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Best Mattresses for $1,100 or Less

The list includes innerspring, foam, and adjustable air mattresses

Most consumers expect to spend about $1,100 when buying a new mattress, according to the Better Sleep Council, the nonprofit education arm of an industry trade group. And that's a completely reasonable price to pay.

“It’s silly to think you need to spend more than that for a better mattress,” says CR engineer Chris Regan, who oversees our mattress tests.

The mattresses in CR’s tests range in price from a low of $248 for a Night Therapy innerspring to $4,950 for a high-end Duxiana Dux, and there are plenty of models at that sweet spot of $1,100. Of course, some are better than others, so we bounced through our ratings of innerspring, foam, and adjustable air mattresses to find the most notable nominees within this budget.


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How We Test Mattresses

At CR, we buy and test queen-size mattresses because they're the most popular size. Using lab equipment and human subjects, we evaluate how well they support 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. 

To mimic the typical eight- to 10-year useful lifespan of a mattress, we conduct a mechanical test in which a 308-pound roller is pushed over each model 30,000 times. 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.

More on Mattresses

We test mattresses from the big names you'd expect, such as Sealy, Serta, Stearns and Foster, and Tempur-Pedic. We also look at direct-to-consumer brands, such as Casper and Tuft & Needle, and bring in mattresses with innovative construction, such as the Reverie, which consists of foam springs you can rearrange to adjust firmness, and the Purple, which has a rubberlike grid as a top layer to promote air-flow. 

Not sure where to begin? CR's mattress buying guide breaks down the different types of mattresses and how they support sleepers of various sizes and sleep styles.

Otherwise, read on for reviews of the handful of mattresses for $1,100 or less in CR's ratings that—with one exception—score Very Good or better. 

Best Innersprings for $1,100 or Less

These traditional mattresses composed of steel coils are the most widely sold.

 

Doctor's Choice, from Denver Mattress
Price: 
$580
Overall score: 76
Ranking: 13 out of 79 innerspring mattresses 
CR’s take: 
At $580, you'd be pressed to find a less expensive traditional innerspring mattress. The Doctor's Choice earns a Very Good rating for side and back sleepers of all sizes in our test. It rates a 3 out of 10 in firmness, which is on the softer side. It also earns an Excellent rating on our brutal durability test—the one with the 308-pound roller that simulates eight years of use. One thing to look out for: It's stabilization isn't the best, as it earns a middling Good rating. So if you're looking for a bed that isn't very bouncy, you might want to look elsewhere. This mattress is 61 pounds and comes with four grips—quite light and easy to rotate.

St. Regis Pillowtop, from Charles P. Rogers
Price: $1,100
Overall score: 75
Ranking: 15
CR’s take: The price of this mattress is $1,100 but you may be able to find it on sale or find a coupon code online that offers a discount. It scores Excellent for petite, average, and tall people who sleep on their back, and Very Good for side sleepers of all sizes in our test. It rates a 6 out of 10 in firmness and earns an Excellent on our durability test. The Charles P. Rogers St. Regis Pillowtop weighs 120 pounds, making it a heavy mattress to maneuver.

Sleep Trends Davy, from Classic Brands 
Price: 
$780
Overall score: 74
Ranking: 19
CR’s take: The Sleep Trends Davy mattress is great for petite and average side sleepers, and petite and average back sleepers, earning a rating of Very Good for support for all four body types (for large and tall side and back sleepers, that rating was a moderate Good for support). It ranks on the softer side of the firmness scale, earning a 4 our of 10, and earns an Excellent score for durability. This mattress has no grips, and weighs more than 70 pounds.

Flagship Luxury Firm Eurotop, from Saatva
Price: $1,000
Overall score: 74
Ranking: 21
CR’s take: The Saatva is an innerspring mattress that scores Very Good in support for most of the sleeping positions. Indeed, the manufacturer claims that this model is meant to be a “Goldilocks” bed, meaning it’s intended to support a wide range of sleeping styles. In our labs, however, we found that petite side sleepers and tall back sleepers might not get the best rest; support for those folks rated Good, which is middle of the pack. The Saatva resists bounciness, so you and your partner won’t be jolting each other awake. And despite the claim in its name, it only rates a 3 out of 10 on our firmness scale. The mattress measures 16 inches high and weighs 111 pounds.

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