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Searching for an inexpensive mattress? You have some great choices. 

“Though a low price on some mattresses may have you questioning whether they’re any good, we’ve found in our tests that price does not correlate with support—a $250 mattress can perform much better than a $2,500 mattress,” says Chris Regan, who oversees CR’s mattress tests.

All the mattresses for $350 or less that we test come compressed in a box—including innerspring models. One drawback: The return policies on these mattresses are less generous than they are for more expensive mattress-in-a-box models. For instance, Amazon offers a 30-day trial period during which you can return the mattress for a full refund. And Walmart will accept unopened mattresses only in original packaging within 90 days of purchase. More expensive mattresses-in-a-box typically offer 100-day free trials.

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At CR we buy and test queen-size mattresses. We evaluate how well a mattress supports the body for both back and side sleepers, and see how a mattress will hold up over time by using a machine that pushes a 308-pound roller over each model 30,000 times.

CR members with digital access can read on for details on five innerspring and foam mattresses under $350 that do well in our tests. All of them can be ordered online. For a deeper dive on mattresses, see our mattress buying guide. And if you can spend more, check our mattress ratings for data-based comparisons of dozens of adjustable-air, foam, and innerspring models.

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Top Foam Mattresses Under $350

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