Best Mattress Under $1000

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A new mattress is one of the most important purchases you’ll make, which is why so many people are willing to drop thousands of dollars on one. The thing is, you don’t have to do that. For $1,000 or less, you can find a high-quality, durable mattress that will serve you for years – even decades.

The best mattress under $1,000 is different for everyone, depending on your sleeping preferences. So after countless hours of research and hands on testing, we’ve compiled this list to make your life just a little bit easier.

Best Mattress Under $1000 Comparison Table

MattressTypeSizeWarrantyFirmnessReview

Helix Sleep Mattress
Foam, spring10 in.10 yearsCustomReview

My Green Mattress
Innerspring11 in.10 yearsMedium-firmLearn More

PangeaBed Copper Mattress
Foam, latex, gel10.5 inches10 yearsMediumReview

Bear Mattress
Gel foam, response foam, polyfoam10 inches10 yearsFirmReview

Dreamfoam Eurotop Latex Mattress
Latex, latex foam12 in.10 yearsCustomReview

DROMMA Bio Foam Mattress
Foam, gel, latex foam12 in.10 yearsFirmReview

Layla Mattress
Memory foam, polyfoam10 in.LifetimeMedium and firm (Adjustable)Review

Novosbed
Memory foam, polyfoam11 in.15 yearsMediumReview

How to Choose a Great Mattress for Less Than $1,000

When you think about laying down on your current mattress, is it inviting? Do you liken it to a cloud or a brick? Whether you choose soft, medium, or firm, you aren’t wrong – to each their own. It isn’t recommended to just blindly choose a mattress that rings up for less than $1,000. You need to figure out which mattress will work best for you. To do that, you need to assess your sleeping habits.

Side Sleepers

If the most comfortable position for sleeping for you is on your side and you’re on an old mattress, you may notice that you wake up with pains on your shoulder, hip, and neck. You need a mattress that relieves those pressure points, so you’ll want to search for a mattress that’s a bit softer, but with plenty of support.

Stomach Sleepers

Those of you who just can’t fall asleep unless you’re practically face-planted on your mattress will likely agree that it gets hot at night and you may even deal with night sweats. This is especially true if you’re sleeping on a mattress that’s too soft. Not only that, a super-soft mattress can make you feel suffocated. Look for a bed that’s firmer so you and your body have plenty of breathing room.

Back Sleepers

Congratulations, back sleepers – you guys are sleeping in the best position for your body. You may find that you’re a bit like Goldilocks, though. A mattress that’s too firm can be uncomfortable, while a too-soft bed can also leave you feeling stiff in the morning. A medium firmness with a soft topper is probably going to please you the most. Next, you’ll want to choose the details or extras that matter to you. You may find that these features of a mattress are negotiable.

Bounciness

There’s something satisfying about flopping onto a bed and having it bounce back a little. If this is important to you, then you may think you have to stick to a traditional spring mattress. The good news is that innerspring mattresses have improved significantly over the years. The other good news is that you can get bounce from a latex mattress.

Edge Support

Have you ever sat on the edge of a bed, but felt yourself slipping off? This is a common issue with memory foam and latex mattresses. You can still find some latex mattresses with firmer edge support, but generally, you’re going to want to look for an innerspring mattress to keep you firmly on your bed.

No-Flip Needed

Don’t fall into this marketing trap. Many mattress companies pushed pillow-top, no-flip coil spring mattresses, which actually reduce the life of your mattress. Flipping and rotating your mattress keeps the spring strong in coils, and reduces the wear of other materials, such as latex and memory foam.

Motion Isolating

If you share a bed with a partner and you’re a light sleeper, you’re probably awakened by late-night bathroom trips by your partner. They can’t help it – a bouncy mattress (especially spring mattress) is going to shift a bit when there’s movement. A memory foam mattress is best for not transferring that motion to the other person sleeping soundly.

Cooling Features

You have a few options when it comes to keeping cool at night. If you get overheated at night, it may be most important to you to buy a mattress that “breathes,” like a coil spring bed. Memory foam is known to trap body heat, but there are toppers that can help. Latex is a good choice for hot sleepers, too.

Hypoallergenic

Although no mattress is truly able to keep out all allergens, there are some that are resistant to allergens and are considered somewhat hypoallergenic. Dust mites like to bury down deep in coils and nest there. In latex and memory foam mattress, there are fewer places for dust mites to get comfy and call home.

What You Can Expect at the $1,000 Range

Regardless of what you’ve heard from some mattress salespeople, you don’t have to pay $5,000 for an amazing mattress. Comfort and support can absolutely be had for less than that. Budgeting about $1,000 for a high-quality mattress is more than enough to get everything you want.

What You Get for $5,000

  • High-quality, high-coil-count springs
  • Several layers of foam for extra support
  • Soft, medium, or firm support
  • Strong stitching
  • Lifetime warranty*
  • Good national marketing campaign
  • Exclusively sold in certain mattress stores
  • Brand name

What You Get for $1,000 (or less)

  • High-quality, high-coil-count springs
  • Several layers of foam for extra support
  • Soft, medium, or firm support
  • Strong stitching
  • Reasonable warranty
Notice there isn’t much difference between a $5,000 bed and a $1,000 bed. Really it comes down to retail and manufacturer mark-ups. The asterisk next to the lifetime warranty is especially important to note because it’s kind of like that whole no-flip campaign. Your mattress isn’t going to last a lifetime and no mattress company is going to honor that. Warranties cover manufacturer defects, not regular wear and tear. If there are any manufacturer defects, they’re likely to show up in the first year or two, so you really don’t need a warranty longer than that.

Memory Foam Mattresses

At this price range, you’re actually set pretty well when it comes to memory foam. Quality is likely to be top notch, or at least at a level which is going to feel comfortable while lasting for a reasonable amount of time.

Foam Density and Durability

Foam density, the measurement which determines the life of your mattress, as well as, to some extent, the way it feels, is always an important factor when considering a new mattress purchase. The higher the density, the better. As an example, good quality foam in a mattress comfort layer, if it’s memory foam, should be at least four pounds per cubic foot. Once you hit five, you’re in the high quality zone, which is more expensive. Anything above six is a waste of money, as you start suffering from diminishing returns.

For a support layer, aim for a foam density of at least 1.8 pounds per cubic foot. This is going to make sure you have good support and it won’t break down too quickly. Something to keep in mind is BMI can also have an effect on the durability of your mattress and the density of foam you should try to get. These numbers are for people with a BMI below 30. If your BMI is above 30, go for two pounds per cubic foot in polyfoam and at least five pounds in memory foam.

Thickness

You might not think you’ll get a decently thick mattress when looking at the price difference between the “high-end” models and those under $1,000, but you would be incorrect. Mattresses in this price range can run anywhere from 10 inches thick to 15 inches. This means you’re likely to be able to have a fair number of layers featuring multiple properties in order to give you a very comfortable experience.

Innerspring Mattresses

As with memory foam, innerspring mattresses in the sub-$1,000 range are going to be quite good, but their materials could vary to some extent. What I’ve often seen in those more expensive models are springs using the same steel swords are made of, etc. Sure, this might make it stronger, but that doesn’t mean the difference is going to be worth the additional dough.

Spring Types

In modern times, there are two types of innerspring setups, and you’re going to find them both at this price range. Linked coils are likely to be what was in the mattress you used when you were growing up. These are the kind that don’t absorb any sort of motion, making the whole bed bounce when somebody moves around. It’s great for jumping on the bed and such, but not so good for using as a comfort layer when there are better options.

The second and, in my opinion, superior options are individually wrapped coils. These are coils which are wrapped, usually in some sort of cloth, and lined up inside the bed. Sometimes they are filled with foam or other materials to give added comfort, but most often it’s just air in there. The theory here, and I can say in practice that it works, is that if the coils aren’t all linked together, they can move independently of each other. This helps the mattress conform to your body in a way similar to memory foam, but still gives more firmness than foam does.

Gauge

The gauge of your mattress springs is fairly important as that will determine how much give they will have. This is going to be completely up to personal preference, just as the firmness of memory foam is. Gauge is a measurement of thickness, with the lower gauges providing a more firm experience. Mattresses typically run anywhere from 12 to 15 gauge with their innersprings. For firm, look for 13 and below. Anything above will have a bit more give.

Latex Mattresses

If you’ve not considered a latex mattress, I would suggest giving them a look. Latex is a great alternative to traditional memory foam for various reasons, not the least of which is its impact on the environment. Most latex is completely natural, making it a renewable resource, rather than the chemicals and such used in polyfoam and memory foam. There are two methods of making latex foam, and each has a different result. The first is the Dunlop method. Latex foam made using the Dunlop method is dense and very elastic. It’s also less expensive to make than the other option. It is, however, not as soft. If you want softness, Talalay is what you’re looking for.
The Talalay method is basically the same as the Dunlop, save for an added step at the end in which hot rods are placed into the foam to quickly set it in place. This makes it lighter and softer and excellent for mattresses. This second method also allows for some variety. The rods can be placed at different intervals and thicknesses, allowing for custom softness. Some mattresses will use this to provide different layers of comfort across a single layer of foam.

What to look for at the $1,000 range

A latex mattress at this price range isn’t unheard of. Since it’s not especially expensive to create, you’ll often find it as a layer in a mattress, while some are composed entirely of the stuff. At this price range, however, you might be stuck with Dunlop latex. It’s good stuff, but not as good as Talalay. If you can find a Talalay latex at this price, I’d say it’s worth some heavy consideration.

Should You Do Any Comparison Shopping?

When it’s time for a new mattress, your instinct may be to head to a mattress store to bounce on every mattress in the store. It’s tempting – and fun – but a few moments on a bed isn’t going to tell you much. To find the best bed under $1,000, you’ll need to lay down on a mattress for a good 10 to 15 minutes in the position you normally sleep in to decide whether it’s right for you.
Still, it isn’t necessary – especially if you buy your mattress online. Many mattress companies that sell their beds online offer a generous return policy. Typically, you get 90 to 100 days to test your new mattress, and if it isn’t right, the company can arrange pickup for your mattress and return your money. It’s the new, better way to buy a mattress.

 

Reviews of Mattresses Under $1,000

PangeaBed Copper Mattress

Specs

  • Weight: 91 lbs.
  • Height: 10.5 inches
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Type: Foam, latex, gel
  • Firmness: Medium
The PangeaBed Copper mattress is a unique concept in the mattress-in-a-box world. In addition to the latex and foam layers, PangeaBed includes a copper-infused layer of latex that’s meant to inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, and microbes. The copper plus the gel layer help disperse heat so you sleep cooler and more comfortably. You don’t need a box spring for this type of mattress, but a base of some kind is suggested by the manufacturer. The thickness of this mattress is only 10.5 inches, so it’s a bit thinner than some others that are comparable. The good news is, though, that standard sheets are going to fit just fine. You get 100 days (nights) to test this bed to decide whether it’s right for you – shipping and returns are free. A combination of foam and latex means you get good support, a bit of bounce, and softness. It’s sort of that happy-medium on all points that we’re all in search of.
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Pros

  • Free shipping and return
  • Cooling gel layer
  • 100-night return policy
  • Isolates movement
  • Allergen-resistant
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Cons

  • Not 100% latex
  • Lacking strong edge support

Bear Mattress

Specs

  • Weight: 59 lbs.
  • Height: 10 inches
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Type: Gel foam, response foam, polyfoam
  • Firmness: Firm
One of the most notable parts of the Bear Mattress is the Celliant cover. I have only seen this on one other mattress, and the way it functions is like magic, to me. It purports to be able to take your body heat and transform it into infrared light which is then reflected back to your skin to help you sleep better. It’s a pretty big claim, but one that sounds interesting, to say the least. The second great part of this mattress is the gel foam layer which sits above a thick layer of response foam. The gel particles, combined with the open cell design of the foam itself, help keep the sleeper much cooler than traditional memory foam would. That response foam layer is pretty good, too, as it should allow for better conforming to your body as you sleep.
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Pros

  • Heat-transforming cover
  • Graphite gel foam layer
  • 100-night return policy
  • Isolates movement
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Cons

  • No edge support
There’s a lot to love about this mattress. With the cooling properties of the mattress, combined with the extra comfortable response layer, this is one you should definitely consider.

Best Latex Mattresses Under $1,000

Dreamfoam Ultimate Dreams Eurotop Latex Mattress

Specs

  • Weight: 125 lbs.
  • Thickness: 12 in.
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Type: Latex, latex foam
  • Firmness: Custom
When you want a mattress that’s supportive, but also pillow-soft, you might want to include Dreamfoam to your list of beds to research. This Ultimate Dreams Eurotop latex mattress uses a variety of latex and latex foam for a dense base, a breathable layer, and a comfort layer. In fact, the top 3-inch layer of this mattress is removal, if you find your bed is too soft. Dreamfoam claims the latex foam that’s used in this bed reduces tossing and turning, so you feel cradled to sleep and stay in one position all night. That allows for a much deeper sleep. Like a few other companies, Dreamfoam offers a customizable softness or firmness level, so you simply choose a number on a 1-10 scale and get your mattress just right. Additionally, Dreamfoam is so affordable that you can even get one of these mattresses in a California King size, should you so desire.
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Pros

  • Affordable large sizes
  • Customizable softness level
  • Breathable foam layer
  • 90-night trial
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Cons

  • May sag after a few years
  • Retains some heat

DROMMA Bio Foam Mattress

Specs

  • Weight: 95 lbs.
  • Size: 12 in.
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Type: Foam, gel, latex foam
  • Firmness: Firm
It seems that DROMMA is really driving home the point that its mattress, which is made up of foam, gel, and latex foam, is one of the best choices for a cool night of sleep. It refers to its 8-inch foam base as a “cool base” and its 2.5-inch middle layer of gel as “breeze gel.” The top layer is called “flow latex” and it’s 1.5 inches thick. All of these materials together combine to give you support and comfort. Mattress-in-a-box companies are known for giving you a few months to test the mattress to decide whether it’s right for you, but DROMMA takes this further. You get 200 nights to try the mattress and if you’re not happy with it, you can return it for a full refund. The mattress cover is removable and washable, which is uncommon with these types of mattresses. The manufacturer doesn’t require a foundation for this bed, and you’ll still get good support and comfort.
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Pros

  • No foundation needed
  • Cooling layers
  • 200-night return policy
  • Isolates movement
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Cons

  • No edge support
  • Thicker; may require deep pocket sheets

Best Innerspring Mattresses Under $1,000

Helix Sleep Mattress

Specs

  • Weight: 75 lbs.
  • Size: 10 in.
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Type: Foam, spring
  • Firmness: Custom
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just create your own mattress that’s perfect for how you and your partner sleep? Helix thought so, too. So, the mattress company created almost fully personalized beds for those who want the best of memory foam and coil spring mattresses. All the beds Helix makes include some combination of hybrid foam and latex to provide a cool, comfortable sleep, and softness, with microcoils to give your bed bounce and support, and polyfoam, which provides density. Whether you prefer a firm or soft bed, Helix positions the dense polyfoam in the appropriate places to make it so. The benefit of all these features is that you get a sleep you want, and if it’s not quite right, you can return the mattress within 100 days for a refund or a do-over. This is one of the most affordable customizable mattresses you can buy.
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Pros

  • Customizable firmness
  • Cooling foam layer
  • 100-night return policy
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Cons

  • Transfers motion a bit
  • May dip a bit for heavier users

Pure Echo

Specs

  • Weight: 90 lbs.
  • Size: 11 in.
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Type: Innerspring
  • Firmness: Medium-firm

The Pure Echo mattress is sort of the modern evolution of the mattresses we grew up with. It doesn’t have any memory foam, or any foam at all. Its comfort layer is pure, heavyweight organic cotton. The cotton is nice, but the real magic comes in the three-zone innerspring system. The core of the mattress is composed of three different gauges of springs. At the head and foot you have 15.5 gauge coils, which have a fair amount of give, letting your head sink in a little bit. In the middle are 14.5 gauge coils, so there’s a little extra firmness to help keep your neck and back straight, but still allow you to sink in. You can sink, of course, thanks to the pocketed coils being able to move independently of each other. As a side note, this mattress can be purchased in either a one-sided or two-sided form. The two-sided mattress can be flipped, giving it a longer lifespan at the cost of only a couple hundred more dollars. The following information is for the two-sided mattress.

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Pros

  • Individually wrapped coils
  • Organic wool and cotton cover
  • Cotton comfort layer
  • 100-night return policy
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Cons

  • No foam

Best Memory Foam Mattresses Under $1,000

Layla

Specs

  • Weight: 70 lbs.
  • Size: 10 in.
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Type: Memory foam, polyfoam
  • Firmness: Medium and firm (Adjustable)
In a similar fashion to the PangeaBed Copper Mattress, the Layla Mattress also features the wonderful metal copper. It has some other features, however, the PangeaBed does not. Instead of using latex, the Layla Mattress features copper-infused memory foam. Since copper is an excellent conductor of heat, this should help with cooling. They also claim it will help with blood circulation. At the core of the mattress is a 6-inch layer of convoluted high-density foam. At the bottom is another layer of copper-infused memory foam. This, however, isn’t here to serve as a base layer, it’s a second top layer because the mattress can actually be flipped. In this way, it actually has two different firmness levels and can be changed pretty much on the fly. In order to facilitate this, the mattress cover is actually removable, which gives you another excellent feature. A removable cover means it can be washed, and that is always a good thing.
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Pros

  • Copper-infused foam
  • Two levels of firmness
  • 120-night trial period
  • Removable cover
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Cons

  • Single comfort layer
  • Convoluted foam core

Novosbed

Specs

  • Weight: 98 lbs.
  • Size: 11 in.
  • Warranty: 15 years
  • Type: Memory foam, polyfoam
  • Firmness: Medium
The Novosbed has three different firmness levels, but the medium firmness is their most popular one. Like the Layla mattress, the Novosbed has a washable top cover. In addition to being removable, it’s also quite soft. As for the three foam layers, the Novosbed folks don’t mess around. Both comfort layers use memory foam with a density of five pounds per cubic foot, which is great for longevity. Additionally, the top layer is designed for excellent airflow, keeping you cooler as you sleep. The support layer is seven inches of 1.8 pounds per cubic foot foam. This is also of a very high quality. Basically, this mattress is going to last you quite some time. That is, of course, important when making an investment like this.
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Pros

  • High quality foam throughout
  • Top layer designed for air-flow
  • 120-night trial period
  • Removable cover
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Cons

  • Too firm without additional topper

Conclusion

As with choosing mattresses at any price point, it really comes down to personal feel and preference, but also durability and material quality. After hours and hours of research and hands on testing, these mattresses listed here are all excellent choices in the $1000 price range.