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Best mattresses under $1100

How to save money on buying a new mattress – plus the cheaper options we recommend. 

Last updated: 01 November 2023

If you're buying a new bed but you're on a budget, the eye-watering prices of some mattresses can be enough to keep you awake at night. They can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to a few thousand or more. 

But are the cheaper mattresses any good? And what price do you really need to pay to get a decent one? If you're looking to buy a cheaper mattress to sleep on every night, you want to make sure you're not going to end up with buyer's regret. 

We'll talk you through mattress pricing – including how to get a good deal – and for CHOICE members, we'll reveal the best mattresses on a budget. If you just want to get straight to the best products, you can jump straight to the results now.

How much is a 'cheap' mattress? 

More than half of the queen-sized mattresses we test fall in a 'mid' price range of about $1000 to $2000. This is because when we select mattresses for testing, we check current market figures to see what's selling well and focus on the highest-selling big-brand models. We try to include products that fit within the budget of average consumers. 

"Mattresses aren't exactly cheap, but we found that models around this price point often strike a good balance between price, quality and performance," CHOICE mattress expert Peter Zaluzny says.

"However, mattresses that cost less than $1000 do earn a CHOICE Recommendation from time to time."

We found that models around the $1000 to $2000 price point often strike a good balance between price, quality and performance.

Peter Zaluzny, CHOICE mattress expert

At the other end of the scale, there are expensive, premium mattresses costing $5000 to $6000 or even $10,000 or more  and that's before you've even bought a bed base to put it on. Prices that high may be beyond most people's bed budgets – there are definitely cheaper options out there from various brands. 

Looking to pay $250 or less?

IKEA sells a few queen mattresses around the $200 to $250 mark and Aldi sells its popular 'Mattress in a box' a couple of times each year, also costing about $250 for the queen-sized bed in a box. 

Another less well-known brand that sells mattresses at a cheaper price point is Art & Science.

Sales periods like end-of-financial-year (EOFY), Boxing Day and Black Friday are great times to pick up mattresses on the cheap, with many brands and retailers offering significant discounts. If you can put off buying your new bed until sales season, you may find more options within your budget. 

Why do some mattresses cost more than others?

Our expert testing hasn't found any clear-cut answer to this question. We find that more expensive mattresses definitely don't always perform better than cheaper models.

Generally speaking, factors that influence price may include what the mattress is made from, where it's made and the quality of its materials. 

We find that more expensive mattresses definitely don't always perform better than cheaper models

Our experts caution against being too influenced by clever marketing – what tends to show in our testing is that however many bells and whistles a mattress is claimed to have, it doesn't always lead to better comfort and support. 

How to save money on a new mattress

Peter's first tip is that you should never pay full price for a mattress. Don't be afraid to haggle. While you probably can't knock down IKEA on the price of a $250 queen mattress, it's definitely possible to save hundreds on mid-priced mattresses. 

You should never pay full price for a mattress

"CHOICE has been buying mattresses for years for our tests and we've found many retailers have a lot of room to move when it comes to price," says Peter. "Online and instore sales are pretty frequent too, so there's really no reason to pay the recommended retail price for a mattress.

"If you're confident and have done your research, you can usually shave a decent amount off the price tag by haggling. Just ask them 'what's the best you can do?' and start from there."       

More tips for buying a mattress on a budget

  • Research, shop around and compare price – it's a competitive market and there are deals to be found.
  • Don't just shop at traditional retailers or on the showroom floor. Consider buying a mattress in a box as well – there are many new online retailers that offer this type of product, which has given consumers more options.
  • Mattress-in-a-box manufacturers frequently have sales as well. If you're looking at a particular model but it's too pricey, wait a couple of months and keep checking the website.
  • Consider a double instead of a queen or king. 
  • Buy in bulk or as part of a bed package/bundle deal. Some retailers may give you a discount if you buy more than one mattress (either for a guest room, or go in with a friend), or if you buy the mattress as part of a bedroom furniture package, or mattress-and-bed bundle deal.
  • Check CHOICE mattress reviews to see which cheap mattresses perform better in our testing.

How we put mattresses through their paces

CHOICE experts recently reviewed 44 of the latest mattresses, assessing each one on factors such as changes in firmness over time, and whether you can rely on it to deliver the same standard of comfort over its lifetime. 

Our extensive expert testing shows you don't have to spend thousands of dollars to get a good mattress

We also look at things such as how well they repel sweat, and how saggy or bouncy they are, to give each product a final CHOICE Expert Rating (its overall score). Find out more about how we test mattresses

The good news is that our extensive expert testing shows you don't have to spend thousands of dollars to get a good mattress. In fact, many of the more expensive models are not necessarily worth forking out for. 

Can you buy a quality mattress for under $1000?

We spoke to people who recently bought a mattress and also to CHOICE experts to find out how to get the best prices, what to look for and if it's really possible. 

Best cheaper mattresses in our testing

The detailed results of our mattress review, plus the affordable mattresses that are recommended by our experts, are available exclusively to CHOICE members. 

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breeze firm queen mattress

Breeze Firm Queen Mattress

  • Price: $479
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 79% (Recommended)
  • Comfort retention score after eight years: 100%

Both your wallet and your back will thank you for buying this mattress-in-a-box. It's cheap and it's comfy. 

At just $319, it's the cheapest mattress in our test – cheaper even than a Clark Rubber foam mattress – but it's the second-highest scoring mattress overall, coming in ahead of mattresses that cost as much as $5500. 

Both your wallet and your back will thank you for buying this mattress-in-a-box. It's cheap and it's comfy

In our extensive testing which simulates eight years' use, it showed minimal sagging and damage, but was rated at the upper end of OK for stabilisation, which is something to consider if you're a light sleeper or share a bed with another person.

It's classified as "very cool" in terms of mattress warmth, so it's a good option if you live in the tropics or if you're a hot sleeper, and our tests showed that it meets its claim of being a firm mattress. 

While it wasn't rated highly for comfort when new (which is pretty standard for most mattresses), its comfort didn't change during the eight years' simulated use. So if you like it to begin with it'll keep you comfy through years of sleep. 

You might be making big savings by buying this mattress, but you may have to weigh up what you're missing out on by buying so cheap. It only has a one-year warranty, which is tiny compared to other mattress brands: most have a 10-year warranty at a minimum, with some going as high as 25 years. Even Ikea mattresses have a 10- or even 25-year warranty. 

It also doesn't have a trial period, free exchange or free pickup, so if you don't like it you're stuck with it – or stuck with a delivery charge. In fact, if you buy directly from Breeze they do offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, but you have to return the mattress unopened, which doesn't exactly give you a way to try it out properly before you decide it's not for you. 

Regardless of its shortcomings in these regards, there's no denying that it scored very well in our testing and if you're on a budget it's a great way to go – and it's definitely worth considering even if you're not on a budget. 

Read the full Breeze Firm Queen Mattress review

ikea nneland

Ikea Ånneland

  • Price: $999
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 77% (Recommended)
  • Comfort retention score after eight years: 94%

This Ikea mattress is a fair step up in price from the Breeze, but with a score of 77% it's well worth the money. Plus it has a 365-day trial period and a 10-year warranty. (Although there's a pickup fee if you want to exchange it.)

It's mattress warmth is rated as "medium warm", which could be good or bad depending on where you live and your sleep preferences.

After our punishing eight-year simulation, it still maintained its comfort levels well and didn't sag much or sustain much wear or damage. It's more stable than the Breeze, too, so if you want to make sure you and your sleeping partner get a decent rest, it's a good option. 

Bear in mind that Ikea doesn't often reduce the price of its mattresses, so what you see is what you get in terms of cost – but its performance speaks for itself and you might decide that its long trial period might be worth the investment.

"This is the only Ikea mattress to earn a CHOICE Recommendation. Most capital cities have at least one Ikea store, too, so you should consider heading in to try before you buy where possible," says Peter. 

Read the full Ikea Ånneland review.

art science silver

Art & Science Silver spring mattress

  • Cost: $699
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 76% (Recommended)
  • Comfort retention score after eight years (overall): 89%

This is one of the cheapest mattresses we recommend, which means it offers great value if your budget is below $1000. We actually managed to pick it up for $399, so you can really buy this on a shoestring if you look out for sales or haggle for a lower price.

It performed very well on most of our tests, and after eight years' simulated use its comfort level barely changed, and it didn't sag much or sustain much wear or damage.

It has a 10-year warranty and a 30-day trial period, but you can't get a free exchange or pickup.

The only downside our testers noted on this mattress is that although it's advertised as being 'firm', our testers say that it is actually 'soft'.

Read the full Art & Science Silver spring mattress review.

Worth considering: Recommended mattresses just over $1100

If you can stretch your budget a little further – or better yet, if you can grab a bargain by haggling or shopping the sales – these mattresses are also worth considering. 

origin hybrid mattress

Origin Hybrid Mattress

  • Cost: $1165
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 77% (Recommended)
  • Comfort retention score after eight years: 93%

We managed to pick this mattress-in-a-box up for $451 less than the asking price – just 60% of the RRP.

Plus it has a 120-day trial period and 15-year warranty, so you'll get plenty of peace-of-mind for far less money than with some other mattresses. 

It held up very well in our testing, with no sagging whatsoever and minimal damage and comfort changes. It's another medium-warm mattress but if you're feeling the heat, you can probably afford to buy a good fan with all the cash you'll save on this mattress. 

Read the full Origin Hybrid Mattress review

ah beard king koil comfort plus

A.H. Beard King Koil Comfort Plus spring mattress

  • Cost: $1199
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 75% (Recommended)
  • Comfort retention score after eight years (overall): 93%

Also scoring well on comfort for both males and females after a simulated eight years of use is this A.H. Beard mattress that costs $1199. Just make sure you try it out instore first because the out-of-the-box comfort scores for men and women are 'poor' and 'OK', respectively (though these are pretty standard results for most mattresses). 

If the Comfort Plus does feel right it's probably worth picking up, as the test shows minimal change for women, and almost no change for men, over time. It also has 'cool insulation' that may be beneficial if you're the kind of person who runs hot or you live in a warmer climate.

Read the full A.H. Beard King Koil Comfort Plus review

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