Selling mattresses online has revolutionized the sleep industry in many ways. More people are able to have access to a variety of products and more companies are able to offer them.
The bed-in-a-box market has grown tremendously in the past few years … and so have your options. We know it can be tough to navigate the world of online mattress shopping and along with quality and function, we know the cost of such a purchase can be a major concern for all kinds of shoppers.
This guide will help you discover the cost of a mattress and what factors may be involved in determining that, along with some helpful tips on how to save a few bucks!
Average Mattress Price
We will go into the specific reasons for fluctuations in price in more detail below. But for now, we can see that there is a wide range of mattress costs, especially across different types of construction. For the most part, latex and air beds tend to cost the most, with foam and hybrids coming in the middle and innersprings being the cheapest on average.
While the high and low ends can fluctuate quite a lot, the average prices stay relatively close to each. There may be a difference of $500 to $1,000, but most seem to be around the $1,000 range. This should allow most shoppers to choose the construction that meets their own individual needs without worrying too much about the price.
Influential Price Determinants by Material Type
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The price of an all-foam mattress is likely to vary depending on both the density and construction of the materials. The more these factors increase, the higher the cost is likely to be.
Higher density foam is likely to last longer because it often reclaims its shape easier, reducing long-term impressions. However, this can raise the cost and some shoppers may find higher density beds to be too firm for some shoppers to find comfortable. Lower density foams may need cost less and need to be replaced more often. It is possible to find a product at a mid-range price point that combines both higher and lower density materials for a blend of comfort and durability.
Additional features that enhance the usability of the product, such as reinforced edges or cooling properties like copper or temperature-regulating gels and phase-changing technology or aerated materials, will likely raise the cost of the bed. The tradeoff is that consumers are promised a more comfortable and convenient sleep experience. Some companies design their own foams or offer zoned materials with different levels of compression.
Learn more: Differences Between All-Foam and Memory Foam
Just like a mattress made of foam, the way an innerspring is built will largely determine how much companies charge their customers for it. Coil counts, gauges, comfort materials, and additives are all factors to become acquainted with when choosing an innerspring model.
These items work differently from all-foam products, where higher density materials cost more, innersprings with a higher gauge are typically less expensive. Springs with high gauges are usually thinner than low gauge springs. This can cause the beds to breakdown quicker, driving the fees down.
The number of coils inside a mattress can also affect the price, the more coils are present, the more metal is used to create them. Many shoppers prefer a bed with more springs inside, which may help to justify the cost.
Shoppers should also consider other construction factors like whether or not the bed has more than one spring system or if the coils are wrapped in fabric. If there is a comfort layer inside the innerspring, the thickness, materials used, and cooling technologies employed will all affect the cost.
Hybrid beds have witnessed a lot of innovation over the past few years, as other products evolve, so do hybrids. Companies have begun to experiment with different types of construction styles and material types, which can then lead to a variety of price ranges. The cost of a hybrid is also determined using many of the same factors involved in pricing an innerspring or all-foam bed as these products combine both springs and comfort materials like latex, foam, or both.
Some hybrid products feature taller coils or a dual-coil construction. The thickness of the comfort materials and the construction of these layers can have an effect on the money spent to build the bed. Many of these items also include cooling technologies, pocketed springs, or enhanced edges.
Check to see whether or not the item is double-sided, as these models are often thicker and contain more materials. Certified organic models and zoned designs will also play a part in determining the cost of the item, so be sure to look into these issues, as well.
There are two main types of latex and each different kind will probably run you a different amount.
Many sleepers consider Dunlop latex to be firmer and more durable, this material may be seen frequently in foundation layers. Talalay is usually considered to be softer and is considered a good choice for adding pressure relief. In general, Talalay beds are more expensive, though there are many models out there that combine both types.
Shoppers should also check to see if their latex mattress is natural or organic — these two features are not one and the same. A natural latex product means that the item is created using natural and not synthetic latex; some shoppers may be allergic to natural latex, but others are glad to have a product that is not chemically engineered. Natural latex beds can be organic or non-organic, of course, an organic product will usually cost more.
Latex can also feature many of the same qualities found in foam, like gel infusion or aeration that allows for air circulation. Some of these models may also feature enhanced edge support or zoning.
Airbeds are an interesting corner of the market with lots of different factors determining their price. The materials used in the construction, along with mattress height and technological advances, are the main considerations when determining the cost of an airbed.
People no longer need to pump up an airbed by hand or manually tell an electric pump when to start and stop. Many of these products now come with remote controls, or even smart controls, that add convenience for an extra fee.
Some of these items may also contain micro coils, latex, or memory foam. Those that do will be held to many of the same pricing standards as those materials.
Shoppers may want to find out how many air pockets are used inside their airbed. Traditionally, airbeds featured only one or two air pockets, but may not hold up to six. Finally, the taller the airbed, the more expensive it is likely to be, as more materials are required to create a thicker bed.
Generally speaking, the cheaper a mattress is, the less durable it is likely to be, and vice versa. Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule, but many budget-friendly models reduce their expenses by using simpler or fewer materials. However, more expensive does not always mean better, some beds may come with features that you simply do not need or that could even hinder your own personal sleep experience.
There is certainly nothing wrong with buying either a budget-friendly or expensive product, especially if it calls to you. For the most part, however, mid-range items should offer the most “bang for your buck,” especially if they are offered with a lifetime warranty or comfort guarantee.
Add-on and Hidden Costs
Buying a mattress doesn’t always end there. There can be many other hidden factors that end up burdening your wallet. Shipping and handling, set-up fees, and other considerations may affect your bottom line.
But that doesn’t mean these extra costs aren’t worth your time! Some people are more than happy to spend a few extra bucks on White Glove delivery if it saves them a little hassle. We will break down some of the more common factors that might end up getting tacked onto your bill so you can decide what works for you.
White Glove Delivery
White Glove service refers to a standard of delivery in which the company will send people to bring the bed right into your home and have them set it up for you. Some businesses are willing to offer this service for free, while others will charge a nominal fee for the set-up. Similarly, White Glove service is not always available in every location a company ships to.
Be sure to check which you are getting when you place your order.
Much of the time, bed-in-a-box brands are willing to ship their products for free. However, there are some circumstances in which this is not possible. Some businesses will charge an additional fee to ship to Hawaii and Alaska, or companies in the United States will charge more to ship to Canada and vice versa.
It may also be beneficial to check to see whether or not different sizes are more difficult or expensive to ship. King, Cali King, or Split sizes may be pricier. Most places will have chat representatives on hand to answer these questions.
Removal of Old Bed
What do you do with your old bed once you get a new one? Some businesses will offer a convenient service that disposes of your unwanted mattress for you, and they may even find a way to recycle or donate the bed in the process – no need to cut up a whole mattress all by yourself!
Sometimes the removal of the unwanted product is included in the White Glove service, whether or not the White Glove option is free. Other times, companies will expect you to pay extra to have your old bed removed.
Platforms, Frames, and Foundations
Maybe you already have a frame or foundation, but that doesn’t always mean it will work for the mattress you choose. Many companies have specific recommendations for their beds as to the proper ways to set them up. Find out whether or not you will need to purchase a new or proprietary base, if the set up you already have will work, or if the brand offers an included frame with purchase when choosing a mattress.
Comfort Level or Model Exchanges
Some brands are willing to allow shoppers to send in their mattress or comfort materials in exchange for a different comfort level or a new model altogether. If you find yourself tossing and turning because you accidentally purchased a mattress that is too firm or too soft, you can simply switch it out for one that suits you better. This is often free within the trial period, but after that time there may be a fee required.
The great majority of bed-in-a-box businesses offer trial periods so that consumers can get an idea of how their new mattress will work for them. Since you can’t go to a store and actually lie down on the product, they give you plenty of time to test it out in your own home. Much of the time, if you return an unwanted bed within the trial period the cost of shipping is free, but some companies may withhold a small amount while refunding the rest of your purchase.
Generally, the warranty included with your purchase will ensure that you can quickly and easily replace a defective mattress within a given amount of time. Most of these arrangements will last at least 10 years, while some are extended 20 or 30 years, and in some cases, you will even be granted a lifetime warranty.
Some companies include comfort guarantees along with their warranties, to ensure that shoppers receive proper sleep for as long as they own their mattress. These offers usually allow people to trade in their comfort layers, or in some cases the entire mattress, every so many years to make sure the materials do not compress too much over time.
Each company uses a different policy to determine whether exchanges under warranty are free or not. Sometimes this will vary depending on the size of the mattress or the amount of time elapsed before making a claim.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get a mattress that costs less?
Keep in mind that sometimes the less a mattress costs, the faster it may need to be replaced. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a great deal on a great product.
We offer lots of coupons that could help you to save a few bucks when you purchase a new bed online. Shopping online, in and of itself, can be a great way to reduce the cost of a new mattress, as this process cuts out the expense of brick and mortar stores. Some brands are available through Amazon, which may offer a lower price than their home site.
Many companies offer deep discounts during certain holidays, like President’s Day or Memorial Day, allowing shoppers to save hundreds of dollars.
What is the pricing difference between sizes?
The cost of any size mattress will vary depending on the brand, construction materials, and features offered by the product. For example, a Twin mattress could run anywhere from $200 to $3,000 depending on all these factors. However, there are a few industry standards we can draw from.
It is not uncommon to find a Twin mattress that ranges between $300-$600. Much of the time, the sizes will rise in price by $100-$200 from there. So, if the Twin is $400, the Full might be $600, the Queen size $800, the King $1,000.
Occasionally, there will be special features present in the different sizes that might affect this range. A Twin or Full XL might be an extra $50-$200. Split or Cali King beds may add more to the cost, as well.
A new mattress doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! Just a little know-how can help you to find the right product that suits you and your wallet.
Determine what kind of sleeper you are and what sorts of special considerations are necessary to provide you with the ultimate sleep experience before creating your budget. If you have the ability, wait for the right time before making your purchase so you can take full advantage of sales and discounts. And don’t forget to check out our coupons and holiday buying guides before you hit the stores to maximize your spending power.
Author: Carolyn Burke
Carolyn is a horror and musical nerd. If there's blood and gore or singing and dancing (or both!) she's probably watched or read it … twice. She spends her days writing, editing and learning everything she can about the fascinating world of sleep health. Her evenings are spent playing board games with her husband, two kids, and tuxedo cat. As for hobbies, those include building models, playing video games (mostly ones with really good storytelling), and napping any time she's alone in the house.