Finding The Best Cheap Mattress

Finding The Best Cheap Mattress

If you’re on a budget but need quality sleep you’re probably searching high and low for a really good inexpensive bed. But you want to make sure you don’t get a complete dud. Luckily, there are plenty of options on the market when it comes to finding a top quality product

In this buying guide, we’ll explain what qualifies as inexpensive bedding and how to make sure you get the most out of your best cheap mattress

What is Considered to be an Inexpensive Purchase?

The answer to this will vary based on who answers, but in most cases, any products under $300 could qualify inexpensive. But in some cases, inexpensive refers to the materials used. When you’re looking for a good deal make sure you’re not selling your soul to the devil for a mediocre night’s sleep. You can still get a decent bed on a budget without resorting to uncomfortable materials that could be hazardous to your health in more ways than one.

Memory foam is quickly becoming the most popular type of design in the budget category. The material comes with its own list of pros and cons though, especially when used in bedding.  If you do go with a memory foam, make sure it doesn’t emit too many fumes. Also check reviews for indentation.

If you’re going with an innerspring design, make sure that there are plenty of coils. A bed with too few coils will leave you with more pain than its worth. A hybrid, or a combination of both an innerspring and  memory foam, would be ideal for most people. But this can be difficult to find in the budget category.

Where to Find the Ideal Budget Product

There are several places you can look when trying to find the ideal sleeping surface. You can start at a second-hand store where you might be able to find a diamond in the rough. It’s not unheard of to find a barely used design  at less than a quarter of its original price in a second-hand store. But this comes with its own risks. It’s a common misunderstanding that selling second-hand is illegal. As long as the products meet certain labeling requirements, it’s allowed.

But if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of scouring thrift stores for used ones, check out sites like Amazon. You’ll be able to find the ideal design and be able to choose the type of sleeping surface you want within your budget. You can also rest assured that your pirchase is new and doesn’t have a history to be concerned with.

Who Should Buy This Product?

Buying an inexpensive bed  isn’t for everyone. You shouldn’t consider buying one if you have a higher budget. A bed should be viewed as an investment and if you have the financial means to splurge, you should definitely do so.

You should also consider buying a bed on a budget if you think you’re living in a home that you’ll be in for years to come. Moving beds isn’t easy but if you know you’re staying put for a while, it makes sense to get a product that you can see yourself using for a long time.

People who should consider buying an inexpensive product might be in the middle of a couple main life stages. For example, a recent college graduate who is still looking for steady work but has their own apartment or home would benefit from buying tan inexpensive design.. It will serve its purpose until there’s a bigger budget to work with.

People who move often should also consider . If you know it will be some time before you have a permanent residence, buying a good inexpensive design will make moving easier. If for whatever reason you can’t bring your new bedding with you, you’ll be able to buy another inexpensive  product without spending your entire life savings.

How to Extend the Life of Good Quality Inexpensive Product

So once you have your budget bed , you’ll want to do everything in your power to keep it looking and functioning at its best. Here’s how to properly care for  a budget buy so you get plenty of use out of it.

Use a Protective Cover

A  cover will protect your bedding from spills and accidents. They should especially be used with children and pets. Most models come with warranties, even the less expensive ones. But stains can void a warranty. Protect your warranty and protect your product with a high-quality protective cover.

Clean Your Bedding

Your bed clothes come into contact with your sleeping surface.  Bedding collects all sorts of residue throughout the week, including body oil. This oil can soak into the material and destroy the fibres. Make sure you wash or change your bedding at least once a week to help protect your purchase.

Use an Underneath Pad

When it comes to more expensive designs, pads usually aren’t needed. But when you’re sleeping on a less expensive model, a pad can be more comfortable and extend the life of your bed. It will absorb more of your weight and prevent sagging and indentation, especially if the product you choose is made from memory foam.

Here’s some more information on using an underneath pad.

Rotating For Even Wear

Rotation will help prevent uneven wear. You should rotate at least every three months. If you have the time to do it more often, you should. Rotating  once a month could help you get years longer from even the most inexpensive purchase. Rotation is especially important during the first year you own the product.

Cleaning Your Bedding

Even if you’re using an underneath pad,  protector, and changing your bed clothes as often as you should, you should still clean your product. Begin by vacuuming the surface, sprinkling on some baking soda, and letting it sit all day before vacuuming it up again. If there are stains, use a little laundry detergent mixed with water. Just be gentle when scrubbing the stain.

With a few precautions, you can really help make an inexpensive purchase last for much longer than you thought possible.

LinenSpa 6” Innerspring Mattress

The LinenSpa is a basic but great model that’s in the running for an ideal inexpensive buy. It features heavy gauge tempered steel coils for great support and durability. It has a quilted fabric cover for additional comfort and the foam layer above the coils provides just the right amount of sinkage for most types of sleepers. There’s a 10-year warranty and the model is available in just about every size.


  • Strong coil design
  • Fire resistant barrier meets flammability standards
  • Quilted cover for additional comfort
  • Ships compressed and straight to your door
  • 10-year warranty


  • Thin profile
  • Slight off-gassing
Home Life Cooling Gel Sleep 8” Memory Foam Luxury Mattress

The Home Life design is a great option for buying on a budget. It’s available in plenty of sizes and thicker than most of its competition at 8 inches. This includes 3 full inches of gel foam that provides cooling technology for warm sleepers. Other layers include airflow foam for additional temperature regulation and high density support foam. This product is marketed as a comfortable firm so it should be great for most sleepers.


  • Three foam layers
  • Cooling technology
  • Variety of sizes available
  • Light and easy to move
  • Ideal firmness


  • Strong off-gassing
  • Weak edge support
LUCID 5 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

If you’re looking for an inexpensive product that keeps you cool and safe, the LUCID is it. It’s a thin design but it’s made with quality materials. The foam used is CertiPUR-US certified so there’s very little toxic smell when you unroll it. The foam is constructed with open cell technology which ensures your bed lasts as long as possible. There’s 4 inches of supportive base foam so you don’t have to worry about bottoming out and a layer of gel memory foam for cooling. If you’re looking for a basic design that qualifies as the ideal inexpensive buy,  this is it.


  • Available in a variety of sizes
  • Gel infused memory foam
  • Open cell construction
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • Resistant to dust mites


  • Thin profile
  • Weak edge support
Classic Brands 8-Inch Advantage Hybrid Innerspring Mattress

If your idea of an inexpensive model is thicker than the options we’ve covered so far, the Classic Brands could be for you. It’s 8 inches thick and made with individually wrapped pocket coils and premium foam. The coils provide support while the foam provides ultimate comfort. The materials work together to absorb motion and relieve pressure points. This product is a little more expensive than its competition but it has plenty to offer.


  • Hybrid design
  • Absorbs motion
  • Individually wrapped coils for superior contouring
  • Ships compressed and straight to your door
  • Thicker than most of the competition


  • Slight off-gassing
  • Springs can squeak over time
Englander Finale 10 Inch Innerspring Mattress

The Englander Finale is the thickest product offered in our top choice for budget buy roundup. It’s 10 inches thick and features plenty of support to eliminate pressure points, absorb your partner’s tossing and turning, and help alleviate lower back pain. The foam used is CertiPUR-US so you don’t have to worry about toxic fumes. This is the top choice for both adults and kids. It comes compressed and straight to your door so you can easily place it in any room of the house. Our only issue is the short warranty at only 1 year.


  • Plush quilted cover
  • Thick profile
  • CertiPUR-US certified
  • Ships compressed and straight to your door
  • Little motion transfer


  • More expensive than immediate competition
  • 1-year warranty

Our Choice for the Ideal Quality Budget Product?

So which has come out top?  Sleep Ask's favorite is the Home Life Cooling Gel model. It’s thicker than most other inexpensive designs but doesn’t add on the cost. It’s available in nearly every size you could possibly think of and comes in a universal comfort firmness that should work for kids, single adults, and couples. The thick layer of gel foam means you’ll sleep cool while the airflow and high density foam provide plenty of comfort and support. It’s the perfect option when looking to save money as it provides sleepers with comfort and support as a price that won’t come close to breaking the bank.