Best affordable mattress 2024 – tested beds to suit your budget

The best affordable mattresses balance comfort and cost so that you can get a good night's sleep for less

One of the best affordable mattresses, the Emma Original, in a bedroom.
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Best affordable mattress 2024: Jump Menu

Nectar Memory Foam Mattress against a green and pink bedroom wall.

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1. The list in brief ↴
2. Best overall: Nectar Memory Foam
3. Best under $500: Siena Memory Foam
4. Best firm: Emma Original
5. Best memory foam: Leesa Original
6. Best hybrid: DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid
7. Best cooling: Zinus Cooling Gel Memory Foam
8. How we test
9. Meet the team
10. Best affordable mattress FAQs

You shouldn't have to spend a small fortune to get a good night's sleep. With the best affordable mattress, you don't have to. If you know where to look, you can find a high-tech hybrid or memory foam model for hundreds, rather than thousands, of dollars. 

You could pick up an affordable mattress at any of the major home retailers, but it's best to shop at one of the specialist sleep stores. That's where you'll find firm latex and plush foam mattresses to suit back, front, and side sleepers. With so much on the market, at such a range of prices, it can be hard to tell what is and isn't quality.

That's where I come in. As H&G's resident sleep writer, I know what makes the best mattress: breathable materials, quality craftsmanship, and a reasonable price point. I know exactly how much you should spend on a mattress to balance comfort and cost. and I can tell you where to pick it up at the fairest price. 

To save you time and money, I've narrowed the search to the six best affordable mattresses from big-name brands, such as Nectar and Leesa. Each of these mattresses is tried and tested by an H&G sleep expert and assessed against the same criteria: comfort; quality of construction; cooling properties; and the all-important price. 

The quick list

If you've already got your eye on an affordable mattress, you can skip straight to that section using the jump menu. If you'd rather take stock of your options, browse our best affordable mattresses below. 

The best affordable mattresses we recommend in 2024

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The best affordable mattress overall

Nectar memory foam mattress on a bed against a dark wall.H&G gold badge

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Best affordable mattress overall

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King, Split King
Depth: 12”
Type: Memory foam
Comfort: Medium-firm to firm
RRP: $499-$1,338

Reasons to buy

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Pressure-relieving
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Cooling 
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Solid motion isolation

Reasons to avoid

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Poor edge support
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Easily forms impressions
Buy it if:

✅ You suffer from neck or back ache: our expert tester found the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress soothed her pain.
✅ You sleep on your side: this memory foam mattress has plenty of give.
✅ You share a bed: the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress boasts solid motion isolation, so you shouldn't move when your pet or partner does.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You don't like the feel of memory foam: you might prefer an affordable hybrid mattress.
❌ You want your mattress to spring back into shape: this mattress quickly forms deep impressions.
❌ You sleep on the edge of the bed: the edge support leaves a little to be desired.

The bottom line

🔎 The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress strikes a careful balance between comfort and support. 

Forget everything you think you know about memory foam. This Nectar mattress is sufficiently supportive for back and stomach sleepers and comes wrapped in a cooling cover to dissipate heat and wick moisture. 

Memory foam is made to mold to the shape of your body, absorbing pressure from your joints to alleviate aches and pains. Of course, no mattress is ever going to cure chronic pain. With that said, our expert tester, who suffers from fibromyalgia, found that the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress strikes just the right balance between comfort and support.

The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress comes in every size, from Twin to California King, including a Split King option to suit couples who share a bed, but not a sleep style. As far as affordable mattresses go, the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress boasts excellent motion isolation. Your partner could toss and turn all night beside you, and you shouldn't feel a thing. 

The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress isn't perfect. The edge support leaves a lot to be desired, and the memory foam takes its time to spring back into shape in the morning. There's also that unpleasant smell of off-gassing, but you'd get that with the best box mattress, and it should only last a few days. You won't find much better at this price.

You can find more details in our Nectar Memory Foam Mattress review.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
ComfortMedium-firm support to suit all sleepers★★★★
Quality of constructionEdge support is a little lacking★★★
Cooling propertiesBreathable quilted cover★★★★
PriceHighly affordable★★★★★

The best mattress under $500

A Siena Mattress in a bright blue and orange bedroomH&G gold badge

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The best affordable mattress under $500

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Depth : 10"
Type : Memory foam
Comfort : Medium

Reasons to buy

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Highly affordable
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Ideal for stomach sleepers
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Soft yet supportive

Reasons to avoid

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Less suitable for side sleepers 
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Edge support leaves a little to be desired
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Traps heat
Buy it if

✅ You're working on a tight budget: this is one of the most affordable mattresses ever made.
✅ You sleep on your stomach: the Siena Memory Foam Mattress should lower your chest while lifting your spine.
✅ You share a bed with a pet or partner: the Siena Memory Foam Mattress features excellent motion isolation.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You sleep on your side: you might find the Siena Mattress too firm for comfort.
❌ You're a hot sleeper: like a lot of memory foam models, the Siena Mattress traps heat.
❌ You sleep on the edge of the bed: the edge support leaves a lot to be desired.

The bottom line

🔎 The Siena Memory Foam Mattress is a great choice for stomach sleepers and buyers on a budget. 

Not everyone can afford to spend thousands of dollars on a brand-new bed. When you shop at Siena, you don't have to. In fact, you could bag a queen-sized mattress, two pillows, a mattress protector, and a sheet set for less than $500 total when you take advantage of their regular site-wide sales. 

I'm a shopping writer, not a salesperson: I'm not going to tell you to run out and buy a Siena mattress just because it's on sale. This memory foam mattress offers great value for money. Filled with five layers of thick foam and infused with a pressure-relieving gel, the Siena Mattress offers simultaneous comfort and support.

You don't have to take my word for it: you could try before you buy with Siena's 180-night mattress sleep trials. That way, you can test your mattress through heatwaves and cold snaps and monitor its performance throughout the seasons before you commit to the final purchase. 

The Siena Memory Foam Mattress isn't for everyone. If you tend to sleep right on the side of the bed, I'd suggest you look for a mattress with superior edge support. If you sleep on your side, or you like a mattress with a bit of give, you should consider something plush. This mattress is ideal for back and stomach sleepers looking for something soft, yet supportive.

You can find more details in our Siena Mattress review.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
ComfortIdeal for stomach sleepers★★★★
Quality of constructionEdge support leaves a little to be desired★★★★
Cooling propertiesLess suitable for warm weather and hot sleepers★★
PriceHighly affordable★★★★★

The best affordable firm mattress

Emma original mattress on a bed with pillows against a gray bedroom wall.H&G gold badge

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The best affordable firm mattress

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King
Depth: 10"
Type: Memory foam
Comfort: Medium-firm

Reasons to buy

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Suitable for multiple sleep positions
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Alleviates aches and pains
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Firm yet supportive

Reasons to avoid

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Traps heat
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May feel too plush for some sleepers
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Unpleasant smell from off-gassing
Buy it if

✅ You suffer from neck or back pain: memory foam is made to relieve pressure and alleviate pain.
✅ You sleep on your front, back, or side: the Emma Original supports all sleep positions.
✅ You prioritize easy unpacking: the Emma Original is delivered as a bed in a box.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're a hot sleeper: like a lot of memory foam mattresses, the Emma Original tends to trap heat.
❌ You want a really firm mattress: you might appreciate an innerspring or hybrid mattress, instead.
❌ You share a bed with a pet or a partner: other mattresses on this list feature better motion isolation.

The bottom line

🔎 The Emma Original supports front, back, and side sleepers, but it's not the best choice for those who sleep hot.

Whether you sleep on your front, back, or side, you'll find a soft, yet supportive sleep surface in the Emma Original Mattress. Filled with three layers of memory foam, this mattress is made to mold to the shape of your body and alleviate pressure from your joints. 

The Emma Original Mattress boasts tens of thousands of five-star reviews, with customers praising its comfort, fast delivery, and easy inflation. Like all the best box mattresses, the Emma Original is delivered straight to your door. All you need to do is unwrap the mattress and wait a few days for it to inflate (and for that unpleasant off-gassing smell to subside).

Like a lot of memory foam mattresses, the Emma Original sleeps a little hot. There isn't much space for air to flow through all that thick foam. Our expert tester slept on the Emma Original in early spring and still found she woke up in a sweat. 

If you're set on the Emma Original, but you know you sleep hot, you might want to invest in a set of the best cooling sheets to top off your mattress.

You can find more details in our Emma Original Mattress review.

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
ComfortSuits all sleep styles★★★★★
Quality of constructionGreat motion isolation and edge support★★★★
Cooling propertiesSleeps a little warm★★
PriceHighly affordable★★★★★

The best affordable foam mattress

Leesa Memory Foam Mattress on a bed.

(Image credit: Leesa)
The best affordable foam mattress

Specifications

Sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King
Depth: 10"
Type: Memory foam
Comfort: Medium

Reasons to buy

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Ideal for side sleepers
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Medium comfort
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10-year warranty

Reasons to avoid

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Poor edge support
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Insufficient motion isolation
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On the more expensive side
Buy it if

✅ You sleep on your side: you'll appreciate the plush comfort of the Leesa Original Mattress.
✅ You want something soft, yet supportive: the Leesa Original offers medium comfort.
✅ You tend to sleep hot: this mattress comes wrapped in a breathable knitted cover.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You sleep on the edge of the bed: you might find the edge support insufficient.
❌ You share a bed with a pet or partner: the motion isolation leaves a little to be desired.
❌ You're on a tight budget: you could certainly find an affordable mattress for less.

The bottom line

🔎 The Leesa Original Memory Foam Mattress scores highly for side sleepers, but falls down on motion isolation and edge support. 

The Leesa Original Mattress divides opinion. Soft yet supportive, I think it's a great fit for side and back sleepers, but it might not feel firm enough to please everyone. 

I'd hesitate to recommend the Leesa Original Mattress to anyone who shares a bed with a pet or a partner. One of our expert testers found that the motion isolation was a little lacking: she could feel her husband tossing and turning from the other side of the mattress. The edge support also left a little to be desired, though that seems to be a running theme with memory foam mattresses.

In my time as a sleep writer, I've found that the same mattress can suit one tester down to the ground but not quite meet another's needs. Case in point: our editor-in-chief sampled the Leesa Original not long after our expert tester, and loved it. She found that it relieved pressure from her aching joints and that the motion isolation, while imperfect, was sufficient.

Out of all the mattresses on this list, the Leesa Original is one of the most expensive. You'll have to pay more than $1,000 for a Queen outside of sales season. Of course, it's all relative: $1,000 is nothing compared to the price of the best luxury mattress, but it might not be the best fit for your budget. 

You can find more details in our Leesa Original Memory Foam Mattress review

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Test results
AttributesNotesRating
ComfortSoft yet supportive★★★★
Quality of constructionOpinions differ on motion isolation and edge support★★★
Cooling propertiesBreathable knitted over★★★★
PriceOn the more expensive side★★★