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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.

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.

What is a Good Price for a New Mattress?

See how much you should budget for your next new mattress.

No one likes to feel cheated when making a big purchase, but when it comes to buying anew mattressit can be difficult to determine what constitutes a fair price. The wide range of brands and models, plus inflated sales prices and obscured product information also add to the confusion. Plus, price is only part of the picture, as it is not uncommon to see a low-quality bed and a high-quality bed sold for the same amount. To provide insight into how much one should expect to spend for a decent-quality mattress, we took a look at leading brands of each mattress type.

New Mattress Prices By Type

As with any product, a new mattress can range from very cheap to ridiculously expensive, and everywhere in between. You may be able to find a bed as low as $200, as well as one that costs more than a new car. However, most new mattresses fall in the mid range, somewhere between $500 and $3000. Each mattress type uses different materials, so the costs can vary depending on what type you are buying. The following sections will look at new mattress prices individually for innerspring, memory foam, latex, and waterbed mattresses. For each type, we will compare five mattresses with similar mid-range specifications to contrast pricing and value.

Innerspring Mattress Prices

Innersprings or coil mattresses are the most commonly purchased of all beds, however they are also most prone to price and sale manipulation. It is not unheard of to see retailers advertise claims like “50-75% off!”, citing heavily inflated retail prices designed to make consumers think they are getting a great deal. According to SleepLikeTheDead.com [SLTD], the average price consumers paid for their spring mattresses is $1400. Basic spring beds can be found as low as $300, however high coil counts and add-ons like memory foam, gel, special fabrics, or luxury brand names can cost several thousand dollars. Here are five mid-range spring beds compared on features, cost and owner satisfaction:

New Mattress Prices: Innerspring Beds

Memory Foam Mattress Prices

Memory foam has a reputation for being expensive, however the proliferation of competitive brands in recent years has introduced several more affordable options. SLTD reports the average price paid for a memory foam mattress is $1450, with options ranging as low as $200 to over $7500. Memory foam costs can vary considerably by brand name, with other influencing factors including foam density (2.5 lbs to 7.0 lbs) and amount of memory foam in the mattress (1” to 6”+). Denser memory foam contains more memory foam polymer, which makes it more expensive, and the same is true with beds that contain thicker layers of memory foam. To demonstrate the range in the memory foam industry, five different brands are compared below using their 10” models:

New Mattress Prices: Memory Foam Beds

Latex Mattress Prices

Latex mattresses can be fairly costly compared to other mattress types, since the entire mattress is made of latex. SLTD reports an average price of $1880, with a range of $500 to $5500 or more. Natural latex mattresses are expensive to produce, and thus result in more costly beds. Synthetic and blended latex mattresses tend to be cheaper than all natural latex. Latex made using the Dunlop process tends to be cheaper than Talalay process latex, however the Talalay process is said by manufacturer to result in more consistent foam. Overall, both types rate similarly in owner satisfaction. As with memory foam, the thickness of the latex will also affect price, with thinner beds costing less. Here are five latex brands showing cost differences between 8-inch models:

Waterbed Mattress Prices

Waterbed mattresses for hardside beds tend to be among the least expensive mattresses. These can be as cheap as $60 for a basic bladder, or as much as $1000 for models with fiber layers or specially-designed vinyl. Softside waterbeds are made with water chambers set inside a mattress encasement. Softside models usually cost more, and can also include pillowtops and specialty foams. The average price for all waterbeds according to SLTD is $900, with the range mostly between $100-$1800. Below are a couple models from both waterbed categories:

New Mattress Prices: Waterbeds

Mattress

Features

Queen Cost

Owner Rating

Innomax Genesis 600 SL Hardside

9” thick, 22 mil Vinyl; 7-layer fiber support; 2” reinforced corners; 90% Waveless

Innomax Luxury Support Mystique Softside

Euro-top; fiber fill. Multiple water mattress options.

Boyd Regency IV Hardside

9” thick, HD Vinyl; 4-layer fiber support; reinforced corners; 90% Waveless

Boyd 167 Pembroke Softside

11” thick; 2” memory foam. Multiple water mattress options.

Strobel Century Sleep Super 8 Hardside

9” thick, 20 mil Vinyl; 4-layer fiber support; reinforced corners; 85% Waveless

Budgeting for a New Mattress

Considering the average price range for the mattress type you are interested in is a good starting point for determining your budget. As a scan of leading brands reveals, one might expect to spend $800 on a spring bed, $1000 on a memory foam bed, $2000 on a latex bed, $200 on a hardside waterbed, or $800 on a softside waterbed, based on mid-range specification for each mattress type. While researching different brands and specifications can help you find better deals, there are also a few smart shopping tips you can use to save when buying a new mattress:

Sign up for email coupons or newsletters once you’ve narrowed down your options so get the current deals (you can always unsubscribe after you buy).

Don’t overlook holiday sales. The highly-competitive mattress industry offers frequent sales to attract buyers, and major holidays (like July 4th, Labor Day, Black Friday) are usually when retailers offer their best prices.

Many new mattress retailers are negotiable when it comes to prices (barring some brands like iComfort, which may have firmly set prices). It never hurts to ask if there are any discounts or promotions currently available to sweeten the deal.

Always remember to look at what is actually inside the bed to see how it compares to other options (coil count, memory foam density, latex type etc). It can be difficult to find information on many new mattresses since a similar model may be sold under several different names, specifically to confuse customers and inhibit price comparisons. Looking what the bed actually offers is the best way to compare value across brands, rather than comparing names or prices.

Comparison shop online as well as in local showrooms. Online shops may have significantly lower prices than physical showrooms for similar products, since overhead costs are much lower and the online market is more competitive. This is especially for specialty mattresses like memory foam and latex. Several online consumer review resources can help you learn about websites’ products and service reputation.

Don’t put all your faith in the 10 minute showroom “test-drive”. Surveys by Consumer Reports indicated that 40% of people had buyer’s remorse after making a new mattress purchase. Thus, it can be important to ensure you have at least 30 days to test and try the bed in your home, and check on return/restocking costs before buying.

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How Much Does a Good Mattress Cost? A 2020 Guide to Understanding Mattress Value

Thinking about buying a new bed but unsure of how much money you should set aside for the purchase? Confused about the difference between innerspring, latex, and foam beds? If so, look no further.

Mattresses come in a wide range of prices, from less than $200 to over $5,000. How expensive a mattress is will depend on a range of factors, such as durability, materials, and height. Higher-priced beds (luxury mattresses) also tend to last much longer than cheaper ones.

This article will cover differences between each popular mattress type and what you can expect to pay for them, along with other factors that impact overall mattress cost.

Differences between Popular Mattress Types

Should you get an innerspring bed, memory foam, latex, or some other type of mattress? Let’s look closer at each of the most common mattress materials.

Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring beds use a bed of coils for their main support, though the shape, quality, and design of the coils can vary widely. Considered the most traditional type of mattress, innerspring beds are covered by upholstery materials, like fiber or foam. Some innerspring beds have two layers of coils instead of just one.

These beds are best for people who carry some extra weight since the coils create a firm core that won’t sag as easily as other materials. An innerspring mattress can also work for someone who knows for sure they enjoy a bouncy bed with this type of firm support.

While these are often the most affordable types of mattresses out there, many sleepers will find them uncomfortable if they don’t have enough padding. This is one of the reasons why hybrid mattresses are gaining in popularity for people who enjoy the feel of innerspring coils but also want plush comfort in their bed. We’ll cover more on hybrid mattresses shortly.

Latex Mattresses

Latex is a supportive material that can relieve pressure, like memory foam, but it has a couple of distinct differences. Firstly, latex is a slightly bouncy material, rather than slow-responding, like memory foam. Latex can be made from either natural material (like tree sap) or with synthetic compounds.

Whether it’s made from natural materials or not, latex is a hypoallergenic material, as it is quite resistant to dust mites and mold, which is beneficial for people who have allergies.

Latex mattresses are also known to be durable and sleep cool since you sleep on top of the mattress rather than in it, as you do with memory foam. If you want a bouncy, cool mattress and are sensitive to allergens, latex could be your best bet.

Foam Mattresses

Memory foam is a viscoelastic material, meaning that it can change shape and go back to its original form afterward. Instead of having a bouncy feel, memory foam responds slowly to pressure. Highly soft and absorbent, memory foam mattresses conform to your body, distributing your weight evenly and possibly relieving aches and pains.

This material also comes with the benefit of absorbing motion. If you sleep with a pet or restless partner, memory foam will absorb the vibrations from their movements, helping you stay asleep.

Memory foam is known for sleeping hot since you sink into the material. Most modern mattress companies have found ways to combat this with cooling technology, though, such as cooling gel.

Memory foam is a durable material that will last quite a while, as well. Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses, for example, last for up to 10 years, according to customers. If you want a luxurious bed and know you enjoy the cradling feeling created by memory foam, this could be a good option for your next bed.

Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid mattresses combine the support of coils and the plush comfort of latex or memory foam. These mattresses aren’t as bouncy as innerspring beds but are still easy to move around on and they do have some bounce to them. The latex or memory foam layers on top of the springs help to absorb motion, so you probably won’t be too disturbed when your partner moves at night.

If you sleep hot, a hybrid mattress could work well for you. They tend to sleep fairly cool because the coils in the mattress prevent the sleeper from sinking too far into the surface of the bed. Just keep in mind that hybrid beds are very heavy because they contain both coils and foam or latex, which can make them difficult to move.

Overall, this kind of bed should work well for someone who wants the firm support of coils, a responsive bed, and a bit of contouring pressure relief.

Air Mattresses

An air bed (also called an air mattress) is a bed that uses air chambers as the support system, rather than coil or foam layers. Permanent air beds can be used as the main mattress for your bedroom and tend to cost a lot, although there are also cheaper inflatable mattresses used for camping and outdoors.

If versatility is your main concern and you aren’t shopping for a main bedroom mattress, a cheap air bed could work for you. Budget camping air mattresses tend to cost less than innerspring, memory foam, latex, or hybrid beds and are easier to move. Some models can be used as a guest bed, or as a permanent mattress in your bedroom, in addition to being used outdoors.

One major advantage to an air mattress is that you can adjust the firmness level by adding more air to make it firmer and less to make it softer. This makes it more versatile than most other mattress types and can be helpful when you have different guests with varying preferences over.

Another benefit to air mattresses is that they won’t sag in the middle, like foam or coil beds can, and if they do, you can simply add more air.

How Much does Each Mattress Type Cost?

he materials used in a mattress will have the greatest impact on price, compared to other factors. We’ll cover what you can expect to pay for each type below:

  • Innerspring:These tend to cost between $700 and $1,200, with an average price of about $950 for a Queen.
  • Latex:Latex beds will cost between $1,500 and $2,500 on average, with the most common price being around $2,000 for a Queen.
  • Memory foam:Memory foam beds often cost between $600 and $1,200, with an average price of $900 for a Queen.
  • Hybrid:Hybrid beds usually run between $1,200 and $2,000, with an average price of about $1,650 for a Queen.
  • Airbed:Air mattresses cost between $1,500 and $2,500 on average for a permanent model you can use in your bedroom. A Queen will likely cost around $2,250.

What Impacts the Cost of Each Mattress Type?

For each type of mattress, there are different factors that will impact price point. Below, we’ll go over each mattress type and cover some of the most common of these factors.

Innerspring Mattress Cost Factors

Durability:Expected lifespan and durability will play a key role in the price point of an innerspring bed. The cheapest options on the market will usually only last for three to five years, whereas more expensive models, with more durable coils, may last a few years longer.

Coil count:Fancier innerspring mattress models tend to have a higher coil count, although this doesn’t always determine how long a mattress will last. Higher coil counts can provide better support and contouring, so try to select a mattress with a coil count of at least 300 for a Full bed, 400 for a Queen, and 480 for a King.

Coil Gauge:Coil gauge refers to how thick each coil is in the mattress. High-gauge coils are thinner with a springier and softer feel, and low-gauge coils are thicker with firmer pushback and thus more durable.

Pocketed coils:Some innerspring manufacturers make their mattresses with pocketed coils. Wrapping each coil in fabric can reduce motion transfer and noise significantly, so this quality does usually drive up the price of innerspring beds.

Latex Mattress Cost Factors

Natural versus synthetic latex:How much a latex mattress will cost can depend on whether the manufacturer uses synthetic or natural latex materials. While natural latex is made from rubber trees, synthetic latex is manmade. Natural latex is more expensive to make, so you can expect to pay more for a mattress made with it.

Manufacturing process:The synthetic latex used in mattresses is made with either the Dunlop process or Talalay process. Dunlop latex is heavier and denser than Talalay latex, which makes it more suitable for support layers. The Talalay process is less dense, adds cushion, and typically costs more than Dunlop latex. Some latex mattresses use both Dunlop and Talalay latex.

Number of layers used:Latex beds can have a varying number of layers used in their construction, which will impact the overall price and comfort of the finished product. The thicker a mattress is, the more it tends to cost.

Memory Foam Mattress Cost Factors

Type of foam used:The type of foam used in a memory foam mattress is probably the biggest determiner when it comes to price. Polyfoam is a common material used in budget memory foam mattresses, but with the lower price tag comes a mattress that degrades quicker. Mattresses with special properties in their foam, such as cooling gel or copper-infusion, will cost more than basic foam beds.

Foam density:The density of the foam used in a mattress will impact how durable it is and therefore it also affects the price. The low-density foam used in many cheaper memory foam beds is less durable and tends to deteriorate faster. Denser, firmer foams are used in more expensive beds and tend to last longer.

Airflow:Some types of foam come in a convoluted (egg crate-shaped) design. This structure can promote airflow, helping the mattress sleep cooler, but may end up driving up the price of the bed.

Hybrid Mattress Cost Factors

Quality of foam or latex used:The type of foam or latex used in a hybrid mattress will end up impacting how much the bed costs. If the mattress uses foam with cooling technology, it may end up costing more. A hybrid that uses natural latex, instead of synthetic, might also end up costing more.

Number of layers:Hybrid beds can vary widely when it comes to the number of layers used in the mattress. Since beds with more layers require more materials and a more complex manufacturing process, they will cost more than thinner beds with fewer layers.

Quality of coils:Micro-coils are basically similar to ordinary mattress coils but much smaller. They’re made with high-gauge, flexible wire and increase the overall flexibility of a mattress, adding to the conforming ability of the bed. Since these are a relatively new feature, beds with micro-coils may end up costing more than beds without them.

Airbed Mattress Cost Factors

Remote controls:Most air mattresses today come with remote or manual controls that let you inflate or deflate your mattress according to your preference. Some can even be controlled via online apps but these are more expensive than beds that use manual controls.

Extra materials:If an air mattress comes with additional comfort materials like latex, memory foam, or a micro-coil system, they will cost more than beds without these features.

Mattress height:When it comes to airbeds, the price be related to the height of the mattress. If the bed is taller, it will often cost more, as will a bed that has more air chambers.

Other Factors that Impact Mattress Price

There are a number of other factors that may affect the cost of a mattress, regardless of the type of bed it is. Here are some additional things to consider when it comes to the final price of your bed:

Shipping costs:While many manufacturers will give you free delivery when you order a mattress for them, some will charge a shipping fee. If you live in offshore U.S. territories, Hawaii, or Alaska, you can definitely expect to pay some additional shipping costs. For manufacturers that don’t offer free shipping with their beds, you can expect to pay $100 or more.

Returns:If you end up returning your mattress, you might have to pay a fee. Most online mattress companies offer sleep trials that allow customers to test out their bed before deciding whether to keep it. A lot of these trials come with fees for shipping and handling, so make sure you check the fine print in the company policy before you buy.

White Glove delivery:A high percentage of mattress manufacturers offer a service called White Glove delivery. This includes in-home assembly of your new mattress and packaging waste removal. This can cost anywhere from $99 on up.

Foundations:Depending on whether you need to buy a mattress foundation and what type you select, this could add quite a bit to your final bed price. Most mattresses will have options for foundations under the same brand name and these can cost anywhere from $150 on up.

In most cases, an average sleeper should be able to get their mattress for less than $1,000, although some may have higher comfort needs or preferences. Before you buy, make sure you research not only the quality of materials used and user reviews, but also the company’s warranty, sleep trial period, and shipping costs.

Cocoon by Sealy Mattress Review

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The Cocoon mattress is Sealy’s first online-only mattress, made of memory foam over foam. It competes in a crowded field, so how does it compare?

Note: The Cocoon mattress, a memory-foam over foam bed, comes from Sealy, a company with a history of more than a century making mattresses. The Cocoon model is the first product that Sealy has sold directly to consumers over the internet.

If you’d prefer to watch rather than read, check out our full Cocoon mattress video review above.

Table of Contents

Nobody does more in-depth mattress reviews than GoodBed — which means there’sa lotof information here! Use the links in this table of contents to quickly jump to the sections of this review that interest you most.

SummaryOverview of GoodBed’s findings and conclusions about this product
Materials & ConstructionMattress Type, Layers, Cover
Comfort & Feel RatingsSoftness, Cushioning Depth, Memory Feel, Bounce
Back Support + Pressure Relief RatingsBy sleeper weight and sleep position
Feature RatingsMotion Isolation, Temperature, Edge Support, Ease of Repositioning, Natural vs Chemicals, Adjustable Base Compatibility
Price, Value & LongevityCost, Discounts, Durability, Overall Value
Other Factors to ConsiderDelivery, Returns, Warranty
Bottom LineWho is the best/worst match for this mattress?

Summary: Is the Cocoon a Good Mattress?

The Cocoon bed is Sealy’s first entrant into the online mattress world. Instead of buying it in a mattress or department store, as you would other Sealy beds, the Cocoon is available exclusively online. It enters a world with a LOT of competition, so we were eager to see how it performs in our testing.

The Cocoon mattress is a 10" bed with relatively simple construction. Available in two softness levels, the Firm version features a 2" layer of memory foam atop an 8" layer of standard polyurethane foam. The similar Soft version features a 2" layer of the same memory foam, then 2" of a soft polyurethane foam, supported by a 6" block of polyurethane support foam. The two versions come wrapped in the same soft and stretchy cover. The company will even allow a one-time free exchange if you think you ordered the wrong version.

An upgrade option is available for the cover; and extra $150 gets you the "Chill" cover, which includes some phase-change material intended to help regulate heat and keep you cooler. We’ll speak more about that further below.

We found the memory foam featured in the Cocoon mattress to be particularly slow responding; when we pressed down into the bed with our hands, it took a full 10 seconds for the mattress to return to its shape. If you like that feeling of slowly melting into the bed, you might enjoy the Cocoon by Sealy mattress.

We tested both of the versions of this mattress, called the "Firm" and the "Soft." Interestingly, however, we found the softness difference to be a lot more subtle than the names would suggest. On our scale, we would class the "Firm" version as a Medium Firm, while we found the "Soft" version to be about a Medium in our view. We noted more of a difference in cushioning depth, and we’ll get to that in our detailed ratings below.

We found back support, especially for back sleepers, to be very good in our tests, and we think both the Firm and the Soft versions are supportive and promote very good spinal alignment. If you are primarily a back sleeper considering the Cocoon by Sealy, the choice might come down to preference and whether you prefer more of a floating on top of your mattress feeling (Firm version) or prefer to sink in a bit more (Soft version).

The two versions were more different for side and stomach sleeping. We felt side sleepers would be better served in terms of support and pressure relief by the Soft version, while those who sleep on their stomachs would be better supported by the Firm version.

Motion isolation with both versions was a highlight in our tests, and we felt the Cocoon mattress would be a solid choice if you tend to be disturbed by a partner’s movements in bed.

It fell short, however, in our tests for edge support. Our tester felt himself slowly sliding off the bed when laying on the edge, so if you find yourself often pushed to the side of your mattress by kids or pets, that might be a concern for you. And because of the type of memory foam in the Cocoon bed, we felt it harder to move around and change sleeping positions, typically something that goes with the territory in mattresses with this kind of slow-responding foam.

From a value standpoint, the Cocoon mattress sits right in the middle of the competition among all-foam beds, but if you like the idea of choosing a mattress from a company with a long history in the mattress industry, and one that’s likely to be around for the lifetime of your bed, that could tip the scales assuming that its other performance and preference features suit your needs.

You can use the Cocoon bed on any suitable and supportive foundation. Sealy sells a matching foundation, but it’s not required.

Read on for our detailed report and be sure to check out the video to see this mattress in action as we put it through our tests. You can always visit the company’s website for more on the Cocoon by Sealy.

Bottom Line: Who is the Best Match for a Cocoon by Sealy Mattress?

BEST if you:

  • Love the feel of extra slow-responding memory foam
  • Are sensitive to a partner’s movements
  • Want to buy from an established company

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Tend to sit or sleep on the edge of your bed
  • Like to sink deeply into your mattress
  • Are concerned about ‘sleeping hot’

Comfort & Feel

These are the "preference-based characteristics" of a mattress. No classification here is better or worse – they are strictly a matter ofyourpersonal preference.

Softness Level (Cocoon Firm)
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
4Medium-Firm
Softness Level (Cocoon Soft)
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5Medium
Cushioning Depth (Cocoon Firm)
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
3Shallower than average
Cushioning Depth (Cocoon Soft)
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
5Medium
Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
8Lots of memory feel
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
3Very little bounce

Back Support (by Sleeper Type)

No mattress will provide equally good spinal alignment (a.k.a., back support) for every sleeper. Here’s what to expect in terms of spinal alignment on this mattress – by sleeper weight and sleep position.

Cocoon Firm:

WeightRangeBack SleepersSide SleepersStomach Sleepers
Lighter250 lb978

Cocoon Soft:

WeightRangeBack SleepersSide SleepersStomach Sleepers
Lighter250 lb985

Pressure Relief (by Sleeper Type)

The pressure relief offered by a mattress – especially important for side sleepers – will vary based on a sleeper’s weight and body shape. Here’s how we size up the pressure relief capabilities of this mattress.

WeightRangeFirm versionSoft version
Lighter250 lb68

Other Features

These are the "priority-based characteristics" of a mattress. Ratings here indicate where this mattress has strengths or weaknesses – however the importance of these features will depend entirely onyourpersonal priorities.

Motion Isolation9Excellent
Stays ‘Cool’5Okay
Edge Support2Poor
Ease of Repositioning7Good
Green Features4Fair
Adjustable Base Compatibility8Very good
Overall Value7Good

Key Facts – Cocoon by Sealy Mattress

Mattress Type

Memory Foam over Foam

Price

Delivery

Free delivery to your door

Return Policy

100-day trial, full refund with proof of donation

Warranty

10 years. Indentation coverage: 1"+

Country of Manufacture

Thickness

Weight (Queen)

Materials & Construction

What is in a Cocoon Mattress?

Overall, we classify the Cocoon by Sealy as a "Memory Foam over Foam" construction type. It is a10″ thick mattress comprised of either 2 or 3 layers, depending on the version(listed below from top to bottom):

Cocoon Firm:

  • 2" memory foam
  • 8" polyurethane support foam

Cocoon Soft:

  • 2" memory foam
  • 2" soft polyurethane comfort foam
  • 6" polyurethane support foam

Cover

The layers of the Cocoon by Sealy mattress are wrapped in a stretchy and soft cover that seemed well made and sturdy.

An optional upgrade is Cocoon’s "Chill" cover, which the company says can help keep you cooler with the inclusion of phase-change fibers. That’s a $150 option when you order the Cocoon bed. See the "temperature" section below on our views about the Chill cover.

Comfort & Feel

There are three aspects that make up our assessment of comfort and feel. We call these "preference-based characteristics" because no rating here is better or worse – rather, the attributes that are most desirable to you will be determined solely byyourpersonal preferences. We apply the same classification standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Softness( what’s this )

Keep in mind that what mattress companies call “firm” or “soft” is a purely a preference. All mattresses should be supportive and promote healthy spinal alignment. Whether a mattress is fluffy and squishy (what mattress companies call soft or plush), or less so (what companies call firm), is purely down to your personal needs and preferences.

We evaluated both the Cocoon Firm and the Cocoon Soft, and found them to be more similar than the names would suggest. We found the "Firm" to be about a Medium Firm on our scale, while the "Soft" version came it at about a Medium.

Not sure what softness is best for you? Take our Mattress Match Quiz and find out.

Softness Level (Cocoon Firm)
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
4Medium-Firm
Softness Level (Cocoon Soft)
(1=Least Soft, 9=Most Soft)
5Medium

Cushioning Depth( what’s this )

This refers to how deeply you sink into the mattress or feel cradled or hugged, versus a feeling of floating on top of the bed. We tried both versions of the Cocoon mattress and felt there was a bigger difference in cushioning depth than softness. with the firm version, we felt a lot more of the ‘floating on top’ feeling, and with the soft version, more of a medium level of cushioning.

Cushioning Depth (Cocoon Firm)
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
3Shallow cushioning
Cushioning Depth (Cocoon Soft)
(1=Shallowest, 9=Deepest)
5Medium cushioning

Responsiveness( what’s this )

Responsiveness refers to how quickly a mattress recovers its shape after being compressed. When you press your hand into the mattress, for instance, then remove it, does it take several seconds for the mattress to return to flat, or does it recover immediately?

Both versions of the Cocoon mattress have the same 2" of memory foam on top, and it’s a particularly slow-responding memory foam. When we pressed down on the bed, it took a full 10 seconds for the mattress to return to shape.

Typically with all-foam beds, there isn’t a lot of bounce, but the Cocoon mattress does have a bit (it’s personal preference whether you like some bounce in your mattress or not). So the Cocoon by Sealy mattress is pretty interesting–a combination of very slow response but with some bounce as well.

Memory Feel
(1=Least, 9=Most)
8Lots of memory feel
Bounce
(1=Least, 9=Most)
3Very little bounce

Back Support & Pressure Relief

The two things that you should always be sure to get from your mattress are spinal alignment (commonly thought of as "back support") and pressure relief. Unfortunately, no mattress will deliver these two things equally well for all sleepers. In particular,spinal alignment and pressure relief capabilities will vary across sleepers with different weights, body shapes, and sleep positions. To help you determine how this mattress will perform for you, we break down our spinal alignment and pressure relief assessments by sleeper type.

In our evaluations, the Cocoon mattress offered very good back support, but we did find it depended on your predominant sleeping position which version would be better. For most everyone, and on both versions, we felt that back sleepers would be well supported in particular.

Spinal Alignment

The key to good back support is maintaining proper spinal alignment while you sleep. This means that the mattress should hold your spine in roughly the same position it’s in when you’re standing. The ability of a given mattress to do this will generally depend on your weight, sleep position, and body shape.

Here is how we break down the spinal alignment of the two versions of the Cocoon mattress:

Cocoon Firm:

WeightRangeBack SleepersSide SleepersStomach Sleepers
Lighter250 lb978

Cocoon Soft:

WeightRangeBack SleepersSide SleepersStomach Sleepers
Lighter250 lb985

Back Sleepers:

Our tester felt very supported in this position, on both the firm and soft versions of the Cocoon by Sealy mattress. His hips sank into the mattress, creating good spinal alignment, and his lumbar area felt supported. We felt that most people would feel similarly well supported in this position.

Side Sleepers:

When it came to side sleeping, our opinion differed based on the mattress version. with the firm Cocoon mattress, our tester didn’t feel that his shoulders sank enough into the mattress, forcing a curve in his spine. But on the soft Cocoon mattress, he felt much better supported in the side-sleeping position.

Stomach Sleepers:

It was the opposite for stomach sleeping. On the firm version of the Cocoon bed, our tester felt his hips well supported, but on the soft version, they sank in too much, creating what we call a "hammocking" effect that can create too much arch in the back, and lead to discomfort or pain down the road. We felt that feeling on the soft version would be exacerbated for individuals heavier than our 200-lb. tester.

Pressure Relief

When a mattress pushes back against your body with too much force in a concentrated area, the result can be pain, soreness, loss of circulation, excessive tossing, and other problems. In general, such "pressure points" are of greatest concern for side sleepers, since that’s the position in which your body’s weight is distributed over the smallest surface area. To find the right mattress foryourneeds, keep in mind that the pressure-relieving capabilities of any given mattress will vary depending on the sleeper. Factors like your weight and body shape (e.g., broader shoulders and/or hips) will determine how far you sink into the mattress, and the pressure relief offered by that mattress will vary widely at different depths.

Here’s how we sized up the pressure relief of the Sealy Cocoon mattress:

WeightRangeFirm versionSoft version
Lighter250 lb68

We found pressure relief for the Cocoon bed to be very good for the Cocoon Soft. For the firm version, however, we felt all but the lightest individuals would not find enough pressure relief from those top 2" of memory foam. Overall, we felt the Soft version would be more appropriate for those who sleep predominantly on their sides.

Other Features

Beyond the preference-based characteristics of comfort and feel, and the body matching for spinal alignment and pressure relief, a mattress will have a number of other attributes that can make it a better or worse choice for you. We call these "priority-based characteristics" because they are areas in which a mattresscanbe better or worse, but that will have differing amounts of importance to each sleeper. So, determining how much importance to give to these features will be entirely a matter ofyourown personal priorities. As always, we apply the same ratings standards to each mattress so you can more easily compare apples to apples.

Motion Isolation( what’s this )

With a bowling pin standing upright on the Cocoon bed, we dropped a bowling ball on it to gauge how movements on one side of the mattress might be transferred to other areas. The pin barely moved.

In general, foam and memory foam beds are good choices if you are easily disturbed by a partner’s movements, and the Cocoon mattress is no exception.

Motion Isolation Rating9/10Excellent

Temperature( what’s this )

Memory foam has a reputation for heat retention, so this is always something we examine with foam beds. In the case of the Cocoon mattress, we think most people are unlikely to feel hot on the Firm version because you float more on top of the mattress. That means more of your body is exposed to the air.

With the Soft version, you sink in more, so there’s more chance of feeling hot, in our view.

If overheating in bed is an issue for you, and you’ve experienced it with other mattresses, other models have features that are specifically intended to address this, and a foam bed likely is not your best choice.

Sealy does have an upgraded cover meant to address this, the $150 optional "Chill" version of the mattress, with a cover that incorporates phase-change fibers. It’s supposed to feel cool to the touch. When compared to the regular cover, we did think the Chill cover felt slightly cooler. When we put a sheet on top of both mattresses, however, we noticed very little difference. Overall, we are unsure that the Chill cover offers enough benefit to justify a $150 added expense.

Stays ‘Cool’ Rating5/10Okay

Edge Support( what’s this )

Foam mattresses aren’t typically very supportive along the very edge of the mattress—important if you like to sit on the edge of the bed, or if you tend to sleep along the edge. The Cocoon bed was no exception. When laying on the side of the bed, our tester felt himself sliding right off, and as the memory foam warmed under his body, the effect was even more pronounced.

If you tend to really use the sides of your mattress, there are better choices.

Edge Support Rating2/10Poor

Ease of Repositioning( what’s this )

Ease of movement can also be an issue with memory foam especially the type of slow-responding memory foam used in the Cocoon mattress. Our tester felt it did take effort to move from position to position with the Cocoon mattress, but since there is only 2" of memory foam atop the bed, he did not find it overly cumbersome.

Repositioning Rating7/10Good

Green Features( what’s this )

For mattress shoppers concerned with the use of natural materials, sustainable manufacturing practices or the like, we offer our subjective evaluation of any efforts taken by the company to make the mattress more green, healthy, or safe.

In the case of the Cocoon mattress by Sealy, the company makes no claims about the use of natural materials. All of its foams are petroleum based, and chemical glues are used to hold the mattress together.

All of the foams used are certified to the CertiPUR-US standard, which verifies that a material has low VOC off-gassing as well as a lack of chemicals and other substances regulated by the CPSC. This is a very common certification today that we see from almost all mainstream companies.

Green Rating4/10Fair

Adjustable Base Compatibility( what’s this )

We did not specifically test the Cocoon mattress with an adjustable base. However, the company says that it may be used with one.

Adjustable Base Compatibility8/10Very good

Price, Value & Longevity

How Much Does a Cocoon Mattress Cost?

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What Are You Getting?

The Cocoon by Sealy is a 10" memory foam over foam mattress made by a company with a long history in the mattress business. It competes against a number of similar foam mattresses in its price range, but the Cocoon does have a particularly slow-responding memory foam layer on top. So if you really want that slow, melting-into-the-bed feeling of memory foam, the Cocoon does have that characteristic.

How Long Will the Cocoon Mattress Last?

When it comes to estimating the comfort lifespan of a mattress, we tend to use foam density as our best, albeit imperfect, predictor of how long a foam will retain its shape and resiliency. In the case of the Cocoon mattress, Sealy has chosen not to disclose the densities used. Based on our experience, we can estimate the top memory foam to be about a 3-lb. density, which is a little low. If we had any concerns about compression, it would be that this top layer could soften prematurely compared to a denser foam. Sealy does warrant body impressions over 1" for a 10 years, however, so that should give some assurance.

Overall Value

Pricing for the Cocoon mattress is right in line, or even a little less, than other all-foam mattresses sold exclusively online. If its performance and preference features fit your needs, then we think it is a solid value. We have our doubts about the value of the optional "Chill" cover, however, given that we perceived little difference between it and the regular cover on the Cocoon bed.

Value Rating7/10Good

Other Factors to Consider

Delivery

  • Free delivery to door

Cocoon includes free delivery via UPS, which is not particularly unusual among its competitors. The Cocoon bed comes in a big box; the queen size mattress weighs almost 65 pounds.

Returns

  • 100-day trial period
  • Full refund with proof of donation

Cocoon offers buyers a 100-day trial period. Returns within the trial period are free, but in most cases you’ll need to provide proof of donation to a charity. When you call to initiate a refund, the company will outline your options based on your location. See: Details on Cocoon returns

Warranty

  • Warranty Length: 10 years
  • Indentation Coverage: 1” and above

One of the biggest, if not THE biggest complaints about any mattress from consumers regards body impressions—the inability of a mattress to spring back, eventually creating a low spot/sinkhole in the mattress. As such, mattress warranties all contain a term defining how big a sag or ‘body impression’ (measured when no one is on the mattress) is considered a defect, and thus covered under the warranty. The industry standard for mattresses is generally between ¾” and 1.5”. Cocoon has chosen to cover indentations that meet or exceed 1” which is average among foam beds. Practically speaking, that means any softening or sagging would need to be at least that deep before the warranty would offer you protection.

Should your mattress qualify for warranty repair or replacement, the purchaser is on the hook for any shipping fees, no matter how long you’ve owned the mattress. See: Cocoon warranty

Bottom Line: Is the Cocoon Mattress Right for You?

The Cocoon by Sealy mattress is an all-foam bed made by a company with a long and stable history in the industry.Here’s who we think the mattress is best for, based on our evaluation.

BEST if you:

  • Love the feel of extra slow-responding memory foam
  • Are sensitive to a partner’s movements
  • Want to buy from an established company

NOT IDEAL if you:

  • Tend to sit or sleep on the edge of your bed
  • Like to sink deeply into your mattress
  • Are concerned about ‘sleeping hot

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