As more research is coming out about the numerous health benefits of sleep, more people are clamouring to upgrade the one item that is essential for any solid night’s rest: the mattress. But a mattress upgrade doesn’t always seem affordable. It is all but impossible to find a king-sized bed under $1,000 (although one of our options below offers a king size for budget buyers), but a queen-sized bed is a bit easier. As one of the most popular mattress sizes, there are multiple options available under $1,000 for people on a budget, and there is no need to sacrifice comfort in the process. We at Smarttress examined and tested various mattresses, and we narrowed the budget mattresses down to a few different options.
The criteria we used when evaluating these mattresses took all the cheaper mattresses into account and examined them to choose the best value and best comfort level. After reviewing many different mattresses, here are our results for the best mattress under $1,000.
The NECTAR mattress is one of the most affordable mattresses in recent years, and it does not sacrifice quality to achieve the amazing prices. A queen mattress typically clocks in at around $795, and a king is around $900, and those are the normal prices – Nectar often runs sales as well. This mattress is very versatile and works with many bed frame types as well, so you do not need to worry about buying a new frame for your new mattress.
We at Smarttress found the Nectar mattress to be surprisingly comfortable, and suitable for most comfort levels. It features a Tencel cooling layer, which helps keep you cool at night. Typically, we would have expected a mattress on the cheaper end to get rid of some characteristics, such as temperature regulation. However, Nectar manages to successfully incorporate this into their value mattress, and it works surprisingly well.
The Nectar is comprised of various layers of memory foam and gel foam to maximize comfort level. Nectar’s materials are affordable and durable, without being uncomfortable. We would put it on the middle of the firmness scale, so it has some cushioning and support, although it may not be as great for people who experience a lot of pain – typically people with chronic pain prefer slightly firmer mattresses.
The other great thing about Nectar mattresses, especially considering their value, is that the company boasts a “forever warranty” and a one-year risk free trial, so you can test the Nectar mattress for yourself at no risk to you and see exactly why this amazing value mattress topped our list for the best mattress under $1,000.
The Layla mattress, at queen size, is around $899. This mattress is an incredible deal, as it is far more versatile than many other mattresses of similar construction. It is a dual sided mattress, meaning there is a firmer and softer side. Depending on how you feel about firmness, some complain that the soft side is just a little “too soft”, but the firm side is the perfect amount of pressure and support that most people need. However, Smarttress found the soft side to be plush and comfortable without feeling like you were sinking, although the firmer side was definitely better for pain relief.
The bulk of the mattress is made of a high-density copper infused foam, which is where most of the support and the comfort comes from. On the softer side of the mattress, there is a larger portion of the foam, where the firmer side has a thinner layer. The middle section is the support of the mattress, and also reinforces the firm versus soft sides with ridges (soft) or no ridges (firm).
This material is also very breathable, so the Layla mattress does not sleep hot at all. In fact, it does a pretty good job of keeping the sleeper cool at night, although with any foam mattress there may be a risk. The Layla kept us comfortable throughout a long night of sleep for our testers and prevented them from getting too warm.
The only small drawback to the Layla mattress is that it struggles in the area of motion isolation – but only on the softer side. Where the firm side does a good job of preventing too much motion transfer, allowing for partners to sleep comfortably without waking each other, the softer side of the mattress did suffer a bit in the area. The softer foam allowed more room for motion transfer, so it was a lot easier to feel movement from another person.
Overall, the Layla mattress is a fantastic value, and it is great for those who alternate between wanting a softer mattress and a firm one.
Tuft & Needle Mattress
The Tuft & Needle mattress is one of the simplest and most comfortable mattresses on the market. With only 2 layers, it sounds like it should be a lot less comfortable than it is. However, we at Smarttress all agree that two layers is all the Tuft & Needle mattress needs to be comfortable and a great deal. With their largest size costing only approximately $700, this mattress is an amazing deal for the comfort you receive in return.
Their patented foam layer, which sits on top of this surprisingly comfortable mattress, perfectly contours to the body without sacrificing the support most people want from a foam mattress. The second layer is a high-quality, high-density layer designed specifically for support. With these two simple layers of foam, Tuft & Needle breaks down a mattress to its bare necessities for a lot of comfort and a smaller price tag.
The Tuft & Needle mattress, since it does have so few layers and is designed to adapt to the body, is suitable for people of all shapes and sizes. It is firm without sacrificing comfort and soft without sacrificing support. This mattress is cheap in a good way and truly has everything you could need from a simple mattress.
The Bottom Line
It is not easy to find the best mattress under $1,000, especially a good, durable mattress. However, these three mattresses proved themselves to be above and beyond what you might expect from a cheaper mattress, and they are great choices for any budget.