11 Highest Rated Budget (Cheap) Beds – Our Ratings and Reviews for 2021

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Sleep Advisor has reviewed over 70 beds, and we want to share the mattresses that offer incredible comfort at a remarkable cost. We’ve done the research and have found high-quality products within a budget price range that could improve your sleep without a price tag that keeps you up at night.

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Mattresses are notoriously expensive purchases, but you can take advantage of significant savings by shopping online and have your bed conveniently delivered directly to your door. If you’re weary of the bed-in-a-box concept, we’ve found plenty of products with generous home trial periods to ensure your satisfaction.

In this article, we’ll discuss a few of our favorites from the budget mattress options in 2021 that could have you waking up refreshed and energized daily.

Our Top 11 Picks Reviewed

Exceptional Value

Nectar

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Memory Foam Mattress
  • Best for Side and Back Sleepers
  • Firmness: 6.5/10
  • 365-Night Trial
  • Forever Warranty

Topping our budget guide is online retailer Nectar, offering an exceptional value. The company has created a memory foam mattress that combines pressure relief, temperature regulation, and high levels of motion isolation.

People who experience painful pressure points will appreciate the top comfort layer that cradles the body, which is why it’s a favorite among side sleepers but will suit most sleeping positions. Additionally, Nectar claims that its ability to conform to every curve will help reduce aches and pains.

What stands out?

  • The brand creates an equilibrium of comfort and support for a great night’s sleep, without cutting any corners for the cost.
  • Nectar offers a full 365-night trial period to see if you will fall in love with the bed, which is longer than the industry standard. The trial is risk-free and you will get a full refund if it doesn’t live up to your every satisfaction.

Under $700

Tuft & Needle

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Foam Mattress
  • Best for Side Sleepers
  • Firmness: 5/10
  • 100-Night Trial
  • 10-Year Warranty

Tuft & Needle is known for creating quality mattresses that people love at a much lower than average price point.

This all-foam mattress was built to accomplish the dual purposes of relieving pressure and keeping sleepers cool. It scores high on both of those measures, which is why we recommend it for side sleepers and warm sleepers.

It’s cooling measures rely on an infusion of graphite, which happens to work as an exceptional heat conductor. By letting heat travel away from your body, there’s less chance it builds up under you and wakes you in a pool of sweat.

What’s its best feature?

  • Beds at this price point often do not come with a lot of bells and whistles, but T&N has secured some high-level safety certifications. These include GREENGUARD Gold and Intertek’s certification for clean air.
  • The company uses graphite infusions to naturally conduct heat away from the body, allowing this all-foam bed to score highly in cooling measures.

Copper Dreams

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Cooling Memory Foam Mattress
  • Best for Side Sleepers
  • Firmness Level: 5/10
  • 120-Day Trial
  • 10-Year Warranty

The top layer of the Copper Dreams is infused with graphite and copper, two excellent conductors that help conduct heat away from your body. The bed also features a transitional second layer to ease your weight into the firmer support foam below to help keep your body evenly cradled and pressure-free. We recommend this model for side sleepers who need extra pressure relief.

In total, this model stands 12 inches tall and comes in one universal firmness designed to suit a variety of body shapes. With a 120-day trial and a 10-year warranty, you can take your time to decide if this bed is the right fit for you.

What stands out?

  • Dreamfoam is dedicated to keeping prices low. Doing their manufacturing in-house and selling online are two large parts of what makes this price possible.
  • The bed is infused with Graphite and Copper, two conductors that will draw heat away from the surface, allowing sleepers to stay cooler longer.

Elements Latex

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Foam Mattress
  • Best for Side and Back Sleepers
  • Firmness Level: 6.5/10 (Medium)
  • 120-night Trial
  • 10-year Warranty

The Elements Latex is an all-foam bed under the Dreamfoam brand from Brooklyn Bedding. 

The 3-inch comfort layer is composed of Oeko-Tex class 1 certified Talalay latex. This certification represents that the latex in this bed meets rigorous standards for safe levels of potentially harmful chemicals and substances. 

The quilted top is made with a soft, reflexive foam for a slight cradle which is very responsive should you need to reposition during the night. It provides excellent bounce as well, which is great for sexually active couples.  

Why pick this bed? 

  • When buying this mattress, you can select the firmness level that best suits your individual needs. The soft is ideal for those who prefer more plushness, while the medium works well for most sleep styles. For those who prefer a harder feel, you can opt for the firm version.
  • Not only do you get to choose among three firmness levels, but you also get your pick of two heights: 10 inches or 12. The 12-inch model has a slightly higher base and comes with a zipper cover.

Under $600

Casper Element

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Foam Mattress
  • Best for All Sleeping Positions
  • Firmness: 6/10
  • 100-Day Trial
  • 10-Year Warranty

Casper made a name for themselves with the universal feel of their flagship bed, and not long after, they introduced the Element as a streamlined entry-level bed at a lower price point. We think this model represents a terrific value for shoppers.

The Casper Element contains three layers: two for pressure relief and one for support. The first layer offers some bounce for ease of transitioning and breathability, and the second memory foam layer delivers curve-cradling pressure relief, creating a medium firmness that we recommend for all sleeping positions.

The base layer, is built with quality poly-foam, sturdy enough to keep most sleepers from bottoming out, even when sitting on the edge of the bed.

What’s its best feature?

  • The bed is taller than many options in the budget space, offering deeper support for heavier folks and increasing the longevity of the mattress.
  • It also features an upholstery-grade durable cover that is dark-colored to minimize the appearance of stains.

Brooklyn Signature Hybrid

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hybrid Mattress
  • Best for Back, Stomach, and Side Sleepers
  • Firmness Level: 6/10 (Medium)
  • 120-night Trial
  • 10-year Warranty

Brooklyn Bedding offers the best of both worlds with this hybrid mattress that combines foam and innerspring coils for a truly great sleep experience. The company is proud to have its beds manufactured in the U.S.A with a facility located in Phoenix, Arizona.

The brand takes it up a notch with the patented TitanFlex™ foam, designed to provide the contouring of memory foam with the responsiveness of latex. There are two levels of foam on top of the individually wrapped Ascension® coils, which give the bed added support and motion isolation.

Why we love it

  • Brooklyn offers the Signature in three firmness levels: soft, medium, and firm. The soft is suitable for lighter-weight and side sleepers. The medium is an excellent choice for combination sleepers or couples since it’s the most universal firmness, and the firm option is ideal for stomach sleepers or those who weigh heavier.
  • This is one of our only hybrid beds in the budget category, as this mattress type is typically among the most expensive. We find this bed to be of great value for its price.

Arctic Dreams

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Foam & Hybrid Models
  • Best for Side Sleepers
  • Firmness: 5/10
  • 120-Night Trial
  • 10-Year Warranty

Arctic Dreams has delivered what they promise in the name, cool sleep from a brand that refuses to make you break your budget. Its sleek, streamlined multi-layer design offers a quality mattress for an exceptionally attractive price.

In both the hybrid and all-foam models, a 2.5” comfort layer lies under the plush top. This layer is created with a patented blend of Gel Memory Foam and latex. The unique combination provides the comforting contouring properties of memory foam with the responsiveness of latex, providing pressure relief and support.

What is its best feature?

  • The bed’s gel infusion helps to keep warm sleepers cool through hot nights.
  • Arctic Dreams is an impressive budget pick with quality materials that costs under $550
  • CertiPUR-US® Certified, this bed is made with safe materials, no toxic chemicals, flame retardants, or heavy metals, letting you sleep easily.

Under $450

Allswell

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hybrid Mattress
  • Best for Back and Stomach Sleepers
  • Firmness level: 7/10
  • 100-Night Trial
  • 10-Year Warranty

If you’re in the market for a hybrid but find yourself in an all-foam price range, Allswell was made for you. Owned by Wal-Mart, the brand rapidly sold out, replenished their stock, and sold out again.

Allswell is built with individually wrapped coils that can help reduce motion transfer by compressing one by one. These coils are reinforced along the two sides of the bed for edge support.

Above the coils, there’s a layer of graphite and copper-infused foam that helps keep your body cool by pulling heat away from the surface. We recommend this firmer hybrid mattress for back and stomach sleepers as it offers great support for the hips and spine.

Why did we pick it?

  • It’s extremely rare to see features like infused foams and reinforced coils at a budget price point, which makes Allswell stand out.
  • The “universal feel” should hit that sweet spot for a wide range of people looking for an inexpensive but high-quality rest.

Dreamfoam Chill

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Foam Mattress
  • Best for Back, Side, and Stomach Sleepers
  • Firmness Level:  6/10 (Medium-Firm)
  • 120-night Trial
  • 10-year Warranty

The Dreamfoam Chill from Brooklyn Bedding provides consumers with a well-made memory foam bed that comes at a fraction of the price you’d pay in retail stores.  

The top layer features memory foam infused with gel to help keep the bed cool while providing excellent pressure relief. This mattress has five height options, each with variations on the design and different firmness levels, giving you a wide range of options to find the fit that you like best. 

With a Nano Stain Terminator finish on the cover, this bed repels stains, making it an excellent choice for children’s rooms. 

Why pick this bed?

  • The Dreamfoam Chill is one of the most versatile beds on the market, offering consumers five firmness levels and heights to choose from so you can have a bed that’s perfectly customized for your specific needs and sleeping style. 
  • This mattress is an American-made product. Brooklyn Bedding manufactures their beds at their Phoenix-based facility.

Under $300

Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Memory Foam Mattress
  • Best for Combination Sleepers
  • Firmness: 6/10

If you’re working with a tight price range, there is no need to sacrifice comfort features. A few hundred dollars can get you a surprisingly high-quality mattress with Zinus. Zinus Green Tea is a multi-layer bed with a design that is conducive to deep contouring and pressure relief.

It feels like a classic memory foam bed, so it is a good option for people who like a slow-responding, deep-hug. It is on the softer side of medium, so those who sleep for part or all of the night on their side should not have trouble with pressure points forming, even when the body’s weight is more concentrated.

Why is it special?

  • Zinus Green Tea is a popular budget pick that includes natural green tea extract and ActivCharcoal within the mattress to reduce odors, creating a refreshing night’s sleep.
  • Zinus Green Tea can also be ordered in different thicknesses, which correspond to additional pressure relief and firmness levels.

Under $200

LinenSpa 8”

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hybrid Mattress
  • Best for Stomach Sleepers
  • Firmness: 7/10

The Linenspa bed is an especially good choice for short term or infrequent use, making it ideal for college, kids, a guest room, or if you just need to stick to a lower budget.

By structuring the foam on top of the coils, individuals should experience some pressure-relief and exceptional cooling as the bed conforms to the body and supports you from the coil structure below. There is a layer of quilted memory foam and an additional comfort layer above the springs.

We recommend this firmer mattress for stomach sleepers as the coils should provide adequate support for the hips, keeping the rest of the spine aligned.

What stands out?

  • At under $200, you can have the duality of the hybrid design that is often seen as the best of both worlds of innerspring and foam.
  • The coils provide bounce and a more traditional feel that most people are familiar with, while the comfort foams provide a pressure-relieving layer.

What to Expect with “Cheap” Options

Under $1000

If you’re searching for a mattress under $1000, you have considerable options, especially if you’re buying online. We’ve found that online mattress companies are often able to offer premium quality at about half the cost of brick and mortar retailers because they cut out the middleman. In fact, many online mattress stores carry premium options at just under $1000.

With this budget, you’re not limited to just memory foam mattresses, either. For people who love memory foam beds, you can get a top-of-the-line bed in this price range. When you’re buying a foam mattress, it’s important to remember that not all foams are created equal.

They come in varying levels of density, and higher generally performs better than lower. While evaluating different brands, you’ll see numbers ranging from 2.5 up to 7.0 pounds.

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Low-density foams are not inherently awful; however, they usually contain less material, which is one of the reasons they’re cheaper. Because there’s less material, these cheaper mattresses are also liable to soften quickly and lose support, shortening the life of the mattress. Low-density foam beds tend to last five years (or less), while medium to high-density foam can serve you comfortably for up to 10 years.

If you come across a cheap bed with low-density foam, don’t discount it as low-quality right away. Many higher quality mattresses have multiple layers of foam of varying density.

They work together offering a combination of support and comfort to give you a superior night of sleep. For example, you may see a high-density foam for the base layer and very low-density number for a top layer.

Under $500

There are some genuine mattress deals under $500 out there, but you’re going to have to look a little harder and give up on a few of the luxury features.

At this inexpensive price point, you may be limited mostly to pure foam mattresses, though there are a few notable hybrid exceptions. Overall, the materials won’t be high-end, and you’ll sacrifice some durability.

For example, the coils you might find in the under $500 range may not maintain the same spring and support as the years go by. The foam can also be a lower grade. Again, as we mentioned above, lower density foams tend to degrade more quickly.

Something else that should be a major consideration is how much support a lower-priced mattress might provide. In addition to breaking down faster, low-density foams tend to provide less support.

For some people, this isn’t a deal breaker. People who like the feeling of sinking into their mattress may actually find this beneficial, providing they don’t develop any back pain. However, back and stomach sleepers, as well as combo sleepers who switch positions throughout the night shouldn’t compromise on support.

Still, if you’re on a tight budget, but you don’t want to sacrifice too much quality, you can find a gem or two that won’t break your wallet or your back.

Under $300

Best Mattress Under 300 Dollars

While you can certainly get a fair-quality product in this price range, we may not recommend this route for everyone. You should find that your options are more limited, and the durability of these beds might be subpar.

Like the under $500 range, you should find that these cheap mattresses are mostly memory foam, though again, there should still be a few hybrids available. Again, the quality will likely not be the same as the beds that cost between $500 and $1,000. However, there are some instances where this might be your best bet.

For example, if you’re looking for a short-term bedding solution, you might not want to spend a lot of money. If you’re in a short-term lease, it’s for a college apartment, or you are extra budget-conscious, you may find yourself needing a bed that’s a lower price.

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Under $200

Your options are going to be limited, but there should be a couple of choices. Again, you’ll be sacrificing durability and support by getting a mattress at this cheaper price, but if it’s genuinely a short-term buy, then it might make more sense than splurging on something pricier.

Like the $300 range, you should find mostly memory foam beds at this price, along with a few hybrids with lower-quality materials.

One trick we should mention is that if you’re particularly budget-conscious, consider sizing down from a Queen to a Full. You may be able to save anywhere from $30 to $100 by scaling down.

Our recommended queen mattress choice is is 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. Full, or double, mattresses are 54 inches wide by 75 inches long.

If you’re buying the bed for a kid or teen, or if you sleep alone and don’t need much space, you can save money without losing out on quality just by downsizing.

View Our Full Guide: Best Mattresses Under $200

Under $100

Illustration of a Mattress Store With a Sale Sign on the Door

When looking for a mattress under $100 your options will likely be more narrow, but you still have some choices including a blow-up air mattress. The best chance you have of finding something decent is to check Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.

If you choose this route, it's crucial to inspect the condition of the product before committing and be careful about who you're talking to. While most transactions tend to be positive, it's still critical to be cautious when meeting someone from the internet.

While buying a used mattress is not for everyone, it's not uncommon to find a mattress from a barely used guest bedroom that's still in excellent condition, so don't lose hope.

It's a good idea to clean the bed thoroughly before sleeping on it, and possibly let it air out before putting it on your bed. Throw one some fresh sheets and you could enjoy a mattress that feels good as new.

While it's fun to find inexpensive treasures online, if you can afford it, we do recommend purchasing a new mattress for the best sleep. A quality product with fewer years on it could last you much longer, and even could offer more bang for your buck in the long run.

Budget Bed Buying Considerations

Long vs. Short-Term Solution

The amount of time you plan on keeping your bed plays a role in how much you ultimately decide that you’re willing to pay.

For example, if you plan on sleeping on this mattress for several years, it’s worth it to spend a little more for a higher level of comfort and durability. A bed within the $750 to $1,000 range should last eight to ten years, if not a lifetime. Beds in that price range also have much longer warranties, which you should also take into consideration.

However, if it’s for short-term use, you can get away with paying less. However, it should go without saying (though we’ll say it anyway because it’s important), that even though you’ll save money by buying a cheaper bed, you have the risk of paying more in the long run because you may have to replace it more frequently.

Over time, you could end up paying roughly the same amount, whether you get a $300 bed now that needs to be replaced every three to five years, or one that’s $750 to $1,000 that will last for ten or more years.

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Who Will Use It?

Determining who will use the bed and how often, will help you decide how much you should spend.

We recommend considering the following:

  • Will this be your primary sleep vehicle, or will it go in a guest bedroom? You probably want the best that money (or your budget) can buy if it’s for you and you'll be sleeping on it every night. However, if it’s for the guest room, quality and durability aren’t nearly as important because the mattress won’t be under the pressure of everyday use. This may mean that even if you're spending less, you want a pick that feels like a great bed for the money, no matter what that price range is or what you're trying to get for it.

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  • Is it for a teenager or adult? If it is for a teenager, consider that they’ll likely be moving out of the house soon (hopefully), and may not need a long-lasting bed. However, if it’s for an adult, they may be more selective and require a higher-end experience.

  • How heavy are the people sleeping on it? Adults who are heavier will naturally put more weight and pressure on a bed. For this reason, if one or more of the sleepers weighs over 250 pounds, they’ll probably need a firmer and higher quality mattress for maximum comfort and support.

  • How many people are sleeping on it? If you’re sleeping solo or you have a partner, your preferences may vary. For example, higher end beds in the $750 to $1,000 range have customization options where you can have one side of the surface be firmer, softer, and even cooler than the other side. If you’re sleeping by yourself, however, this feature won’t matter so you won’t even need to consider paying extra for it.

  • What’s your sleeping position? Stomach sleepers can often get away with firmer beds with less pressure relief. However, side and combo sleepers might want more features like additional comfort layers or targeted support.
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Materials & Type

While you can find solid quality inexpensive beds, don’t expect premium luxury. Again, most of the brands at these price points will be pure memory foam construction. And while some options offer higher-end features like hybrid mattresses, high-density foam, and Euro or pillow top layers, keep in mind that the materials won’t likely be as top-tier as high-end brands.

However, don’t be discouraged. Again, the advent of online bed offerings means that you can still get a quality mattress at a price lower than you might expect.

Cheap Mattress Risks

Off-Gassing

You’ll hear a lot of mentions of “off-gassing” while you research the best mattress for your budget. Off-gassing happens when you open up the box your new bed came in, and you’re hit with a chemical smell. The smell occurs because the materials that the foam (and sometimes the cover) are made of contain something called VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds.

There’s some controversy about whether or not off-gassing is harmful. While we do know that the smell is caused by the release of chemicals, scientists haven’t determined one way or the other if they’re harmful.

illustration of a man unboxing bed in a box

In some cases, cheap beds contain chemicals that, when off-gassed are likely to be dangerous. These chemicals are referred to as ozone-depleting chemicals, and include CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), formaldehyde, benzene, and a handful of others.

The one thing you should take care to look out for is a certification called CertiPUR-US. These mattresses contain safe amounts of chemicals that this third party as deemed as safe for adults and children.

Interested in exploring further? Read more about toxic materials in foam beds here.

Mattress Sagging

We discussed earlier the differences between high and low-density foams. As a reminder, lower density material is less durable, has more air pockets, and can sag over time. There is absolutely nothing more uncomfortable than a sagging mattress!

If you’ve ever gotten the feeling that you’re sinking into the bed, you’re probably the victim of sagging. Perhaps the worst thing is the feeling that you’re rolling down a hill because the weight of your partner has caused a deep, indenting slope.

While not all cheap beds are prone to sagging, you should pay extra close attention to the density of the foam and the length of the warranty policy before buying anything.

Wear & Tear

Sagging isn’t the only indicator that a bed is past its prime. Again, daily use can cause your mattress to age, and cheaper brands should show wear and tear faster.

One thing you can look at to help evaluate easily how well it will stand the test of time is the cover. Is it made from quality fabric with solid stitching, or does the stitching look like it’s holding up by a thread, literally?

Also look for brands that have removable covers. Since stains can void a warranty, you’ll want to take extra care to keep the surface clean. A removable cover should allow you to do regular and thorough cleanings.

View Our Full Guide: Top Rated Mattress Protector

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Foreign Materials

Many top-range brands are made in the USA. That’s not necessarily a reflection on quality, however. Usually, the biggest reason a product is made domestically has to do with shipping costs.

Mattresses are big, bulky, and awkward to transport, so it makes sense that most bedding companies would choose to manufacture in the US. However, some brands are manufactured overseas, and many of them are high quality.

The only thing we would advise caution about is the foam. It should still be CertiPUR-US certified if it’s being sold in America.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where should I look for a cheap bed?

We mentioned Craigslist as an option earlier. Not only can you find used mattresses here, but many local furniture stores also run specials advertising their beds at rock-bottom prices to attract a local market.

However, a good place to search for deals is on Amazon. As the world’s largest marketplace, you can find almost anything you need there, and it can often reflect some of the lowest prices. If you want to spend less than $500, Amazon may be a good place to start as well as the web pages of many other mattress manufacturers.

Find Out More: Top Rated Beds on Amazon

What do you think of Ikea mattresses?

The Swedish furniture maker has a reputation for aesthetically pleasing, bare-bones furniture designed for modern spaces. While they are not best known for their bedding options, their beds range in price from $159 to $899, plus they offer a 25-year limited warranty.

Within this range, they also offer innerspring, foam, and hybrid constructions. Before you jump in your car and head over to Ikea for Swedish meatballs and a bed, it may help you to know that their mattress firmness levels are generally rated as Firm to Medium Firm. This means that if you’re a side sleeper, you may not feel as comfortable, but if you’re strictly a stomach sleeper, you may be able to find something you like.

Conclusion

In our research, we discovered that quality and price aren’t always 100% correlated. We’ve been able to find quite a few premium quality mattresses at less than $1,000. Even better is the fact that you can get something cheaper if you’re not using it in your master bedroom, or you plan on using it for only a short time.

With all of the bed-in-a-box companies emerging in the marketplace, prices have come down over the past five years, and we’ve also noticed that quality and durability have also improved with the increasing competition.

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