Best Reviewed Mattresses For Under $1000

Best Reviewed Mattresses For Under $1000

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If you’re willing to spend up to $1000 on a mattress, you know that you’re getting serious about sleep.

The good news is that with so many online-only ecommerce mattress companies (cutting out a lot of costs of the retail model), you can get some truly high quality mattresses for this price.  And no, you won’t be missing out on the Tempurpedic or Beautyrest mattresses that cost thousands of dollars more.

The really difficult part about this price range is that so many companies are now creating mattresses at the $800-$1000 price range, I get a lot of questions from readers that don’t know how to begin to choose.  Since you’re not laying on them in a store, it’s harder to choose between them for yourself.  I’ll give a few of my top picks, but just know that there more and more quality mattresses available in this price range.  I can’t list them all out, but there’s lots of good opportunities to get a great value in the marketing right now.

Best Mattress Under $1000

Below I put some of my top picks, but more importantly explain my experience and why I like them.  Use this post as a starting guide to help you differentiate between the many mattress options out there!

Top 4 Mattresses Under $1000

No mattress is one-option-fits-all, so I broke the best mattresses under 1000 dollars into four categories:Hybrid, Innerspring, Memory Foam, and Personalized.

These mattresses also rank highly amongst other categories on the site, as well as holding top spots in my overall mattress reviews.

Top Mattress Picks Compared


Lull Mattress ReviewHybrids is the most popular option for online-only companies, and Lull is no exception.  They have a memory foam over latex-like foam construction, giving the general support/comfort tradeoff of memory foam with a little more “spring” to it (learn more HERE).

You can read the specs in my full Lull mattress review, but the short of it is that I just happen to find the mattress incredibly comfortable (note – this is my subjective opinion).  A unique aspect of the mattress is that it is comfortable in all sleeping positions, I like it for both side sleeping and stomach sleeping.

For this category, you can get a Lull King size for $900 – giving it plenty of cushion under $1k.


Saatva Mattress ReviewSaatva is one of the few online-only companies to provide an innerspring mattress option, and on top of that they offer firmness options (learn more details from their website).

The company has been around for a number of years, having great reviews as well as good durability ratings.

Though memory foam mattresses are increasingly popular, some people still prefer the feel an bounce of an innerspring mattress (they are a certainly better mattress for sex).  At this price point, I’m convinced that you can’t do better than Saatva.


Bear Mattress in Hoboken, NJBear mattress is a great memory foam mattress, but also to note is that its construction includes Celliant, which is thought by some to help with muscle recovery.

Though I’m not an expert in Celliant technology, I recommend the Bear as a memory foam mattress due to its great comfort and support.  It’s definitely a solid option for a sleeper with average preferences.  Learn more in my full Bear Mattress review.


Layla Mattress ReviewLayla is certainly a great choice for foam lovers, in fact it sits in my best memory foam mattress list.

The foam is very high quality, and in addition to a flippable option the memory foam is copper infused (learn more HERE), so the mattress sleeps cooler than most memory foam options.

Unlike Saatva, Layla is relatively new to mattress game, but has quickly built a strong reputation for quality and customer service.  Learn more about my experience with the mattress and company in my full Layla mattress review.


picture of the helix mattress next to its boxHelix uses quality materials, but the real story is the ability to personalize.  Before purchasing a Helix mattress, you take a quiz (see more HERE).

Based on the quiz results, Helix will customize your mattress to suit your preferences.  You can even take the quiz for each size of a mattress, making them our top mattress for couples.

At under $1000, Helix is the only company I now to offer this level of customization.  Learn more about my experience (and see my quiz results) in my Helix Sleep review.

Final Recommendation

The good news is that at this price point, you’re getting pretty much the best mattress money can buy.  There are a few mattresses under $2k that have a few extra bells and whistles, but generally you’ll be very satisfied with the products at this price point.

See also our best mattresses overall article

This post was last updated on March 7th, 2017 at 10:01 am

About the Author Joe Auer

Joe has been working in the mattress industry for a number of years and is an active reviewer on Mattress Clarity.

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Shelby says July 25, 2016

Thanks for reviewing the Aviya bed, there are not many inner spring bed reviews out there. I am leaning towards going with the Aviya, but how is yours holding up? Do you recommend it over the Lull (yes, I realize they’re two completely different bed types)? I’ve never had a foam bed before, so this is all new to me and I don’t know what to expect! Thanks!

    Joe Auer says July 26, 2016

    Hi Shelby! I only review the mattresses for 1-2 weeks, so I don’t have an impression (for any brand) on long-term durability. I really like both Lull and Aviya at this price range, but totally different feels, so really it comes down to preference!

sheila slocum says September 19, 2016

I am looking to buy a mattress and someone recommended a Hypnos mattress. Have you heard of it and is it good?

Thank you

Dottie says November 25, 2016

Would your rankings be the same for obese individuals under 300 lbs

    Joe Auer says November 27, 2016

    Hi Dottie – no they would not be. I’m working on a new article for heavier people, keep an eye out!

Keekee says January 5, 2017

Trying to decide on which mattress is best for me. I am a right side sleeper and I wake up with shoulder pain each morning. I prefer a plush softer type mattress over medium firm or firm. Been researching a lot but still so 😕. Wondering if I should try the Saatva Plush Soft or latex or only thing I’m concerned about memory foam is sleeping hot which I don’t want to do. Hard to know which would be best. I need help!

Laura says January 12, 2017

I thought you rated Loom and Leaf higher than Layla, so was surprised to not see it for the memory foam category.

    Joe Auer says January 12, 2017

    Hey Laura! I don’t consider L&L a sub-$1k mattress. It is more than that depending on the size, but they also charge for shipping, which puts most sizes at least a little over $1k.

Barbara says March 25, 2017

Thanks for your detailed reviews. I wonder what you have learned about chemicals like flame retardants and pesticides in the mattresses?

Dennis Mc Clintock says March 31, 2017

Really like your excellent teviees on mattresses. Ive been resding like a gazillion. Ever hear of ZINUS on amazon looling at 12 inch memory foam ultra plush cloud like king size price is 348.00 for the king on Amazon. Let me know it has great reviews??? So confusing. Im a zide sleeper do ti my artificial hips

Laureen says April 27, 2017


Have you reviewed any of the Amore Mattresses?
I would be very interested to see your opinion on the Medium Firmess one.

NICKI GERES says May 29, 2017


Cheri Appel Friedman says July 13, 2017

Have you reviewed the Nectar? It is between the Lull and Nectar

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