Best Queen Mattresses Under $1000 (Year 2018)
Finding a high-quality queen-sized mattress is pretty easy. Finding one for less than a thousand bucks? Not so much. The hardest part is towing the delicate line between a bargain, and a dud.
Fortunately, we’re here to help! Our buyer’s guide will answer some questions about hunting for an inexpensive (but comfortable) queen mattress, and features a list of our personal picks under $1,000.
Perfect Cloud UltraPlush Gel-Max 10
Live and Sleep Resort Ultra
What’s the difference between a full, queen, and king, and which should I get?
A full bed is 54 inches wide, and 74 inches tall; it’s best suited for single sleepers who get too cramped in a twin bed. While it can fit two people, doing so comfortably isn’t likely.
Queen and king sizes are 80 inches long, but the queen has a width of 60 inches; a king has 76 inches. Both are designed to comfortably sleep two adults.
Which mattress size you choose depends on personal preference, the size of your existing bed frame, and how much space you have in your bedroom. If you like the idea of a king, but can’t fit it into your room with enough space on each side for you and your partner to walk (and make the bed or change the sheets), consider a queen instead. That 16-inch difference can allow for roomier walkways, and make fitting in nightstands much easier.
Me, my partner, or both of us are larger individuals; will a queen be too small?
In the end, this comes down to personal preference. If you like sleeping closely to one another, a queen should still fit both of you; if you need your space, or if one of you tosses and turns frequently, a king might better suit your needs.
Can you really find a good queen mattress for under $1,000?
Absolutely! Budget models can still feature the same bells and whistles as brand-name models, but without the steep mark-up, just as smaller companies can have customer service comparable to (or better than) large ones. First, determine your individual needs based on sleeping position, preference, and temperature.
If you’re a stomach or back sleeper, a firm mattress is best; side sleepers generally require a softer feel. People who overheat easily might benefit from gel-infused memory foam and ventilated cores, while those who run cold can seek out thinner models with denser materials.
Once you’ve determined what you want and need in a mattress, you can start narrowing down the options by price point. Don’t pick a mattress simply because it fits your budget, and don’t dump your wallet into a bed that meets your needs, but you can’t really afford. With careful research, you can find a bed that checks both boxes.
Do queen mattresses require the center bed or box spring supports, like kings do?
Yes, but only if you have a traditional spring mattress. Not only will this extend the life of your mattress and prevent sagging, but it will also ensure your warranty stays valid.
Most manufacturers offer limited warranties, and the lack of a center support will be obvious upon inspection—thereby voiding the warranty altogether. Even if your warranty doesn’t include this clause, consider installing a center support in your existing frame, or buying a new one: your mattress will last much longer, and you’ll sleep far more comfortably.
For hybrids and foam models, however, you’ll need a solid bed base or one with closely spaced slats. The manufacturer should state this in its product description.
Do queen and king sizes of the same mattress perform differently?
If you purchase a mattress from a reputable company with high manufacturer standards, no: all mattresses of any size in that line should perform equally well.
However, you might notice an imagined difference in quality if a queen is not the right size for you and your partner.
For example, if you need the space of a king, but purchase a queen, you’ll be sleeping more closely, and might get hotter during the night due to shared body heat; this wouldn’t mean the queen has poor ventilation compared to the king model—it’s just not the right size!
In rare cases, manufacturer defects can cause noticeable differences between mattresses, regardless of size. If your mattress isn’t performing the way you want but has excellent reviews, ask if you can return it for defect inspection and a replacement if any are discovered. Reputable vendors will be more than happy to oblige your request.
Best Queen Mattresses Under $1000 Reviews
1. Leesa Review
With its 100-night trial guarantee, the Leesa mattress provides peace of mind to anyone wary of buying without trying. Its triple-foam layer design promises cooling, comfort, and support, as well as a “universally adaptive feel” to make every position comfortable.
The Leesa is a sound solution for couples with very different needs and inclinations. Whether you’re a back, stomach, or side sleeper, or if you simply prefer firm or soft, the Leesa seems to fall exactly in the middle of those scales. As such, it might not be the best option for each partner, but as good as both can get without separate beds.
2. Casper Sleep Review
The Casper Sleep claims to offer all the benefits of a memory foam mattress, without giving up the bounce of a latex one: it features four layers, including an open-cell latex one that encourages airflow for a cooler sleep. The company’s received accolades from the likes of Forbes and Time, and boasts plenty of positive customer reviews, as well.
For those who like the sound of the Leesa but need more ventilation or a firmer feel, the Casper Sleep can deliver. It still has the softness you’d expect in a foam model, but with a higher ventilation and “spring back” level due to the open-cell latex layer.
It’s a unique hybrid you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere—at least at such a great price, and with so many positive reviews to back up the claims.
3. Snuggle-Pedic Review
While the name conjures images of clouds and fluff (or that fabric-softener bear), the Snuggle-Pedic still boasts effective support and a fair amount of firmness. It claims to provide “100 times the breathability” of other mattresses by utilizing holes and channels, rather than one or the other, which might be welcome news to hot sleepers.
This model is another good choice for couples, or for those who love the comfort of memory foam but have trouble staying cool. Its price makes it more affordable than other mattresses with similar airflow systems. Overall, it’s best for stomach and back sleepers, and should work for some (if not most) side sleepers.
Overall, it’s best for stomach and back sleepers, and should work for some (if not most) side sleepers.
4. Perfect Cloud UltraPlush Gel-Max 10″ Memory Foam Review
As the name suggests, this model falls on the softer end of the scale, which makes it great for side sleepers. Featuring both an aerated foam layer and cooling visco gel layer underneath, it’s cooler than other memory foam mattresses of the same softness.
The Perfect Cloud UltraPlush is often cited as too firm by those with low weights (in the realm of 100 lbs.). For people with more typical builds, or for overweight individuals, the plushness will definitely come through.
Its gel layer and aerated memory foam should provide relief to hot sleepers, although its support base is not designed for maximum ventilation; we suspect, for most folks, it would stay at a medium temperature range.
5. Live and Sleep Resort Ultra Queen, Short Review
Why are we featuring a short queen? Many consumers don’t use queen sizes in their bedrooms, but require them for recreational vehicles, small guest rooms, and vacation homes—which makes the Live and Sleep Resort Ultra worth mentioning. At only 5″ shorter than traditional queen mattresses, this model provides just enough wiggle room to squeeze into tighter spaces. And with a height of 12″, it doesn’t sacrifice comfort just to stay compact.
If you need an affordable, slightly smaller queen for your RV, camper, or lakehouse—or if your master bedroom is shorter on space than you’d prefer—the Live and Sleep Resort Short Queen model might suit your needs perfectly. Its body heat dispersal is good (a must for recreational vehicles), and its reduction in length is unlikely to be missed.
Everyone has his or her own reason for wanting or needing a queen mattress, and everyone has a unique budget to make it happen. It’s fair to assume many consumers, if not most, would prefer to keep the price tag at or under four figures, without compromising their must-have features and comfort. Hopefully, our buyer’s guide has granted some insight into your options at this price point.