattress
One mattress that really impresses over at Sleepopolis is the Purple mattress. It has a unique gel comfort layer that really stands apart both in terms of pressure relief and value. Finding a similar feeling comfort layer is almost impossible, making it a big draw for value shoppers as well as side sleepers. Learn more in my full Purple mattress review.
Memory Foam – Layla
Looking for a value memory foam mattress? Check out Layla. This isn’t the cheapest memory foam mattress on the market, but it has a few construction that make it stand out as an affordable luxury memory foam option in my mind.
The mattress is flippable, giving you two firmness options, and the memory foam is infused with copper to help you sleep cool. Learn more in my full Layla mattress review.
Innerspring – Saatva
A quality innerspring mattress with a great value is the Saatva mattress. Saatva is one of the few companies selling an innerspring mattress with the online-only business model, passing along a lot of savings to the consumer (note – these days there are a ton of online mattress companies, but you can’t fit an innerspring mattress in a box to ship easily)!
Learn more in my full Saatva mattress review.
Heavy Sleepers – WinkBeds Plus
If you’re a heavy sleeper (think 250 lbs or more) looking for a good mattress for the money, check out the WinkBeds Plus. This is a special take on the WinkBeds mattress designed specifically for heavy sleepers.
The construction really doubles down on a lot of the materials and construction of the original WinkBeds, making it ideally more comfortable and more durable for heavy sleepers and couples. Learn more in my full WinkBeds mattress review.
Latex Feel – GhostBed
Like that memory foam feel kind-of, but looking for a little extra bounce? Consider a latex comfort layer at a great value with GhostBed.
GhostBed has a comfort layer of latex, and a second layer of memory foam, so you get the best of both foams. Not to mention GhostBed comes in at a very reasonable price for such a construction. Learn more in my full GhostBed review.
Luxury – Casper Wave
Some people equate luxury with paying too much – but why not get a premium quality mattress at a great value as well? Consider reasonably priced luxury with the Casper Wave.
The Casper Wave expands on the original Casper with one firmness option that should work for all types of sleepers. The mattress has high quality materials and zoned support, making it an especially good option for side sleepers and heavy sleepers. Learn more in my full Casper Wave mattress review.
Side Sleepers – Nolah
Some mattresses try to be everything for everyone – but Nolah is content to serve primarily side sleepers. This mattress is well priced and specifically designed to help align the spine and alleviate pressure points on the hips and shoulders when you’re laying on your side. Learn more in my full Nolah mattress review.
While there isn’t a definitive answer to this, there are a few things that are good to know about each mattress type.
Coil / spring mattresses are the most traditional and have layers of steel coils that help to provide distributed support to your body. Sometimes, these coils can even be wrapped in foam for added comfort and pressure relief. While innerspring mattresses are typically the least expensive, they can mean restless nights if the coil count is too low or if it uses poor quality materials to separate your body from the hard coils. In addition, you can plan on replacing an innerspring mattress after only 8 years.
Memory foam mattresses are another option when shopping for the best value mattress. These mattresses are comprised of layers of memory foam that reacts to the complex contours of your body while you sleep. These can be more expensive than the innerspring mattress, but many people find the added foam layers to soothe aching back or joint pain through their exceptional pressure relief. A good memory foam mattress should last you about 10 years.
Latex foam mattresses are similar to memory foam mattresses in that both styles are made up of foam layers. Unlike memory foam, latex responds a bit quicker when you toss or turn during the night. In addition, latex tends to sleep a little cooler than memory foam. A good latex foam mattress may be a little costlier upfront, but you may find it’s worth the investment, as it should last you upwards of 12 years.
Hybrid mattresses are a blend between memory foam and latex. These tend to be a good mattress for your money by combining what people love most about each foam mattress type. Take the support and pressure relief of a good memory foam mattress and combine that with the cooling and quicker response time of a latex foam mattress and you may find your perfect value mattress. Hybrids can include coils + foam or varying types of foam. A good hybrid mattress will still last you about 10 years.
Pillowtop mattresses can come in many different styles. They are characterized by the plush pillowtop cushion that is sewn into the top of the mattress and can be applied to innerspring, memory foam, latex or hybrid mattresses. When considering value, keep in mind that choosing a pillowtop mattress can mean a slightly lower than average life span. The pillowtop portion (especially traditional pillow tops) tend to be the first to go in terms of long-range performance. The soft, plush top layer can be supportive and comfortable, but when shopping for the best mattress for your money, that shorten lifespan is definitely something to think about.
What qualities should I look for in a great value mattress?
When you’re trying to identify the best mattress for your money, be sure to consider these three critical factors- layered construction, material longevity, and warranty.
When analyzing the construction, look for thick layers of material that will stand the test of time. Most of today’s top quality mattresses are around 10” thick or greater. Settling for something thinner may lead to problems like poor edge structure, sagging, and inadequate support while you sleep. While these types of mattresses may cost you less initially, their shorter lifespan will mean you must replace it sooner, costing you more in the long-run.
Material longevity is another important consideration. For instance, when shopping for foam mattresses, know your foam! There are layers of support foam, Avena foam, gel memory foam, latex foam, polyfoam, etc. The list goes on. Each foam has pros and cons- knowing the breakdown of these materials and how long they will last will help you make an informed decision about the value of a mattress. Check out my guide on how to choose a mattress, which goes in-depth on material types and the best scenarios for each choice.
Lastly, don’t forget to look into a mattress warranty. A mattress’s value may be exponentially greater if you find that there’s a great warranty. When considering warranty you’ll look at if the warranty covers full replacement or is it pro-rated, make note of the pro-rated terms. Look specifically at the sagging indentation level required before you may file a warranty claim. The best warranties cover full replacement for the entire life of the mattress, are usually at least 10 years long, and will cover any indentations 1.5″ of more. Warranties that have terms less than this are less value.
Be careful of long warranty periods that look too good to be true. Some companies will use 20 year, 30 year, or even lifetime warranties as a selling point. These types of warranties almost always use pro-rated terms and generally have indentation requirements that are 2″ or deeper. These are the types of warranty you do not want.
Do I have to buy a boxspring?
Do I even really need a box spring? This is a question a lot of shoppers are asking in today’s market when shopping for the best mattress for your money. After all, the value is significantly greater if you don’t have to immediately purchase a heavy boxspring to accompany any good mattress. In short, boxsprings are used to provide a good foundation and give extra height to a bed. To know for sure if one is required, be sure to check the warranty. If it’s not required, you may be able to save yourself a few bucks by forgoing the boxspring altogether and opting for the sleeker look.
While you may not need a boxspring, you will want some type of foundation. Boxsprings, all wood foundations, minimal metal wire frames, platform beds, steel slat frames, wood slat frames, or adjustable bases can all get the job done equally well. If you do opt for a slat frame, make sure you find one with rigid slats that are no more than 3-4″ apart. These will provide the best support.
If you’re not sure if your boxspring or current foundation is good enough, try sleeping one night with your mattress on the floor. The floor is an ultra hard surface and a good showcase of what great support for your mattress should feel like.
How can I make my mattress last?
One quick way to add instant value to your mattress is to take care of it. From day one, use a high quality mattress protector. Not only does this protect from spills and stains, but it also wards off bed bugs, dust mites, sweat, dirt, and other allergens that might try and make their way into your mattress. Make a point to wash your protector as often as you wash your sheets (at least every 1-2 weeks, ideally).
In addition, be sure to clean your mattress regularly. Sprinkle with baking soda and vacuum it for quick odor elimination. Look to bleach or enzymatic cleaners for the harder to clean areas. Proper maintenance of your mattress will ensure that you are getting the most for your money and it will last you for years to come.
Being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality, longevity, or comfort. Sleepopolis recommends the following best mattresses for your money.
|Mattress||Best For||Mattress Brand||Description||Price (Queen)||Coupon||Review|
|Purple||Pressure Relief||Uses a combination of foam and a proprietary hyper-elastic polymer comfort layer that is formed into a grid structure. This unique layer provides an even mix of support and pressure relief and has temperature regulating benefits as well.||$999||See Current Offer||Read My Review!|
|Layla||Memory Foam||The Layla is an all foam mattress consisting of four different layers. It is a double sided mattress which allows the sleeper to choose between a firm or soft feel depending on their preference.||$899||See Current Offer||Read My Review!|
|Saatva||Innerspring||Coil on coil design creates a bouncy and supportive mattress. The Saatva also includes a euro-style pillowtop for pressure relief, and a high density poly foam edge support layer, which strengthens the side of the mattress allowing you to sleep all the way to the edge of the bed without worrying about collapsing the side.||$999||No Current Offers||Read My Review!|
|GhostBed||Latex Feel||The GhostBed construction places a layer of latex foam over memory foam to provide a balanced foam feel. The mattress provides pressure relief with some bounce and does a good job of cooling.||$795||See Current Offer||Read My Review!|
|Casper Wave||Luxury||Uses a combination of poly, latex and memory foams to provide comfort. The Wave includes a special polymer network in the construction to provide extra support. The base of the mattress is contoured to allow for pressure relief at the hips and shoulders.||$1,850||See Current Offer||Read My Review!|
|DreamCloud||Hybrid||DreamCloud is a hybrid bed in a box that stands 15 inches in height. The mattress has a luxury feel that is great for couples and comes in at a value price.||$1,199||See Current Offer||Read My Review!|
|Nectar||Side Sleepers||The Nectar uses 3 layers of memory foam, including one quilted into the cover, to provide pressure relief and contouring to the body. The Tencel cover and gel memory foam comfort layer are meant to help with temperature regulation and cooling.||$795||See Current Offer||Read My Review!|
*Prices are Queen size + include any available Sleepopolis coupon codes
While the construction types vary between these mattresses, all of them fall under $850. The $500-$850 price range provides a nice balance of quality and performance vs. price in my opinion. You get the high end durable materials that will ensure you have a mattress that goes for at least 8-10 years, but you don’t have to pay for extra bells and whistles you don’t necessarily need. If you do decide you want to spend a little more money check out my guide on the overall best mattress. It includes many of these in addition to a few other more pricey choices.