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What to Expect for the Cost of a Good Mattress

Last updated on August 19, 2020

What to Expect for the Cost of a Good Mattress

We're going to give it to you straight. Expect to spend $800 to $2,000 for a quality queen-size mattress that will last 8-10 years or more as your primary bed.

There are mattresses available at all price points, but the quality of cheaper mattresses — especially ones sold at major mattress chains — has declined over the last decade. That means you can still walk into a store and buy a queen size mattress for $500, but unless you are the type of person that can sleep soundly on anything, there’s a decent chance you will ultimately be disappointed. You shouldn't need to spend more than $2,000 unless you're looking for a specific feature or brand, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

For that money, you should expect a mattress that uses quality material and sturdy construction and provides good back support for those of average weight. You should also expect good motion isolation and edge support, and on the higher end of that price range, cooling features like gel or graphite-infused foams and cooling covers.

Reasons to Consider Spending More

Size and Weight Situations

In our view, most good quality mattresses are supportive for those up to around 250 pounds. If you are a larger person, you may want to look for a bed with stronger pocketed steel coils, or higher density foams to support your hip area, especially if you are a stomach sleeper; stomach sleepers especially need support under the hip area to prevent over-arching in the back.

Perhaps you and your partner are very different – either very different sizes, you sleep in different positions, or you have different softness preferences. That’s a reason to consider a bed with dual-comfort capabilities, which allow you to adjust the softness level on each side of the mattress independently.

Sustainability Concerns and Natural Materials

Worldwide, 50,000 mattresses per day end up in landfills. A handful of companies can recycle mattresses, but these initiatives simply are not keeping up with the landfill waste. And there are concerns throughout the manufacturing chain, such as toxic chemicals and petroleum used in the manufacture of foams and synthetic textiles.

Natural mattress materials are becoming easier to find. All-natural latex, for example, is biodegradable when properly disposed. Materials like organic cotton, wool, coconut fiber, are recyclable and biodegradable, and use fewer chemicals in their manufacture. Some beds use recycled steel for their pocketed springs. You might find a few natural materials in mainstream mattresses, but generally, more natural and renewable materials add to cost.

Mattress Size and Height

The most common standard mattress size is queen size. Upgrading to a king size bed costs about 20% more for the same mattress model. And, of course, you’ll also need to upsize your foundation, sheets, etc. But in surveys, most couples say they are happy they upgraded to a king.

A couple of decades ago, most mattresses were 9” or 10” tall, not including a foundation or box spring. That’s all changed with the booming trend of luxury ‘hotel-style’ beds and pillow top styles that can measure 15” or 16” tall. Such super tall beds tend to cost more (though not always).  

Don’t assume that more expensive equals more durable

Mattress durability does not necessarily correlate with price. For example, taller mattresses with more layers of padding will almost certainly be more expensive, but unless they use higher quality padding (foams), this may also make them more prone to developing body impressions.

Read more on choosing a mattress that will last.

Reasons to Consider Spending Less

If you are buying a mattress for a guest room where it will be used only occasionally, you can opt to spend less. Since it won’t see as much use, you may decide to budget less. The same goes if you’re outfitting a weekend house on a budget that might only see seasonal use.

Another consideration is short-term use. For example, if you only plan to use a mattress while away at college, or you’re on a temporary work assignment away from your primary home, you may only need it to last a couple of years rather than the 8-10 years you can expect from a quality unit.

Getting the Best Price

Consumers tell us their biggest fear is getting ripped off when buying a mattress. We have a whole section on Getting the Best Deal – from timing your purchase to take advantage of the biggest sales, to negotiating in the store, to taking advantage of special GoodBed discounts and the GoodBed Trusted Retailer program than can save you hundreds.

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