A Guide to Purchasing Quality, Inexpensive Mattresses

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Those of us who like spending money to increase the quality of our lives are often at an impasse. On one hand, we recognize that you don’t have to splurge on everything to have a good life – some high-priced items at the store are simply not as valuable as advertised. On the other hand, we do recognize that the things we buy should last long and have good quality – something that usually requires a heftier price tag. In this dichotomy, it’s hard to find one side that usually works and one side that usually doesn’t work. You have to analyze each purchase as you’re making it.

When it comes to mattress purchases, this dichotomy seems even more prevalent. We all know that better mattresses tend to cost more – and the mattresses that tend to cost less tend to be of a lesser quality. But is this always true? Is it even possible to find a cheap, inexpensive mattress that won’t actually perform like a cheap, inexpensive mattress? Let’s take a closer look and explore some tips to finding those diamonds in the rough.

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Finding an Inexpensive Mattress: How it’s Done

The first things you want to focus on are your goals. What do you want out of a mattress? You have to have an idea about what you’re going to be getting out of your next mattress purchase if you plan to have any sort of direction as you look for mattresses to buy. It’s this goal-oriented strategy that will tell you which mattresses are right for you and which are not: you have to have a baseline criteria for what kind of mattress you want to end up with, and what kind of characteristics this mattress has.

In other words, what will your mattress do? Will it provide the proper back support? Will it be customizable on each side? Will it be as comfortable as possible? These are all variables that you’ll need to explore before you even go looking for mattresses.

Why is this so important? Because once you define your criteria for success, you’re then free to find the most inexpensive mattress that matches your criteria. This is how you can find a top-performing mattress that also conforms to your budgetary needs.

Things Not to Skimp Out On

Although it’s tempting to buy mattresses as cheaply as possible simply to avoid spending more money, it’s important to also realize that mattresses can be a big part of your life. Without a good mattress, you might not be able to get the good sleep you need to stay vital, active, and healthy. Instead, you may feel stressed, tired, and overworked.

That’s why you don’t want to keep your criteria thin. Instead, you want to find, at the very least, a supportive and comfortable mattress. Start with that as your baseline for success and then browse through the different mattresses that have high-quality reviews for these two criteria; then you’re bound to find a mattress that doesn’t break your bank – or your spine.

Neville Luff is a marketing strategist for a bedding company in London, loaf.com. Loaf offers home furnishing and decor including beds, sofas, mattresses, living room furniture, lighting and bed linens.


  1. We need a new mattress so badly it’s a little ridiculous.

  2. The thing I wish I’d have considered when I bought my last mattress was that I sleep warm. For that reason alone, I would not recommend memory foam.

  3. Great tips! I am looking for a new mattress right now and will consider these tips.

  4. We bought a latex mattress and it was worth every penny. We won’t have to buy another one for 20 years and that is so much better than replacing an poorly made mattress every 5!

  5. I’m using a futon mattress on the floor right now, so any new mattress looks appealing to me. I love pillow top mattresses, but I’m dying to try memory foam. At the end of the day, it’s all about price for me!

  6. My mattress blows. We bought it from a mattress store and then they up and closed 5 months later. so upsetting.

  7. Great tips! My mattress hurts my back

  8. Thanks for the tips! I’ve never bought an inexpensive mattress, they’ve always been so expensive yet they don’t last or offer much back pain relieve. next time i’m due to buy one i’ll follow your tips and hopefully i’ll get a better quality one at a little bit less of the price 🙂

  9. thank you for all the great tips

  10. great tips, this will come in handy

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