Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good night’s sleep. You can order a queen-size foam mattress online for a few hundred dollars, and have the bed-in-a-box delivered to your doorstep.
Below we feature nine foam bed-in-a-box mattresses that cost $500 or less. Prices are for queen-size mattresses, the most common mattress size. The same model in a single or double costs even less, and you can still rely on our ratings to find the best one for you.
“The support level of the smaller mattresses should be in line with the queen-size mattresses,” says Christopher Regan, who oversees Consumer Reports’ mattress testing.
Though these inexpensive mattresses aren’t at the very top of CR’s mattress ratings, they compete on performance with high-ranking mattresses that might cost four or five times as much.
How We Test Mattresses
In Consumer Reports’ mattress tests, we use real people—petite women and large men—to see how support varies for sleepers of different sizes. (The average score is just that, an average of the two.)
With lab equipment and human subjects, we evaluate how well a mattress supports the body for back and side sleepers, how easily sleepers can shift their weight without disturbing their partner, and how well the mattress keeps its shape over time.
For firmness, rather than take a manufacturer’s word for it, we measure that attribute precisely for each mattress we test and plot the results on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the firmest. We measure support when the test subjects are lying on their side and again on their back. That makes it easier for you to use our ratings to match your size and favorite sleeping position to the perfect mattress.
You’ll find two new scores in our mattress ratings—for comfort and owner satisfaction—that are based on data from our recent surveys on CR members’ experiences with more than 74,000 mattresses. We asked members to rate the comfort of their mattress, and used the data to generate ratings by brand and type of mattress. Owner satisfaction is based on a member’s overall judgment of such factors as firmness/softness, value, quality of sleep, and more.
Our ratings and reviews of inexpensive foam bed-in-a-box mattresses below are ranked in order of Overall Score. You’ll find options from brands such as Costco’s Novaform, Sleep Innovations and many more. If you can afford to spend more, check our full mattress ratings and recommendations.
Is a bed-in-a-box mattress a good option for you? On the “Consumer 101” TV show, Consumer Reports expert Chris Regan explains to host Jack Rico what shoppers need to know about these widely sold products.
Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that works side by side with consumers to create a fairer, safer, and healthier world. CR does not endorse products or services, and does not accept advertising. Copyright © 2020, Consumer Reports, Inc.