12 amazing mattresses you can get on any budget
Here are the best mattresses under $800
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It’s no secret that sleep is important, and one of the key ingredients for a good night of sleep is a comfortable mattress. But it’s also no secret that finding the right mattress is no easy task, especially when stores remain closed and we have to rely on online reviews for purchasing. While many companies offer risk-free trial periods, it’s still daunting to make such a big purchase sight unseen.
When you’re buying a mattress there are a lot of questions to ask: What size do I want? Do I need a soft or firm mattress? Why do mattress need to breathe? (Are they alive?) But in reality, the most important question is how much are planning to spend? Not all mattresses are made equally and when looking at different models online you’ll quickly see that mattress prices range the distance of the Pacific to the Atlantic. But don’t let that scare you. With the sheer competitive nature of the mattress industry, there are more high-quality, affordable mattresses available than ever before.
So whether you’re searching for your very first mattress for your very first apartment, something to put in your spare bedroom that won’t break the bank, or desperately need a better mattress to combat back pain, we’ve got you covered. Here are 12 amazing mattresses you can get in any price range.
1. Linenspa: The memory foam mattress that costs the same as a night out
There’s nothing better than having a fancy night out on the town, except coming home to a ridiculously comfortable bed that cost less than said night out. And for what you’d pay for dinner and Broadway tickets you could have this 8-inch memory foam hybrid mattress from Linenspa. Featuring the best of memory foam and traditional innersprings, this medium firm mattress conforms to the body while staying sturdy for a restful and supportive night’s sleep, according to shoppers. Shipped in a box and easy to set up, it’s the perfect entry-level product for someone wanting to save cash in their wallet.
One reviewer swears that it’s “just like Heaven,” and who could imagine a better place to sleep. And if the price leaves you feeling weary, don’t feel alone. “I was skeptical about this bed, but I was wrong,” the reviewer wrote. “This is so comfortable. It is firm enough for support, yet the memory foam makes it soft enough to take the pressure off my hips and shoulder.”
2. Olee Sleep: The hybrid mattress Amazon shoppers swear by
With over 7,400 ratings on Amazon, 73% of customers gave this 13-inch Olee Sleep Mattress a five-star review, which is quite something when you consider how subjective reviewing something as personal as a mattress is. Made with a mix of memory foam and pocket springs, this mattress promises a comfortable night’s sleep that’s supportive, cool, and designed to minimize motion disturbance. Easy to unpack and get into your bedroom, this 13-inch mattress—also, one of the thicker mattresses in the price point—is perfect for someone looking for a more traditional bed-in-a-box.
One customer wants you to know that this bed is perfect for people sharing with a partner (even if that partner is a Great Dane who rules the house). “I tend to toss and turn during the night because of the hot sleep thing and his side of the bed never even moves. He goes completely undisturbed. This is priceless.” And when it comes to waking up and feeling refreshed and ready for the day, that feeling truly is priceless.
3. Ashley Chime: The mattress from a brand you know and trust
Ashley Furniture is a brand that many Americans have known and trusted for years. But what you probably didn’t know is that they also sell affordable and comfortable mattresses delivered straight to your door in a box. Unlike the majority of bed-in-a-box mattresses on the market today, the 12-inch Chime by Ashley Hybrid Mattress features a combination of memory foam and 9-inch 13-gauge coils. This combination reportedly provides maximum support and firmness to give you a refreshing night of sleep. Even better, the mattress is 100% hypoallergenic.
“Just blown away by this mattress which I think of as America’s best kept secret,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. Another noted that they were “very impressed by this mattress. It's firm, but not so much that it's uncomfortable. Compares extremely well to the other, more expensive mattresses I tested in mattress stores. Definitely recommend this product!”
4. Simmons: A fun, affordable mattress
Simmons is a newer player in the mattress space that we found provides a decent sleep for the price. Although not the most supportive budget mattress we tested, it could be a good option for some hot sleepers, and if ease of unboxing is important to you, the Simmons excels there. The mattresses is among the cheapest models we've tested—you can snag a queen for just over $300. You can get a hybrid or memory foam version of the mattress.
Shoppers note its ideal for those who prefer firm support, with one noting, "This mattress is fantastic! The word “firm” scared me so I bought the foam, but that didn’t work for me. The hybrid is perfect!"
5. Zinus: The memory foam mattress infused with green tea
Yes, you read that right: green tea. And if that sounds appealing you’ll be happy to hear that this mattress is made up of multiple layers including comfort foam, support foam, and three inches of memory foam infused with all-natural green tea extract that’s not only an antioxidant, but also helps keep the mattress fresh. And we all know that you want to keep your mattress fresh. Our mattress tester found the Zinus to have a cozy, nesting effect when sleeping, making it ideal for those who prefer ultra-soft, cushy mattresses.
Dubbed “The Oprah of beds” by one Amazon shopper, this mattress also comes with a 10-year limited warranty and is CertiPUR US certified so you know it’s totally safe to sleep on. But hey, if that doesn’t convince you, maybe this online review will. “This bed is like seeing your ex and they look like a potato and your eyeliner is so fleek it pierces their heart. This bed is freshly signed divorced papers. THIS BED IS ALL YOU NEED IN THIS LIFE.”
6. Allswell: The hybrid mattress that keeps it simple
Allswell’s motto says it best: “Entry-level price. High-level features.” In our testing, we found this hybrid mattress's individually wrapped coils to helped minimize motion transfer, while it's soft top layer and supportive core provided a super comfortable sleep overall. If you prefer to sleep on one side of the bed, however, just be wary of its edge support, which may sag over time. Designed for people seeking a medium-level firm mattress, Allswell offers a 10-year limited warranty, 100-night risk-free trial, and free shipping.
While the reviews are plentiful, one said it best: “Are you kidding me? This mattress is more comfortable than one that cost 3x as much. As someone on my own and starting over, I want nice things but need to be mindful of excessive spending. This fit the bill perfectly! Now I unfortunately don’t want to leave my bed…”
7. Classic Brands: The 14-inch mattress that’s been compared to a Tempur-Pedic
Tempur-Pedic mattresses are considered some of the best on the market, but they’re also rather expensive. Luckily, Classic Brands has created an affordable alternative that shoppers claim rivals Tempur-Pedic in terms of comfort. Featuring four layers, this 14-inch mattress—one of the thickest available in this price range—has a gel infused memory foam layer for comfort, a cooling gel layer to keep the heat away, and two layers of soft and firm support for a sturdy foundation. The mattress also works with an adjustable base if your bed is designed to do so. And if you care about the way your mattress looks, this one has a stretch knit fabric cover and matching side panels for a fresh and clean look.
One of the higher reviewed mattresses available on Amazon, this queen bed has people talking. One reviewer who bought the mattress for her son seems ready to steal it for herself: “You can’t go wrong with the price. I paid almost $4,000 for my Tempur-Pedic mattress and base,” she wrote. “While I love my bed, I think my son’s bed, this bed, is ever much as comfortable: maybe more. I would definitely do a do-over on my own bed.”
8. Tuft & Needle: The best mattress we've tested
Tuft & Needle was crowned our favorite mattress of all time this year, and according to the brand, customers agree with us. Over 95% of customers “keep and love their T&N Original”—and it’s easy to see why. The T&N Original Mattress is made with a special foam the company developed that’s designed to help keep your spine aligned during the night. In testing, we loved the brand's supportive-yet-soft feel, which is buoyed by Tuft & Needle's adaptive foam—a special blend that's designed to be breathable, relieve pressure and mitigate tossing and turning. People also love T&N because of the company’s 100-night trial and 10-year limited warranty that covers everything from a broken zipper to sagging.
Customers who have purchased this high-quality, budget-friendly mattress have plenty of positive things to say about their purchase. “When I wake up I feel drunk because I sleep so darn hard on this thing,” one happy customer wrote, adding, “The quality that I got with this bed for the money that I spent is simply remarkable. It’s the best bed I’ve ever purchased and oddly also the least expensive.” But hey, that’s what happens when a bed conforms to your body and your budget.
9. Casper: The mattress you keep hearing about
Unless you live under a rock or have somehow avoided social media, you’ve probably heard of Casper, the mattress-in-a-box company that seemingly started a revolution. The brand’s Essential Mattress is a cost-friendly option that so many are obsessed with—even our editor-in-chief, Dave Kender, has been resting comfortably on his for years.
At 11 inches tall the mattress is made with three foam layers: a soft top layer, a memory foam middle, and a supportive base layer to keep the mattress sturdy. Although it didn't provide a good sleep for our mattress tester, Casper customers beg to differ, with one stating the Casper mattress is “Kind of like a time machine,” adding, “[I’m] almost mad about how wonderful this mattress is. I sleep so well and so deeply that morning seems to arrive as soon as my head hits the pillow.”
Get the Casper Essential Queen Mattress for $595
10. Cocoon: The Sealy mattress you won’t break the bank for
Sealy is a mattress brand that comes might be front-of-mind when it comes time to buy a new mattress. If you’re looking for name recognition but trying to stay within a certain budget, consider Sealy’s Cocoon mattress. This medium-soft mattress uses layers of foam to give you the ultimate sleep experience, according to the brand. The top layer is a soft knit cover made from “Phase Change Material” that absorbs heat and keeps the mattress cool to the touch. This mattress comes in medium-soft and extra firm, so you can choose the perfect comfort level for your body. And with a 100-night risk-free trial, you can sleep easy knowing you get the chance to give it a proper chance before fully committing.
“I have never ordered a mattress online before so I was anxious to see whether my husband and I would like it,” one happy customer said. “I had no reason to be worried! This mattress is amazing. We really feel like this mattress is a good value. I have recommended it to several friends. The mattress came with a black and white print that can be framed that says ‘My Happy Place’ and that about sums it up!” And that’s exactly what you want to hear when dropping a good chunk of change on something as important as a mattress.
Get the Cocoon by Sealy for $699
11. Leesa: A mattress our tester didn't want to part with
Another popular foam-based mattress is the Leesa, which was chosen as our best upgrade pick during our mattress testing. We were truly wowed by its ultra-comfortable construction, which consists of multiple layers of foam and pocket springs and a super supportive base. Although you'll have to shell out more than $1,500 for this luxurious hybrid pick, Leesa also makes a Studio option that comes highly rated from shoppers. It's constructed of three foam layers: a top layer of breathable, responsive memory foam, a middle layer of pressure-relieving foam and a core layer for support and durability.
One customer writes, "We bought our Studio by Leesa for our guest bedroom since it's more affordable, but we were confident that we'd still get the Leesa quality that we love. I can honestly say, money well spent. It didn't break the bank and I almost accidentally fell asleep just sitting on the bed, it was so comfortable! Highly recommend this bed!"
12. Nectar: Our previous winner that still provides a great sleep
Recently dethroned by Tuft & Needle, the Nectar mattress now stands at the No. 4 spot in our ranking of the best mattresses on the market. Although our tester found it was too squishy for her liking, its combination of lightweight gel and memory foam materials makes it ideal for side sleepers who prefer softer mattresses. We also found it was great at dissipating heat, so hot sleepers may enjoy it too. If you'd like to give one a test drive, Nectar also offers a 365-day trial period—one of the longest trial periods we've seen among competitors.
Out of its nearly 30,000 positive reviews, one happy shopper reports, "My husband and I are so happy with our new mattress! I constantly switch sleeping positions throughout the night and I feel supported and well rested no matter how I sleep during the night. Another big plus for us is that we can't feel each other get out of bed or flip over in the middle of the night."
Get the Nectar Memory Foam Queen Mattress for $799
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.