Best Mattresses Under $1,000

On a budget? Here are our top picks for the best mattresses that won't break the bank.

By Ashley Little

Aug 3rd, 2021

In this guide, we’ll share the top-rated mattresses we’ve reviewed that start under $1,000. Then, we’ll help you understand more about how to evaluate if a mattress is a good value purchase.

Best Mattresses Under $1,000

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MATTRESS BEST FOR STARTING AT*
Nectar  Edge Support $798
Leesa Sex $799
Layla Restless Sleepers $749
Helix Back Pain $699
Casper Side Sleepers $595
Cocoon by Sealy Couples $769
Tuft & Needle Mint Easy Set-Up $745
Brooklyn Signature Kids Room $599
GhostBed Guest Room $845

*Standard price is for a twin mattress and does not include discounts or Mattress Advisor exclusive deals.

If your budget is even tighter than these options, check out our guides on our best mattresses under $500 guide.


Nectar: Best Mattress Under $1,000 for Edge Support

Starting at $798

We found the Nectar to be excellent for people who favor putting their shoes on at the edge of the bed and for the sleeper who prefers the edge during the night. In fact, we scored this mattress a 9 out of 10 for edge support.

One of the other reasons we call Nectar such a great value mattress is because of their generous 365-night trial (yes, a full year!) and lifetime warranty for as long as you own the mattress. This is one of the longest trial periods you can get for a mattress, so Nectar really gives you plenty of time to decide if their bed is right for you and feel good about your purchase.

Read our full Nectar mattress review. 


Leesa: Best Mattress Under $1,000 for Sex

Starting at $799

When having sex, we want to be able to move about the bed easily and without feeling “stuck” in the bed. We scored Leesa a whopping 9.5 out of 10 for responsiveness, which means you will have little trouble, if at all, moving about. In fact, this mattress is one of our top-ranked mattresses for responsiveness.

This three-layer memory foam mattress is great for all types of sleepers: It’s highly adaptable and responsive, comfortable, pressure relieving, and supportive. Leesa has gone to great lengths to produce a quality mattress, testing over 200 prototypes to get to the model they sell today.

Read our full Leesa mattress review. 


Layla: Best Mattress Under $1,000 for Restless Sleepers

Starting at $749

If you move around throughout the night, whether you are a bit restless or you are just someone who sleeps in a variety of positions, the Layla is our top choice for restless sleepers. We actually gave it a near-perfect score for responsiveness.

Also, this memory foam mattress is flippable, so you can get use out of both sides: One side is more soft and the other is more firm.

Read our full Layla mattress review.


Helix: Best Mattress Under $1,000 for Back Pain

Starting at $699

We’ve selected the Helix Moonlight Mattress for this review because we love what it offers the back pain sufferer. The contouring foam layer allows this product to work well for both the stomach and back sleeper.

A Helix will be personally matched to exactly what you need. Helix has nine different beds that you can select or match with after taking their Color-MATCH system sleep quiz. These hybrid mattresses are designed to offer best-in-class edge support, airflow and breathability, and contouring pressure relief.

Read our full Helix mattress review. 


Casper: Best Mattress Under $1,000 for Side Sleepers

Starting at $595

Casper is our favorite mattress under $1,000 for side sleepers because it cushions the sleeper in the right places: shoulders and hips. Its Zoned Support is a foam system that contours your high-pressure areas (hips, shoulders, and core) to provide pressure relief and support in all the appropriate areas. 

Also, spine alignment, a critical aspect for the sleeper with back pain, was near-perfect in our mattress lab. The Casper also incorporates other important features such as cooling in the open-cell layer and durability in its supportive base layer to offer a high-value bed at an affordable cost.

Read our full Casper mattress review. 


Cocoon by Sealy: Best Mattress Under $1,000 for Couples

Starting at $769

Love your family, but not the bounce they bring to your bed? The Cocoon by Sealy offers superior motion isolation for the sleeper with a partner, kids or pets sharing the bed. That means when they climb in, you aren’t likely to notice.

The Cocoon mattress by Sealy is a memory foam mattress that comes with multiple customization choices. You can choose between soft or firm and classic or chill. This is great for those who are looking for a more personalized comfort from your mattress, particularly if you’re a hot sleeper who needs that extra cooling.

Read our full Cocoon by Sealy mattress review.


Tuft & Needle Mint: Best Mattress Under $1,000 for Easy Set-Up

Starting at $745

When it comes to setting up a bed in a box, there’s hassle and there’s not. The Tuft & Needle Mint took us just 90 seconds to set up, and the slight gassing, like a new-car smell, dissipated pretty quickly. That’s why we scored this mattress a 9 out of 10 for ease of set-up.

The Adaptive Foam inside the Mint mattress is made with 30% more heat-wicking graphite than the original model to ensure you get a cool night’s sleep. Plus, the adaptive transition layer is infused with ceramic gel beads that absorb 5x more heat than conventional blue gel products.

Read our full Tuft & Needle Mint mattress review.


Brooklyn Signature: Best Mattress Under $1,000 for Kids Room

Starting at $599

At only $599 for a twin-size mattress, the Brooklyn Signature is priced right for your little guy. This mattress comes in three levels of firmness, allowing you to suit your choice to your child’s needs. And there is room to grow: This product can handle up to 600 lbs. on a twin.

This hybrid mattress marries the comfort of memory foam and innerspring coils to provide great contouring and support. The top layer of gel memory foam plus the coil construction will also help keep the sleeper cool all night long.

Read our full Brooklyn Signature mattress review.


GhostBed: Best Mattress Under $1,000 for Guest Room

Starting at $845

Ideal for occasional use, the GhostBed tested well in our mattress lab for a variety of metrics, including responsiveness (ideal for the combination sleeper); cooling; and edge support (perfect for those who need a little support getting out of bed).

This latex mattress uses cooling gel memory foam in its second layer and high-density foam as its support base to create a mattress that’s cooling, contouring, comfortable, and responsive.

Read our full GhostBed mattress review. 


What is a Good Price for a Mattress?

When mattress stores were the only place to find a high-quality product, you’d have to drop a good chunk of change to take home your new bed. (Or drop another chunk of change to have other people deliver it.) It was an investment piece and one that was meant to last for years.

Related: Best Mattress for the Money

Today, it can take around $1,000 to buy a quality queen-size mattress online. And most online mattress companies will include free shipping and free returns, so you won’t pay extra for getting it home or sending it back if you decide it’s not for you.

A $1,000 online mattress purchase also comes with guarantees that you may not find in specialty stores. There might be a generous trial period that allows you to test out your new mattress–most mattress brands give you 100+ days to see if their mattress is a keeper. 

How to Save Money on a Mattress

Everyone loves a good bargain. We’ll share some insider tips on the best ways to save the most money on an online mattress. 

1. Take advantage of sales periods

There are several times during the year when mattress brands are known to offer great sales and discounts. Sometimes these are coupons so you can save a couple hundred dollars, sometimes they offer bundle deals where they throw in free pillows or other sleep accessories to increase the value of your purchase times, and other times they do both! 

The best times to buy a mattress are around: 

  • President’s Day 
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day 
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Black Friday 
  • Cyber Monday 

This is when you’re the most likely to catch a great deal. You can always check our deals page that we regularly update with coupon codes, exclusive offers, and promotional sales. 

2. Choose the right size

The bigger the mattress, the more it will cost. If you’re really trying to cut down on costs, consider how big of a mattress you really need. The standard dimensions of most mattresses are as follows: 

Size  Dimensions
Twin 38” x 75”
Twin XL 38” x 80”
Full 53” x 75” 
Queen 60” x 80”
King 76” x 80”
California King 72” x 84” 

Generally, one person can fit on sizes twin to full. If you’re sharing the bed with another person, two average-sized people can comfortably fit on a queen. If you or your sleeping partner is taller or heavier than average, you may want to consider a king or California king (which are generally priced the same). 

3. Think about the type of mattress 

Certain materials are more expensive to manufacture than others. Memory foam mattresses tend to be the cheapest to purchase. Hybrids and latex mattresses are slightly more expensive, and innersprings tend to be the most expensive. 

More sophisticated mattresses will inevitably cost more. Special features like extra cooling, adjustable capabilities, organic materials, or other technologies will make the mattress more expensive.  

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