A new mattress is an investment in your sleep, health, and overall wellbeing, but the burning question is how much does a mattress cost and how much should I spend on this big-ticket purchase? Especially since it's something that should last you seven to 10 years.
A common misconception is that in order to get a good quality mattress, you need to spend thousands of dollars, which is simply not the case to find the best mattress. It is, however, important to get a mattress that is within what you can afford and aligns with what you prioritize in a mattress, whether that be price, materials, or special features.
Expect to pay more coming from a department store like Macy's or Mattress Firm versus when buying from the dozens of direct mattress companies that have popped up over the last decade or so.
The difference: you can try out the best mattresses in store before you buy while DTC companies can offer more competitive costs with fewer showrooms and physical locations to support.
Not all mattresses are created equal, but we've broken down the average price points we typically see with the different types of mattresses.
How much does a Hybrid mattress cost?
It's quite possible to find a great hybrid mattress around the $1,000 mark, but we find that the average cost of a good hybrid mattress is about $1,500. We averaged the cost of a queen across our favorite hybrid mattress from brands like Casper, Saatva, Avocado, Awara, Dreamcloud, and more with the models ranging in price from just under $1,000 to $1,700. Of course, these prices are before any mattress sales that frequently run throughout the year.
Note, with the exception of Casper ($1,695), the majority of these brands were only available online.
How much does an Innerspring mattress cost?
Innerspring mattresses, also known as spring or pocket-sprung mattresses were once the primary option when it came to mattresses, using a coil-based design to provide support and comfort. Today many designs cross over into hybrid territory with the addition of various comfort foams. While you can find innerspring mattresses at the $500 mark, the most quality materials can cost between $1,000 and $2,000. This is where you'll see important features like individually wrapped pocket coils (and more of them for better pressure relief), more durable comfort foams and higher quality fabrics,hand-finished features, edge support, cooling technology and more.
How much does a Foam Mattress cost?
Foam mattresses can vary widely in quality, and it comes down to the materials and number of layers. From gel foam to memory foam, start your mattress search ensuring that your mattresses are CERTI-PUR US certified, meaning they are free of ozone depleters, VOCs, formaldehyde, and other harmful materials.
Most foam mattresses have comfort, support, and base layers, while pricier versions will utilize multiple layers for more sophisticated support with varying types of foam.
Some more affordable brands offer quality mattresses starting at around $500, while more splurge mattresses can cost upward of three thousand dollars. Again, a good expectation is to budget between $1,000 and $1,500 for one of the best memory foam mattresses.
How much do Latex and Organic Mattresses cost?
If you're after a latex mattress, especially one from natural latex, these typically tend to start a heftier price point, especially if you want a solid latex Mattress, as opposed to hybrid versions.
Latex mattresses are typically grouped in with the best organic mattresses, due to their natural characteristics. These organic mattresses are typically comprised of steel coils, a latex comfort layer, a wool comfort layer and fire retardant, and an organic cotton cover.
Materials are another major factor in the price, as natural is more expensive than synthetic materials (avoid, anyways) and Talalay latex is typically pricier than Dunlop, which has to do with the way the latex was molded. Additionally, any organic certifications typically require extensive monitoring, creating a higher price.
Latex mattresses can be considered more durable than other mattresses, and last longer
Brands like Sleep on Latex and My Green Mattress have been praised for offering more affordable wholly latex designs, at around $1,100 for a Queen, while most fully latex, like the popular Saatva Zenhaven or Plushbeds models are priced between $2,000 and $3,000 and utilize Talalay latex. We've also seen hybrid mattresses stretch over $1,500 to more than $3,000.
Why are mattresses so expensive?
Think of it this way, you spend a third of your life on your mattress, shouldn't it be something that only improves your sleep. It all comes down to materials that are higher in quality and density thus, should be more durable and last longer.
Add in materials that have met various ECO-certifications like GOLS carried latex, GOTS certified cotton and CERTIPUR-US foams or natural flame retardants, high-density memory foam, individually wrapped coils and so does the price. If you want additional features like increased pressure relief or edge support, cooling technology and added padding.
Meanwhile, mattresses sold at third-party mattress showrooms, like Mattress Firm or Macy's tend to have a higher markup because they have to pay for the space and staff, and even advertising. Of course, the luxury of trying a mattress in-store before you buy and the white glove delivery and old mattress removal are also typically worth the higher cost, if you're after that type of convenience.
While there are mattresses in the sub-$500 category that may suit you just fine, they typically are made with fewer premium materials and may last for a few years as opposed to the typical seven to ten before starting to sag, dip, or lose support. Then, you'll typically spend more money in the long run having to buy a second mattress sooner than you expected.