Best Innerspring Mattresses for $800 or Less

You don't have to pay a lot to get a comfortable innerspring mattress

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Think a great innerspring mattress costs a small fortune? Think again.

In Consumer Report’s rigorous lab tests of more than 130 innerspring mattresses, we found a number of comfortable queen-size models at affordable prices.

At CR we buy and test queen-size mattresses from well-known brands such as Beautyrest, Sealy, Serta, Stearns & Foster, and Tempur-Pedic, and from relatively new players, including Avocado, Casper, Leesa, Reverie, and Tuft & Needle.

Using lab equipment and human test subjects, we evaluate how well a mattress supports the body for both back and side sleepers, how easily sleepers can shift their weight without disturbing a partner, and how well the mattress keeps its shape over time. For that last test, on durability, we pass a 308-pound roller over each mattress 30,000 times to simulate the typical life span of eight to 10 years.

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Our comfort and owner satisfaction ratings are based on data from recent surveys on CR members’ experiences with more than 74,000 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 such factors as firmness/softness, value, quality of sleep, and more.

CR members can read on for details on five innerspring mattresses that do well in our tests. All of them cost less than $800 and can be ordered online. Of course, pricing can fluctuate—and we’ve seen some volatile swings recently—so the models featured below might edge higher than $800 from time to time.

For a deeper dive on mattresses, see our mattress buying guide and check our complete mattress ratings for data-based comparisons of more than 200 air, foam, and innerspring models.

Best Innerspring Mattresses for $800 or Less


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Daniel Bortz

Daniel Bortz is a freelance writer in Arlington, Va. His work has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Money magazine, and Kiplinger's, among others.