The 5 Best Cheap Mattresses Under $400

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You've probably noticed that the world of mattresses is both crowded and expensive. Whether on your Instagram feed or a subway advertisement, every day someone is selling a new, "life-changing" mattress that'll revolutionize the way you sleep. But, don't let fancy marketing campaigns or pricey mattresses in a box sway you — you don't have to shell out a lot of money to get a great mattress.The best cheap mattresses come in all materials and sizes, and don't have to cost more than $400.

Before you buy a mattress, it's important to consider its material. For example, a traditional coil mattress can be cheaper than a lot of other options, but coil mattresses with lower price points tend to have a lower coil count, which means less support. While both memory foam and latex mattresses will contour to your body's shape to relieve pressure, they can be a bit more expensive. Keep your eyes peeled for hybrid mattresses that combine materials; these will strike a great balance between affordability and support.

Not to complicate matters further, but you'll want to keep your sleep style top of mind. If you tend to run warm when you're sleeping, you'll need an option with proper ventilation or a latex mattress which will keep you cool even when you're overheating.

Coil or memory foam? Firm or soft? Here's a round-up of some of some of the best cheap mattress out there that won't break the bank. Pro-tip: These are sorted by price, low to high.


The Best Under $200: AmazonBasics 8-Inch Memory Foam Mattress

This memory foam mattress has three layers of dense memory foam that cradle your body as you sleep for superior support. The middle layer is designed with built-in ventilation to allow airflow, which is a huge plus for any hot sleepers. The bottom layer lends stability to this mattress so you won't sink very deep into it. Best of all, at under $200, this mattress is a bargain. More than 3,000 Amazon reviewers have given it a glowing 4.5-star overall rating and rave about how comfortable this bed is.

What fans say: "The bed is firm and comfortable. My back does not hurt at all in the mornings. I would recommend it. We had a Serta mattress which we paid much more for that did hurt my back. So for the price of the AmazonBasics, we feel like if it wears out we are still ahead even if we have to replace it in a three or four years."


Available In The Most Sizes: Lucid 10-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

Like many popular memory foam mattresses, this dual-layer mattress features a top layer of memory foam that contours to your body, and a more durable and solid bottom layer of high-density foam. If both budget and back pain are a concern, this mattress is definitely the pick for you. While foam isn't always the best if you overheat, the top 2.5 inches of this mattress is infused with a rich cooling gel to help regulate your body temperature while you sleep. This option is pretty squarely in the medium-firm category, so if you prefer a super firm mattress keep scrolling. Bonus: It even comes with a removable cover for easy washing.

What fans say: "It's been about two months since this bad boy arrived at my doorstep, and I have nothing bad to say at all. Best mattress I have ever slept on (with the Marriott hotel's memory foam beds coming in a very close second)."


Great Medium Support: Signature Sleep 12-Inch Memory Foam Mattress

This super plush mattress is pretty much like sleeping on a cloud. Made with a whopping 12 inches of foam (4 inches of memory foam and 8 inches of high-density memory foam), this mattress allows you to literally sink into it to relieve pain and pressure. That makes this a great mid-priced option if you experience any sleep-related back pain. On top of that, it's made with eco-friendly materials and doesn't include any mercury, heavy metals, or flame retardants in the foam.

What fans say: "I've had this for over a year and it still feels brand new. Super comfy and very durable (I have two cats and previously a giant dog who all jumped around and slept on the bed)."


The Most Popular Mattress: Zinus Memory Foam 12-Inch Green Tea Mattress

This latex-memory foam hybrid mattress is designed with three layers: At the top there's 2 inches of super soft comfort foam, followed by almost 4 inches of ventilated foam, and then a supportive base made of high-density foam. While this mattress is a bit pricier than the one above it, it'll be the best mattress if you tend to overheat at night. Plus, the entire mattress is infused with green tea extract, which is a naturally antimicrobial, to keep it clean and odor-free. But, don't take my word for it. More than 26,000 fans have taken to the Amazon reviews section to praise this mattress.

What fans say: "This bed is the jam. First off, I'm a flight attendant. I sleep in a lot of hotel beds. I know what a good and bad bad feels like. This bed is amazing. Feeling impartial about the non-conforming bed of the future? Think you'll miss the springs? No way."


The Best Firm Mattress: Zinus Extra Firm 10-Inch Support Plus Mattress

For the most support, this firm hybrid mattress is composed of tightly-wrapped coils and high-density foam, and the top 1.5 inches are layered with a softer foam topper. The best part? Even if you toss and turn in your sleep, this mattress cradles your body without any motion transfer whatsoever. Some reviewers were skeptical that this mattress would truly be "extra firm" with the memory foam topper, but they were pleasantly surprised. So if you're a stomach sleeper or just prefer a truly firm mattress, this is your guy.

What fans say: "If you are looking for a firm mattress, this is for you! Don't let the layer of memory foam on top of the coils turn you away, I am not a foam fan and this mattress is great. This is definitely 'extra firm' and exactly what I was looking for."

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