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The Best Mattresses Under $1,000

Elana KutscherByElana KutcherMar. 17, 2020
Best Mattresses Under $1,000 - Cozy Bed in Morning Light
Mattress shopping used to go something like this: You go into a store, face numerous options, lay down awkwardly on a few mattresses or bounce up and down gently, listen to the salesman’s pitch, and spend thousands of dollars. Maybe you’re happy with your new mattress, maybe not. But once you’ve taken the plastic off - that mattress is yours forever.

Mattress shopping used to go something like this:

You go into a store, face numerous options, lay down awkwardly on a few mattresses or bounce up and down gently, listen to the salesman’s pitch, and spend thousands of dollars. Maybe you’re happy with your new mattress, maybe not. But once you’ve taken the plastic off - that mattress is yours forever.

With people replacing their mattresses more frequently, and online mattress sales claiming 10% of the market - the way we buy mattresses is changing rapidly. 

You can now go online, order a quality mattress at a significantly lower cost than retailers, try it out for a minimum of 100 days, and return it free of charge if you’re not satisfied. Yes, you can even remove the plastic during the trial period!

So, If you’re looking for a new mattress at an affordable price, here are 9 of the best mattresses that cost less than $1,000.

The Saturn+ by Eight Sleep

Best for: People who like medium-firm mattresses, people who want a smart mattress at an affordable price

Price: $799 for queen size

Best Mattresses Under $1,000 - Eight Sleep

Mattress Features:

  • Smart mattress
  • 3 layers of foam
  • 100-day trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Rated 7 for firmness
  • Free shipping and returns
  • Comes with 2 free pillows
  • Financing available

Smart Features

The Saturn+ by Eight Sleep is a “smart mattress,” which means that in addition to a comfy night’s sleep, it also offers all sorts of fun gadgets that can enhance and improve your rest. 

Some of the smart features include:

  • Sleep tracking: You can track 15+ factors about your sleep health, including deep sleep and heart rate. 
  • Temperature control: Control and program the room’s temperature from your phone. You can even warm one side of the bed and not the other. 
  • loT and WiFi integration: In addition to your phone, you can also connect the Saturn+ Mattress to Amazon Alexa, Nest, and Philips Hue. You can even have it turn off your lights or brew your coffee. 
  • Smart alarm: The Saturn+ can detect when you’re in a light sleep and trigger your alarm then, as opposed to when you’re in a deep sleep and it’s harder to wake up. 

The Saturn+ is made of 3 layers of foam: 2 inches of responsive foam, 2 inches of transition foam, and 6 inches of supportive foam. On a scale of 1-10 for firmness, it rates a 7, making it good for people who like medium-firm mattresses.

You can snag the Saturn+ queen size for $799 or you can pay in installments over 6, 12, or 18 months, with monthly payments as low as $44.38. The cost includes 2 free pillows and delivery is free.

The Nectar Mattress by Nectar Sleep 

Best for: People who want a pure memory foam mattress but don’t want to overheat. Nectar offers 5 layers of high-quality foam infused with gel-memory foam that keeps the mattress cool while you sleep. 

Price: $725 for queen size 

Mattress Features:

  • Pure memory foam mattress with breathable materials
  • 365-night sleep trial
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Made in the USA
  • Financing available
  • Delivered in 1-15 business days

Nectar is an 11” all-foam mattress made from 5 special grade performance layers. Each layer helps to keep the mattress cool and ventilated. Nectar mattresses are medium-firm and the gel memory foam offers support in the right places. 

The Nectar mattress is great if you sleep hot at night as the top cover is made from Tencel® cotton which encourages air circulation. The mattress is also perfect for those who sleep with a partner since it has very limited motion transfer so you won’t feel it when your partner moves in their sleep. Get your Nectar mattress for only $725 for a queen size.

The Layla Mattress by Layla 

Best for: People who get hot when they sleep. The thermogel cover and copper-infused memory foam means you sleep cool, all night long. 

Mattress features:

  • Flippable mattress 
  • Copper-infused memory foam
  • Lifetime warranty 
  • 120-day trial
  • Financing available

The Layla mattress is ideal for the stomach, side or back sleeper. As the Layla is 2-sided, the firm side provides support for stomach sleepers, while the soft side hugs and contours to the body’s natural curves. It’s also ideal for people who suffer from back or joint pain. Copper has healing properties and copper-infused fabrics have been known for their potential healing effects. It also naturally firms under pressure, resulting in a firming response at deep compression areas where your body sinks in more. 

The mattress is 10” tall and made from 4 unique layers of foam: 

  • Copper infused memory foam with antimicrobial properties 
  • Support foam for pressure relief
  • Based support for shoulder and core support
  • Core support foam for long-lasting durability 

A queen size Layla Mattress costs $899 and a Twin costs only $499. The company is able to offer high quality mattresses at much lower costs than retail stores because the mattresses are shipped directly from the factory to the customer. 

The DreamCloud

Best for: People who want a firm memory foam mattress. You still get the feel of a memory foam mattress but don’t get that sinking feeling.

Price: $999 for full size

Mattress Features:

  • Combines latex, memory foam, hand tufting and coil technology
  • Provides neck and lumbar support 
  • Keeps you cool
  • 365-day trial with free returns
  • Everlong warranty
  • Financing available

DreamCloud mattresses are made up of 8 unique layers with high-quality materials including: 

  • Cashmere polyester blend cover
  • Gel-infused memory foam
  • Soft quilted memory foam
  • Natural latex
  • Pocketed innerspring coils

The company’s 365-day trial period is risk-free. If you’re not satisfied with the product, you can return it at no extra cost. It will be picked up from your house for free and you’ll get a full refund. 

DreamCloud is able to offer high quality foam mattresses at a fraction of the price of typical retail stores by cutting out the middleman. A queen size DreamCloud mattress costs just $1199.

The Leesa Mattress by Leesa 

Best for: Sleepers who change positions during the night

Price: $940 for queen size

Mattress Features:

  • Patented cooling materials (ATROS technology)
  • 100-day trial period
  • 10-year warranty
  • Rated medium-firm for firmness 
  • Free UPS delivery within a few days
  • Financing available 

The Leesa mattress is designed with a 3-layer foam construction. The top layer is made up of 2" Cooling Avena Foam and provides airflow for a cooler night's sleep and bounce for freedom of movement. The second layer is made up of 2” memory foam, which allows the mattress to contour to the body while offering pressure relief. The bottom layer is a 6" base foam layer, which helps to add strength, durability and structure without feeling too firm

The Leesa queen size mattress costs $940. Customers report that unlike other mattresses that promise cooler nights but don’t deliver, the Leesa actually does what it’s supposed to do.

Luxury Firm Mattress by Saatva

Best for: People who like a balance of soft and firm, couples (the mattress construction minimizes motion transfer)

Price: $995 for queen size

Mattress Features:

  • “Coil on coil” construction
  • Ensures proper spinal alignment
  • 5-6 firmness level
  • 120-day trial period
  • 15-year warranty
  • White glove delivery, takes about 2 weeks
  • Financing options

The Luxury Firm Mattress by Saatva is the company’s flagship mattress. It’s prefered by 81.4% of customers and offers a “Goldilocks” level of firmness—just right. Saatva mattresses offer luxury and hotel-style comfort, but the Luxury Firm queen size costs only $995, about $2,000 less than you would pay for a similar mattress in retail stores. 

The mattress is built with “coil-on-coil” construction, which means that there is a top coil unit and lower coil unit. The top unit is made from individually wrapped coils designed to support and contour your body. The bottom unit is designed with tempered steel coils and provides a durable, long-lasting base.

Nectar Mattress by Nectar Sleep 

Best for: Hot sleepers, people who need back and muscle support but prefer softer mattresses

Price: $795 for queen size

Mattress Features:

  • 5 layers of comfort and support
  • Made from 3 kinds of foam
  • 5-5.75 level of firmness
  • 11 inches high
  • Monthly payments option
  • 365-night trial
  • Forever warranty
  • Free shipping and returns
  • Works with all bed frames

The Nectar Mattress is made up of 5 layers, including 3 different foam layers, a cooling cover, and a breathable base layer. The company is so confident in its mattress that it offers a forever warranty and a 365 night trial period. However, the mattress only rates about a 5 in terms of firmness, so if you’re someone who needs more support, it might not be for you.

The queen size Nectar Mattress costs only $795, making it an affordable option for people who need nightly comfort but don’t want to break the bank. 

Loom & Leaf by Saatva 

Best for: People who get hot in their sleep. Although memory foam mattresses tend to sleep hot, the cooling gel technology in this mattress means you sleep cool throughout the night. 

Price: $999 for a full size

Mattress Features:

  • Made up of 5 lb’s of rich, eco-friendly foam
  • 2 firmness levels available
  • Free white glove delivery
  • Financing options available
  • 120-night trial
  • 15-year warranty

Loom & Leaf mattresses are made up of 4 unique layers of quality materials. The mattress is made from memory foam that combines 5 lb’s of plant based memory foam layer with medical-grade cooling gel. The mattress also includes:

  • Breathable quilted organic cotton 
  • A spinal zone gel layer, made of a medical-grade gel 
  • High-density memory foam support layers

You can choose from 2 levels of firmness: relaxed firm and firm. Most Loom & Leaf customers prefer the flagship model, the relaxed firm but if you’re someone who enjoys a really firm mattresses, the firm is a good option. 

You can buy the Loom & Leaf mattress in queen size for $1099. When compared to similar mattresses sold at retail stores, you’re saving thousands of dollars.

Your Dream Mattress

Once you make your mattress purchase and un-box it at home, you can go to bed every night with the satisfying thought that you not only received a high quality, comfy mattress, but you got it at a great price.

Happy shopping and sweet zzz’s!

Elana KutscherByElana KutcherMar. 05, 2020
Elana is a creature of the digital age, and has been working in social media marketing and content for the better part of the past decade. She has experience with software and online platforms from multiple projects with high tech firms.