Best Mattresses Under $1,000


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Mar 14, 2023

Best Mattresses Under $1,000

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A good night's sleep doesn't have to cost you a fortune.

Look, we get it, who wants to spend a ton of money on a mattress? Sure, you might spend 23 years of your life sleeping on it, but that barely softens the blow of blowing a couple of grand on some bedding. That said, we have a solution for you: Get a mattress that's under a thousand bucks. Contrary to what you might think, it's actually possible to score a high-quality mattress for that price these days. Don't believe us? We can prove it.

We dove into reviews, dissected all the specs, and ultimately came out with the nine best mattresses that won't break the bank. Complete with options for back sleepers, side sleepers, hot sleepers, and everyone in between, the mattresses on this ultra-curated list cater to even the snobbiest snoozer. And, although they might sound cheap since they're under $1,000, they're anything but.

You'll find options on this list that have smart cooling technology, durable coils, breathable layers, curve-hugging memory foam, and a slew of other incredible features. Plus, most of them come with years-long warranties, so you can rest easy knowing that your mattress can withstand the test of time (aka countless hours in bed). These affordable mattresses are here to save you, literally.

Leave it to Amazon to have one of the best and most affordable mattresses on the market. This top-rated Sweetnight favorite offers a range of great benefits for sleepers. For starters, it's made with four unique layers that promise optimal comfort. The first layer consists of individually pocketed coils, the second features high-quality memory foam, the third is comprised of plush cooling gel that aids in ventilation, and the fourth is a layer of firm foam that provides true comfort. What this means is that not only is this bed ultra-comfortable, but it's also nice and cool. Additionally, this mattress is made with couples in mind since it has individually pocketed coils that work to help isolate movement. This means that if your partner rolls around a lot, there's a better chance they won't wake you up. Finally, this mattress offers just the right amount of support. Although it's more on the plush side, it will still give your muscles the support they need throughout the night.

Editor's note: We actually tried this mattress and can attest that even though it's less than $400, it doesn't skimp on quality. It's comfortable, durable, and suitable for all sleepers.

Looking for an eco-friendly mattress that won't break the bank? We have just the thing. This Bear Original Mattress is non-toxic and crafted with sustainable materials. (It's Greenguard Gold Certified, Certi-PUR US Certified, and free from fiberglass.) On top of that, the supportive foam is designed to adapt to each person's body shape and unique sleeping positions, which helps keep pressure off of the back, hips, and shoulders.

Additionally, the foam has cooling abilities that work to regulate body temperatures, so no one has to worry about waking up in a pool of sweat. It's worth noting that since this mattress has a cooling gel memory foam layer, it might be a bit squishier than mattresses without foam. So, if you prefer a firm mattress or sleep on your stomach, this might not be the best option for you. However, if you like to sink into bed and drift off to a deep, sound sleep, this Bear favorite should be right up your alley.

Um, did you know that Casper has a super-high-quality, affordable mattress? Well, now you do. The fan-favorite bedding brand launched a cost-effective mattress that's just as good as its bestselling original. Here's the scoop: The Casper Mattress has got it all, including the signature foam (which works to increase airflow and provide ventilation), the classic AirScape technology (which helps cool down hot sleepers), the premium memory foam (which expertly conforms to your body ), and the ProSupport Foam (which prevents sinking and sagging over time). Basically foam on foam on foam. Because of this, this mattress is relatively plush, which means you'll sink right into it. However, it won't trap you so you'll still be able to roll around if you so please.

If you want to customize your bed to your liking, you can go all out with Brooklyn Bedding's Signature Hybrid Mattress. First, choose what size mattress you want. There are a ton of options, including short, split, and RV sizes, which you can't find at most mattress retailers. Next, decide how firm you want your mattress to be. You can choose from Soft, Medium, and Firm. (Some customers noted that the Medium option didn't offer enough support, so if you want a firm mattress, definitely opt for Firm.) Once that's decided, choose if you want the additional pillow topper. This pillow topper offers extra body contouring, so if you want your bed to mold to your body, definitely get it.

As for the specs, this mattress is made with high-quality memory foam that offers support, comfort, and cooling technology. Depending on which firmness you choose, you can either have a really plush, semi-plush, or firm bed. On top of that, this bestseller is extremely durable, meaning you'll have it for years to come. Sounds nice, right?

If you sleep on your stomach or back, listen up. This top-rated Nectar mattress was made for you. It features 12 inches of pure comfort consisting of plush memory foam fabric that feels like a hug. But, here's the thing: It's not too plush. In fact, it's the perfect balance between plus and firm. This means your body will be supported no matter how you sleep, whether you like to lie flat on your stomach or like to rest on your back. That's because it consists of five next-level layers. On the bottom, there's the Shift-Resistant Lower Cover. This polyester cover helps the inner core of the mattress stay in place, which prevents the other layers from shifting on top of each other.

Then there's the Active Support Stability Base Layer, which features seven inches of durable foam. On top of that is the Dynamic Response Layer, which has three inches of conventional foam that provides support and allows airflow. Lastly, there's a two-inch gel-infused memory foam layer that contours to your curves. And, finally, on top, there's a breathable cooling cover that features heat-absorbent fibers that help wick away excess body heat. It's basically a cloud in mattress form.

Sleeping on your side is about to get a whole lot better with this Signature Design by Ashley mattress. When we say it's plush, we mean it's plush. Thanks to its super cozy memory foam that'll make anyone sink right in. Just curl up on your side, and you won't move all night. (Trust us, that's a guaranteed fact.) Aside from the plush gel memory foam, this mattress also incorporates high-density foam that provides firmness right where you need it. It also has individually wrapped coils, which support areas like your back, shoulders, and legs. Plus, it's made with hypoallergenic material, meaning it's ideal for anyone who suffers from allergies.

There's no doubt about it: Affordable hybrid mattresses are hard to come by. Luckily, there's Silk & Snow. This top-rated bedding brand sells one of the best hybrid mattresses out there for a fraction of the cost of other retailers. Aside from the price, this hybrid mattress offers great benefits for sleepers. It features both premium responsive foam as well as springy pocketed coils, which means it's supportive and comfortable. It also has a cooling technology that'll keep hot sleepers from overheating, which can definitely come in handy during the summertime.

Additionally, it has motion technology that keeps the mattress from bouncing around when your partner or pet is moving during the night. To top it all off, it has specialized zoned support areas. This means it'll provide extra support under the hips and softer support under the shoulders. Trust us, you'll wake up feeling like sunshine after snoozing on this mattress.

If firm mattresses are the name of your game, look no further than Sleepy's Basic Innerspring Mattress. This mattress will give you next-level support in all the right places. We'll break it down: This highly-rated mattress features more than 440 coils, which offer firm—yet not stiff—support. Its base consists of verti-coil springs that ensure a durable foundation, followed by dual layers of soft, quilt foam and support foam, which is topped off with another quilted foam layer that creates a comfortable sleep surface.

Plus, this mattress is insanely affordable compared to other competitor options. This means it's great for guest rooms, college dorms, and other places where you don't want to invest a ton of money. That being said, it's also ideal for your main bedroom since it offers comfortable support and a good night's sleep. The bottom line: You'll never have to worry about sinking into a mattress again when you have this trusty mattress in your house.

Hot, sweaty nights are no match against the Tuft & Needle Original Mattress. That's because this cooling mattress is topped with three inches of highly adaptive foam that works to regulate body temperatures. On top of that, it's infused with cooling gel that allows for ventilation and heat-conducting graphite, which draws body heat away from the body. Basically, what we're trying to say is that you'll stay cool.

What's more, this mattress will conform to your body and keep you from moving around too much (you can thank the memory foam for that). However, it is relatively firm, so you won't get sucked into the foam no matter how much you try to sink in. Cool nights, here you come.

Lauren Harano is a New York based freelance writer, covering home, lifestyle, and all things gifts.

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