Best Mattresses for Less Than $1,000

These innerspring, foam, and adjustable air mattresses stand out in Consumer Reports' tests

Mattresses in CR’s tests range from a low of $260 for an Amazon Basics Memory Foam to $4,950 for a high-end Duxiana Dux. But according to the Better Sleep Council, 60 percent of consumers prefer to spend $1,000 or less on their mattress.

Of course, some in this price range are better than others. So we bounced through our ratings of innerspring, foam, and one adjustable air mattress to find the most notable nominees that fall within that budget.

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, Tuft & Needle.

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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. 

And while our scientific ratings for support are a good proxy for how well you might sleep on a mattress, we also provide ratings for comfort and satisfaction that come from people who've actually lived with these mattresses—for up to 10 years in some cases. Our new 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 last 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.

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 $1,000 or less in CR's ratings that score Very Good or better.

Best Innersprings for Less Than $1,000

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

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Best Foam Mattresses for Less than $1,000

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

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Best Adjustable Air Mattress for $1,000 or Less

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