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Article updated on May 21, 2024 at 12:30 PM PDT

Best Cheap Mattress for 2024

Sleep better with a great mattress that won’t destroy your wallet. Here are our tested and reviewed choices for the best cheap mattress.

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McKenzie Dillon
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McKenzie, a Certified Sleep Science Coach and proclaimed mattress expert, has been writing sleep content in the wellness space for over four years. After earning her certification from the Spencer Institute and dedicating hundreds of hours to sleep research, she has extensive knowledge on the topic and how to improve your quality of rest. Having more experience with lying on mattresses than most, McKenzie has reviewed over 150 beds and a variety of different sleep products including pillows, mattress toppers and sheets. McKenzie has also been a guest on multiple radio shows including WGN Chicago as a sleep expert and contributed sleep advice to over 50 different websites.
Expertise Certified Sleep Science Coach, Certified Stress Management Coach, Bachelor of English.

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Body type

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Our Picks

$799 at Dreamfoam Bedding
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Best cheap mattress overall
Dreamfoam Hybrid
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$336 at Amazon
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Best cheap bed-in-a-box mattress
Zinus Green Tea mattress
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$180 at Dreamfoam
Dreamfoam Doze
Best cheap mattress for guest rooms
Dreamfoam Doze
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$699 at Cocoon by Sealy
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Best cheap mattress for hot sleepers
Cocoon Chill
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$424 at Amazon
Tuft & Needle Nod cheap mattress
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Best cheap mattress on Amazon
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$340 at Lucid Mattress
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Best cheap memory-foam mattress
Lucid 10-inch Gel Memory Foam
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$317 at Walmart
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Best cheap mattress under $500
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There are still great options available online for budget-conscious buyers. The best affordable mattresses will offer support and comfort without breaking the bank. Everyone deserves a good night's sleep, from side sleepers to stomach sleepers, there's a quality mattress out there for you. For those sleepers who need a softer mattress, memory foam mattress with great foam layers, or you’re looking for the best budget hybrid mattress around -- we’ve found something for everyone.

Our prices are based on queen size mattresses since it's the most common mattress. That doesn't mean going up or down a size will keep them from being inexpensive mattresses, it will likely still be a cheaper mattress for the size you need compared to others on the market.

What's the best cheap mattress overall?

Dreamfoam by Brooklyn Bedding makes comfortable bed-in-a-box mattresses with various feels and firmness levels to accommodate a wide range of people. The Dreamfoam Hybrid is a popular option in the brand's Dreamsync Collection that offers a medium firmness profile and a soft, neutral foam feel that most people will enjoy. You don't want to sacrifice quality when buying a cheap mattress, which is not a concern when you buy the Dreamfoam Hybrid. 

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The best cheap mattresses of 2024

Dreamfoam Hybrid

Best cheap mattress overall

Our take - The Dreamfoam Hybrid is a popular and accommodating bed-in-a-box mattress that lands on the affordable side of the price scale. Just over 10 inches thick and constructed with four distinct layers, this bed is thicker and more durable than other low-cost mattresses I've tested. Its medium firmness level and neutral foam feel should suit most sleeping positions. 
Type
hybrid mattress
Firmness
5 or about a medium
Trial
120 nights
Warranty
10-year limited warranty
Price scale
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$799 at Dreamfoam Bedding
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Zinus Green Tea mattress

Best cheap bed-in-a-box mattress

Our take - This bed-in-a-box mattress is a soft memory-foam bed, perfect for side sleepers on a budget. Thicker mattresses tend to be more durable, and this budget mattress has multiple height options. We recommend getting the 10- or 12-inch height profile, making it a little more durable than other models on our list.
Type
memory-foam mattress
Firmness
3-4 or medium-soft
Trial
100 nights
Warranty
10-year limited warranty
Price
$
$336 at Amazon
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Dreamfoam Doze

Best cheap mattress for guest rooms

Our take - This neutral foam mattress is perfect for a guest room. First, it is affordable -- possibly the most affordable mattress we have ever tested. You don’t want to spend too much money on a bed that will sit in a guest room. Second, this is a very basic mattress. It is all foam, and its feel is very neutral, meaning it isn’t too dense. This feel appeals to most audiences, so your guests will likely find it comfortable. 
Type
neutral foam mattress
Firmness
medium to medium-firm
Trial
120 nights
Warranty
10-year limited warranty
Price
$
25% off sitewide with code:
$180 at Dreamfoam
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Cocoon Chill

Best cheap mattress for hot sleepers

Our take - Cocoon Chill by Sealy proves you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for a good cooling bed. I suspect Cocoon Chill is one of the cheapest cooling mattresses you can get. It has a phase change cover that actively draws heat away from your body and delivers a noticeably cool feel when lying on the mattress. Memory foam is its primary comfort material, which has a reputation for sleeping hot, but that's not the case here.
Type
cooling memory foam mattress
Firmness
medium to medium-firm or 6
Trial
100 nights
Warranty
10-year warranty
35% off + free pillows and sheets applied in cart
$699 at Cocoon by Sealy
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Tuft & Needle Nod

Best cheap mattress on Amazon

Our take - Tuft & Needle is a reputable brand, and that is one of the reasons why I think it's the best cheap mattress on Amazon, as some sellers can be a little unreliable. The Tuft & Needle Nod is a great entry-level bed for people who want simplicity at an affordable price. It has a medium firmness level suitable for all body types and a light and airy feel that most people will generally find comfortable. It's the ultimate "safe pick," if you ask me. 
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Type
poly foam mattress
Firmness
medium or 5
Trial
100 nights
Warranty
10-year limited warranty
15% off mattress
$424 at Amazon
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Lucid 10-inch Gel Memory Foam

Best cheap memory-foam mattress

Our take - While you have multiple heights to choose from, the 10-inch model offers a good value for the price. It has a dense memory-foam feel that responds slowly to pressure and morphs around your body's curves. I think it's ideal for side sleepers as it molds around the curves of the hips and shoulders, providing ample pressure relief to those joints.
Type
memory foam mattress
Firmness
medium-soft or 3
Trial
30 nights
Warranty
10-year limited warranty
$340 at Lucid Mattress
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Allswell

Best cheap mattress under $500

Our take - The Allswell brand comes from one of the most popular and cheapest retailers in the world, Walmart, which decided it wanted to enter the bed-in-a-box mattress game. Most hybrid mattresses that combine foam and steel coils cost at least $700, usually more. Back, stomach and heavy sleepers on a budget should find the Allswell a comfortable pick, and it's one of the best-build beds for the money.
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Type
hybrid mattress
Firmness
Medium to medium firm: (6)
Trial
100 nights
Warranty
10-year limited warranty
$317 at Walmart
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Other cheap mattresses we've tested

Much goes on behind the scenes to curate our best lists, including hundreds of mattress-testing hours to find out which beds are truly worth your money. Our CNET Sleep editors are the ones who curated this best affordable mattress list, as they chose their top favorite cheap beds from the 100+ they've tested. With that being said, they've also included another mattress option below that could also be up for consideration. 

Bear Original mattress: The Bear Original mattress isn't the cheapest bed we've encountered, but it offers excellent value. It's made with graphite-gel memory foam, so it doesn't retain heat like older types of memory foam mattresses used to, and it provides that signature hugging feel memory foam has become known for. In my opinion, one of the best parts -- besides the budget mattress price -- is the optional Celliant-infused cover.

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How we test cheap mattresses

CNET editors pick the products and services we write about based on editorial merit. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission. For this list, we considered a "cheap mattress" to be between $300 and $800 (with discounts applied). Many cheap mattresses are low-quality, but the ones listed here were chosen because of their ability to stand out as quality beds at affordable prices. 

It's impressive to have a cheap mattress with cooling tech, a thick, cheap mattress or a cheap mattress with targeted support and pressure relief. Other cheap beds listed don't have special qualities, but they're quite comfortable for the price they offer and are more durable than poor-quality cheap mattresses. 

Read more on how we test mattresses.

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What to consider when buying a cheap mattress

You get what you pay for, and that rings especially true with mattresses. That said, there are cheap mattresses out there that are both worth the money and comfy to sleep on each night. You can't expect any crazy bells and whistles, but that's not typically what you look for in a cheap mattress. 

  • Construction: Your body type should help determine the type of mattress construction you want. People over 230 pounds may want a cheap hybrid mattress because the steel coils inside of them help them provide more support. People under that weight can opt for a cheap foam mattress. You should also consider thickness; the thicker the mattress, the more supportive it is. 
  • Brand reputation: Do your research when you're looking to buy the best cheap mattress and look closely at retailers, especially on Amazon. Some companies try to sell dupes of popular cheap beds like Casper Element and Nod, so be vigilant. 
  • Firmness: What's best, a soft or firm mattress? It depends on your sleeping position. Side sleepers should consider a soft mattress, whereas back and stomach sleepers may want something on the firmer end for ample back support. 
  • Price: Remember, you get what you pay for. You likely won't find a bed under $100 or even $200 unless it's designed to fall apart in a year or is already used. 

We also feel it's important to remind you of possible downsides of buying a cheap mattress:

  • They typically aren't as thick or durable as an average foam or hybrid bed.
  • Unless there's specific cooling tech, they can sleep hotter than a regular mattress.
  • Cheap beds don't usually use organic or natural materials.
  • Unless it's a hybrid, a cheap mattress likely isn't supportive enough for someone over 230 pounds.
  • Cheap mattresses are made with cheaper or fewer materials to achieve a lower price.

What you can expect is a few layers of comfy foam or a layer of pocketed coils if you go for something like the Allswell mattress. You can typically get around three to five years out of a cheap bed, maybe a little longer if you take good care of it (rotate it every six months and deep clean it once a year). 

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Best cheap mattresses FAQs

Which mattress types are more expensive than others?

Foam mattresses tend to be cheaper than innerspring or hybrid mattresses because the materials are cheaper to make. Hybrid mattresses are made with steel coils, while foam beds are made from soft foam materials. Memory foam and polyurethane foam are among the most affordable types of foam, while latex foam tends to be the most expensive -- especially if it's natural or organic. 

Are cheap mattresses worth it?

If you aren't looking for extreme durability and longevity, a cheap mattress may be a good option. Cheap mattresses may be ideal for young children or professionals looking to save money. They also work well for guest bedrooms, college dorm rooms and first-time apartments. If you want to invest in your sleep and keep your mattress for more than five years, you may want to save up a little more. 

When is the best time to buy a mattress?

Online brands run discounts at all times of the year, but you'll usually walk away with the best deals around key holidays like Presidents Day, Labor Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Black Friday and Christmas. 

What are the best budget mattress brands?

You'll find the best budget mattresses from Lucid, Zinus, Allswell, Tuft & Needle, Dreamfoam and Sealy.