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Best Foam Mattresses for $600 or Less

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

A foam mattress on a bed frame.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good night’s sleep.

You can order a queen-size foam mattress online for as little as $235 and have the bed-in-a-box delivered to your doorstep—or even to your college dorm room. Though they aren’t at the very top of CR’s mattress ratings, these inexpensive mattresses compete, in terms of overall performance, with high-ranking mattresses that might cost four or five times as much. 

Consumer Reports tests the most common mattress size, queen, but if you’re looking for a twin or full, 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.

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 average score is just that, an average of the two.)

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With lab equipment and human 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 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 with a highly calibrated instrument and give the mattresses a score from 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.

Inexpensive Foam Mattresses

Below, listed in order of performance in our tests, are ratings and reviews of eight foam bed-in-a-box mattresses that cost $600 or less. Prices are for queen-size mattresses; the same model in a single or double costs even less.

If you can afford to spend more, check our full mattress ratings and recommendations. You’ll find bed-in-a-box mattresses from brands such as Amazon, Costco, Ikea, Sleep Innovations, Spa Sensations, Tuft & Needle, and many more, as well as innerspring and adjustable air models.

One notable exception to the list below: Casper. The Casper mattress didn’t make the grade for this roundup based on price: It costs $1,000 for a queen. Casper’s Essential mattress, $600 for a queen, doesn’t score high enough in our tests to be considered.


Tuft & Needle T&N
Price:
$575
Overall Score: 74
CR’s take: This bed-in-a-box foam mattress comes with a 100-night sleep trial (if you don’t like it, you can return the mattress within 100 days and receive your money back) and a 10-year warranty that covers visible sagging, physical flaws, and manufacturing defects in the mattress. The T&N earns a Very Good rating in our support tests for petite, average, and large/tall side sleep sleepers, a Very Good for petite back sleepers, and a Good for average and large/tall back sleepers. It rates an Excellent for durability, a test that simulates eight years of use. Worth noting: There are no grips on this 64-pound mattress, so you might find it unwieldy to move or to rotate on your bed frame.

Zinus Green Tea Pressue Relief
Price:
$275
Overall Score: 69
CR’s take: In our tests, the Zinus Green Tea resists bounciness and earns a Very Good rating for stabilization. However, for those who are concerned about sleeping warm, this mattress was noted to retain heat—it might make some uncomfortable at night. It earns a middle-of-the-road Good rating across the board for side and back support, except for petite back sleepers, where it performs better, earning a Very Good rating. This foam mattress is on the firmer side, scoring a 6 out of 10 in that test, with 10 being the firmest.

Sleep Innovations Taylor 12-Inch Gel Swirl
Price:
$470
Overall Score: 68
CR’s take: For petite, average, and large/tall side sleepers, the Sleep Innovations Taylor 12-inch Gel Swirl earns a Very Good rating for keeping the spine parallel to the mattress surface. It rates a Very Good for petite and average back sleepers but a middle-of-the-road Good for large/tall back sleepers. The mattress lacks grips, which means you might have difficulty moving it or positioning it on your bed frame. The Taylor comes with a 20-year limited warranty from the manufacturer that covers fabric and foam defects.

AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress, 10 Inches
Price:
 $235
Overall Score: 68
CR’s take: This mattress is currently the least expensive mattress in our ratings of more than 130 mattresses on the market. In our tests, the AmazonBasics mattress was shown to retain heat, which means that if you sleep warm this mattress might retain your body heat better than other mattresses. It resists bounciness, which means you won’t feel your partner, but it doesn’t ease your movement, so it might be hard to turn in bed if you’re switching sleep positions. It earns a middling Good support rating for nearly every body type except for large and tall back sleepers, for which it earns a Fair. If you prefer a firmer mattress, look elsewhere. In fact, this one’s exceptionally soft. It earns a 2 out of 10 on our firmness scale, with 10 being the firmest. 

Novaform Comfort Grande
Price:
$600
Overall Score: 68
CR’s take: The Novaform Comfort Grande, available at Costco, is 14 inches thick and has three layers of foam. Costco claims on its website that the mattress is made with a cooling fabric technology, though our tests found that this mattress still retained warmth. It earns a Very Good score for petite, average, and large/tall side sleepers in our tests, and a Very Good score for petite and average back sleepers. It earns a Good score for large/tall back sleepers. There are no grips on this 89-pound foam mattress, so you might need help moving it or positioning it on your bed frame.

Ikea Myrbacka
Price:
$500
Overall Score: 68
CR’s take: The 10-inch-high Ikea Myrbacka has a thick layer of memory foam and four side grips that help with moving the mattress around your home and positioning it on a bed frame. The Myrbacka comes with a 25-year limited warranty covering defects, and Ikea recommends that the mattress be used with a slatted bed frame. Generally speaking, our tests found that it was better for petite folks: It earns a Very Good rating in our support test for petite side sleepers, and a Good for average and large/tall side sleepers. It also earns a Very Good rating for petite and average back sleepers, and a Good for large/tall back sleepers. This mattress is on the firmer side, with a rating of 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the firmest).

Spa Sensations 10-Inch Memory Foam SPA-1000Q
Price:
$230
Overall Score: 64
CR’s take: This Spa Sensations SPA-1000Q comes with a 10-year warranty and is topped with 2.5 inches of memory foam. It doesn’t have any grips for handling, which may make it difficult to move from place to place. It earns a Very Good in our tests for petite side sleepers, and a Good for average and large/tall side sleepers. It earns an Excellent for petite back sleepers, a Very Good for average back sleepers, and a Good for large/tall back sleepers. It earns a Fair in our stabilization tests, meaning your body may sink into the foam, making it more difficult to change positions.

Ikea Matrand
Price:
$400
Overall Score: 63
CR’s take: For $100 less than the Ikea Myrbacka, this one-layer latex mattress is 7 inches high and has four grips for easier handling. The Matrand comes with a 25-year limited warranty for manufacturing defects. In our support tests, this mattress fares better for the petite, earning a Very Good rating for petite side sleepers, and a Good for average and large/tall side sleepers. For petite back sleepers it earns a Very Good, and a Good for average and large/tall back sleepers. It earns a Very Good rating in our durability tests, which means it withstood eight years of simulated use and showed little to no change in firmness or support.

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