Updated June 29, 2020

How Much to Spend on a Mattress

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The average mattress costs between $200 and $1,500. Some cost as much as $5,000. What is a good amount to spend? Is a more expensive mattresses worth it?

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It's time to buy a new bed, and you have options — too many.

You spend 1/3 of your life sleeping, so you don't want to cheap out. More expensive means better quality, right?

Not always.

High-end models can be packed with features you don't need. The truth is, most people do well somewhere in between.

We'll show you how to find that sweet spot. Learn how to get a good night's sleep without falling for pricing gimmicks.

Rule of Thumb: The average mattress lasts between 7 and 10 years and costs around $1,000. If you spend less, you'll likely buy a lower-quality mattress that you'll need to replace sooner.

Know Your Sleep Position

Mattresses aren't a one-size-fits-all purchase. Each person has their own sleeping position and preferences.

Knowing your sleeping position will help you choose the right type of mattress.

  • Back sleepers often prefer the balance of firmness and cushioning of innerspring and hybrid mattresses.

  • Side sleepers often prefer the softer cushion of a memory foam or pillow-top mattress.

  • Stomach sleepers often prefer the firmer surface of latex and innerspring beds.

Once you've narrowed down what mattress material you want, you can find one that fits within your price range.

Average Mattress Cost

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Mattress cost depends on the materials and features. On average, you can expect these prices for a queen size mattress:

Mattress TypeLowAverage CostHighLifespan
Innerspring< $950$950–$1,000> $1,0008 years
Memory foam< $900$900> $90010 years
Hybrid< $1,200$1,200–$1,650> $1,65010 years
Latex< $1,500$1,500-$2,000> $2,00010–15 years

Use these prices as a baseline. If you see mattresses that are way out of these ranges, make sure you do a lot of research on them before you buy. More expensive doesn't necessarily mean better.

While budget mattresses use cheaper or fewer materials, the super-expensive ones aren't always the right fit for you. If they have extra features that aren't made for your sleeping position, they could do you more harm than good.

What's Your Financial Situation?

If you can wait (and save) a bit, you open up your chances of finding a better bed. Spend at least $1,000 to get a good mattress that will last 7–10 years.

That being said, sometimes you just can't wait that long. If you need a bed right now, you should know how far your money will get you.

Here's an idea of what kind of queen size mattress you can get at each price range:

  • $300–$400
    These are your budget mattresses. They're made of cheaper materials that will only last you a few years. They're a great option for guest rooms that don't get used regularly. But if you're looking for a durable mattress that will last, you'll need to spend a bit more.

  • $400–$600
    Mattresses in this range will use slightly higher-quality materials. Innerspring beds in this range will have stronger coils. Memory foam mattresses will use denser foams. You won't find many hybrid or latex mattresses in this price range. On average, you can expect mattresses in this range to last less than 10 years.

  • $600–$1,000
    This is where you'll find your average-priced mattresses. You'll find lots of options for innerspring, memory foam, and hybrid beds with better support and comfort. Many beds in this category come with at least a 10-year warranty. If you're shopping for a latex bed, you'll have to spend even more.

  • $1,000–$1,500
    At this price point, you'll start seeing luxury features. For example, a layer of cooling gel over memory foam for hot sleepers or thick layers of memory foam over an innerspring mattress. At this price point, you'll also start to find some latex mattresses.

  • $1,500–$2,500
    This is your high-end price point. You'll find 20+ year warranties, and even lifetime warranties at this price . Mattresses in this category are made of the highest quality materials and have a combination of different support features.

  • $2,500 and up
    These are your high-end luxury beds that often have features the average person doesn't need. But if toxicity or your environmental footprint is important to you, there are a lot of organic and eco-friendly beds at this price range.

Things to Consider

Comfort
It doesn't matter if you spend $100 or $5,000 on a mattress. If you aren't comfortable, it's not a good fit for you. Focus on what you need.

  • Are you a stomach sleeper who needs a firm mattress? Or are you a side sleeper who needs pressure relief?

  • Do you like to sink into a memory foam mattress? Or do you want to sleep on top of a firm latex bed?

  • Are you a light sleeper who shares a bed with someone else? If so, you'll need a bed that doesn't transfer motion.

Focus on the issues you want to address before the price for the most comfortable choice.

Mattress Size
The larger the mattress, the lower the quality at cheaper price points. Again, focus on your comfort. If you need a king size bed, consider saving for a higher-priced mattress to get high-quality materials and the level of support you need.

Warranty
You don't want your mattress to fall apart after only a few months of use. Find a mattress with a warranty that covers you for at least a few years. Even expensive mattresses can have issues and break down. Make sure you protect your investment.

Trial Period
Mattresses usually come with a trial period, especially if you buy online. Find one with a reasonable period for you to test your new bed.

Some trial periods are as long as one year, while others offer a month. You'll want to try your bed out for at least a few days before making a decision. Pay close attention to the fine print too—many require you to try the bed for at least 14 days before making a decision.

How to Save on a Mattress

It's no secret that buying a mattress eats up a big part of your budget. But there are ways to save:

  • Shop Around
    If you like to try out a bed in person, try a traditional mattress store. But it's also worth it to take a look online. You'll find better deals on the same mattresses from online sellers that don't have the overhead that brick-and-mortar stores do.

    Most mattress companies offer a decent trial period for easy online returns.

  • Shop During the Holidays
    Shop around major holidays like Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, and Black Friday. Mattress stores usually have big sales during these times.

  • Price Match
    Take advantage of the mattress store's price match policy. Comparison shopping will get you better deals. Even if the store can't beat another retailer's price outright, they might throw in extras like free pillows or a mattress topper to sweeten the deal. Don't be afraid to ask for the lower price if you prefer one retailer over another.

  • Negotiate
    Mattress prices are negotiable at brick-and-mortar stores. It helps if you've shopped around and know what prices to expect. Even if you haven't, try using your best haggling skills to lower the price.

Additional Purchases

A new bed means more than just buying a mattress. You should also budget for:

  • Foundation
    Even if you already have a box spring or foundation, it might not fit the new bed. Find out the exact product details of your new mattress, including the type of foundation it needs.

  • Delivery
    Many mattress sellers offer free delivery but leave the setup to you. If you prefer to have someone do it for you, add "white glove delivery" to your budget. This usually costs $99 or more depending on the company.

  • Mattress removal
    If you need someone to take your existing mattress away, it may add to the cost. Some mattress companies include this in the delivery cost while others charge for it.

  • Returns
    A free trial period means you can return the mattress within that time frame. Some companies have you pay for the pick-up and return fees. The fees vary by company so double-check the return policy BEFORE you buy.

What Experts Say

CreditDonkey assembled a panel of mattress experts to answer readers' most pressing questions:

  • Is it better to buy a mattress online or in a store?
  • How do you know when you need to replace your mattress?

Here's what they said:

Bottom Line

The average person spends around $1,000 on a mattress. But the type of mattress and features you need will determine how much you should spend.

Think about how long you want to keep the same mattress and the importance of various features when choosing the one that suits you and your budget.

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