Best Mattresses for the Money (2022)

By Loren Bullock

May 13th, 2022

Smart shoppers try to get the most value out of everything, from clothes to cars to groceries. It only makes sense to get the best mattress for the money too.

We’ve tested and reviewed more than 150 products to find the best mattresses for the money available today. Compare the pros and cons of our top selections and check out the advice in our budget mattress buyer’s guide on finding the best combination of quality, price, and long-term value.


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Our Picks: Top Mattresses for the Money

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WinkBed

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WinkBeds Luxury Firm

Best Queen Size Mattress

Best for:

  • People who want a range of firmness options
  • Sleepers of all body types
  • People who prioritize durability
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

8.6/10

firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

trial period

120 days

Queen is the most popular mattress size, and the Luxury Firm happens to be the most popular WinkBed option. The firmness options also include Softer, Firm, and Plus, so you can choose your firmness based on your sleeping position, body type and personal preference. Also worth noting: the WinkBed offers the chance to enjoy a high-quality foam/innerspring hybrid, with a lifetime warranty, for under $1,800.

Pros

The WinkBed scored a 9.75/10 for edge support in Mattress Advisor testing, which means you should be able to use the full surface area of the mattress without that sinking feeling. Its perfect 10/10 score for durability points to a mattress you could enjoy for a decade or more.

Cons

The WinkBed may not be a top pick for couples looking for a mattress that has good motion isolation, since it scored a 6.4/10 in that test category. For side sleepers, the Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid could be a better pressure-relieving option.

Read our full WinkBed mattress review.


Nectar

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Nectar

Best Mattress for Couples

Best for:

  • Couples
  • Durability
  • Side sleepers
customer rating

4.8/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 5.5-6/10

trial period

365 days

The Nectar’s performance in motion isolation makes it a great option for couples who share a bed. Motion isolation reduces the disturbance you’ll feel if your partner tosses and turns or gets up in the middle of the night. Also, Nectar scores 9/10 for edge support in our sleep lab, meaning you’ll feel supported even if you have to stretch out to give your sleep partner (or your kids and pets) plenty of room.

Pros

Nectar’s full-year trial period means you have plenty of time to decide if it’s the right mattress for you, and their lifetime warranty policy means you’ll never have to worry about damage or replacement.

Cons

The Nectar Mattress may not offer the spine alignment some sleepers require to avoid aches and pains. We gave this mattress a 7.5 /10 in our mattress lab for spine alignment. We suggest the Leesa Studio (9/10 spine alignment score) if that’s a major issue for you.

Read our full Nectar mattress review.


Saatva

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Saatva Classic

Best Mattress for Aches and Pains

Best for:

  • Back pain and neck pain
  • Durability
  • White-glove delivery
customer rating

4.9/5

our score

9/10

firmness

Customizable

trial period

365 days

The Saatva Classic earns high marks for spine alignment in our mattress lab, with a near-perfect score of 9.5/10. This category measures how well the mattress will help your body rest in a healthy, neutral alignment to help prevent back and neck pain. Pressure relief, where the Saatva scores an outstanding 9/10, is another important category for people with pain in their back, hips, or shoulders.

Pros

The Saatva mattress is a solid choice for eco-conscious shoppers. Though not 100% organic, all of the foams used are CertiPUR-US certified. On top of that, you get free white glove delivery and mattress removal, a 365-night sleep trial, and a lifetime warranty.

Cons

While we found the Saatva to be quite good at responsiveness, it scored only 7.5/10 on motion transfer. It you’re worried about movement disturbing your sleep partner, the Puffy scores much better (9.25/10) in the motion transfer category.

Read our full Saatva mattress review.


Puffy

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Puffy Mattress

Best Mattress for Easy Set-Up

Best for:

  • Quick DIY set-up
  • Back and combination sleepers
  • Lifetime warranty
customer rating

4.6/5

our score

9/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 7/10

trial period

101 nights

If you don’t want to spend all day unpacking and setting up your new bed-in-a-box mattress, take note of the Puffy’s 9.5/10 score for ease of set-up. It took our testers one minute and 16 seconds to unbox the Puffy—a queen-size weighs just 48 pounds—and the “new mattress smell” common among memory foam beds faded within an hour.

Pros

There’s more to the original Puffy than easy set-up. It earns high Mattress Advisor scores in spine alignment (8.75/10) and responsiveness (9/10), among other categories important to enjoying a comfortable night’s sleep. You can also count on a lifetime warranty to help you get maximum value from your purchase.

Cons

Some customers have reported that the Puffy mattress sagged due to the soft and cradling comfort layer. You might consider the Saatva instead, since it has a 10/10 score for durability.

Read our full Puffy mattress review.


Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid

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Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid

Best Mattress for Sex

Best for:

  • Sex
  • Couples
  • Edge support
customer rating

5/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium-firm: 6/10

trial period

120 days

The Bowery Hybrid by Brooklyn Bedding earns high marks on responsiveness, thanks to a top layer of gel memory foam designed to respond well to movement as it keeps you cool (an effective combination for intimacy). The gel memory foam is supported by layers of foam and coils to provide support and even distribution of body weight.

Pros

Budget-conscious shoppers will love the Bowery Hybrid for its affordable price point and the excellent sleep quality it provides. With a firmness rating of 5/10, the Bowery Hybrid offers your standard, medium-firm feel that’s good for side sleepers and some average-weight back sleepers.

Cons

While the Bowery Hybrid received a respectable 8/10 for responsiveness in our mattress lab, particularly restless sleepers may want to choose an even more responsive mattress. We suggest the Casper Hybrid, which has a 9.5/10 responsiveness score.

Read our full Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid mattress review.


Casper Hybrid

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Casper Hybrid

Best Mattress for Side Sleepers

Best for:

  • Side sleepers
  • Cooling
  • Responsiveness
customer rating

4.5/5

our score

9.4/10

firmness

Medium: 5/10

trial period

100 days

The Casper Hybrid is a solid value pick for side sleepers, thanks in part to how well it can keep your spine in a healthy alignment as you sleep. The foam/coil hybrid is designed to deliver the contouring support of memory foam and the all-around support of innersprings. The Zoned Support feature is also designed to help the mattress cradle your hips and shoulders.

Pros

The Casper Hybrid’s combination of spine alignment and pressure-relieving qualities spells good news for side sleepers. It earns a 9.25/10 Mattress Advisor score for spine alignment and 8/10 score for pressure relief.

Cons

Despite the Casper Hybrid’s many positive qualities, the Nectar provides a bit more pressure relief (8.5/10 Mattress Advisor score) at a lower price. You might consider this alternative if you’re especially pressure-sensitive and price-sensitive.

Read our full Casper Hybrid mattress review.


Leesa Studio

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Studio by Leesa

Best Mattress for Back Sleepers

Best for:

  • Back sleepers
  • Budget shoppers
  • Fans of memory foam
customer rating

4.6/5

our score

8.7/10

firmness

Medium firm: 6/10

trial period

100 days

The Leesa Studio brings a lot to the table for budget-minded back sleepers, starting with outstanding spine alignment. It also hits the sweet spot for back sleepers in terms of firmness (6/10 on the firmness scale). In terms of value, its regular price for a queen size ($799) is among the most affordable you’ll find in a mattress of this quality.

Pros

We give the Leesa Studio a 9/10 Mattress Advisor score for spine alignment, a good sign that it will keep your spine in a comfortable, healthy position as you recline on your back. Restless sleepers are sure to appreciate its 8.25/10 score for responsiveness.

Cons

With a 7/10 cooling score, the Leesa Studio isn’t an optimal choice for sleepers who get overheated. The Helix Midnight is a comparable, somewhat cooler alternative for back sleepers.

Read our full Leesa Studio mattress review.


Budget Mattress Buyer’s Guide

Trying to figure out the cost of a good mattress isn’t as difficult as you might think. For most value-oriented shoppers, the combination of affordable prices and high quality will be first and foremost.

  • How much does a good mattress cost? The average price of the mattresses highlighted on this page is about $1,350 for a queen-size, not counting sales, coupons or other discounts. That figure is pretty standard for a high-quality bed. The price range goes from $799 (Leesa Studio) to $1,799 (WinkBed and Puffy).
  • Can you get a quality mattress at a good price? The short answer is yes. Our best mattresses for the money have an average Mattress Advisor score of 8.9/10—roughly speaking, B+ or A-. Our review and testing process covers criteria including sleep performance, durability, customer service, warranty, and more.

In some situations, special circumstances are more important than simply paying the lowest price. If you have chronic joint pain, for example, you might be willing to pay extra for one of the best mattresses for arthritis.

In the end, your decision will depend a lot on how much money you have in your budget for a new mattress, your personal preferences, and other factors. Here’s our advice on how to navigate the decision-making process.

How Much Should You Spend on a Mattress?

The first step in finding the best mattress for the money is deciding how much you’re willing to spend. Use this overview to find the right balance between affordability and quality:

Under $300

At the lowest end of the price range, you’ll most likely be compromising on durability and comfort. You’ll also have a hard time finding a mattress that can help alleviate physical conditions such as arthritis and back pain. Less than $300 is pretty much no-frills, twin-for-the-guest-room territory.

$500 to $1,000

This price range is where you might find a happy medium between cost and quality. It’s also a starting point for mattresses that accommodate specific sleeping positions (back, side, stomach, or combination). However, this range still has a ceiling for higher-quality beds in queen and the other larger sizes.

$1,000 and Up

At the $1,000 price point, you begin to enter the top tier. The best memory foam, latex, innerspring, and hybrid mattresses cost more because they use premium materials and sophisticated designs to maximize comfort and durability. Most premium brands are willing to stand behind the more expensive products with comprehensive warranties and customer service perks such as free white-glove delivery.

Although everyone has a different budget and a different set of needs and expectations, you can use these price ranges to zero in on your best choice. You can also check out our picks for:

How Materials and Design Affect Mattress Prices

Two things that largely determine how much you’ll pay for a mattress are what it’s made of and how it’s designed. Here’s a look at different types of mattresses and how they stack up in terms of cost:

LESS EXPENSIVE    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>    MORE EXPENSIVE

Memory Foam

  • Durable material known for pressure relief and spine alignment
  • Contouring effect lets you sink into the surface but can sleep hot
  • Made of mainly polyurethane, with other chemicals to increase density

Innerspring

  • Traditional mattress type, springy and buoyant 
  • Uses steel coils for support at the bottom and foam layered on top for comfort
  • Doesn’t cradle your body like memory foam or latex and offers less pressure relief

Latex

  • Made from latex foam, natural extract from rubber trees
  • Benefits similar to memory foam (motion isolation and pressure relief) but naturally better for cooling
  • Extraction and manufacturing costs can affect price

Hybrid

  • Combines layers of different materials, such as memory foam/latex and latex/innerspring
  • “Best of both worlds” approach to combine positive qualities of all materials
  • Complex designs involving multiple layers can result in heavier, more expensive beds

How to Save Money on a New Mattress

Finding the best value mattress becomes easier if you know where to look and what to look for. Here are some tips to simplify your search:

Do Your Shopping Online

Buying a mattress online is your best chance to save money consistently. Because they don’t have to pay the costs of operating a physical store, such as commissions for salespeople, online mattress brands have a built-in advantage on pricing. Shopping on your phone or tablet also means you can compare dozens of mattresses without paying for gas or parking.

Online mattress shoppers can find plenty of opportunities to save money right there on the seller’s website. Keep an eye out for promo codes that you can use at checkout. Some online sellers even offer a discount if you sign up for email alerts.

Related: Mattress Advisor Deals and Discounts

Shop on Sales Holidays

Opportunities to save on a new mattress come around every year when the mattress industry holds large holiday sales. Keep an eye on the calendar for:

  • Presidents Day, the third Monday in February
  • Memorial Day, the last Monday in May
  • Labor Day, the first Monday in September
  • Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving
  • Cyber Monday, the Monday after Black Friday

Related: When is the Best Time to Buy a Mattress?

See if Your Bank Offers Cash Back Deals

When you log in to your online bank account, check for deals or discounts on mattress purchases. For example, some banks offer cash back when you buy products from brands they partner with, including mattress brands. If you earned 5% cash back on a $1,000 mattress, you’d wind up with $50. Even if you don’t save on the upfront price, you’d still be saving after the fact.


Recap: Best Mattresses for the Money

Interested in maximizing your value on a new mattress? Here’s a brief look at our top picks along with links to their Mattress Advisor coupon pages.

Mattress Best for MA Rating Coupons
WinkBed Queen Size 8.6/10 Coming Soon
Nectar Couples 8.7/10 See Deals
Saatva Aches and Pains 9/10 See Deals
Puffy Easy Set-Up 9/10 See Deals
Brooklyn Bowery Hybrid Sex 8.7/10 See Deals
Casper Hybrid Side Sleepers 9.4/10 See Deals
Leesa Studio Back Sleepers 8.7/10 See Deals

FAQs

Air mattresses and folding mattresses are probably the cheapest type of mattress you can find, with some costing less than $100. They’re handy for short-term use, which explains why camping tents and guest rooms are their natural habitats. On the other hand, you can get a decent-quality mattress intended for nightly use for less than $500. One example is the Zinus Green Tea, which as a 7.8/10 Mattress Advisor score.

To our knowledge, the most expensive mattress on the market is the Hästens Grand Vividus, with a price tag north of $500,000. Each mattress is built entirely by hand in Sweden using materials including layered wool and “teased horse hair, curled for comfort.” You can’t buy this half-million-dollar mattress online, but you can contact the company to set up a private consultation or visit a showroom in Chicago, Dallas, or Naples, Fla.

Highly rated mattresses profiled on this page include the Casper Hybrid, the Puffy, and Saatva Classic (with Mattress Advisor scores of 9.4/10, 9/10, and 9/10, respectively). Like the other mattresses in this category, they offer an outstanding balance of quality and value. They’re not the cheapest options, or the most expensive, but they do provide a lot of comfort and performance per dollar.

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