How Much You Should Spend On A Mattress?

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December 6, 2022
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Most standard queen mattresses today can range from $300 to $8,000 or more. Although your preferences and needs will depend on what price point to buy a mattress

Remember, a mattress is an investment. After all, you could be sleeping on one for up to ten years. Purchase something too cheap and you could risk good sleep quality. However, you shouldn’t just purchase the most expensive mattress you find.

If you’re unsure how much you should spend on a mattress, this guide will walk you through what to consider when understanding how much to pay for a mattress.

Is It Worth Spending A Lot Of Money On A Mattress?

you’ll be spending roughly a third of your day sleeping on your mattress. While you may not need the bells and whistles that come with more advanced mattresses, spending the right amount can be the difference between a good and bad nights sleep.

How Much Does A Quality Mattress Cost?

This can vary by mattress type. Expect to spend atleast $1,000 or more to get a quality mattress.

Deciding Your Budget

An online search will tell you that budget mattresses can cost as little as $150. However, purchasing a mattress at this price doesn’t guarantee quality. 

If you are on a tight budget, remember that quality mattresses are an investment, so you may want to save up before settling on something too cheap. While quality mattresses can last, ask yourself if a cheap mattress wil require replacing sooner?

To help decide on your budget, think about the features you need most. Will the mattress provide the comfort you need? Is the mattress right for your sleeping position? 

Things To Consider

When shopping for the right mattress, keep the following factors in mind. 

Comfort

Even if you end up splurging on a mattress, it won’t matter if you aren’t comfortable. Consider your what mattress firmness you prefer/need.

Not sure what firmness to get? Read our mattress firmness guide.

Sleeping Position

Your preferred sleep position can influence the comfort level your mattress provides. For instance, stomach sleepers might sleep better on a firm mattress, while side sleepers might want more pressure relief.

Material

Some mattress materials cost more than others. For example, traditional innerspring mattresses with coil structures don’t typically cost as much as hybrid mattresses, which combine coil and foam systems. In addition, mattresses containing synthetic materials are often more expensive than those made with natural materials.

Here is a general guide outlining differences in costs per mattress type.

Foam

Low: $450

Middle Tier: $1,000+

Premium: $1,300+

A standard memory foam mattress comprises multiple layers that contour to the body. Most budget foam mattresses contain polyfoam, which degrades quickly over time. Some memory foam beds have cooling properties, which cost more than conventional materials.

Innerspring

Low: $600

Middle Tier: $1,000+

Premium: $1,200+

Innerspring mattresses combine foam and coils, with prices varying depending on coil structure and material. For instance, innerspring mattresses with a higher coil count are typically more expensive. One with a micro coil system can even cost up to $1,700. 

Latex

Low: $1,200

Middle Tier: $2,000+

Premium: $2,500+

Latex is more eco-friendly and breathable than memory foam, making it more expensive. Synthetic latex is cheaper than natural latex.

Hybrid

Low: $1,200

Middle Tier: $1,500+

Premium: $2,200+

Hybrid mattresses blend foam and springs, much like a traditional innerspring mattress. However, they are typically thicker and contain more high-quality materials that you won’t find in cheaper mattresses. This mattress’ durability also tends to drive prices up.

Physical Conditions

Some mattresses are manufactured to support specific physical conditions. Naturally, therapeutic mattresses with additional features will cost more than beds comprising basic materials.

Therapeutic mattresses can potentially benefit various physical conditions like arthritis, sleep apnea, and even asthma. Because special-made mattresses can cost $5,000 or more.

What to expect From Each Mattress Price Range?

What you consider to be a “good” mattress is entirely subjective. However, categorizing mattress prices into these four groups can help you decide what mattress is best for you. Here’s what to expect in each price range:

Cheap Mattresses

Price Range: $250 -$500

The cheapest mattress types are innerspring and all-foam. While more expensive doesn’t always mean better quality, keep in mind that spending less than $1,000 for an innerspring or all-foam mattress means you might compromise on quality.

Cheap mattresses are often made with cheap materials that are less responsive and supportive. In addition, cheaper models may not last longer than five years, so you could end up spending more on replacements.

Budget-Priced Mattresses

Price Range: $500 - $1,000

Many online mattresses are marketed as “budget” types within the $1,000 to $1,500 range for a queen size. At this cost, you can probably get your hands on a mid-tier latex or memory foam mattress.

Average-Priced Mattresses

Price Range: $1,000 - $2,000

The average mattress price for this range is between $1,500 and $2,000. You can find products made with eco-friendly or natural materials at this price. 

Mattresses with an average price typically boast more advanced features like gel-infused foam to dissipate body heat. Average-priced mattresses also have a longer trial period, warranty, and lifespan, typically lasting between eight and ten years.

More Premium Priced Mattresses

Price Range: $2,000 - $3,000+

More premium models cost over $2,000 and are often made with high-quality materials. Mattresses in this price range may be more plush providing extra cushioning.  

Some premium mattresses have clinically therapeutic effects, such as pain relief and posture correction. Luxury mattresses are also usually more suitable for allergy sufferers because they contain hypoallergenic materials like cotton and bamboo. 

Final Thoughts

When shopping for a mattress you shouldn't pick the cheapest option. But you should work within your budget. Remember buying a mattress is an investment in yourself for better sleep.  If you are still unsure trying a mattress in person can make all the difference.

Purple has mattresses that range from lower price points to more premium.  Speak to a sleep expert and try a mattress in person near you.

Mattress Price FAQs

How often should I replace my mattress?

You should replace your mattress every six to eight years. However, when you replace your mattress will ultimately depend on the type of mattress it is and what materials it contains. Typically, an innerspring mattress has the shortest lifespan, while latex mattresses last the longest.

What's the difference between a cheap and an expensive mattress?

The primary difference between a cheap and expensive model is quality. Budget mattresses comprise cheaper materials that wear and tear faster than durable materials. 

What is the average cost of a mattress?

The average cost of most mattresses varies depending on mattress type, size and materials.  An averaged price mattress is between $250 and $1,500, depending on the size. Keep in mind this price is not a budget friendly or more premium mattress.