Best Mattresses Under $1,000 (2022)

By Ashley Little

May 18th, 2022

If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep at a great price, it’s possible to wake up every morning feeling rested and ready on a mattress that costs less than $1,000. Mattress companies that sell directly to consumers have made it easier than ever to find low-cost but high-quality mattresses.

Check out our list of the best mattresses under $1,000, each one tested and reviewed for quality as well as value, and find out how you can sleep well on a budget with our buyer’s guide.

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Our Picks for Best Mattress Under $1,000

MATTRESS BEST FOR STARTING AT*
Nectar  Edge Support $499
Nolah Original 10″ Spine Alignment $699
Layla Restless Sleepers $749
Helix Moonlight Back Pain $799
Casper Side Sleepers $895
Cocoon Chill Memory Foam Couples $769
Leesa Studio Best Queen Mattress $549
Brooklyn Signature Kids Room $699
GhostBed Guest Room $945

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


Nectar

Starting at $499

We find the Nectar to be an excellent mattress for specific types of sleepers: people who like to spread out and use all the surface, and people who don’t like getting a sinking feeling when they put weight on the edge. We give the Nectar a 9/ 10 score for edge support, which means you’ll feel supported even away from the center of the bed.

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.


Nolah Original 10″

Starting at $699

Mattress Advisor testing shows the Nolah Original 10″ does an almost flawless job of promoting a neutral, healthy spine alignment. Nolah’s original AirFoam model scores 9.5/10 in the spine alignment category, making it a great option for relieving aches and pains. It also has a lot to offer restless sleepers, thanks to its 9.25/10 score for responsiveness.

The medium-firm Nolah Original 10″ should accommodate most sleeping positions, although it’s not ideal for heavier people weighing more than 230 pounds. For an all-foam mattress, it performs reasonably well in cooling.

Read our full Nolah Original 10″ mattress review.


Layla

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, an impressive 9.5/10.

Also, this memory foam mattress is flippable, so you can get use out of both sides: One side is more soft (4/10 on the mattress firmness scale) and the other is more firm (7/10).

Read our full Layla mattress review.


Helix Moonlight

Starting at $799

We’ve selected the Helix Moonlight mattress for this roundup because of what it has to offer sleepers with back pain. It scores 9/10 score for spine alignment and 8/10 for pressure relief, which means the Moonlight can help keep you stay comfortably aligned in bed while gently supporting the back and other pressure-sensitive areas.

Due to the softness of this mattress, however, you might want to consider a firm mattress topper. Adding some firmness will help ensure your back and hips don’t sink too far into this foam-innerspring hybrid.

Read our full Helix Moonlight mattress review.


Casper

Starting at $895

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 back) to provide pressure relief and support in all the appropriate areas.

Casper’s score for spine alignment was a near-perfect 9.5/10 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 Chill Memory Foam

Starting at $769

Love your family, but not the bounce they bring to your bed? The Cocoon Chill Memory Foam by Sealy offers superior motion isolation (9/10 Mattress Advisor score) 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 Chill 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, particularly if you’re a hot sleeper who needs that extra cooling.

Read our full Cocoon Chill Memory Foam mattress review.


Leesa Studio

Starting at $549

The Leesa Studio is a rare combination of quality and value. You can actually get a Leesa Studio in a queen, the most popular mattress size, for $799. While it’s not the most highly rated Leesa model, the Studio does have a respectable 8.7/10 Mattress Advisor overall score.

The Leesa Studio scores quite well for spine alignment (9/10), one of the hallmarks of a comfortable mattress that can help alleviate back and neck pain. Its 8.25/10 motion transfer score is a good sign for couples who don’t want movement to disturb their sleep (or their partner’s sleep).

Read our full Leesa Studio mattress review.


Brooklyn Signature

Starting at $699

At only $699 for a twin-size mattress, the Brooklyn Signature is priced right for the young sleeper. This mattress by Brooklyn Bedding comes in three levels of firmness, allowing you to suit your choice to your child’s needs. And there’s room to grow, since it can handle up to 600 pounds on a twin size.

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

Starting at $945

Ideal for occasional use, the GhostBed tested well in our mattress lab in a variety of performance categories. It’s responsive (8.5/10 score), which is great for restless sleepers and combination sleepers who change positions. It also earns an 8.5/10 score for cooling.

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.


Buyer’s Guide to Mattresses Under $1,000

One of the best mattresses costing less than $1,000 could be closer than you think—even as close as your keyboard or smartphone. Companies that sell their mattresses online have eliminated many of the traditional middlemen and created a more direct line between consumer and product.

One thing that hasn’t been eliminated is the need to make an informed decision. Here’s where we offer some expert advice on buying a bed without breaking the bank.

What’s a Good Price for a Mattress?

Here are two figures to consider: $735 and $1,300. The average price of the mattresses featured on this page is right at $735 for a twin, and you can expect $1,300 as a typical benchmark price for a quality queen mattress, the most popular size. If you drop down just one size to a full-size mattress, the cost gets closer to $1,000 and sometimes less.

Also, an affordable mattress could be considerably cheaper when you factor in the frequent sales specials, coupons, and other deals offered by online mattress companies. Don’t forget the benefits that add to the overall value, which often include:

  • Free delivery and free returns, made easier with the popularity of bed-in-a-box mattresses
  • Warranties that can last anywhere from several years to as long as you own the mattress (lifetime warranty)
  • Sleep trials that let you try out the mattress for several months (or even up to a year) to see if you’re satisfied

Keep in mind that if you go extreme bargain-hunting, you can expect a dip in quality. Although a queen-size mattress that costs less than $500 is a smaller upfront cost, you’ll probably be sacrificing a certain amount of comfort and durability. You could see a similar drop-off in quality if you choose an extremely thin mattress, anything under 10 inches deep.

Top brands offer long-term value, with mattresses built to sleep more comfortably and last longer. In the end, it’s up to you to find a middle ground between cost and quality.

Related: How Much Does a Good Mattress Cost?

How to Save Money on a Mattress

Who doesn’t like a good night’s sleep and a good bargain? Here are some tips on making your dollar go further when you buy a mattress.

Shop Online

Mattress and furniture stores used to be the only places to find a high-quality product. With online mattress shopping, you don’t have to worry about sales commissions, showroom fees, and similar charges that tend to elevate in-store prices. You can also get exclusive discounts for online shoppers only or save money on your purchase by signing up for the brand’s email newsletter.

If you shop online instead of visiting a store, you’ll also avoid paying for gas and parking. Since many online mattress sellers offer free delivery, renting a truck to get your new mattress home is another expense you can probably avoid.

Know the Sale Seasons

There are several times during the year when mattress brands offer great sales and discounts. The best times to buy a mattress include:

You can always check our deals page that we regularly update with coupon codes, exclusive offers, and promotional sales.

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.

Generally, one person can fit on sizes twin to full. Two average-sized people can comfortably fit on a queen. If they’re on the slender side, however, you could drop a size from queen to full and save about $100.

Those who are taller or heavier than average may want to consider a king or California king, which are generally priced the same.

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”

Why Do Some Mattresses Cost More than Others?

If you ever compare two mattresses that seem very similar except for the price, keep in mind some of the details that affect how much a mattress costs: what it’s made of, how it’s made, and which type of consumer it’s made for.

Materials

The different materials used to make mattresses vary in how much they cost to acquire and mass-produce. Memory foam mattresses tend to be the cheapest, while latex mattresses, innerspring mattresses, and organic mattresses tend to be more expensive.

Design

A more sophisticated mattress usually means a more expensive mattress. For example, a hybrid mattress that uses a combination of foam and innersprings typically has a more complex design than an all-foam mattress. Special features like extra cooling and adjustable smart-bed technology often raise the price.

Branding

Bargain hunters aren’t the only kind of consumers out there. Some shoppers are willing to pay more for a luxury mattress. People concerned about the environment might pay more for an organic mattress that uses more expensive organically sourced and certified materials.

Recap: Best Mattresses Under $1,000

Here’s a quick summary of our top picks for the best mattresses for less than $1,000, along with links to Mattress Advisor coupon and deals pages:

Mattress Award Rating (Out of 10) Coupons/Deals
Nectar Best for Edge Support 8.7 Coupons
Nolah Original 10″ Best for Spine Alignment 8.9 Coupons
Layla Best for Restless Sleepers 8.8 Coupons
Helix Moonlight Best for Back Pain 8.6 Coupons
Casper Best for Side Sleepers 9.1 Coupons
Cocoon Chill Memory Foam Best for Couples 8.7 Deals
Leesa Studio Best Queen Under $1,000 8.7 Coupons
Brooklyn Signature Best for Kids Rooms 8.9 Coupons
GhostBed Best for Guest Rooms 8.6 Coupons

FAQs

Without going to the high or low extreme, paying $1,000-$1,300 is a reasonable expectation for a high-quality queen-size mattress. At the same time, many mattress companies offer a near-constant stream of sales, discounts, and promotions that can reduce the regular price by several hundred dollars. To save more money, you could also aim a little lower than the premier level or choose a smaller size.

Yes, you can. In the case of the Leesa Studio, you can even get a queen-size mattress for $799. Close behind the Leesa Studio is the Nectar, with a regular price of $899 for a queen. Other mattresses on our “best for under $1,000” list are available in a full, the next smaller size, for just over $1,000, such as the Helix Moonlight. If you take advantage of sales, promotions, and discounts, any of the mattresses highlighted on this page could wind up costing hundreds of dollars less than the regular price.

The cheapest products are typically air mattresses and folding mattresses, items typically found in places like guest rooms and rental cabins. Most are available for $200 or less. Some genuine bedroom mattresses, the kind you would use every night, cost around $200 or $300. However, be aware that you might be buying a 6″ mattress built with low-quality materials from a brand you’ve never heard of.

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