By Alisa Wolfson
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With well over 100 bed-in-a-box companies in business, it can be overwhelming to sift through countless sleep surfaces. And sure, you can find a mattress on a budget — here’s our guide to mattresses under $900 — but there’s some research to show that spending a little more can pay off. Indeed, a survey done by U.S. News & World Report in 2021 found that once people spent about $1,100, they were 22% more likely to feel their mattress was a great buy than those who spent less. So we decided to ask professional mattress reviewers their picks for mattresses that cost less than $1,500.
Great all-around mattress Casper Original Mattress
Recommended by: Elisa Regulski, editor of Mattress Clarity, who notes that “you can never really go wrong with Casper. They pioneered the bed-in-a-box industry, but they’ve stayed popular because they create really great products. Their all-foam mattress has a zoned support system, which is a fancy way of saying that it feels firmer in some areas and softer in others. It can really help people keep their spines in alignment at night.”
Price includes: Free shipping, a 100-night free trial and a 10-year limited warranty
Best for: Side and back sleepers, and those who are easily awakened when their partner changes position, according to The Sleep Foundation
Orthopedic-surgeon recommended Nest Bedding’s Owl Natural Hybrid Latex
Recommended by: Dr. Frank Petrigliano, a Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon, says he sleeps on this pillow-top hybrid mattress, which comes in three firmness levels — and likes that it’s firm enough to promote spinal alignment in all positions without feeling like a traditional firm mattress. “The foam layer is conforming so it has more of a forgiving and cozy feel,” says Petrigliano.
Price includes: Free shipping, 365-night trial and a lifetime warranty
Best for: Back sleepers and couples, according to Sleep Advisor