How Much Does a Good Mattress Cost?
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 Type||Low Price Range||Medium Price Range||High Price Range||Average Price-Point (Queen)|
|Innerspring||Less than $700||$700 to $1,200||More than $1,200||$1,038|
|Foam||Less than $600||$600 to $1,200||More than $1,200||$1,044|
|Latex||Less than $1,500||$1,500 to $2,500||More than $2,500||$1,971|
|Hybrid||Less than $1,500||$1,500 to $2,200||More than $2,200||$2,077|
|Airbed||Less than $1,500||$1,500 to $2,500||More 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.
|Average lifespan||5 to 7 years||6 to 7 years||8 years or longer||6 to 7 years||8 years or longer|
|Conforming ability||Poor to Fair||Good to Very Good||Good||Good to Very Good||Good|
|Sex||Good to Very Good||Fair||Fair to Good||Good to Very Good||Fair|
|Temperature neutrality||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair||Fair to Good||Fair to Good||Fair to Good|
|Noise potential||Fair||Very Good to Excellent||Very Good to Excellent||Good to Very Good||Fair to Good|
|Odor potential||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair||Fair to Good||Poor to Fair||Fair to Good|
|Edge support||Good to Very Good||Poor to Fair||Poor to Fair||Good to Very Good||Fair to Good|
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.
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.
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.
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:
|President’s Day||3rd Monday in February||President’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 Day||Last Monday in May||Many 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 Day||July 4th||Along 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 Day||July 15th||This 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 Day||First Monday in September||Labor 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 Day||November 11th||New 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 Friday||The day after Thanksgiving, or the fourth Friday in November||Black 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 Monday||Monday 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.
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.
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.
How Much Does a Mattress Cost?
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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 Category||Description||Price Range||Average Price (Queen)||Average Price (Twin)|
|Budget||Affordable beds, typically all-foam or innerspring construction using basic materials.||$250-$1,000||$600||$400|
|Mid-Range||Mid-range beds, usually all-foam, innerspring, or hybrid using quality materials.||$500-$1,500||$1,000||$600|
|Luxury||Luxurious beds; mostly hybrid and latex construction using high-end materials.||$1,200-$3,000+||$1,800||$1,300|
Average Mattress Cost by Material:
|Mattress Category||Description||Price Range||Average Price (Queen)||Average Price (Twin)|
|Innerspring||Affordable beds, typically all-foam or innerspring construction using basic materials.||$500-$1,200+||$1,050||$600|
|All-Foam||Mid-range beds, usually all-foam, innerspring, or hybrid using quality materials.||$250-$1,200+||$1,050||$500|
|Latex||Luxurious beds; mostly hybrid and latex construction using high-end materials.||$1,000-$2,500+||$2,000||$1,100|
|Hybrid||Hybrid 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, 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
|Mattress||Low End||High End||Average|
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Good Mattress Cost?
You can get a mattress for as little as $100, but would you really want to sleep on that? On the other hand, you don’t need to spend 6 figures, either. The price of a mattress depends on many things, including the type of mattress and the materials used to construct it. Usually, you can get a great bed for less than $1500.
The first thing to decide is what type of bed you’re looking for. You may want to lay on a few to see what you like. You should also consider other factors when you’re choosing the type of bed you want. Look at the table below. Figure out what factors are important to you, and see if any one type of bed stands out.
|Mattress Type||Support||Heat||Good for Sex||Odor||Lifespan|
|Foam||Very good||Poor to fair||Fair||Poor||8 years|
|Innerspring||Good||Very good||Very good||Very good||7 years|
|Hybrid||Very good||Good||Very good||Fair||9 years|
These mattresses are made of high-density foam that conforms to your body as you sleep. They are supportive and comfortable, but they can hold heat so sleepers end up hot in the night. Some foam mattresses are made entirely of one kind of foam, while others have layers of different types. Memory foam and polyfoam are the most common materials for mattresses in this category.
These are similar to foam mattresses except that they use a latex foam instead of polyurethane or memory foams. These don’t hold heat like foam mattresses, but some people find them less comfortable. They are made from natural latex, synthetic latex, or a combination of the two. You can even get certified organic latex if you really want it.
Innerspring mattresses are your traditional coil mattresses. You can choose mattresses by the number of coils, whether the coils are in individual pockets, and the quality of padding between the coils and the sleeper. The padding is made up of layers of different materials designed to make the mattress softer and firmer, depending on sleeper preference.
Hybrid mattresses combine coils with foam or latex. The coils form one layer of the mattress, with the foam or latex layers on top. In hybrid mattresses, the coils are in individual pockets with foam or latex between the pockets. Some hybrid mattresses feature multiple layers of smaller coils and foam or latex, too. These beds are designed to be the best of both worlds.
Average Mattress Costs
Different mattress types have different price ranges. If you are concerned about how much your bed will cost, check out the table below and choose a bed type that tends to be less expensive. Note that the price range is for all bed sizes. In general, the average cost is for a Queen size bed.
|Mattress Type||Price Range (twin to king)||Average Cost (queen)|
What Factors Influence the Price of a Mattress?
Each type of mattress has different factors that influence how much it costs. In general, these focus on the type and quality of material used in the mattress. However, this plays out differently for each mattress type.
Foam Mattress Cost Considerations
When it comes to foam mattresses, cost often comes down to the density of the foam used in the mattress. In general, higher density foam is better. However, you can get foam that is so dense it ceases to be comfortable or supportive. For most people, ideal foam density is between 5.3 and 6.2 pounds.
Less dense foam is cheaper because it degrades faster and it stops returning to its original shape. This means that it is becoming less supportive and won’t last as long. Unfortunately, in the cheapest beds, this can even happen in a matter of a few months. You may pay less up front, but you’ll have to buy a new bed sooner, too.
Sometimes, you can find a foam bed with a layer of less dense foam on top of a layer of higher density foam. This can be the best of both worlds: you get the pressure-point relief of lower density foam with the support of higher density foam, for a price that’s somewhere in between.
Some specialty foams – like the copper-infused memory foam shown here – are more expensive.
Specialty foams, like those infused with copper or gel, will also be more expensive. Manufacturers claim that these additives make beds cooler, more comfortable, or both.
Polyfoam is different from memory foam, and it is less expensive, too. You may want to try a polyfoam bed before you buy it, though, or at least get a bed with a good return policy. Some people don’t notice much of a difference between the foams, while others don’t like the polyfoam nearly as much as the memory foam.
Latex Mattress Cost Considerations
The cost of a latex mattress depends a lot on the type of latex used. There are two processes that produce latex: the Dunlop process and the Talalay process. In general, Dunlop latex is denser while Talalay is softer. Talalay tends to be more expensive than Dunlop, though it’s also often described as more comfortable. The best deal may be a mattress that contains both, combining the supportive qualities of Dunlop with the pressure-point relief of Talalay.
Latex foam is created in one of two ways, the Dunlop or Talalay process.
If you want natural latex in your mattress, you will pay more than if you’re willing to have the synthetic version. Mattresses marked “100% natural latex” will be the most expensive, but that latex is tested to make sure it is, in fact, all natural. Some people complain about allergies to natural latex, but others like the fact their bed is all natural.
All-natural, organic latex mattresses cost even more. Just as organic food costs more because it requires different materials to grow the plants and be certified as organic, all-natural, organic latex beds are more expensive, too. If going organic is important to you, you can find these mattresses…you’ll just have to pay more for them.
Innerspring Mattress Cost Considerations
Traditionally, the quality of an innerspring mattress has been measured by its coil count. More coils made it more comfortable and, usually, more expensive. However, a high coil count does not guarantee comfort, though it almost always makes the bed cost more.
If possible, find out the gauge of the coils in an innerspring mattress you’re considering. Higher gauged coils are made out of thinner metal and won’t last as long, but they are less expensive. Lower gauged coils will last a long time, but they’ll cost you more.
|Coil Type||Coil Shape||Coil Gauge||Price|
|Bonnell||Rounded hourglass||Anywhere from low to high||$|
|Continuous||Straight line||Medium to high||$|
|Offset||Hourglass with straight ends||Low to medium||$$|
|Pocketed||Spiraled and encased||High||$$$|
The composition of the comfort layer will also affect innerspring mattress pricing. That is the layer between you and the coils since you don’t want to lay directly on them. If this is made out of high-quality foam or latex, the bed will be more expensive. If it’s more like the layer on a traditional mattress, the bed won’t cost as much.
Finally, coils that are placed in individual pockets inside the mattress will cost more than coils that are next to each other with nothing in between. Placing all of that material in there to form the pockets cost something, and manufacturers will pass that cost on to you.
Hybrid Mattress Cost Considerations
First, make sure any hybrid mattress you’re buying is actually a hybrid. Technically, these mattresses need to have at least 2 inches of latex or memory foam in the comfort layer AND in a support core for pocketed coils. A mattress that uses a polyfoam support core does not count as a hybrid bed. Neither does a bed made out of multiple types of foam, without coils.
Some hybrid mattresses feature microcoils as a transitional layer in addition to the pocketed coils in the support core. These usually make the bed more expensive because of the support they add, though, whether they add to the comfort depends on the individual sleeper.
As this cross-section shows, a hybrid mattress uses a coil support base with layers of foam on top.
Beyond that, the price of hybrid mattresses is determined by a combination of the factors mentioned for foam and/or latex and innerspring beds. Higher density foam will be more expensive, as will lower gauge coils. All-natural latex will cost more, while synthetic will be less of an investment.
How to Get the Best Deal on Your Mattress
No matter how much or how little you spend, a mattress is a major investment. You want to spend your money well, but it never hurts to get a really good deal. Here are some ways to get the best price possible on your mattress.
Online-only mattress stores are becoming more and more popular, for good reason. These beds tend to be cheaper than what you can buy in the store, simply because these sellers don’t have to worry about the cost of a showroom. Many of these mattresses are high quality and score well when it comes to comfort and support, too.
Wait for a Deal
Get a further discount by waiting for a good deal. Cyber Monday, Amazon Prime day (if your mattress is available on Prime), Black Friday, Labor Day and more are all days where discounts are common. If you really need to score a good price to be able to buy the mattress you want, one of these days may offer the deal you need.
Get a Referral Deal
Many online mattress companies offer special deals if you buy through someone who refers you to them. They have deals worked out with bloggers and other people who have an online presence. When you buy through these folks, you can get a few extra dollars off your mattress.
It’s always worthwhile to ask if you can get a better deal. Most online mattress retailers have a number you can call. So call it and tell them you really like their bed but you can’t afford it. Gush if you need to, and offer proof of your financial situation. Many times, they can direct you to a coupon or help you find another way to save on your new mattress.
A mattress is an investment, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. If you need a new bed, it should be possible to get what you need without having to put yourself under financial stress. As a last resort, many mattress companies will allow you to make payments on your bed, though you will end up paying more than the retail price by the time you’re done.
In the end, your investment will be worth your while. When you have a bed that is comfortable and supports you well, you should sleep better. And good sleep is worth more than any price tag!
How much should you spend on a mattress?
Updated 2020: Working out what mattress your hard-earned money will get you is the first step in setting expectations for your new mattress. With all the sales spin and daily online discounts, it can be hard to see if that mattress price is fair or a good deal. However, we’re on hand to give to a detailed guide to assess how much to expect for your budget.
We pull back the curtain on retail mattress pricing.
The bottom line is spending as much as you can afford. It’s the same line that is trounced up and down every bed shop in the country making you think that to get even better you have to spend more and spend even more for better still. There will always be a more expensive model available, in fact, it culminates at £115,000.
Your dilemma is, where between £99 and £115,000 do you set your budget? £99 will get you a cheap mattress but how much more do you want to spend to get better?
For some, it can be an easy choice. For everyone else, it is more difficult to actually pinpoint what you need. Your partner fidgets, differing weights, rolling together, back problems, heat problems, neck problems, hip problems and every single problem absolutely individual to you. Is the mattress you need actually out there?
It is a fact that no matter how clued up you think you are, it is unlikely you really know what you can expect for your money. This post will give you an indication of what you can reasonably expect in relation to your budget.
Mattress retail pricing explained
Firstly, there are a few things that you should know in relation to retail pricing.
All components used in mattresses cost the manufacturer relatively the same price. Just because ‘Brand X’ uses a container full of springs on a weekly basis does not necessarily mean that they are paying substantially less for them. It then follows that it will be the same for fabrics, waddings and fillings.
The raw cost price of a mattress will generally be the same, for a ‘like for like’ model, for all manufacturers. You are then quite right to wonder why there are such huge price differences for essentially the same mattress. Well, once the mattress has been manufactured, additional costs have to be added by the manufacturer to the raw cost such as:
- Advertising, marketing and promotion
- Licensing to retailers
- Cost of shop floor space
- Mark up
Depending on the size of the manufacturer depends on how high these additional costs can go. The bigger the manufacturer, the higher the costs. After all, there is then the retailer’s costs to consider. Shop costs of rent and rates, staffing costs to sell the bed, delivery costs to get the bed to you and so on. The retailer adds on their markup, or share of the profit, in order to keep their business growing or to divide among the shareholders.
When you find your “like for like” mattress, virtually tear them apart to see where all your extra money is going! Is it on the mattress or on the Brand? You can only do this by knowing the GSM (Grams per square meter) that are in your mattress.
What fillings should you have in your mattress?
Even though there are well over 4000 models of mattress out there you really don’t have much of a choice. How so?
Bear in mind when considering budget, is the fact that there are onlyfourgeneral types of mattress build:
- Mass produced – Polyester as upholstery
- Mass produced – Mainly Polyester – Minimal natural fibre.
- Hand Made- Mainly natural fibre – Minimal polyester
- Hand Made – 100% Natural Fibre.
For a budget of around £600, the main upholstery will be either/or polyester or visco-elastic memory foam nothing more. And when I say nothing more, I mean any other waddings added that can offer a significant improvement to the mattress comfort, other than having it contained in the specification and this inclusion could be relatively worthless. Knowing about a mattresses GSM times table is essential and we have a detailed post about it here.
Mattresses that contain natural fibres (lambswool, cashmere, hair, cotton, mohair etc,) in such a quantity for them to be beneficial or to make up the mattress completely, just do not exist for budgets less than £850. If you’ve read our other posts on mattress upholstery you will know there are some dubious practices of adding 1-3% natural fibres in with polyester to then claim the mattress ‘contains natural fibres’.
Natural fibre mattresses will all be in excess of the £1000 price tag. Any mattress cheaper than this can just ‘contain’ as little as 3% Natural Fibre.
The higher your budget means the higher up this list you can go. Because of this manufacturers recognise that the inclusion of some kind of natural fibre component can sway you to their product rather than their competitors. If the price is significantly increased for aninsignificantamount of natural fibre then your money would be better spent on tweaking the cheaper mattress by use of a separate topper.
There is one final type; the Hand Made mattress which is the highest standard of mattress manufacturing. Usually, this carries a hefty price tag but smaller independents can offer hand made mattresses that can compete in terms of quality and price with some of the mainly polyester models sold at retailers.
If you can stretch your budget to a handmade mattress, your odds of choosing a higher quality product increase significantly. All of our mattresses are handmade here in the UK.
What your money can get you?
|How much to spend on a double mattress?||What can I expect for my money?|
|Under £500||Will not get you much at best a 13.5 gauge open coil/cage sprung with a thin polyester layer or a solid foam mattress.|
|£500||Entry level spunbond springs with some form of synthetic upholstery. Usually one sided mattresses.|
|£750||The beginnings of a basic pocket springs unit with 800 – 1000 count. No substantial amount of filling other than foams and synthetic materials. Two sided models.|
|£1000||Should get you away from most low ranges and into the mid-range pocket spring models.|
|£1250||Should get you a decent pocket sprung mattress with some Natural Fibre content.|
|£1500||Should get you many manufacturers mid-range models with Natural Fibres|
|£1500-£2000||Should get you a Hand Made primarily Natural Fibre Quality Mattress|
|£2000+||You should expect 100% Natural Fibres and Traditional Hand Made Construction Method.|
|£5000+||A Bespoke Hand Made Sleep System, High-end Spring Units & Featuring the Worlds Most Luxurious Natural Fibres.|
Take a quick look through the models we have on offer here. Our mattress range starts at £430 for our Origins Comfort which shows you exactly the handmade quality you can expect. Use this as a starting point as we think they are quite difficult to beat. Let’s say for example your budget is around £500 (Double size). I say that this amount can get you 1000 pocket springs, double-sided with a decent polyester wadding, reflex foam aiding the support and longevity and an above-average fabric. Incidentally, this is our minimum standard, we do not sell a lower quality of build than this.
Moving up to our Artisan range that compares with the likes of Vi-spring. All of which are handmade here in the UK only for us by us. Use this as a starting point for £1000 plus mattresses being dubious of any retailer that can’t or won’t tell you the GSM content of the beds you are looking at.
Our Artisan Naturals mattress is our most popular model and features 85% natural fibre with a calico pocket spring unit. It’s still unbeatable for the price. Click to view.
Do your comparisons
Using the basic comparison details of 1000 Pocket Springs, Reflex Foam (25mm) and Polyester (1250gsm) you should then search each shop or site looking for a similarly built mattressfor a similar price. When you have your list of possible mattress candidates for comparison you then look at all the additional details such as fabric quality, detailing, service, guarantee etc
Use the same initial principle no matter what your budget. Find out what it can get you and then try to match it or beat it for comparison.
We’re adding a little disclaimer here. If you are looking at high-end mattresses with premium weight natural fillings as the main components then prices will indeed be in excess of the £1000 plus ballpark. Our comments here relate to mass-produced mattresses without a predominant ‘natural fillings’ content.
A pocket spring mattress is far superior and longer lasting than cheaper open coil or foam boxed mattresses
Do not expect to be able to get everything you need to be included. For example, you have found a 1000 pocket sprung mattress. The fillings used will no doubt be polyester (1200 gsm should be expected at the very least). You may then have to add a supplementary comfort layer in the form of mattress topper or enhancer to give you an additional comfort layer and assurance to extend the longevity.
The rule of thumb isto get the best ‘components’ your budget can buy. If £500 can get you a pocket sprung mattress – why settle for a cage sprung mattress for the same money? When the budget is an issue it is better to complement an average pocket sprung mattress by adding your own comfort layers.
Bear in mind that as polyester is the most basic component of mattress upholstery hence the cheap price it really does not have a very long lifespan. Without taking the above measures of care, it will not be too long for the mattress to develop dips and indents where the polyester refuses to spring back to life. Bear in mind that we all perspire through the night and this is the mattress’ worst enemy. It is better to replace the topper or whatever every so often than it is to change your mattress.