Queen mattresses usually cost about $500 to $2,000 depending on many factors, including:
- The type of mattress (innerspring, all-foam, etc.)
- The quality of the materials used
- The company that makes the mattress
- Where you’re buying the mattress
- And more
In this article, we’re going to break down the average price of a queen-size mattress across three categories: budget-friendly, mid-range, and luxury. We’ll show you which factors are most important to consider in each price range, and we’ll also share our pick for the best value queen mattress for the price. (By the way, for information about mattresses sizes other than queen, see our mattress cost post that covers all bed sizes.)
At a glance:
Budget-friendly Queen Mattress Cost
If you don’t want to spend more than $1,000 on a new mattress, we have good news: You don’t have to. The average price of a queen-size mattress in the most affordable category of mattresses is around $600. Of course, since this is an average, that means you can find queen mattresses that are even cheaper.
Go For Foam or Innerspring
The kinds of mattresses you’ll find for this price will generally be all-foam mattresses or innerspring mattresses. All-foam mattresses are just what they sound like: mattresses made entirely out of foam. They tend to be soft and comfortable, and they often provide motion isolation, but they don’t tend to last long and may start to sag after a few years.
Meanwhile, innerspring mattresses contain an inner layer of springs, as the name suggests. Typically, the springs are made of a steel alloy, and they are interconnected. They’ll give the bed more durability and springiness than a foam mattress, but they can be stiff and lack motion isolation: Pushing down on one area will cause the whole mattress to move, since the springs are connected.
In general, you can expect to pay slightly more for an innerspring mattress than a foam mattress. Innerspring mattresses are more durable and may last longer than all-foam mattresses, though they may also start to sag after a few years.
Mid-range Queen Mattress Cost
The average price of a queen mattress in the mid-range category is about $1,000. You can still find queen mattresses for under $1,000 in this category, but in general, the higher the quality of the materials used, the more the mattress will cost.
Go For Memory Foam or Hybrid
Mattresses in this category also include all-foam mattresses and innerspring mattresses, but they’ll use higher quality materials than the mattresses in the budget-friendly category.
Specifically, in the mid-range price bracket, you’ll start to see some innovative foams with cooling or extra cushioning features, but they typically won’t be the latest and greatest. They’ll also typically include a higher-density base layer which makes the mattress last far longer.
As for innerspring mattresses in the mid-range category, they’ll typically be made with other high-quality materials and feature a soft, comfortable cover that budget-friendly innerspring mattresses may be lacking. They may also have higher quality springs.
Hybrid mattresses historically have been a strictly high-end option, but are increasingly found in the mid-range category. These are mattresses that contain both an innerspring layer as well as an outer layer of foam, making them a combination of a foam mattress and an innerspring mattress. Some hybrid mattresses are very expensive, but some can be found within this price range.
Our Hush hybrid mattress falls right in the middle of the mid-level and luxury price ranges at $1,200 for a queen. But it’s made with materials you’ll only find in mattresses that cost more than twice as much. Check out the product page to learn more!
Luxury Queen Mattress Cost
For those who have the budget and want to splurge, a luxury queen mattress will cost an average of about $1,800. These mattresses use the highest quality materials, and some will be even more expensive, upwards of several thousand dollars.
Go For Latex Foam or Luxury Hybrid
The mattresses in this category mainly include high-end hybrid mattresses, but you may also find some foam mattresses in this price range. For instance, latex foam is considered even more luxurious than memory foam, so latex foam mattresses may be found in this category.
Latex foam is springy and contouring and incredibly durable. It’s also more cooling than most other types of foam. Many people find it to be one of the best types of foam to relieve back pain.
If you’re wondering whether a latex foam mattress is safe for those with latex allergies, the answer is generally yes. The latex in the mattress isn’t part of the outer layer and won’t make contact with your skin, and it goes through a manufacturing process that makes it less allergy-inducing. But those with severe latex allergies probably want to avoid these mattresses.
The high-end hybrid mattresses in this category may also use latex foam, or proprietary types of luxury foam manufactured exclusively for specific companies. They often feature cooling fabrics on the surface of the mattress, i.e. fabrics meant to draw heat away from your body in order to keep you from overheating throughout the night.
Typically, a high-end hybrid mattress will include multiple layers of different types of luxury foam before getting to the innerspring layer. As for the innerspring layer, it might feature different zones, offering more support in some areas where it’s generally more needed. It might also feature pocketed coils instead of interconnected springs.
The advantage of pocketed coils over interconnected springs is that they allow motion isolation. When the springs are individually-wrapped instead of all being connected to each other, you can push down on one area of the mattress without disturbing every other part of the mattress.
Not all high-end hybrid mattresses feature pocketed coils, but typically, the outer layers of foam provide some motion isolation that is generally missing from pure innerspring mattresses.
What to Consider When Buying a New Mattress
Apart from the type of queen-size mattress you’re interested in, a variety of other factors need to be taken into account when you decide to buy a new bed. In this section, we’ll go over everything else you need to consider.
First and foremost, though this article is about queen-size mattresses, you’ll want to make sure this is the right size for you before buying. If you’re looking to save money, you might consider going with a smaller option, such as a full mattress. The larger the mattress, the more money you can expect to pay, since larger mattresses use more material.
Another major factor is the quality of materials. As we saw above, there’s a wide variety of different types of foam, and some are much more expensive than others. For instance, any mattress featuring memory foam will be more expensive than a mattress made of standard polyfoam, and latex foam is the most expensive.
It’s also worth considering where you’d like to buy your mattress. While it may be tempting to go to a store so you can test the mattress in-person before purchasing, you’ll also probably spend more money if you do this. Buying mattresses online isn’t just more convenient: It’s also cheaper. The exact same mattress will be less expensive when purchased online.
Apart from these basic factors, you’ll also want to consider what sort of add-ons you’re interested in getting for your new bed. For instance, some companies charge extra for a warranty, or to deliver or set up the mattress for you. If you’re not interested in these perks, look for a mattress that doesn’t include any.
Then there are the other accessories that go with your bed. A bed frame isn’t strictly necessary, but it’s generally recommended. A box spring is also optional, and these can be expensive, but it’s less necessary if you’re buying a bed that contains springs (a hybrid or innerspring mattress).
Of course, you’ll also need to think about pillows and sheets. As long as you’re buying a new bed, you’ll probably be more comfortable with a fresh set of pillows and sheets. The cost of these items can quickly add up, so those looking to save money may want to just keep whatever pillows, sheets, and frame they had from their previous bed.
Another way to save money on a mattress is to buy used. You generally won’t find used mattresses in stores or from online mattress companies, but websites like Craigslist may be able to help you find a used mattress if that’s really what you prefer. Just keep in mind that it won’t last as long as a new mattress.
Best Value Queen Mattress for the Price
As we’ve seen, there’s a lot to consider when buying a new queen-size mattress. There are a variety of different types of mattresses, including innerspring, all-foam, hybrid, and latex foam, and which of these is right for you will depend in part on your budget. You’ll also want to consider what additional items you need to purchase for your new bed.
If you’re looking for the highest quality mattress you can find at the lowest price (and who isn’t?), look no further than our very own Hush mattress. The mattress reviews speak for themselves: This mattress is on par with the most high-end hybrid mattresses on the market. But as you’ll notice, it’s significantly less expensive than the average price of a luxury queen mattress.
Our Hush mattress features our proprietary Hush Iced Cooling Tech, making it cool to the touch and allowing you to avoid overheating throughout the night. It has an incredibly soft, pillowy feel, like sleeping on a cloud, but don’t worry: You won’t sink in too far. It’s more bouncy and responsive than memory foam, so you can easily change positions throughout the night.
Meanwhile, our spring system is second to none. We use pocketed coils (unlike many high-end hybrid mattresses), meaning this mattress provides excellent motion isolation. You can sleep soundly without having to worry about waking up when your partner rolls over or your dog jumps on the bed.
But that’s not all. Our coils also offer triple-zoned support, with firmer support in the middle where you most need it and gentler support around the edges. Thanks to the triple-zoned support, this mattress won’t ever get saggy in the middle, unlike most other mattresses. It’s built to last.
And because we’re an online company that sells mattresses in a box, you’ll be paying significantly less than what you’d pay in a store for a mattress of similar quality. That said, when you order one of our mattresses, you won’t be getting something that sat in a box in a warehouse for months on end. All of our mattresses are made fresh just for you when you order.
We also offer a 100-night sleep trial, so if you don’t love your mattress after 100 nights, you can return it for a refund. No questions asked. This guarantee isn’t an add-on: It comes with every mattress. We realize buying a mattress online can be inherently risky, so we want to make sure you feel secure in the knowledge that you can always get your money back if you don’t love it.
Try our Hush mattress alongside our cooling Hush weighted blanket as well as our other sleep accessories like cooling bamboo sheets and hybrid pillows. All of our sleep accessories are made to give you a good night’s sleep, and they all come with our 100-night sleep trial, so you can rest assured that you’ll have the opportunity to try them before making a final decision.