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Choosing a mattress on tight budget can be frustrating, man. I know. They’re all so expensive and even when you do find one that you can afford, you worry about the quality of the sleep you’ll get, the quality of the mattress itself, and its durability. 

If you choose to go with whatever mattress you find without making sure if it’s the right fit, you’re risking back and joint pain, loss of sleep, and ultimately, a total waste of money. 

To help make your search go a lot smoother, we’ve compiled a list of what we think are the 10 best mattresses under 300 dollars. To help narrow it down even more, we’ve also written a short guide to choosing your mattress as well as tips on how to make your mattress last longer. 

We’ll get to all those in a minute but first, let me tell you how we chose the mattresses on our list. 

How we chose

Trial periods and warranties

When you’re not on such a tight budget, you want to look for mattresses with at least a 10-year warranty and a 100-night trial period. 

Since your body takes about 30 days to adjust to a new mattress, 100 nights to try it out should be more than abundant. On the other hand, companies that offer lengthy warranties for their mattresses also exude confidence that their products won’t break easy and that makes us, the consumers, trust the quality and durability of what we buy. 

Now, when you’re on a $300 budget, these are things that will be compromised so the manufacturer can push out cheaper products. You’ll find warranties as short as a year to none at all, and trial periods of 30 nights or less. 

When we were looking for the best mattresses under 300, we tried to find mattresses with reasonable trial periods and warranties as this helps you get the most of what you buy. Not all of the mattresses on this list will excel at these features but you will find a bunch of them here. 

Overall feel of the mattress

How you want your mattress to feel like is completely subjective but generally, to feel comfortable, mattresses need to be supportive, pressure relieving, and cool (temperature-wise) to sleep on. 

If you’re a couple or have pets jumping up on the bed all the time, you might want to find a mattress that effectively isolates movement and one with great edge support as well. 

We paid close attention to all these when we were filling out our list. 


Regardless if it’s a 300 dollar or a 1000 dollar mattress, we want to be on mattresses that are safe to sleep on. That means they have to certified by certain organizations, such as Oeko Tex and CertiPUR-US. 

That being said, all of the mattresses you’ll find here have been certified by either or both of these. 

Customer reviews

There’s only so much we can get from the manufacturer’s website and, a lot of times, what they say about their mattresses aren’t even completely true. So, of course, we paid attention to what other people have to say, too. 

The customer reviews section, particularly on Amazon, is a goldmine of information. Here, we found out if the mattress works as it’s advertised, common issues that the manufacturer didn’t disclose, and the demographics that are both satisfied and are unsatisfied with their purchase.

We took to the internet, not showrooms

Speaking of Amazon reviews, we found all of the mattresses on this list on the internet – and they can all be bought online as well. 

We did this because buying mattresses online lets you buy directly from the manufacturer which makes it cheaper than buying from a showroom where prices are marked up. If you’re on a tight budget, we think this is the way to go. 

We paid attention to materials

From the fabric, to the seam, to the foam/coils… we checked these out, too. 

Materials are key when it comes to picking a mattress, regardless of whether or not you’re operating on a budget. These things dictate how the mattress ultimately turns out, like if it’s durable, comfortable, supportive, etcetera. 

Essentially, if we thought the mattress had great materials relative to its price, it has a place on our top 10. 

The best mattresses under 300

You probably don’t need us to tell you this but the best mattresses under 300 are those whose features, quality, and construction exceed its relatively low price. 

Now, $300 isn’t all that much for a mattress (although it’s still a lot of money) but the mattresses you’ll see on this list, we believe, can make you feel as if you’re sleeping on something more expensive. 

So, here’s a list of what we think are the best mattresses under 300. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see our short reviews on each product.

  1. Linenspa 10-Inch Latex Hybrid Mattress
  2. Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams Cooling Gel Mattress
  3. Lucid 10-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress
  4. Best Price Mattress 12-Inch Memory Foam
  5. Zinus 10-Inch Pressure Relief Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress
  6. Classic Brands Celadon 12-Inch Hybrid Latex Foam & Innerspring Mattress
  7. Olee Sleep 13-Inch Galaxy Hybrid Gel Infused Memory Foam and Pocket Spring Mattress
  8. AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress
  9. Modway Aveline 8-Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam
  10. Signature Sleep 10-Inch Memory Foam Mattress
  • Great customer service
  • Great for all sleeper types
  • Great for couples (reduces motion transfer and has great edge support)
  • Sleeps cool
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Inconsistent trial period (30 nights on their website vs 100 nights on Amazon)
  • Not for you if you’re looking for “sinking” and conforming feeling of memory foam

When you’re on a 300 dollar budget, it’s going to be hard to find a quality hybrid mattress. Thankfully, there’s Linenspa’s 10-Inch Latex Hybrid Mattress. 

Basically, it’s a mixture of individually wrapped coils (bottom layer), latex and poly foam (middle layer), and a top layer of quilted poly foam that serves as sort of a pillow top. 

Because of these materials, the mattress feels bouncy and responsive. So, if you’re looking for the “sinking” and conforming feeling of traditional memory foam, this mattress isn’t for you. 

Moreover, the pocketed coils are great for absorbing movement, breathability, and also give the bed a great deal of perimeter support. So, we think it’s a pretty good mattress for couples as well. 

Linenspa says the mattress feels medium-firm. To us, the soft, quilted cover is pressure relieving while the pocketed coils help support the arch of your back. As such, we think it’s a capable mattress for any sleeper type (i.e. side, back, stomach, and combo sleepers) as well. 

Lastly, we’d like to commend Linenspa for their customer service. From what we’ve seen, they take the time to respond to customer complaints, even if it’s just on Amazon’s customer reviews section. Their team sends custom messages addressing the complaint in hopes of resolving it and, really, you’re going to want that regardless of the price of the mattress you buy. 

Other features of the Linenspa 10” Latex Hybrid Mattress:

  • 30-night trial period (although, their Amazon listing says it’s actually 100 nights, not 30)
  • 10-year warranty
  • Free shipping and returns
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Lengthy trial period
  • Responsive (great for combo sleepers)
  • Supportive and pressure relieving, making it great for all sleeper types
  • Isolates movement fairly well
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Probably not the best choice for couples
  • Not for heavyweight sleepers
  • Durability issues (sagging)

The Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams Cooling Gel Mattress is a 10-inch all-foam mattress. The top layer is a soft and thin quilted top; the middle layer is Dreamfoam’s very own Energex foam which, according to them, bridges the gap between visco-memory foam and latex; the base layer is a thick high density foam. 

Since there isn’t actually a layer of memory foam in here, the bed doesn’t have the typical sinking feeling attributed to most memory foam mattresses. Rather, it’s more responsive so we think it’s great for combo sleepers. Well, actually, we think it’s a great mattress for all types of sleepers because it’s surprisingly supportive. 

The Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams Cooling Gel Mattress is also advertised to have a medium feel to it – a level softer than medium-firm. So, if there’s a demographic that wouldn’t fit this mattress, it would most likely be heavyweight sleepers. Edge support isn’t impressive either but it does isolate movement pretty well so you might get away with pets but it’s probably not the best choice if you’re a couple. 

Now, when it comes to what their customers have problems with, it seems like durability is the common issue as we’ve read multiple complaints of sagging over just a couple of years. That said, if you do buy this mattress and experience the same issue, at least its 10-year warranty offers some sort of safety net. 

Other features of the Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams Cooling Gel Mattress:

  • 120-night trial period (you need to try it out for at least 30 days before returning though)
  • 10-year warranty
  • Shipping and return fees to be determined on Amazon or wherever you buy your mattress
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Multiple firmness options
  • Sleeps cooler than most memory foam mattresses
  • Great for all sleeper types
  • Isolates movement fairly well
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Reports of customers receiving mattresses with molds
  • Needs better edge support

If you’re running on a budget, Lucid is one of the brands we recommend you check as pretty much all their mattresses are affordable. Specifically for your 300 dollar budget, however, we recommend the brand’s 10-inch gel memory foam mattress. 

Its top layer is memory foam followed by a thick layer of dense support foam. If we stop at this, it’s pretty much a basic 2-layer all-foam design that offers impressive pressure relief and support. 

What makes this different, however, is that the memory foam layer is also perforated and infused with gel, making it even better at regulating temperatures. Plus, the entire thing is wrapped around a Tencel cover which makes the mattress even more breathable. 

Also, this mattress comes in multiple firmness options: firm, medium, and plush. The plush option costs more than 300 bucks though and the firm might be too hard for most people. So, to us, the safest option would be medium. This should be great for all sleeper types, especially for people who weigh about average. If you’re a little heavier, maybe the firm option fits you better. 

Edge support is… meh. But, it does isolate movement pretty well. 

What you need to watch out for when you receive this mattress, however, is molds. We’ve read multiple reports of customers receiving mattresses with molds in them, presumably because they’re from old stocks. If you get this, make sure to take pictures and have it replaced right away. 

Other features of the Lucid 10-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress:

  • 30-night trial period
  • 10 years warranty
  • Free shipping and returns
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Pressure relieving and supportive
  • Minimal off-gassing
  • Great motion isolation
  • Feels neutral, temperature-wise
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Fiberglass issues
  • Lack of edge support
  • Short trial period

Living up to its name, the Best Price Mattress 12-Inch Memory Foam is truly one of the best priced mattresses in the industry. For less than 300 dollars, you just can’t find a lot of good mattresses, not to mention one that’s 12 inches thick. 

From the top-down, this mattress has 2.5 inches of charcoal-infused memory foam, 3 inches of ventilated cool foam, and 6.5 inches of high density foam as its base layer. A poly jacquard cover wraps the whole thing. 

The two top layers handle the pressure relief while the dense bottom layer takes care of support – and we have to say, they do their jobs pretty darn well. Motion isolation seems pretty good, too, as it is with most memory foam mattresses. Also, while we wouldn’t necessarily say it’s the best at regulating temperatures, we think this mattress does enough to keep you comfortable. There’s minimal off-gassing as well. 

However, this mattress is also plagued by a common problem that these types of mattresses have: lack of edge support. Based on the customer reviews we’ve read, another common issue is that when the fire sock under the cover degrades, it can’t contain the fiberglass used as a fire retardant. So, if you buy this mattress and you feel like the fire sock has already reached the end of its life, contact Best Price immediately to have it fixed. Don’t even think about unzipping your mattress. 

Other features of the Best Price Mattress 12-Inch Memory Foam:

  • 30-night trial period
  • 10-year warranty
  • Free shipping and returns
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Multiple thickness options. The 12-inch options costs more than 300 dollars though. 
  • Great for side sleepers
  • Pressure relieving and supportive
  • Isolates movement pretty well
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Poor temperature regulation
  • Multiple reports of off-gassing
  • Lacks edge support
  • Probably not for heavy, stomach, and back sleepers

Zinus’ Pressure Relief Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress comes in multiple thickness options: 6, 8, 10, and 12 inches. Unfortunately, the 12-inch option goes beyond your 300 dollar budget but that’s fine. The 10-inch variety does just fine. 

That being said, the 10 inches of this mattress is divided into a top layer of 2.5-inch memory foam, a middle layer of 2-inch pressure relief high density foam, and a base layer of high density support foam. 

The memory foam (top layer) and pressure relieving foam (middle layer) work hand-in-hand to, well… relieve pressure. The high density bottom layer, on the other hand, helps with support. Without any sort of technology or design to help with temperature, however, this mattress might sleep hotter than you’d expect. 

The mattress is also rated as medium-firm but it’s probably softer than most medium-firm beds. So, we wouldn’t recommend this to heavy sleepers, as well as back and stomach sleepers. If you’re a side sleeper, however, this mattress should work great. 

Like most memory foam mattresses, the Zinus Green Tea isolates movement pretty well but the edge support isn’t anything to write home about. 

Also, it’s ironic since Zinus specifically used green tea to help minimize the mattress’ odor but most of the complaints we’ve read revolved around off-gassing. 

Other features of the Zinus 10-Inch Pressure Relief Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress:

  • 100-night trial period
  • 10-year warranty
  • Free shipping and returns
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Soft foam top helps balance out the mattress’ firmness
  • Solid edge support and motion isolation (great for couples)
  • Great for heavyweights
  • CertiPUR-US® certified.
  • The company does not oversee the trial periods, warranties, and fees for shipping and returns of their products
  • Might be too firm for some people

First of all, let me clear something up. 

Classic Brands’ official website lists this mattress as a latex hybrid whereas Amazon lists this as a memory foam hybrid but, really, they’re the same mattress. We don’t know why they labeled this as a memory foam hybrid on Amazon when in their description of the mattress, it clearly says latex (which it is). 

That being said, it’s amazing how a 12-inch hybrid, queen-sized mattress costs below 300 dollars but that’s exactly what the Celadon is. From the very top, this mattress sports a 1 inch plush foam, half an inch of latex, an even thinner layer of transition foam, and 10.5 inches of pocketed coils. 

Overall, the mattress feels firm so we highly recommend this for heavyweight sleepers on a budget. Also, despite its firmness, sleeping on this mattress doesn’t feel like concrete because of the top layer of plush foam. Latex is also more responsive than memory foam so there’s no sinking feeling. 

Hybrids generally have better edge support and temperature regulation than all-foam mattresses, too, because of the coils. Plus, the coils are individually wrapped so it absorbs and isolates movement quite well, making this a suitable mattress for couples. 

With less than 70 ratings (as of writing) on Amazon, however, Classic Brands’ Celadon surprisingly doesn’t seem too popular. But, we did read enough to notice that a lot of people find this mattress too firm which, to us, further signals that this mattress is best for heavyweights. 

Other features of the Classic Brands Celadon 12-Inch Hybrid Latex Foam & Innerspring Mattress: 

  • Classic Brands doesn’t oversee their mattress’ trial periods and warranties. So, it’ll all depend on where you buy this from. Amazon is a good place to start but it’s also sold on Walmart, Home Depot, Overstock, Macys, and a few other retailers. 
  • Fees for shipping and returns also depend on where you buy this from. Bummer. 
  • CertiPUR-US® certified. 

Honestly, this mattress would have placed higher on our list if its trial period, warranty, and shipping and return fees weren’t such pains in the behind to figure out. 

  • Great for heavyweight sleepers
  • Pressure relieving and supportive
  • Sleeps cooler than traditional memory foam mattresses
  • Edge support seems okay (not necessarily the best though)
  • Oeko-Tex and CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Not for lightweight sleepers
  • Reports of off-gassing

The Olee Sleep Galaxy Hybrid is another thick mattress that made our list of the best mattresses under 300 dollars. Excluding the cover and the layer of fiber underneath it, this mattress is made up of high density foam, gel-infused memory foam, another (thicker) layer of high density foam, coil springs, and a bottom layer of (again) high density foam. 

The mattress is advertised to have a medium feel to it but based on what their customers have been saying, it seems to be firmer than that. We’re not surprised though, seeing as there are a lot of high density foam layers. Plus, it’s a hybrid so the hardness of the coils play a role in how it feels, too. 

Overall, the mattress has the sinking in, pressure relieving features of traditional memory foam mattresses but it is also more supportive. As such, we think this would be a great choice for heavier sleepers but average weight sleepers might find this comfortable, too. If you’re lightweight, however, this might give you the feeling of sleeping on concrete. 

This mattress should also help keep sleeping temperatures down while also limiting movement transfer. Edge support is okay but since we’re recommending this to heavyweights, it still might not be enough. And, lastly, beware of off-gassing as we’ve read multiple reports that it smells awful off the box. 

Other features of the Olee Sleep 13-Inch Galaxy Hybrid Gel Infused Memory Foam and Pocket Spring Mattress:

  • 100-night trial period
  • 10-year warranty
  • Free shipping with Amazon Prime. If you’re not a Prime member, you might have additional fees. Return fees aren’t specified either. 
  • Oeko-Tex and CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Multiple thickness options
  • Sleeps cooler than most all-foam mattresses
  • Great for lightweight to average weight sleepers
  • Pressure relieving and supportive
  • Oeko-Tex and CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Short warranty and trial period
  • Not for larger people
  • Probably not very durable
  • Lacks edge support
  • Off-gassing issues

The AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress comes in multiple thickness options: 8, 10, and 12 inches. If you’re on a strict 300 dollar budget, we recommend you get the 10-inch option. However, if you’ve got a few more dollars to spare, the 12-inch option would be best. Maybe you can cook dinner instead of ordering pizza for one night so you can afford the 12 inch mattress but that’s entirely up to you. 

Anyhow, let’s talk about the 10-inch option. 

From the topmost layer, the mattress is a combination of 2.5 inches of memory foam, 2 inches of perforated soft foam, and 5.5 inches of high density convoluted foam. 

The holes in the second layer and the egg crate shape of the base layer are there to promote airflow, making this mattress sleep a little bit cooler than traditional memory foam mattresses. 

Overall, this combination makes for a pressure relieving and supportive mattress. However, it’s a softer mattress (medium feel) so it’s not made for larger people. Plus, convoluted foam isn’t a very durable material so putting a lot of weight on this made will only shorten its life. In our opinion, this mattress is probably best for lightweight sleepers but if you’re average weight, we can see you feeling comfortable with the AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress, too. 

This mattress also isolates movement pretty well. It could’ve been terrific mattress for couples but the edge support is severely lacking so it might feel smaller than it actually is. Also, beware of the smell because we’ve read multiple complaints about off-gassing. 

Other features of the AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress:

  • 1-year warranty (for AmazonBasics products)
  • Trial period isn’t specified but we’ve read from customers that you get 30 days to return the mattress. 
  • Oeko-Tex and CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Multiple thickness options (10-inch option goes beyond 300 dollars though)
  • Sleeps cool
  • Pressure relieving, supportive, and medium-firm feel makes it great for most sleepers
  • Great motion isolation
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Trial period and return details are not specified
  • Off-gassing seems to be a typical issue
  • Not great for couples (non-existent edge support) but might be good enough if you sleep beside pets

The Aveline is Modway’s most popular mattress and it also comes in multiple thickness options: 6, 8, or 10 inches. The 10-inch option costs more than 300 dollars for a queen though, so we recommend you get the next best thing which is the 8-Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam.  

This option comes with a 2-inch top layer of gel-infused memory foam and 6-inch bottom layer of high density support foam. It’s a typical combination, really, but it’s one that people have proven to love year after year. 

The top layer gives you the pressure relief and conformity that you’d expect from memory foam mattresses whereas the bottom layer provides support. It also sleeps a little bit cooler than most memory foam mattresses thanks to the gel. 

To us, the medium-firm feel of the mattress makes it a great option for most people but because it’s only 8 inches thick, we honestly wouldn’t recommend this to heavier sleepers. Edge support is non-existent as well so it’s probably not the best mattress for couples either. 

It does isolate movement pretty well, however, so this mattress might suffice if you sleep beside pets (not another person). 

Now, when it comes to complaints, we’ve read reports of off-gassing. This seems typical for this mattress so expect some odor when you unbox it. We recommend keeping it in a well ventilated room so the odor escapes faster. 

Other features of the Modway Aveline 8-Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam:

  • 10-year warranty
  • Free shipping
  • CertiPUR-US® certified

NOTE: Modway doesn’t specify on their website whether or not this mattress has a trial period. So, if in case you wanted to return your mattress of have it replaced, you’re going to have to settle it with Amazon or wherever it is you bought your mattress. 

  • Multiple thickness options
  • Probably an okay option for back and stomach sleepers
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Short trial period
  • Unsupportive
  • Issues with fiberglass and about the mattress not inflating properly

Otherwise known as Memoir, Signature Sleep’s memory foam mattress comes in either 6, 8, 10, or 12 inches. As the 12-inch option goes over 300 dollars, we recommend you go for the 10-inch variant. 

Honestly though, the mattress looks cheap (which it is) because of the cover and there’s really no aesthetic design to it whatsoever. The layers are pretty generic, too – a thick top layer of memory foam and an even thicker layer of dense support foam. There’s nothing infused in the foams to help keep it cool either and there’s no edge support to even write about. So, no, it’s not a great mattress for couples nor is it anywhere close to sleeping cool.

The mattress also feels firm but perhaps because of the thickness of the memory foam, it’s surprisingly unsupportive and (unsurprisingly) feels like sleeping on quick sand. So, no, it’s not for heavyweight sleepers either. 

Now, you might be asking: who is this mattress for, then?

Well, we think it’d be fine for back and stomach sleepers to sleep on. The memory foam contours to the shape of the body which makes it ideal for these types of sleepers. If you sleep on your side, however, the lack of support would only hurt your back. 

Also, the common complaints about this mattress revolves around fiberglass and, in some cases, about the mattress not inflating properly. That said, our advice is to not open the outer cover so you don’t unleash shards of fiberglass in your room. And, if your mattress doesn’t inflate as it should, take pictures of it and have it replaced right away. 

Other features of the Signature Sleep 10-Inch Memory Foam Mattress:

  • 30-night trial period
  • 10-year warranty
  • Complicated terms for shipping and returns. The fees are a pain in the behind to figure out as well. 
  • CertiPUR-US® certified

Things to consider before buying mattresses under 300

Now that we’ve told you what we think are the best mattresses under 300 and how we chose them, it’s time we give you tips on how to choose yours. Here are a few things you should consider when you’re shopping for a mattress:

Trial periods and warranties

We took these into account when we ranked mattresses under 300 and we think you should, too. That is, of course, if you want to keep using your mattress for more than just a few months. 

A trial period of at least 30 days should help you decide if you want to keep the mattress or not. On the other hand, a good warranty can dramatically decrease the cost of repairs in case you ever need it. Needless to say, the longer the trial period and warranty you get, the better. 

Customer reviews

This is another thing we didn’t take lightly when we chose the mattresses on our list and we think it’s vital that you read these, too.

Especially when you’re buying from large retailers like Amazon, there’s typically a large enough sample size of comments that’ll help you make your decision. That being said, we urge you to read both the negative and positive reviews so you can find their gray area. Here’s a sample scenario:

  • Person A says, “This mattress sleeps hot! I still wake up all sweaty since I used this!”
  • Person B says, “This mattress is great! Night sweats haven’t bothered me since I bought it!”

Now, upon reading further into their reviews, you find out that Person A left his/her comment during a summer in California whereas Person B lives in Canada and left his/her comment in February when it’s typically the coldest. 

The gray area here is that maybe the mattress does have a bit of cooling properties but maybe not enough to cool you down if you live in a place that’s generally warm and dry. 

Naturally, this isn’t limited to just temperature regulation. You can read between the lines and find out about the mattress’ firmness, if it’s great for certain weights, if it’s better for one sleeping position or another, if it’s great for back pain, if it’s great for couples, if there’s great customer service, etcetera. 

Do you sleep alone or with a partner? 

In this case, you’re going to want to keep an eye out for edge support and motion isolation. 

If you sleep alone, you could get away without either of these. However, if you’re a couple, a solid edge support allows you to use every single inch of your bed while great motion isolation helps you sleep undisturbed. 

If your pets sleep beside you, however, we think edge support might not be as important (because they’re generally smaller) but you could still use a mattress that effectively absorbs movement and noise. 

What makes you feel comfortable?

According to research, a mattress that’s subjectively identified as medium-firm is best for encouraging sleep comfort, quality, and support. Again, subjectively. So, this could mean different things for different people. 

Generally though, you can sort of gauge a mattress using your weight and preferred sleeping position. 

If you’re a heavyweight sleeper…

You’re likely going to want a mattress that’s firmer than what most people want. It doesn’t matter if you’re fat, muscular, or insanely tall, you’re going to be putting more pressure on the mattress. Consequently, you’ll feel a medium or medium-firm mattress sleep hotter with less pressure relief and support than what most people experience. 

That said, a firmer mattress should be more capable of handling your figure. 

The best mattress under 300 for heavy sleepers: Classic Brands Celadon 12-Inch Hybrid Latex Foam & Innerspring Mattress

If you’re a lightweight sleeper…

Well, you’re going to want pretty much the opposite of what I said above – a softer mattress. 

Since you won’t be putting a lot of pressure on your bed, some medium-firm mattresses might giving you the feeling of sleeping on concrete. Therefore, they might feel too supportive and instead of relieving pressure, you might wake up with joint pains instead. 

On the other hand, a softer mattress will likely give you a better chance of feeling the same comfort, support, and pressure relief that most other people feel with their medium-firm mattresses. 

The best mattress under 300 for lightweight sleepers: AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress

If you’re an average weight sleeper…

Then count yourself lucky. Generally, a mattress that’s labeled medium-firm would likely be a good fit for you – and almost every mattress company in the world has at least one medium-firm mattress! 

The best mattress under 300 for average weight sleepers: Linenspa 10-Inch Latex Hybrid Mattress

If you’re a side sleeper…

You’d be putting most of your weight on your hips and shoulders. These are your high pressure spots and you’re likely going to want a mattress that’s both soft enough to be pressure relieving and firm enough to support your back. 

The best mattress under 300 for side sleepers: Zinus 10-Inch Pressure Relief Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress

If you’re a back sleeper…

You might want a bed that doesn’t sag around your hips. This messes up the arch of your spine and you don’t want that. Instead, look for a mattress that contours to the shape of your body. Memory foam does a great job at adjusting to your figure but try to find one that’s also firm enough so you don’t sink in too far. 

The best mattress under 300 for back sleepers: Linenspa 10-Inch Latex Hybrid Mattress

If you’re a stomach sleeper…

Then look for a firmer, more supportive mattress. A soft mattress can make you feel like you’re drowning and when you sleep on your stomach, that’s not something you want to be feeling. 

The best mattress under 300 for stomach sleepers: Dreamfoam Arctic Dreams Cooling Gel Mattress

Maximizing the life of your mattress

One of the main differences between a luxurious, $1000 mattress versus a $300 mattress is durability. Now, I’m not saying all expensive mattresses are durable. There are a few flimsy, overpriced products out there for sure. 

What I’m saying though is that most cheaper mattresses don’t last that long. Hence, the shorter warranties. 

That said, here are a few ways you can make your mattress last longer: 

Get a foundation! 

And not just any foundation. Get the right one! A suitable foundation would be one that complements the design of your mattress and therefore, helps evenly distribute your weight. Plus, it lifts the mattress off the ground and away from all the dust and dirt on the floor. 

You’ll know what types of foundation fit your mattress because their manufacturers usually write them down in the description, regardless if it’s on their website or on retailer pages such as Amazon and Walmart. 

Moreover, these same manufacturers usually sell foundations that are tailor-made for their own mattresses, too. So, if you were ever confused as to what type of foundation to get, we think your safest route would be to just buy whatever the manufacturer suggests or produces. 

Regularly replace your sheets (even if it looks clean) 

Your sheets are your mattress’ first layer of defense and after days of using it, it’ll inevitably be filled with sweat, crumbs, dead skin, dust, fluids, bugs, and all sorts of other things that could penetrate your mattress and cut its life short. Even if it looks clean, some of these things are too small to even notice. 

A simple solution would be to simply replace your mattress about once a week.

Suck it all up

Using a vacuum, that is. 

Even when you regularly change your sheets, some of those nasty things can still fall on your mattress. So, to make sure you get as much of them as you can, just pull out your trust vacuum and run it all over your mattress. Needless to say, make sure your vacuum is actually clean before you use it. 

Use a mattress protector

A change of sheets and a vacuum cleaner is something most, if not all of us have at home. But, if you want to take it a step higher, consider getting yourself a mattress protector

These protectors could either be covers or tops. Tops cover, well… the top, whereas covers protect the entire bed. We think covers are better (for obvious reasons) but go with whatever fits your budget. 

If we had to recommend a product though, our team likes Slumber Cloud’s Dryline Mattress Protector. It’s pricey, to be honest, but it’s water resistant, helps with cooling, and does one hell of a job of protecting your mattress. 

Flip it and reverse it

How often you need to flip or reverse your mattress largely depends on the manufacturer’s recommendations but it’s generally every few months. Also, some manufacturers even advise against this because of their mattress’ design. So, perhaps the safest way of going about this is to read more about your mattress. 

What this does is it helps evenly distribute wear on your mattress. For example, if you tend to sleep on one side of the bed, rotating it helps ensure that the other side gets its fair share of attention and also so you don’t overwork just one side. 

Jump around somewhere else

I get it. Jumping on mattresses is fun, especially on bouncy ones. However, doing this actually puts excessive pressure on your mattress and eventually, it’ll kill the life out of your bed.

If you or your kids really needed to release some of that excess energy, there are always other recreational activities you can enjoy.


Well, in the end, we think the Linenspa 10-Inch Latex Hybrid Mattress is the best sub-300 mattress out there. It’s a versatile mattress that we believe can comfortably sleep any position and any weather. It’s also great for couples. Plus, Linenspa seems like a great company with great customer service, as evidenced by their A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau.

However, if you feel like the mattress isn’t for you, that’s not a problem. There are other great mattresses on this list that fit your budget. 

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