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Quality vs. Price: How Much Should You Spend On A Quality Mattress?


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When you woke up this morning, how did you feel?

Revitalized and full of energy, or like you’ve been smashing stones in a quarry all night long? Well, you may have your mattress to thank for that.

A good mattress can make a huge difference in your sleep quality. And considering that an average human being spends a third of their lifetime in bed, buying a top-quality mattress might be the best investment you’ll ever make.

But exactly how much should you spend on a mattress? Also, is a $1,000 mattress twice as good as a $ 500 one? Dive in to find out.

How Much Should You Spend on a Quality Mattress?

You probably have heard the old adage, “you get what you pay for.”

That saying pretty much applies to mattresses. You do get exactly what you pay for, especially if you penny-pinch. Go cheap and you’ll not only predispose yourself to back pains (and other health problems) but also be back in the mattress store in 2 to 3 years.

So exactly how much should you pay for a quality mattress?

Our short answer is $1,000. Today, there are mattresses for every price point and budget. Most mattresses will fall somewhere between $200 and $2,000. However, there are premium mattresses that will go upwards to the tune of $5,000 or more, as well as budget mattresses that cost as low as $100 or less.

Is a $1,000 Mattress Twice as Good as a $500 One?

Not necessarily.

You can get a quality mattress at around $500 – $700. This is the price range where memory foam mattresses (considered the gold standard for modern mattress materials) start to appear, although you can also get a few higher-quality latex mattresses in the same range. You can expect a mattress at this price range to last up to 10 years.

Mattresses in the $1,000 – $2,000 price range are considered premium.

At this price range, you can expect higher quality materials such as high-density memory foam for supreme softness and comfort. Such mattresses also feature individually pocketed coils for extra strength and ability to flex independently. Mattresses in this price range also come with an extended warranty of up to 20 years.

A $1,000 mattress is more premium with additional features for extra comfort and durability, but does this make it twice as good as a $500 one? Not necessarily, unless durability is your greatest concern. It’s still possible to find a good latex or memory foam mattress in the $500 -$700 bracket that is as good as a $1,000 mattress.

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Risks of Buying an Under $150 Mattress

At this price range, you’re either getting a used mattress or a very poor quality mattress.

If you buy a used mattress, you’ll surely save on cost. But like we mentioned earlier, you get what you pay for. A used mattress may already have existing sag that may induce you to back pains in the future.

Worst of all, you can never be sure where the mattress has been and you may be inviting bed bugs or worse into your home.

Lastly, cheap beds are made with a wide spectrum of chemicals and other toxic materials that may put you to health risks. Healthy mattresses are usually handcrafted with certified materials and come at a higher cost.


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