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Good mattresses are generally expensive. And, if you’re looking for luxury, you’re likely going to have to pay even more. So, if you’re on a budget, you might be contemplating buying the cheapest mattress you can find, regardless of quality. 

I’ve been there. I slept on a 4-inch foam that I laid on the floor for years simply because it’s all I could afford. Even worse is that I literally burned a hole through it because I was clumsy with my batteries – and, again, I didn’t have the money to buy a replacement. Not even the cheapest ones. And so, I found myself waking up all smelly, sweaty, and I’ve constantly had back and joint issues.

But, you know what? You don’t have to go through what I’ve been through because our team scoured the internet for the best mattresses under 500 dollars. 

Although cheaper than most, we think the value and quality of these mattresses supersedes their price. Plus, we’ll even teach you how you can find a mattress that specifically suits you and how to make it last as long as it should. Let’s get to it! 

How we chose mattresses

We scoured the internet, not showrooms

Buying mattresses from the internet eliminates middlemen who push the price way up so they can make a profit. This way, you can get your mattress directly from the company and therefore get a quality mattress at a much cheaper price. 

Now, you might be wondering how you’re going to test it out. 

Simple. Trial periods. It’s one of the things we considered when we chose what mattresses to put on our list, too. 

We value trial periods (and warranty)

Most mattress companies give you at least 100 nights to try out their mattress. Considering how it takes roughly 30 days to get used to a new bed, this should be ample time to make a decision. And, if you don’t like it, these companies should give you a full refund. 

On the other hand, if you do decide to keep the mattress, most companies have 10-year warranties which is roughly the lifespan of most high-quality mattresses. So, if the mattress wears out prematurely, this should help you stay within budget. 

Naturally, we think mattresses with longer trial periods and warranties (than the standard 100 nights and 10 year combo) have an edge. It’s simply more practical. 

We put durability on a pedestal

On a similar note, we looked for mattresses that are so durable that you might not even get to use the warranty. Or, to be more realistic, ones where you don’t have to use the warranty as much as other affordable beds.

This is important because the more you weigh, the more pressure you put on your mattress which oftentimes leads to a mattress’ life cut short. 

Comfort and support

I’m sure you already know this but a good night’s rest largely depends on comfort and spinal alignment. 

However, the problem with most lower-end (price wise) mattresses is that they offer neither. And, if they do, then it’s mostly just one or the other. 

With the products on this list though, we made sure to pick out the mattresses that we think have the highest chance of offering you both. 

Materials are key

We kept an eye out on the materials used in each mattress we put on our list, too. 

As you might expect, more affordable mattresses usually use more affordable materials. So, if we saw mattresses under 500 with top-end materials, we made sure to thoroughly check it out. 

Off-gassing (because no one wants to sleep on a smelly mattress)

Again, this goes back to the materials being used but it’s also partly about production.

We checked each mattress’ customer reviews and certifications to figure this out. 

Here are a few other things we considered:

  • Brand – Regardless of your budget, we think it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out on a brand’s overall reputation. 
  • Customer service – If in case you experienced any problems with your mattress, you’re going to want to talk to someone who can actually help.
  • Unique features – Pretty much anything that adds value to the mattress while still keeping it at a relatively more affordable price.

The best mattresses under 500

All in all, we think the best mattresses under 500 are mattresses who’s value far exceeds their price. These are mattresses that gets you saying “what a good night’s sleep” every morning without having to break the bank. 

That said, here’s a quick look at what our list looks like. Further down will be short reviews of each mattress and how you can make them last for as long as they should, if not longer. 

Oh, and by the way, the prices of the mattresses on this list are all based on their queen-sized variations. 

  1. The AllsWell (signature hybrid mattress)
  2. DynastyMattress Cool Breeze 12-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress
  3. AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress
  4. Linenspa 12-inch Gel Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress
  5. Brentwood Home Cypress Bamboo Gel Mattress
  6. Signature Sleep Contour Hybrid 12-inch Independently Encased Coil Memory Foam Mattress
  7. LUCID 12-inch Bamboo Charcoal and Aloe Vera Hybrid Mattress
  8. Classic Brands Mercer 12-Inch Hybrid Gel Memory Foam & Innerspring Mattress
  9. Zinus 12-inch Pressure Relief Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress
  10. LUCID 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress
Pros
  • Great for couples (impressive edge support and motion isolation)
  • Sleeps cool
  • Supportive and pressure relieving
  • Safe choice for almost everyone
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Cons
  • Not sold on Amazon
  • Limited customer reviews

The AllsWell is the brand’s signature mattress. As a hybrid, this mattress’ design is pretty simple – a bottom layer of individually wrapped coils, a middle layer of transition foam, and a top layer of memory foam. The beauty, however, is that its simplistic design works. And, we’ve got to say, it works well, especially for a mattress under 500 dollars. 

The individually wrapped coils effectively reduces movement transfer and the edges are reinforced for support. This alone makes it a great mattress for couples on a budget. 

Furthermore, coils are inherently breathable. Pair that with graphite, copper, and gel infused within the memory foam, and you’ve got yourself pressure-relieving, supportive bed that wicks heat away from your body. 

It’s also advertised to be medium-firm so, really, it’s quite the well rounded mattress that almost anyone can feel comfortable in. 

Perhaps the only thing we can complain about is that it’s not on Amazon (which consequently limits the number of customer reviews we can read) and the average trial period and warranty (which isn’t actually bad at all). 

Other features of the The AllsWell (signature hybrid mattress):

  • 100-night trial period
  • 10-year warranty
  • Free shipping and returns. Although not mandatory, they recommend you try the mattress out for 3 weeks before returning. 
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Pros
  • Sleeps cool
  • Durable
  • Surprisingly good edge support
  • Lengthy trial period and warranty
  • Free pillows
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Cons
  • You pay for return fees
  • Not for people who don’t like the sinking feeling of memory foam
  • Bad reviews about customer service

This mattress is advertised as medium-firm topped with 3 inches of high density gel memory foam. From that alone, we can say it’s a mattress fit for most people, especially those who love the “hugging” or “sinking” feeling of memory foam. If you like floating on your mattress, however, this might not be the best option. 

Nevertheless, the mattress actually has 3 more layers: 2 layers of convoluted foam and a base layer of highly dense foam.

Along with the gel infused in the memory foam, the convoluted foams helps the mattress sleep significantly cooler. On the other hand, the firm bottom layer of high density foam makes the mattress more durable while also giving it the ability to support the arch of your spine.

Surprisingly, even without a dedicated design for edge support, the edges of this mattress seem to hold up pretty well (based on the reviews we’ve read). 

What’s weird about DynastyMattress, however, is that you have to pay for shipping and packaging fees if in case you want to return the mattress. Most other companies shoulder the expense – as they should. Plus, we’ve read a couple of bad reviews about their customer service so be sure to keep this in mind. 

Other features of the DynastyMattress Cool Breeze 12-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress:

  • 120-night trial period
  • 30-year warranty
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
  • Free 2 gel memory foam pillows
  • Free shipping. For returns, you will shoulder the packaging and shipping fees but you will get a full refund if you get the mattress to them before the end of your 12-night trial.
Pros
  • Multiple thickness options (we recommend the 12-inch option) 
  • Plush feel makes it great for lightweight sleepers
  • Sleeps cooler than most all-foam mattresses
  • Pressure relieving and supportive (for lightweights)
  • Effectively reduces movement transfer
  • Oeko-Tex and CertiPUR-US® certified
Cons
  • Extremely short warranty
  • Details for shipping, returns, and trial periods are unavailable
  • Not for heavyweight sleepers (too soft)
  • Not very durable
  • Lacks edge support

First of all, the AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress comes in multiple thickness options: 8, 10, or 12 inches. Given that the 12-inch option has more layers and still falls well below the 500 dollar mark, this is what we recommend you get. 

That being said, the 12-inch option has a layer of memory foam, perforated foam, and 2 layers of convoluted polyfoam. It’s also advertised to have a plush feel to it. And, based on the reviews, it does seem like a really soft mattress. 

Overall, this design offers pressure relief, support, cooler sleep, and good motion isolation. However, because it’s soft, we think this mattress best fits all types of lightweight sleepers. If you’re of average weight, this might work for you as well but probably not if you sleep on your stomach. For heavyweights, your best bet might be to look elsewhere

Now, for its cons, the edge support is virtually non-existent and the materials used don’t look very durable. The fact that it can’t handle a lot of pressure actually furthers its case as a mattress for lightweight sleepers (and kids). 

Moreover, the warranty on this simply sucks. With only 1 year’s worth of warranty, we suggest you get this mattress only if you’re planning on buying a newer, more permanent mattress later on. 

Other features of the AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress:

  • 1-year warranty (for AmazonBasics products)
  • Oeko-Tex and CertiPUR-US® certified
  • No other specifications listed. Cost of shipping and returns aren’t disclosed, as well as whether or not there’s a trial period. Although, we’ve read that you’ve got 30 days to return the mattress.
Pros
  • Fairly durable
  • Edge support and motion isolation make this great for couples
  • Great for lightweight sleepers
  • Sleeps cool
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Cons
  • Short trial period
  • Not for heavyweight sleepers

Before anything else, this mattress is advertised as a “plush” or soft mattress so it’s really more for lightweight to maybe average weight sleepers. If you’re larger than most people, however, you likely won’t feel comfortable on this mattress. 

Essentially, this mattress is both pressure-relieving and supportive if you’re a lightweight sleeper but, as its customer reviews have stated, heavyweights will likely sink in too deep and wake up with back pain.

This mattress also sleeps cool thanks to the gel infused within the memory foam and all the airspace in between each coil. The coils are pocketed so they’re effective at isolating movement, too. Plus, they make for solid edge support and the mattress seems fairly durable overall. 

To us, these features make the Linenspa 12-inch Gel Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress a great option for couples who’re on a budget. 

Other features of the Linenspa 12-inch Gel Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress:

  • 30-day trial period. So, if you buy this, you need to make a decision fast. Otherwise, you might not get your money back. 
  • 10-year warranty
  • Free shipping and returns
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Pros
  • Multiple thickness options (although the 13-inch variety costs more than $500)
  • Eco-friendly
  • Sleeps cool (gel memory foam and bamboo-derived cover)
  • Pressure relieving and supportive
  • Lengthy trial period and warranty
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Cons
  • Fairly durably but lack of edge support may result in sagging around the perimeter
  • Multiple complaints of persistent off-gassing

The Brentwood Home Cypress Bamboo Gel Mattress comes in two thickness options, either 11 inches or 13 inches. Unfortunately though, the 13-inch option costs more than 500 dollars. So, for this review, we’ll only be covering the 11-inch variety – and even that sits right at the 500-buck border! 

Having said that, our team thinks that the 11-inch Brentwood Home Cypress Bamboo Gel Mattress is a truly great budget-friendly mattress. I mean, for one, both the trial period and warranty are both exceptionally lengthy which is actually quite rare among affordable mattresses. 

Anyhow, the 11-inch option has a medium-firm feel to it. It’s an all-foam bed with gel-infused memory foam at the top, a transitional foam at the middle, and a highly dense base foam at the bottom. 

This combination makes for a mattress that’s pressure relieving, supportive, and fairly durable. Plus, the gel in the memory foam and the bamboo-derived cover helps it sleep cooler. 

We’ve read multiple reports of off-gassing that persisted for weeks though so be sure to set up the mattress in a well ventilated room. Also, we’ve read a number of complaints that it might not be as durable as the rest of Brentwood Home’s fleet. To that, we point our finger to the mattress’ lack of edge support. If you’re a couple or someone who tends to sleep or sit near the edge of the bed, the perimeter of this bed might sag over time. 

Other features of the Brentwood Home Cypress Bamboo Gel Mattress:

  • 1-year trial period
  • 25-year warranty
  • Free shipping and returns 
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and CertiPUR-US® certified
Pros
  • Multiple thickness options (we recommend the 12-inch variety)
  • Sleeps cool
  • Pressure relieving and supportive
  • Reinforced edges
  • Plenty of customer reviews (on Amazon)
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Cons
  • Short return window (trial period)
  • Reports of weak edge support and durability issues on certain mattresses
  • Terms for shipping and returns are complicated

The Signature Sleep Contour Hybrid Mattress comes in multiple thickness options: 8, 10, and 12 inches. But, since the 12-inch option still falls under the 500 dollar mark, it’s what we recommend you get if in case you want to buy this mattress. 

Anyhow, the 12-inch Contour Hybrid comes with layers of memory foam, convoluted foam, and independently wrapped coils. Overall, this design is meant for pressure relief, support, breathability, and edge-to-edge support. 

It’s also quite the popular mattress on Amazon with well over 9,000 customer ratings as of writing. So, there’s no shortage of customer reviews to rely on. 

Based on what we’ve read, a good majority of the people who bought the mattress are satisfied even after months to years of regular use. 

However, there are also reports of weak edge support (which is surprising considering the mattress’ design). Plus, a good bunch of this product’s negative reviews are of people complaining about how the mattress sags or caves even after just a few nights of sleeping on it. Weight doesn’t seem to be the problem either since these reports mention how the sleepers are children or simply lightweight adults. 

Ultimately, we think these are isolated cases. So, in case you get a defective or poorly constructed mattress, have it replaced immediately before the short return window closes. 

Other features of the Signature Sleep Contour Hybrid 12-inch Independently Encased Coil Memory Foam Mattress:

  • 10-year warranty
  • 30-day trial period (return window)
  • Complicated terms for shipping and returns. We’re honestly not sure about the fees. 
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Pros
  • Sleeps cool
  • Pressure relieving (thanks to memory foam layers)
  • Minimal off-gassing
  • Great for couples (edge support and motion isolation)
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Cons
  • Probably not very durable (reports of fiberglass leaks)
  • You might have to use a mattress protector

Hybrids are typically more expensive than their all-foam counterparts but luckily, the Lucid 12-inch Bamboo Charcoal and Aloe Vera Hybrid Mattress still falls below 500 dollars. 

This mattress is topped with 2 layers of memory foam infused with either bamboo charcoal (first layer) and aloe vera (second layer) to help limit odors and rising sleeping temperatures. This seems to have worked since we haven’t read a lot of complaints about off-gassing. 

Underneath them is a layer of individually wrapped coils with enhanced edge support. To us, this makes it a great mattress for couples since the coils effectively isolate movement and the added edge support makes the bed feel larger. 

Now, when it comes to how the mattress feels, it’s advertised as medium-plush but a number of customers have actually said that the mattress feels firmer than that. Moreover, there are also a few reports that fiberglass leaks from the mattress so it’s probably not that durable. To be safe, you might want to cover the mattress with a mattress protector

Other features of the LUCID 12-inch Bamboo Charcoal and Aloe Vera Hybrid Mattress

  • 30-night trial period
  • 10-year warranty
  • Free shipping and returns
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Pros
  • Sleeps cool
  • Pressure relieving and supportive
  • Great motion isolation
  • Great customer service
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Cons
  • Reports of premature sagging. Issues are probably isolated though. 
  • Edge support could be better
  • Probably not for heavyweights and average weight stomach sleepers
  • Shipping and return fees depend on where you bought your mattress

Personally, I think the Classic Brands Mercer 12-inch Hybrid Mattress has a classy, elegant look to it, particularly because of the fancy pillow top and cover. But, what’s really important is what’s underneath them.

From the top (not counting the pillow top), this mattress has gel memory foam, a couple layers of comfort foam, a layer of individually wrapped coils, and a high density foam for its base.

This seems pretty standard for a hybrid but it’s also a design that’s shown to be effective at relieving pressure, supporting the arch of your spine, helping you sleep cool, and reducing motion transfer. So, overall, it’s a pretty good bed especially for its price. It does need a bit more edge support, however. 

In terms of firmness, the company describes it as having a “cushion firm” feel. From what we’ve read, it’s probably just a fancy term for medium-firm. Considering its materials, design, and firmness, we think it’d be great for for lightweight and average sleepers. If you’re a little heavier or an average weight stomach sleeper, however, you might want to choose a firmer mattress. 

Now, when it comes to reviews, we’ve read a few complaints about parts of the mattress sagging after just a few months of regular use but these protests seem isolated since a good majority of its customers leave positive ratings. 

Speaking of negative reviews, Classic Brands does a good job monitoring these comments as they also leave replies telling their unsatisfied customers to send them an email so they can help resolve the issue. Granted, these are copy-paste messages but the fact they went out of their way to reach out is, in our opinion, a sign of great customer service. 

Other features of the Classic Brands Mercer 12-Inch Hybrid Gel Memory Foam & Innerspring Mattress:

  • 100-night trial period
  • 10-year warranty
  • Since Classic Brands doesn’t directly sell from their website, shipping and return fees are to be determined by the establishment you bought the mattress from. 
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Pros
  • Pressure relieving
  • Fairly durable
  • Multiple thickness options (but we recommend the thickest)
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Cons
  • No edge support (not for couples)
  • Complaints of off-gassing 
  • Sinking feeling might not be for everybody

The Zinus 12-inch Pressure Relief Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress… wow. That’s a mouthful. So, for the purposes of this review, let’s just call it Zinus, alright? Alright. 

Anyhow, the Zinus scores a 6.6 on the firmness scale which falls right in between that medium-firm range. For most people, this should feel pretty darn comfortable. Fortunately, the 12-inch option – which is this mattress’ thickest and most complex option – still falls well below the 500 dollar mark. 

It’s an all foam mattress topped with 3 inches of memory foam. The bottom layers are all made with high density foam. Combined, the memory foam helps with pressure relief while the bottom layers make it fairly durable. This will give you the feeling of “sinking in” though which is typical of most memory foam mattresses. 

We wouldn’t recommend this to couples, however, as the lack of edge support makes the bed feel smaller. Plus, we’ve read multiple complaints of the mattress smelling like mildew (off-gassing complaints, basically) that lasts for weeks. 

Other features of the Zinus 12-inch Pressure Relief Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress:

  • 100-night trial
  • 10-year warranty
  • Free shipping and returns
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Pros
  • Multiple firmness options
  • Sleeps cooler than most memory foam mattresses
  • CertiPUR-US® certified
Cons
  • Non-existent edge support
  • Probably not very durable
  • A handful of complaints about mold and off-gassing

Another one from Lucid! This brand seems pretty darn good at making affordable mattresses, huh? 

Anyhow, Lucid’s 10-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress comes in 3 firmness options: medium, medium-plush, and firm. The firm option falls way beyond the 500 dollar mark, however, so for the purposes of this review, it’s really just medium and medium-plush. If you’re a side sleeper, the medium-plush is probably your safest bet but if you’re a back or stomach sleeper, try the medium option first. 

The design of this mattress is pretty straightforward, too: a layer of memory foam on top and a thick layer of high-density support foam at the bottom. The memory foam is gel-infused and perforated to help keep temperatures down while the dense bottom layer makes it more durable. But, to be honest, it’s really not the best at both and edge support is pretty much non-existent. 

So, overall, we’d recommend this if you’re looking for a low-cost yet comfortable mattress that you can use short-term. 

Oh, and we’ve noticed a handful of customer reviews complaining of molds and stink. This instances seem isolated, though, so if you do get these mattresses, make sure you get it replaced right away. 

Other features of the LUCID 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress:

  • 30-night trial period
  • 10-year warranty
  • Free shipping and returns
  • CertiPUR-US® certified

Things to consider before buying mattresses under 500 dollars

We’ve already told you what we were looking for when we made our list. Now, it’s time you think about what YOU should be keeping an eye on when shopping for your mattress. Maybe these will help:

Trial periods and warranties

We made sure to consider these when we were choosing our top 10 and we think you should, too. We know what it’s like when money’s tight so we want you to choose mattresses that you won’t regret. 

Having said that, it takes about 30 days for your body to get used to a new mattress. So, you’re going to want to find one with a trial period that lasts longer than that so you have ample time to make a decision. 

Now, if you’re sold on a mattress that just doesn’t have that long of a trial period (like the AmazonBasics Memory Foam Mattress or the LinenSpa Gel Memory Foam Hybrid mattress, for example), it’s a little risky but try to make decision after 3 weeks. If you don’t feel any sort of improvement within that time, there’s less chance that it’ll feel better at 30 days. In this case, return it as soon as possible so you can still get your money back. 

Now, when it comes to warranty, the hard truth is that a 500 dollar mattress typically won’t last as long as its more expensive counterparts. So, you’re going to want to find a mattress that has a lengthy warranty so you can make the most of your investment. 

Customer reviews

Apart from warranty and return (trial) policies, you’re going to want to read these, too. A lot of customers can be generous in the remarks they leave so the reviews or comments section can be a virtual gold mine of information. 

Granted, it can be time consuming. So, to help save some of your time, here’s what we think you should look for:

  • Sleeping positions. You can either be a side, back, stomach, or a combo sleeper. Find the reviews of people who sleep the same way you do and keep their experiences in mind. 
  • Weight. People who leave comments aren’t shy about their weight so you might as well take note of comments from people who’re around the same weight as you. 
  • Complaints. If it’s on Amazon, read the reviews from the people who left 1- or 2-star ratings and see if you can find the cause of their complaints. If the cause doesn’t apply to you, you likely won’t be having the same problems. For example, if a heavyweight sleeper left comments about a medium-firm mattress being too soft, you likely won’t have the same issue if you’re average weight or petite. Watch out for off-gassing, structural, and durability issues, too. 
  • Company replies. While you’re on the 1- or 2-star section of the reviews, you could also check if the manufacturer of the mattress left replies that help solved problems. If they did, that’s a sign that they care for their customers and they’ll be more likely to hear you out. 

Are you a couple?

Because if you are, try to find a mattress with solid edge support and motion isolation. 

Since you’re putting two bodies on your mattress, you’re going to want to maximize every inch of space you can get – and a good edge support does just that. This way, you can both sleep at or near the edges of the bed and still have space in the middle. Plus, that space helps you sleep cooler and edge support also helps prevent sagging around the perimeter. 

On the other hand, a mattress that isolates as much movement as possible can help you sleep undisturbed even if your partner gets in and out of bed, or tosses and turns. 

Do you have a foundation fit for the mattress you want to buy? 

First of all, YES, get a foundation. Most people get away with just putting their mattress on the floor but if you want to prolong the life of your mattress, having a foundation helps because it’ll augment the structural integrity and help evenly distribute your weight on the bed. 

Plus, it lifts the mattress off the ground, keeping it away from dust and everything else on the floor. 

So, if you don’t want to buy another mattress after just a few months, this can help. 

Now, to find the right foundation, you need to read about what the manufacturer says. They usually recommend the types and sizes of foundations that fit their mattresses. Also, a lot of these manufacturers sell foundations, too. 

Buying a foundation from the same company you got your mattress from might be as sure as you can get to having the right fit. But, if you already have a foundation at home, just make sure it’s the same size and type as what the manufacturer recommends. 

What makes you feel comfortable?

Mattresses come in all sorts of materials and combinations. Of course, each design has its own perks.

Generally though, research says that a mattress that you *subjectively identified as medium-firm is best for comfort, quality, and spinal alignment. 

*KEYWORD: Subjectively. 

Meaning, YOU get to choose. Generally though, people from the same weight class and people that sleep in the same positions look for identical things in a mattress.

For heavy people

If you’re over 200 lbs, regardless if you’re overweight, muscular, or just incredibly tall, you might want to pick a mattress that’s firmer than what most people want. Because you’ll be putting more pressure on the mattress, a mattress labeled as firm will likely feel medium-firm to you. 

The best mattress under 500 for heavy people: Lucid 10-Inch Gel Memory Foam (Firm)

NOTE: The firm, queen-sized option for this mattress is priced above 500 dollars. So, if you want to get this, you might have to settle for the full-sized option instead. 

For petite (lightweight) people

On the contrary, you won’t be putting a lot of pressure on your mattress. So, a softer, plusher bed might be your best shot at getting comfortable sleep. 

The best mattress under 500 for lightweight people: AmazonBasics 12-inch Memory Foam Mattress

For average weight sleepers

Well, you guys are right in between. So, medium-firm sounds just about right. Honestly, we think it’s easier for you to find a mattress because most mattress companies always have at least one medium-firm option but here’s what we recommend if you’re on a budget:

The best mattress under 500 for average weight sleepers: The AllsWell (signature hybrid mattress)

Moving on from weight, let’s talk about sleeping positions. For this part, let’s just assume you’re an average weight sleeper. But, in case you’re petite or large, just follow the guidelines above.

For side sleepers

When you sleep on your side, you’re putting pressure on your hips and shoulders. Therefore, you’re more likely to feel more comfortable on a bed that’s soft enough to let your hips and shoulders sink in but still firm enough to support the arch of your back. 

The best mattress under 500 for side sleepers: DynastyMattress Cool Breeze 12-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress

For back sleepers

Here, you’re going to want a bed that doesn’t sag around your hips because that’ll just mess up the arch of your spine. Instead, look for one that contours well to the shape of your body. Most memory foams are great at his but also try to find one that’s firm enough so you don’t sink in too much.

The best mattress under 500 for back sleepers: Brentwood Home Cypress Bamboo Gel Mattress

For stomach sleepers

Support is key if you’re a stomach sleeper. A firmer mattress usually does the trick as softer ones might make you feel as if you’re drowning. 

The best mattress under 500 for stomach sleepers: Brentwood Home Cypress Bamboo Gel Mattress

How to make the most of your mattress (care and maintenance)

Let’s face it: 500 dollars is quite affordable for a mattress but that’s still a lot of money. 

Especially if you’re not seeing any big improvements in your financial status for the next few months (or maybe even years), you’ll want to protect your investments – one of those is your mattress. Here are a few tips on how you can make them last as long as they should:

Use a mattress protector

Mattress protectors can either be covers or tops. We think covers are better because they protect the entire mattress whereas tops only protect, well… the top. 

Nevertheless, both options will help shield your mattress from fluids, sweat, dust, crumbs, and other debris. These things can themselves damage your mattress but they also attract bugs, molds, and bacteria that further cut the life of your bed short. 

With mattress protectors, especially the waterproof ones, your mattress has one extra layer of protection. 

There’s tons of them in the market but we prefer Slumber Cloud’s Dryline Mattress Protector. It isn’t necessarily affordable, to be honest, but it does help with cooling and, of course, protecting your mattress. 

Regularly change your sheets

Before the sweat, and crumbs, and coffee spills reach your mattress protector, they first land on your sheets. As such, they’re also the first ones to get dirty. And, even if they look clean, they can still have all sorts of dirt after a few nights of regular use. 

So, change them on a regular basis. About once per week should be fine. 

Vacuum your mattress

You can never be too sure when it comes to keeping your mattress clean and free of any bug-attracting debris. Vacuuming your mattress every once in a while helps ensure that you suck up as much of the nasty things that made their way into your mattress. Thus, prolonging its life. 

Use the proper foundation

We’ve already covered this but, again, using a foundation fit for your mattress helps extend its life. 

A proper foundation lifts your mattress off the ground and away from all the dirt on the floor. Plus, it helps evenly distribute your weight which, in turn, helps to ensure that your mattress wears evenly. 

Rotate or flip your mattress

This goes back to my previous point: ensuring that your mattress wears evenly. 

Especially if you’re a couple with vastly different weights and sleeping positions or a single person who likes to sleep on one side of the bed, rotating and/or flipping your mattress every few months helps make sure that no side is worse than the other.

However, some mattresses aren’t actually meant to be flipped and/or rotated so, you might want to check what the manufacturer of your mattress recommends first.

Don’t jump on your mattress

Because if you do, you’re putting excessive pressure on your mattress and it’ll wear a lot – and I mean, A LOT – faster. 

If you or your kids wanted to jump and play, maybe go to the park, or get a trampoline, or play basketball. 

Conclusion

The best mattresses under 500 are the ones that give you the most value for your money. And, among all the mattresses on this list, we think The AllsWell is the best example of that.

It sleeps cool, is supportive, is pressure relieving, and has just the right amount of firmness that makes it a great bed for nearly everyone on a budget. To make it even better, its edge support and motion isolation are surprisingly impressive, making it a great option for couples. 

However, let me make this clear: The AllsWell is OUR pick. Not yours. 

If you think this mattress fits you, that’s awesome! But, if it doesn’t, that’s awesome, too. You’ve got other great options here and we’ve also written down some tips to help you decide. Now use them to find what suits you best!

Also, tell your friends about us, will ya’? Thanks!

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