Best Foam Mattresses for $500 or Less

CR's tests prove that you don’t have to spend a lot—or go to a store, for that matter—to get a comfortable mattress

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You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good night’s sleep. In fact, you can order a queen-size foam mattress online for a few hundred dollars and have the mattress-in-a-box delivered to your doorstep.

Below we feature seven foam mattresses that cost $500 or less for a queen-size version, the most commonly sold size. The same model in a single or double costs even less, and you can still rely on our ratings to find the best one for you.

“The support level of the smaller mattresses should be in line with the queen-size mattresses,” says Christopher Regan, who oversees Consumer Reports’ mattress testing.

Though these inexpensive mattresses aren’t at the very top of CR’s mattress ratings, they compete on performance with high-ranking mattresses that might cost four or five times as much.

How We Test Mattresses

In Consumer Reports’ mattress tests, we use real people—petite women and large men—to see how support varies for sleepers of different sizes. (The score for average-sized sleepers is just that, an average of the two.)

More on Mattresses

Using lab equipment and human subjects, we evaluate how well a mattress supports the body for back and side sleepers, how easily sleepers can shift their weight without disturbing their partner, and how well the mattress keeps its shape over time.

For firmness, rather than take a manufacturer’s word for it, we measure that attribute precisely for each mattress we test and plot the results on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the firmest. We measure support when the test subjects are lying on their side and again on their back. That makes it easier for you to use our ratings to match your size and favorite sleeping position to the perfect mattress.

Our comfort and owner satisfaction ratings are based on data from recent surveys on CR members’ experiences with almost 70,000 mattresses purchased within the past decade. We asked members to rate the comfort of their mattress and used the data to generate ratings by brand and type of mattress. Owner satisfaction is based on a member’s overall judgment of factors such as firmness/softness, value, quality of sleep, and more.

Read on for ratings and reviews of foam mattresses under $500, listed in order of Overall Score. You’ll find options from brands such as Costco’s Novaform, Signature Sleep, Sleep Innovations, and more. If you can afford to spend more, check our full mattress ratings and recommendations.

Mattress-in-a-Box Basics

Is a mattress-in-a-box a good option for you? On the “Consumer 101” TV show, Consumer Reports expert Chris Regan explains to host Jack Rico what shoppers need to know about these widely sold products.

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Daniel Wroclawski

I'm obsessed with smart home tech and channel my obsession into new stories for Consumer Reports. When I'm not writing about products, I spend time either outside hiking and skiing or up in the air in small airplanes. For my latest obsessions, follow me on Facebook and Twitter (@danwroc).