Choosing the Best Mattress Under $1000—What To Consider
When choosing a new mattress, it’s important to remember that the price tag isn’t the only thing to consider. Similar to the superlatives we’ve given to our top six picks, based on their strengths, it’s important to have a list in your head of what qualities are important to you. These can include the type of mattress, how well the mattress accommodates your sleeping position, its durability, whether you tend to sleep hot, and much more. If you’re unsure what to keep in mind when shopping for a mattress under $1,000, here’s a shopping guide that will show you everything you need to know.
Types of Mattresses
Memory Foam: Memory foam mattresses contain layers of memory foam in the comfort portion of the mattress, a transitional layer, and a support core. If you like the feeling of sleeping “in” a mattress and the sinkage that comes with foam, consider a memory foam model under $1,000. Keep in mind that the cradle can come with a cost, as many memory foam models tend to trap heat and sleep warm. Look for models with gel beads, graphite, and copper in the top layers, which can help mitigate this issue. Check out our best memory foam mattress page for more on these mattresses.
Latex: Latex mattresses can be all-foam or innerspring mattresses, but they always contain latex in the comfort layers. Latex is naturally breathable and durable, and it has a bouncy feel and average contouring for most sleepers. One of the most appealing characteristics of latex mattresses is that they can be made organic, natural, and eco-conscious. They also isolate motion transfer very well, making them a good choice for couples. See: Best Mattress For Couples
Innerspring: Innerspring mattresses contain a coil core and are usually made with a sturdy base. They are typically among the least expensive mattresses available. These mattresses are also known for their edge support, bouncy surfaces, and temperature neutrality due to the airflow that passes through the coils at the core. Many advanced innerspring mattresses are made today that cost thousands of dollars, but there’s an even wider variety of innerspring mattresses available under $1,000. Innersprings are an excellent choice for back and stomach sleepers who need more support to achieve healthy spinal alignment throughout the night.
Hybrid: Hybrid mattresses provide the best of both worlds, combining the properties of all-foam mattresses and innerspring mattresses. They typically incorporate several inches of memory or polyfoam in their comfort layers, which sit atop a pocketed coil core. The core provides added support, responsiveness, and breathability. The foam layers provide pressure relief, support, and conforming in different degrees, depending on the materials used and the firmness level achieved. Hybrid mattresses tend to have a higher price tag due to their advanced construction, but there are models available under $1,000, such as the Brooklyn Bedding Signature.
Stomach sleepers, back sleepers, side sleepers, and combination sleepers each have unique needs when it comes to the firmness and support levels of their mattresses. For example, side sleepers require more conforming for the hips and shoulders, which otherwise would experience too much pressure when coming into contact with the firmer layers of the mattress. Alternatively, back and stomach sleepers require firmer sleeping surfaces that will prevent sagging in the hips or shoulders and encourage proper spinal alignment. We recommend reading our Mattress Firmness Guide if you’re unsure about the best firmness levels and mattress qualities for your sleeping position of choice.
Truth be told, it’s rare to find a mattress under $1,000 that has exceptional durability, or the ability to hold up for years and years. Price is closely correlated to quality, which is why more expensive mattresses are often marketed on the basis of not only their comfort and special features but the fact that they can last up to a decade. That being said, there are many options under $1,000 that offer reasonable durability relative to their price point. We recommend using the individual mattress reviews on our website to get a sense of the durability of the product you’re considering and don’t underestimate the power of browsing through customer reviews on the brand or third-party retailer’s website to see how shoppers say it holds up over time.
Value refers to a mattress that is high quality or well made but sold at a low or reasonable price. We consider every mattress in our list of the best mattresses under $1,000 to be great value finds. When searching for a high-value mattress, it’s important to strike a balance between the quality of the bed and the price. Sure, there are mattresses available that cost $200 or even $100, but are they likely to hold up, feel comfortable, or deliver a great night’s sleep? The best value mattresses under $1,000 will provide long-term satisfaction because they have been made with thoughtful materials and sturdy design.
If you sleep hot, temperature neutrality should be a consideration regardless of the price of the mattress you’re considering. If you sleep hot, look for mattresses that incorporate cooling properties into their layers and overall design such as copper-infused foams, gel beads, inner springs, and cooling covers. Also, keep in mind that all-foam mattresses tend to sleep hotter than their hybrid and innerspring alternatives. Breathable airflow through pocketed and traditional coils in innerspring and hybrid mattresses make them among the most attractive mattress types for those who sleep hot.
Do you Sleep with a Partner?
If you sleep with a partner, which could be your spouse, significant other, pet, or your child, there are a few things to consider. Motion isolation, which refers to how well a mattress reduces the transfer of motion throughout its surfaces, will be an important aspect to consider if you are easily disturbed and have a partner who goes to bed at a different time, wakes early, or stirs throughout the night. Also, consider that your partner’s sleeping position and tendency to sleep hot may differ from yours. Ensure that whatever mattress under $1,000 you choose can accommodate both of your sleeping needs.
Providing a detailed look at firmness requires an extensive guide, but, it’s important that we cover the basics. Budget mattresses range in firmness from soft to medium to firm. In general, the firmness level that works well for you will correlate with your body size and sleeping position. For example, average weight side sleepers who experience pressure in their shoulders and hips tend to do well on a medium-firm mattress or a soft mattress, as these styles provide contouring in appropriate areas while keeping the spine aligned. Don’t let a budget mattress’ great price tag sway you too much—ensure you have a mattress that will provide enough support and relief for your preferred position.
Sleep Trial and Other Policies
It can take nearly a month for your body to really get the feel of a new mattress. Most online mattress companies offer sleep trials of at least 30 nights (most offer 100 or more) during which you can return the mattress for a full refund if you’re not satisfied. We also recommend keeping things like the warranty, return policy, delivery options, and sales in mind. If you purchase a budget mattress without a warranty, you could wind up stuck if it has a manufacturing defect or another issue. Look for return policies and delivery options that are generous and don’t impose added costs.
Pros & Cons of a Mattress Under $1,000
Buying a new mattress can be a serious investment. To help you make the right decision on your mattress shopping journey, here’s a list of the pros and cons to consider for mattresses that cost less than $1,000.
- Save you money that can be put towards other important items required to outfit a room, including sheets, pillows, nightstands, bedding accessories, and more.
- They can be a good fit for temporary or lightly used sleeping accommodations, such as college dorm rooms and guest bedrooms, and shoppers on a budget, such as newlyweds, first-time transplants to a new city, and college graduates.
- Many mattresses are available that cost less than $1,000 that vary in style, size, firmness levels, materials, company shipping, and return policies, and more—meaning that you’re likely to find what you’re looking for even with a limited budget.
- Inexpensive mattresses can be discounted even further on holidays like Black Friday and Presidents’ Day, and they sometimes come bundled with other bedding accessories.
- Although there are many mattresses available under $1,000 that are relatively high quality, mattress price is still generally correlated with mattress quality. Often times, the best, most comfortable, most durable mattresses are still the most expensive ones on the market.
- Inexpensive mattresses, like those sold on Amazon and by the brands mentioned above, may have durability issues and break down after just a few years.
- In a lower price range, you may find that companies are less likely to have generous shipping, return, warranty, and delivery policies.
Searching for a new mattress can be both an exciting and stressful time. After all, we spend nearly one-third of our lives sleeping, so we know you’re feeling the pressure to make the right decision and find a comfortable mattress that suits your budget and sleeping style. Whether you opt for natural latex, Talalay latex, hybrid, innerspring, or memory foam, we recommend reviewing the list of our top six mattresses above to get started. From there, consider the size mattress you want (keeping in mind that the king-size versions of the mattresses listed may cost a hair above the $1,000 threshold), and base your final decision off of your personalized needs by evaluating your weight, height, sleeping position, and firmness preferences. Happy mattress shopping!