How Much Does a Good Mattress Cost?

By Loren Bullock

So, you’ve had your old mattress for a few years, and it’s time for it to go. Being in the market for a new mattress is exciting because you get to explore different models and target sleep issues you might not have had last time you bought a mattress, such as hip pain or night sweats. A good new mattress can ease these problems as well as provide a great night’s sleep.

But there’s one thing you might not know off the top of your head: how much does a good mattress cost? Well, it’s your lucky day because we’ve created a quick cheat-sheet guide on the prices you should expect from a good mattress.

Price by Mattress Type

Mattress pricing depends on a few things, but the main differential is the type of mattress you intend to buy.

Memory Foam

Memory foam mattresses are the most popular mattress type for people with bodily pain, or people who want a mattress that is just going to hug them. Originally created by NASA to absorb shock on space shuttle seats, memory foam conforms to your body and is super soft. When it comes to quality, it depends on the type of foam and foam density.

Higher foam densities last longer but are firmer; lower density foams deteriorate quicker but are softer. This is why many foam mattresses combine layers of foam with different densities for both comfort and support. Some people find that memory foam sleeps hot, so you will often see memory foam mattresses infused with copper or gel. These types are more expensive than other models.

The average price range of a good memory foam mattress is anywhere between $600 and $1,200.

Innerspring

Innerspring mattresses are considered more traditional; chances are you’ve slept on one before. This mattress type is great for support and durability, making it the most compatible with heavy sleepers. They rely on the use of coil springs sandwiched by a layer of foam for comfort. Because of this nostalgia and support, innerspring mattresses remain the most popular mattress type.

The price point depends on the number of coils used in the mattress, or the coil count. The higher the coil count, the more expensive the mattress, but it isn’t necessarily an indicator of quality. The gauge of the coil determines innerspring mattress quality. A higher gauge coil is thinner and less durable than a thicker, lower gauge coil.

The average price range of a good innerspring mattress is anywhere between $600 and $1,400.

Latex

Latex mattresses are the most supportive and responsive mattress type, making them great for pressure relief much like memory foam. The biggest difference is that latex beds are more bouncy, and they are hypoallergenic, naturally cool, and naturally dust mite-resistant.

Latex beds can be made from either natural latex or synthetic latex with natural latex being the most expensive option. There are also two processes that latex beds can undergo: the dunlop process or the talalay process. Dunlop is denser and more supportive, and talalay is less dense, more comfortable, and more expensive.

The average price range of a good latex mattress is anywhere between $1,500 and $2,500.

Hybrid

Hybrid mattresses are a combination of at least 2 inches of latex or memory foam for comfort and pocketed coils for support. Hybrid mattresses often have extras incorporated in this, anywhere between 5 and 7 layers. This mattress type is good for virtually anyone depending on what the construction targets: couples, hot sleepers, combo sleepers, etc.

Aspects that make a hybrid mattress more expensive include cooling layers, high-quality coils, coil construction, and more layers. The average price range of a good hybrid mattress is anywhere between $1,200 and $2,000.

Airbed

Airbed mattresses are not the same thing as an air mattress that you would blow up for guests to sleep in your living room or for camping. Airbeds used pressurized air rather than foam, latex, or coils to support you as you sleep. Often times, you control the air input for customized firmness—great for couples with different sleeping preferences.

The price tag of airbeds depends on the comfort layers between you and the bed, number of air chambers, remote controls, and height. The average price range of a good airbed mattress is anywhere between $1,500 and $2,500.

Other Costs and Things to Consider

Most of the time, you have to consider more than just the price of the mattress itself. You have to think about shipping and warranties, as well as a foundation or compatible bedding.

Bedding Extras

While some mattresses nowadays can be put directly on the floor, most people would prefer a foundation or base of some sort. Even though you might already have a foundation, not all mattresses are compatible with every foundation. Putting a mattress on the wrong foundation could mean it won’t last as long as promised. So, it is critical to have a good base.

Some of these foundation features are folded into the price of the mattress, especially if the one you choose comes with an adjustable base. A good base will usually run you about $150.

Shipping

Like most people, you will probably find that ordering a bed-in-a-box online is much more convenient than going to a mattress store or warehouse and setting it up on your own. The online market has a wide range of mattress options, which happen to come with shipping deals.

One of our favorite shipping deals is white glove delivery. This is when a mattress brand will not only ship the mattress to you, but come and set it up for you. Some of these deals even include free mattress removal. A few brands will charge about a $45 fee for white glove delivery and others will offer it free with purchase.

Beware: if you live in Alaska or Hawaii, shipping and white glove delivery is rarely free.

Warranty

A good mattress warranty will be for about 10 years, while a great mattress warranty will be about 20 years to a lifetime. Check to see how limited these warranties are in relation to your comfort level. A few mattress brands will cover shipping and extra costs for defective mattresses, but most don’t.

Holiday Sales

Timing is everything when it comes to great mattress deals. As you can see, mattresses are big ticket items and finding them on sale randomly throughout the year is hard and requires quite a lot of research. What day of the year it is affects the price immensely—we’re talking up to 50%. Waiting for holidays is easy and guarantees that your perfect mattress will be on sale. Here is a list of holidays that are perfect for mattress shopping:


Summary

Buying a new mattress can be fun, but you want to make sure that you are investing in a good mattress to sleep on for the next 7+ years. The price is a great indicator in whether or not you are getting quality, but it’s not the only thing you should be looking at. Think about the type that is compatible with the type of sleeper you are, and see the quality materials that go in that mattress. Make sure you’re getting a good warranty. Want to save a little extra? Wait for a prime mattress-shopping holiday to get a great mattress for a great price.


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