Having a quality mattress is crucial when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Don’t worry if the intimidating multithousand-dollar price tags on high-end mattresses have kept you from upgrading your old, lumpy mattress. There are plenty of affordable, quality mattresses that you can pick up for just $800 — or even less — that will help you sleep soundly. I’ve personally tried out more than 100 mattresses in my day, so I’ve come to know a good value when I see one.
Regardless of what cheap mattress type you may be looking for — a firm mattress, a soft mattress, a memory foam mattress, an innerspring mattress or a cooling mattress for hot sleepers — there’s an option that fits your needs and I’m here to help guide you.
I have tested over 100 different beds, and have picked out the cheap mattress models that stick out from the pack of Amazon bed and bed-in-a-box mattresses. Whether they offer more features or are more durable than what you’d expect from a cheap bed, these mattresses are price-friendly beds worth the money. Read on to find the best cheap mattress for you.
All prices shown are for queen-size models and are subject to change.
What’s the best cheap mattress overall?
Casper makes comfortable, popular bed-in-a-box mattresses with a soft, neutral-foam feel that seems to accommodate a wide range of people. The Casper Element is the brand’s entry-level model that offers the same feel and firmness that people love about the Original Casper at a lower cost. You don’t want to sacrifice quality when buying a cheap mattress, and that’s what you get when you buy a Casper Element mattress.
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Other cheap mattresses we’ve tested
There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to curate our best lists, including hundreds of mattress testing hours to find out which beds are truly worth your money. Our CNET Sleep editors are the ones who curated this best affordable mattress best list, as they chose their top favorite cheap beds from the 100+ they’ve tested. With that being said, they’ve also included another mattress option below that could also be up for consideration.
Bear mattress: The Bear Original mattress isn’t the cheapest bed we’ve come across, but it offers a great value. It’s made with graphite-gel memory foam so it doesn’t retain heat like older types of memory foam mattresses used to, and it provides that signature hugging feel memory foam has become known for. One of the best parts, in my opinion, besides the budget mattress price, is its Celliant-infused cover.
How we test cheap mattresses
CNET editors pick the products and services we write about based on editorial merit. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission. For this list, we considered a “cheap mattress” to be in between $300 and $800 (with discounts applied). Many cheap mattresses are low-quality, but the ones listed here were chosen because of their ability to stand out as quality beds at affordable prices.
It’s impressive to have a cheap mattress with cooling tech, a thick cheap mattress or a cheap mattress with targeted support and pressure relief. Other cheap beds listed don’t have special qualities, but they’re mighty comfortable for the price they offer and are more durable than poor cheap mattresses.
Read more on how we test mattresses.
What to consider when buying a cheap mattress
You know the saying you get what you pay for, and that usually rings true with mattresses. That being said, there are cheap mattresses out there that are both worth the money and comfy to sleep on each night. You can’t expect any crazy bells and whistles, but that’s not typically what you look for in a cheap mattress.
- Construction: Your body type should help determine the type of mattress construction you want. People over 230 pounds may want a cheap hybrid mattress because the steel coils inside of them help them provide more support. People under that weight can opt for a cheap foam mattress. You should also consider thickness — the thicker the mattress, the more supportive it is.
- Brand reputation: Do your research when you’re looking to buy the best cheap mattress and look closely at retailers, especially on Amazon. Some companies try to sell dupes of popular cheap beds like Casper Element and Nod, so be vigilant.
- Firmness: What’s best, a soft or firm mattress? It depends on your sleeping position. Side sleepers should consider a soft mattress, whereas back and stomach sleepers may want something on the firmer end for ample back support.
- Price: Remember, you get what you pay for. You likely won’t find a bed under $100 or even $200 unless it’s designed to fall apart in a year or is already used.
We also feel it’s important to remind you of possible downsides of buying a cheap mattress:
- They typically aren’t as thick or durable as an average foam or hybrid bed.
- Unless there’s specific cooling tech, they can sleep hotter than a regular mattress.
- Cheap beds don’t usually use organic or natural materials.
- Unless it’s a hybrid, a cheap mattress likely isn’t supportive enough for someone over 230 pounds.
- Cheap mattresses are made with cheaper or fewer materials to achieve a lower price.
What you can expect is a few layers of comfy foam or a layer of pocketed coils if you go for something like the Allswell mattress. You can typically get around three to five years out of a cheap bed… maybe a little longer if you take good care of it (rotate it every six months and deep clean it once a year).
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