Best Mattresses for $1,100 or Less

The list has 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 division 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 a CR engineer, Chris Regan, who oversees our mattress tests.

The mattresses in CR’s tests range 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 one adjustable air mattress to find the most notable nominees within this budget.

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 life span 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, Sleep Number, 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 airflow. 

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.

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.

 

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Best Foam Mattresses for $1,100 or Less

This type is growing in popularity thanks to bed-in-a-box models.

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Best Adjustable Air Mattress for $1,100 or Less

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Bed-in-a-Box Basics

Is a bed-in-a-box mattress 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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