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Searching for an inexpensive mattress? You have some great choices.
“Though a low price on some mattresses may have you questioning whether they’re any good, we’ve found in our tests that price does not correlate with support—a $250 mattress can perform much better than a $2,500 mattress,” says Chris Regan, who oversees CR’s mattress tests.
All the mattresses for $350 or less that we test come compressed in a box—including innerspring models.
At CR we buy and test queen-size mattresses. We evaluate how well a mattress supports the body for both back and side sleepers, and see how a mattress will hold up over time by using a machine that pushes a 308-pound roller over each model 30,000 times.
Our comfort and owner satisfaction ratings are based on data from recent surveys on CR members’ experiences with more than 74,000 mattresses purchased within the past decade. 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.
CR members with digital access can read on for details on five innerspring and foam mattresses under $350 that do well in our tests. All of them can be ordered online. For a deeper dive on mattresses, see our mattress buying guide. And if you can spend more, check our mattress ratings for data-based comparisons of dozens of adjustable air, foam, and innerspring models.