With a budget of $2,000, your options expand to include a huge diversity of excellent mattresses. For some shoppers, this plethora of options can be overwhelming, and that’s where we can help.
If you’re going to make a sizable investment in a new mattress, you want to know that you’re spending your money wisely. In this guide, we’ll focus on mattresses that can be purchased in a queen size for under $2,000. We’ll outline some of the key background that you should know and review the important shopping considerations and key features to be aware of. Keep scrolling to find all this information or click here to skip straight to our top choices.
Can I Find a Quality Mattress for Less Than $2,000?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, if you have $2,000 to spend, you should be able to find a mattress built with top-notch materials and with numerous design features.
In the past, $2,000 for a mattress would get you something nice but nothing toward the top of the market. But as competition and innovation have increased in the mattress industry, prices have come down. The result is a broader array of options, designs, and features available at reasonable prices.
As you shop and consider your choices, remember that the listed retail price is often not the final price that you will pay. In mattress stores, sales are extremely common, and you should virtually never pay the retail sticker price. Online, many direct-to-consumer retailers are regularly providing coupons or promotions that can significantly bring down your overall cost. Make sure to keep an eye out for these types of offers so that you can get the best price available. More tips for getting the best deal can be found in our Guide to Mattress Sales and Discounts.
Types of Mattresses
You can read a lot more detail about the different types of mattress options that are on the market in our Buyer’s Guide, but we’ll provide a quick refresher here. You can classify almost all mattresses into the following categories:
These mattresses are built with several layers of foam, and the exact foam composition and specifications can vary. One of the most common types of foam mattress construction involves a base of support foam with one or more comfort layers on top.
The comfort layers are most often composed of memory foam or another type of foam with a similar feel. Specifically, this type of comfort layer responds to the amount of pressure applied in each specific place, which helps to provide appropriate support to each part of the body.
Innerspring mattresses use coils inside the mattress to provide spring and support. This is the most traditional type of mattress, and the innerspring coils often have a slightly softer top layer, such as a pillowtop, that provides additional plushness or comfort. There are numerous types of innerspring construction that can affect the support and performance of an innerspring mattress.
Hybrid mattresses include elements of memory foam, innerspring coils, and/or latex. Specifically, a hybrid mattress has a layer of memory foam, latex, or a similar type of foam on top of a support core of innerspring coils.
The goal of a hybrid is usually to try to capture both the benefits of an innerspring and a foam mattress. That said, the benefits and downsides of a hybrid mattress depend in large part on the layering and materials involved in its construction.
These mattresses are made from either natural or synthetic rubber. Latex tends to be a heavier and more expensive material, so it is not uncommon to see all-latex mattresses sell for thousands of dollars. Latex offers a high level of responsiveness, but it also tends to be bouncier and more resilient than many foams on the market.
Before you try to choose a mattress, it’s important to review a number of issues including the ones listed below:
- Buy Online or In-Person? In the past several years, the quantity and quality of online mattress options have dramatically increased. The online shopping experience is distinct from going to mattress stores, and this process comes with its own benefits and downsides. This guide focuses on options that are available online, but for an extensive introduction to the world of online mattress shopping, check out our guide, How to Buy A Mattress Online.
- Do You Need Other Furniture or Bedding? When determining your budget for your mattress, make sure to consider whether you need any other items for your bed. For example, do you want or need a bed frame? Do you have sheets and blankets that will fit your new mattress? Do you already own a pillow that can work in concert with your mattress to improve your spinal alignment? If these questions reveal that you have other purchases that you need to make along with a new mattress, make sure to take this into account as you formulate your overall budget.
- Bed size: when shopping for a mattress, you’ll notice that there can be significant price differences based on the size of the bed. As a result, you’ll want to carefully consider what the right size mattress is for you. Many factors influence the right choice — including the size of the room the bed will go in, your height, whether you are sharing the mattress with another person, how much space you need to sprawl out in bed, etc. — and you may be able to save yourself money by thinking these through in advance to make sure you find an appropriately-sized mattress. Knowing your preferred mattress size will also help in comparing prices between different brands and models.
- Shopping for two?: are you buying a mattress just for yourself? Or are you buying a mattress that you will share with a partner? If more than one person is going to use this mattress regularly, then it is extremely important to talk through issues like comfort preference before starting to home in on potential mattress choices. Check out our guide to the Best Mattresses for Couples for more in-depth tips on finding the best mattress for two.
- Comfort preference: the firmness or feel of a mattress is a big factor in determining what is likely to be the best fit for you. We generally suggest looking for a medium-firm mattress, which is usually in the 5-7 range on the typical firmness scale. This firmness level works best for most people. However, if you have a specific firmness preference that is higher or lower than that, make sure to look for a mattress that is offered in multiple different firmness options without a major price difference.
- Heat retention: some people naturally sleep hotter than others. Waking up in a sweat can be a huge detriment to a good night’s sleep, so for people who sleep hot, it is important to choose a mattress that does not encourage excess heat retention. In general, memory foam mattresses are much more likely to have issues with heat retention because of the tendency to sink more deeply into the mattress in a way that can limit airflow around the body. For more about sleeping hot, you can check out our guide, Best Mattresses for Hot Sleepers.
- Sex: while most of of the time we focus on how well a mattress works for sleep, sex is another important consideration for when buying a mattress. Some mattresses are much better at facilitating sexual activity than others, and most people want to make sure that the mattress they select won’t interfere with an active sex life. In general, mattresses that facilitate movement — for example, mattresses with a lot of resilience and bounce that prevents feeling “stuck” in the bed — are much better for sex. You can read much more about this in our guide, the Best Mattresses for Sex.
- Extra features: if you’re choosing to invest more in your mattress, you may be looking for certain special features or materials. For example, you might be interested in a mattress with built-in technology to help you monitor your sleep habits. Or you might want a mattress that includes specialty materials in the layering or in the cover. As you research different options, make note of any special design elements that stand out as a priority to you.
Features to Look For
Choosing the best value for the money means not sacrificing on important features that will help make sure that you have the best possible experience with your mattress. In this section, we’ll describe some of the main things that you’ll want to be on the lookout for as you consider how to get the highest level of satisfaction out of your mattress purchase.
Nothing determines the performance of a mattress more than the quality of the actual components that are used to make it. With $2,000 to spend, you shouldn’t have to make compromises on materials. You’ll come across a lot of fancy marketing terms for different features, but sometimes this is just window dressing to cover over a mattress built with shoddy internal parts. When looking at the materials, here are some questions to think through:
- Does the company provide detailed specifications? For example, do they list the actual thickness of each layer of the mattress? If it’s a foam layer, do they publicly share the density and/or ILD of the foam? If it’s an innerspring layer, do they tell you about the type of innerspring construction? The more vague the details, the more skeptical you should be that perhaps the company cut corners in choosing their materials.
- Is there a weak spot? Some mattresses may use great materials in the comfort layer but use a low-quality foam for support. Remember that one weak layer can dramatically reduce the overall performance of the mattress.
- How thick is the comfort layer? An extremely thin comfort layer may degrade the feel and performance of a mattress and may limit its long-term durability as more pressure will be put on the supporting layers. In general, look for a comfort layer that is at least 2” thick, and if you are a heavier sleeper or someone with major pressure points, you likely want an even thicker comfort layer.
If you’re putting a significant amount of money into your mattress, you want to make sure that it lasts. One of the best ways to do this is by focusing on the materials and build of the mattress. The reputation of the company and the reported experiences of other customers can also help. With some newer mattresses, there may not be enough data from long-term use, in which case, you want to make sure that you know about the company making the mattress and trust that they only used materials that are likely to stand the test of time.
It’s important to consider the total cost of buying a mattress and not just the price of the mattress itself. Most online mattress companies offer free shipping. If you’re enticed by a mattress that has a shipping charge, just make sure to factor that into your total assessment of the value of the mattress.
White glove delivery
Another shipping option that some shoppers prefer is white glove delivery. This means that the company actually comes to your home and installs the mattress in the room of your choice. Often, this also includes haul-away of your old mattress. While this is common for mattresses purchased in stores, it is less common with online retailers. However, often at this higher price point, you can find mattress sellers who will either offer white glove delivery or help you locate a local provider who can set your mattress up for you.
Free and no-hassle returns
Many people get concerned about buying a mattress online because they don’t have an opportunity to scope the mattress out in a store. Thankfully, most direct-to-consumer mattress companies offer an extended sleep trial that allows you to try the mattress out in your own home for several months. If you realize during the sleep trial that the mattress isn’t right for you, you can return it at no charge and with no hassle from the company. Whenever you can, we suggest choosing a mattress that has this type of sleep trial and return policy to help protect your investment in case you find that the mattress just isn’t the right fit.
Solid verified reviews
As we’ve stated, there’s a lot of marketing that takes place in the mattress industry, and one of the best ways to cut through the noise is to only rely on trusted reviews. We’ve tried to do a lot of this legwork for you, and you can read more about any specific mattress in our brand reviews.
Our top choice for foam mattress under $2,000 is the Amerisleep AS3 model, which can be purchased in a queen mattress for $1,399 without promotions or coupons.
Why? The AS3 has a 3” thick, high-density memory foam comfort layer. A top layer with this thickness and density helps to provide excellent support while reducing the wear-and-tear on the layers below. The mattress is made with a Celliant cover, which is touted as improving cooling and muscle recovery. In addition, Amerisleep has a longer track record than many online mattress companies.
Why Not? Some people may find the AS3 to be too soft as the comfort layer’s 10 ILD foam will be more plush than many other memory foam options on the market. Some customers may not perceive much benefit from the Celliant material in the cover.
The Bottom Line: The AS3 is well-designed, built with quality materials, and has received solid customer satisfaction scores. We find it to be a very solid option for this mattress type and price point.
Another strong contender is the Novosbed, which is available as a queen for $1,099 without promotions or coupons.
Why? The Novosbed is offered in three firmness options, and each model has at least 4” of foam in the comfort layers. All of these layers have foams with a density of 3.7 PCF or higher. The Novosbed is also made by a company that has been on the market longer than most of its competitors and that has a strong reputation for customer service.
Why Not? Novosbed offers a sleep trial, but its terms are much more complicated than the very simple and no-hassle sleep trials offered by most other online mattress companies.
The Bottom Line: the Novosbed doesn’t have a lot of extra features, but it is built well and with solid materials. It represents a strong investment for shoppers considering a foam mattress.
Foam – Latex Hybrid
Our top choice for a foam-latex hybrid under $2,000 is the Casper Wave, which can be purchased for $1,850 without promotions or coupons.
Why? The Casper Wave features the newest technology from Casper, which has become a household name in the mattress industry. The Wave mattress is built using proprietary foam and latex to offer enhanced pressure point relief. The Wave also comes with free white glove delivery.
Why Not? The Wave was only released in the summer of 2017, so we have very limited data about its performance or durability.
The Bottom Line: It is hard to recommend a mattress that is so new to the market, but for customers who trust the Casper brand, the Wave presents a compelling new option for a mattress that includes both foam and latex.
Our top choice for an innerspring mattress under $2,000 is the Saatva, which is available for $999 plus $99 shipping without promotions or coupons.
Why? The Saatva is built with excellent components, including multi-layered coils. The company also has a reputation for a high level of customer service.
Why Not? Unlike many competitors, the Saatva comes with a charge for shipping that is not refundable if you decide to return the mattress.
The Bottom Line: The Saatva offers a combination of performance and comfort that exceeds that of even many more expensive competitors.
We should note that the Saatva is also our top choice for the best innerspring mattress under $1,000. The reason for this is that we’ve found few innerspring models that gain significantly in performance with additional cost. If you want additional performance with an innerspring core, we encourage you to consider a hybrid mattress.
Our top choice for a hybrid mattress under $2,000 is the Sapira, which is sold for $1,475 in queen size without any promotions or coupons.
Why? The Sapira features a combined 3” of high-density foam in its comfort layers on top of 6” of coils that are buttressed by 1” layers of support foam. Combining pocketed coils and responsive foams offers a solid mix of support and bounce.
Why Not? While the Sapira is made by Leesa, which has a strong reputation, the mattress itself has only been on the market since 2016, which limits our ability to state definitively how it will perform over the long-term.
The Bottom Line: a hybrid mattress is supposed to blend the benefits of different types of materials so that the sum is greater than the whole of its parts, and the Sapira does just that.
Another option for an excellent hybrid and that is actually available for under $1,000 is the Tuck mattress. The Tuck costs $990 for a queen without any promotions or coupons.
Why? The Tuck is made with high-quality materials including latex, gel-infused memory foam, and solid innerspring coils. In addition, the company builds each mattress to fit the customer based on the response to a sleep quiz. This includes free customization of the split design or feel that is especially useful for couples as it allows each side of the mattress to have a different feel.
Why not? The Tuck mattress is still new to the market, and while early signs are good, we do not have long-term data about the durability of the mattress or the company’s overall track record.
The Bottom Line: The Tuck mattress offers a combination of materials quality and customization that usually comes at a much higher price tag.
Our top choice for the best latex mattress under $2,000 is the Sleep on Latex Pure Green mattress. With a budget of $2,000, you can purchase this mattress in any of its size, thickness, and firmness configurations.
Why? Sleep On Latex builds robust mattresses with excellent quality latex that receives high marks for customer satisfaction. The mattress is available in multiple options for firmness and thickness.
Why Not? Sleep On Latex doesn’t provide quite as much detail about the mattress specifications as we would like. For example, they do not list the density or ILD of the latex used in their mattress.
The Bottom Line: Even without knowing every detail of the build of this mattress, we can safely say that it includes a considerable amount of high-performance latex that wins over the vast majority of people who sleep on it.
While you are almost assured of finding a great quality mattress for $2000 or less, like some of the beds we’ve recommended here, we encourage you to check out what mattresses are available on the lower and higher end of the price spectrum. See our guides for other prices below: