"How much should I spend on a mattress?"

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  • Question: "How much should I spend on the best mattress?"
  • Quick Answer: Today, most mattresses cost between $200 and $1500. However, there are premium mattresses that can cost upwards of $5000 or more, and there are budget mattresses that can cost around $150 or even less. Most people can find a quality mattress in the $1000 price range.
  • Deciding Your Budget

    If you're looking for a new mattress, you've likely already figured out that the cost of mattresses varies...a lot. Depending on where you shop, you can find mattresses for under $200 and up over $3000. 

    This can leave you wondering how much you should spend on a mattress. Are you wasting money on a premium mattress similar to the cheaper models? Will the cheaper models supply the level of comfort you expect?

    Well, we are here to help. Before you start your mattress shopping journey, you need to figure out the budget you want to spend. Here is a quick summary of what to expect when buying a mattress at common price points.

    How Much Does a Good Mattress Cost?

    Average Mattress Prices

    The type of mattress you opt for greatly impacts the price you should expect to pay. The price range of a foam mattress is drastically different from the price of a latex, hybrid, or firm mattress. The table below outlines what you should expect to pay for a queen-size mattress depending on the material it's made out of. 

Type of Mattress

Low Price Range

Medium Price Range

High Price Range

Average Price (Queen)


< $700

$700 - $1,000

> $1,000



< $500

$500 - $900

> $900



< $1,000

$1,000 - $2,000

> $2,000



< $1,000

$1,000 - $2,000

> $2,500



< $300

$300 - $600

> $600



< $1,000

$1,000 - $2,000

> $2,000


What To Expect in Each Price Range Mattresses

Free - $200?

At this price point, you are either getting a very low-quality mattress or a used mattress. While buying a used mattress can be a good option if you're on a tight budget, there are a few things to consider before pulling the trigger.

  • You need to find out Where the mattress is. If it was ever a smoking house, odors could appear even if you don't notice them immediately.
  • A used mattress may already have existing sagging and may be nearing the end of its usable life
  • Buying used means, you don't get warranties.

$200 - $600?

You can get the best quality full or queen-size mattress at this price point. Mattresses at this price level will likely be memory foam or innerspring. What you need to know about purchasing a mattress in this price range is presented here.

  • The larger the bed, the lower the quality, so that a memory foam mattress will have a shorter lifespan than a latex mattress of higher quality. A king-size mattress at this price point is likely a very low-quality mattress.
  • Mattresses in this price range will likely be adequate for around five years.

$600 To $900?

At this level, you're starting to get into higher-quality mattresses. You will find a thick memory foam mattress or higher-quality synthetic materials such as latex. 

  • This is the average price of a mattress with a ten-year warranty
  • Most famous and new-name brands are in this price range, giving you significantly more choices than price ranges below this. 
  • You can expect a mattress at this price range to last 8-10 years.

900 - $2500+? 

At this level, you're into premium mattresses. You can expect the highest quality materials, excellent warranties, and many options, from latex (the highest quality material available) to hybrids and variations of the traditional memory foam mattress. At this price point, you can also get other bed accessories to help you sleep better, such as an adjustable bed base. 

  • Smaller mattresses in this price range will be ultra-premium and sometimes medically backed mattresses that are good for people with various sleep-related health issues. 
  • These mattresses will almost always have a 10+ year warranty, with some mattress companies offering a lifetime warranty.

Closing Thoughts

When buying a mattress, you shouldn't go with the cheapest option available, but you should also stick within a budget that makes sense for your situation. 

Many factors go into buying and budgeting for a mattress, such as a mattress size, materials, specific features, and the type of warranty you expect.