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How Much Does a Mattress Cost?

There’s no one-size-fits-all price tag for a quality mattress. You can spend as little as $250 and as much as $3,500+ on a new bed. Many factors contribute to a bed’s price: the mattress size, materials used, country of manufacture, and more.

Because there is so much variance in price from size to size and material to material, it can be difficult to get a basic grasp of a price range to expect. For a quick estimate, it’s helpful to compare price ranges for each category of mattress.

Average Mattress Cost by Category:

Mattress CategoryDescriptionPrice RangeAverage Price (Queen)Average Price (Twin)
BudgetAffordable beds, typically all-foam or innerspring construction using basic materials.$250-$1,000$600$400
Mid-RangeMid-range beds, usually all-foam, innerspring, or hybrid using quality materials.$500-$1,500$1,000$600
LuxuryLuxurious beds; mostly hybrid and latex construction using high-end materials.$1,200-$3,000+$1,800$1,300

Average Mattress Cost by Material:

Mattress CategoryDescriptionPrice RangeAverage Price (Queen)Average Price (Twin)
InnerspringAffordable beds, typically all-foam or innerspring construction using basic materials.$500-$1,200+$1,050$600
All-FoamMid-range beds, usually all-foam, innerspring, or hybrid using quality materials.$250-$1,200+$1,050$500
LatexLuxurious beds; mostly hybrid and latex construction using high-end materials.$1,000-$2,500+$2,000$1,100
HybridHybrid beds combine traditional metal coils with layers of foam materials, to create a good blend of comfort and support.$1,000-$3,000+$2,050$1,150

Factors Influencing Mattress Price

A wide variety of factors can contribute to the overall cost of a new bed. The most significant ones are:

Material & Construction:Perhaps the biggest cost factor for a new bed are the materials used, and the quality and craftsmanship that goes into making the mattress. Hybrid beds (which have both innerspring coils and foam) are typically more expensive than all-foam models. And beds made from luxury or specialty materials, such as latex, are also pricier than standard memory foam. Even all-foam beds can have a significant amount of variance in price, depending on the type of foam used. Polyfoam is relatively inexpensive, while memory foam and specialty materials such as copper-infused memory foam can add to the cost of a bed.

Mattress Size:The price of a mattress will scale directly with the size. Smaller beds, such as Twins, generally cost about half as much as large King size beds. Less popular bed sizes, including California King and Twin XL are also slightly more expensive than similarly sized mattresses in more traditional sizes. Refer to the table above to get an idea of mattress prices by size.

Online vs. In-Person:While it may seem logical to purchase a mattress in a brick-and-mortar store where you can test it out, it will almost always be more expensive to go this route. A Consumer Reports investigation found that local mattress stores were selling mattresses at markups of up to 900% – which means customers were paying $3,000 for a mattress that cost about $300 to make. Online mattress retailers have far lower overhead costs, and are able to sell at much smaller margins. By shopping for a mattress online, you can save a good amount of money.

Warranty & Return Terms:Most new beds come with some sort of warranty, and most manufacturers also offer some sort of return policy. The details of these policies can influence the initial purchase cost, with longer warranties typically adding some cost to your initial purchase price.

Additional Costs for a New Mattress

The initial purchase price of a mattress is the biggest expense, but it’s not the only one. There are some extra expenses that you’ll want to budget for:

Shipping & Setup Costs:Depending on where you buy your mattress, you may have to cover the cost of shipping, in-home delivery and/or setup. If not included in the purchase price, expect to spend $50-$100 on shipping, and even more on white-glove in-home delivery. Some companies even offer removal of your old bed, for an additional fee. Many online companies now offer free shipping, so make sure to shop around.

Foundations & Accessories:Beyond the initial mattress purchase, you’ll also need to consider the cost of any accessories you will need. A foundation/box spring can be a major cost, and even small things like bedding can add up. The cost of these items varies significantly, but as with mattresses themselves, accessory prices tend to scale with the mattress size you purchase (so King accessories will cost significantly more than Twin). Likewise, odd sizes like California King and Twin XL are more difficult to find accessories for, and many options are more expensive for these sizes.

Warranty & Returns:Some mattress warranties – as well as return policies – have expenses associated with them. For instance, some manufacturers require the customer to pay for return shipping during a warranty claim, or there may be “restocking” fees associated with a product return. Be sure to check the terms of each policy before purchasing.

How Much Does a Good Mattress Cost?

Quick Overview

Mattresses sold today range in price from $150 or less to more than $5,000, but most shoppers can find the mattress they need for under $1,000. The price-point of a mattress depends on several factors, including type, size, height, material composition, and durability.

This guide offers shopping tips for comparing mattresses based on different factors and finding the right model for you and your sleep partner at a reasonable price.

Average Mattress Prices

Mattress type impacts the price-point more than any other factor. The price range of foam mattresses, for example, varies significantly from the price ranges of latex or hybrid models. The table below features current price ranges for five common mattress types; please note that the prices listed below are for Queen-size models. Click the links in the left-hand column to read our full analyses of each mattress type.

Mattress TypeLow Price RangeMedium Price RangeHigh Price RangeAverage Price-Point (Queen)
InnerspringLess than $700$700 to $1,200More than $1,200$1,038
FoamLess than $600$600 to $1,200More than $1,200$1,044
LatexLess than $1,500$1,500 to $2,500More than $2,500$1,971
HybridLess than $1,500$1,500 to $2,200More than $2,200$2,077
AirbedLess than $1,500$1,500 to $2,500More than $2,500$2,283

Cost Factors for Different Mattress Types

Next, let’s look at some factors that influence the price of different mattress types.

Cost Factors for Innerspring Mattresses

Here are some important considerations to make when looking at innersprings:

  • The price-point of an innerspring mattress is often tied to durability and lifespan. Cheaper models tend to feature polyfoam comfort layers and bonnell coils, which typically perform for three to five years. Costlier innersprings may feature memory foam or latex in the comfort layer and more durable coils — such as offset or continuous-wire coils — in the support core.
  • Some innersprings are constructed with pocketed (or fabric-wrapped) coils; it’s important to note that mattresses featuring at least two inches of memory foam and/or latex in the comfort layer and pocketed coils in the support core are technically considered hybrids, not innersprings.
  • Gauge (or thickness) can be used to determine how durable a mattress coil is; thicker low-gauge coils are more durable than thinner high-gauge coils.
  • Many mattress manufacturers list ‘coil count’ as a measure of quality and durability — and the price may reflect this — but coil count does not necessarily reflect the lifespan of an innerspring mattress.

Cost Factors for Foam Mattresses

Foam mattresses are typically priced using the following criteria:

  • Foam density plays a role in mattress durability, and is a key factor for foam mattress pricing. Low-density foams are softer and tend to deteriorate quickly, and are most often used in relatively cheap mattress models. High-density foams are firmer and tend to last longer; they are usually used in models with more expensive price-points.
  • Another key consideration is the type of foam used. Polyfoam (even high-density polyfoam) will degrade faster than most memory foams. As a result, the cost of an all-polyfoam mattress is usually much lower than the cost of a memory foam mattress. Likewise, mattresses with specialty memory foam (such as gel or copper-infused memory foam) are more expensive than those with standard memory foam.
  • Most sleepers feel more comfortable on memory foam than polyfoam. However, price-point does not appear to be a significant factor in customer experiences with memory foam compared to performance factors like firmness and conforming/pressure-relieving abilities. For this reason, shoppers may be able to find a memory foam mattress that suits their preferences at a relatively low price.

Cost Factors for Latex Mattresses

The price of a latex mattress is often determined by the following factors:

  • Latex in mattresses is produced using one of two processes. The Dunlop process produces denser and heavier latex that is most often used in support cores. The Talalay process produces lighter and less dense latex that is typically used in comfort layers. Talalay latex tends to be more expensive than Dunlop latex, but some mattresses contain both.
  • The price of a latex mattress will also depend on whether natural or synthetic latex is used. Natural latex is extracted from rubber trees and produced without fillers using either the Dunlop or Talalay process. Synthetic latex, on the other hand, is entirely manmade, but is still processed using the Talalay or Dunlop method. The differences in firmness and feel between natural and synthetic latex are negotiable. However, sleepers are much more susceptible to allergic reactions on natural latex.
  • An important distinction for shoppers is the difference between ‘natural latex’ and ‘100% natural latex’; the latter does not contain any fillers whatsoever, while the former may not be entirely natural. In some cases, mattresses sold as ‘natural latex’ are actually made of mostly synthetic latex.

Cost Factors for Hybrid Mattresses

Cost considerations for hybrid mattresses include the following points:

  • In order to be considered a true hybrid, a mattress must have at least two inches of memory foam and/or latex in the comfort system and a pocketed coil support core. Many mattresses are sold as hybrids, even though they don’t meet this criteria. For example, some models sold as hybrids feature latex and memory foam components, but the support core is made of polyfoam, not pocketed coils.
  • Some hybrids feature a layer of microcoils in the comfort system for added conforming and pressure relief. Models with microcoil layers are usually more expensive than standard foam-and-coil hybrids. However, customer satisfaction ratings between microcoil and non-microcoil hybrids are comparable, suggesting that these components do not play a significant role in sleeper experiences.

Cost Factors for Airbed Mattresses

An airbed is defined as any mattress that features air chambers in the support core, rather than foam or coil layers. Airbeds have the highest average price among all mattress types. When pricing airbed mattresses, consider the following:

  • Most airbeds sold today feature manual or remote controls that allow users to inflate or deflate air to match their comfort preferences; many can be toggled using online apps. Remote-control airbeds — especially ones that utilize smart-app technology — are almost always more expensive than manual-control models.
  • Airbeds with memory foam, latex and/or microcoils in the comfort layer are usually priced higher than those with standard polyfoam comfort systems.
  • Airbed prices somewhat correlate to mattress height, with thicker models being the more expensive option. The number of air chambers may also play a role; traditional airbeds have one to two air chambers, but some newer models have as many as six individual chambers (and cost more on average).

Cost Factors for a Bed Base

The bed base refers to the part of a bed that supports the mattress. Here are a few of the factors to consider when you’re thinking about purchasing a bed base to hold up your mattress.

  • Box springs are generally cheaper than other kinds of bed bases, but may require an additional foundation or legs if you want storage space underneath. It’s worth noting that box springs can help to extend the lifespan of your mattress, preventing deterioration and sagging.
  • Foundations or platforms tend to be on the less expensive side. Like box springs, they can help to add value to your mattress purchase by extending its lifespan. They are generally set up to have storage space below, so there probably won’t be a need for extra purchases like with box springs.
  • There are a few factors that can make your bed base pricier. Some foundations have extra storage drawers and/or headboards, for example. These are often more expensive.
  • Adjustable beds, which can be raised at the head or foot to create different angles for sleeping, are the priciest options. Still, they can be important for certain kinds of sleepers, such as people with poor circulation, sleep apnea, or other sleep problems. If you have certain sleep conditions, the price of an adjustable bed base may be well worth it for higher-quality sleep over time.

Which Mattress Type Is Best for You?

Now that we’ve explored cost factors affecting the price of a mattress, let’s look at some distinct qualities associated with different mattress types. Customers can use metrics like these to determine which mattress is best for them based on their top priorities as shoppers and sleepers.

Mattress TypeInnerspringFoamLatexHybridAirbed
Average lifespan5 to 7 years6 to 7 years8 years or longer6 to 7 years8 years or longer
Conforming abilityPoor to FairGood to Very GoodGoodGood to Very GoodGood
SexGood to Very GoodFairFair to GoodGood to Very GoodFair
Temperature neutralityGood to Very GoodPoor to FairFair to GoodFair to GoodFair to Good
Noise potentialFairVery Good to ExcellentVery Good to ExcellentGood to Very GoodFair to Good
Odor potentialGood to Very GoodPoor to FairFair to GoodPoor to FairFair to Good
Edge supportGood to Very GoodPoor to FairPoor to FairGood to Very GoodFair to Good
AvailabilityWideWideModerateModerateVery Limited

Additional Mattress Costs

The original price-point is not the only cost associated with mattress ownership. Here are a few more costs that may arise for mattress owners:

  • Foundations:Mattress customers usually have the option of purchasing a matching foundation to go with their new mattress; most foundations are priced at $150 or higher.
  • Shipping:Many mattress manufacturers offer free delivery to customers in the continental United States; these deliveries are mostly coordinated through UPS, FedEx and other ground courier services. A few manufacturers also offer free shipping to customers in Alaska, Hawaii, and offshore U.S. territories, but most impose shipping charges of at least $100 for these locations; additional fees may also apply for customers in remote locations in the continental U.S. For companies that do not offer free mattress shipping, customers should expect to pay at least $100.
  • In-Home Assembly:A large number of mattress companies offer delivery that includes in-home mattress assembly and packaging waste removal; this is often called ‘White Glove delivery’. The standard cost of White Glove delivery is $99, but some companies charge more.
  • Old Mattress Removal:Mattress companies that offer White Glove delivery will often remove the customer’s old mattress for an additional charge (usually $50). However, most mattress companies that use ground couriers like UPS and FedEx for deliveries do not offer this service.
  • Mattress Returns:Mattress sleep trials are common; most companies allow customers to return their mattress within 30 to 90 days of their original purchase in exchange for a refund (specific lengths vary by company). However, many sleep trials include hidden ‘shipping and handling’ fees for customers that return their mattress during the sleep trial. These details are usually included in the fine print of the company’s sleep trial and return policy.
  • Mattress Exchanges:In addition to mattress returns, some companies allow customers to exchange their mattress during their sleep trial for a model of a different size and/or firmness. The same ‘shipping and handling’ fees apply. For mattress upgrades, customers will be required to pay the difference in price between the original and the replacement. Typically, one exchange is allowed per sleep trial.

Warranty Costs

A standard mattress warranty should last at least 10 years. Some span 25 years or longer. Warranty terms vary significantly between mattress manufacturers, and there are several costs associated with them.

Most mattress warranties require customers to cover shipping and handling fees associated with repairs for mattresses with defects (such as deep indentations or protruding coils). Additionally, customers should expect to pay shipping and handling fees for replacing their defective mattress with a new model.

Another important warranty consideration is whether the coverage is nonprorated or prorated; some warranties are entirely nonprorated, while others are nonprorated for a set number of years and prorated for the remainder of the warranty coverage period. Nonprorated coverage means that, with the exception of shipping and handling fees, owners do not need to pay extra costs for replacing a defective mattress. During prorated coverage periods, customers must pay extra charges for replacing their mattress; these charges are calculated by multiplying a percentage of the original mattress price (typically 5% to 10%) by the number of years of ownership.

For example, let’s say a mattress costs $1,000 and is covered under a 20-year warranty with five years of nonprorated coverage and 15 years of prorated coverage with a 5% prorated charge. If the mattress needs to be replaced during the first five years, then the owner will only be required to pay shipping and handling fees. If the mattress needs to be replaced during the tenth year, then prorated charges are calculated as 10 (years) by 5%; this means that the owner will be responsible for paying half the original price (or $500) to have the mattress replaced. During the eleventh year, this charge will increase to 55% (or $550), and so on until the 20-year period ends.

Most – but not all – 10-year warranties are entirely nonprorated. Some warranties that extend 15 to 20 years or longer are fully nonprorated, but most included prorated coverage periods. In some cases, a mattress warranty will only include two to three years of nonprorated coverage. For this reason, customers should place more emphasis on the length of the nonprorated coverage period than the overall warranty length. Furthermore, most industry experts agree that a mattress should be replaced every seven to eight years; this somewhat negates the need for warranties that extend beyond 10 years.

How to Get the Best Deal on a Mattress

When you’re looking for the best possible deal on a mattress, there are a number of factors that come into play. Here are a few tricks and tips, as well as some important factors to consider when looking for a great mattress deal.

Research

It’s important to do your homework when you’re looking for the best deal on a mattress. Conduct market research before you buy, and you’ll end up with a higher-value purchase in the end.

Mattresses vary widely in terms of durability, firmness, prices, and overall quality. Compare customer reviews and brand prices in order to get the most value for what you pay.

Holiday sales

Date-specific deals are huge in the mattress industry. If you time your purchase correctly, you can save quite a bit on your mattress. Here are some of the most common holidays and other sales days when you might snag a mattress deal:

HolidayDateSale Description
President’s Day3rd Monday in FebruaryPresident’s Day is usually the first opportunity all year to celebrate with mattress savings. Virtually all online mattress sellers provide brand-new coupon codes for this holiday.
Memorial DayLast Monday in MayMany mattress brands offer Memorial Day promotions. Brick-and-mortar stores may have some savings, but online mattress companies will usually provide ultra-steep price cuts and special deal throughout Memorial Day weekend.
Independence DayJuly 4thAlong with fireworks and outdoor barbecues, mattress sales have become synonymous with Independence Day. Okay, maybe not quite the same, but July 4th does bring significant mattress savings every year. While many stores close on this holiday, look for sales on the 3rd or 5th.
Amazon Prime DayJuly 15thThis midsummer sales day provides endless deals for members of Amazon Prime. Even if you’re not a Prime member, though, other mattress sellers will often publish new coupon codes on their own sites to draw customers away from Amazon, so scour various sites for deals.
Labor DayFirst Monday in SeptemberLabor Day has long been a major discount day for the mattress industry. Starting on the Friday before the holiday, look for new coupon codes, steep discounts, and other promotions at online mattress retailers.
Veterans DayNovember 11thNew coupon codes and promos almost always come out on Veterans Day. This mid-November discount opportunity is an especially good time to look out for great deals before the holidays, as mattress companies try to sell as much of their inventory as possible before the approaching winter rush.
Black FridayThe day after Thanksgiving, or the fourth Friday in NovemberBlack Friday is a massive sales event for both e-commerce and brick-and-mortar retailers. Because it’s a weekend-long event, and because so many sellers are competing with one another, you can usually find a steal just after Thanksgiving with a little research and price-matching offers.
Cyber MondayMonday after Thanksgiving (may fall in late November or early December)This e-commerce sales holiday boasts a longer discount window than most other discount days, with some sales lasting the entire week or even longer. Sellers actively compete in a race to the bottom of the price barrel on this post-Thanksgiving holiday, so if you’re looking for the ultimate steal, this is a good time to find one. Be on the lookout for extra perks on Cyber Monday, too, like free bedding and shipping.
Get a friend referral

If you have a friend who recently bought a mattress or is looking to buy one, you could save money on your own mattress purchase. Some retailers offer a referral deal on your purchase when someone who purchases a mattress (or, in some cases, other furniture or household goods) refers you to the company.

Choose a brand that offers free shipping

Buying a mattress online is often cheaper than buying one in person, and most retailers offer their products on the web in today’s market. Many companies offer free shipping, which is a major perk.

If you can dodge the shipping costs, online is often the best way to go when it comes to buying a mattress. On the web, you can almost always find a great mattress deal, with no markups from third-party retailers.

Consider durability

Ultimately, one of the best ways to save money in the long-term is to get a mattress that will last you a long time. When it comes to mattress value, the price point is just one small piece of the puzzle: A mattress that you can use comfortably for many years to come is key.

Do market research on the most durable mattresses. Read customer reviews to make sure the mattress will last a long time for the price you’ll be paying.

Conclusion

Generally speaking, the average sleeper will be able to spend $1,000 or less for a mattress that suits their comfort and support preferences. However, mattress shoppers are urged to thoroughly research different products before making a purchase. In order to find the right mattress at the lowest available price, be sure to compare different models based on factors like type, material composition, firmness, and durability, as well as company policies regarding shipping and delivery, sleep trials, and warranty coverage.

To view and compare different mattress brands based on price, please visit our Product Comparison Page.

Why Helix is the Best Mattress for Couples

Customers who have slept on a Helix for over 100 nights report a better sleep quality from customers sleeping on the one size fits all models from other brands. Custom is better. It’s just that simple. But don’t just take it from us. Here’s what everyone’s saying:

Convinced yet?

Customers who have slept on a Helix for over 100 nights report a better sleep quality from customers sleeping on the one size fits all models from other brands. Custom is better.
It’s just that simple. But don’t just take it from us.
Here’s what everyone’s saying:

"We went with the split option because of our very different sleep preferences, and we are both sleeping like babies.

Jared & Regan

The custom sides of our Helix leave us both feeling great from the moment we lay down until we begrudgingly crawl out of bed in the morning.”

Jeff & Julie

"The split mattress allows both my husband and me to experience our individual sleep styles without disturbing each other!"

Therese & Joe

Helix Dynamic Foam

Supremely contouring and reactively comfortable. Helix’s proprietary cool sleeping foam.

Pocketed Microcoils

Individually pocketed coils, optimized for pressure relief, improved airflow, and reduced transfer of motion.

High-Grade Polyfoam

Varying densities and high quality allow us to get specific with personalization.

Our Materials

A hybrid mattress is a dream comfort team that knows how to work together. Don’t settle for one type of material when you can have a complementary mix of three.

Supremely contouring and reactively comfortable. Helix’s proprietary cool sleeping foam.

Individually pocketed coils, optimized for pressure relief, improved airflow, and reduced transfer of motion.

Varying densities and high quality allow us to get specific with personalization.

Our Materials

A hybrid mattress is a dream comfort team that knows how
to work together.
Don’t settle for one type of material when you can have a complementary mix of three.

Poly Grade Foam

Helix Dynamic Foam

Pocketed Microcoils

© Helix Sleep. All Rights Reserved 2017

© Helix Sleep. All Rights Reserved 2017

A Quick Example

Jane

Jane and Kristian just got married and need a new mattress. Kristian needs his mattress to be as firm as a table top, while Jane likes things more on the medium soft side. Jane never gets hot and Kristian is always hot. Jane is a back sleeper while Kristian is a side sleeper. She’s a petite 5’1” while he’s got a bulkier build and towers at 6’6”.

Unlike the competition, Helix can offer Jane and Kristian a Dual Comfort mattress
to begin them on marital sleep bliss.

Kristian

FEEL
Medium-Soft

FEEL
Low BMI

TEMPERATURE
Sleeps Cool

POSITION
Back

FEEL
Firm

POSITION
Side Sleeper

TEMPERATURE
Always Hot

FEEL
High BMI

Jane and Kristian just got married and need a new mattress. Kristian needs his mattress to be as firm as a table top, while Jane likes things more on the medium soft side. Jane never gets hot and Kristian is always hot. Jane is a back sleeper while Kristian is a side sleeper. She’s a petite 5’1” while he’s got a bulkier build and towers at 6’6”.

Unlike the competition, Helix
can offer Jane and Kristian a Dual Comfort mattressto begin them on marital sleep bliss.

Top Layer
Softer piece of foam with the right amount of sink.

Top-Support Layer
Medium dense support layer placed high in the mattress because she’s a back sleeper.

Bottom-Support Layer
Pressure relief lower down since she doesn’t have obvious pressure points like Kristian.

Foundation Layer
Same support layer across the bottom as all Helix Mattresses.

Top Layer
Firmer piece on top with less sink.

Kristian’s Side

Jane’s Side

Jane’s Side

Kristian’s Side

Bottom-Support Layer
Pressure relief layer more supportive to support his larger frame.

Top-Support Layer
Microcoils closer to the top for pressure relief since he exclusively sleeps on his side and improved airflow to keep him cool.

Foundation Layer
Same support layer across the bottom as all Helix Mattresses.

A Quick Example

Jane and Kristian just got married and need a new mattress. Kristian needs his mattress to be as firm as a table top, while Jane likes things more on the medium soft side. Jane never gets hot and Kristian is always hot. Jane is a back sleeper while Kristian is a side sleeper. She’s a petite 5’1” while he’s got a bulkier build and towers at 6’6”.

Unlike the competition, Helix
can offer Jane and Kristian a Dual Comfort mattressto begin them on marital sleep bliss.

Jane

Jane and Kristian just got married and need a new mattress. Kristian needs his mattress to be as firm as a table top, while Jane likes things more on the medium soft side. Jane never gets hot and Kristian is always hot. Jane is a back sleeper while Kristian is a side sleeper. She’s a petite 5’1” while he’s got a bulkier build and towers at 6’6”.

Unlike the competition, Helix can offer Jane and Kristian a Dual Comfort mattress
to begin them on marital sleep bliss.

Kristian

FEEL
Medium-Soft

FEEL
Low BMI

TEMPERATURE
Sleeps Cool

POSITION
Back

FEEL
Firm

POSITION
Side Sleeper

TEMPERATURE
Always Hot

FEEL
High BMI

Jane’s Side

Top Layer
Softer piece of foam with the right amount of sink.

Top-Support Layer
Medium dense support layer placed high in the mattress because she’s a back sleeper.

Bottom-Support Layer
Pressure relief lower down since she doesn’t have obvious pressure points like Kristian.

Foundation Layer
Same support layer across the bottom as all Helix Mattresses.

Foundation Layer
Same support layer across the bottom as all Helix Mattresses.

Top-Support Layer
Microcoils closer to the top
for pressure relief since he exclusively sleeps on his side and improved airflow to keep him cool.

Bottom-Support Layer
Pressure relief layer more supportive to support his
larger frame.

Kristian’s Side

Top Layer
Firmer piece on top with less sink.

Helix Dynamic Foam

Supremely contouring and reactively comfortable. Helix’s proprietary cool sleeping foam.

Pocketed Microcoils

Individually pocketed coils, optimized for pressure relief, improved airflow, and reduced transfer of motion.

High-Grade Polyfoam

Varying densities and high quality allow us to get specific with personalization.

A hybrid mattress is a dream comfort team that knows how to work together. Don’t settle for one type of material when you can have a complementary mix of three.

Our Materials

Jeff & Julie

The split mattress allows both my husband and me to experience our individual sleep styles without disturbing each other!"

Therese & Joe

The custom sides of our Helix leave us both feeling great from the moment we lay down until we begrudgingly crawl out of bed in the morning."

Jared & Regan

We went with the split option because of our very different sleep preferences, and we are both sleeping like babies."

© Helix Sleep. All Rights Reserved 2020

© Helix Sleep. All Rights Reserved 2017

How much should a good mattress cost?

The quality of the materials used in the mattress is critical for your comfort, and also for the longevity of the mattress. Budget priced mattresses often skimp on quality, which can lead to a bed that feels comfortable initially, but degrades, wears and sinks quickly over time. You don’t want to buy a mattress that won’t last. The key things to look for are indicators that the materials are high quality.

After substantial research, our team has found that there is typically a fairly direct increase in quality as price increases, but only up to roughly the $1,800 price point for a queen size mattress.

By Kristian von Rickenbach

Starting your mattress shopping experience can be intimidating, frustrating, and overwhelming. Walking into your neighborhood mattress retailer would have you believe that a quality mattress will cost you three or four thousand plus dollars. So what’s the good news? That’s simply not true!

When we were doing our initial research and product design, we set out to understand why mattresses are so darn expensive. We’ve visited dozens of mattress stores and manufacturers, tried hundreds of mattresses, and even cut up beds to understand what was inside of them. After speaking to salespeople, manufacturers, and suppliers we uncovered a secret – there was nothing special about these more expensive mattresses that justified their sky high price tags. It was all due to inflated and confusing retail prices

How Much Does a Good, New Mattress Cost?

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 discoverthe cost of a mattressand 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

MattressLow EndHigh EndAverage
Foam$250$4,000$1,000
Spring$300$3,000$900
Hybrid$250$2,000$1,000
Latex$300$4,000$1,500
Airbed$50$4,000$2,000

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.

Innerspring

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

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.

Latex

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

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.

Price/Value Analysis

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.

Shipping

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.

Returns

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.

Warranty

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.

How Much Does a Mattress Cost?

With so many mattresses available at so many different price points, we’ll help you figure out how much you need to spend to get a quality, durable mattress.

New mattresses today can range in price from than $200 to $5,000 or more. Some mattress models even cost north of the $10,000 mark. Much like your budget for a home, car, clothes, and vacations, your mattress budget depends on your financial situation, unique needs, and what you’re aiming to get out of your bed.

In general, most shoppers can find what they’re looking for with a mattress budget of less than $1,500. However, this still doesn’t answer the question: How much shouldyouspend on a new mattress? In this guide, we help you answer that question by sharing average mattress cost by type, how to determine which mattress is best for you, unforeseen costs associated with buying a new bed, and advice on how to save money on a new mattress. After reading, you should be able to confidently determine what the right mattress budget is foryou.

Average Mattress Cost by Type

The type of mattress you select is one of the most impactful factors on its price. Mattresses vary widely in style and the materials used in their construction. Both the makeup and quality of the materials can increase or reduce the bed’s final price point.

In the table below, you’ll find the low end, high end, and average costs for various mattress types in a queen size mattress. Keep in mind that some mattress brands may have mattresses priced significantly lower or higher than what we’ve listed here. These are simply the most common price ranges and the average cost you’ll see when shopping around.

Low EndHigh EndAverage Price
HybridLess than $800More than $2,200$1,600
InnerspringLess than $600More than $1,200$1,000
FoamLess than $500More than $1,500$1,000
LatexLess than $600More than $2,500$1,200
AirbedLess than $800More than $2,500$1,000

Cost Factors by Mattress Type

From the table above, you can see that certain mattress types are more expensive than others. What makes hybrids more expensive? Why are innerspring mattresses among the most affordable? Below, we uncover the factors that impact each mattress style’s price tag.

Hybrid

  • Hybrid mattresses combine foam comfort layers and a pocketed coil support core. The variety of materials increases the price point.
  • Hybrid mattresses are also among the most complex in design. Mattress manufacturers who sell hybrids create them with the intention of combining the best qualities of all-foam and innerspring beds. Creating a mattress that provides the ideal blend of support and pressure relief is costly and time-consuming, making the final product more expensive.
  • Hybrids require complex construction. Hybrids incorporate a mix of high-quality comfort layers, specialty foams, micro-coils, and other unique components that other mattresses don’t contain.

Innerspring

  • Innerspring mattresses are among the least expensive thanks to the simplicity of their design. However, they’re also among the least durable. Cheap innerspring models have shorter lifespans than average and may only last two to five years.
  • Innerspring pricing will vary based on whether the coils inside are pocketed (move independently). Technically, innerspring that contain pocketed coils and thick comfort layers are hybrids, making them more expensive than traditional innerspring beds.
  • The makeup of the coils, specifically coil count and coil thickness (gauge) can also impact the price. Thicker coils are more durable as is a higher coil count, both of which will impact the mattress’ final price.

Foam

  • The type of foam (polyfoam, memory foam, etc.) used in an all-foam mattress will determine the price as some foams degrade faster than others.
  • Some mattresses incorporate specialty foams, like gel- or copper-infused foams, into the comfort and transitional layers to aid in temperature neutrality. The use of specialty foams will increase the product’s price.
  • Foam density also impacts pricing. Low-density foams, for example, deteriorate more quickly but are softer to the touch. High-density foams are firm and durable—you’ll typically find them in foam mattresses with high price points.

Latex

  • Part of what makes latex mattresses more expensive than all-foam beds is the taxing work required to source and process their materials. Latex is derived from the rubber tree and must be converted into foam via the Dunlop or Talalay process.
  • Whether the latex used in the mattress was created via the Dunlop or Talalay process will also impact price. Dunlop latex is heavy and dense whereas Talalay is light and less dense. High-quality latex mattresses typically contain both types.
  • Whether natural or synthetic latex is used will greatly affect the bed’s price. Synthetic latex is man-made and has a different feel and firmness than natural latex.

Airbed

  • Airbeds feature air pockets in the support core or top layers and, as opposed to air mattresses, can be very expensive.
  • Most airbeds feature highly technical designs that incorporate remotes and controls to inflate and deflate the bed on command.
  • An airbed’s price will rise if high-quality foams, like memory foam or latex, are used in the comfort layers.

Things To Consider When Buying a Mattress

Durability / Lifespan

Quality matters greatly when it comes to your mattress purchase. One of the best ways to reduce costs over time is to invest in a mattress that will last five to eight years. This is the length of time most doctors and industry experts recommend keeping a mattress. We also recommend performing research on the most durable mattress brands and styles. Customer reviews, for example, can indicate how long previous buyers’ mattresses have lasted.

Conforming

A mattress’s ability to conform to your body in all the right places depends on its style, manufacturer, and comfort layers. Innerspring mattresses, for example, offer very poor conforming whereas memory foam mattresses and hybrid mattresses usually offer excellent conforming. If you have aches and pains or prefer a mattress with a deep hug around pressure points, this is an important quality to consider.

Temperature

Do you tend to wake up in a sweat or sleep hot? There’s an ideal temperature range your body needs to maintain to achieve deep sleep, and mattresses can exacerbate overheating issues or relieve them. If you sleep hot, look for a mattress with breathable layers (hybrids excel in this) or infused foams, like copper and gel, to release trapped heat.

Motion Transfer

If you sleep with your partner or pet and wake easily to their movements throughout the night, a bed that minimizes motion transfer and associated noises will improve the quality of your sleep. Mattresses vary widely in their ability to isolate motion, so we recommend reading reviews from trusted websites about this quality prior to your purchase if this is an important factor in your decision.

Additional Costs

Shipping

The vast majority of online mattress brands and third-party retailers now ship new mattress purchases for free to the 48 contiguous United States. If you’re located somewhere offshore, like Alaska or Hawaii, it’s likely you’ll be required to pay for a portion of or the entire cost of shipping.

Returns

If you purchase a mattress from a company that allows a sleep trial (most do), you’ll have the option to return the mattress within a 30- to a 365-night window, depending on the length of the trial. However, we recommend reading the fine print of the company’s return policy and sleep trial policy, as some hidden fees may be written in. For example, customers may be required to pay for shipping fees for a mattress that’s returned within the sleep trial period. Alternatively, some mattress companies make returns 100% free and coordinate White Glove mattress pickup for you.

White-Glove / Delivery

There’s usually only one problem with buying a new mattress: getting rid of your old one. Some mattress companies offer free White Glove delivery, which can include in-home setup and old mattress removal. Other mattress companies will charge a fee for White Glove delivery, which costs roughly $100 on average.

Bed foundations, frames, etc.

If you don’t have a foundation for your bed already, we recommend including the cost of a foundation or frame in your mattress budget. A bed base can consist of a frame, box spring, adjustable base, platform, foundation, or a combination of these.

Box springs are the cheapest type of bed base, but you’ll want a foundation if you prefer a furnished look to your room and if you want space underneath the bed for storage. Adjustable bed frames are the most expensive option, but they are an excellent choice for people with certain conditions like sleep apnea or poor circulation.

Warranty

A good mattress will come with a generous warranty. The average mattress warranty length is roughly 10 years, but there are a few costs associated with warranties that many buyers don’t consider.

For example, you’ll almost always be required to cover shipping fees associated with a repair for a mattress with a defect. You may also be asked to cover shipping fees if your warranty allows you to upgrade or replace the current mattress with a new model after several years.

Whether the warranty is prorated or not prorated will also impact its associated costs. Non-prorated means that mattress owners won’t need to pay extra costs for replacing a defective mattress other than shipping. Prorated means that customers will be required to pay additional charges for replacing the mattress.

Most mattress warranties are not prorated, but some longer mattress warranties (up to 25 years or lifetime) will have a period of time where coverage is prorated. We recommend looking at the not prorated coverage period to ensure it’s a length you feel comfortable with based on the bed’s expected lifespan.

Old Mattress Removal

As mentioned, some mattress companies include old mattress removal as a part of their White Glove delivery services. Some companies offer old mattress removal as an add-on, regardless of whether White Glove delivery services are performed, for an additional fee. However, this is rare.

For more details, check out our full mattress buying guide.

Getting the Best Mattress for the Best Price

Best Time of Year to Buy

When you’re looking for the best price on your new mattress, keep in mind that prices fluctuate several hundred dollars throughout the year depending on sales, seasonal averages, and more.

Holiday Sales

Mattress brands and third-party retailers offer discounts around holidays like Presidents’ Day, Easter, July Fourth, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, which can make these holidays a good time to ditch your old bed for a more comfortable one. To help you stay up to date on when these sales are happening, we recommend subscribing to the email newsletters of your favorite mattress brands and retailers. If you’re not up for extra emails, just check back a week or two before big national holidays to see if they’re offering a special.

Research

We recommend buying a new mattress with care. Take your time, especially if you’re investing in a bed that costs $1,000 or more. There are thousands of websites that offer market research about customers’ experiences, and customer reviews on third-party retailers’ websites, mattress retailers’ websites, and more can offer insight into how satisfied buyers are with the bed over time. We’re one of them! Be sure to check out our mattress reviews.

Conclusion

To a certain extent, you get what you pay for in the mattress industry. Typically, higher-priced models leverage higher-quality materials, like high-density foams, and sleepers find them to look and feel better than cheaper mattresses.

Given that you’ll be using your new mattress for many hours each night for up to 10 years, we think it’s worth spending the most you can afford rather than trying to get away with spending as little as possible. Like we mentioned, try to grab a deal by purchasing your new mattress around a holiday sale or by using an individualized promotional code. So, how much does a mattress cost? At the end of the day, it’s up to you.

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